Hey,my names are Odile Uwimbabazi a freelance film maker from a country of thousand hills Rwanda,for the last 5 days I had a chance to be with James Longley in a documentary workshop, my dream is being realised in a way of doing documentaries and I hope to learn more from this website.
Welcome, Odile. You can join your workshop mates and register for professional status here. That way you'll have access to all 50 discussion topics.
I'm a freelance video journalist based in Kabul, Afghanistan.
I learned about the D-Word through reading an article about the very talented James Longley.
Some of my work can be seen here (short demo reel)
It's great to be part of this community, and I look forward to connecting with people and seeing new work!
I'm BUHORO filmmaker from Rwanda, Am currently working on my documentary projects.
It's very excited to be here with all of you and i hope together we will make great stuff in this world of documentary films.
Thanks a lot.
A warm welcome, Elissa and Buhoro. Elissa, we saved you the trouble by upgrading you to "professional" status. Figured anyone who shoots with a combat helmet on deserves it.
Lovely work, Elissa.
In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 23 May 2012 :
Thank you, Doug– I've seen trailer for The Kids Grow Up and 51 Birch Street, but yet to see both films in entirety and very much want to. Both look really compelling. Great to be a part of this community with so many talented people like yourself!
In reply to Rob Rooy's post on Wed 23 May 2012 :
Thank you, Rob. Really wish I could find To Our Credit over here!
In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 23 May 2012 :
(Regarding the combat helmet) Haha! Indeed Doug!
Welcome Elissa, I will view your work when I get home. VIMEO is blocked off in my office. There are tons of talented doc filmmakers that are part of the D-word, and we welcome one more (with a bad-ass headwear too)!
Hoping to see more interesting works from Kabul. Keep making them!
Welcome Elissa, Buhoro, and all the Mzungus from Rwanda. Great to have you here on The D-Word :)
I'm MBABAZI, a freelance filmmaker from Rwanda, I'm attending James Longley's workshop which is almost ending in Kigali, I leran a lot and I'm ready to put it in practice in my upcoming projets, as learning never end, I hope I'll keep learnin from this website
It's nice to be here. I stumbled in on this website while checking out an article about the Hot-docs pitch forum. This looks like a great site to discuss and debate docs and all of the methods and practices that come along with it. Hope you are all well, and working on exciting projects! I've been working on a documentary for the past 4 years. It chronicles two school years at a small charter school that teaches refugee children alongside local American kids. You can check out the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/31798296
Looking forward to the discussion!
Glad to be here, I was recently the director of photography on my first feature doc, "Just Like Being There."
It was my first taste of documentary film-making and what else can I say but I am addicted. Hoping to soon be able to film many more documentaries!
Looking forward to chatting it up with everyone on the message boards.
Hello D-Word Community,
I am a big fan of your work Doug Block, I love your style of pitching. Can I take you with me to La Rochelle, France to pitch our project "Incurable Diseases" Is it a Business? @TheSunnySideOfTheDoc ??? Hehehe...
Doug and everybody in this community, I am the Creator and Director of this Documentary www.IncurableDiseasesBiz.com and would love your feedback on it: http://www.cubanhat.tv/incurable-diseases-is-it-a-business/
D-Word community we would love your support of our film, can you please go to this link, watch the 3 Mins Video and Vote for us? "Incurable Diseases" Is it a Business? http://www.cubanhat.tv/incurable-diseases-is-it-a-business/
Hi everyone. I'm a filmmaker living in LA, but about to head out to Malawi, Africa for a year to film my first doc. I recently met the very talented Nick Higgins who tipped me off about this site. Looking forward to digging in and learning as much as I can from everyone. Looks like a great community.
Hello everyone, Im Raymond Bell the founder and Administrator of the HOPE Project a career training program for socially and economically disadvantaged young people in DC. I'm not a filmmaker I'm looking for a filmmaker to help us with a documentary about this amazing program that has become a movement in DC. The unemployment rate in the area we recruit our students is 30% on paper but actually much higher, the program is only 3 years old and has been nicknamed the Harvard of the Hood, by young people because of the success of the graduates. we really need a professional to help with this project. We have footage since we started and pictures. The website is hopeprojectdc.org, here is the most recent news story about the program. http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/05/raymond-bell-and-h-o-p-e-project-help-students-succeed-75551.html
if there is a talented student in the DMV please contact us, we really need some help. We want to shed some light on the lack of quality job training in the country and celebrate the success of the HOPE Project students.
email is raybelljr [at] gmail [dot] com
Adam, Jakob, Carla and Ben, great to have you all joining us at The D-Word. A warm welcome to you all.
Great program, Raymond. Hope you find the help you need here.
In reply to Carla Sanchez's post on Thu 24 May 2012 :
Best offer I've had all week, Carla :-) Feel free to whisk me away to France, for sure.
My name is Kiley Kraskouskas, I am documentary filmmaker living and working in Washington, D.C. Right now, I am in post production on the documentary, Essakane Film, which is the story of the Taureg music festival, The Festival in the Desert, and the rebellion that ended it. We began the project with a Kickstarter campaign that funded most of our three-week shoot in Mali in 2011 and continue to fundraise while also scripting and rough cutting as our story continues to change!
I love documentary films and doc filmmakers, so I am not sure why its taken me so long to join the d-word, but I am happy to be here. In addition to this film, I also the co-founder of Thinking Forward Media, where I consult and teach on crowd funding, (my other passion) proposal writing and budgeting for films.
Recently I became a board member of Docs in Progress and love their mission and the community that surrounds it.
Welcome, Kiley. Be sure to register for professional membership here so you'll have full access to our 50 discussion topics.
Kiley, welcome! Hope we meet soon; maybe at Silverdocs?
my name is Anna Kelaidi, photographer and beginner in the art of documentary. I live and work in Athens, Greece. I am happy to join your community, and I am sure I am going to learn a lot of this encounter!
Welcome Kiley and Anna. Anna, your background suggests you know quite a bit about documentary – tell us about your current area of study
Currently I do a research on greek documentary filmmakers. I want to find out about the reasons that made -or make- docs, about their personal stories that lead to their personal "truth" and view of life. I am interested in the filmmaker's intimate thoughts and feelings that push him/her to create a documentary film.
Hmmm, what else? All in all this is my field of work right now :) (I hope I didnt took advantage of the space here in the "introduce yourself" topic!)
This is exactly the place to tell us! Where are you doing your PhD?
At Aristoteleion university in Thessaloniki, Greece, in the school of fine arts.
Thanks, Doug. I just updated my profile. Great to be here. Rob – I will be at Silver Docs all week, hope to see you there. I will definitely be at the Docs in Progress Open House on the 22nd.
In reply to Doug Block's post on Sun 27 May 2012 :
I happened to find this website last week and have thoroughly enjoyed reading the posts of D-Word documentary filmmakers. The same week, I found a copy of Doug Block's latest documentary, "The Kids Grow Up" at our local library and totally related to the interaction with his daughter before she started her university studies. In April, I attended the 2012 Full Frame Film Festival in Durham, NC. with the panel discussion that included Doug, Ross McElwee and Alan Berliner and was impressed with the great filmmaking that can be done about an individual's family.
In recent years, my part-time film making, has trended towards event documentaries in my community. For the last two years, I documented the local high school marching band in their pre-season practices, performing at football games and at the their competitions. This has led to opportunities to film weddings and, of course, I'm always the uncle who doesn't put the video camera down at family events (everyone always enjoys the finished product).
My on-line blog contains links to some/portions of the films I've completed:
My other passion is watching documentary films. I have a list of all of the nominees for the Academy Awards Best Documentary Feature films since the 1940's and have been methodically watching each of these that I have been able to locate. I especially enjoy watching the filmmaker's commentary (when included on the DVD).
In reply to Kiley Kraskouskas's post on Sun 27 May 2012 :
Nice to quickly meet at Docs in Progress a couple of weeks ago. I stepped inside to buy a boom pole off Tessa and say hi to Erica. I mentioned to Erica that I was looking for a project with some non profit money I had. We exchanged cards. You did not mention Tinariwen when we met, just a festival in the desert. Of course I love those guys and just caught them at the 9:30 club!
Look forward to the screening on the 7th.
In reply to Dave Melonakos's post on Tue 29 May 2012 :
Good to have you here, Dave. Funny but my next film (112 Weddings) is based on my work as a p/t wedding videographer over the past 20 years. So I guess you're heading down the right path :-)
I remember meeting you at DIP. Would be great to meet in person again, thank you so much for coming to the screening!
Yes, Tinariwen's story is a big part of our film, although they did not attend the festival the year we filmed due to the death of Ibrahim's son right before the festival started. However, we caught up with them on their tour last summer. They are playing at the Howard Theatre on June 14 and we will definitely be there and hopefully interviewing them again, so we should coordinate.
Hope your project is going well!
In reply to John Gyovai's post on Wed 30 May 2012 :
My name is Justin. I'm really looking forward to getting to know you all. I'm a cinematographer and filmmaker in NYC and currently at work on a couple of projects that I look forward to sharing with you all sometime soon! If you wanna check out some of my past stuff at the Vimeo link below, please consider yourself invited.
All the best!
Special shout-out to Doug Block! Thanks a lot, sir. I appreciate your encouragement!
A pleasure to have you here, Justin. Someone do yourself a big favor and hire this dude.
Justin, I just visited your Vimeo page, have marked some of your videos to watch later (i.e. soon).
Thanks, Elissa! Looking forward to your thoughts.
In reply to Justin Ervin's post on Sun 3 Jun 2012 :
Is Missed Connections the same that played last year at WSFF? (methinks)
Hi Niam. Nope, I didn't enter it into any festivals. I'd love to see the one you're speaking of.
Their film links from last year aren't working anymore, but this is a one liner I found about the film:
â€œMissed Connections,â€ by Mary Robertson â€” On Craigslistâ€™s â€œMissed Connectionsâ€ forum, those who regret their timidity make appeals to the Ones Who Got Away.
Wow! Very similar indeed... Now I REALLY want to see it. :)
My name is Mike Byhoff and I am working for a start-up that will be producing documentaries, as well as reaching out to people across the world and paying them to shoot short (4-10 minute) documentaries around the world.
I heard about this place at the Vimeofest Awards this past weekend, and it seems like an awesome resource.
I'm wondering what the best way is to go about finding the right kind of documentary filmmakers to make pieces for this new site?
i'm not sure if you have access to the 'people' tab above (because you are an enthusiast instead of professional right now), but you can find filmmakers by location using that tool... and if the moderators grant you 'professional' status, you'll have access to the 'professional classifieds' where you can post about opportunities that your group is presenting to filmmakers... both are good options.
Thanks Riley. I applied for professional status yesterday, but since our website is in closed Beta I had to show some projects we're working on by uploading to YouTube. I hope I can get a lot of people some good, meaningful work with fair pay.
My name is Bob. I am a retired computer specialist who enjoys video and still photography as a hobby. I also enjoy watching movies and documentaries and reading about how they are made. I have uploaded a few Youtube videos on my hobbies of astro-photography and microscopy. I'm also an amateur musician and record music with a friend about once a week.
Bob and Michael, welcome to The D-Word.
Michael, you've got an interesting venture – D-Worders certainly appreciate meaningful work with fair pay! You're very welcome to post in the Professional Classifieds and to reach a wider audience the Public Classifieds as well. However please note that we do not approve of systematic mining of the database – not saying you would do this, but just to warn that D-Worders are allergic to unsolicited emails!
Hey there, everybody! I am finally working on my first ever documentary, it's about the economic and environmental status of the Binghamton Ny area, why it is how it is and where it's going. I set up a blog and a twitter as a sort of documentation of how someone with no real experience struggles through learning the Pre/Production/post production process on their first try. check it out http://krhallagan.blogspot.com/ and I set up a Twitter account if you're interested but don't want to read so much @K_R_Hallagan
Check it out! it's an exciting time for me :p
have a great day everybody!
Welcome to The D-Word, Kevin, and good luck with the project.
Hi I am Nadeem, a model/presenter. I love travelling and delving in different cultures. My ultimate dream is to present and produce off the wall quirky documentaries where I am unveiling some amazing unique places & cultures. It will be like a kaleidescope. I want the viewer to become so entised in the programme that they feel they have been on the journey with me and experienced the exhilerating ride!!! Would love to connect with like-minded individuals and anyone who can help me turn my dream into reality. Look most forward to hearing from you.
Hi, I'm Charles Rich. I'm working on my first documentary film with the barest of equipment at hand. I have no training/education in the craft, so this will be a from-the-ground-up project. I will be blogging my progress (and trips and stumbles) along the way, which I'll post a link to shortly. Besides establishing an online presence beyond an FB account, I'm mining the web for any information/support I can get in the process. It's great to be a part of D-Word, and Thanks for simply being here.
Silverline Production First Documentary
On The Ropes
As Sharad prepares for his next brawl he becomes distracted to hear the information regarding his fathers sickness. This crucial time ignites family and friends to support eachother even when times are tough.
Thanks for the support, Ben
Nadeem, Charles, Sharad, welcome to The D-Word and all the best with your projects.
I am so happy to have found this community! I'm currently working on my first ever doc about contemporary artists in Cambodia. Please feel free to check out our trailer here:
I am looking for feedback, friends, advice on applying to ITVS, anywhere else that might be a good fit for the doc...people who want to put me in touch with Angelina Jolie (kidding, kinda not kidding)...ya know.
We're equally happy that you found us, Alta. You might want to check out the Funding topic, as well as do a search for ITVS since we've talked a lot about applying to it here.
As for Angelina Jolie, hmmm...
In reply to Alta Buden's post on Wed 20 Jun 2012 :
Interesting characters in that clip. Nice.
Agree. Very nice work, Alta.
Hello everyone! I recently joined and am glad to be with you all. I'm an avid documentary and indie film fan. I'm one of the founding members of the IDA back in 1982. Since then, my career has been extremely good to me in music. Besides music production & our music library, I parlayed my business into becoming a partner in an audio post facility (Media City Sound) here in Studio City. We do music and audio post for TV & Film & Media. We love documentaries & indie films. Please come for a visit & tour. We are very budget friendly and superpros at what we do. Here are our sites: www.mcsound.com and www.themusiccollective.com. Contact me at scott(at)aecgllc.com 818-508-3300
Hey D folks,
After making several documentaries independently, I'm really happy to be here but equally ashamed it took me so long to join. I truly hope to make up for lost time and to be of service.
Looking for a very professional videographer to shoot a theatre in Palo Alto, CA next week. If interested please send rates and reel links to: email@example.com
Welcome, Scott and Pepe. Ala, we welcome you, too, but your post actually belongs in the Classifieds topic. This is just a place to introduce yourself, which we hope you'll do.
Ooops! I didn't know it, thank you Doug for letting me know, I'm gonna replace it to Classifides
No worries, Ala. Good to have you with us here.
Hello all. I'm a filmmaking student at a local University, slowly carving my way through its program. I'm apparently considered a "mature" student, being that my classmates are generally younger than my daughter, who is a few years out of college. I learned about this forum from a D-word member just a few days ago, during my visit to the Silverdocs Film Fest. I'd like to thank that person again, but can't recall, this morning, who that was. So, thanks, whoever you are.
My primary filmmaking interest is with docs. I come from a commercial photography background, and decided, when embarking on this journey, that the college classroom, infused with the energy of youthful classmates and the professional experience of its teachers, was a good place to begin. So far, so good. My first doc, "Breaking Boundaries: the Art of Alex Masket", a short film about an artist with severe autism, has made festival rounds (not Silverdocs, sadly, but did get a CINE Golden Eagle) from early 2010 until recently. If interested, it's currently online. Here's the two minute trailer:
A link to the full version should also be on that page along with a few other learning experiences. Looking forward to discussions & sharing information.
Thanks Rob Rooy for alerting me to this forum....had forgotten who done it earlier, my brain finally kicked in ;-)
In reply to Dennis Connors's post on Mon 25 Jun 2012 :
However you got here, Dennis, glad you found us. Welcome aboard.
Hi, Dennis; glad to see you here!
I believe that this is my first posting here – after having been a member for sometime and simply relying on the updates. Time to dive in.
I am a New Zealander, based in Japan for the last 15 or so years (and shortly migrating to the States).
Have worn a few caps thus far – local fixer, editor, video-journalist, cameraman, director. But documentary's where my heart's at.
I'm currently heavily ensconced in making an indie documentary called "Doglegs" – about the underground disabled pro-wrestling scene in Japan.
Hello, one and all!
www.doglegsmovie.com (underconstruction, but should be up in a few days)
Feeling my way around here, but so far I love what I see – a vibrant online community.
As a not-for-profit distribution organisation promoting quality films, we're always on the lookout for short documentaries that inspire young people in schools to engage in deep learning. I'm happy to provide a list of topics of particular interest.
'Short' means really short, ie. under 11mins, but we have plenty of examples where filmmakers have cut short versions (not trailers) of feature-length work to use as promotion or try-out for larger work.
Get in touch with me at any time – richard at campfire.org.au
or explore the campfire site to see the work we do. Campfire is a passion that grew out of my hobby and love of the documentary form (and graduation from film school back in '97... but that's another story for another day!)
Doug or any host, can you tell me what the most appropriate place to say "we're looking for x, y & z?"
Thanks for hosting a great site!
Heath & Richard – you've certainly found the right place! Welcome aboard The D-Word
In reply to Richard Leigh's post on Fri 6 Jul 2012 :
Richard, the Public and Professional Classifieds topics are probably your best bet. They're the only topics where we're okay with double posting, too.
Thanks John & Doug.
I'll get that public & pro classifieds topic list happening soon.
Again, thanks for the welcome & the service you're doing here :)
Hi folks, my name is Adam Stafford, a few years ago I directed a short called The Shutdown, which was quite well received. Since then I've been a bit erstwhile from the film community, making a new short (see My Films) that's taken me literally 3 years to get funding for and some busy musical projects. But I'm here to re-engage with the Doc Community. Thanks.
Good to have you here, Adam. Welcome back to filmmaking, in general, and welcome to The D-Word.
Thanks for the welcome Doug, it's good to be back!
Really liked The Shutdown when it was screened at Silverdocs back in 2009. Welcome back, Adam.
Thanks John, yeah it has taken me a while to follow it up, but I have finally! (you can view the trailer for No Hope For Men Below here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQo9I4G2ylo). I hope to make it back to Silverdocs next year, it was such a warm, friendly and encouraging festival.
In reply to Heath Cozens's post on Fri 6 Jul 2012 :
Hey Heath. That sounds like a fascinating project.
Japan has such an interesting combat sport history (ranging from Sumo to Pride FC). Somewhat like a religion to them. And kudos for sheding light to an unfamiliar combat industry in such a kinetic culture.
Good luck on that one!
I just joined and am so excited to be a part of the community! I have been working on a documentary for two years and it has been an incredible journey. It's about a little Iraqi girl who, after being struck by a roadside bomb, came to the US for reconstructive surgery five years ago and has yet to return. It has been compelling to watch her story unfold – feel free to check out our website and drop us a note! thebeautythatremains.com Looking forward to discovering all that D-word has to offer ...
We're happy to have you here, Becky. Welcome aboard and best of luck with your film. Sounds very compelling.
In reply to Raymund Gerard C. Cruz's post on Mon 9 Jul 2012 :
Thank you, Raymund for the encouraging words.
Doglegs is an NPO – and serves as a hobby for some members, something of a raison d'etre for others. Not an industry by any means. But as you say, there's a certain Japanese appreciation for the martial arts – fighting as a means to prove yourself – they are seen as wholesome and pure, and have quasi religious aspects, as well.
Doglegs Superhandicapped Pro-wrestling is much more down and dirty, homemade – almost like a cross between performance art and MMA. But there's a strength of spirit and purpose that I do think echos the ethos of classical Japanese fighting styles.
Anyway, I'll be sure to post about it in depth once I get more familiar with my way around the boards. Very much looking forward to sharing and being a part of this community.
In reply to Heath Cozens's post on Thu 12 Jul 2012 :
Very intriguing! Asians do have an attachment to spirituality. To us, life goes on like a ritual. My wife and I share with you the same fascination with japan, only more in theater. She will be in Kyoto to study Noh theater for a month starting next week. Anyways, looking forward to seeing your wonderful project.
Adam, great to see you back! Look forward to raising a glass at a film festival this year to celebrate your new film, which I know will be wonderful.
In reply to Dennis Connors's post on Mon 25 Jun 2012 :
Good to have you here. Don't worry about age. Some of my favorite filmmakers started working late. John Cassavetes, Abbas Kiarostami, Kidlat Tahimik, Robert Bresson, and Rob Nilsson became active late in their mid-30 to late 40's. In art, age is just a number. :)
The D-word will get you going.
I'm a verite shooter working on a documentary about communities rebuilding from natural disaster. I'm currently in Bay St Louis Mississippi but we've also been to Alabama and Louisiana.
We have a Kickstarter up: http://kck.st/NzV3Y0
Any feedback would be appreciated. So give me your most brutal hello and tell me what you really think of it!
My name is David Liebling. I have worked mostly in live sports production for the past few years, with a long hiatus in Asia where I was teaching english and traveling.
While I was in South Korea I started shooting for a documentary I'd like to produce 'the right way.' Meaning that I'd like to figure out what I'm doing as far as pre-production and distribution to give my project the best possible chance at success.
I'll be lurking this site, searching for answers regarding budgeting, planning, distribution, financing, and all the other aspects of documentary making that are currently baffling to me. Any nudges in the right direction would be much appreciated!
I hope I can give as well at some point.
My name is Louis Mole. I am a young aspiring documentary filmmaker from England. I have almost completed a one year documentary filmmaking course and I am now looking for employment, starting in November. I have made a number of short documentary films, and I am predominantly interested in social issue documentaries. I have made films on subjects such as homelessness, mental illness and newly released prisoners learning to reconnect with their children. Thank you for having me!
My name is Alyssa Bolsey and I'm currently directing a feature Swiss/US documentary about the film pioneer/inventor of the Bolex camera. If you're interested in checking out the development teaser it can be viewed on vimeo. https://vimeo.com/31740507
A young filmmaker myself, working in an international co-production has proven to be challenging but rewarding in the lessons learned. I look forward to learning more from d-word member's experiences as well as contributing all that I can in the process!
In reply to Brian Murphy's post on Sun 4 Nov 2007 :
Hi Brian. My name is Tarryn Crossman. I have been working in the TV industry in South Africa (Africa as a whole) for like 8 years and now I am producing my first independent documentary. The film lives between South Africa and Canada. I am looking for a journalist in canada, who might want to help me access some information on the ground. If you have any suggestions I'd really appreciate it. Here is a link to the trailer (although the film has changed somewhat since this was made) https://vimeo.com/43240496
In reply to Alyssa Bolsey's post on Mon 30 Jul 2012 :
It looks like an interesting film. Good luck!
Joshua, David, Louis and Alyssa, a warm welcome to The D-Word! Good to have you here with us.
Hi, My name is Alexandria Dionne, everyone calls me Alex. I'm a producer and production manager on a doc film called 10x10: Educate Girls, Change the World (10x10act.org). It's a film about girls education in developing countries. I'm based in LA, but spent many years in NY, working on various docs there. This is a great site. I'm very happy to be a part of this community.
And we're happy to have you joining us, Alex. Welcome.
Hey everyone, my name is Stephen Robinson, and I'm a young filmmaker working for a company called Ark Media based in Brooklyn, NY. I have my own nascent production company, and my first project is nearing its final stages. It's a short doc using footage that I shot while in Gaza, Israel and the West Bank back in 2009, and I hope to develop a feature length documentary about the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. I went to my first D-Word event last night through the Scottish Documentary Institute, and really enjoyed "Cutting Loose." Looking forward to participating in these forums!
I'm a budding filmmaker, with a background in TV news production and print journalism. I graduated from doc studies at the New School this spring and completed my first 20-minute short: "Keepers of the Flock" on NYC's pigeon-obsessed subcultures. Currently looking for ways to get my film out there, and working as an editor and researcher on several projects.
I made it out to the excellent screenings and meet-up yesterday, and met some great people. I definitely plan to get more involved online – and in the real world – with this community.
I'm just completing a monumental documentary and thought I should introduce myself here. It's about a guy going around the world by human power – no motors, no sails. It was shot over 15 years all over the world, and the resulting footage is now a 2 hour feature film. Happy to answer any questions and sure I'll have a few of my own.
You can see a trailer and more information here:
Glad to meet you all.
Welcome, Ben and Kenny.
Stephen, great meeting you last night!
In reply to Kenny Brown's post on Mon 6 Aug 2012 :
Nice trailer. Good luck with the film.