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Buhoro Tite
Wed 23 May 2012Link

Dear all!
I'm BUHORO filmmaker from Rwanda, Am currently working on my documentary projects.
It's very excited to be here with all of you and i hope together we will make great stuff in this world of documentary films.

Thanks a lot.
BUHORO


Doug Block
Wed 23 May 2012Link

A warm welcome, Elissa and Buhoro. Elissa, we saved you the trouble by upgrading you to "professional" status. Figured anyone who shoots with a combat helmet on deserves it.


Rob Rooy
Wed 23 May 2012Link

Lovely work, Elissa.


Elissa Mirzaei
Thu 24 May 2012Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 23 May 2012 :

Thank you, Doug– I've seen trailer for The Kids Grow Up and 51 Birch Street, but yet to see both films in entirety and very much want to. Both look really compelling. Great to be a part of this community with so many talented people like yourself!


Elissa Mirzaei
Thu 24 May 2012Link

In reply to Rob Rooy's post on Wed 23 May 2012 :

Thank you, Rob. Really wish I could find To Our Credit over here!


Raymund Gerard C. Cruz
Thu 24 May 2012Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 23 May 2012 :

(Regarding the combat helmet) Haha! Indeed Doug!

Welcome Elissa, I will view your work when I get home. VIMEO is blocked off in my office. There are tons of talented doc filmmakers that are part of the D-word, and we welcome one more (with a bad-ass headwear too)!

Hoping to see more interesting works from Kabul. Keep making them!


Niam Itani
Thu 24 May 2012Link

Welcome Elissa, Buhoro, and all the Mzungus from Rwanda. Great to have you here on The D-Word :)


MBABAZI Aime Philbert
Thu 24 May 2012Link

I'm MBABAZI, a freelance filmmaker from Rwanda, I'm attending James Longley's workshop which is almost ending in Kigali, I leran a lot and I'm ready to put it in practice in my upcoming projets, as learning never end, I hope I'll keep learnin from this website


Adam Maurer
Thu 24 May 2012Link

Hey all!

It's nice to be here. I stumbled in on this website while checking out an article about the Hot-docs pitch forum. This looks like a great site to discuss and debate docs and all of the methods and practices that come along with it. Hope you are all well, and working on exciting projects! I've been working on a documentary for the past 4 years. It chronicles two school years at a small charter school that teaches refugee children alongside local American kids. You can check out the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/31798296

Looking forward to the discussion!

Best,
Adam


jakob Frank
Thu 24 May 2012Link

Hi everyone!

Glad to be here, I was recently the director of photography on my first feature doc, "Just Like Being There."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk8yZoSauOU

It was my first taste of documentary film-making and what else can I say but I am addicted. Hoping to soon be able to film many more documentaries!

Looking forward to chatting it up with everyone on the message boards.


Carla Sanchez
Thu 24 May 2012Link

Hello D-Word Community,

I am a big fan of your work Doug Block, I love your style of pitching. Can I take you with me to La Rochelle, France to pitch our project "Incurable Diseases" Is it a Business? @TheSunnySideOfTheDoc ??? Hehehe...

Doug and everybody in this community, I am the Creator and Director of this Documentary www.IncurableDiseasesBiz.com and would love your feedback on it: http://www.cubanhat.tv/incurable-diseases-is-it-a-business/

D-Word community we would love your support of our film, can you please go to this link, watch the 3 Mins Video and Vote for us? "Incurable Diseases" Is it a Business? http://www.cubanhat.tv/incurable-diseases-is-it-a-business/

Thanks everybody,
Carla

Edited Thu 24 May 2012 by Carla Sanchez

Ben Blair
Fri 25 May 2012Link

Hi everyone. I'm a filmmaker living in LA, but about to head out to Malawi, Africa for a year to film my first doc. I recently met the very talented Nick Higgins who tipped me off about this site. Looking forward to digging in and learning as much as I can from everyone. Looks like a great community.

Ben
www.journeytomajizuwa.com


raymond bell
Sat 26 May 2012Link

Hello everyone, Im Raymond Bell the founder and Administrator of the HOPE Project a career training program for socially and economically disadvantaged young people in DC. I'm not a filmmaker I'm looking for a filmmaker to help us with a documentary about this amazing program that has become a movement in DC. The unemployment rate in the area we recruit our students is 30% on paper but actually much higher, the program is only 3 years old and has been nicknamed the Harvard of the Hood, by young people because of the success of the graduates. we really need a professional to help with this project. We have footage since we started and pictures. The website is hopeprojectdc.org, here is the most recent news story about the program. http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/05/raymond-bell-and-h-o-p-e-project-help-students-succeed-75551.html

if there is a talented student in the DMV please contact us, we really need some help. We want to shed some light on the lack of quality job training in the country and celebrate the success of the HOPE Project students.
email is raybelljr [at] gmail [dot] com


Doug Block
Sat 26 May 2012Link

Adam, Jakob, Carla and Ben, great to have you all joining us at The D-Word. A warm welcome to you all.

Great program, Raymond. Hope you find the help you need here.


Doug Block
Sat 26 May 2012Link

In reply to Carla Sanchez's post on Thu 24 May 2012 :

Best offer I've had all week, Carla :-) Feel free to whisk me away to France, for sure.


Ben Blair
Sat 26 May 2012Link

Thanks Doug!


Kiley Kraskouskas
Sun 27 May 2012Link

Hello,
My name is Kiley Kraskouskas, I am documentary filmmaker living and working in Washington, D.C. Right now, I am in post production on the documentary, Essakane Film, which is the story of the Taureg music festival, The Festival in the Desert, and the rebellion that ended it. We began the project with a Kickstarter campaign that funded most of our three-week shoot in Mali in 2011 and continue to fundraise while also scripting and rough cutting as our story continues to change!

I love documentary films and doc filmmakers, so I am not sure why its taken me so long to join the d-word, but I am happy to be here. In addition to this film, I also the co-founder of Thinking Forward Media, where I consult and teach on crowd funding, (my other passion) proposal writing and budgeting for films.

Recently I became a board member of Docs in Progress and love their mission and the community that surrounds it.


Doug Block
Sun 27 May 2012Link

Welcome, Kiley. Be sure to register for professional membership here so you'll have full access to our 50 discussion topics.


Rob Rooy
Sun 27 May 2012Link

Kiley, welcome! Hope we meet soon; maybe at Silverdocs?


Anna Kelaidi
Tue 29 May 2012Link

Hello everyone!
my name is Anna Kelaidi, photographer and beginner in the art of documentary. I live and work in Athens, Greece. I am happy to join your community, and I am sure I am going to learn a lot of this encounter!


John Burgan
Tue 29 May 2012Link

Welcome Kiley and Anna. Anna, your background suggests you know quite a bit about documentary – tell us about your current area of study


Anna Kelaidi
Tue 29 May 2012Link

Hello John!
Currently I do a research on greek documentary filmmakers. I want to find out about the reasons that made -or make- docs, about their personal stories that lead to their personal "truth" and view of life. I am interested in the filmmaker's intimate thoughts and feelings that push him/her to create a documentary film.
Hmmm, what else? All in all this is my field of work right now :) (I hope I didnt took advantage of the space here in the "introduce yourself" topic!)


John Burgan
Tue 29 May 2012Link

This is exactly the place to tell us! Where are you doing your PhD?


Anna Kelaidi
Tue 29 May 2012Link

At Aristoteleion university in Thessaloniki, Greece, in the school of fine arts.


Kiley Kraskouskas
Tue 29 May 2012Link

Thanks, Doug. I just updated my profile. Great to be here. Rob – I will be at Silver Docs all week, hope to see you there. I will definitely be at the Docs in Progress Open House on the 22nd.
In reply to Doug Block's post on Sun 27 May 2012 :


Dave Melonakos
Tue 29 May 2012Link

I happened to find this website last week and have thoroughly enjoyed reading the posts of D-Word documentary filmmakers. The same week, I found a copy of Doug Block's latest documentary, "The Kids Grow Up" at our local library and totally related to the interaction with his daughter before she started her university studies. In April, I attended the 2012 Full Frame Film Festival in Durham, NC. with the panel discussion that included Doug, Ross McElwee and Alan Berliner and was impressed with the great filmmaking that can be done about an individual's family.

In recent years, my part-time film making, has trended towards event documentaries in my community. For the last two years, I documented the local high school marching band in their pre-season practices, performing at football games and at the their competitions. This has led to opportunities to film weddings and, of course, I'm always the uncle who doesn't put the video camera down at family events (everyone always enjoys the finished product).

My on-line blog contains links to some/portions of the films I've completed:

fuzzypigproductions.com

My other passion is watching documentary films. I have a list of all of the nominees for the Academy Awards Best Documentary Feature films since the 1940's and have been methodically watching each of these that I have been able to locate. I especially enjoy watching the filmmaker's commentary (when included on the DVD).


John Gyovai
Wed 30 May 2012Link

In reply to Kiley Kraskouskas's post on Sun 27 May 2012 :

Welcome Kiley.

Nice to quickly meet at Docs in Progress a couple of weeks ago. I stepped inside to buy a boom pole off Tessa and say hi to Erica. I mentioned to Erica that I was looking for a project with some non profit money I had. We exchanged cards. You did not mention Tinariwen when we met, just a festival in the desert. Of course I love those guys and just caught them at the 9:30 club!

Look forward to the screening on the 7th.
John


Doug Block
Wed 30 May 2012Link

In reply to Dave Melonakos's post on Tue 29 May 2012 :

Good to have you here, Dave. Funny but my next film (112 Weddings) is based on my work as a p/t wedding videographer over the past 20 years. So I guess you're heading down the right path :-)

Edited Wed 30 May 2012 by Doug Block

Kiley Kraskouskas
Wed 30 May 2012Link

Hey John,
I remember meeting you at DIP. Would be great to meet in person again, thank you so much for coming to the screening!

Yes, Tinariwen's story is a big part of our film, although they did not attend the festival the year we filmed due to the death of Ibrahim's son right before the festival started. However, we caught up with them on their tour last summer. They are playing at the Howard Theatre on June 14 and we will definitely be there and hopefully interviewing them again, so we should coordinate.

Hope your project is going well!

In reply to John Gyovai's post on Wed 30 May 2012 :


Justin Ervin
Thu 31 May 2012Link

Hi Everybody!

My name is Justin. I'm really looking forward to getting to know you all. I'm a cinematographer and filmmaker in NYC and currently at work on a couple of projects that I look forward to sharing with you all sometime soon! If you wanna check out some of my past stuff at the Vimeo link below, please consider yourself invited.

All the best!

https://vimeo.com/justinervin/videos


Justin Ervin
Thu 31 May 2012Link

Special shout-out to Doug Block! Thanks a lot, sir. I appreciate your encouragement!


Doug Block
Fri 1 Jun 2012Link

A pleasure to have you here, Justin. Someone do yourself a big favor and hire this dude.


Elissa Mirzaei
Sun 3 Jun 2012Link

Justin, I just visited your Vimeo page, have marked some of your videos to watch later (i.e. soon).


Justin Ervin
Sun 3 Jun 2012Link

Thanks, Elissa! Looking forward to your thoughts.


Niam Itani
Mon 4 Jun 2012Link

In reply to Justin Ervin's post on Sun 3 Jun 2012 :

Is Missed Connections the same that played last year at WSFF? (methinks)


Justin Ervin
Mon 4 Jun 2012Link

Hi Niam. Nope, I didn't enter it into any festivals. I'd love to see the one you're speaking of.


Niam Itani
Wed 6 Jun 2012Link

Their film links from last year aren't working anymore, but this is a one liner I found about the film:

“Missed Connections,” by Mary Robertson — On Craigslist’s “Missed Connections” forum, those who regret their timidity make appeals to the Ones Who Got Away.


Justin Ervin
Wed 6 Jun 2012Link

Wow! Very similar indeed... Now I REALLY want to see it. :)


michael byhoff
Mon 11 Jun 2012Link

Hey all,

My name is Mike Byhoff and I am working for a start-up that will be producing documentaries, as well as reaching out to people across the world and paying them to shoot short (4-10 minute) documentaries around the world.

I heard about this place at the Vimeofest Awards this past weekend, and it seems like an awesome resource.

I'm wondering what the best way is to go about finding the right kind of documentary filmmakers to make pieces for this new site?


Riley Morton
Mon 11 Jun 2012Link

hey Michael-
nice unicorn!

i'm not sure if you have access to the 'people' tab above (because you are an enthusiast instead of professional right now), but you can find filmmakers by location using that tool... and if the moderators grant you 'professional' status, you'll have access to the 'professional classifieds' where you can post about opportunities that your group is presenting to filmmakers... both are good options.


michael byhoff
Tue 12 Jun 2012Link

Thanks Riley. I applied for professional status yesterday, but since our website is in closed Beta I had to show some projects we're working on by uploading to YouTube. I hope I can get a lot of people some good, meaningful work with fair pay.

Edited Tue 12 Jun 2012 by michael byhoff

Robert T Speziale
Tue 12 Jun 2012Link

My name is Bob. I am a retired computer specialist who enjoys video and still photography as a hobby. I also enjoy watching movies and documentaries and reading about how they are made. I have uploaded a few Youtube videos on my hobbies of astro-photography and microscopy. I'm also an amateur musician and record music with a friend about once a week.


John Burgan
Wed 13 Jun 2012Link

Bob and Michael, welcome to The D-Word.

Michael, you've got an interesting venture – D-Worders certainly appreciate meaningful work with fair pay! You're very welcome to post in the Professional Classifieds and to reach a wider audience the Public Classifieds as well. However please note that we do not approve of systematic mining of the database – not saying you would do this, but just to warn that D-Worders are allergic to unsolicited emails!

Edited Wed 13 Jun 2012 by John Burgan

Kevin Hallagan
Fri 15 Jun 2012Link

Hey there, everybody! I am finally working on my first ever documentary, it's about the economic and environmental status of the Binghamton Ny area, why it is how it is and where it's going. I set up a blog and a twitter as a sort of documentation of how someone with no real experience struggles through learning the Pre/Production/post production process on their first try. check it out http://krhallagan.blogspot.com/ and I set up a Twitter account if you're interested but don't want to read so much @K_R_Hallagan

Check it out! it's an exciting time for me :p

have a great day everybody!


Ben Kempas
Sun 17 Jun 2012Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Kevin, and good luck with the project.


NADEEM AHMED
Mon 18 Jun 2012Link

Hi I am Nadeem, a model/presenter. I love travelling and delving in different cultures. My ultimate dream is to present and produce off the wall quirky documentaries where I am unveiling some amazing unique places & cultures. It will be like a kaleidescope. I want the viewer to become so entised in the programme that they feel they have been on the journey with me and experienced the exhilerating ride!!! Would love to connect with like-minded individuals and anyone who can help me turn my dream into reality. Look most forward to hearing from you.


Charles Rich
Mon 18 Jun 2012Link

Hi, I'm Charles Rich. I'm working on my first documentary film with the barest of equipment at hand. I have no training/education in the craft, so this will be a from-the-ground-up project. I will be blogging my progress (and trips and stumbles) along the way, which I'll post a link to shortly. Besides establishing an online presence beyond an FB account, I'm mining the web for any information/support I can get in the process. It's great to be a part of D-Word, and Thanks for simply being here.
-Charles


Sharad Patel
Tue 19 Jun 2012Link

Silverline Production First Documentary

On The Ropes
As Sharad prepares for his next brawl he becomes distracted to hear the information regarding his fathers sickness. This crucial time ignites family and friends to support eachother even when times are tough.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijatWu5Q6GI&feature=plcp


Kevin Hallagan
Tue 19 Jun 2012Link

Thanks for the support, Ben


Doug Block
Tue 19 Jun 2012Link

Nadeem, Charles, Sharad, welcome to The D-Word and all the best with your projects.


Alta Buden
Wed 20 Jun 2012Link

Hey Everyone!

I am so happy to have found this community! I'm currently working on my first ever doc about contemporary artists in Cambodia. Please feel free to check out our trailer here:

www.lotustothesea.com

I am looking for feedback, friends, advice on applying to ITVS, anywhere else that might be a good fit for the doc...people who want to put me in touch with Angelina Jolie (kidding, kinda not kidding)...ya know.
cheers d-word,
Alta


Doug Block
Wed 20 Jun 2012Link

We're equally happy that you found us, Alta. You might want to check out the Funding topic, as well as do a search for ITVS since we've talked a lot about applying to it here.

As for Angelina Jolie, hmmm...


Bill Jackson
Wed 20 Jun 2012Link

In reply to Alta Buden's post on Wed 20 Jun 2012 :

Interesting characters in that clip. Nice.


Doug Block
Thu 21 Jun 2012Link

Agree. Very nice work, Alta.


Scott Liggett
Thu 21 Jun 2012Link

Hello everyone! I recently joined and am glad to be with you all. I'm an avid documentary and indie film fan. I'm one of the founding members of the IDA back in 1982. Since then, my career has been extremely good to me in music. Besides music production & our music library, I parlayed my business into becoming a partner in an audio post facility (Media City Sound) here in Studio City. We do music and audio post for TV & Film & Media. We love documentaries & indie films. Please come for a visit & tour. We are very budget friendly and superpros at what we do. Here are our sites: www.mcsound.com and www.themusiccollective.com. Contact me at scott(at)aecgllc.com 818-508-3300

Edited Thu 21 Jun 2012 by Scott Liggett

Pepe Urquijo
Thu 21 Jun 2012Link

Hey D folks,

After making several documentaries independently, I'm really happy to be here but equally ashamed it took me so long to join. I truly hope to make up for lost time and to be of service.

sinseriously yours,
-Pepe


Ala Mohseni
Thu 21 Jun 2012Link

Looking for a very professional videographer to shoot a theatre in Palo Alto, CA next week. If interested please send rates and reel links to: alamohseni72@gmail.com


Doug Block
Fri 22 Jun 2012Link

Welcome, Scott and Pepe. Ala, we welcome you, too, but your post actually belongs in the Classifieds topic. This is just a place to introduce yourself, which we hope you'll do.


Ala Mohseni
Sat 23 Jun 2012Link

Ooops! I didn't know it, thank you Doug for letting me know, I'm gonna replace it to Classifides


Doug Block
Sat 23 Jun 2012Link

No worries, Ala. Good to have you with us here.


Dennis Connors
Mon 25 Jun 2012Link

Hello all. I'm a filmmaking student at a local University, slowly carving my way through its program. I'm apparently considered a "mature" student, being that my classmates are generally younger than my daughter, who is a few years out of college. I learned about this forum from a D-word member just a few days ago, during my visit to the Silverdocs Film Fest. I'd like to thank that person again, but can't recall, this morning, who that was. So, thanks, whoever you are.
My primary filmmaking interest is with docs. I come from a commercial photography background, and decided, when embarking on this journey, that the college classroom, infused with the energy of youthful classmates and the professional experience of its teachers, was a good place to begin. So far, so good. My first doc, "Breaking Boundaries: the Art of Alex Masket", a short film about an artist with severe autism, has made festival rounds (not Silverdocs, sadly, but did get a CINE Golden Eagle) from early 2010 until recently. If interested, it's currently online. Here's the two minute trailer:
https://vimeo.com/14183200
A link to the full version should also be on that page along with a few other learning experiences. Looking forward to discussions & sharing information.


Dennis Connors
Mon 25 Jun 2012Link

Thanks Rob Rooy for alerting me to this forum....had forgotten who done it earlier, my brain finally kicked in ;-)
In reply to Dennis Connors's post on Mon 25 Jun 2012 :


Doug Block
Mon 25 Jun 2012Link

However you got here, Dennis, glad you found us. Welcome aboard.


Rob Rooy
Mon 25 Jun 2012Link

Hi, Dennis; glad to see you here!

Edited Mon 25 Jun 2012 by Rob Rooy

Heath Cozens
Fri 6 Jul 2012Link

Hello.

I believe that this is my first posting here – after having been a member for sometime and simply relying on the updates. Time to dive in.

I am a New Zealander, based in Japan for the last 15 or so years (and shortly migrating to the States).

Have worn a few caps thus far – local fixer, editor, video-journalist, cameraman, director. But documentary's where my heart's at.

I'm currently heavily ensconced in making an indie documentary called "Doglegs" – about the underground disabled pro-wrestling scene in Japan.

Hello, one and all!

www.doglegsmovie.com (underconstruction, but should be up in a few days)


Richard Leigh
Fri 6 Jul 2012Link

Hi everyone.

Feeling my way around here, but so far I love what I see – a vibrant online community.

As a not-for-profit distribution organisation promoting quality films, we're always on the lookout for short documentaries that inspire young people in schools to engage in deep learning. I'm happy to provide a list of topics of particular interest.

'Short' means really short, ie. under 11mins, but we have plenty of examples where filmmakers have cut short versions (not trailers) of feature-length work to use as promotion or try-out for larger work.

Get in touch with me at any time – richard at campfire.org.au
or explore the campfire site to see the work we do. Campfire is a passion that grew out of my hobby and love of the documentary form (and graduation from film school back in '97... but that's another story for another day!)

Doug or any host, can you tell me what the most appropriate place to say "we're looking for x, y & z?"

Thanks for hosting a great site!

Richard


John Burgan
Fri 6 Jul 2012Link

Heath & Richard – you've certainly found the right place! Welcome aboard The D-Word


Doug Block
Fri 6 Jul 2012Link

In reply to Richard Leigh's post on Fri 6 Jul 2012 :

Richard, the Public and Professional Classifieds topics are probably your best bet. They're the only topics where we're okay with double posting, too.


Richard Leigh
Sat 7 Jul 2012Link

Thanks John & Doug.
I'll get that public & pro classifieds topic list happening soon.
Again, thanks for the welcome & the service you're doing here :)
Richard


Heath Cozens
Sat 7 Jul 2012Link

Thanks John!


Adam Stafford
Sun 8 Jul 2012Link

Hi folks, my name is Adam Stafford, a few years ago I directed a short called The Shutdown, which was quite well received. Since then I've been a bit erstwhile from the film community, making a new short (see My Films) that's taken me literally 3 years to get funding for and some busy musical projects. But I'm here to re-engage with the Doc Community. Thanks.


Doug Block
Sun 8 Jul 2012Link

Good to have you here, Adam. Welcome back to filmmaking, in general, and welcome to The D-Word.


Adam Stafford
Sun 8 Jul 2012Link

Thanks for the welcome Doug, it's good to be back!


John Burgan
Sun 8 Jul 2012Link

Really liked The Shutdown when it was screened at Silverdocs back in 2009. Welcome back, Adam.

Edited Sun 8 Jul 2012 by John Burgan

Adam Stafford
Sun 8 Jul 2012Link

Thanks John, yeah it has taken me a while to follow it up, but I have finally! (you can view the trailer for No Hope For Men Below here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQo9I4G2ylo). I hope to make it back to Silverdocs next year, it was such a warm, friendly and encouraging festival.


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