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Doug Block
Fri 11 Feb 2011Link

Welcome Brenda and Rob. Rob, surely you know about Philly D-Word members Jon Foy and Fiona Otway, whose respective films won top honors at Sundance. If not, just click on the People link at the top of every page and do a search on their names. You can then go to their profile pages for contact info.


Maeve O'Boyle
Sat 12 Feb 2011Link

Hi – Maeve O'Boyle here. I was lucky enough to be Doug's editor last year on The Kids Grow up and have finally joined this great forum which I have heard so much about. Thank you Doug and sorry it took me so long. Other credits include Frontline: Heat for PBS, Carrier for PBS, Left of the Dial for HBO and other bits and pieces. Glad to be part of the D-word community.


Doug Block
Sat 12 Feb 2011Link

Maeve! I can't believe my eyeballs! Oh, rapturous day!!!

Only took well over two years of talking up The D-Word to get here here, folks. What an impressive salesperson I am.


John Burgan
Sat 12 Feb 2011Link

Good to see you here, Maeve – we've been talking about you in your absence


Maeve O'Boyle
Sun 13 Feb 2011Link

Thanks John, thanks Doug – glad to be here finally!


Sahand Sahebdivani
Mon 14 Feb 2011Link

Hi Myrthe, welcome from another Amsterdam D-worder. Good luck in your skopje project, sounds like a blast!


Caitlin Kelley
Thu 17 Feb 2011Link

Hello. I am the founder and executive director of Africa Volunteer Corps, an NGO based in Tanzania that places African volunteers to work with African -initiated development projects. I joined D-Word in order to connect with filmmakers to participate in a fundraising series we are starting, the Visualize Change Film Forum. We are looking for films showcasing empowering and positive stories about Africa, especially the importance of local control of the development process. We are aiming to make Visualize Change an annual fundraising event so I look forward to connecting with others trying to tell the positive and inspiring stories of Africa that typically go untold.


Doug Block
Thu 17 Feb 2011Link

Welcome, Kaitlin, and thanks for the great work you're doing with Africa Volunteer Corps. Best of luck with your fundraising.


Jeanie Finlay
Fri 18 Feb 2011Link

Hello D-Worders

I'm and artist and filmmaker from the UK. I make films about music, outsiders, strangers and people who change how they look to be themsleves. I made large scale video artworks for years before moving into docs about 7 years ago. My films include TEENLAND (BBC4), GOTH CRUISE (IFC). I'm currently making two films – THE GREAT HIP HOP HOAX for BBC and ORION: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING.

my latest film is SOUND IT OUT, a crowd funded feature about the very last record shop in my home town, Teesside (North east UK) which will be premiering at SXSW in March.
See more > www.sounditoutdoc.com www.jeaniefinlay.com

I'd love to hear from any other D-Worders with advice for SXSW – and I'd really appreciate it you could help spread the word about our campaign on Indiegogo to get there. www.indiegogo.com/sendustosxsw

Thanks and looking forward to meeting some new doc folks! JF


John Burgan
Fri 18 Feb 2011Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Jeanie. Sounds like you're in the right place – check out the Documentary Festivals Topic for more on SXSW and also use our SEARCH function to see what advice people have been giving in the past.


Jeanie Finlay
Fri 18 Feb 2011Link

Thanks John – will do!


Doug Block
Fri 18 Feb 2011Link

It was great talking with you the other day, Jeanie. Glad you followed up and registered. Welcome.

Your trailer is charming and beautifully made, it so makes me want to see the film. Hope you raise oodles of money. And get the list of industry people attending from the festival (on the password protected part of their website) and contact them about a week before it starts.

Edited Fri 18 Feb 2011 by Doug Block

Christine Daley
Fri 18 Feb 2011Link

Hi! My name is Christine and a friend of mine suggested that I get on here and see if anything clicks! I have been an actor for years and about two years ago I took off across the country and abroad volunteering at various not-for-profits. Changed my world. Now I'm looking to get involved in hosting, writing and creating work that's about real people. This is a link to my most recent hosting gig on solar energy. www.solargenerationusa.org If anyone has any leads, knowledge of where to look or projects, I'd greatly appreciate any advice!


Doug Block
Fri 18 Feb 2011Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Christine. Glad that you found us. You can check the Public Classifieds topic here, as people occasionally post about projects they're looking for collaborators on. You might also try the NY section of Shooting People: www.shootingpeople.org.


jennifer folks
Fri 18 Feb 2011Link

Hello all! My name is Jen and I am from small town USA in Kansas. I am looking for some advice/help. I have an idea for a documentary but have no idea where to begin. I would like to make/produce this myself but cannot quit my job to take this on. After doing some research and many question and answer sessions with parents this is something that many, many parents are interested in. I have no doubt that it would be watched by many as it asks a question that most of us parents as ourselves when raising our kids. If anyone can give me some insight on where to begin, search for funding or pitch my idea it would be wonderful. Thanking you again! Maybe soon you just might see something on TV from this small town USA Mom. –Jen


Nick Fitzhugh
Fri 18 Feb 2011Link

Hi Everyone!

I was referred to this site by a new business partner who couldn't say enough about it and I can already see why. I'm looking forward to leveraging the community and sharing what I can with it too as I get to know it and everyone it it better.

To introduce myself, I'm an independent filmmaker and producer currently based in Washington, DC. After ten years in the media industry running a company I started in college that was acquired by National Geographic, I have turned my full-time attention to filmmaking––something I've always wanted to do. I have one completed project (though I'm still looking for domestic distribution for it) and a couple others in various stages of development/production. All docs thus far but I do aspire eventually to do narrative films along the lines of City of God (or that style).

Feel free to check out my work at redfitz.com and see you all around the topic boards!

Nick


Jeanie Finlay
Fri 18 Feb 2011Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Fri 18 Feb 2011 :

Thanks so much Doug – can't believe I took so long to get here! – This is an amazing resource.

I've been getting my lists together and my plan is forming. We will get to Texas by hook or by crook!

I'm going to write a blog for Filmmaker Magazine about my experiences as a virgin SXSW-er so will post a link here. So excited, not long now.


James Tseyah
Sat 19 Feb 2011Link

Well i must say that i am flattered being part of a world of experts. I can say that being part of this wonderful and exciting site, my dreams of becoming a professional documentary filmmaker apart from acting, is partly completed. Thanks so much for welcoming me. Please kindly advice and guide me so that i can be the best in Cameroon.As you people can realise, i am seemingly the only one from Cameroon, that is why i want to do my best to carry my country up thanks to D-World. I am so happy.


Tom Dziedzic
Sat 19 Feb 2011Link

Hi Nick, You might check out Docs In Progress based in Silver Spring, MD. Erica Ginsberg, the Executive Director, is a regular on D-Word. Docs In Progress is a great meeting place for a variety of doc events and provides many resources for the doc filmmaker in the DC area.

http://www.docsinprogress.org/

Edited Sat 19 Feb 2011 by Tom Dziedzic

Ben Kempas
Sat 19 Feb 2011Link

A big welcome to Jennifer, Nick, and Jeanie, and a very special welcome to our first member in Cameroon, James!!!

So who else is lurking out there?


Joseph Chastain
Sat 19 Feb 2011Link

Hello,

My name is Joseph Chastain. I recently received fiscal sponsorship to create a documentary on Self-injury. I have a bachelor's of arts in film and television from Columbia College Hollywood in Tarzana, Ca.


Jill Woodward
Mon 21 Feb 2011Link

Joseph, self-injury like cutting? Sounds interesting.


Ben Kempas
Mon 21 Feb 2011Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Joseph. Interesting subject. Are we getting to witness......?


Michael Kershner
Tue 22 Feb 2011Link

Hello everyone, I am a cameraman based in Los Angeles, but am trying to make the move into the documentary world. I am in the middle of working on my first documentary about my great grandfather. You can check it out at DustofEurope.com. I am very excited to be in a community with so many other enthusiastic film-makers.


Doug Block
Tue 22 Feb 2011Link

Great to have you here, Michael. Welcome, as well, to Joseph, James, Nick and Jennifer. Always nice to have an influx of fresh blood ;-)


Ben Kempas
Tue 22 Feb 2011Link

You don't want to talk of fresh blood when we're discussing self-injury...

Welcome Michael. Interesting story. Also good to see that Kickstarter seems to have kickstarted you well!


Mark Rattelle
Tue 22 Feb 2011Link

Hello everyone, my name is Mark Rattelle and I am a Documentary Theory and Production MFA student at Hofstra University and I am currently working on my thesis film called "The Indies." The film is about Independent Professional Wrestlers and the world of independent Wrestling.

I am based in NY and I am very excited to be a part of this community. I look forward to chatting with all of you about the film genre we love!


Liam Leahy
Wed 23 Feb 2011Link

Hey folks. I am saying "hello", and on here looking for advice for fixers in DRC. I'm beginning a doc there in 4-6 weeks time. Thanks for any help...


John Burgan
Wed 23 Feb 2011Link

What's the project, Liam? D-Worder Carlo Ontal is based in that part of the world.


Doug Block
Wed 23 Feb 2011Link

Welcome, Mark. I'll be out at Hofstra tomorrow night to show my film THE KIDS GROW UP and do a Q&A (well, technically tonight). Hope to see you there.

Edited Wed 23 Feb 2011 by Doug Block

Liam Leahy
Wed 23 Feb 2011Link

It will be a film on the upcoming election, John. Thanks for the referral!


Jo-Anne Velin
Wed 23 Feb 2011Link

Perhaps google Monique Mbeka Phoba- she is based in Brussels often, but has been mentoring film students in Kinshasa. She may help you. She directed the film Entre la coupe et l'élection.


Aaron Porteous
Wed 23 Feb 2011Link

Hi everyone, I'm a videographer entering the Documentary Film world. Currently working on a documentary about religion and atheism in Toronto. Looking for tips and tricks to become successful in this industry. :)


Doug Block
Wed 23 Feb 2011Link

Prayer, Aaron. Prayer.


Thomas Papapetros
Wed 23 Feb 2011Link

Hard work, Aaron. Hard work.


Christa Majoras
Thu 24 Feb 2011Link

Hello all. I am very excited to be introducing myself to such a great group of filmmakers. I recently moved to New York and have been working freelance, camera and editing. Additionally, I am in pre-production on my first feature length film about an community of electronic musicians in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am looking forward to gaining advice, interesting discussion, and collaboration through the d-word!


Doug Block
Thu 24 Feb 2011Link

Welcome, Christa (Aaron, too). Nice to have you joining us here.


Tara Watney
Thu 24 Feb 2011Link

Hi, I last logged on a few years ago.... sorry for disappearing! I have managed to escape the clutches of the big city of London and escape to Africa where I plan to concentrate on making some documentaries..... so thought it was time I said hello again!
If anyone out there is based in West Africa or is interested in collaborating on a project in this part of the world... then I'd love to speak to you.


John Burgan
Thu 24 Feb 2011Link

Hey Tara – I think we met at the Sheffield DocFest in 2007 – welcome back to The D-Word. Interesting time to be in North Africa...


Doug Block
Thu 24 Feb 2011Link

Welcome back, Tara. Great to get an update and hope you'll come back often (virtually, at least).


Tara Watney
Thu 24 Feb 2011Link

Yes we did meet at Sheffield. Hello! It is an interesting time to be here.... not too much happening in Morocco though... although during a protest on Sunday the shop Zara got smashed up. However yesterday all the streets were lined with people welcoming the king back to the city.... so I think they like him. Although you never know for how long! Thanks for the welcome back.


Nick Fitzhugh
Thu 24 Feb 2011Link

In reply to Tom Dziedzic's post on Sat 19 Feb 2011 16:18 UTC :

Thanks for the tip, Tom! Am just looking through the site now and already agree with you.


Rick Janzen
Sun 27 Feb 2011Link

Hello, my name is Rick Janzen and I've recently have started making Documentaries. I have two in the early stages of production at this time. I've been involved in the film business since 1987 as a scenic artist and sign painter, but decided to start shooting my own stuff two years ago. After spending countless hours learning to use my camera and editing system (not to mention spending a small fortune), I decided on a couple of projects. I have always thought the best way to learn a craft is to surround yourself with people who know what their doing. I know the road to discovery is going to have a lot of potholes and curves, but that's what makes it so interesting. I look forward to being part of the community and learning from your experience.


Doug Block
Sun 27 Feb 2011Link

Great to have you here, Rick. Hope we can help support you in your career shift, it's an admirable thing to do.


Blaire Johnson
Wed 2 Mar 2011Link

Ahoy there! My name is Blaire Johnson. I'm co-producing a new documentary with my good friend, Linda Booker, to help bring Industrial Hemp farming back to the US. We are very proud that the nation's first hemp house was just built in the mountains of our home state- North Carolina. We are focusing on hemp's abilities to build the healthiest houses while taking a look at the toxic chemicals used in building materials and everyday products.

Through Linda, I have heard great things about the D-word from her good friend, Mark Barroso. I've just ventured into HD with Panasonic's AGAF100. It's great to be here!


Doug Block
Thu 3 Mar 2011Link

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


Franco Consales
Thu 3 Mar 2011Link

In reply to John Burgan's post on Thu 21 Jan 2010 :

I read the book of Glynne. I think also it is very good


Franco Consales
Thu 3 Mar 2011Link

Hello Everyone, I'm videmaker and web designer based in Sicily, I've produced 2 documentaries in Africa like in Uganda and Tanzania and of course also in Sicily. I used to work and collaborate with associations and other professionals.
Always I'm looking for new collaborations. Please contact me if you are interested in some co-production about some social or cultural issues regarding relation between different cultures.
I work with my Panasonic professional equipment.
Best wishes,
Franco
www.francoconsales.com


Franco Consales
Thu 3 Mar 2011Link

In reply to Blaire Johnson's post on Wed 2 Mar 2011 :

Hello Blaire your topic is very interesting, where could I find more informations? Would you be interested in some collaboration?


Franco Consales
Thu 3 Mar 2011Link

In reply to Caitlin Kelley's post on Thu 17 Feb 2011 :

Hello Caitlin I made in Tanzania a documentary about Maasai Tribe, I've shown I think a positive aspect of african culture. I would be glad if you can give a look to this documentary,
I'm also trying to create in Tanzania a school/workshop for young people that want to learn about video and storytelling

Let me know if you are interested,
Franco Consales
www.francoconsales.com


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