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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.

Please note that this is one of our Public Topics, so best to enter email addresses with (at) to prevent them being harvested. Spam will be deleted.

Gina DellaPietro
Fan

Hi, I'm Gina and I work for a film distribution company called Passion River. We release many different types of films. Is there any filmmakers interested in learning about film distribution for their film?

Thanks!
Gina

Corey Wascinski
Fan

Hello Everyone,

I'm Corey Wascinski a Visual Journalist from Ca. currently living in Brooklyn NY while in post production on my first feature documentary film.

I apologize for being frank but would anyone know where I could obtain a music contract pertaining to film festival usage? I would go the obvious route and contact an entertainment lawyer but can not afford it.

Thank you in advance.

David Ryder
Fan

Hello hello.

I'm David Ryder and I am working for the photo agency VII, specifically for photographer Ron Haviv. We have some powerful documentary shorts and I am looking for venues. The shorts include 'Blood and Honey,' about the wars in the Balkans, and pieces on the Congo, Sudan, and LA gangs.

http://viiphoto.com/video.php

Ben Kempas
Pro

Welcome Corey and David. The D-Word made an emergency move to a new server setup today and not everyone was able to reach us. We're glad you were!

Gwendolen Cates
Pro

Hello everyone,

It's taken me ages to get around to registering on this site! Doug, we met at Silverdocs and at a Stranger than Fiction soiree.

I'm originally a photographer, mostly editorial portraits and features plus a book, who finished my first documentary film recently (Water Flowing Together) which has won a few awards and aired nationally on Independent Lens in April.

Anyway, I'm beginning a second one (didn't learn my lesson :) and looking for someone to help with fundraising and stuff like that, ideally a production partner who would be excited about the project.

Doug Block
Host

Howdy, Gwendolyn. Glad you finally got your butt here. Congrats on finishing the first and launching it into the world! And tell us about your new doc in the Works in Progress topic.

Jim Kolmar
Fan

Hi everyone,

My name's Jim, and I work, variously, in feature production and festivals. My doc experience is limited, but I'm hoping to change that very soon. Looking forward to getting involved!

Jason Osder
Pro

Hi All,

I’m a professor of media and public affairs at The George Washington University, and the co-author of “Final Cut Pro Workflows: The Independent Studio Handbook.” I also own a company called Amigo Media that does a lot of FCP work and consulting. My company’s motto is Relate, Educate, Create, and that kind of sums up my working attitude.

I’m very excited to be starting next week on GWU’s International Fellowship in Documentary Filmmaking, headed by Nina Seavey. This is an exciting new program that will bring together filmmakers from around the world for a once-in-a-lifetime experience (cliché, but accurate!)

I’m an alum of the Documentary Institute master’s program at UF, and my own filmmaking activity revolves around a long-term project that is waiting to see the light of day.

To wrap up, I think people in this group would get a lot out of our book, because it is a lot different than the typical FCP book, digging into how the program is implemented in the real world. http://www.finalcutproworkflows.com/

Best,

Jason

Christopher Wong
Pro

welcome, Jason! good to have you with us. that fellowship sounds like a really exciting opportunity. (btw, you don't have to sign your name on your posts b/c it's already there at the top...)

oh yeah, do we get the standard 75% D-Word member discount on the book?

Mikal Jakubal
Pro

Hey, Chris, what D-Word member discount?...uh, I mean...oh yeah, right! Of course! The discount! Yes, well, Jason, that's something you should know about—75% discount. Ya know, time honored D-Word tradition, S.O.P. and all that. Gee, how could I almost forget!

Lenville O'Donnell
Pro

But that's above and beyond the free dvd or book for the first five D-Worders who welcome new members, right?

Welcome, Jason!

I'll e-mail you the address to send my book to...

Jason Osder
Pro

Well, on the real, Amazon is offering a 34% discount:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0240810058/ref=s9subs_c4_at1-2871_g1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=06N21AAM21YRHPPWZVRK&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=278240301&pf_rd_i=507846

And on the realer, the book was pirated and available illegally on the web before it ever hit the shelves.

For anyone thinking about writing a book, there is about as much money in it in making documentaries!

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Jason. I'll be in DC for a screening and workshop with the International Fellowship in June. Hope I'll get to meet you then.

Jason Osder
Pro

For sure, Doug – I had not made the connection, but now I know why your name was familiar – fantastic!

The fellows are arriving this weekend. We are all nervous and very, very excited. This is totally new territory!

Gerry  Potter
Fan

I'm Gerry Potter, from Edmonton, Canada. I worked in theatre for 30 years as a director, writer, dramaturg, producer , teacher and actor, ran a theatre company for 17 years and have been a part-time university teacher of drama for 17 years. Way back, I worked as a newspaper and radio journalist for a couple of years and have been an amateur photographer since I was a kid. I started taking filmmaking courses about 5 years ago, and am active with a film/media co-op called FAVA in Edmonton. Have now made 2 short dramas with another in post, and one short documentary with another longer doc in post. My dramas have played at festivals in North America, and my short doc is being used on a website for a cultural organization. In the two years I've started to get paid for script consulting and doc work, but am not actually making a living at it yet. While I love making works of fiction and imagination, my documentary work appeals to my interest in engaging with the world more directly, and has rekindled my interest in observing and reporting, the things that led me to journalism in the first place.

Joe Moulins
Pro

Welcome, Gerry.

Which theater company did you run?

I grew up in Edmonton and worked at a couple of Edmonton radio stations back in the early 80s, K97 and CJAX. I was the sports department and 1/3rd of the news department respectively.

Tania Waisberg
Pro

Hi,
My name is Tania. I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina but I live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I work in educational videos and do documentaries with my husband as well. You can check our work at www.glimmerdocs.com. We have done one short documentary so far, and are on the pre-production/ research phase on the second one. Back in Argentina we used to work on advertising, shooting commercials. After we moved here to do our MFA we decided that documentaries is what we like to do.
Looking forward to "meet" you all,
Tania

Gerry  Potter
Fan

Hi Joe

Thanks for the note--great to hear from an ex-Edmontonian. I started and was Artistic Director, and sometimes General Manager, of Workshop West Theatre for 17 years. I left the company in the mid-90's to teach, write, and, a little later, explore film.

Do you make sports documentaries now?

Gerry

Jason McGeown
Pro

I am Head of Acquisitions for international documentary distributor, MercuryMedia and for the online pay-per-view documentary channel www.joiningthedots.tv.

Mercury is a boutique distribuitor specialising in high-end one-off documentaries and has been operating for 8 years. www.mercurymedia.org.

joiningthedots.tv launched 2 weeks ago. We are partnered with The Independent newspaper in the UK, who are running a version of jtd via their site. We have launched with 60 films and will be adding 5 – 10 per month. Our next batch of films include the Oscar winning Born into Brothels and the Oscar nominated Waco: Rules of Engagement.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any films that you are looking to distribute or that may be suitable for joiningthedots.tv. We are pay-per-view and work on a revenue share basis.

Best wishes,

Jason

jason@mercurymedia.org

Ben Kempas
Pro

Welcome to The D-Word, Jason, Gerry and Tania. And keep us updated on joiningthedots.tv, Jason!

Joe Moulins
Pro

In reply to Gerry Potter's post on Wed 21 May 2008 :

I was just about to answer your question with a "no", but then remembered that I am working on a sports doc of sorts now. So yes, but I haven't in the past.

What kind of doc work are you interested in?

Gerry  Potter
Fan

I'm thinking about that a lot but have no fixed conclusions. Current doc is about the theatre group I work with, Rising Sun, which is composed mostly of people with developmental disabilities. I'm interested in politics, art, people, thinking. I teach creative thinking and may try to do a doc on that if I can find a creative way in (!)

Jan Katsma
Pro

hi y'all,

I'm a documentary maker from Rotterdam, The Netherlands. I'm an editor since 2001 and since 2004 I'm making films myself. I recently founded a documentary production company called Umwelt Films, together with my colleague Debbie Kleijn. We're working on several documentaries for Dutch television.

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