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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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Robert Goodman
One note - Sunny Side is no longer in Marseille. This summer it will
be in La Rochelle on the Atlantic Ocean coast of France. June 27th to
You can fly or take a train from Paris.
Linda Pattillo
Hi: I am new to the forum. I have recently completed shooting and
directing my first feature length documentary, The Breast Cancer
Diaries. We screened our work in progress at IFP in September
(where we heard Doug's doc panel and found it very informative) and
are now applying to film festivals. In a previous life, I was a
foreign correspondent for ABC News and CNN for 15 years. I have
recently begun research on several ideas for my second documentary
and am looking forward to being able to speak to documentary
colleagues on the forum.
Al Gomez
Hello, documentary filmmakers. I am glad to have run across your
community as I have been involved in the entertainment industry for
over 25 years now and have never forayed into the documentary world...
until now. It is an exciting and thoroughly engrossing field. This
is how I got involved... I was producing a little movie in New Orleans
when Hurricane Katrina changed my life, the lives of my director and
his family, as well as thousands of others. My director, James L.
Bills had taken his Sony FX-1 hi-def camera with him when he evacuated
to a downtown New Orleans hotel. He thought he was going to capture
some storm footage as it glanced by the city, but as history has
already proven, that didn't happen. Instead, the storm hit head on,
and the city was flooded. He was in there capturing not only the
natural disaster, but the man-made disaster that followed. I was in
the Baton Rouge area when he finally informed me that he and his
family were alright. A few days later, he made his way to Corpus
Christi, TX, and we decided to create a documentary about his
experience. With the help of Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Corp., who was
so kind as to send us an editing bay, we put together a
work-in-progress over the period of a month. After getting feedback
from various distributors, and other experienced documentarians, we
have now completed our first feature documentary entitled "Refuge of
Last Resort". I now have such a deep appreciation for the documentary
process, and I salute all of you who endeavor to make films that
matter! Thank you for letting me share with you this experience that
has changed my life!
Doug Block
welcome, linda and al. linda, we received your registration to the
community, so we'll see you there. al, feel free to join. this is
where the doc pros hang out:
Diana Weilepp
Hi everyone,

I have been a member for some time, but did not really use the forum.
But here I am now. currently I am still a student trying to finish at
the Munich Film School - studying documentary and camera. My last film
"Flight into Redness" was shown at Silverdocs last summer. Right now I
am planning to shoot my next film in my home town Hamburg. And I
decided to join the Forum for good now to be able to have more
exchanges with other documentary filmmakers.
Ben Kempas
Diana - you're already a community member, no need to re-join.

Greetings from across the street...
Erica Ginsberg
Hi Diana. We met at Silverdocs last year and I loved your film.
Look forward to seeing you in the D-Word Community.
Mike Grant
Hello to all here.
We have just finished our doco and its been a 5 yr struggle..self
funded and 100% indi with all the usual sweat and in its
ready to unleash on the unsuspecting viewing first timers
we are relying on advice from others that are in or have been in
similar here we are ;-) .. our website is
( requires flash 8 ) kind regards..mike
Steve Holmes
Congrats and welcome, Mike. Pre-war TV? Pre-WW2? Didn't know TV was
around then. Would like to have such a vintage model.
Joe Scherrman
Greetings from Dyersville, Iowa. Home of the Beautiful Basilca of
St. Francis Xavier, Farm Toy Capital of the World and home to the
baseball field made popular in the movie Field of Dreams.
Just checked in. Thanks to Steve Holmes.
Doug Block
welcome, joe. see, if you build it they will come.
Steve Holmes
Joe, your beanie and secret password will arrive in about six weeks.
Joey Kneller
Hi all, I had been trolling other sites such as DV forum etc. etc. but
what was missing, I found, was a Doc "site specific" home such as this
forum and the D-Word community. I've been in the trenches for years,
mainly with CBC and was on 'Canada A Peoples History' and other
projects for the Doc Unit out of Toronto, as well as doing A&E and
Drama/Comedy on the network. I struck out finally to do my own project
a few months ago, about a couple of modern day troubadors; puppeteers
actually, and followed them [2 camera] though their day up to an
Indian reservation in Northern Ontario. There was a puppet making
class for the children and then a show put on by these two artisans.
The easiest part was the shooting, funny how that worked out.
Anyway cheers all and I hope I can contribute and learn from the
others that find the art of the doc so drawing.
Joey Kneller
Hi DB [ I just like the sound of that ;-) ]
I did register earlier for the proffesional forum and was
waiting to hear back, for the yay or nay.

Cliff Knopnik

I'm planning out a documentary/drama and am interested in finding
resources on what you can / can't include in documentaries from
existing works, and how to go about purchasing licenses for
copyrighted works. For example: How do you include a news clip about
current news? How do you get the rights to include a clip from an old
John Wayne movie, etc.

I'll find a more accurate topic to post this under too.

Ben Kempas
Welcome, Cliff.

Answers to be posted in {LINK NOT IMPORTED} ...
Don Stroud
Hi everyone. New to the forum, and new to the world of documentaries.
I'm just starting research on a small documentary for a studio in Los
Angeles, and I'm looking forward to tapping the brainpower and
experience of my fellow filmmakers.

Steve Holmes
Welcome, Don. Does Los Angeles have a film community?

Just kidding.