I'm a long time camera man with experience working on a handful of documentaries. I'm living in the Republic of Panama for the next few months but will return to the states and enter grad school seeking an MFA in documentary issues. I'm writing, photographing, and supporting the research of my girlfriend, a sociologist here in Panama.
Welcome aboard, Joe. Good to have you here.
Hello! I'm a beginner filmmaker. I'm working on a feature length film, 'Army of the Unemployed'(working title, a film by Immy Humes) as an associate producer. Recently I moved to New York from South Korea and just finished film school course here. During the course I had great experience to make short doc films in totally new place. Still I have interesting stories to tell so I'm trying to survive here as a filmmaker. I used to work mostly by myself like shooting, editing and producing. So I look forward to chances to collaborate with great people.
Greetings and welcome, Lahoe. Immy's great, you're lucky to be working with her.
Thank you Doug! Immy just asked me tell you 'You're the best!!!':)
I recently completed my first documentary short entitled "Porters on the Stone of God". The film focuses on the social justice issues surrounding the tourism and mountaineering industries on Mt. Kilimanjaro. My fellow producer and I shot the film on a very small grant, but we are now gearing up for festival submissions. I'm new at this so I would appreciate any input. We recently launched the film on Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/27746760.
Looking forward to getting to know the community here.
Hi, folks! Just wanted to drop a line and introduce myself to you. I'm a documentary filmmaker who moved this past month from Los Angeles to New York City (clearly, the most timely of moves :-) I've recently completed work on my first feature, "Tales of the Waria"– an ITVS-funded project that follows a community of transgender women in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country. The film's making its way around the festival circuit right now and will be airing on PBS next spring.
When not working on my own projects, I freelance as a shooter on other independent docs and TV docu-series. If youâ€™re in need of a shooter with a strong producing background, please feel free to contact me. Hope to meet some of you in the area real soon!
Welcome to The D-Word, Kathy. So you're the one causing all these "events", eh?
Welcome to the cult, Kathy. I can't wait to see your film (everyone else should, too), and you again for that matter. Apply to Full Frame and I'll buy that beer I owe you.
HI this is kesang, a Documentary film maker. Currently am working on a documentary titled "She Speaks"( actually it was my thesis project).Its about Women in Bhutan(Have you heard of it?)and why women in Bhutan pray/desire to be reborn as men in their next life! despite being in a matriach country.I want to make it into a bigger production, hence looking for co-producer who can help me financially.Also looking for grants...
Nice to have you join us, Kesang. A co-producer who can help you financially is a nice wish. Generally it's you who helps a co-producer financially.
Thanks Dough! i didnt know that!!! well that means i guess i should concentrate more on my grants. Any way thanks for the warm welcome, i look forward to interacting with you more.
Hi my name is Joe, I'm in the development stage of my first feature length documentary.
Howdy and welcome, Joe. Both you and Kesang would do well to read some of the back posts in our Finding Funding topic.
Documentary filmmaker here out of Seattle. My producing partner Karina Whitmarsh referred me to this site. We're currently in production for a documentary about up and coming MMA fighters in Bremerton, WA and the surrounding area.
Look for our work in the coming months; Here's a taste – http://vimeo.com/27974239
Welcome, Dan. You should feel free to register for professional status here.
My name is rich lerner, I am a longtime documentary dp and film maker. I was recommended to the site by Jill Morley. My web site is richlernercine.com. The latest doc I shot is about health care reform and will air on PBS in 2012. I also have experience in features and music.
Welcome to The D-Word, rich.
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Welcome to The D-Word, Rich & Jessica.
Jessica, this is where we introduce ourselves to fellow filmmmakers – please note our FAQ
Do not use The D-Word only to pitch your product or service. Feel free to recommend products and services in the course of conversation, but do not offend other users by coming in only to sell something.
You have also made multiple posts advertising your services in Public Classifieds – another rule is not to double post. As you're new here we'll let it stand, but please don't make it a regular habit.
BTW is that a photo of you ?
I am a newbie video editor who has been tasked with cutting (and crafting) a doc about the illuminati. The footage I have so far is just interviews with 5 different 'experts'. There is about 12 or so hours of the interviews. The director wants the doc to be 3 hours, but I'm thinking there is only enough good stuff to make 2 hours.
I am having trouble with organizing all the footage, and figuring out how to craft the doc for a target audience. There is not too much new info in there, so I am looking to target people who don't know much about the illuminati. Luckily (in a demographic sense) this is most everyone on Earth. The Director is pretty inexperienced (though more experienced than I) and has basically handed the project over to me. He doesn't have a clear vision of the project, and wants me to figure it out.
This is all pretty daunting, but the challenge is exciting. I am thinking I will probably learn more about what not to do than what to do in this experience although that is not a very positive outlook.
If anyone has any advice for me I would much appreciate it! Please message me here, or my email is positivecontact (at) inoutbox.com
Not too sure what to put here, but thought it would be rude not to introduce myself.
I'm to about to embark on making my first documentary film, after really enjoying devising a couple of documentary theatre pieces at uni.
The site was recommended to me in the book I'm reading at the moment, book and site very useful so far!
I have been a Director/Cameraman in NYC for almost 35 years growing up with the video industry. After all this time I recently completed my first feature-length documentary which will be premiering at the Boston Film Festival on September 19, 2011.
It's called GIVE ME A SHOT OF ANYTHING: HOUSE CALLS TO THE HOMELESS. The documentary provides a uniquely intimate view into the world of the homeless and the people that care for them. The film follows Boston street doctor Jim Oâ€™Connell and his extraordinary team as they make house calls to the homeless, delivering life-saving medical care and offering their patients a chance to feel whole again. It challenges us to look past the existing prejudices we may have, and examines how we as a society treat our least fortunate. http://www.givemeashotofanything.com/
I'm very proud and excited about this movie and came to this site seeking advice about festivals, marketing, promotion and outlets. The festival is only a few days away so any thoughts are much appreciated. Thank you. jeffschwartz (at) primaluxvideo.com
Welcome, Jennifer, Pippa and Jeff.
Jennifer, first thing I'd do is have a long talk with your director and make sure you have the same vision for the film. Frankly, someone who thinks there's a 3-hour doc to be made from 12 hours of interviews with so-called experts is completely deluded.
Pippa, are you talking about the Michael Rabiger book? It's a great one, for sure.
And Jeff (who I go way back with), great to see you here! And congrats on getting your feature completed, that's fantastic. I highly recommend you look over the back posts in our Festivals and Marketing/Distribution topics. You'll get lots of great advice there. And of course feel free to post any questions. Best of luck, my friend.
After watching "The Kids Grow Up" on HBO,(and getting quite emotional, having two grown up daughters myself) I googled you and was led to the D-Word. It is so nice to see what you have done with this site and the films you have made. Congratulations! Hope to see you soon. And now to those back posts!
Thanks, Jeff. I imagine you must have quite an archive of home footage yourself.
In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 14 Sep 2011 :
Hi Doug, thanks for your post :)
Researching how much footage is usually needed opened my eyes to the reality, although the director wants the documentary to be a similar style to 'The Fog of War' which I believe was put together from less than 10 hours of interviews with McNamara.
Talking at length with the director is needed, thanks for reinforcing that :)
Jennifer, this should go to the Mentoring Room. But you didn't say anything about fleshing out the interviews with other footage, so that wasn't clear. Nevertheless, your director is no Errol Morris.
Hi everyone: I am a former 60 Minutes producer working on a climate change TV series. We're in development, hoping to sell the project to a major network or cable channel. It's going to be a tough sell because of the subject matter, but we're going for it. We have James Cameron and Jerry Weintraub involved as executive producers. Right now we're looking to forge relations in the doc community in order to make the series as good and powerful as possible. I'm also looking to see who out there has made (or is in the process of making) a documentary on the subject: mega floods, climate-driven wildfires, a drought in the Southwest that may never go away. I'd love to hear what people are up to, and when we eventually (hopefully) get the greenlight, it would be great to collaborate in some way. I can be reached at joel(at)roaringforkfilms.com if you want to send me a message. But please only write if you have something constructive to say or leads for me to follow. Also, I'm not taking any resumes. Thanks so much, Joel Bach
Welcome, Joel. And welcome to the world of indie docmaking, where you definitely take your life in your hands. Best of luck with what sounds like a hugely ambitious and important project.
Hi – my is Lee and I am producing an independent rock documentary with musician Bobby Bare Jr. We are currently in post production – getting close to locking picture and we are in major fund raising mode – raising money for finishing funds – audio mix / color correct / music mix. We are also prepping to submit at premiere festivals – the first (closest approaching deadline) being Sundance. I am looking to the filmmmaking and documentary groups to help me spread the word about the film and help me spread the word about fund raising – this film was made by only a few people so any help in the community that we can get is great and so appreciated. One method of fund raising that we are implementing is grass roots crowd funding – we just created an Indiegogo campaign –
please check it out and please pass along! http://www.indiegogo.com/dontfollowmeimlost
Here is a little bit about the film:
It is about a man, a musician – Bobby Bare Jr. – and the relentless struggle of a touring artist fighting to survive on the road, doing what he can to keep his world afloat and provide for his children. Thereâ€™s more that goes into it than getting up in front of a crowd and its not all pretty.
With exclusive access we followed Bare Jr. out on a nationwide tour, even rocking in peoples living rooms, to unveil a side of the music industry that most do not see â€“ a â€œfly on the wallâ€ look at the ups and downs of touringâ€¦ the endless driving, the monotony of the road, the lack of stability and the constant separation and disconnect from loved ones.
After months on the road, is it ever possible to really reconnect?
In an effort to reveal the texture and depth of Bobby Bare Jr. and his eclectic musical style, we create a visual collage of formats consisting of Super 16mm, 16mm, 8mm, and HD. We also utilized GoPro cameras; their small size provides unparalleled placement precision which allowed us to achieve a true â€œfly on the wallâ€ experience.
With very few interviews, the audience is along for the ride and is drawn into the world that is Bobby Bare Jr. while he weaves his way thru complicated rock â€˜nâ€™ roll situations.
Please let me know if anyone would like additional information on the film and please visit our website:
Thank you for your support!
Welcome, Lee, and best of luck with your film.
Hello, my name is Rita, and I am new in this network. I found out D-Word through Accidental Media http://www.accidental.tv/tomas_sheridan.php when I was looking for work from Tomas Sheridan. Actually this young filmmaker went in cinetrain program http://cinetrain.net/ which I applied now for the 2012 edition and wanted to know more about his experience. Therefore, I found this place a good idea to get some feedback about the sample of a documentary project I've been working on now in editing mode. I would appreciate any kind of critics. You can watch it on my Vimeo page, and thank you for your support! http://www.vimeo.com/29100666
Hi there, I feel a bit out of my depth on here. At this moment I can truly only claim to be an enthusiast....really, really, really enthusiastic, but there it is! I spent what seems like a lifetime as a social worker in and around Glasgow, Scotland. Then decided to follow my heart and studied for an honours degree in zoology and a masters in environmental management, followed by a stint as a project assistant on a shark research programme at Glasgow University and a few other zoological programmes. My passion for this goes back to childhood when my main hobby was watching documentaries. I worked alongside some documentary crews who were filming the sharks and this inspired me to then study for a post grad in media. Since then I have been writing a couple of documentaries; one about macaws and another about whales. I am also interested in social issue and have half written a doc about the impact affairs have on couples, mainly drawing on my work as a social worker for this one. I realise I haven't really made these sound particulary rivetting..!! but it's really just to introduce myself. So long story short, dead keen newbie.
Rita and Lynne, glad you found us and great to have you here.
Im new here...my editor -Burma VJ- Thomas Papapetros recommended I join. My first documentary, HALF REVOLUTION is out, co directed with Omar Shargawi...premiered at the Nordic Panorama Film Festival this weekend in Denmark...
Heres a little article about the film and how we made it and who I am.
NIGHT CANNOT STOP THE RISING SUN
Welcome to The D-Word, Karim. This sounds a timely film, is there a trailer online somewhere?
I'm new to D-Word, and just finished shooting my first feature length doc, about the relationship between man and dog, set against a quirky sporting event – competitive sheepherding (think "Babe"). The film's website is http://www.sheepdogmovie.com. We're gearing up to start editing, and I'm excited to have found D-Word, and quite looking forward to exchanging ideas on this and upcoming projects....
Good to have you here, Drew and Karim. Welcome.
In reply to John Burgan's post on Mon 26 Sep 2011 :
We have a new short teaser for 1/2 REVOLUTION you can see HERE:
In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 27 Sep 2011 :
Thanks Doug! Thomas speaks very highly of you guys and this site. Im sure I will enjoy myself here! Cheers!
Look forward to seeing the whole film....
Hi, my name is Michael Oved Dayan. Iâ€™ve spent several years working on, High Plains Doctor: Healing on the Tibetan Plateau, a documentary about the Chief Medical Officer of Nunavut on his annual medical mission to a small village in Eastern Tibet (just before the village was at the epicenter of a 6.9 earthquake). The main subject of my film is charismatic and insightful and working on this film has been transformational for me. I just completed a trailer for the film and posted it to my page on youtube (link below). This is my second one and producing it took more than I originally expected. Iâ€™m writing to introduce myself, and to mention that Iâ€™m going to start submitting the film to festivals and Iâ€™m very open to suggestions from other members of D-Word. I look forward to meeting some of you at festivals and in other doc related capacities. Thanks.
Link to my trailer for High Plains Doctor:
Welcome, Michael, and best of luck with the film. Keep us posted in the Shameless Self-Promotion topic from time to time.
Hi, my name is Lise Zumwalt. I am a doc producer/director/writer and am currently working on an indie doc feature on mental health. I have spent many years producing commercial docs but this is my mission! I wanted to introduce myself and also say I am looking for camera people in San Francisco and Madison, Wisconsin that could do some half day shooting for me in exchange for services or for something you might need in NY! I am also an Avid editor. If interested please contact me at wishzoomataoldotcom.
Welcome, Lise. You might want to post a notice on both our public and members-only classifieds pages with your barter offer (the only topics we encourage double-posting on).
Hi- I'm directing and producing my first feature documentary, "The Long Bike Back", which is currently at the rough cut stage. "The Long Bike Back" follows the recovery of a bicyclist (my partner) from a crippling hit-and-run crash and his quest to fulfill his lifelong dream of cycling across America with his brother Pete. (http://longbikeback.com/)
I have many years of experience working with Avid, setting up post production workflows, and troubleshooting software and hardware issues on Mac and Windows.
I associate produced and/or assistant edited a variety of documentaries including "Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy", "Whiz Kids", and "Girls of Daraja". After college I started with Maysles Films working on a number of projects including "The Gates".
I've read/lurked in a number of helpful d-word topics for a while, but I've never formally introduced myself.
Great to be able to formally welcome you, Julia. Hope you'll continue to post now that you've broken the ice. I remember meeting you after a NYWIF panel I was on and being intrigued by your film. Glad to hear it's making progress.
So happy to join this group! I found out about it through IDA.
I'm a former producer at PBS and now produce indie docs. I wrote, produced, directed and edited "Transformation: The Life and Legacy of Werner Erhard" about the controversial founder of est. It was picked up for distribution by Screen Media Films. I learned a lot going through that experience. I've done a few others as well and have been hired by producers to help with structure of the films.
I've just returned from Timbuktu (yes a real place in Mali, Africa) doing a film about the nomadic Tuaregs – an ancient culture on the verge of extinction. We followed the son of a Tuareg chief who is also a music promoter on a mission to save this people and his culture. I'm editing and looking for grants and possibly co-pro arrangements. Heading out to LA next week- becoming bi-coastal to work on projects.
Thanks so much Doug for creating this fabulous site. I'll try to visit often. Robyn
Welcome, Robyn. Totally intrigued by your Werner doc, having done several Landmark courses. It's funny because every time I've ever brought Landmark up here the membership goes completely bonkers and dredges up the Werner Erhard connection, as if he's the devil himself. Even when I patiently explain that The D-Word would not exist but for Landmark (nor Landmark but for Erhard), I all but get burned at the stake. Pretty amusing, but then again no one said transformation was easy.
I know how you feel Doug. I've faced a firing squad of journalists for doing the film- giving Werner the opportunity to present his story while not shying away from controversy. He really is a very charismatic caring man who is committed to people living powerfully. He just loves to push people's buttons and some people don't understand that.
I believe the film is available on hulu if you want to see it for free. ( Lesson learned from selling all rights to Screen Media).
I'm redoing the website now and getting ready to launch a PPV series with the raw footage from our interviews. I recommend Landmark for anyone as a course on how to stop carrying baggage around from your past and live your passion. Live a more conscious life. Some people are afraid to rock the boat. :)
The film website is www.transformationfilm.com
I am an American documentary filmmaker based in Morocco where I have been for the last few years.
I moved here after Smith on a Fulbright and never left and I still get lots of people asking when I intend to go back to New York and I simply say, when I am no longer inspired to make films here. Which hasn't happened as of yet.
I just finished a documentary called ALL I WANNA DO about a Casablanca parking guard and his 17-year-old son who form a hip hop group. The duo set out and meet their heroes, enter studios and radio stations for the first time in a journey through the music industry of Casablanca.
They represent some of the poorest residents of a very wealthy city and it's more common for them to hear people ask why they even try to aim higher than people encouraging growth and development. There is a lot of frustration and loss of human talent which I feel is at the heart of a lot of the protests here.
It's been a big hit in Morocco especially because it's an intimate portrayal as opposed to watching a film about "The People Of Morocco".
So far it's been official selected at over 22 festivals and has won "Best Documentary" at Da Vinci Film Festival, "Best Director" at WMIFF, "Third Prize" at Athens International and "Best Foreign Documentary" at the Atlanta Documentary Film Festival this week.
I could use a lot of advice as I have a lot to learn.
I would love to find a mentor and if anyone would like to send me advice or comments or suggestions I would appreciate it and welcome that very much. firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a link to the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy2B2Qq9_l0
Thanks a lot and look forward to hearing from you!
Lots of good energy there, Michelle – looks like you're doing a pretty good job mentoring yourself already. A warm welcome to The D-Word, leap right in.
HI – my wife, Kim Shelton, who is an established filmmaker, and I are in the festival stages of getting our film, The Welcome, out into the world. Its a doc about an intense and unusual five day retreat for veterans from Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam, along with family members, who create poetry about their experiences in war and return. It is doing well in festivals (a couple of awards so far) and my job is now to distribute the sucker. I'm working with another woman to connect with organizations around the country for local screening partners and I'm looking for any input/advice about both this particular strategy and about educational distribution as well. I've been a therapist for the past 20 years and this is new to me, but I'm having a great time so far. Any advice most welcome.
Welcome Bill. Waste no time in catching up with our week long special topic Selling Your Film where you can learn a ton of useful information to help get you started.
I am a New York based photographer who is working on a shoot in Houston, Texas on October 15th. I am looking for someone in the Houston area who has experience recording audio that will consist of some recorded interviews as well as ambient sound. You should have your own equipment. This is a paid job, Please send me an email at LaurenJoyFleishman@Gmail.com Thank you.
So good to find such a wonderful forum of documentary filmmakers around the world. I am Judith Dancoff, founder and director of NewFilmMarketing.com, a breakthrough marketing service to help filmmakers sell their films to the academic and library marketings BY THEMSELVES!! Yes I take money, but only enough to coach you. After a career in doc films, I transited into writing, and then into the academic world itself. When it came time to distribute an old film I'd made, I was appalled by the ridiculous percentages of so-called distributors, and so taught myself the basics of distribution from scratch. Check out my blog at http://www.newfilmmarketing.com for a little of what I've been up to, and I will post frequently here. The important take-aways are that academic diy is not rocket science, there's money to be made here, and under no circumstances, ever give it away!
Welcome to The D-Word, Judith. Important work you're doing, great to learn about it!
Hello to d-word,
I am glad to be a part of your forum!
I have done extensive music production, and film-scoring most recently on a doc. called
"Persistance of Vision" yet to be released on the topic of the creative process.
It would be fantastic for anyone needing music to make their way to my site:
Good Morning Filmmakers!
Glad to be part of the D-Word.
I'm based out of LA.
Is anyone else participating in the current ArcLight Doc festival in which they will be screening the top 10 most voted docs---
My film, Eloy Take Two is part of this....
And, let me tell you...It's tough to get votes.
It would be an awesome experience to screen there since they have
the state of the art screening technology and pretty awesome theater in general with delicious popcorn!!
If any of you have time on your hands and want to see my trailer and vote on it...
Here's the link:
---To vote--All you have to do is "like" the trailer on the YouTube page---
If you Vote on it....Thank you so much!!
And Please feel free to share this info on any of the social Media outlets....
Thank you!! and it's a great pleasure to meet you!!
Hope we have an opportunity to meet at the next doc screening!!
Have a Great Day!!
Welcome, Anne and Roberto.
Cool stuff, Roberto! I love it.
My name is Andrew Shemin, an American filmmaker based in Paris. I have worked in mostly short films and music videos, while taking the occasional job as line producer or camera on documentaries in Paris. I am now directing my first feature documentary, Postcards from Paris, an experimental form that offers a kind of tour of Paris through images, or moving postcards, as I imagine them. Each fixed shot offering its own atmsophere and story to share about life in Paris. I would describe it as a mix of a LumiÃ¨re Brothers actualitÃ© film, a Frederick Wiseman documentary, and a "city symphony" documentary.
You can see a trailer on the Kickstarter page I just made to try to fund the composition of an original score for the movie. http://kck.st/mYBZLE
I've enjoyed making a documentary in this way, and hope to do more like this in other locations.
If anybody ever needs assistance in Paris, I can help!
Welcome, Andrew. Good to have you with us here.
I'm Ben, a communications student at Northwestern University, and am currently producing my first documentary. I am so excited to meet and learn from filmmakers of all different experience levels. I have never felt so passionate about any project before, so I feel that this community full of passionate artists is the right place for me. Looking forward to getting to know more of you as time goes on!
All the best,
Oh my God, a student snuck in here! :-) That's ok, we can use a youth infusion. Welcome to The D-Word, Ben.
I'm new here and was hoping to talk to some veteran documentarians who've already been through some festivals and distribution. I'm working on my first documentary about a boxer who fought for the world heavyweight championship in 1958. I was hoping there was some Texas natives on here that I could meet up with and get advise. Thanks
Welcome aboard, Josh. You might want to check out the back posts on the distribution and festivals topics here and get a feel for what's been discussed. Plenty of solid info and advice there.
Hello friends and colleagues
I'm Claudia, filmmaker, writer, radio woman, activist. Maybe sounds strange, but in these times I feel it's important to insist on political dreams and a standpoint.
I covered 16 years ago in USA and Europe the fight for Mumia Abu Jamal's life when he was facing execution in 1995 by organizing a radio campain, later started writing scripts, made my first documentary between 2006 and 2010 about Kryzysztof Komeda, Polish jazz musician and composer, also for films
In the end , I produced the film score by fundraising the money for my composers...
I'm interested in producing and sharing thoughts but I joined the site also to discuss the Iranian topic (arrest of our colleagues), as we, 7 Polish films and their makers, have withdrawn our films form Teheran festival yesterday to clarify our POV. Thank you, Claudia
Hello Claudia, dive right in. Welcome to The D-Word.
I'm a fairly new filmmaker and producer currently in pre-production for a doc set to film Jan/Feb. I have so many questions I don't even know where to start, but I'm very excited to be apart of this community and look forward to gleaning and giving back as much as possible.
Welcome to The D-Word, Matt!