Hi D-Word. Happy to be here. I just finished my first feature doc this past year and its been on the festival circuit having a pretty good time. The film is called A Life Ascending. You can find a trailer at ALifeAscending.com Im starting to enter the world of hybrid distribution and anxious to learn from others and share what Im learning along the way. Im also looking for some interns to share some of the experience with and to help with some of the research and marketing work. cheers, Stephen
Congratulations on completing your film, Stephen and welcome as a full D-Word Member too – feel free to explore the place. You may also wish to re-post your request for interns (perhaps with some more details) in the Public Classifieds Topic
Iâ€™ve just joined the D-Word, thanks to John Burgan for the connection. It seems like a terrific space/collective resource. I hope to make a useful contribution. Here are some headlines re my background.
These days I work at the intersection of documentary and participatory media. I was co-founder and producer of BBC2â€™s award winning Video Nation project, for which people across the UK recorded everyday life in the 90s, which we edited, with their approval, into over twenty hours of diverse TV output. I was Executive Producer of the BBC Capture Wales digital storytelling project, the first major initiative of its kind in the UK, which was informed by the work of The Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, and resulted in a wealth of autobiographical stories made in workshops around Wales, and contributed to a continuing.digital storytelling culture here.
I still live in South Wales though Iâ€™m now a Research Fellow at the Digital Cultures Research Centre, at the University of the West of England in Bristol. My research explores the emergence of collaborative online documentary. Iâ€™m interested in how a collaborative approach and the online network might enhance documentaryâ€™s role in the public sphere.
I blog at http://collabdocs.wordpress.com/
In the 90s I was a producer/director of documentary and arts TV. My work pursued themes of culture and identity â€“ in Hilda at Darjeeling for Channel Four British women looked back on their role in India under the Raj, in Meeting the Masai Mob for BBC2, Aboriginal Australians met with Masai people to share experiences over land rights. Iâ€™ve also made work about culture and media â€“ Pictures in the Post (BBC2) was a history of the 20th century told through postcards and their messages. Verite Today (BBC2) looked at ideas of truth in British documentary and included interviews with Jean Rouch Nick Broomfield and Richard Leacock. How the West was Lost (Channel 4) looked at Native American representations in Hollywood, and in Navajo Media.
Right now Iâ€™m looking for participants for a web based collaborative project. Within my practice based research Iâ€™m revisiting Jean Rouch and Edgar Morinâ€™s seminal 1960 documentary, Chronicle of a Summer, in particular the question which opens the film, in the classic vox pops sequence, Are you happy? You can see a clip on the site homepage – â€¨http://theareyouhappyproject.org/
Iâ€™m seeking collaborators who are interested in getting involved by asking that question on video in their locality. This could be an interesting brief for media studies or documentary students. â€¨If that interests any teachers here I could offer a briefing via Skype, and could put the call to action into context, both of the original film and of the growing field of collaborative online documentary. (I should mention that I have some teaching experience. ) â€¨Thanks for reading. â€¨My email â€“ firstname.lastname@example.org
What a fascinating background, Mandy. We did a bunch of collaborative projects here at The D-Word in our first few years, but sadly none since then. A shame since such great potential exists for it within a strong and supportive worldwide community like this. So certainly hope your presence helps inspire some more collaborations.
Great to have you here, Mandy. I will definitely be encouraging colleagues and students to participate in the Are you happy? project
Thanks Doug, John. I look forward to D-Wording. Have a good weekend.
Hi D-Word community,
My name is Jeff Girard. Iâ€™ve been an activist since 2000 primarily in the area of bettering the LGBT community. I started the first visible LGBT group in my hometown in 2003, led it through the end of 2007, and then became employed as a volunteer recruiter and trainer with the NO on 8 campaign in San Francisco and Sacramento. Since 2009, Iâ€™ve been in the east bay.
In late 2009, I bought a program to hook up my VCR to my computer to transfer my home movies to digital format. It came with a simple video editing program and once I started using it my creative side was reinvigorated after having been set aside while I focused on activism. It started to occur to me that I could merge my creativity and activism by making viral videos and films.
My areas of interests regarding activism and documentary filmmaking include:
-initiating sustainable gay groups in rural/isolated areas, which is needed in many places in CA
-preventing the destruction of the human food supply
-voter empowerment: required open debates; instant runoff voting; repealing Prop. 14; the advancement of alternative parties and independents
-access to affordable genuinely-healthy food for all
-healthy sexual education inclusive to LGBT teens; opposition to the glorification of un-protected sex
-freedom from the big-brother/nanny state
I am here seeking collaborators and mentors. Please email me at email@example.com if you would like to collaborate with me or offer a mentorship opportunity in the Sacramento, east bay, or southern CA areas. (Note: I apologize if sharing email is against TOS but I am unable to find whether or not it is)
Weâ€™ve heard a lot about â€œit gets betterâ€ for LGBT folks recently. I hope that promise is not just for teens but for the LGBT folks who endure adversities in their adulthood. Iâ€™ve found it to be a challenge to find mentors in the LGBT community. Maybe I just donâ€™t know the right people. To be clear, I am open to working with people of all walks of life â€“ not just LGBT folks.
I want to continue to do good works as an activist â€“ I just need to make enough to pay for my vehicle and food. My hope is that I can find a mentor who sees the record of good works Iâ€™ve done as an activist to mentor me and help me become even more equipped to do good in the world while being able to take care of myself too.
With all humility, I was the only person in my family to graduate high school and not get into drugs or become an alcoholic. I come from a tough background with no examples of successful people in my family. When I became an adult I had to start working to survive and since then I have avoided student loan debt. I may not be a college educated person, but Iâ€™m certainly an intelligent and creative person. Well, I did take one public speaking class. I got an â€œA.â€
I became unemployed last November and am trying to do all I can to find a place for me to utilize my passion for activism and creativity. Iâ€™m hoping to work on projects and partner with or create a nonprofit to fund my projects. Iâ€™m living in my vehicle by choice and I could not be happier about it. Itâ€™s equipped me to push myself harder to move forward. In case you're wondering, I shower utilizing couch surfing. I'm quite clean and organized considering I live in a vehicle.
Because I am living in my vehicle, for now, I can go anyway. For now, Iâ€™m still in the east bay near San Francisco.
Thank you for your consideration.
PS: At http://www.youtube.com/user/noonprop14theatre you can see an example of my work. I directed, wrote, edited, and appeared in the project.
Welcome, Jeff. Feel free to take one more step and register for professional membership here. It'll give you access to all 50 of our discussion topics.
And keep up the good work.
Hello. I've been reading the constructive and generous posts here for a few months- it's time to introduce myself. I work for a weekly documentary show named World Report. The segments aired are a mix of traditional news (with correspondents) and more impressionistic pieces. My specialty is the latter. Here are a few samples:
Look forward to adding whatever I can to the discussions.
Good to have you posting at last, David. Sometimes wonder what we have to do to lure the lurkers out into the sunshine and light of the written word ;-)