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Doug Block
Wed 8 Jan 2003Link
Adele, welcome, but I think you're confusing the public D-Word Forum
with the private D-Word Community, where all the registered members
hang out.

Go to: www.d-word.com and click on the logo for The D-Word Community
("members log-in"). I suggest you re-post your intro above.

Adele Schmidt
Wed 8 Jan 2003Link
Thanks Doug, I would be happy to join the d-word community, but I am
not a memebr yet. So, what do I need to do?

Doug Block
Wed 8 Jan 2003Link
I took care of it, Adele. You're now a member. Look forward to
having you there - especially when we have our week-long online
discussion with the heads of EDN (European Documentary Network)
starting Jan. 27.

Adele Schmidt
Thu 9 Jan 2003Link
Thanks Doug, I am happy to be a member now. I am also a
member of the EDN, and I am looking forward to discuss the
different tendencies of documentary film making in the USA and
Europa.

Duncan Chinnock
Thu 9 Jan 2003Link
Thanks, Doug, for the post and I'm so glad to see that the D-word site is still
going strong. I first started following it as an outgrowth of your "Home Page"
project. Congrats to you and Ben for a helpful and supportive site!
Regarding my biographical film, I see two approaches to it. I can make a film
just for the family that provides a lot of factual information (dates, important
accomplishments & events etc.) Obviously, if the subject is not widely known,
there wouldn't be a broad appeal.
But what if I approached it more thematically? What if it became more of a
personal meditation, with pictures and music, that explored areas of loss,
roots and the foggy outlines of memory and family history? I guess the
success of a project like this would rely on what original thoughts and
observations I could bring to these subjects. And I agree, there MUST be
humor. Thanks again.
Duncan

Therese Shechter
Thu 9 Jan 2003Link
Hi everyone! I'm here because Doug (who always asks the tough questions at seminars and is therefore my hero) told me to join. I met him at Fernanda Rossi's inspiring Doctoring Your Doc workshop. My doc is called "I Was A Teenage Feminist" which is a first-person feature doc about rediscovering and reconnecting to the feminist movement today, whatever the heck it may be. And it's funny, at least I hope it is, but people do seem to laugh when they watch the trailer. I have bigger words to describe the project to potential funders (like socio-political), but you get the idea. This is my first doc, although I have worked on films for others and made some short shorts. I will be at Sundance volunteering at the House of Docs/Filmmakers Lodge so come say hi. t.


Doug Block
Fri 10 Jan 2003Link
Welcome, Therese. I'll be hanging out a lot at House of Docs (Jan
17- 22) so let's be on the lookout for each other.

Stephanie Davy
Fri 10 Jan 2003Link
Hello. I am Stephanie Davy, and I have a habit of thinking I can
do anything- just do it, and learn as you go. It's worked so far-in
the rest of my life, but reading these pages is scaring me.I'm on
Long Island, NY and wqould love to hear from other people who
have done this stuff by the skin of their teeth.
I'm planning on a documentary about 3 sisters who are amazing
musicians who play together, and normal kids from Long Island,
too. I'm planning on doing everything. Am I nuts?

Robert Goodman
Fri 10 Jan 2003Link
yes as you will find out. However, don't let that stop you. A lot of
nutty people (cause you have to be) make docs. I will say that
you'll save yourself a bit of trouble reinventing the wheel if you
connect with a few experienced hands, virtual or real.

Doug Block
Fri 10 Jan 2003Link
Actually, sounds like you already KNOW you're nuts, Stephanie. Which
is healthy. Or, as my daughter would say, "it's a conundrum."

Anyway, welcome to the nuthouse, Stephanie. You're in good company.

Stephanie Davy
Sat 11 Jan 2003Link
Thanks to both of you- any input you have is welcome!

Gioia Marchetti
Tue 14 Jan 2003Link
Hi, I'm Gioia and I work for a production/distribution company of non-
fiction programming in Rome. Glad to hear I can participate to the
forum on Jan. 27 and I look forward to "meeting" many of you on the
web.....
ciao,

Gioia

Ben Kempas
Wed 15 Jan 2003Link
Welcome, Gioia! This place is getting more and more international by
the day. People like you certainly qualify for {LINK NOT IMPORTED}
as well, which is our private forum for professionals. To join us
there, please follow the instructions on www.d-word.com/join.

Henrik Svanberg
Fri 17 Jan 2003Link
Hi,
I'm a doc.filmmaker/photographer working as an independent with some
work run on local PBS.

To Stephanie, You can do it all by yourself but maybe not
simultaneously. It helps to get a pro. on sound or camera. Good
luck. /HS

Erga Netz
Fri 17 Jan 2003Link
Hi there!
Looking forward to meeting you all at the next forum.
I'm a TV documentary producer, and I also develope other projects
such as game show concepts, sitcoms etc.
There's much info on myself, my colleague and our previous, present
and future projects on our web site www.antv.site.nl
See you soon!
Erga

Doug Block
Sat 18 Jan 2003Link
Welcome, Erga and Henrik. Nice to have you join us.

Dani Dion
Tue 21 Jan 2003Link
Therese, are you still kicking around? I checked out your website
today and read your Sundance journal...but you've left it hanging!
It's very funny stuff and I'd love for you to let us know when you've
posted more. It also sounds like your doc is going to be very
interesting, with a definite capacity for humour.

Lisa Russell
Thu 23 Jan 2003Link
I am a former relief worker who has, over the last 3 years, decided
to blend my development experiences and expertise with my keen
interest in sensitively portraying personal stories to address
international issues with a creatively urban appeal.

Currently, I'm producing and directing "Settling in Seattle" which is
a one-hour doc that highlights the stories of four refugee youth from
the Sudan, Kosovo, Vietnam and Iraq who have resettled in the Seattle
area. The film is part of a larger outreach campaign intended to
promote youth participation and the use of film/video, music and
multimedia as a means to educate the public about refugee issues in
the US for World Refugee Day. Politically, the project highlights
the work of the US resettlement program and how deeply it was
affected by the events of September 11th.

I'm hoping to use this forum to get feedback on the production and
promotional process of this film b/c I am already finding it a
challenge to integrate the "pressing needs" of the resettlement
community wihtout sacrificing the artistic merit of the film (meaning
not coming across too journalistic.) I'd appreciate and welcome your
inputs.

For those of you who are interested, more info about the project can
be found at www.refugeeyouthinamerica.com. Also, if you are in New
York, we are having an event on Feb 2nd that you are welcome to
attend. More info about the event is at
www.refugeeyouthinamerica.com/event.html.

Looking forward to challenging discussions with you all...

Doug Block
Thu 23 Jan 2003Link
Welcome, Lisa. For the kind of discussions you want, you should join
The D-Word Community: www.d-word.com/join. No need to email us your
background, since you just posted it.

W Keith Mcmanus
Fri 24 Jan 2003Link
Hello,

I'm a documentary still photographer and filmmaker with over 35 years of experience.
I now live in Western New York [Rochester]
My work has been mostly here in the U.S. with topics ranging from national politics, spring break, rural & small town life to AIDS (PBS doc "Mending Hearts, living with AIDS].

Keith

Doug Block
Fri 24 Jan 2003Link
Howdy, Keith. Make sure you use "autowrap" so you don't get one
looooong sentence.

W Keith Mcmanus
Fri 24 Jan 2003Link
I did...for some reason the auto-wrap was not applied to my post.

Ben Kempas
Fri 24 Jan 2003Link
With some browsers, like Opera, you need to manually tick the "Wrap"
box.

Marina Pereira
Sun 26 Jan 2003Link
Hallo
I've been searching for this kind of forum for quite some time and
was introduced to D-word by David Griggs.
Don't really know what to say to you now besides what's on my
profile so I'll let you check it ^_^

Doug Block
Sun 26 Jan 2003Link
Welcome, Marina. Please read the "reminder" above and join The D-
Word Community: www.d-word.com/join. We'd love to have you.

Connie Bottinelli
Sun 26 Jan 2003Link
Hi Doug, I just sent an e-mail for inclusion in D-Word Community.
The first thing I'll be looking for is assistance on my current
production "Map of the Missing". It's being shot in Bosnia
Herzegovina. I'm looking for a producer, shooter and news footage
source on the ground there to cover what's happening when I'm not
able to get there. Looks like I might find some leads here. Looking
forward to hearing what comes out of the EDN forum. I'm on a mission
to find it on this very active looking site! Best, Connie Bottinelli

Marina Pereira
Mon 27 Jan 2003Link
Already joined in. thanks

Adrian McCarthy
Wed 29 Jan 2003Link
Hi just got word of this today. Im based in Dublin, Ireland. I am
very interested in talking about some good US documentary distributors
who might be into the idea of taking on an Irish doc. Have made a few
award winning docs over here in recent years. Any pointers? thanks
and looking forward to hanging out h

Ben Kempas
Wed 29 Jan 2003Link
Welcome, Adrian. You might want to repeat this question in our
US/Euro conference with EDN that is currently taking place in topic
{LINK NOT IMPORTED}

If you are a professional yourself, don't forget to check out The D-
Word Community as well (see the note in the header of this page) ...

Erica Ginsberg
Wed 29 Jan 2003Link
And tell us more about your project here or there.

Charis Raya
Fri 31 Jan 2003Link
Hello! I'm Charis and I'm getting started in documentary
filmmaking. :-) i'm a student of the University of the Philippines
and I'm starting my thesis next school year. I'm hoping that joining
this forum could help in any way. I really would like to make a
documentary for my thesis, rather than the "safe" narrative like
everyone back here does. So that's pretty much it. Hope to hear from
you. :-)

Doug Block
Fri 31 Jan 2003Link
Welcome, Charis. I'm curious to know how you found The D-Word.
Anyway, glad we can help and feel free to ask questions in The
Mentoring Room topic, as well.

Katie Stack
Thu 6 Feb 2003Link
SILVERDOCS

LIFE
ARE YOU WATCHING?

June 18-22, 2003


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SILVERDOCS FILM FESTIVAL
ANNOUNCES ENTRY DEADLINE MARCH 1, 2003

ENTER ONLINE AT: WWW.SILVERDOCS.COM

JURY CHAIRED BY KAREN COOPER, DIRECTOR OF FILM FORUM


February 5, 2003 (Silver Spring, MD)*SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel
Documentary Festival is now accepting entries for its inaugural edition in the
summer of 2003. Created and sponsored through a unique collaboration
between the American Film Institute and Discovery Communications, Inc.,
SILVERDOCS will establish benchmarks for excellence in the international
documentary field.

Completed films must be submitted for consideration no later than March 1,
2003.

Between June 18 - 22, 2003, SILVERDOCS will celebrate, honor and
showcase approximately 60 films worldwide. The Festival will be held at the
newly restored, state-of-the-art AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in
downtown Silver Spring, MD.

Award-winning independent filmmaker Karen Cooper, Director of Film Forum
in New York, will serve as the chair of the SILVERDOCS Jury.

Renowned as a supporter of innovative world cinema, Cooper has been a
jury member for more than 15 international festivals, including the Sundance
Film Festival, the Napoli Film Festival and the Sarajevo International Film
Festival. She has also worked extensively with the Soros Documentary Fund,
HBO and the National Endowment for the Arts.

*SILVERDOCS is honored to have a person of Karen Cooper*s experience
and stature serve as Jury chair,* noted Nina Seavey, Festival Director. *Her
involvement is an indicator of the level of quality expected at this unique
Festival. Her participation immediately distinguishes SILVERDOCS as a
substantial and significant addition to the Festival calendar in its inaugural
year.*

At the awards ceremony on closing night, the SILVERDOCS jury will present
Sterling Awards to the most exceptional documentaries in competition. An
Audience Award will be given to the film that garners a strong popular vote
among Festival attendees.

SILVERDOCS is unusual as a film festival because of its exclusive focus on
documentaries, coupled with its proximity to Washington, DC. Because of its
location, in the center of news, policy and communication, the Festival is in a
unique position to engage filmmakers, international policymakers, journalists,
issue experts, elected officials and activists to explore and challenge issues
raised by selected documentary films.

Every year, SILVERDOCS will include several program strands covering a
range of concerns.
For 2003, programming strands include:

World View
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Inside Sports

For complete information regarding film eligibility, entry rules or an application
form, go to www.SILVERDOCS.com or contact SILVERDOCS at
301.495.6776, info@silverdocs.com, or via mail at 8633 Colesville Road,
Silver Spring, MD 20910. Submissions must be received by March 1, 2003.

SILVERDOCS is presented by the American Film Institute with the support of
sponsoring partner, Discovery Channel.

AFI is the preeminent organization dedicated to advancing and preserving the
art of film, television and other forms of the moving image. AFI trains the next
generation of filmmakers, coordinates nationwide film preservation efforts and
explores new technologies in moviemaking. AFI also presents the best of film
through the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival (AFI FEST); the AFI
National Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; and the annual
AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor given for a career in film. More
information about AFI can be found by visiting its Web site, located at
www.AFI.com.

Discovery Communications, Inc. is the leading global real-world media and
entertainment company. DCI has grown from its core property, the Discovery
Channel, first launched in the United States in 1985, to current global
operations in more than 155 countries and territories with over 830 million
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represent 14 entertainment brands including TLC, Animal Planet, Travel
Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery Kids, Discovery Civilization,
The Science Channel, Discovery Wings Channel, Discovery Home & Leisure
and Discovery en Español. DCI's other properties consist of Discovery.com
and 167 Discovery Channel retail stores. DCI also distributes BBC America in
the United States. DCI's ownership consists of four shareholders: Liberty
Media Corporation (NYSE: L), Cox Communications, Inc.(NYSE: COX),
Advance/Newhouse Communications and John S. Hendricks, the Company's
Founder, Chairman and CEO.


# # #


Press Contact:*Katie Stack
***301.495.6739
***kstack@AFI.com

Doug Block
Thu 6 Feb 2003Link
Katie, this is for introducing yourself, not for promoting an event.
We'll make an exception in your case and not delete the post because
SilverDocs director Nina Seavey is a longtime D-Word member.

That said, it promises to be a great festival for docmakers, so good
luck with it.

Advait Bryers
Sat 15 Feb 2003Link
Hi from advaitji. I'm living now in the netherlands two years and
heavily 'in production' of a story of local heros. 'MY' subjects
seem to be 'The search for family' in all of it's variations and 'The
right to decide for oneself'. In england (where i come from) this
manifested as the documentary 'out of site' about travelers and
the rights of individuals to determine their own circumstances,
how they live, where and with who.

My current film is about a group of parents who get together to
share and organise their childcare, despite legal and other
restrictions.

My background is in commercials, digital effects and editing of
short videos, so i'm going to be looking for help and advice with
transfering these skills to longer formats - developing and
working with stories - proposal and script writing - also i'm
interested in how 'I' fit into the work i do - where am 'i' in the films
i make?

ok, enough intro for now - i want to read....

chears
advait

Ben Kempas
Sat 15 Feb 2003Link
Welcome to The D-Word, Advait. You are currently in our public forum
(orange background) which is mainly used for special events. It would
be great if you could introduce yourself in {LINK NOT IMPORTED} as
well, which is our ongoing private conference for documentary
professionals (blue background). Cheers!

Jill Freidberg
Mon 24 Feb 2003Link
I am a documentary filmmaker in Seattle just wrapping up a really
successful grassroots distribution of our feature documentary, This
is What Democracy Looks Like. I am starting production on a
documentary about the Mexican teachers' movement this spring.
Interested in finding Mexican and bilingual (englsih-spanish)
documentarians.

Doug Block
Mon 24 Feb 2003Link
Jill, welcome. I know you just registered for The D-Word Community.
This is the public forum. Not sure if you realize the diff. Anyway,
make sure to re-introduce yourself there:

http://cafe.utne.com/partners/bin/motet?enter+The_D-Word.Community

Tomas Leach
Thu 27 Feb 2003Link
Hi -
I'm a Doc Director in the UK.
I'm just in the final stages of a 25 minute Doc on the Last Mudhorse
Fishermen in the world.
Tried reading through as much backdated postings as i could; it's
all interesting stuff.
Cheers.
Tom

Doug Block
Thu 27 Feb 2003Link
it's even better here, tomas.


Jamal Ross
Tue 4 Mar 2003Link
Hello Everyone,

I stumbled upon this site in my journey for a truly informative forum
for the documentary producer.

Glad to be here...and best wishes to all...

-Jamal

Ben Kempas
Tue 4 Mar 2003Link
Welcome, Jamal! What's your own background then?

Mark Hamilton
Thu 6 Mar 2003Link
Hello all, independent documentary-maker joining from Canada. Mark Hamilton

Doug Block
Thu 6 Mar 2003Link
Welcome, Mark. Having just joined the community, you've introduced
yourself in the wrong conference. This is the public Forum (do Ben
and I sound like broken records?).

Go to: <http://cafe.utne.com/partners/bin/motet?enter+The_D-
Word.Community
>

Ben Kempas
Fri 7 Mar 2003Link
No, Doug, we certainly don't sound like broken records. Neither do
we put up big bold banner announcements telling people where to go,
nor do we explain the difference between The D-Word Forum and The
D-Word Community in our welcome emails to new members. :-)

Manuela Maiguashca
Fri 7 Mar 2003Link
Hello, I'm a UK documentary filmmaker interested in personal docs
that evolve over time. Am shooting one at the moment - a story about
becoming a parent. I'm due in 3 months and filming the labour as well
as the months before and after. I already have a two year old and the
film is a humorous look at how my daughter and the rest of us cope
with the arrival of the new baby. Was very happy to read Ross
McElwees remarks in the Art of the Personal Doc. Also working on
other doco projects - one based in Russia and the secret city of
Sarov.
Look forward to connecting with filmmakers through D-Word!

Ben Kempas
Fri 7 Mar 2003Link
Welcome to The D-Word, Manuela!

Oliver Thomas
Tue 11 Mar 2003Link
Hi,

I'm a cameraman in the UK, who is fed up with shooting rubbish.
Have my own doc project I'd like to get off the ground and would be
interested in reading about experiences of others...cheers

Olly.

Ben Kempas
Tue 11 Mar 2003Link
Oliver, welcome to The D-Word Forum, our public area. Please make
sure to join The D-Word Community as well. Here's how to become a
member of our private community for professionals:

www.d-word.com/join

Louise Walker
Wed 12 Mar 2003Link
Hello, everyone. Greetings from Vancouver. I was just wondering if
anyone's film has been accepted at Hot Docs yet. I have spoken with
a few members of the Cdn community who are considering boycotting
this year's festival due to its new policy of Toronto premieres
only. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

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