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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.

Doug Block
Host

Great to have you here, Marcia. Looks like a great campaign and a powerful film. All the best with your broadcasts.

Kerrin Davis
Fan

Hi, I'm Kerrin, and I'm currently working on a documentary about sexism and gender roles as portrayed by the media. I hope this website will help me get ideas for my topic. If anyone has any suggestions, please feel free to comment.

Elizabeth Gesas
Fan

Hi there, I'm working for an acclaimed documentary filmmaker and we are looking for interns who can log footage in Santa Monica. The documentary will be released within the next year.
More details to follow once a dialogue is started.
Thanks!

Erik Mauck
Fan

Documentary filmmaker in Austin, Texas. I'm currently working on a documentary about a woman whose brother is on death row in Livingston. Always looking for collaborators. Willing to help out on others' projects as well.

David Lawless
Pro

Hi all,

Documentary filmmaker based in Dublin and at the moment I'm working on a feature doc about coffees, baristas, coffee farmers and a quiet revolution that could change the world.

Looking forward to collaboration and contact via this site.

David

www.davidlawless.co

John Burgan
Host

New D-Worders arriving from around the globe – welcome Kerrin, Eliabeth, Erik and David.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome aboard, Helkin. Good to have you at The D-Word.

Samuel Yates
Fan

Hello,
I am searching for a copy of the documentary film Jack Johnson, nominated for an Academy Award in 1970. Jim Jacobs, director. It has a Miles Davis soundtrack.
Sam

T. J. McCarthy IV
Pro

Hi there,

I'm self releasing my first doc "The Evangelist The Hitman & The ACLU" so please stop by the website and then the Facebook page to let me know what you think.

Jason Fredric Gilbert
Fan

Hello -

I am an expat living in Tel Aviv, Israel working on a satirical documentary exploring the reasons why there will never be peace in Israel between the Israelis and Palestinians. You can watch a clip from it on YouTube here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=279oAQQzTZI

I am also working on a more personal documentary/home video documenting the ups and downs of a young couple (my wife and I) as we have our first baby.

I would love to hear from you. And that's a picture of me.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome to The D-Word, Jason. Some folks here have been known to point a camera in their family's direction, too. Lots of luck with that.

Ramona Taylor
Fan

Hello folks! I just joined and am a Virginia based filmmaker working on a few projects! I am excited to join and hopefully get advise about some of the issues coming up w/ some of my pending projects.

ron zimmerman
Pro

Greetings fellow filmmakers. I've been making films since my grandfather handed me the family 8mm camera, decades ago. Worked in television news for eight years, then fully believing that Truth is Stranger Than Fiction, I opened my own documentary production company. Joined the Directors Guild on the basis of my work in network broadcast television. Finished my own feature-length documentaries in the early 1980s :"With Eyes Wide Open", the story of a blind autistic painter, and "D.O.A.", the story of the Sex Pistols' disastrous first and only U.S. tour. Did several projects for National Geographic TV: "Passion for Pythons" and "Out of Control". Currently doing my best to avoid working for crappy fake-reality series on network television by producing docs for ABC and PBS. Open to collaborations. Have gear, will travel.

Doug Block
Host

Glad to have you join us, Ramona and Ron. Welcome.

Rick Dillwood
Pro

Hello everyone. I'm a graduate film student in North Carolina currently working on a short, personal documentary about a lesbian couple for whom I donated sperm. Kind of like Lisa Cholodenko's new film, The Kids Are All Right, except real.

Only two more semesters to go before I graduate and begin the transition from student to independent filmmaker. Looking forward to exploring the site!

- Rick

Doug Block
Host

Sounds really interesting, Rick. Good luck with it and welcome aboard.

juri kim
Fan

hello,everyone. i'm high school student in south korea. i'm interesting documentary. l'm happy to find this site and exploring it!

Doug Block
Host

Good to have young fresh blood here, Juri. Welcome.

Amy Fox
Fan

I'm Amy Fox. I'm here to learn from and work with experienced documentary filmmakers. I offer my services as a production coordinator, PA, sound assistant, camera assistant or editor anywhere in Japan (or possibly Taiwan) at any point between late October 2010 and April 2011. I might be available as late as October 2011. If you know anyone, please let them know that I'm interested.

Film experience:
I've covered two rallies and two concerts. I've been the director's assistant, sound assistant and editor on a dramatic short, and helped coordinate production on a second. I've script-doctored two screenplays, and I will be crewing four short films over the next month.

Other experience:
I've worked as a volunteer coordinator and metal fabricator. I've been published twice, and have been a text editor more times than I can count. I've organized a youth improv group, a pro-trans/pro-sex feminist grrlella art collective, two Queer drop-ins, and four satirical political campaigns.

As you can see, my biggest strength is coordinating people. I'm interested in turning this strength towards filmmaking.

So if you're in Japan (or possibly Taiwan) and want an extra worker, or know someone who would, please contact me.

Tom Puskarich
Fan

Hi, I'm Tom Puskarich, founder of Digitap Transcription Services in Kathmandu, Nepal. http://www.digitapservices.com

My wife and I collectively have 12 years in documentary production and 10 years in technology backgrounds to serve all your documentary transcription needs. We've already had great feedback of our services from companies such as National Geographic TV & Film as well as Discovery Studios. We pride ourselves on our low and up-front prices, quick turnaround, and flexible workflows to help your project. We also are operating across the US and Nepal to offer round the clock help.

Plus our company is made up of largely international volunteers who use this money to keep them being able to fight human trafficking, serving orphans, and working to make a brighter future for one of the most impoverished countries in the world; Nepal.

We also now have a special for New Clients to get their first 10 minutes of transcription free! Email us at info@digitapservices.com to find out more!

Adrien Blondel
Fan

Hey everybody!
I'm Adrien, I'm french. I've been studying cinematography for five years in Paris and I'm now a documentary director/cameraman. I just moved to San Francisco a few days ago, that's why I came here. I'd like to find jobs as a cameraman for documentaries (or even fiction actually) around the city. I already worked on a couple of movies, about a massai tribe in Kenya or the Freedom riders in the US for example.
Don't hesitate to contact me for any information, I need to meet people here!
blondel.adrien@gmail.com
Thanks!

Doug Block
Host

Welcome to The D-Word (and the U.S.), Adrien. Good to have you here.

Maren Wickwire
Fan

hallo!
I just moved recently to Chicago with my husband, originally I´m from Germany. At the moment I´m trying to get connected to Chicago filmmakers and get involved in local documentary productions.
My desire is to find other people that have a passion for doc. films and work together on projects.
I already finished a couple of my own independent films with topics around the middle east, a holocaust surviver, lung transplantation, churches in Turkey and also informational films for not for profit organizations. I`m a cinematographer and editor. If someone has a film idea in the Chicago area I would be interested to hear about that and see if there is a possibility to work together on a project.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Maren. You should definitely register here for professional membership which would give you access to our member's database. You could do a search of Chicago members and read their profiles, might well be helpful. As will participating here on the various discussion topics, which you'll get many more of as a pro member.

Tal Levitas
Pro

Hello Everyone,

My name is Tal Levitas. I have experience in the film festival world, as I have worked in various capacities with the Silverdocs film festival for several years. Since moving to Los Angeles, I've been working on narrative productions as a Production Assistant.

I am working on an independent documentary project and while my production skills are fairly green, I probably have some insights related to the film festival process.

I have a passion for documentary film and am excited to meet with others who share this.

John Burgan
Host

You're in the right place, Tal. Welcome to The D-Word.

Kelly Amis
Pro

Howdy-
I am producing/directing (and so far, just about everything else) my first film, a documentary about race-based inequities in the American education system. I started out as a teacher in South Central, Los Angeles and have been working as an advocate for urban, minority students ever since.

I decided to make TEACHED because it seems to me that much of the public doesn't really understand the racism inherent in our system--or dismisses it, blaming inner-city kids (in particular), and their families, and their culture, for their lower academic performance instead of making sure they get as good of an education as their white and wealthier peers.

Stepping off my soapbox now.....a new friend (an experienced editor) introduced me to the D-Word as a good place to look for an editor for TEACHED (and a place to find general advice, contacts, etc.). I will post an ad today– hoping to finish TEACHED before 2010 is out!

Cool site. Very happy to be here.
Kelly

Doug Block
Host

And we're happy that you're here, as well, Kelly. Sounds like an important film you're making, so hang in there.

Feel free to register as a full member which would give you access to all 50 discussion topics.

Marth Christensen
Pro

Hi Kelly,
I'll send you a copy of our "walk Right In" if you will send me an address.

W. James Meagher
Fan

Hello all,

I am eagerly about to dip my toes in the documentary world and in need of some advice I found this site. I'm sure this isn't the exact place to post questions so I'll end my intro here and figure out where to go next.

Cheers,
James

W. James Meagher
Fan

In reply to Jason Fredric Gilbert's post on Sun 29 Aug 2010 :

Hello Jason! I just signed up to this site and immediately saw your post!
I'm heading to Tel Aviv in a little more than three weeks time shooting a documentary about the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's first tour to Israel since 1975.
On top of the Israeli/Palestinian issue you've picked up on a truly universal theme for your doc – getting the thing funded!
Good luck with your documentary. Getting everyone together again would be amazing, but even just documenting all the reasons it won't happen is enlightening.

Cheers,
James

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, James. Questions can be posted in the Mentoring Room topic.

Deirdre Towers
Fan

Deirdre Towers, Dance on Camera Festival Director, co-produced by Dance Films Association and Film Society of Lincoln Center, is looking for documentaries involving dance for our 39th Festival. Please see our website with the on-line entry form – http://www.dancefilms.org

I just finished a dance film which can be seen on Vimeo – http://vimeo.com/15124459
(Black) Light

Guido Faggion
Fan

Hi all,
we are a team of writers, filmakers and producers for tv-series and documentaries based in Rome,Italy. You can follow us on twitter @StoryFactoryDoc

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Story Factory. So you know, if you want to register for full membership at The D-Word (and we certainly hope you will) you'll need to do so as individuals rather than as a company.

John Burgan
Host

The "real name" policy counts for everyone – you can only join The D-Word as an individual, not as a team or production company.

Ann Torrance Davidson
Fan

Hello! I took the "real name" policy literally and included my middle name. I wasn't trying to sound pretentious ... honest! "Enthusiast" is a perfect description for me. Currently, I'm a Big Fan/consumer of documentary ~ especially when Hot Docs rolls around. Am trying to get a sense of The (doc-making) Life to sharpen my appreciation as an audience member.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Ann. Nice to have a genuinely enthusiastic enthusiast here in the mix. Hope you find what you're looking for.

David Sampliner
Pro

Hi D-Word,

I am way overdue in joining this amazing community, and am glad to finally be a part of it. I made my first documentary in 2004 with Tim Nackashi, Dirty Work (dirtyworkdoc.com), have worked for hire as a cinematographer and producer and director in various corners of the non-fiction film and tv-making worlds, and am now in the middle of making my next documentary feature, called My Own Man, about my middle-aged masculinity crisis (check out myownmanthemovie.com for more details on the project). In some ways I'm an experienced filmmaker but in some ways I also feel like a newbie, especially when it comes to the business of attracting funding and building an audience and getting films out into the world, so I'm here to offer what I can while benefiting from the mentorship of this sprawling network of documentary nuts. Thanks for having me, David

John Burgan
Host

Part of the business seems to be discovering that however much experience you accumulate along the way, it's inevitable to find that you're a newbie again and again.

You're welcome to share your crises at The D-Word, David.

Barbara Parks
Fan

Hello,

My husband and I run a post-production facility here in NYC and for some reason have found ourselves working with a lot of documentary filmmakers. We mixed "Dark Days" here as well as "King Corn" and "Herb and Dorothy". I love working on docs and I hope I can add something to the discussions as well.

Todd Leatherman
Pro

Hello D-Word,

I am an aspiring documentary filmmaker who is currently researching film schools and am in need of some professional advice. I hold a Bachelor's degree in a field unrelated to film and have very little experience with production, editing, distribution, etc. In your professional opinion, do you think my time and money would be better spent pursuing a Master's degree that may focus heavily on history and theory, or pursuing more of a "hands on" program such as the one-year documentary filmmaking program offered by the New York Film Academy? I have read some varying reviews on the NYFA in general, so any advice or opinions you may have about that school would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much for your help!

Todd

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Todd, Barbara and especially David, who I've known for a while now (as well as his impossibly lovely wife). You may feel like a newbie but you're not. Dirty Work showed great talent and can't wait to see how My Own Man turns out.

Todd Leatherman
Pro

In reply to John Burgan's post on Wed 29 Sep 2010 : Thanks for your quick reply, John. I have been researching the programs mentioned in the Independent article and it has been a great starting point. Please let me know if any other advice comes to mind.

Robert Goodman
Pro

Spend your money getting experience. Volunteer for one of the many top-notch doc makers running around NY, Phila, or DC. Then decide if you want/need a masters. You are more likely to find employment by being a great volunteer than by going to school.

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