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Welcome to The D-Word! Stop in and sign the guest book - let us know a little (or a lot) about yourself.

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Stephen Robinson
Mon 6 Aug 2012Link

Andy: You as well. Let's grab a beer in BK sometime soon.

Kenny: Looks like a crazy saga! I want to see it.


Doug Block
Wed 8 Aug 2012Link

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.


Nick Weis
Wed 8 Aug 2012Link

Hey everyone!

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!

Edited Wed 8 Aug 2012 by Nick Weis

Nick Weis
Wed 8 Aug 2012Link

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.


Simone Nelson
Wed 8 Aug 2012Link

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.


Doug Block
Thu 9 Aug 2012Link

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.


Jason Perdue
Thu 9 Aug 2012Link

Not the first time I've been referred to as D-List.


Jeremy Zerechak
Fri 10 Aug 2012Link

Hello D-Word:

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.

Edited Fri 10 Aug 2012 by Jeremy Zerechak

Jason Perdue
Fri 10 Aug 2012Link

Oh no, what did we start?


Jeremy Zerechak
Fri 10 Aug 2012Link

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.


Margot Roth
Fri 10 Aug 2012Link

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....)]


Olivier Uwayezu
Mon 13 Aug 2012Link

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.


Doug Block
Mon 13 Aug 2012Link

Great to have you with us, Olivier. Welcome.


Olivier Uwayezu
Mon 13 Aug 2012Link

Thank you Doug!


Joshua Guerci
Mon 13 Aug 2012Link

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.


Vivian Kleiman
Mon 13 Aug 2012Link

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.


Olivier Uwayezu
Mon 13 Aug 2012Link

Thank you Vivian Kleiman, I look to show you the country of thousand hills


Eric Martin
Thu 16 Aug 2012Link

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.

www.cabslaves.com


kevin sarnoff
Mon 20 Aug 2012Link

Greetings D-word,

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.


kevin sarnoff
Mon 20 Aug 2012Link

Some stills from Nepal project:

http://www.kevinsarnoff.com/#mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=0&p=0&a=0&at=0


kevin sarnoff
Mon 20 Aug 2012Link

You need to copy and paste that entire link to get to the proper site...


Doug Block
Mon 20 Aug 2012Link

Here's the entire link to the site. Some very impressive images there, indeed, Kevin. Welcome to The D-Word.

Edited Mon 20 Aug 2012 by Doug Block

Marcus Torrez
Tue 21 Aug 2012Link

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...


Doug Block
Tue 21 Aug 2012Link

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.


Nicole Franklin
Wed 22 Aug 2012Link

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!


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