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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.

Please note that this is one of our Public Topics, so best to enter email addresses with (at) to prevent them being harvested. Spam will be deleted.

João Romão
Pro

I'm an economist and former journalist and just finished my third documentary for the portuguese television: "Neighbors – Turkey: Europe and Beyond" will be screened next wednesday (February, 17) at RTP 2. You can see a trailer here:
http://www.vimeo.com/7958927

Onkar Mukherjee
Fan

Hi All,
My name is Onkar and I am from India. I am a Geologist by profession. I am here because I have always been interested in creative pursuits and although I never really thought I could myself ever be a film-maker, would like to give it a try all the same! Nice to meet you all!

Doug Block
Host

Greetings to João and Onkar. Glad you found us and hope you'll participate in the discussions.

shereen talaat
Fan

Nice to meet you
We are freelance filmmakers from Egypt and Morocco working in documentary , drama, programs and ads. Also we are correspondents journalists, researchers and writers
We also have a a non profit company called 'African Shot' for production and development through media, aim to get attached more to the African identity but we are still looking for funds

So I want to introduce myself to you in order to get to know each other more.and hop to coop soon
Thanks a lot

Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
Pro

I'm based in San Francisco, recent long-form docs include Special Circumstances (Voces on PBS, 2009) and New Muslim Cool (POV, 2009).

Doug Block
Host

Wow, such great doc makers flooding in here! Welcome aboard, Shereen and Jennifer. Shereen, feel free to register here to get full access to all the discussions. "Enthusiasts" see only about 10% of them.

Jason Perdue
Pro

Hi Jennifer, I saw New Muslim Cool at SFIFF last year. Great job. Welcome to D-Word.

Ryan Ferguson
Pro

yeah welcome jennifer. i saw new muslim cool on POV and liked a lot as well.

also, danielle b. posted a great video of you a while back at some sort of seminar or screening. your insight on developing relationships with your characters was fascinating. definitely an issue we are all fine tuning.

Jennifer Kirmse
Fan

Hello, I'm Jennifer. I've been working on a documentary about my sister for the last 10 years. She is developmentally disabled and a fascinating subject. Right now we're collaborating on a video blog to foster discussion and interest in the project. I've worked in Film, Comedy and Video Games since graduating from UCLA. Some of the films that inspire me: Genghis Blues, The Sound and the Fury, Fast, Cheap and Out of Control, The Cruise.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Jennifer. How have you been supporting yourself all these years? Do you do other doc work for pay? Or do you have, like, a real job?

Ben Dorf
Fan

Hi there from the Tribeca Cinemas Presents: Doc Series 2010!

From the team behind the Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Cinemas Presents: Doc Series is an exciting new series of interesting, innovative and thought-provoking documentary films. Join us every other Monday night at Tribeca Cinemas for another must-see film.

This bi-weekly series represents a powerful and varied mix of overlooked gems, out-of-print and cult classics, niche audience favorites, and seminal works that have helped to shape the non-fiction film landscape.

While dealing with a wide variety of subjects, each film has both connected with its core audience and resonated with a broader audience that isn’t always associated with traditional documentary film. In short, Tribeca Cinemas Presents: Doc Series is here to bring you the must-sees of documentary cinema.

2.22.10: Dark Days

3.8.10: Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

3.22.10: Nerdcore Rising

Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and students with a valid ID and can be purchased online.

All TC Doc Series screenings start at 7:30 pm at Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street (at Laight, one block south of Canal).

Share a cocktail with your fellow doc lovers before or after each screening in the Tribeca Cinemas bar!

We look forward to seeing you at the movies.

John Burgan
Host

Tribeca Cinemas / Ben Dorf – you are welcome to post here, but please note that you are only able to join The D-Word as an individual using your own, "real world" name. Tribeca Cinemas is fine as a username, but you still have to include your full name (not initials) in your profile.

James Cornelio
Fan

Hi All:

I have joined D-Word as an “Enthusiast” because, frankly, I have an idea for a Documentary film, and a (small) amount of seed money should I find a filmmaker with a shared vision. My idea was born from a life which, for the past several years at least, has been dramatic. I started my search for a filmmaker at the top, by contacting academy award nominees/winners from the past several years. That effort bought me almost an hour on the phone with Ross Kauffman (an award winner) and a request for my book from two others who had been nominated. This is the (form of the) email which generated that interest:

"I am a former Manhattan attorney and a registered sex offender. Through a book I wrote about my crime [SEE 1 AND 2 AND 3 and other efforts, I am attempting to offer a perspective on this highly-charged issue which I believe society ignores to its detriment. The roadblocks have been enormous.

As a documentary filmmaker who explores social issues, if there were an approach for a film on sex offending which is worthy and unique, would you spend a few moments of your time? If you would, I’d love the opportunity to share with you some thoughts I’ve developed as a result of life experiences I never dreamed possible."

Though not impossible that I’ll “get the call” from one of them, I didn’t need to be told that their options are vast. So, I figured I’d be proactive again and post this to see if any filmmakers who’d like to be nominated for an academy award may be interested. There’s a lot more story to tell. Even if not, suggestions on how to contact a filmmaker who may be would be appreciated.

Jim Cornelio

Chip Grabow
Pro

Hi all

I'm thrilled to have discovered The D-Word via Doculink.

I am a longtime fan of the doc form. But after an initial foray into doc work after college, I took a 20 year detour into public radio, working as a producer for NPR News. I am excited to get back to my original goal and am now actively seeking to apply my journalism and storytelling skills to the doc world, specifically editing.

I am a recent grad of the Tech Center's Art of Editing class (Hi Rachel!) and loved working on the doc project there, Sally Rowe's film about New York chef, Paul Liebrandt.

I am now seeking editing projects in the LA area. I hope to meet and share info with more of the D-Word members. Thanks!

Chip Grabow

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Chip and Jim. Good to have you find your way here.

Chip Grabow
Pro

Thanks Doug. And a correction – I meant to write, "I am a recent grad of The Edit Center's Art of Editing class in NYC." Hi to all TECAlums on the D-Word.

David Herman
Pro

why do I feel that James will not be around for long? James, maybe it's different in a lawyers' world (shan't speak for the other world you claim membership in) but people are not highly appreciative of someone coming into a club and claiming to want to speak only to those who might have won the top award in the industry or offering others the chance to do so with your help. Here we tend to respect and honour all our members and their achievements and take an interest in one another without first checking their claims to fame. And, of course, I speak only for myself.

Emily Sheskin
Pro

Hey all – just wanted to introduce myself, I'm an editor who is always looking to collaborate with other documentary filmmakers. Feel free to send me a message to see examples of my work and I look forward to being part of this community

James Cornelio
Fan

Sorry, David, no disrespect intended (I can assure you I'm probably one of the last people in the world who'd go around disrespecting others). My intention was simply to underscore how inspired and motivated I am in wanting to undertake what I believe to be a worthy project. And, of course, ANY interest by ANY body else in one's ideas helps to keep that inspiration going. Obviously when that interest comes from someone who has already shown some ability to pick and choose topics that others appreciate, then that particular person's interest adds just a little more "juice" (if you will) to one's own energy.

I continue in my desire to collaborate with anyone who, as I said before, may share a similar vision and have the expertise that I lack.

Matt Marxteyn
Pro

Hi all, I'm a festival director and video editor that began as a editor's apprentice prepping 35mm dailies, a job no longer needed – spent several times with celluloid clapboards, tails and background on my floor. Began the film festival circuit as the assistant director of the WC Film Fest and I am now the festival director of the Red Rock Film Festival of Zion Canyon.
Hi Jason!! See you Friday at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival.

John Burgan
Host

Matt – no need to double post at the D-Word; such is the nature of our site we see all the Topics.

Matt Marxteyn
Pro

Thanks John! I saw "Introduce yourself" again and thought whaa?

Doug Block
Host

Just to trip you up, Matt ;-) Welcome to The D-Word. Always nice to have another festival head on board here.

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