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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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Doug Block

Welcome, Jason. I'll be in DC for a screening and workshop with the International Fellowship in June. Hope I'll get to meet you then.

Jason Osder

For sure, Doug – I had not made the connection, but now I know why your name was familiar – fantastic!

The fellows are arriving this weekend. We are all nervous and very, very excited. This is totally new territory!

Gerry  Potter

I'm Gerry Potter, from Edmonton, Canada. I worked in theatre for 30 years as a director, writer, dramaturg, producer , teacher and actor, ran a theatre company for 17 years and have been a part-time university teacher of drama for 17 years. Way back, I worked as a newspaper and radio journalist for a couple of years and have been an amateur photographer since I was a kid. I started taking filmmaking courses about 5 years ago, and am active with a film/media co-op called FAVA in Edmonton. Have now made 2 short dramas with another in post, and one short documentary with another longer doc in post. My dramas have played at festivals in North America, and my short doc is being used on a website for a cultural organization. In the two years I've started to get paid for script consulting and doc work, but am not actually making a living at it yet. While I love making works of fiction and imagination, my documentary work appeals to my interest in engaging with the world more directly, and has rekindled my interest in observing and reporting, the things that led me to journalism in the first place.

Joe Moulins

Welcome, Gerry.

Which theater company did you run?

I grew up in Edmonton and worked at a couple of Edmonton radio stations back in the early 80s, K97 and CJAX. I was the sports department and 1/3rd of the news department respectively.

Tania Waisberg

My name is Tania. I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina but I live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I work in educational videos and do documentaries with my husband as well. You can check our work at We have done one short documentary so far, and are on the pre-production/ research phase on the second one. Back in Argentina we used to work on advertising, shooting commercials. After we moved here to do our MFA we decided that documentaries is what we like to do.
Looking forward to "meet" you all,

Gerry  Potter

Hi Joe

Thanks for the note--great to hear from an ex-Edmontonian. I started and was Artistic Director, and sometimes General Manager, of Workshop West Theatre for 17 years. I left the company in the mid-90's to teach, write, and, a little later, explore film.

Do you make sports documentaries now?


Jason McGeown

I am Head of Acquisitions for international documentary distributor, MercuryMedia and for the online pay-per-view documentary channel

Mercury is a boutique distribuitor specialising in high-end one-off documentaries and has been operating for 8 years. launched 2 weeks ago. We are partnered with The Independent newspaper in the UK, who are running a version of jtd via their site. We have launched with 60 films and will be adding 5 – 10 per month. Our next batch of films include the Oscar winning Born into Brothels and the Oscar nominated Waco: Rules of Engagement.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any films that you are looking to distribute or that may be suitable for We are pay-per-view and work on a revenue share basis.

Best wishes,


Ben Kempas

Welcome to The D-Word, Jason, Gerry and Tania. And keep us updated on, Jason!

Joe Moulins

In reply to Gerry Potter's post on Wed 21 May 2008 :

I was just about to answer your question with a "no", but then remembered that I am working on a sports doc of sorts now. So yes, but I haven't in the past.

What kind of doc work are you interested in?

Gerry  Potter

I'm thinking about that a lot but have no fixed conclusions. Current doc is about the theatre group I work with, Rising Sun, which is composed mostly of people with developmental disabilities. I'm interested in politics, art, people, thinking. I teach creative thinking and may try to do a doc on that if I can find a creative way in (!)

Jan Katsma

hi y'all,

I'm a documentary maker from Rotterdam, The Netherlands. I'm an editor since 2001 and since 2004 I'm making films myself. I recently founded a documentary production company called Umwelt Films, together with my colleague Debbie Kleijn. We're working on several documentaries for Dutch television.

Felipe Barral

Hi Everyone,

I'm Felipe Barral РMomberg, a producer, filmmaker, poet, writer, musician, artist & photographer. I have a Master degree in Philosophy and I'm also a journalist. I live in Atlanta, GA (United States) where I'm working as an Assignment Editor/Producer for CNN en Espa̱ol, where I also host and produce a weekly segment called Juego de Palabras (Play on Words). I cover art, culture & literature. My content airs in shows within CNN en Espa̱ol, CNN International and CNN. I've produced documentaries for CNN as well.

Right now I'm producing a couple of documentaries with my new production company. I'm looking forward to start sharing visual ideas with you all.



Ara Pelodi

Hi, I'm a local indepentent low no budget filmmaker. I consider myself a baby though I'm not a neophyte. I made one short piece on a Ron Paul enthusiast. Now I'm branching into making a piece (documentary) on an organic farm. I'm aiming for 30 minutes but it might be a 3 part serial, depending on whether I focus on one farm or more than one. I would love some mentoring and advice, but I feel like the best stuff is reserved for the experience! eek thats the trick, the transition one needs to cross isn't it. wink

(I have done other stuff in other capacities but thats the extent of my experience in documentaries)

Jesse Spencer

Howdy All!
I found out about D-word from indie producer Danielle Beverly, who I worked with in San Francisco.
I'm a staff editor at Video Arts, Inc. We are an online/finishing house specializing in high end sd/hd finishing work. I'm lucky enough that the majority of my clients are long-form Doc makers... usually heading off to theatrical screenings at film festivals, and often being broadcast on PBS though ITVS.
I do a large amount of online picture sweetening, and especially color grading work... but as the world turns, I've taken on an awful lot of consulting work as well, helping filmmakers find the most efficient/best quality solutions for using multiple media formats of dv, sd and hd, usually in preparing for HD broadcast, tape-to-film, as well as DVD releasing. I was fortunate enough to do online/color work for Ruby Yang's oscar winning "Blood of the Yingzhou District."
Outside of Video Arts I work as a freelance editor, offlining feature length projects and consulting full editorial strategies. Working from my home studio I edited Michael Wilson's "Silhouette City" as well as providing final edit work on Lynn Hershman's "Strange Culture."
Thanks for having me on the List!

Nigel Walker

Jesse knows his s**t and is one of the most generous people in the biz.

Doug Block

Ditto, welcome Jesse! And Rick, too. Nice to have new blood to suck ;-)

Lenville O'Donnell

Forgive him, Doug thinks like a lawyer sometimes. But that's probably why he's so suckcessful.

Lauren Ezell

Hi! My Name is Lauren and I am a recent graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in International Affairs and Telecommunication Arts. I am looking to continue pursuing a career in the Documentary industry, and am currently searching for a PA job, research assistant, or anything else needed to gain some experience!

Charity B Ellis

Hi everyone – Danielle Beverly also steered me into this awesome hive. We worked together in San Francisco, and even at Video Arts (hi Jesse!).

I am a freelance editor slash independent director/producer slash camera person...or what John Burgan described with the one-man-band picture over in the camera posts (though I really do like working with a crew!). Having started out cutting and scratching 16mm, I came to docs for the love of the art of film and the realization you can't think of a better story than reality provides. My favorite current project is a poetic feature documentary film I am directing in West Africa about the ancient art of griots, or djelis as they prefer to be called, and how it is evolving in the face of globalization.

I am terrible at blowing my own horn. I'd rather shut up and make the damn film...but I guess I am here to not be entirely silent...In any case, thanks Danielle!! You have been right these last two years...D-Word is awesome! Happy to be here.

John Burgan

You're quite the accomplished horn-blower, Charity. We're happy to have you here.

Danielle Beverly

Charity! Welcome! How about a pic of yourself? If you are too shy to provide one, I've got a lovely one on my iPhone I can send on over. ;-)

justin lovell

Hey guys,

Cinematographer, colorist, vfx artist.
Operate my own super8/super16 transfer facility so I can make it more affordable to shoot film with other filmmakers.

Rent out my super 8 camera packages and super 16 bolex, super 16 eclair NPR packages. If I'm shooting the project, I throw in supervised transfers at discounted rates.

Love to work in documentary and music video work.
Check the site or the blog for more info.

Nice to find this community forum.

Justin Lovell

John W. Poole

Hi all. I've been a member for a few years, but have been not-so-conspicuously absent the last couple of them. I'm producing short docs and video stories for NPR's Web site – after spending the last few years doing the same thing at What brings me back – besides the sparkling company and conversation, is that I'll be teaching a course at the Maine Media Workshops next month called "Short Docs for the Web." And I was going to troll around and see if you all have any good links/distribution sites I could refer my students to – besides npr and washingtonpost of course ;)



Amy Overbeck

Hi! I'm a FCP/Avid editor. I'm back in Washington DC after several months of feature doc editing in LA. I have a wide variety of doc and news experience. Would love to find filmmakers and/or producers in the DC area interested in collaboration and/or editing services. Thanks!

Doug Block

welcome charity, justin, john and amy. sheesh, it's hard to keep up with all of you.

Diana Weilepp

Hi, I have been a member for some time, but have been absent from this site for a year or two. Just wanted to reintroduce myself. I am a filmmaker and cameraperson currently making my final film about a political songwriter (in German "Liedermacher)starting to also become a political activist. He walked from Dortmund to Munich in order to make people more aware of the decline of social responsibility in Germany. On e of the few people left who still get up to do something.
Looking forward to some new exchanges here at D-word.


Ben Kempas

I just welcomed you back in Documentary Films .

Just to clarify, Diana's "final film" does not mean that it will be her last. It's her graduation project at the film academy.

Michal Stein

Hi, we are producers team "Luxema". Focusing on documentary, telenovelas, TV programs. Among our teams` films: The day I approach myself- participated in Edinburgh Film Festival 2004, European Short Film; La Bataille de Tchernobyl. Film de Thomas Johnson (We shoot Russian part);Miracle of Daniel Charms; documentary serials about well-known people, Hollywood stories (about American film stars: Oliver Stoun, etc...
Founded by the Russian and the Dutch TV producers in 2006, Luxema b.v. (and its Russian subsidiaries – Luxema Film ltd.) is an independent production company for audio-visual programs of the performing arts – whether these be documentaries, portraits of artists, or the genuine rendition of live performances. Hence, our core activities focus on the development of new film projects, the quest for partners to secure co-production agreements and, of course, the final audio-visual production
Looking for this forum members` advices about European and Noth America documentary market.

Amy Hsiung

Hi everyone,

A good filmmaker friend of ours told us about this site. Species-Being Films is a small 2-person production company at the moment (Amy Hsiung and Thymaya Payne). We just finished our first documentary feature called "Love Limits." The trailer and additional information about the film can be found on our website –

Love Limits tells a quirky love story about Warren Barrow, an 81-year old African American man and Cory Rudy, his 37-year old Caucasian girlfriend. Both Warren and Cory live with the debilitating effects of cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Despite their physical and mental disabilities, they have an ability to comprehend and love each other deeply. The film captures through interviews, observational documentation and dynamic cinematography, the relationship and lives of Warren and Cory, as well as the inspirational real people whose lives have been transformed by them. The film goes broader then just your typical film about disability as it also explores complex notions of community, family and finally love. Love Limits begs the question – are there ever limits to one's love?

We're excited to get this film out into the world and share it with others. Please check out our website for the film. We look froward to having discussions and sharing experiences with others in this forum!

Species-Being Films
Amy Hsiung
Thymaya Payne
Love Limits –

Doug Block

Welcome, Michael and Amy. Great work you're both doing. Amy, we don't have company memberships so Thymaya would need to join to participate.

Lenville O'Donnell

Justin, welcome. The recommendation by Stephen that you are a superior Super 8 colorist got my attention. I met, just tonight, a former Vietnam fighter pilot who rigged a Super 8 camera in his cockpit and shot some apparently (from his description, I haven't seen it yet) stunning historical footage of Vietnam and the Philippines during the Vietnam war. He cut it into a 40 minute piece, which exists only on Super 8 and has never been cleaned up or transferred. Is this the sort of thing you do?

Mark Steinberg

In reply to Martin O. Garcia's post on Thu 24 Apr 2008 :
Martin: I'm with an organization focused on international affairs that might have an interest in using "Boliano 52" as the centerpiece of an event. Do you know how I might go about contacting the producer/distributor?

Ochen Vincent

Hi all,
My name is Vincent.
I love nature, they are us. If these animals and
plants should die, mans spirit will die of lonelyness.Therefore I aim to
make wildlfe documentaries .
Most scientists agree that life on earth is now faced
with the
most severe extinction episode since the event that
drove the Dinosaurs extinct. Biologists estimate that as many as
27,000 species are becoming extinct each year.This translates
into an astounding 3 species every hour.
Instead of global climate change, Humans are the
cause of this latest mass extinction. WE CAN DO BETTER

Doug Block

We certainly can, Vincent. Or is it Ochen? The relevant question is are you interested in documentaries? Or, better yet, work in the profession? If so, we're happy to welcome you here.

Ryan David Jahn

Howdy, all.

Name is Ryan David Jahn. From 2004 till a little over a month ago, I was working in reality TV, always waiting for a time when I could make my own film. When the season of the last show I worked on ended the first week of May, I decided to stop waiting and actually shoot something.

For the last month I have been shooting and cutting interviews for my first documentary, tentatively called "Fingered: A Brief History of the QWERTY Keyboard." When I first started working on it, I wasn't sure there was enough of interest to make a documentary, but now I find there's too much – controversy over QWERTY among economists, among historians who argue about why it was developed, among those who use the Dvorak keyboard, an alternative invented in 1932, and allegedly a bunch better, and so much more.

Anyway, I'm sort of drowning in an ocean of QWERTY information right now and loving it. The interview are coming along nicely, I've also found some great government training films for typists, and while there's a lot I find myself fumbling with as I go through this process for the first time, I'm having a blast.

Rob Appleby

Ryan, that sounds like a really interesting and potentially humorous subject. I've never understood why apple keyboards have the y and z in the wrong places. It's the kind of big-endian small-endian issue that can be really entertaining to work through, fanatics on all sides – like esperanto and all those other artifical languages. And great that there's no human rights violations involved – although I'm sure that some of your inventors/faddists would probably claim that there are.

Ryan Matwiy

Hi there, I am sort of new to this whole field. I studied journalism at Concordia in Montreal and went to work for the the corporate sector as a communications advisor. Now that most of my college debts are paid, I am going to follow the main reason why I toiled for so long; I am going to make a doc about Canada's legal and penal system (...details on the exact nature will come at a later time). I just wanted to say that this is a great site and I look forward to using it regularly and finding out about everyone else's projects.


Jason Caminiti

Hello everyone,

My name is Jason Caminiti. I have been involved in Public Access for about 10 years off and on. I started producing more artistic pieces in the past year and a half since I moved to my new city. I got caught up in a documentary by accident, but find I really like the process. My current project is on a Pawtucket, RI which has revived itself using the arts. There are mills and old industrial spaces that have been turned into artists lofts and workspaces. I am making this to bring back to my city which is in a similar situation with empty mill buildings.

I have been lurking for a few weeks, and have found a lot of useful information here. So thanks to everyone for your insightful posts, and I hope to participate and learn more as I go along.

Janice Ahn


I identify primarily as director & writer, but I also shoot and produce. While my focus is on narrative film, I've found myself getting more and more involved in various doc projects.

Most recently, I was supposed to direct & shoot a doc in North Korea about a female Olympic gold medalist; one week before my date of departure, I was asked not to come due to security concerns (a disappointment but not a total could it be?).

Currently, I'm about to start shooting a doc in a historical Brooklyn neighborhood about a local icon, against the backdrop of the neighborhood's gentrification & the summer heat. Themes include memory, race, space, change. But if that sounds intellectual, it's really about the character/s & character of the neighborhood, which can be pretty hilarious. We shall see how that project develops. I'm working on this in conjunction w/ a journalist who will be making a related radio documentary. I need advice on how to find funding for this.

In addition, I freelance as a shooter on other people's docs. I love to shoot & I also paint occasionally. My background is in English & Art History. I'm also working on my writing, and am an MFA candidate at NYU Grad Film. A bio & some random stuff including a painting, at

Thanks for having me here!


Doug Block

Good to have you here, Janice. Hope to see you around.

Claire Gellard

Hello Everyone,

I'm Claire and I've just graduated from University here in England. Although I initially believed I held most interest in writing fiction, I have developed a very keen interest in documentary film – I think it's one area of Tv which actually has the potential to be credible amongst the overwhelming amount of 'celebrity' obsessed shows currently on TV.

Im writing a short doc film at the moment – experimenting really. Just thought i'd say hi to everyone and wish you all the best of luck with whatever projects you may be working on!