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Welcome to The D-Word! Stop in and sign the guest book - let us know a little (or a lot) about yourself.

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Bill Suchy

Hello Everyone, I've been writing, producing & directing documentaries for over 30 years, mostly for or in partnership with various PBS channels. Most of these docs are owned by PBS.  I am now making docs independently so I retain full copyright and am looking forward to working with distributors to sell my docs and other projects to the national and international markets.  I hope to expand my knowledge and network by participating in some of the conversations on D-Word.    

Marcus Thorne Bagala

Hey folks! 

I'm an NYC based composer and sound designer. I'm a contributing music composer for NPR's This American Life and for NYTimes The Daily, I've also composed music that was featured in NFL Networks show The Timeline. 

I got my start in narrative films and tv as a additional music composer for shows like The Affair and Ray Donovan. Since then I've scored numerous narrative shorts and a feature but recently I've been trying to shift my focus towards more documentary work and am hoping to hang around this board and learn more about the doc scene in NYC and in general! 

If anyones looking for music for their film and wants to give a newbie doc composer a shot, I would be happy to cut you a great deal! 

If you want to learn more about me or hear some work examples, you can check out my website here:



Nilosree Biswas

Hi Fellow Fraternity, Greetings from Bombay. I am a documentary filmmaker/ author. I am passionate about telling stories that many wont connect with India. After a hiatus of few years I am just starting to plan a documentary in the backdrop of Kashmir conflict for which I am looking at co-producers and building a team comprising of members who have a knack for stories from conflict strife societies. My last independent work was "Broken Memory Shining Dust". All the best to all.

Kelsey Marsh

Hello Y'all!  I'm Kelsey, an emerging filmmaker in Washington, DC. Currently freelancing at Discovery, and am completing production on my second independent doc ROLLING OUT. Eager to learn and collaborate, and look forward to being an active member of the D-Word community. 

Faustin Niyigena

Hi everyone here.

It's nice to join this platform of professionals.

What do I bring? Nothing really big coz I am a very young filmmaker. I've gone through to many of your introduction messages and I salute you all guys. I will learn from you. I hope I will be able to volunteer on some of your projects as well as asking you to do the same for me whenever possible. Nice to meet you all!

Here is my first pro short documentary that I filmed, edited, produced, directed....It has gotten so far one award and different nominations. It is called Fastest Woman in Africa - Rwanda's First Female Cyclist;

Francesco Da Vinci

This is photojournalist and first-time documentary filmmaker Francesco Da Vinci.  Currently I'm looking for an established Producer for my documentary film that tells the story of my conscientious objection to the Vietnam War.  The film also pays tribute to conscientious objectors throughout American history.  So far there are about 20 celebrities in my film who have given on-camera interviews.  Any interested Producers should contact me at the following email: 

I'm based in West LA.  Among those in my film now: Richard Dreyfuss, Forest Whitaker, Muhammad Ali, and the Dalai Lama.  My film promotes

diversity and global nonviolence.  

Looking forward to hearing from you!  




Tiffany Jackson

Howdy folks!  I'm Tiffany, and I'm on the verge of completing my first feature length doc entitled THE GOOD DEATH (it's not as morbid as it sounds!).  It looks at how Afro-Brazilian religions were persecuted for centuries in Brazil, then turned into culture or "roots" tourism packages targeting Black Americans in the 1980's.  Glad I finally joined, I've been hearing about the D-word through so many avenues for some time now.  Looking forward to figuring this platform out and chatting with you all!

Lisa Harewood

Hey everyone, I'm Lisa, originally from Barbados and currently studying in Bristol, UK. I've been in video production (mostly corporate and development agency video) for nearly 15 years. About 7 years ago I finally pursued my youthful ambition of being involved in filmmaking and since then I've produced one feature and written and directed one short. Those experiences were great and brought me some success but I recognised that I preferred non-fiction storytelling so I am in a postgraduate program in documentary and interactive factual storytelling, which is another keen interest of mine. I'm currently making my final MA film, which is short character study of an LGBT performer in Barbados that I hope to expand to a longer form after graduation. 

I'm looking forward to exchanging with everyone here. Being from a small island with no filmmaking infrastructure, community becomes really important to keep me going. Hopefully I can also share with you the things I've picked up from having to be a jack-of-all-trades-microbudget filmmaker :-)

Doug Block

Francesco, Tiffany and Lisa, a very warm welcome to The D-Word to you all!

twinner tiger

hello D-word i am new to the community but i do photography for more than 4 years now and am really interested on doc films 

Katrina Dawkins

Hello the D-Word Family,

I am a new member of a new art district in Atlanta - Artlanta - and though I am not new to the Arts & Entertainment industry, I am brand new to film making and am new to learning about how to write a documentary. I found this site by researching how to make a documentary. Since I am just beginning to work on my documentary so I don't want to reveal what it is about, but it is unique and creative and something close to my heart. Also, there will be a series of documentaries with the same topic, but different situations.

I have a son who is a Broadcast Engineer and have performed broadcast work in sports and music (concerts) as wells as performed

  • The Tiny and Toya Show (Reality TV)
  • Family Hustle (Reality TV)
  • Little Women of Atlanta (Reality TV)
  • The Secret Princes (Reality TV)
  • 1st Cameraman at the 2014 Emmys in Los Angeles
  • 1st Cameraman at the 2014 Golden Globes in Los Angeles
  • Recently broadcast two Drone competitions as a Lead Cameraman in both Georgia and Boston
  • Atlanta Braves
  • Atlanta Hawks
  • ESPN Sports
  • CBS Sports Network
  • 3 years broadcasting the Hangout Festival, including May 2017 in Alabama

and numerous other shows, events and projects over the past 10 years.

Has worked on film (movies) and will be directing my documentary. He loves my documentary idea and wants to see it become a reality.

I'm glad to be here.

Mike Harrison

A gracious good afternoon. Thanks to the hosts for allowing me to join the family.

I'm a voice actor/narrator who was initially in radio broadcasting before moving to the world of corporate multimedia production (where I was in-house narrator and Audio Producer). I've been using my voice for all kinds of commercial and corporate applications for several (ahem) decades. But telling interesting, compelling stories is what I want to do now.

Thanks for having me. Hope to have the opportunity to work with some of you very soon!

Monty Dobson

Hey everybody!  **waves a friendly hand** I'm fairly new to the D-Word. I'm an archaeologist and historian who has accidentally become a filmmaker. Looking forward to getting to know you all. Am working on the second season of my doc series America from the Ground Up this summer. We are filming in 3 time zones, nine states and 30+ archaeological and historical sites in the American west. check out season one at 

Niam Itani

Welcome to The D-Word, Monty, Mike & Katrina! 

Rachel Miller-Howard

Hello, D-Word!

I'm glad to be among your ranks.

I recently finished a year as Associate Writer at a small documentary film production company in Portland, OR. I'm looking to stay deep in the field, so am starting a digital publication about women documentarians (film and audio). I'm seeking ideas for resources/topics/themes I can offer, routes for seed funding, technically savvy people to help advise website construction, and writers who are interested in interviewing and crafting stories about women media makers. I love finding collaborators, and look forward to joining this (thriving) hub!



John Burgan

Welcome, Rachel. BTW, no need to "sign" your name, it's at the top of every post you make

Niam Itani

Welcome to The D-Word, Rachel. I am sure you will find many answers to your questions and many collaborators on The D-Word. Enjoy the journey! 


Hello everyone!

I´m professional videomaker and camera operator, an amateur photographer and a video producer, based in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. The last documentary I produced and directed was "IN PERSONA com Miguel Bestard", about an uruguayan guitarrist living in Rio:

I´ve been involved in several short film projects in these last years, always in the camera department, as  camera operator mostly. In May 2017 I was the DP of the independent horror shot movie "Golem".

I´m available to help any fellow filmmaker that wants to shoot in Brazil.

Mina Fitzpatrick


I heard about this community from my colleague and Northwestern MFA peer Timothy Fryett . I recently graduated from the Documentary Media program at NU, and excited to get more involved with the Chicago and greater midwest film/documentary scene. I've been involved with Kartemquin for a couple years, and participated in their Diverse Voices in Documentary program in 2015. 

At the moment I'm freelance producing for another KTQ project about food sustainability, Directed by Raj Patel and Zak Piper, executive produced by Steve James and Julie Goldman. We have some short-term needs for sound people and PAs in the midwest, so I hoped this network might be a good place to find good people. I'll try to find the appropriate channels for those posts once I learn the ropes!

Looking forward to brainstorming and collaborating with all of you soon ;)


Mentioned: Timothy Fryett