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Doug Block
Fri 16 Sep 2011Link

Welcome, Lee, and best of luck with your film.


Rita Couto
Tue 20 Sep 2011Link

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

Rita Couto


Lynne Crombie-Gilmour
Wed 21 Sep 2011Link

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.


Doug Block
Thu 22 Sep 2011Link

Rita and Lynne, glad you found us and great to have you here.


Karim El Hakim
Mon 26 Sep 2011Link

Hi All,
EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION
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.

http://nordiskpanorama.mnml.dk/?p=256

NIGHT CANNOT STOP THE RISING SUN


John Burgan
Mon 26 Sep 2011Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Karim. This sounds a timely film, is there a trailer online somewhere?


Andrew Hadra
Mon 26 Sep 2011Link

Hi everybody,

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....

Drew Hadra


Doug Block
Tue 27 Sep 2011Link

Good to have you here, Drew and Karim. Welcome.

Edited Tue 27 Sep 2011 by Doug Block

Karim El Hakim
Tue 27 Sep 2011Link

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:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=2487328662213


Karim El Hakim
Tue 27 Sep 2011Link

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!


John Burgan
Tue 27 Sep 2011Link

Look forward to seeing the whole film....


Michael Oved Dayan
Fri 30 Sep 2011Link

Hi, my name is Michael Oved Dayan. I’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. I’m writing to introduce myself, and to mention that I’m going to start submitting the film to festivals and I’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:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wK6tlta3pM&feature=channel_video_title


Doug Block
Fri 30 Sep 2011Link

Welcome, Michael, and best of luck with the film. Keep us posted in the Shameless Self-Promotion topic from time to time.


Lise Zumwalt
Fri 30 Sep 2011Link

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.

Lise


Doug Block
Sat 1 Oct 2011Link

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).


Julia Wrona
Sat 1 Oct 2011Link

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.


Doug Block
Sat 1 Oct 2011Link

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.


Julia Wrona
Sun 2 Oct 2011Link

Thanks, Doug!


Robyn Symon
Wed 5 Oct 2011Link

Hi everyone!
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


Doug Block
Wed 5 Oct 2011Link

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.

Edited Wed 5 Oct 2011 by Doug Block

Robyn Symon
Wed 5 Oct 2011Link

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. :)


Robyn Symon
Wed 5 Oct 2011Link

The film website is www.transformationfilm.com


Michelle Medina
Wed 5 Oct 2011Link

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. mmariesnow@yahoo.com

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!

www.michellemedinafilm.com


John Burgan
Wed 5 Oct 2011Link

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
Thu 6 Oct 2011Link

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
Thu 6 Oct 2011Link

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
Tue 11 Oct 2011Link

Hello,
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.


Judith Dancoff
Wed 12 Oct 2011Link Tag

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!


Doug Block
Thu 13 Oct 2011Link

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


Anne Pollack
Fri 14 Oct 2011Link

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:
www.AnnePollackProductions.com

Many thanks!
Anne


Roberto S. Oregel
Thu 20 Oct 2011Link

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnIINtW5tdQ&list=LLb9VJ2REqJVm0DnBfoDw8Pw&index=1

---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!!
rso


Doug Block
Thu 20 Oct 2011Link

Welcome, Anne and Roberto.


Joshua Guerci
Thu 20 Oct 2011Link

Cool stuff, Roberto! I love it.


Andrew Shemin
Sun 23 Oct 2011Link

Hi,

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 Lumière Brothers actualité 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!

Cheers,
Andrew


Doug Block
Sun 23 Oct 2011Link

Welcome, Andrew. Good to have you with us here.


Benjamin Prawer
Mon 24 Oct 2011Link

Hi everyone!

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,
Ben


Doug Block
Mon 24 Oct 2011Link

Oh my God, a student snuck in here! :-) That's ok, we can use a youth infusion. Welcome to The D-Word, Ben.


Josh Pitts
Tue 1 Nov 2011Link

Hello
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


Doug Block
Tue 1 Nov 2011Link

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.


Claudia Buthenhoff-Duffy
Fri 4 Nov 2011Link

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


John Burgan
Fri 4 Nov 2011Link

Hello Claudia, dive right in. Welcome to The D-Word.


Matt Turk
Fri 4 Nov 2011Link

Hello All,

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.

Cheers!

Matt


Doug Block
Fri 4 Nov 2011Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Matt!


Tracy Thompson
Sat 5 Nov 2011Link

Hey Everyone.

I'm new.
I must get connected.

I'm an emerging documentary filmmaker.
Maybe – like many of you,I have a film that I need to figure out how to get off the ground.

My day job is as an investigative reporter...

So, here goes.
Anyone – tell me where to start.

In the meantime, I'm checking out the site and familiarizing myself.
I hope to share my film and upcoming projects with many of you soon.

Peace and nice to be here.


Doug Block
Sat 5 Nov 2011Link

Hi Tracy. You already started by joining The D-Word ;-) Do check around and read some of the topics (like Fundraising!). Also, if there's something specific you need to know, try our search engine. Chances are we've already discussed it.


Eve Richer
Wed 9 Nov 2011Link

Hi everyone. I'm an aspiring filmmaker from the US and I just moved to Barcelona to teach English. I'm really interested in connecting with some documentary filmmakers here so a friend suggested I check out this site. I'd love to get more experience and would be happy offer my help on someone's film project in exchange for a little mentorship. If you know of anyone based in Barcelona that might be interested, please let me know. (eve.richer at fulbrightmail dot org)

Thanks!

PS Here's a link to a web series I made about an English teacher living in small town Spain: www.pueblotheseries.com It's part doc/part fiction.


Doug Block
Wed 9 Nov 2011Link

Welcome, Eve. Enjoy Barcelona, one of my all-time favorite cities. If you do an "advanced search" in our database to find members in Spain, you'll find many who live in Barcelona. You can then click on their profiles to find their contact info.


Jung Min Lee
Fri 11 Nov 2011Link

Hi all,
Thanks for having me in this great community of filmmakers! I am in the process of making my first (documentary) film, which I have been working on for several years solo. I am at the point of getting serious about it – shifting from having lots of footage to creating a story line, working with other experienced people, and completing it and getting it seen.

I know I will have lots more questions in the future. But what's on my mind right now is how I best to work with an experienced editor/producer whom I have found to make sure everything is kosher. What kind of agreements should I have in place and how to transfer files in a way that protects my ownership of the footage? If there's a place I should look in past posts, please let me know.

Thanks so much in advance for your collective wisdom!!

Jung Min


Malkia K. Lydia
Sat 12 Nov 2011Link

Hello. My last stop through was several months ago, so I am saying hello again. I am based in DC, and working on a project in Philadelphia, so I look forward to some face to faces in those cities. It is fantastic to know that d-word is still here after all these years and growing stronger. I updated my profile and added a picture, and will continue being more active in this community.


Doug Block
Sat 12 Nov 2011Link

Great to have you back with us, Malkia. You were missed.

A warm welcome, as well, to Jung Min. I honestly think the best agreement to have with partner on the project is one you hand-draw up. It doesn't have to have any legalese. But it should be clear-cut. Here're some more in-depth thoughts on the matter.


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