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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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Dawn Mikkelson

My name is Dawn and I'm an independent documentary producer/director
from Minnesota. Looking to find out more about this community as
Minnesota tends to have none for documentarians (that I'm aware of,
unless they're just hiding). Just completed a film called "Treading
Water" on the GLBT communities of rural northeastern Minnesota and am
in post-production on "THIS Obedience" a film on the ordination of Rev.
Anita C. Hill, an openly lesbian minister in the Lutheran church. Our
website is if you want to see other pieces about
me or my partner in filmmaking, Jamie. Would love to learn about
fundraising and distribution, as we have the filmmaking part down.
Just don't know exactly how to get these things funded and shown. I
guess that's it for now. I look forward to figuring out this online
community thang, as my web knowledge is not terribly interactive.

Sahand Sahebdivani
Hi All,

Sahand here, young writer/translator weaseling his way into
film/documentary. I've been lurking around since Ben introduced me to
the forum at the Amsterdam Doc Fest, not allowing myself to post
until I finished shooting my first short (dance) film last night. If
it's any good I'll get it streaming on a server somewhere (and post a
link ofcourse), if not, I'll hide in a cave somewhere. Expect a
plethora of questions from yours truly as soon as I feel somewhat
confident in my role as a starting mockumentarist.

Ben Kempas
Welcome to The D-Word, Sahand! Tell us a bit more about where you are coming from, both geographically and in your work.

You can also put some info into your bio in your settings.

Sahand Sahebdivani
Many thanks Ben,

Let it be known I do not shy away from shameless self-promotion;
I am a young Dutch-Iranian alloy, combined for greater strenght,
active in the fields of literature and film. My only published work
(so far) is a collection of Bukowski translations in Farsi. We have
just finished shooting my directing debut; a 1.45 minutes dance-
short. It will undoubtedly have many shortcomings, but the experience
will help me to realise some of my other film plans.

A great deal of my creative juices is reserved for 'Lion-Heart' a
docu-drama Iranian style playing in Baluchistan, an Iranian province
bordering with Pakistan. At the Rotterdam Film Festival next month
you will find me making a fool of myself trying to impress rich

Being a child of neither one world or the other, I get excited when I
see the cultural continents move towards and away from each other,
creating gaps and friction. I see beautiful things being created on
the borders, and it is this energy I wish to tap into, this line I
wish to walk.

Recently my creative soul has been demanding of me to focus my
attention towards the people of Afghanistan. I would like to engage
in dialogue with some of the creative minds of Afghanistan, in- and
outside the country.

I am a small boy with big dreams.

Bill Weaver
Hi Folks.
I'm a transplanted American living in British Columbia. For the
past ten years, I've been president of Across Borders Media,
which produces documentaries mainly for Candian networks.
I'm looking to "cross the borders" more these days, pitching my
projects to American broadcasters as well.

Also, for the past four years, I've hosted a conference called
Media that Matters, which brings together people from all facets
of socially - consicous media in a beautiful wilderness setting to
cross-polloinate and have deeper conversations what we convey
to the world.

NIce to be here. Glad this space exists.
Ben Kempas
Welcome to the D-Word, Bill. I am delighted that you want join our
forums. You have now access to


where you should re-introduce yourself to the other members in
another "Introduce yourself" topic: {LINK NOT IMPORTED}
Doug Block
Likewise, Sahand, I hope you'll register for the private D-Word
Community. Just email me ( and I'll get instructions
right out to you.
Tina Difeliciantonio

I'm not sure if this is the right place for this posting so please
excuse me if I'm in the wrong place.

I am hoping someone out there could help me find an old
version for Mac of Photoshop 4.0. Does anyone know where I
could acquire this version of the program? We have an older
AVID that can only take this version.

Many thanks!


Tina D
Bill Kavanagh
Hi. I'm Bill Kavanagh and I'm a documentary-maker living in
Manhattan. Have field produced a documentary about the civil
war in El Salvador, "Enemies of War," working with Esther
Cassidy. I'm currently posting a documentary about three
families whose lives are changed by a struggle in one city for fair
housing--working title "Brick by Brick." There is a website for this
work-in-progress, at

I'm curious about the d-word community. Do tell!
Tina Difeliciantonio
Hi Bill,

I'm actually a friend of Esther's but I haven't seen her film yet.

Don't know much about D-Word yet since this is my first posting.

Best of luck,

Rob Green
Hi everybody.
I'm Rob, and on my business card it says I'm a documentary
producer. This is because, until recently, I produced cable docs
and magazine stories for Towers Productions in Chicago. I have
recently gone freelance and moved to New York in the middle of
a recession. That's why my business card doesn't say "career
I've done programs for The Food Network, A&E, The History
Channel, MSNBC, and The Weather Channel (yes, The Weather
Channel does programs). I even scored a doc for a friend (and
d-word member).
I've also compiled a rather long list of "next projects," which, if I
can ever free myself from the cycle of wage slavery, I'll start on.

I'm really happy to find this forum. Maybe one of you can
explainto me the difference between "self-employed" and
James Hannon
Hi Rob,

Welcome to the group!

By the way, found out the hard way that the diffence between
self-employed & unemployed is how much money you have in the bank to
support yourself... But if you ever go for unemployement, NEVER tell
them you're self-employed!!!

Take care
Ben Kempas
More than 10,000 postings are waiting for you inside the Community!
Plus, the archives!
Michel Rolland
Hello colleagues,

my name is Michel Rolland, and I'm from Madrid (Spain). Although I
had read about the D-Word community in DOX - EDN's magazine -, it
was not only until january that I was personally invited to join it
by Doug, during the House of Docs discussions, in Sundance. It's
great to see the interest and committment that I can read in every
member's comments, so I'll try to provide helpful and interesting
information. LA LINTERNA, my one member company, is still pretty much
breaking through. We are just starting to work for some spanish
channels providing contents that we shoot in Ny-area by some
associated people I have down there. We have been trying to enter the
international scene for more than two years, since the money for
documentaries in Spain is either non existent or in the hands of a
few multimedia-multicapital companies who provide weigth more than
quality... But this year we are going to produce a documentary that -
hopefully - will give us access to that scene...

I must apologise for my spelling mistakes, but somehow Internet always
rushes my typewriting... It's good to join the D-Word community, and
I'll be posting very soon information about festivals in Spain and
initiatives that a group of documentaries professionals organize under
the name of DOCUS.

Until then... my favourite greeting: GOOD CONTRACTS!

Ben Kempas
Welcome Michel!

You have just posted in our public forum, OUTSIDE The D-Word
Community. Copy and paste your intro to {LINK NOT IMPORTED}

So ... see you inside. Until then, Good Contracts!
Dominic Proccacino
My two points below relate to the Sept 11, 2001 World Trade Center disaster.

(1) Introduction: I was kicked out of the Reed College Alumni Web Conference following the World Trade Center incident of 9/11/2001. Some objected to my posting "Reed:89.6716", maybe someone thought (secretly) that I would fan the flames of animosity against New York City. I tried to rephrase that posting in "Terrorism:8.941", the Cafe Utne Terrorism conference. One of the hosts of the Reed Conference told me that he would "maybe" let me back in after New Years, 2002, but (so far) he hasn't let me back in. I took advice in Reed's "Conference Housekeeping" topic to visit this D-Word Conference instead. Very few Reed Alumni will read me here, sad to say.

(2) Documentary: I was in Connecticut on 9/11/2001. Shortly after the WTC disaster, I saw a documentary film on Connecticut Public Television. Earlier that year I had heard the broadcast of Ken Burn's Jazz documentary on Miami, Florida's WDNA-FM radio, but CPTV showed a portion of a documentary about New York City by a different Burns. I saw portions of the show dealing with the construction of the Chrysler building and the Empire State Building. Can anyone tell me:

  • What is the full name of the Burns who made the documentary about New York City?
  • How many episodes did I miss?

  • Dom Proccacino
    To Ben Kempas: click upon the "(dcp)" next to my name in LINK NOT IMPORTED
    (above) and follow the links to my rough-draft autobiography. It
    would make a nice documentary film (even though I have accomplished
    nothing in my life) because of all the interesting things that were
    going on in the background.

    To Robert Goodman: Thank you for the information.

    To All: when I tried to change my e-mail from
    to, I got locked out of cafe utne, and I
    had to register again using a slightly different user id. It rhymes
    with C3PO, but eho was C3PO?
    Deleted User
    I am very happy to have found this website...I am a lover of
    documentaries and would love to work on them full time, however, not
    sure how to break into the BIZ...still happy to be here....
    Doug Block
    Nice to have you here, Jennifer. Welcome.

    How to break into the biz. Phew. There's film school. There's
    interning. There's marrying a wonderfully rich and supportive fella.
    And then there's going out, buying a digital camcorder and JUST DOING

    Just don't expect to make a living at it :-)
    Deleted User
    Okay don't expect to make a living at it just yet...well I have a
    Master's in English and teach full time at a junior mind is
    ripe with things I could document, am dying to, but who where do I
    connect with to get my things shown or funded? All that I am very no-
    knowledge on....
    Doug Block
    Jennifer, read up on grants for docmakers. Going the grant route is
    probably best for first-timers if you have a social issue your
    exploring. Otherwise, you probably have to get it off the ground out
    of your own pocket.
    Joel Bach
    Hello everybody,
    My dear friend Sarah George, who some of you know, finally kicked me in
    the butt hard enough to get me involved in The D-Word, and I'm glad she
    did. This looks like quite an interesting place to convene, share
    ideas, collaborate, commiserate.
    I'm a TV doc producer living in New York. Recently, my company, which
    was contracted by MSNBC to produce bios and specials, let go 95% of its
    employees, including myself. So I join the ranks of the unemployed.
    I look forward to seeing what y'all are up to.
    Joel Bach
    Doug Block
    Hey Joel, I think you meant to post this in the private D-Word
    Community. To do that, go to and click on "members
    Doug Block
    Doesn't mean it isn't nice to have you here, too :-)
    Robert Goodman
    yes - this space needs some activity too. Perhaps a billboard on the
    Robert Goodman
    sure thing. A private conversation in the public forum.

    So - SPC is even slower to make decisions than I'd heard. Two weeks
    and counting to schedule a screening.

    I'm going to be in NY on 5/18 for WIF chapter - doing a moderator
    Deleted User
    Just signing on. Michelle Byrd, Exec Director, IFP/New York. Looking
    forward to joining the group.
    Doug Block
    Glad you were able to navigate your way in here, Michelle. We're
    simplifying the registration process and should have it up and running
    by Thursday when the Virtual Doc Conference press release goes out.
    Folks will just need to go to:
    Jayasri Majumdar Hart
    Hi, fellow documentarians!

    This is one of the best things the International Documentary
    Association got me into. I signed up for the International Marketing
    of Docs cyber-conference at the end of the month, but am going to be
    staying on, I think. Some will recognize my first name as being from
    India; the second was acquired through marriage--which brought me to
    Los Angeles. For those who want to know more, let me include my
    website URL.

    Expect to run into some old friends and make some new ones!
    Doug Block
    Hi Jayasri, thanks for posting. I'd welcome you, and any other
    documentary professionals to join our private D-Word Community. For
    more info, go to:
    David Brown
    Hi folks, I just joined. I'm a docmaker from San Francisco who's
    been producing and directing social and environmental issue docs since
    1971. I also teach documentary filmmaking at City College of San
    Francisco. My most recent doc, SURFING FOR LIFE, profiles older
    surfers in their 70s, 80s and 90s. You can check our web site at I look forward to being in touch and learning
    from y'all (Texas friends). Kindly, David L.
    Doug Block
    Welcome, David. Feel free to fill out a Personal Profile so we can
    find out more about you and your work (by clicking on your username).
    To do so, click on the Settings button at the top right of the page.
    Deleted User
    I need support ,sales ideas and possible collaboration to
    complete a documentary which is on its way already.
    Let me introduce you to my project.:

    MOONWATCHER - The Documentary
    MOONWATCHER is a 90-minute documentary made for
    theatrical release and adapted for the television format.
    Space. Time. Nature. Technology. Art. Destiny…
    After four painstaking years of production, Stanley Kubrick’s
    "2001, A Space Odyssey" finally hit the screen in April 1968. This
    extraordinary spell-binding tale of human evolution and destiny
    evokes the great mystery of mankind’s existential search, and
    his ultimate quest for self-realization.
    2001’s ‘Dawn-of-Man sequence’, featured the alpha-ape
    character of "Moonwatcher", the creation of performer/artist, Dan
    Richter, "Moonwatcher" and his tribe are doomed to extinction.
    Then, he picks up a bone, uses it as a tool and ultimately crafts it
    into a weapon of destruction.
    The pivotal sequence remains one of the most lurid and
    provoking visual metaphors in cinematic history.
    Artist Dan Richter collaborated with some of the most influential
    and creative minds of the day. Andy Warhol, Arthur C. Clarke,
    John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Allen Ginsberg and Kubrick himself
    were among his peer group. These writers, artists and
    performers used their art as a vehicle to strike at the very core of
    the status quo.
    In MOONWATCHER Dan Richter plays host to a vibrant
    examination of the post-world war years of the 1960’s, the age of
    radical query, and the role of artists in stretching accepted
    paradigms that challenged and transformed ideas, we travel
    through the decades of discovery, pop culture, space travel,
    globalization of corporate monoliths, capitalism, consumerism
    and the vanished enemies behind the iron curtain.
    Re-think the human condition as you are invited into the
    nature-drenched environment of science fiction author Arthur C.
    Clarke and the urban world of avant garde artist and musician,
    Yoko Ono.
    MOONWATCHER - The Documentary, explores the artistic legacy
    of Kubrick’s profound commentary, and of those artists whose
    creative output defined their generation and future perspectives.
    As the catalysts for true examination their expressions reveal
    profound insights as to our ultimate purpose on earth.
    Hans Pfleiderer
    Tracy Heather Strain
    Hi. I have finally visited and remain excited about participating.
    I'm currently a Boston-based filmmaker, and the producer of the
    recently-completed ADRIFT, a lyrical film about an Irish-American
    cameraman and his late father's expectations for success. I'm
    finally back to work on SWEET DREAMS: THE DONUT MOVIE. Later, Tracy
    Doug Block
    Welcome, Hans. Tracy, I remember quite well meeting you at the IFP
    Market. Hope our paths will cross again soon. In the meantime, happy
    to get together here.
    Mike Allan
    Hello again all - I say "again" as I was a member briefly when the
    forums were located elsewhere. Since then I have completed my first
    documentary - (last spring) the history of my daughter's school as
    seen through the eyes of three former principals and several former
    students from the 1920's until the 70's. I'm gearing up for HOT DOCS
    here in Toronto, so once again as it becomes spring, my mind begins
    to wander to documentary thoughts. I'm putting together a couple of
    projects which I am hoping will get done this summer. In the meantime
    I've also become the editor of a print magazine for the video
    production industry here in Canada on a part time basis. As well as I
    am still working at a post facility. Not going to leave the post
    facility as they have been very supportive of my foray into doc
    making and also of HOT DOCS (we are a sponsor for the second year in
    a row). I'm really looking forward to HOT DOCS this year and I hope
    some of you make it up. If anyone is coming up to TO let's hook up!
    Ben Kempas
    Welcome back, Mike. I've added you to the members list of our private
    forum {LINK NOT IMPORTED}.

    Sorry for the erased postings, I couldn't get the link to work ...
    it's too early here. :-)
    Deleted User
    I'm an experienced documentary and dramatic film maker. i am looking
    for advice on a series of documentaries for TV networks in the US. I
    have a foreign distributor but this programme is about Transsexuals
    and their personal lives. Who in the US would be the best channel to
    Ben Kempas
    Welcome to The D-Word Forums, Robert. Sorry I can't answer your
    question, I'm one of the Euros in here. In our private forum for
    documentary professionals, {LINK NOT IMPORTED}, we have dedicated
    topics about distribution. Check out for
    access. Membership is free.
    Doug Block
    Roger, HBO just loves transsexuals. In fact, anything with "sex"
    somewhere in the subject matter ;-) It might be appropriate for POV,
    on PBS, too.
    Ben Kempas
    Hm. Why did I call him Robert? As if we didn't have enough Roberts in
    here already!
    I am sorry, Roger.
    Marcia Raymond
    Hello. I'm new here, and, I'm still exploring the site...
    I produce/direct documentaries: two on lupus
    [one on PBS, the other
    being pitched to Lifetime], and a doc on NY
    women art dealers for A&E Networks...
    other projects in the works as well.
    Ben Kempas
    A late-night welcome from Munich, Marcia!

    If you like the taste of The D-Word Forums, you will be delighted to
    join {LINK NOT IMPORTED} as well. How to?
    Doug Block
    Ben, perhaps you could place a header on the top right (opposite The
    D-Word Forums logo): JOIN THE D-WORD COMMUNITY (link to d-

    I tried but got confused with stuff that's already there (but isn't

    Isn't it fascinating what D-Word co-hosts say to each other when no
    one's around? ;-)
    Ben Kempas
    I thought I had already done something like that and you had erased it ...
    Ben Kempas
    Hah! It only was an HTML mistake, here it is again. I added a "join"
    line to it.
    Deleted User
    I'm a documentary producer/director based in New Orleans. I'm also
    the Vice-President for Programming for the New Orleans Film Festival.
    This year, we have introduced a special category for documentary
    submissions in our competitive division. We will select several to
    screen at the festival and we'll award a jury prize for best
    documentary. I really want to increase our documentary presence. So,
    send us your stuff! Download our application at The early deadline is June 1, 2002 and the
    final deadline is July 1, 2002. Our fest runs October 10-17, 2002 and
    we treat filmmakers very well!
    Doug Block
    Thanks for letting us know, Susan. Ben or I will be sure to post
    this annoucement in our Documentary Festivals topic in The D-Word

    Wish my new film was ready to submit. Love your city. Love that
    Cafe du Monde.
    Ben Kempas
    Same thought at the same time, Doug! I already posted it there.

    Great to see how this place is filling up. Is it the buzz about our
    upcoming Virtual Doc Conference with Jan Roefekamp of Films Transit?
    Tell us, what made you newbies aware of The D-Word Forums?
    Deleted User
    Greetings......I'm a 42 year-old documentary filmmaker from Los
    Angeles, one who is happy to be aboard to tap into the experiences
    and insights of others in the field.....
    Doug Block
    Nice to have you here, Judson. Care to either fill out a Personal
    Profile (click on Settings button on the top right) or tell us a bit
    more about yourself?
    Sami Kallinen

    Hello. Im a finnish documentary filmmaker based in amsterdam and who

    recently took the leap from print journalism into films. Currently

    working on a portrait of an 'insane' and completely isolated juggler -

    an urban hermit here in Amsterdam who has just finished coding his own

    operative system for pc.

    Also researching for a piece about an artist who is building - together

    with Technical University of Delft - a mobile art center to be shipped

    around the globe from the deserts of Egypt to Greenland to Surinam.

    Read about D-Word in an old Dox issue...

    Ben Kempas
    Welcome to everyone! Sorry for my ignorance, but is "Sami" a female or
    male name?
    Sami Kallinen
    Oh, don't be sorry... Should have indicated it myself. "Sami" is a male
    Doug Block
    Welcome, Sami. I urge you to join our very international D-Word
    Community: Currently 400+ members from 22
    countries. Finland would make it 23 ;-)
    Deleted User
    As a former agent for music, film and television, I am now a
    producers rep. I look forward to learning more about the market for
    documentaries and becomming involved with documentary filmmakers here
    in the US and in the international community.
    Doug Block
    Welcome, Robert. Care to share what films you've repped for?
    Deleted User
    I'm a documentary director/producer living in Israel, and I run
    Highlight Films, that produces documentaries for the European &
    American markets and documentary series for National Geographic.
    These days we produce two one-hour long doumentaries about last year
    of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, filmed from both sides of the
    Doug Block
    Great to have you with us here, Noam. I may sound like a broken
    record, but we'd love to have you join our private community for doc
    professionals. Just email me your username and password:
    Deleted User
    Hi. I'm a professor of film and video at american univesity in
    washington DC. I produce and edit docs as well as short narrative
    films and a bunch of stuff for nonprofits. A lot of my doc work has
    been in eastern europe, mainly the czech republic. I just finished a
    four part series for pbs video on learning disabilities. I teach
    producing, directing and scriptwriting for our undergrad and graduate
    students. I found your site through a mention on the mediarights site.
    Doug Block
    Great to have you here, Randall. Thanks for posting.
    Deleted User
    Hi, I'm a student of Visual Anthropology at CSU-Fullerton. My aim is
    to bring anthropological theory to documentary films. Two other
    students and myself have founded a little production company to do
    subject-centered docs. We have only finished one and would
    appreciate advice on just about anything from anyone. How's that for
    open to suggestions?
    (heard about this salon from IFP)
    Deleted User
    Hello i am new here and i am making my first doco.. about music in
    contemperory music in the republic of maldives..... i am currently
    doing my research thats how i got here. looks like a great
    place...will check back in soon see yous
    Doug Block
    Good luck with your film, Ahmed. Music docos actually do relatively
    well in the international marketplace, so there's cause for optimism.

    Check back in often.
    Deleted User
    I am a professor of American Studies and Community Studies at
    Dickinson College and have co-produced and edited three docs so far.
    I am interested in all aspects of video production.