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Madina's Dream
Madina's Dream (2015), Director Andrew Berends

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The D-Word hosts discussions about the art, craft, business, and social impact of documentary film. Our Public Topics are open to all but limited to just a few discussions. Documentary professionals, however, can apply for free access to a wide range of industry discussions (and more!) in our Business, Creative, Social, and Technical Topics.

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Founded in 1999, The D-Word has become the web's leading documentary community with more than 12,500 members from 127 countries. Learn more about The D-Word.

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The D-Word's membership includes some of the top documentary professionals working in the field. Whatever your doc dilemma may be, you can be sure that there's someone here with a smart idea to help you figure it out.

The Business of Docs

There is a lot of business involved in getting your documentary out into the world. Whether you're seeking input on distribution deals, marketing, legal questions, funding opportunities or relevant industry events, you'll find them all at The D-Word.

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Whether you need input on your funding sample, brainstorming a title for your latest opus, or some sound input on how to navigate a tricky ethical situation with your subject, The D-Word membership has proven itself to be one of the most generous communities out there.

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Wondering about the latest camera to invest in? How to make FCP X submit to your wishes? Why you keep getting that error message or the optimum encoding settings? You'll find D-Word's technical topics teeming with information from working pros.

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Documentary filmmaking can be a lonely task, and sometimes you just need someone who gets it to talk to. Our social topics are there to celebrate your successes, and cheer on your most inappropriate venting. The D-Word provides community, wherever you may be.

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  • Cheree Dillon live-blogged the recent Sight, Sound & Story event devoted to the art of cinematography featuring Bob Richman (Paradise Lost, An Inconvenient Truth), Nancy Schreiber (Celluloid Closet, Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing) and Matt Portwoll (Cartel Land).  Read all about it and add to the discussion in our special topic, which will be archived after this Tuesday.

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