Rough Cuts September Series 2009

The LabDust & Illusions was the 1st film invited to the series that opened back in June 2008. Rough Cuts is an important tool and time for filmmakers in the Bay Area. If you are interested in the process that each filmmaker goes through, this is a great forum, where you can interact with a filmmaker and provide feedback to help her/him take the film to the next level. It’s really interesting to build a discussion, and is very different from the std post-screening Q&A. It’s a constructive discussion that will have an affect on the film!

Tuesday, September 8th and Wednesday, September 9th
7:30 pm, complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided
$7 admission

Rough Cuts is a series of work-in-progress documentary screenings that are produced every other month at the LAB, a non-profit gallery/performance space in the Mission. For each evening, we screen one rough cut of a feature-length documentary and then moderate a conversation about the film. These post-screening discussions are designed to give the filmmaker a better, more objective sense of what is working and not working with his/her film, with particular attention paid to improving the film’s structure and narrative clarity. We hope that the series also provides a welcome space for local filmmakers, film professionals, and fans of documentary film to meet and talk.

The LAB is seeking feature-length works with a final running time of 40 minutes or longer. Principal photography should have been completed, and we encourage filmmakers to submit cuts that are in the later stages of post-production (i.e. NOT first or second cuts).

Friday, August 21st: Submissions must arrive at the Lab by 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 26th: Selections will be announced and all filmmakers will be notified
Tuesday, September 8th and Wednesday, September 9th: Screenings, followed by discussions led by guest moderators

For an application and more details about Rough Cuts, visit:

For questions about Rough Cuts, email Chris Holbrook at

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