At Aristoteleion university in Thessaloniki, Greece, in the school of fine arts.
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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 :
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:
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).
In reply to Kiley Kraskouskas's post on Sun 27 May 2012 :
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.
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 :
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!
Special shout-out to Doug Block! Thanks a lot, sir. I appreciate your encouragement!
A pleasure to have you here, Justin. Someone do yourself a big favor and hire this dude.
Justin, I just visited your Vimeo page, have marked some of your videos to watch later (i.e. soon).
In reply to Justin Ervin's post on Sun 3 Jun 2012 :
Is Missed Connections the same that played last year at WSFF? (methinks)
Hi Niam. Nope, I didn't enter it into any festivals. I'd love to see the one you're speaking of.
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.
Wow! Very similar indeed... Now I REALLY want to see it. :)
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Welcome to The D-Word, Kevin, and good luck with the project.
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.
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.
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.
Nadeem, Charles, Sharad, welcome to The D-Word and all the best with your projects.
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:
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.
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...
In reply to Alta Buden's post on Wed 20 Jun 2012 :
Interesting characters in that clip. Nice.
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Ooops! I didn't know it, thank you Doug for letting me know, I'm gonna replace it to Classifides
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:
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.
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 :
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)
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!
Heath & Richard – you've certainly found the right place! Welcome aboard The D-Word
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.
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 :)
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.
Good to have you here, Adam. Welcome back to filmmaking, in general, and welcome to The D-Word.
Really liked The Shutdown when it was screened at Silverdocs back in 2009. Welcome back, Adam.
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.
In reply to Heath Cozens's post on Fri 6 Jul 2012 :
Hey Heath. That sounds like a fascinating project.
Japan has such an interesting combat sport history (ranging from Sumo to Pride FC). Somewhat like a religion to them. And kudos for sheding light to an unfamiliar combat industry in such a kinetic culture.
Good luck on that one!
I just joined and am so excited to be a part of the community! I have been working on a documentary for two years and it has been an incredible journey. It's about a little Iraqi girl who, after being struck by a roadside bomb, came to the US for reconstructive surgery five years ago and has yet to return. It has been compelling to watch her story unfold – feel free to check out our website and drop us a note! thebeautythatremains.com Looking forward to discovering all that D-word has to offer ...
We're happy to have you here, Becky. Welcome aboard and best of luck with your film. Sounds very compelling.
In reply to Raymund Gerard C. Cruz's post on Mon 9 Jul 2012 :
Thank you, Raymund for the encouraging words.
Doglegs is an NPO – and serves as a hobby for some members, something of a raison d'etre for others. Not an industry by any means. But as you say, there's a certain Japanese appreciation for the martial arts – fighting as a means to prove yourself – they are seen as wholesome and pure, and have quasi religious aspects, as well.
Doglegs Superhandicapped Pro-wrestling is much more down and dirty, homemade – almost like a cross between performance art and MMA. But there's a strength of spirit and purpose that I do think echos the ethos of classical Japanese fighting styles.
Anyway, I'll be sure to post about it in depth once I get more familiar with my way around the boards. Very much looking forward to sharing and being a part of this community.
In reply to Heath Cozens's post on Thu 12 Jul 2012 :
Very intriguing! Asians do have an attachment to spirituality. To us, life goes on like a ritual. My wife and I share with you the same fascination with japan, only more in theater. She will be in Kyoto to study Noh theater for a month starting next week. Anyways, looking forward to seeing your wonderful project.
Adam, great to see you back! Look forward to raising a glass at a film festival this year to celebrate your new film, which I know will be wonderful.
In reply to Dennis Connors's post on Mon 25 Jun 2012 :
Good to have you here. Don't worry about age. Some of my favorite filmmakers started working late. John Cassavetes, Abbas Kiarostami, Kidlat Tahimik, Robert Bresson, and Rob Nilsson became active late in their mid-30 to late 40's. In art, age is just a number. :)
The D-word will get you going.
I'm a verite shooter working on a documentary about communities rebuilding from natural disaster. I'm currently in Bay St Louis Mississippi but we've also been to Alabama and Louisiana.
We have a Kickstarter up: http://kck.st/NzV3Y0
Any feedback would be appreciated. So give me your most brutal hello and tell me what you really think of it!
My name is David Liebling. I have worked mostly in live sports production for the past few years, with a long hiatus in Asia where I was teaching english and traveling.
While I was in South Korea I started shooting for a documentary I'd like to produce 'the right way.' Meaning that I'd like to figure out what I'm doing as far as pre-production and distribution to give my project the best possible chance at success.
I'll be lurking this site, searching for answers regarding budgeting, planning, distribution, financing, and all the other aspects of documentary making that are currently baffling to me. Any nudges in the right direction would be much appreciated!
I hope I can give as well at some point.
My name is Louis Mole. I am a young aspiring documentary filmmaker from England. I have almost completed a one year documentary filmmaking course and I am now looking for employment, starting in November. I have made a number of short documentary films, and I am predominantly interested in social issue documentaries. I have made films on subjects such as homelessness, mental illness and newly released prisoners learning to reconnect with their children. Thank you for having me!
My name is Alyssa Bolsey and I'm currently directing a feature Swiss/US documentary about the film pioneer/inventor of the Bolex camera. If you're interested in checking out the development teaser it can be viewed on vimeo. https://vimeo.com/31740507
A young filmmaker myself, working in an international co-production has proven to be challenging but rewarding in the lessons learned. I look forward to learning more from d-word member's experiences as well as contributing all that I can in the process!
In reply to Brian Murphy's post on Sun 4 Nov 2007 :
Hi Brian. My name is Tarryn Crossman. I have been working in the TV industry in South Africa (Africa as a whole) for like 8 years and now I am producing my first independent documentary. The film lives between South Africa and Canada. I am looking for a journalist in canada, who might want to help me access some information on the ground. If you have any suggestions I'd really appreciate it. Here is a link to the trailer (although the film has changed somewhat since this was made) https://vimeo.com/43240496
In reply to Alyssa Bolsey's post on Mon 30 Jul 2012 :
It looks like an interesting film. Good luck!
Joshua, David, Louis and Alyssa, a warm welcome to The D-Word! Good to have you here with us.
Hi, My name is Alexandria Dionne, everyone calls me Alex. I'm a producer and production manager on a doc film called 10x10: Educate Girls, Change the World (10x10act.org). It's a film about girls education in developing countries. I'm based in LA, but spent many years in NY, working on various docs there. This is a great site. I'm very happy to be a part of this community.
Hey everyone, my name is Stephen Robinson, and I'm a young filmmaker working for a company called Ark Media based in Brooklyn, NY. I have my own nascent production company, and my first project is nearing its final stages. It's a short doc using footage that I shot while in Gaza, Israel and the West Bank back in 2009, and I hope to develop a feature length documentary about the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. I went to my first D-Word event last night through the Scottish Documentary Institute, and really enjoyed "Cutting Loose." Looking forward to participating in these forums!
I'm a budding filmmaker, with a background in TV news production and print journalism. I graduated from doc studies at the New School this spring and completed my first 20-minute short: "Keepers of the Flock" on NYC's pigeon-obsessed subcultures. Currently looking for ways to get my film out there, and working as an editor and researcher on several projects.
I made it out to the excellent screenings and meet-up yesterday, and met some great people. I definitely plan to get more involved online – and in the real world – with this community.
I'm just completing a monumental documentary and thought I should introduce myself here. It's about a guy going around the world by human power – no motors, no sails. It was shot over 15 years all over the world, and the resulting footage is now a 2 hour feature film. Happy to answer any questions and sure I'll have a few of my own.
You can see a trailer and more information here:
Glad to meet you all.
Welcome, Ben and Kenny.
Stephen, great meeting you last night!
In reply to Kenny Brown's post on Mon 6 Aug 2012 :
Nice trailer. Good luck with the film.
Andy: You as well. Let's grab a beer in BK sometime soon.
Kenny: Looks like a crazy saga! I want to see it.
Stephen, Ben and Kenny, a warm welcome to you all. Ben, feel free to register as a professional member. It will give you access to all 50 discussion topics.
My name is Nick and I'm a young filmmaker from Louisville, KY. For the last two years I've been working on my first documentary, The Potter's Field. -At face value it's a film about high school students who volunteer to give funeral services for homeless people. The film broadens its scope to explore how other cities dispose of their homeless (i.e. NY and Chicago) where there's an apparent lack of compassion in their methods. Throughout the film, the perspectives of the students are supplemented by homeless citizens who also provide insight into their own potential funerals, and whether or not they think anyone would actually come, or if they even care. The philosophy of the students and teachers is simple, "You come into the world being held and loved, and you should leave the world in the same way."
Here is a recent potential trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7I-9QrZcAc
I can't believe I'm just now finding out about this site, however, I'm excited to be here and I look forward to contributing all that I can!
In reply to Kenny Brown's post on Mon 6 Aug 2012 :
Kenny, just saw your trailer and... wow! Can't wait to see this! Awesome work.
Hi D-List Community:
My name is Simone and I'm glad to be "here."
I bet I know some of you personally as well. I have worked for many film/media support organizations & Festivals in the SF Bay Area, for indie film studios, more recently co-produced a documentary (City of Borders) that premiered at Berlinale and am now working as a producer for filmmaker Tiffany Shlain's Moxie Institute working on the marketing & distribution of the 2011 Sundance premiering feature doc: Connected. (http://www.connectedthefilm.com). I'm currently running our Host A Screening Tour before we launch our DVD/online distribution in early 2013.
I also work as a producing, marketing, PR, distribution consultant and am on the Faculty of a digital filmmaking program at an Art Institute where I teach producing and acting for directors.
Love supporting mediamakers & being part of a supportive community in turn.
Welcome, Nick and Simone. Looks like a great subject, Nick, best of luck with it. Simone, terrific work you've been doing with Tiffany on Connected. Very impressed with the outreach on it.
By the way, we're The D-Word, not D-List. While you can be notified about posts in any topic by email, we're not a listserve but an online discussion forum. Just wanted to make the distinction.
My fair use attorney introduced me to the site (I know, kind of odd). I'm currently in the festival/exhibition circuit and shopping around my second feature "CODE 2600" (code2600.com).
It is so wonderful to see a real documentary community like D-List online. I'm based out of Pittsburgh but I am currently teaching film at OU while on a Masters scholarship. I'm looking forward to spending time on the site and meeting other doc makers.
Shoot, my apologizes for the mis-type. Surely I realize "D-List" is not the appropriate terminology. First impressions, berg, sorry I do have the best intensions. Just a nervous-nelly on the keyboard for this tread.
Obviously you were all discombobulated from the Pirates being 63-48 this late in the season. I'm from Pgh. too so I understand. Great to have you here, Jeremy. [Actually, you might be the sole representative from Pgh.! (Many of us are from da Burgh but now hang our black-and-yellow hats elsewhere....)]
Hello to Everyone!
I am Olivier Uwayezu from Kigali Rwanda, I have been searching the forum of professionals and Finally I got it. I will learn more from you indeed.
I am in doc film field since 2007, working as an Editor and participate in many intensive courses in editing, the last and very important is the one with Jason Osder (and I thank you) from GWU/SMPA currently I am working as freelance in Rwanda and making research on Rwandan Genocide, in recording rwandan testimonies.
In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 31 Jul 2012 :
Thank you Doug Block! I am planning a documentary film trip to Africa in the near future. The country will be either Kenya or South Africa. Where do you suggest looking for information on getting camera gear into those countries? I understand that customs can be hard on filmmakers.
In reply to Olivier Uwayezu's post on Mon 13 Aug 2012 :
I'm delighted to meet a Rwandan documentary filmmaker, Olivier, and I look forward to seeing the country through your eyes & ears.
Thank you Vivian Kleiman, I look to show you the country of thousand hills
Hello everyone. I'm a current film student at Columbia College in Chicago. I've completed (99%) my first short film documentary on the exploitation and corruption within the Chicago taxi industry.
Would love to receive some professional critique before I entered it into film festivals.
My name is Kevin Sarnoff. I've been a cinematographer for the last fifteen years shooting feature films, commercials, promos and the occasional doc. Last summer, armed with an abundance of optimism, a fair amount of magical thinking and no shortage of ignorance, I traveled to a remote part of Nepal to film a doc which was to be my directing debut. Angry villagers and altitude sickness threw a wrench into my master plan but left with me some tremendous footage. I'm trying to piece the film together now and map out my next steps. Documentary is my true love and I'm in awe of the work many of you do. I am thrilled that a community such as this exists and very happy to be a member.
Some stills from Nepal project:
You need to copy and paste that entire link to get to the proper site...
Greetings! My name is Marcus, I'm currently working on my first documentary project. I've come to this site to seek knowledge in this art.
I'm also a US Army Combat Veteran who is aspiring to become a stand-up comedian. Over the past year I’ve documented some of the struggles I've face in addition to seeking mental rehabilitation.
The Documentary will include struggles with re-integration, transition, depression, alcoholism, addiction, PTSD and impact on family.
I’ve already started filming. Just have no idea what I'm doing...
Welcome to the club, Marcus. Most people starting on their first doc have no idea, either. Hope you'll feel free to ask questions in The Mentoring Room, and go thru our archives to read some of the conversations we've held here over the years. Should help a lot. Meanwhile, welcome to The D-Word, as well.
Hi All! Just joined. Delighted to be a part of the group. I've been a documentary filmmaker for 12 years and a television news video editor for 22 years. All of the sordid details may be seen at www.YouTube.com/NicoleFilms.
Looking forward to seeing you where I hang out most on Twitter @Nicoleedits. Have a wonderful week!