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Michelle Medina

Hello Everyone!

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.

Here is a link to the trailer:

Thanks a lot and look forward to hearing from you!

John Burgan

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.

Bill McMillan

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.

Marj Safinia

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.

Lauren Fleishman

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 Thank you.

Judith Dancoff

So good to find such a wonderful forum of documentary filmmakers around the world. I am Judith Dancoff, founder and director of, 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 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!

Doug Block

Welcome to The D-Word, Judith. Important work you're doing, great to learn about it!

Anne Pollack

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:

Many thanks!

Roberto S. Oregel

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!!