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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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Robyn Symon
Pro

Hi everyone!
So happy to join this group! I found out about it through IDA.
I'm a former producer at PBS and now produce indie docs. I wrote, produced, directed and edited "Transformation: The Life and Legacy of Werner Erhard" about the controversial founder of est. It was picked up for distribution by Screen Media Films. I learned a lot going through that experience. I've done a few others as well and have been hired by producers to help with structure of the films.
I've just returned from Timbuktu (yes a real place in Mali, Africa) doing a film about the nomadic Tuaregs – an ancient culture on the verge of extinction. We followed the son of a Tuareg chief who is also a music promoter on a mission to save this people and his culture. I'm editing and looking for grants and possibly co-pro arrangements. Heading out to LA next week- becoming bi-coastal to work on projects.

Thanks so much Doug for creating this fabulous site. I'll try to visit often. Robyn

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Robyn. Totally intrigued by your Werner doc, having done several Landmark courses. It's funny because every time I've ever brought Landmark up here the membership goes completely bonkers and dredges up the Werner Erhard connection, as if he's the devil himself. Even when I patiently explain that The D-Word would not exist but for Landmark (nor Landmark but for Erhard), I all but get burned at the stake. Pretty amusing, but then again no one said transformation was easy.

Robyn Symon
Pro

I know how you feel Doug. I've faced a firing squad of journalists for doing the film- giving Werner the opportunity to present his story while not shying away from controversy. He really is a very charismatic caring man who is committed to people living powerfully. He just loves to push people's buttons and some people don't understand that.
I believe the film is available on hulu if you want to see it for free. ( Lesson learned from selling all rights to Screen Media).
I'm redoing the website now and getting ready to launch a PPV series with the raw footage from our interviews. I recommend Landmark for anyone as a course on how to stop carrying baggage around from your past and live your passion. Live a more conscious life. Some people are afraid to rock the boat. :)

Michelle Medina
Pro

Hello Everyone!

I am an American documentary filmmaker based in Morocco where I have been for the last few years.

I moved here after Smith on a Fulbright and never left and I still get lots of people asking when I intend to go back to New York and I simply say, when I am no longer inspired to make films here. Which hasn't happened as of yet.

I just finished a documentary called ALL I WANNA DO about a Casablanca parking guard and his 17-year-old son who form a hip hop group. The duo set out and meet their heroes, enter studios and radio stations for the first time in a journey through the music industry of Casablanca.

They represent some of the poorest residents of a very wealthy city and it's more common for them to hear people ask why they even try to aim higher than people encouraging growth and development. There is a lot of frustration and loss of human talent which I feel is at the heart of a lot of the protests here.

It's been a big hit in Morocco especially because it's an intimate portrayal as opposed to watching a film about "The People Of Morocco".

So far it's been official selected at over 22 festivals and has won "Best Documentary" at Da Vinci Film Festival, "Best Director" at WMIFF, "Third Prize" at Athens International and "Best Foreign Documentary" at the Atlanta Documentary Film Festival this week.

I could use a lot of advice as I have a lot to learn.

I would love to find a mentor and if anyone would like to send me advice or comments or suggestions I would appreciate it and welcome that very much. mmariesnow@yahoo.com

Here is a link to the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy2B2Qq9_l0

Thanks a lot and look forward to hearing from you!

www.michellemedinafilm.com

John Burgan
Host

Lots of good energy there, Michelle – looks like you're doing a pretty good job mentoring yourself already. A warm welcome to The D-Word, leap right in.

Bill McMillan
Fan

HI – my wife, Kim Shelton, who is an established filmmaker, and I are in the festival stages of getting our film, The Welcome, out into the world. Its a doc about an intense and unusual five day retreat for veterans from Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam, along with family members, who create poetry about their experiences in war and return. It is doing well in festivals (a couple of awards so far) and my job is now to distribute the sucker. I'm working with another woman to connect with organizations around the country for local screening partners and I'm looking for any input/advice about both this particular strategy and about educational distribution as well. I've been a therapist for the past 20 years and this is new to me, but I'm having a great time so far. Any advice most welcome.

Marj Safinia
Host

Welcome Bill. Waste no time in catching up with our week long special topic Selling Your Film where you can learn a ton of useful information to help get you started.

Lauren Fleishman
Fan

Hello,
I am a New York based photographer who is working on a shoot in Houston, Texas on October 15th. I am looking for someone in the Houston area who has experience recording audio that will consist of some recorded interviews as well as ambient sound. You should have your own equipment. This is a paid job, Please send me an email at LaurenJoyFleishman@Gmail.com Thank you.

Judith Dancoff
Pro

So good to find such a wonderful forum of documentary filmmakers around the world. I am Judith Dancoff, founder and director of NewFilmMarketing.com, a breakthrough marketing service to help filmmakers sell their films to the academic and library marketings BY THEMSELVES!! Yes I take money, but only enough to coach you. After a career in doc films, I transited into writing, and then into the academic world itself. When it came time to distribute an old film I'd made, I was appalled by the ridiculous percentages of so-called distributors, and so taught myself the basics of distribution from scratch. Check out my blog at http://www.newfilmmarketing.com for a little of what I've been up to, and I will post frequently here. The important take-aways are that academic diy is not rocket science, there's money to be made here, and under no circumstances, ever give it away!

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