Friday, December 4, 2009

SA Première - "The Order Of Myths" and Workshop on the use of Copyrighted material in Documentary Film in South Africa with leading global experts.

Dear Friends of the DFA,

Apologies for those not in Gauteng next week, this event is unfortunately only Gauteng based.

The Documentary Filmmakers Association (DFA), Women of the Sun (WoS), and American University’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property and Center for Social Media, American University, invite you to a special 2-day workshop and film screening focusing around the issue of expanding the utility of copyright “users’ rights” for documentary filmmaking.

Please see attached flyer for this film, and feel free to pass on this e-mail to others you feel may benefit.

More information and registration information at

Sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the Gauteng Film Commission, the City of Johannesburg, Underdog and most recently the NFVF, this workshop will feature the launch of Untold Stories in South Africa: The Creative Consequences of the Rights Clearance Culture for Documentary Film, the final report of a year-long study of rights clearance and documentary film in South Africa.

The workshop will begin with a public screening and discussion with the director of The Order of Myths, a documentary that explores race, music and celebration at Alabama’s Mardi Gras, and which benefitted from a project in the U.S. working with filmmakers to understand users’ rights under copyright law. Click here to learn more about the film.

The following two days at, workshops will be conducted on how South African filmmakers can use and expand users’ rights under South Africa’s copyright law. All of the events are open to the public and FREE of charge for members of DFA, WoS and BFN. There is a minimal charge for others to attend the Workshops to cover catering. The Opening and film screening is FREE to all.

Thursday 10th December - 19h00 - 22h00
Film Screening and Discussion with Director: The Order of Myths
A Film by Margaret Brown

Venue: The Laager Theatre at the Market Theatre - Newtown
FREE to ALL including Drinks and Snacks

Friday 11th and Saturday 12th December - Registration at 09h30 - Workshop form 10h00 - 17h30
Workshop Day 1: User’s Rights Under South Africa’s Copyright Law: What are They and How Can Filmmakers Use Them?
Workshop Day 2: Expanding the Utility of Users’ Rights: Implementing the Recommendations of the Cape Town Workshop on Copyright Clearance and Free Expression, March 2009.

Venue: “SAB World Of Beer” Conference Venue – Newtown
FREE to DFA, WOS or BFN members and invited guests, a subsidised fee of R80 for others can be paid at entrance, includes lunch, and refreshments.


Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law, Author of Copyright Law (2006) and Director of the Fair Use and Public Media Project.
Sean Flynn, Associate Director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law
Andrew Rens, Intellectual Property Fellow, Shuttleworth Foundation, Legal Lead for Creative Commons South Africa, co-founder and director of The African Commons Project
Marc Schwinges, National Treasurer for the Documentary Filmmakers' Association, National Board Member and Head of Communications for the South African Screen Federation & Independent Producer - Underdog Productions
Eve Rantseli, Executive Officer: Women Of the Sun and Vice Chairperson: The South African Screen Federation
Margaret Brown, Independent Filmmaker from the USA
Freddy Ogterop, Visual History Archive, University of Cape Town, Author of Audiovisual Audit Report: The South African Liberation Struggle

Please RSVP ASAP by using the online registration form at: and don't miss out!

Note: This was pre-released to paid members on Monday this week, and to people who attended the March Workshops in Cape Town, apologies for duplication to these people, please RSVP urgently