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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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Kellie McClune
Tue 3 Nov 2009Link

Hi everyone!
My name is Kellie and I'm a college student in Valdosta, Georgia. My major is International Documentary Production, and I'm loving every minute of it!! I've been in love with video and media since I helped my brother film a project when I was 14. I realize I'm still wet behind the ears and have a lot to learn, which is why I am very excited I found this website!! I'm fully open to discussions, advice, and of course making new contacts in this industry.


Sergio Lopez Figueroa
Wed 4 Nov 2009Link

Hello,
My name is Sergio I live in London and work internationally, my background is in music composition for film. Two years ago I founded Big Bang Lab, a cultural-social enterprise working across Film, Music and Heritage to achieve social change in communities. After a project in Delhi (www.delhi-citysymphony.com) I am looking for production companies to commission the making of documentaries of our projects with young people and the cities.

First I need to pitch to commissioners and get the money!

To learn more about my vision
www.labforculture.org/en/moderators/lidia-varbanova/highlights/57988

or visit any of these websites
http://www.bigbang-lab.com
http://www.vimeo.com/bigbanglab

Edited Wed 4 Nov 2009 by Sergio Lopez Figueroa

Doug Block
Wed 4 Nov 2009Link

Welcome, Sergio, and good luck getting that money. It's quite a noble vision you have there. And welcome, as well, to Kellie and, of course, Erin. Sorry to have overlooked you initially.

And thanks again to Michael Rabiger, whose classic book on Directing The Documentary continues to send new folks to The D-Word.


Jill Morley
Wed 4 Nov 2009Link

Hello!

My name is Jill.

During a hiatus from directing my first documentary, "STRIPPED"... (Okay, after my first one, I said I'd never make another one and got sucked into it again) I actually learned how to shoot and edit and started my own production company www.shootingninjas.com. Currently am finishing a film about female boxers, depression and post traumatic stress disorder, called "Fighting It." I am looking forward to connecting with other doc filmmakers and finding some community here.


Doug Block
Wed 4 Nov 2009Link

Great to have you here, Jill. Remember our meeting at DocuClub many years ago, glad to see you've stuck it out.

(Reminder to self: don't say anything even remotely nasty to Jill... ever!)


patricia maresch
Sat 7 Nov 2009Link

Hi everyone, my name is Patricia. I'm a documentary filmmaker from Holland, based in Rio de Janeiro. Last year I finished my first doc here. Right now I'm trying to get financing for a new project in a women's prison in Rio. We hope to start shooting in March 2010. If you'd like to know more: www.faveladocumentary.com
I'm looking forward to connecting with fellow filmmakers here.


Doug Block
Sat 7 Nov 2009Link

Greetings, Patricia, and a warm welcome to The D-Word. Best of luck with your film, too.


Stefani Saintonge
Thu 12 Nov 2009Link

How is everyone doing?

My name is Stefani, and I'm an MFA documentary studies student at Hofstra University. Right now I'm trying to spread the word about the program to prospective students and supporters as a graduate assistant under Skip Blumberg. I'm also a novice at film making so learning about more about the doc industry is a must. Hello!


Ben Kempas
Sat 14 Nov 2009Link

Welcome, Enthusiast Stefani!


Steve Christolos
Sat 14 Nov 2009Link

Hi everyone!

My name is Steve and I love making documentaries. :) I'm a former student of the Academy of Art in San Francisco, CA. Recently, I just finished my debut short film, The Sundowner. I'm excited to develop future projects with my producing partner, we're very open minded and willing to help collaborate. Nice to meet you all!


Ben Kempas
Sat 14 Nov 2009Link

Welcome, Enthusiast Steve!


Kristof Bilsen
Sun 15 Nov 2009Link

Hi Doug,

Kristof again (after a while on d-word again) – I am currently studying at the National FIlm+Television School in UK for the 2 year MA Documentary Direction. Currently I am preparing my subject for this MA
dissertation to be written next year. I am thinking of making a paper about personal documentaries and their influence on the family/relatives. Etc (I just started off) and I might like to interview you about it.
Would that be possible, by skype for example? Just let me know, it is not urgent. regards, Kristof

In the hidden section, my details:

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Edited Sun 15 Nov 2009 by Kristof Bilsen

Doug Block
Sun 15 Nov 2009Link

Welcome back, Kristof. Feel free to email me about setting up a skype intv, but won't have time until I'm back from IDFA.


Heather Ross
Mon 16 Nov 2009Link

The sidebar is nagging me to introduce myself, which I clumsily forgot to do when I joined last year. It's GREAT to be here and have input from such a distinguished group of pro doc makers. I recently completed a feature-length doc, GIRLS ON THE WALL, which was a co-production with ITVS (great experience working with them). It just premiered in the city where it was shot, at the Chicago International FF, winning a Special Mention jury prize. The site for the film is www.girlsonthewallmovie.com

In the past I've produced and directed many hours of factual programming for A&E, Discovery, MTV, and am excited to bring what I've learned the hard way on the indie doc trail to new television projects.

Thanks to the hosts for providing this great space.


John Burgan
Mon 16 Nov 2009Link

You're welcome, Heather – better late than never...


Marj Safinia
Mon 16 Nov 2009Link

Hi Heather, and officially welcome. I enjoyed your film. Especially Whitney. What a great character. How's she doing?


Doug Block
Mon 16 Nov 2009Link

Congrats on your award, Heather, and thanks for finally outing yourself. Come back often, ok? We've had more than enough silent Heather, especially given all you have to offer. (And love seeing you doing karioke!)


Yogesh Jagam
Mon 16 Nov 2009Link

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watch, vote and spread the buzz in your community, on your social networks, in your blogs.

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Visit the festival now.

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on Behalf of,
Culture Unplugged Festival Team

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Promote Films. Promote Consciousness.


moloy chakraborty
Tue 17 Nov 2009Link

Hi; every body ;
i 'm moloy from INDIA;very glad to meet you here.
I'm now working as an assistant film director with the most eminent indian film maker; BUDDHADEB DASGUPTA. But you all know that in INDIA its very difficult to be an independent film maker . i've completed the research work for two of my ducomentaries .
my first project is about the children who lived on footpath of calcutta;but they all have a very pain full history; and the causes are very socio-economical.........
and my second project is on MEDICINE;how the people of INDIA are cheated by those multinational medicinal companies.......
i've approach to many people and tried to make my dream true' but i faild. so i'm requesting you to give me some suggestions for it (i.e:how do i find producers.....). thanking you; moloy


Marcus Rosentrater
Tue 17 Nov 2009Link

Hello,
My name is Marcus Rosentrater. I am working on working on movies. My keen interest in non-fiction is finding the place where truth and fiction crossover to derive a separate truth unreachable from either end. I am primarily an editor, but have co-directed 3 short docs with Gideon C. Kennedy. Our last of which is premiering at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam this Friday (Nov. 20th 2009 20:15). http://clandestine-movie.com/ I'm looking forward to connecting to an international non-fiction filmaking community.

Thanks!

Edited Tue 17 Nov 2009 by Marcus Rosentrater

Martin Touhey
Wed 18 Nov 2009Link

Good day fellow documentarians,
My name is Martin Touhey and my company Sleepyeyed Films LLC is currently in pre-production of a documentary about the legendary video game Dragon's Lair. I've joined the D-Word in order to expand my contacts and hopefully gain some insight to how people are getting their projects funded and noticed. I look forward to sharing ideas and getting to know other filmmakers.


Almudena Carracedo
Wed 18 Nov 2009Link

Hi! This is Almudena Carracedo, I'm officially introducing myself here!

I am a Spanish filmmaker who was based in Los Angeles until two months ago, and now happily based in Brooklyn. I recently directed Made in L.A. (www.MadeinLA.com) which was my first feature doc and ended up wining an Emmy. After 2 and 1/2 years of intense and rewarding outreach and community engagement my partner Robert Bahar (also D-worder) and I are slowly wrapping up the project and moving onto new things.

Happy to be here in D-word, finally, and to be in touch with this community!


Marj Safinia
Wed 18 Nov 2009Link

Welcome all and an especially huge welcome and hug to Almudena! So glad you decided to sign up! LA is sorry to have lost you guys.


Almudena Carracedo
Wed 18 Nov 2009Link

Thanks Marj!!! We miss you all in LA... but I'm sure we'll be seeing you quite often anyway :)


Doug Block
Wed 18 Nov 2009Link

Ditto Marj. Welcome to Martin, Marcus and the very youthful-looking Moloy (Yogesh, we'll welcome you more warmly when you actually choose to introduce yourself.)

And a roll out the red carpet welcome to Almudena, who we're thrilled to have as an actual member and not just a friend. Good to have you all here.


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