Hi All, And Huey, you might also want to connect with ImagineNative http://www.imaginenative.org/ if you haven't already.
As a greeting, we could ask:
CHeehantaamo = How are you?
or we could ask:
Hee(th)oklo? = Is it good?
It's also important to remember that we have no word for "GOODBYE" in our language: because we will see each other again. Tomorrow, next month, or in the next life. So instead we say:
Teheechoolaka! = We'll see each other again!
welcome alissa, adrian and huey. hello back, comfort (winner of the shortest intro in d-word history).
Heethoklo, Comfort? I think you need to post a bit more in order to attract attention here...
Hi, I just finished editing a documentary on gay/straight marriages, and have edited and co-produced many films, sports, arts, TV Magazine shows, historical and am happy to join D Word. Larry
In reply to Peter Gerard's post on Mon 17 Mar 2008 :
I`m about 50% into shooting it but i would like to get more financing. can you give me some tips about development workshops and so on?
Welcome, Larry. Cheehantaamo!
Hi everybody. I'm an all around player based in Athens, Greece. Currently producing and directing a doc for the last remaining fishermen at a village in a Greek island. I recently attended the Pitching Forum at Thessaloniki Doc Festival (organized by EDN), where I had the chance to pitch my project for international funding.
I own a small production company called "Yperoptix", which specializes in creative documentaries and corporate videos. Will also do location management and second unit photography. Anything you might need from Greece, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Hello, i am pursuing my interest in making documentary films by attending the Maine Media Workshop's documentary course this summer. (i want to use this medium for education and outreach for non-profits and ngo's.)
i was looking for doc. film-making internship possibilities online when i came across your website! i'm happy to have found this community and will check here often to learn more about what is going on – Thank you! cynthia
(ps. i love the 'enthusiast' banner beneath my pic!)
hello. just happy to be here...
Hello doc makers, it took a while to introduce myself, but I wasnâ€™t sure I could so I had to ask Doug first. So here I am. I love films that open your mind about things, thatâ€™s what documentaries are for and thatâ€™s why the label â€œenthusiastâ€ is perfect for me. As a composer, Iâ€™ve always wanted to write the score for interesting documentaries, so Iâ€™m here if anybody needs that, unfortunately itâ€™s the only field I can contribute in. More infos about me on my website (which is here and also linked on my profile).
Best luck with your projects.
Adrian, EDN organises great development workshops, like the one in Thessaloniki that Nikos mentioned. I know they have been putting some emphasis on Eastern Europe and there are other organisations focussing on your region. Either way, EDN is a great place to check for upcoming pitching forums and workshops.
Adrian, you should also check out the Prague-based Institute of Documentary Film
Welcome Mario, John, Cynthia, Nikos, did I miss anyone? Sheesh, I can barely keep up.
Hello, all. I'm Burt Kempner, and I currently live in Gainesville, Florida. I've been in the business for over 30 years, primarily as a writer/producer, and my stuff has appeared on PBS, Discovery, CNBC, History Channel and European TV. I try not to pigeonhole myself, but my main areas of interest are documentary, environmental, educational, travel and non-profit programming. And anything else that calls to the heart or the human spirit. So glad to have found my way over here and look forward to getting to know as many of you as I can.
Great to have you here, Burt. Welcome.
Hey I just posted elsewhere and figured I ought to introduce myself. I'm a film editor by trade, but am in the thick of producing and directing a feature titled "We Are The Shods!" It's my first time alone in the field so I'm sure I'll have all kinds of questions down the road.
Hi everyone. I'm not a film anything yet, but have an intense desire to learn about documentary film-making. My background is political and cultural anthropology, and I've been in Indonesia for over fifteen years, so I hope I can tease out some interesting and meaningful stuff from the chaos and beauty of my adopted country. Am starting initial research on what I hope will be my first film...Cheers!
greetings and welcome, christine. good to have you here.
Creative/Design manager at large company. Interested in advice on how to find right person and fund a small documentary style effort and what might be interesting goals / benefits that makes it a win/win for company and film producer.
Draft goals for company might be:
+ capture creative energy, attendee excitement and messaging around people focused innovation at large/major event in Eastern Europe
+ capture value design is adding to business
+ possible feature interviews with CEO/CMOs from top companies
+ many other areas that could be mutually interesting if discussed...
I did stumble across this site after visiting James Longley's website. I hope to learn and absorb all that I can from the D-Word community. It seems impressive.
So as for me, I am starting my second degree this fall in either film or music (scoring and such). Not sure what direction to go for. I have studied music since I was seven (suzuki method) and have developed a love for Doc's over the years. I am very much inspired not only by Longley's impressive work on "Fragments" but also the fact that he wore many hats when making his film. This is very encouraging.
Well, I hope to see what D-word is all about and perhaps this site will point me in some good directions.
Welcome, Uri. Always interesting to see how people find their way to The D-Word.
Yana Gorskaya among others pointed me here. We just picture-locked my first feature doc, HouseQuake, and are starting the festival/distribution path. Thanks for being here!
good to have you join us, karen. any friend of yana's is a friend of ours. congrats on your film and hope you'll find d-word a useful resource.
Welcome Karen :) Glad you made it.
Hi Marj! Your notes were so super helpful. Good to be here.
My name is Tom Hall and I am Director of Programming at the Sarasota Film Festival in Sarasota, FL. I am excited to finally stop lurking in the public forum and become a part of this site. Needless to say, I am honored to be here and hope that our festival will continue to grow as a place for non-fiction artists to share their work with an appreciative audience.
I also write a blog on the indieWIRE blog network called THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO, which tends to languish this time of year as the pressures of the festival get more intense and strip away any time I have for writing, but I do hope you'll check it out. Anyway, If I can offer any feedback or you want to give me your thoughts on any subject, please do not hesitate to let me know. Thanks for having me here!
PS- That Oscar is real, but it is not mine. One day...
Always great to welcome a lurker, Tom – don't be shy about publicising your blog (the address is in Tom's profile)
Oh, hell, let's just make it real easy for everyone. It's a great blog and Tom is truly one of the great festival programmers around, bar none (and Sarasota one of the most fun festivals for filmmakers, especially if you like glitzy parties with grilled shrimp and mojitos and the like).
Welcome, Tom. Hope you'll hang out here a lot.
I was just surfing the web trying to find info on documentary filmaking when I came across this site. Looked like it might be a good place to get some advice/feedback on an idea I've been kicking around for a long time.
My background is that of an (amateur) historian although I do have an advanced degree in the discipline. I've been studying a major character from 19th century European history for years and have a very strong conviction that he would make a fantastic subject for a documentary. I have it from a very reliable source that absolutely nothing has ever been done on him in the U.S. and that whatever European documentaries have been made are of poor quality.
On the plus side, there is a surprising amount of primary source, photographic and illustrative material right here in the U.S. But obviously in order to do the kind of quality job I believe this person is entitled to, a lot of the work and filming would have to be done in Europe.
So, once again, I would love to get some advice on how to get a project like this going or if it would even be possible for someone like me who has no background in filmaking or production (i.e. should I start with a far more scaled down project on another topic and see if I can even get that made?). I know I have a great idea here. But I realize that sometimes that is not enough.
Hello! i am new here+. I am researching nature/envornmental documentaries worldwide, and I don't know where to start. I want to know the names of the biggest/most important/most famous ones in countries like Italy, Greece, Denmark, Could anyone help me?
Google "environmental documentary festival" and you'll get an instant list of useful titles.
Hi! My name is Suzanne Wasserman. I'm an historian and film maker. I am the Director of The Gotham Center for NYC History at the CUNY Graduate Center. I'm in the middle of making my 3rd documentary film called The Sweatshop Cinderella. It's about the Jewish immigrant writer Anzia Yezierska. My other films are: Thunder in Guyana (2003) and Brooklyn: Among the Ruins (2005)
I'm happy to join The D-Word. My experiences in the doc film world have been wonderful. I've been so busy the last few years between the Center, family and making films! Now, I'd like to become more active in the doc film makers community.
Welcome, Suzanne. And greetings for the second time today (Suzanne and I are old friends and had coffee this morning).
Suzanne has the great idea of holding occasional work-in-progress screenings at the Gotham Center for docs that are centered on some aspect of NYC history or have a heavy NYC flavor or character. It will be a great way for a filmmaker to get feedback from its core audience (and not just other film folks) and to start building an email list of core supporters early on in the process.
She'll be in touch soon with a general announcement, but I'm sure she would welcome anyone interested with a doc that fits to contact her directly: SWasserman@gc.cuny.edu
My name is Hande. I have been in documentary production/distribution/marketing business since mid-90s. I am curious what filmmakers are thinking about the state of documentary distribution and distributors.
You've come to the right place, Hande... welcome! I recommend you read through the old threads in the areas you're interested in, there is a wealth of information therein.
Hande be prepared for some tough talk.
Yeah, Hande, you might want to stop in at the Doc Bar & Grill for a few good drinks before trying to reason with the torch-and-pitchfork crowd over in Marketing And Distribution...
And then after you try and reason, take thee to the Parking Lot and rage to your heart's content. Welcome, Hande.
Hello everyone. It was suggested I join the D-Word from James Longley after contacting him. My name is Christopher Feder and I am serving with the US Army in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. I joined because I am making a Documentary of my deployment and there is no better place to go then where film makers go. I spent about 5 years in the business in the mid 1990's. I worked my way up from a 4th Electrician to Best Boy Electric and Dolly Grip. I left the industry in 1998 to pursue a different career. Now, 10 years later I find myself back in the "PA" spot on the call sheet. How this business has changes, particularly the technology end of it. The Digital, HiDef and lower price consumer cameras have really changed the business. I am eager to learn and â€œre-learnâ€ as a much as I can to make this production work. Just a little background, I am making a documentary of this deployment to show the people what it takes to support war. This production DOES not involve politics and does not take sides to the war in Afghanistan. What I am doing is documenting a â€œBehind the scenesâ€ look into â€œone soldierâ€™sâ€ tour of duty and his life at war. I have a lot of questions and welcome positive feedback as well as constructive criticism. Thanks for allowing me to be apart of your community.
Great to have you join us Christopher. But you've only gone half-way in the process towards full membership, where you'll have access to many more discussion topics, including the technical ones. Proceed to www.d-word.com/users/apply. And keep safe, ok?
Christopher – nice to have another Philadelphian join us. Hope you stay out of harm's way.
Hello all. I am a UK/US filmmaker based in Barcelona, Spain. I earn my bread & butter as a camera operator & editor for broadcast projects & am slowly building an independent platform called shotcuts with my partner Laura to begin producing our own films.
I have Ben Kempas to thank for introducing me to the D Word community, he has had many great things to say about the community & I look forward to meeting some of you in the future.
Many thanks to you all for welcoming me & all the best.
Hah, who says we're welcoming you? I've known you for 10 years now, so do I really have to...? Ah well, welcome Jim. :-)
To all others: Jim Loomis is a very good friend. We worked together on a number of projects, including "To Be A Nation Again". He is the cinematographer and editor of the high-profile documentary, The Madrid Connection
Well, glad it only took 10 years for my persuasive co-host to rope you in here, Jim. Oh, wait, we've only been around for 8 years. My bad.
Hello! I am Mukul, a cinematographer and documentary film maker based in Bombay, India. I just found this space and it sounds great. Looking forward to interacting with people working in the field of independent documentary making and exchanging ideas on technical and other issues related to our field.
You're very welcome, Mukul. We have at least 25 members in India BTW. What project are you working on at the moment?
I'm based in the hills south of Modena, Italy, near to the Tuscany border. I've been working for the last year and a half – more like two, come to think of it – on a film in Bombay about the Dharavi redevelopment project, a pilot slum rehab project, as writer and co-director, with some responsibilities for camera and location sound. So it was a pretty exhausting experience! Just back now in Italy and thinking what to do next. I got into documentary serendipitously after a photostory I did about village demolitions in the west bank caught the attention of a South African producer who contacted me to make a film about it. That was in 2002. I acted as director during the shoot on location in Israel for that – as a first timer I was completely out of my depth. The result wasn't something I was totally happy about, but it made me determined to make a film about the Bombay slums, a subject I've been photographing and writing about for many years, which led to the production of this recent project. So, I'm here to meet fellow documentarians and get a feeling of how the industry works.
Welcome, Mikul and Rob. Rob, feel free to register for full membership which gives you access to many more discussion topics.
Hello all, I am just finishing a feature length doc on Asian massage parlors in RI, where prostitution is legal. Please check out my trailer on youtube and tell me what you think.
Also here is my new website
Check out the characters and all the info, but don't use the form email, I am having some problems getting that to work.
OK, now that I have introduced myself, off I go to the forum because I need some help!
Welcome, Tara. Congrats on getting that far with your film.
In reply to Leah Warshawski's post on Thu 13 Mar 2008 :
Leah, we meet again! Welcome. I see your project in Rwanda was (is) successful!
My name is Daniel Velazquez and I am a freelance filmmaker who's been earning a living in Miami, Florida as a shooter on all kinds of different projects for the last 5 years or so. Before that I AC'd, gripped and so on...
My favorite projects to work on are always documentaries, because of the great fulfilling experience one gets from researching and learning about specific subjects. So on that note, I was recommended to join the D-Word by Carmita Lasso, whom I've known for years (also my loyal AC AND my lovely partner :-} ) and thought it could be a good tool to connect with like minds. So far, from what I see I'm happy!! There's too many commercial projects and "reality" crap going on down in Florida so I am constantly looking for doc work or travel/cultural shows to jump on.
I recently 'DP'd' my 1st HD documentary about the wine culture in Mendoza, Argentina and it was a great experience. Only 3 crew members (Director/Producer, DP/AC/Grip/Sound & a PA) but somehow we made it happen!!! It is being edited right now so I can't wait to have a trailer to show you guys.
I'd been accepted into the California Institute of Integral Studies for their master's program of "Philosophy, Cosmology & Consciousness studies" but decided to concentrate a bit more on my professional passion. Though that gives you an idea on subjects that I'd love to tackle on documentaries.
Looking forward to hangin' at the D-Word...WORD!! :-P
Look forward to having you hangin' at D-Word, too, Daniel. Welcome.
My name is Shirley Morris and I am a cross-over from the graphics world. I was a graphic designer and art director for my own company for about 20 years. My first job in film was for NTA as an apprentice editor (glorified splicer). I have been creating family video biographies for the past few years and currently am working on the most wonderful project "Cowgirls Saddle Their Own Horse". It is a documentary about rodeo cowgirls early in the 20th century. I just got my new website up, www.thecowgirlmovie.com. I would love for you all to visit and let me know what you think. Feedback is always welcome.
I am a novice regarding the film making process, funding, just about all of it and I love the fact you're all here!
Well, we love the fact that we're here, too, Shirley. And very glad that you've found us.
I'm Melissa HIbbard. I've been producing independent docs with my filmmaker husband Hamid Rahmanian for 8 years now. We're kind of an army of two I guess you would say. I'm currently producing a new feature-length narrative doc about a center that works to pull girls of the the margins of Iranian society and helps them overcome their troubled pasts. We followed 5 girls for 18 months. It's a pretty big project for us. It's called FINDING HOME. Hoping to get a trailer up in the next week or so.
My website is:
I look forward to getting into the middle of this wonderful resource.
Hi, I'm Theresa Tall. I had a great idea for a doc series that I think can help a lot of people. I have no idea how to get started so I'm going to be doing a lot of posting! You all seem very optimistic and open, so I'm excited to be a part of this forum and am excited for the time when I can give back to other beginners like me! Thanks, Teetall.
Welcome to The D-Word, Melissa and Theresa!
Yes, nice to have you join us Melissa and Theresa. Theresa Tall – now that's a great name!
It's Annie Howell here (hi Doug), I'm glad to be officially registering at D-word. I'm part of a graduate program in documentary at The New School in New York, and I attempt to make films as well when I'm not chained to my office, helping students, teaching, or working with faculty in preparing for The New School's MFA in Doc (coming soon...). I'm happy to be here. We're hosting a screening of Cynthia Wade's FREEHELD on Friday night the 11th, so I'll be posting that event here soon.
Have you been to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (OK) or the National Cowgirl Museum (TX)? I worked on a project called "American Rodeo: Heart of the West," but it only scratched the surface in terms of rodeo cowgirls. Good luck with your film!
Whoopeee Cowgirlsâ€¦Makes me think of one of my favorite tunes by Dan Hicks called â€œIâ€™m an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande)
Nice to see you finally got here, Annie. Welcome aboard.
Hello! My name is Andrea and I'm in my last year of documentary film school at American University (in Washington, DC). I am currently working on my thesis film, which will look at long distance commutes in the DC area. What a great community!
thanks, andrea. welcome.
Hello, everyone. I've been making films for about six years, but it's only been very recently that I've begun to work with the documentary form. An exciting opportunity fell into my lap by chance, and several others have followed in quick succession. I soon found myself making a string of medically-themed documentaries, without ever really having consciously set out to do so. In just a few short months, believe it or not, I've completed short pieces about: 1) a professional dancer who elected to have a tattoo of a passion flower installed on her chest after breast cancer and a double mastectomy, rather than undergoing reconstructive surgery or receiving prostheses; 2) a small arts project at an unconventional and progressive center for the social reintegration of adults with mental illness; and 3) the trials and challenges faced by survivors of traumatic brain injuries. I've been very, very lucky, and feel as though I'm finally beginning to find a way to make an adequate living in this profession.
I work alone, and in a city/area where there is very little serious cinematic activity. As such, there is really no one around with whom I can "talk shop." I'm looking forward to being a part of the community here, and to having many fruitful and interesting discussions with other members.
welcome, jarrod. you'll want to register for full membership to get the benefit of all the discussion forums. you're only halfway there: www.d-word.com/users/apply
Like Jarrod, I have sort of fallen into doco making. I recently won a small grant to make a doco about teachers who transition (from male to female) in the American School System. I am working out of a university, and similarly feel like I am having a tough time talking shop and working over issues with like-minded professionals.
I am going to be a bit of a one man band, carting my P2, mics, tripod all over America to see these teachers and their communities.
I would love to be in touch with other documentary professionals, and I have a heap of questions with regards to filming children (or at the least, minors), filming / using material on the internet (ie: text on personal websites and public forums), and also approaching television networks re: using news footage.
I have been concentrating on the Pacific Northwest and will head up to Idaho, Montana and Wyoming later this Spring and then to Texas and Oklahoma. Everywhere I go, I find at least another dozen stories I'd like to include!
I'd like to see American Rodeo, is it available?
In reply to Rohan Spong's post on Mon 7 Apr 2008 :
Rohan--I work alone too, so I know how challenging that can be.
I've worked with children pretty extensively, and I'm more than willing to help you in any way I can with any questions you might have about shooting them.
Welcome aboard, Rohan. From one more one-man band (at least shooting-wise) to another.
Rohan, look at UNICEF's guidelines. They're actually quite good.