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Joe Scherrman
Mon 16 Jun 2008Link

Very interesting website Yanky. I like the look. I wasn't able to watch the trailer but I think that's my issue.


Yanky Ascher
Mon 16 Jun 2008Link

Thanks Joe.
The site is simple, but effective. It has that antique style which works well with the film.
You can see more of what we do, including a rather aggressive archival restoration project, at www.jemedia.org.


Doug Block
Mon 16 Jun 2008Link

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Sun 15 Jun 2008 :

Um, Ben, maybe you'll calm down when you realize the Moviemaker list is alphabetical.

Meanwhile, welcome, Yanky.

Edited Mon 16 Jun 2008 by Doug Block

Ben Kempas
Mon 16 Jun 2008Link

I didn't actually see the list, it was John Mounier who told me about it. But hey, people do find us this way!

So who else is out there?


Doug Block
Mon 16 Jun 2008Link

I saw the Moviemaker article in Nina's office last week. It was a really stupid description of The D-Word. Something like "MySpace for documentary filmmakers." Where do they come up with that stuff?


Christopher Wong
Mon 16 Jun 2008Link

they must have only been reading farmer herman's posts...


Joe Moulins
Mon 16 Jun 2008Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Sun 15 Jun 2008 :

Silly. It's more like this , for documentary filmmakers.


Ben Kempas
Mon 16 Jun 2008Link

"The D-Word – where docoholics converse."

Back to introductions now...


Jo-Anne Velin
Mon 16 Jun 2008Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Sun 15 Jun 2008 : But we admit they are some of the best posts on d-word. Just when everything gets too self-important or serious, David describes piglets birthing...


Johan Karrento
Tue 17 Jun 2008Link

Hi,
We're going to shoot a doc in LA in january. The team is just two people, a small camera and no fixed locations (we're travelling with a guy). HOw would I get a permit for this? How do you guys do this in LA (or USA for that matter). Is there a small team permit or a documentary permit or should I just shoot without a permit? Any answers are welcome.

Johan


Doug Block
Tue 17 Jun 2008Link

Johan, this topic is for introducing yourself. We have a place called The Mentoring Room where Enthusiasts can ask questions. So, let me just add... welcome to The D-Word.


Johan Karrento
Tue 17 Jun 2008Link

uhum...oh, sorry. I had a hard time finding the forum....or maybe I didn't give finding the forum any time....


Ben Kempas
Tue 17 Jun 2008Link

Welcome, Johan. You're actually a full Member now, so you've got the full choice of topics on The D-Word and won't be limited to the Mentoring Room with your questions. Anyway, tell us a little about yourself here, please.


John Burgan
Tue 17 Jun 2008Link

Hey Johan, welcome to the D-Word. We met in Berlin at the HdK back in 2000. Now I'm living in Denmark and you're back in Finland. Good to have you here!

Edited Tue 17 Jun 2008 by John Burgan

Laura Minnear
Tue 17 Jun 2008Link

Hello everyone. I've been following some of the discussions as a ghost reader whenever member Paul Devlin walks away from his computer for any length of time and leaves the forum up...I really like what I see and am excited to join. I live in Brooklyn and co-edited Paul's latest movie, "Blast". I made the transition a few years ago from working primarily on PBS docs to now independent non-fiction films. Somehow more work/less money does end up equaling richer rewards and I really look forward to connecting with the world of people out there who are just as crazy to go for it. I'm currently editing a personal doc for another filmmaker and Doug's ten rules are coming at the perfect time. Thanks for those, Doug.


Peter Brauer
Tue 17 Jun 2008Link

Welcome Laura. Sounds like you should apply for full membership.


Rhonda Moskowitz
Wed 18 Jun 2008Link

In reply to Gita Pullapilly's post on Mon 21 Apr 2008 : Welcome new D-Worders! A big welcome to Gita! Nice to see you here. Saw a 20 minute rough cut reel of Gita & Aron's film and it's amazing! Gita & Aron are active Connect the Docs members.


Ben Kempas
Wed 18 Jun 2008Link

Doug's ten rules? What did I miss here?


Laura Minnear
Wed 18 Jun 2008Link

Oh, I was sent a link for a blog that I thought was connected to D-word, but now I realize it's a separate site.

http://dbblock.typepad.com/around_the_block_doug_blo/

The Ten Rules of Personal Documentary Filmmaking. Painfully and amusingly helpful.


Doug Block
Wed 18 Jun 2008Link

That one is D's Word. Currently on extended vacation. Glad you found the "rules" helpful, Laura. And welcome to The D-Word. By all means feel free to sign up for full membership ...

Edited Wed 18 Jun 2008 by Doug Block

Johan Karrento
Wed 18 Jun 2008Link

Hi,
I'll just try again.....till I get the hang of it, how this forum works. I've been working more or less as an independent filmmaker since 2002...where I met John Burgan....that's actually we're I started. John got me interestd in Chris Marker...I'm very thankful for that, and it's very nice to find you here, John! Well, I've been working six years (doing art, shorts and documentaries). I have a broadcaster in Finland that buys my stuff and I guess that makes me a whole lot less independent – since they have to have their say about everything. Can they read this? Am I talking too much?

Anyway. I'm sick of television and want to do stuff where I'm more free...but for now, I'm going to use television money to take me to LA because I don't need another finnish winter.


John Burgan
Wed 18 Jun 2008Link

Glad to have been of assistance, Johan! Good to hear you've been so busy. What's the LA project about?


Doug Block
Thu 19 Jun 2008Link

Welcome, Johan. You can rest assured that no Finnish broadcasters hang out here. So feel free to speak your mind.


Johan Karrento
Thu 19 Jun 2008Link

The LA thing is supposed to be a funny documentary. A redneck artist in LA trying to pitch his feature script. A sort of funny "making of". I sound very pessimistic about the funniness of this story....well. Let's just see what happens.


Bryce S
Thu 19 Jun 2008Link

My name is Bryce and I have always wanted to join but for some reason I hadn't. Now I'm on and excited to learn and share. Hi!


Ben Kempas
Thu 19 Jun 2008Link

Welcome, Bryce. What has brought you here?


Erik A Olson
Thu 19 Jun 2008Link

I wish this resource had been around when I got started! I'm a DP / production company owner who works in a lot of reality TV (don't hold it against me!) and have been lucky to play in some feature documentaries these past couple of years.

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Bryce S
Fri 20 Jun 2008Link

Ben Kempas,
I've been working on a project that involves three people going on tour around the U.S. it involves some big sponsors and many different shooting situations so I'm just here to start getting my eggs in a row. By that i mean contracts, shooting styles, budgeting, and other things. I've been reading many books covering all of the subjects but nothing is better than advice from people first hand.

Edited Fri 20 Jun 2008 by Bryce S

Christopher Wong
Fri 20 Jun 2008Link

welcome erik & bryce...

"eggs in a row"? that's one of the best malapropisms i've heard in awhile! "all your ducks in one basket" would also qualify ;)

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Bryce S
Fri 20 Jun 2008Link

Thanks, I have some interesting ones and yes "all your ducks in one basket" would qualify. I'm going to be in L.A. over the 4th of July doing a mini tour with a nice energy drink company. If you would like to attend an event one night let me know. It will be fun and most of the spots were going to be at are supposed to be nice.


David McMurry
Sun 22 Jun 2008Link

i've just become aware of the forum and am excited to know a doc specific community like this exists online. most of what i do falls into the doc realm, working as a cinematographer on independent doc films and programs for broadcast. but it's pretty varied... there's also some narrative / commercial / corporate / music work in my background too. looking forward to being around and meeting the rest of the group.

Edited Sun 22 Jun 2008 by David McMurry

Doug Block
Sun 22 Jun 2008Link

Welcome aboard, David. Glad you found us. Erik and Bryce, too.


Andrew Ernst
Sun 22 Jun 2008Link

I too, just became aware of the existence of this site, and would like to say hi from sunny Seattle (which has been rare, lately). I have been spending all my free time working as the cinematographer on independent documentary films covering everything from the Ironman Triathlon to panhandling. In the last few years I've also been producing, shooting and editing some corporate and commercial work as well. Glad to be here, and looking forward to exploring the site.


Doug Block
Sun 22 Jun 2008Link

Welcome, Andrew. You'll want to join as a full member


Gary Hustwit
Mon 23 Jun 2008Link

Hi, my name's Gary. I'm a Scorpio and my favorite color is blue. I like indie documentaries, red wine, and long walks on the beach at sunset. More exciting details here: http://www.helveticafilm.com

Cheers!


John Burgan
Mon 23 Jun 2008Link

Float on, Gary, float on...


Mark Barroso
Mon 23 Jun 2008Link

How can you be a Scorpio AND like the color blue? Fascinating....


grinner hester
Tue 24 Jun 2008Link

brand new here.
glad to have found this place. Been makin' lil movies since '84 and still lovin' it.


Doug Block
Tue 24 Jun 2008Link

well, i guess we'll have to give you a lil hello then, grinner. and an official welcome aboard, gary. glad to see you already firing away here on all cylinders.


Gary Hustwit
Tue 24 Jun 2008Link

Mark, apparently I'm a double Scorpio, Scorpio rising. At least that's a what an old girlfriend who was into that stuff told me. So maybe it all cancels itself out. Or maybe that's why I like Kenneth Anger's films.

And thanks Doug, glad to enter the fray.


Matt J. Robertshaw
Tue 24 Jun 2008Link

Hey crowd. I just started getting into documentaries. So far I've been making a series called "Etymology Minute". It's pretty amateur obviously but it's given me something to play around with.

http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=35690958

Edited Tue 24 Jun 2008 by Matt J. Robertshaw

Doug Block
Tue 24 Jun 2008Link

playing around is all good. welcome, matt.


Christopher Wong
Tue 24 Jun 2008Link

welcome matt, gary, and grinner...

pretty funny stuff, matt. like the idea of the etymology minute. you should ask HELVETICA director gary hustwit how to make a compelling full-length feature about a seemingly "boring" subject!


Aaron Michels
Thu 26 Jun 2008Link

hi all,

I thought I'd posted here a long time ago when I signed up, but I couldn't find an earlier one, and since I'm listening in here again, I thought I'd reintroduce myself.

I'm aaron michels, and I now live in Oakland. I started working around documentary video around 99, and tried to make my first one in 2002 on the race dialog in my home town of St. Louis. It still screens sometimes in St. Louis, but I wasn't really happy with it, was short of funds, and didn't pursue wider distribution.

Since then, though I've done some editing work on other folk's docs, I've mostly been working on non-theatrical educational videos, with some of my own art-shorts (usually doc derrived) thrown in.

Right now I'm working on a piece for Wholphin DVD, and I've finally got footage to start editing again. The project is more of a thought experiment than a documentary video, but it has portions that are doc-like. It's kind of a DVD choose your own adventure with some radical science thrown in. Fun!

Anyway, I thought it was time to say "Hi" again.

Once this piece wraps, I'll be looking for editing work in the bay area again, if someone wants some help, or knows someone that does...


Terri Hartley
Fri 27 Jun 2008Link

Hi all, I hail from sunny Florida in the states and am currently being cooked alive in Nong Khai, Thailand where I am shooting a doc on volunteerism in this gateway to the Kingdom. I'm here to hopefully get some info that can help me and my crew (that being Me, Myself, and I...we rarely get along). I will also offer up any assistance as I can.

Oh, and I too am a Scorpio, and green just does beat blue for my choice of hue. Though they both are the color of oceans, which I miss. The Meakong just doesn't have the dolphin activity I am used to seeing back home.


Laura Rivera
Fri 27 Jun 2008Link

Hi: I'm excited to join this community, as I am just starting to get into documentary filmmaking. My partner and I finished a 50-minute doc on gentrification in East Harlem, loosely based around his own family roots in the neighborhood. I work as a news reporter, so I am often telling nonfiction stories, but not in long form and certainly not with the kind of voice you can bring to the documentary form. I'm curious about different shooting styles and types of docs...


Doug Block
Fri 27 Jun 2008Link

Welcome, Terri and Laura. Good to have you join us here.


Mari Heavey
Sun 29 Jun 2008Link

In reply to Terri Hartley's post on Fri 27 Jun 2008 :
Terri, voluntourism is a passion of mine. I am hoping to shoot some B roll on a project in Peru later this summer. Can I ask what kind of equipment you are using?
Mari


Terri Hartley
Sun 29 Jun 2008Link

Hi Mari, sure. I am using two HV20's, I have a couple wide angles and one letus flip (not used it yet because I lack the proper sticks and rail support), and for audio, I have one nice Sennheiser wireless lav, a Rode and an AT shotgun for booming or shockmount. I am shooting this, physically, by myself. So I quite remind myself of those cartoon one-man bands with all this stuff when I am out on the street. Now, where did I leave my accordion? ;-)


Peter Brauer
Tue 1 Jul 2008Link

It might be okay to try to shoot a film by yourself, but I would recommend finding partners as soon as possible. Filmmaking is a team process, and I have found it nearly impossible to make a film on my own.


Terri Hartley
Tue 1 Jul 2008Link

Yes, I whole-heartedly agree, Peter. Every other shoot I've ever done has had full crews and support persons. The circumstances around this one were somewhat different, I suppose. Stateside, I had professional gaffers on site as well as professional audio consultation. All post will be done by a team other than myself (thank GOD!) but the Thailand leg of this project is only me. We could not find anyone in short notice who could pack up and come over for six months unpaid. I was coming here to volunteer already after my own job was outsourced to India...so life was already bringing me here.


Anna Wexler
Thu 3 Jul 2008Link

Hi everyone,
I joined d-word a few months ago, but haven't officially introduced myself yet! My name is Anna Wexler, and I'm a filmmaker-in-residence at WGBH this year.

I've been working on a film called Unorthodox, which follows three rebellious Orthodox Jewish teenagers through a post-high school year in Israel. We (Nadja Oertelt is the co-director/co-producer) are currently in post-production. Last month we finished a 20-min work-in-progress reel.

This is my first major film – my background is actually in neuroscience – and I had absolutely no idea post-production would be this difficult!

If any of you are interested, I maintain a blog on the WGBH site… including a series of posts called “Lessons I’ve Learned (from the mistakes that I’ve made) in Documentary Filmmaking” – here’s the link: http://wgbhlab.wordpress.com/category/filmmakers-in-residence/unorthodox/

Meanwhile, here’s a blurb about Unorthodox. Website is forthcoming.

A year spent in Israel is a rite of passage for most teenagers brought up in the American Modern Orthodox Jewish community: nearly all high school graduates, both religious and non-religious, embark on this journey of spiritual renewal. Anna Wexler, along with fellow filmmaker Nadja Oertelt, set out to follow a new generation of young Jews as they spent their year in Israel. In addition to conventional documentary cinematography shot in the US and in Israel, narration throughout the film weaves Anna’s own story with that of the three subjects. Unorthodox explores the role of society, family and nations in influencing beliefs, the nature of religious metamorphoses, and the border dividing Orthodoxy and mainstream society. Unorthodox is a film that not only documents the unique year in Israel among the American Orthodox Jewish population, but also tells a bigger story —the story of anyone who has ever questioned her most deeply rooted beliefs.

Anyway, glad to meet you all, and I’m looking forward to hearing more about each of you and your work.


Doug Block
Thu 3 Jul 2008Link

An official welcome, Anna. Glad you finally posted and good luck with the film. My first film was funded by WGBH, have many warm memories of working with Peter McGhee, Marcia Storkerson and Sheila Brass (albeit from afar).


Christopher Wong
Thu 3 Jul 2008Link

welcome Anna. i just love all the WGBH people i've met. have you had a conversation with Judith Vecchione yet? she's awesome. btw, i think "Unorthodox" is a killer title.


Nicholle La Vann
Fri 4 Jul 2008Link

Blessinz,

I'm a Leo filmmaker from New York working on a documentary entitled "Homicidez." I was referred by Chris Wong and look forward to networking with other filmmakers.

Blessinz...


Doug Block
Sat 5 Jul 2008Link

welcome to the d-word, nicholle.


Christopher Wong
Sat 5 Jul 2008Link

hey nicholle, glad that you made it here! make sure that you apply for full membership. since you've got two docs under your belt, and a NYSCA grant award, i'm pretty sure that you qualify... if you do, then you can read all the other topics where there is a wealth of info.


Doug Block
Sun 6 Jul 2008Link

You can apply for membership here Nicholle.


Jason Perdue
Sun 6 Jul 2008Link

Hi everyone,
I'm Jason Perdue, Programming Director of the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. I'm not a filmmaker. My passion is in film festivals and taking over the programming for this year's festival is a dream come true for me. We're in the middle of our call for entry with an early (& cheap) deadline of 7/31. Come check us out at http://www.sebastopolfilmfestival.org/

Edited Sun 6 Jul 2008 by Jason Perdue

Timothy S. McCarty
Mon 7 Jul 2008Link

Greetings all! Veteran broadcaster, remote production TVCommando – turned Teacher here... GREAT site! Teach docs, love docs, can't believe I just found the D-Word! Game on! Word!


Tamara Krinsky
Mon 7 Jul 2008Link

Hiya!
Finally found the long-lost email that had my sign-in info for the new D-Word site. I'm the associate editor of DOCUMENTARY magazine & blog at www.documentary.org, produce new media for an entertainment ad agency, and do a lot of on-camera hosting work.


Doug Block
Mon 7 Jul 2008Link

Greetings, Jason, Chip, Timothy. And special greetings to Tamara, whose writing I've long admired. Welcome one and all.


Ben Kempas
Mon 7 Jul 2008Link

Timothy, you should tell this community a bit more about your background and your recent success with your students' documentaries.

(Other users don't get to see what you wrote in your Member application to us.)


Rene Santiago
Tue 8 Jul 2008Link

Hello, used to work for international news organization for 14 years now a freelance videographer
presently based in Jakarta, Indonesia. wants to do some documentary for a change.


Doug Block
Tue 8 Jul 2008Link

Welcome, Rene. Make sure to take the next step and apply for full membership here.


Arwen Lee Curry
Wed 9 Jul 2008Link

Hi. I am a Bay Area-based doc filmmaker: a recent graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where I produced Stuffed, a short film (with classmate Cerissa Tanner) under the instruction of Jon Else, Debbie Hoffmann, and Frances Reid. At the moment, I work as an AP for both Justine Shapiro (Promises) and for Nancy Kates (Brother Outsider), on her new film about Susan Sontag. I have recently begun fundraising and development for my feature-length doc about writer Ursula K. Le Guin. I also work in print and radio. Looking forward to back-and-forths with you all.

Edited Wed 9 Jul 2008 by Arwen Lee Curry

Doug Block
Wed 9 Jul 2008Link

Great instructors you had there, Arwen. And Promises was a great doc (heard terrific things about Brother Outsider but didn't see). So lucky you to be learning from the best. Welcome aboard.


Adam Taub
Wed 9 Jul 2008Link

Hello. I live in Boulder, CO and am currently distributing and screening a documentary I produced while I was an Anthropology student at the University of Colorado. Its entitled "La Quinceañera" a is a portrait of Ana Maria as she prepares for and celebrates her Quince Años(15th birthday) in Tijuana, Mexico. more info at www.laquinceaneradocumentary.com

I am also in post production on a feature doc called "El Duque de La Bachata" about a bachata musician from the Dominican Republic as he strives to make it big. www.bachatamovie.com

I found out about the site through Moviemaker magazine and it looks like a great community.


Nicholas Bruckman
Wed 9 Jul 2008Link

Hi Arwen!

Hope things are going well since mass moca.

Adam: I've got a film that features a quinceanera as well: www.la-americana.com

Edited Wed 9 Jul 2008 by Nicholas Bruckman

Adam Taub
Wed 9 Jul 2008Link

Hello Nicholas! I just checked out your website for La Americana and found it very interesting. You know I had dinner with some friends of mine the other night, a husband and wife. She is from El Salvador and he from Ecuador and both have incredible immigrant stories to this country. One thing that they along with their extended families expressed to me was the need for documentaries about immigrants from central and South America. They felt these stories were not being told. So I was glad to see that your film follows a Bolivian woman and her life. I will send your film's info to my friends. Take care and best wishes.


shri prakash
Wed 9 Jul 2008Link

Johar
i am film activist working in Jharkahnd in eastern India working for the tribal and indigenous peoples struggle... one of my film Buddha weeps in jadugoda (struggle against uranium mining) and other films are stiil in use against anti nuke struggle in otner part of the world.


Doug Block
Wed 9 Jul 2008Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Shri. Nice to have you joining us here.


Lars Woodruffe
Thu 10 Jul 2008Link

Hello to all, I'm an editor and my wife is a producer and together we are slowly working our way towards making something of our own. Thanks to the D-word we are learning a lot about the funding struggle vicariously. It’s great to see so much encouragement being dished out. We are in need of it! I hope to be able to share more when we get a little further down the track.
Lars


Doug Block
Thu 10 Jul 2008Link

Greetings, Lars. See you down the road.


nishant pagare
Thu 10 Jul 2008Link

Hi I am Nishant from New Delhi, India. I am a documentary filmmaker and a production person. I also handle an online DVD store showcasing exclusive Indian documentaries – www.synclinefilmstore.com
Currently I am working on a new documentary on use of Technology in the rural India.


Stefan Immler
Fri 11 Jul 2008Link

Hi all!

I am working on my first doc about jazz in Washington DC. I am a big jazz fan (and saxophone player myself), and it always bugged me that nobody really knows what an amazing jazz music history and lifely jazz scene there is in DC, so I decided to make a doc about the history and current status of jazz in the DC area, and by showing the amazingly talented young lions. Another reason I picked that topic is that I was looking for a project that I can shoot locally without a big travel budget.

It's been fun so far and I hope that I will have a doc that viewers will enjoy soon.

I am not trained in film making or journalism (I ran an audio recording studio for a few years), but thought that I can learn what I need on the fly. Not easy, but challenges are always a great opportunity and fun. During my "day job" I am a space scientist with very flexible working hours which helps a lot shooting the doc.

Looking forward to learning from you all and to talking to you!


Doug Block
Fri 11 Jul 2008Link

Nishant and Stefan, great to have you joining us here at The D-Word. Feel free to apply for full membership


Erica Ginsberg
Fri 11 Jul 2008Link

Hey Stefan, welcome from another DCer with another career and also working on a DC-themed film. Hope you'll consider submitting the rough cut for a Docs In Progress workshop when it's ready. Glad to meet you here in D-Word.


Sudarshan Chhotoray
Sat 12 Jul 2008Link

hello Everybody,
I am Sudarshan from Bhubaneswar,India,I am a Journalist and a Filmaker.I have made 13 Documentary films on Social issues like Tribal rights, Displacement,Water issues,Child Labour, Right to Information, Migration etc.I am happy to be here.Pls.
visit my site www.orissalive.com
Thanking you ALL
Sudarshan C


Doug Block
Sat 12 Jul 2008Link

A warm welcome to you, Sudarshan. No need to sign your posts, your name appears automatically above them.


Larry Vaughn
Tue 15 Jul 2008Link

Hi. I worked in newspaper photojournalism in the 80's, in the 90's did 7 years as a theatrical photographer and a couple years as a TV news videographer and editor. Then I got a tech degree and worked in the IT business as a desktop support guy and now am learning digital video editing and the related software with the intent of finding a position as an Avid editor somewhere, likely not Florida. There are few to no filmmakers where I live in Gator country.


Mary Ellen Davis
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

Hi, thanks for your interesting initiative. This is who I am:
Mary Ellen Davis grew up in Paris and lives in Montréal, directs documentaries, teaches part-time at Concordia University's School of Cinema, Montréal, helps organize the film and video program of the Montreal First Peoples' Festival Présence autochtone, in collaboration with André Dudemaine, the Festival's director; and Regards palestiniens (Palestinian Perspectives). Her works: “Nelson Symonds Jazz Guitarist” 1984; “The Devil's Dream” 1992; “Tierra Madre / Sacred Earth” 1996; “Mexico, Dead or Alive” 1996; “Haunted Land” 2002; “Los Músicos” 2007; “Territories” 2007; “A Day in Palestine” 2007.


Mary Ellen Davis
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

oh yes and i forgot my website: http://www.maryellendavis.net


Brian Pienkoski
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

Hi. I'm Brian. I've been working in broadcast television for the past twenty years. I've produced and directed commercials, newscasts, sporting events and children's shows. I've also been a standup comedian, a member of two improvisational comedy troupes, and a competition chili cook. I can also say "I am going downstairs" in seven different languages. Eight if you include sign language. After nearly half a century on this planet I've decided that what I really want to do is tell stories. I could make up my own, but there's so many interesting ones out there waiting to be told. My main focus for the short term is finding funding and learning how to 'pitch' my ideas.

Thanks for a great forum


Doug Block
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

Welcome, Mary Ellen and Brian. So, are you guys gonna register as :full-fledged Members?


Elizabeth A. Dillion-Stelling
Tue 22 Jul 2008Link

I am a an artist/poet/writer, and my day job, I am a Chef. I have been wanting to make a film for years and finally am in the beginning stages of telling a story through this medium. I want to learn all I can about making an interesting and unique story and use it as a tool to help others who have been through similar circumstances.


John Burgan
Tue 22 Jul 2008Link

Good luck to you, Elizabeth. What's the story?


Elizabeth A. Dillion-Stelling
Tue 22 Jul 2008Link

How we handle grief around the loss of a child – and how others “handle” us – through my relationship with my personal chef client who lost a child as I have. A tough one, then maybe the next will be on my favorite topic, food!


Elizabeth A. Dillion-Stelling
Tue 22 Jul 2008Link

I plan on being the female personna of Anthony Bourdain


Subasri Krishnan
Tue 22 Jul 2008Link

Hi my name is Subasri and i am a Film-Maker from New Delhi in India.


Doug Block
Wed 23 Jul 2008Link

Welcome Elizabeth and Subasri. And didn't mean to skip over you, Larry. You guys are coming aboard fast and furious!


Cherie Lindhardt
Thu 24 Jul 2008Link

Hello! My name is Cherie and I am a filmmaker from Utah. I am currently working to find funding for a doc I will be shooting in March in Iquitos, Peru. My team and I will be following a volunteer medical team into the Amazon. The team takes medical students from all over the U.S. and teaches them about tropical disease, the effects of disease globally and how to treat people instead of the disease or illness only.

I am 26 years old and have had a love affair with film ever since I can remember. Wanna know anything else? Just ask! :)


Mark Charles Berlin
Thu 24 Jul 2008Link

Hello I'm doing a doc on a hot dog.


Doug Block
Thu 24 Jul 2008Link

hi cherie and mark (man of few words). welcome to the d-word.


Karen Black
Fri 25 Jul 2008Link

hello! I'm karen – I'm a producer from vancouver, BC. I spent the last year working on post for a doc swearing that I'd never, ever work on a doc again...and somehow next week I'm heading off to shoot this insane little 10-day band road-trip/reunion/last hurrah tour of sold out shows in and around NYC with my friend's husband's band, three tour buses and 30 people alll squashed together...


Doug Block
Fri 25 Jul 2008Link

welcome, karen. you were absolutely great in "five easy pieces" ;-) good luck with the shoot.


Karen Black
Fri 25 Jul 2008Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Fri 25 Jul 2008 :

ha, thanks :)


Yura Dashevsky
Sun 27 Jul 2008Link

Hi all, I'm Yura D., making a documentary here in NYC... the project so perfect from every angle that everybody smiles, giggles and LOLs, etc. when they hear about it, including those who could fund it with their beer money. As of this minute I'm going it alone (yeah, you've heard it before on a different occasion), but the time of "seeing other people" has come, I guess. Almost done shooting it, though. HD, feature length, celebs, love, NYC, music.. oh yeah: FOOD. Lots of FOOD. And feelings. And FOOD.

My family members also do irart.com/show (wife Irina) and armlessfilms.com (daughter Yeva)


Doug Block
Mon 28 Jul 2008Link

Welcome, Yura. We're always hungry in here, so you've come to the right place.


Yura Dashevsky
Mon 28 Jul 2008Link

I'll feed you good, don't worry about it...


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