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Michelle Plett
I am here to find out some info and become more literate in the
documentary film world. I am working on a documentary about couples
who make the decision/choice to not have children. I'm 21 years old
and finishing my Post grad in Public Relations. I'm working on this
documentary to gain experience in the industry and to help out my
cousin, who is the director/producer. I currently live in Ontario,
Canada but I grew up in British Columbia. I'm moving to London,
England within the year and can't wait. I am very excited to learn
as much as possible about the documentary world and to meet those
Ben Kempas
Welcome to The D-Word, Michelle!

Anybody else out there? :-)
Doug Block
nice to have you here, michelle. good luck with the doc and with
your studies.
Michelle Plett
Thanks very much! I'm going to post some questions in the ask the
experts section. If you can answer, please do!! :)

Sam Chance
Hey there.

I'm an aspiring studenty type wanting to make docs when i grow up.

Just wanted to ask if anyone has any opinions on the future of
documentary making in relation to new digital technology
Doug Block
lots more docs getting made. bar getting lowered re basic craft
(especially cinematography). pity the poor festival programmers
wading through all the crapola. still, any number of gems are getting
made that never would have otherwise: tarnation, dig!, etc.
David Teigeler
Hi all,

greetings from Amsterdam, home of IDFA, one of the largest
documentary film festivals in the world held each year in November.
I'm joining because I love documentaries and to talk about them, to
answer any questions about IDFA, your opinions about IDFA and of
course to hear about interesting documentaries made in whereever you
live. Don't hesitate to ask anything. My personal favourites from the
2004 edition are Darwin's Nightmare by Hubert Sauper, Liberia: an
Uncivil War by Jonathan Stack and James Brabazon and last but not
least The 3 Rooms of Melancholia by Pirjo Honkasalo. If you have a
chance to see them, go! Greets
Richard Davis
In 1976, age 19, I wrote a wish-list of what I wanted to do & explore
in life, memorized it and tucked it away.

In 2000, I stumbled upon that old list and noticed I had seen and
done a little over half of it.

Also realized I really didn't want to do the rest of that list
anymore. Ha!

So I pondered and wrote a "wish-list" sequel for the rest of my life
on this stage. I carry it in my wallet, it contains 11 written goals.

The third one is, "Produce a TV Documentary Series".

Hmmm, well that may prove to be the most difficult one on the list,
but it's time to start that ball rolling.

So, Hello
Doug Block
hey richard, welcome. hope you have more than a few years for wish
Richard Davis
Thanks Doug,

"a few years" . . .Yea I realize, lol. I've prepared myself to allow
5 to 10 years before I see an internationally televised doc series.
But I've got 26 years of material gathering behind me, so I'm not
going to toss this goal aside, too much passion. I think that a
significant audience wants to hear what's in my head, as they're
already pondering these things privately. However very few (if any)
are doc'ing this stuff cross-culturally & religiously respectfull
enough to be marketable for national TV.

Like most up-start doc producing dreamers, I think I've got an edge.
We'll see. "I've got a dream", hope no one shoots me.

Very glad I found your work here Doug. Thank you.
Aliza Sherman Risdahl
Hello all,

I'm a new media gal gone old media - from Web production to radio and
now film. I've also been a freelance writer for about 15 years so
video production is like a revelation - a whole new way for me to
express the visuals! I'm in the middle of producing a 12-part series
for Wyoming Public Television about social issues faced by families in
the state (domestic violence, economic assistance, child support
enforcement, etc).

For anyone wanting to break into producing, check your local public
television (PBS, not local access) station. They have smaller budgets
but in smaller markets are very open to newcomers.

The experience has been invaluable, and my husband and I have invested
in equipment and lined up a project in Alaska where I'll be moving in
June for a year. I have a few other personal projects I'd like to work
on as well - one in particular, about miscarriage - will be my labor
(so to speak) of love.

I'm excited to be hear, to learn and share. And I'm glad to reconnect
(virtually) with Doug!
Doug Block
so glad you found us, aliza, and that you've made your way to the doc
world! and now hope you'll join the d-word community, where the pros
hang out:

best... doug
Dan Satorius

I am a partner in the law firm of Abdo Abdo Broady & Satorius and
practice entertainment law.

I have worked extensively with documentary filmmakers and
organizations including Independent Television Service and TPT. I
have provided legal counsel to many documentary filmmakers who have
won Academy Awards and nominations, Peabody Awards, Emmy Awards, and
numerous awards at the Sundance Film Festival.

I have served on the Board of Directors of the IFP MSP since July,
1987; president 2002-2004. I was instrumental in organizing the IFP
National and serve on that board.

I have also produced documentary films and have a MA in film
production from the University of Iowa. I am an active member of
the American Bar Association's Forum on the Entertainment and Sports
Industries and serve as the Associate Editor of the ENTERTAINMENT
AND SPORTS LAWYER. I just returned from the Sundance Film Festival
where I chaired a seminar on “Independent Film Financing” co-
sponsored by the American Bar Association and IFP.

You can find out more about me at our website at
Doug Block
dan modestly didn't mention that he's representing esther robinson's
terrific feature doc, "the danny williams story" (which i happen to be
producing with esther). in no way did he solicit this but he has my
unqualified endorsement. welcome, dan!
Dan Satorius
Thanks Doug. It was great to see you at Sundance last year. But I
missed running into you this year. Esther is wonderful and the
project is wonderful. I am glad to be working with you on it.
Doug Block
ditto, dan. was too busy working on a new film (apart from esther's)
to do sundance this year. alas.

noticed you registered for the community. look forward to continuing
the conversation there.
Jody Serkes
this is great. Finally on UTNE. I am a doc film maker who does mostly
stories of rockers. I am working on the story of the late great Laura
Nyro. If anyone here has film, photos or stories of her please contact
me. Mostly what I am struggling with is funding (of course!) I would
benefit emmensely discussing funding. How? Grants drive me nuts. But,
have to do I guess.
Doug Block
welcom, nyrogrl. good luck with your film. you should read the
recent conference we did here on fundraising for docs:

Jody Serkes
Thanks for the hello Doug. Your links were very important to the film
I am trying to launch. Thanks so much.
Doug Block
You're quite welcome. The other archived conferences will be very
helpful, as well. Particularly Jan Rofekamp's on selling in the
international marketplace:

Emily Meyers
Hola! Just joined. The mission of my production company, Eyes of the
World Productions, is to use the power of media to raise awareness of
social issues. We're in LA. Right now, I'm making several
documentaries. Among
them are Her Meth Secret: The High Highs, the Low Lows (the powerful
way the methamphetimeine epidemic spreading across America impacts
women), Comparing Notes: Building an Arab & American Sisterhood
(women in both cultures share best practices to deal with their
challenges). Always looking for collaborators that want to have some
fun, make some money, and make positive change in the world. Contact
me for more info if you're interested!
Doug Block
welcome, emily. see you joined the community, as well, so i'll greet
you there, too ;-)
Jody Serkes
My company is called "FlyingPoodle Productions" kinda says it all and