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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 ;-)
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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.


Raymund Gerard C. Cruz
Sun 8 Jul 2012Link

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!


Rebecca Rolnick
Tue 10 Jul 2012Link

Hi D-sters,

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 ...

- Becky


Doug Block
Tue 10 Jul 2012Link

We're happy to have you here, Becky. Welcome aboard and best of luck with your film. Sounds very compelling.


Heath Cozens
Thu 12 Jul 2012Link

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.


Raymund Gerard C. Cruz
Thu 12 Jul 2012Link

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.

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Doug Block
Thu 12 Jul 2012Link

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Danielle Beverly
Thu 12 Jul 2012Link

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.


Raymund Gerard C. Cruz
Fri 13 Jul 2012Link

In reply to Dennis Connors's post on Mon 25 Jun 2012 :

Hey Dennis,

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.

Edited Fri 13 Jul 2012 by Raymund Gerard C. Cruz

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