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Felipe Barral
Wed 28 May 2008Link

Hi Everyone,

I'm Felipe Barral – Momberg, a producer, filmmaker, poet, writer, musician, artist & photographer. I have a Master degree in Philosophy and I'm also a journalist. I live in Atlanta, GA (United States) where I'm working as an Assignment Editor/Producer for CNN en Español, where I also host and produce a weekly segment called Juego de Palabras (Play on Words). I cover art, culture & literature. My content airs in shows within CNN en Español, CNN International and CNN. I've produced documentaries for CNN as well.

Right now I'm producing a couple of documentaries with my new production company. I'm looking forward to start sharing visual ideas with you all.



Ara Pelodi
Wed 28 May 2008Link

Hi, I'm a local indepentent low no budget filmmaker. I consider myself a baby though I'm not a neophyte. I made one short piece on a Ron Paul enthusiast. Now I'm branching into making a piece (documentary) on an organic farm. I'm aiming for 30 minutes but it might be a 3 part serial, depending on whether I focus on one farm or more than one. I would love some mentoring and advice, but I feel like the best stuff is reserved for the experience! eek thats the trick, the transition one needs to cross isn't it. wink

(I have done other stuff in other capacities but thats the extent of my experience in documentaries)

Doug Block
Wed 28 May 2008Link

Howdy and welcome, Felipe and Ara.

Rick Allen
Wed 28 May 2008Link

Hello all. I found this forum via a posting on another site. I'm currently finishing up a 1 hour HD doc on a shipwreck in 4000' of water in the Gulf of Mexico. Mystery Mardi Gras Shipwreck –

Jesse Spencer
Wed 28 May 2008Link

Howdy All!
I found out about D-word from indie producer Danielle Beverly, who I worked with in San Francisco.
I'm a staff editor at Video Arts, Inc. We are an online/finishing house specializing in high end sd/hd finishing work. I'm lucky enough that the majority of my clients are long-form Doc makers... usually heading off to theatrical screenings at film festivals, and often being broadcast on PBS though ITVS.
I do a large amount of online picture sweetening, and especially color grading work... but as the world turns, I've taken on an awful lot of consulting work as well, helping filmmakers find the most efficient/best quality solutions for using multiple media formats of dv, sd and hd, usually in preparing for HD broadcast, tape-to-film, as well as DVD releasing. I was fortunate enough to do online/color work for Ruby Yang's oscar winning "Blood of the Yingzhou District."
Outside of Video Arts I work as a freelance editor, offlining feature length projects and consulting full editorial strategies. Working from my home studio I edited Michael Wilson's "Silhouette City" as well as providing final edit work on Lynn Hershman's "Strange Culture."
Thanks for having me on the List!

Nigel Walker
Wed 28 May 2008Link

Jesse knows his s**t and is one of the most generous people in the biz.

Danielle Beverly
Wed 28 May 2008Link

Ditto that!

Lenville O'Donnell
Thu 29 May 2008Link

Welcome, Jesse! Look forward to hearing more from you in the cloisters.

Doug Block
Thu 29 May 2008Link

Ditto, welcome Jesse! And Rick, too. Nice to have new blood to suck ;-)

Lenville O'Donnell
Thu 29 May 2008Link

Forgive him, Doug thinks like a lawyer sometimes. But that's probably why he's so suckcessful.

Lauren Ezell
Thu 29 May 2008Link

Hi! My Name is Lauren and I am a recent graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in International Affairs and Telecommunication Arts. I am looking to continue pursuing a career in the Documentary industry, and am currently searching for a PA job, research assistant, or anything else needed to gain some experience!

Charity B Ellis
Fri 30 May 2008Link

Hi everyone – Danielle Beverly also steered me into this awesome hive. We worked together in San Francisco, and even at Video Arts (hi Jesse!).

I am a freelance editor slash independent director/producer slash camera person...or what John Burgan described with the one-man-band picture over in the camera posts (though I really do like working with a crew!). Having started out cutting and scratching 16mm, I came to docs for the love of the art of film and the realization you can't think of a better story than reality provides. My favorite current project is a poetic feature documentary film I am directing in West Africa about the ancient art of griots, or djelis as they prefer to be called, and how it is evolving in the face of globalization.

I am terrible at blowing my own horn. I'd rather shut up and make the damn film...but I guess I am here to not be entirely silent...In any case, thanks Danielle!! You have been right these last two years...D-Word is awesome! Happy to be here.

John Burgan
Fri 30 May 2008Link

You're quite the accomplished horn-blower, Charity. We're happy to have you here.

Danielle Beverly
Fri 30 May 2008Link

Charity! Welcome! How about a pic of yourself? If you are too shy to provide one, I've got a lovely one on my iPhone I can send on over. ;-)

Charity B Ellis
Fri 30 May 2008Link

I'll work on the photo Danielle!'s Athens?

justin lovell
Fri 30 May 2008Link

Hey guys,

Cinematographer, colorist, vfx artist.
Operate my own super8/super16 transfer facility so I can make it more affordable to shoot film with other filmmakers.

Rent out my super 8 camera packages and super 16 bolex, super 16 eclair NPR packages. If I'm shooting the project, I throw in supervised transfers at discounted rates.

Love to work in documentary and music video work.
Check the site or the blog for more info.

Nice to find this community forum.

Justin Lovell

Edited Fri 30 May 2008 by justin lovell

John W. Poole
Fri 30 May 2008Link

Hi all. I've been a member for a few years, but have been not-so-conspicuously absent the last couple of them. I'm producing short docs and video stories for NPR's Web site – after spending the last few years doing the same thing at What brings me back – besides the sparkling company and conversation, is that I'll be teaching a course at the Maine Media Workshops next month called "Short Docs for the Web." And I was going to troll around and see if you all have any good links/distribution sites I could refer my students to – besides npr and washingtonpost of course ;)



Amy Overbeck
Fri 30 May 2008Link

Hi! I'm a FCP/Avid editor. I'm back in Washington DC after several months of feature doc editing in LA. I have a wide variety of doc and news experience. Would love to find filmmakers and/or producers in the DC area interested in collaboration and/or editing services. Thanks!

Edited Fri 30 May 2008 by Amy Overbeck

Doug Block
Sat 31 May 2008Link

welcome charity, justin, john and amy. sheesh, it's hard to keep up with all of you.

Diana Weilepp
Mon 2 Jun 2008Link

Hi, I have been a member for some time, but have been absent from this site for a year or two. Just wanted to reintroduce myself. I am a filmmaker and cameraperson currently making my final film about a political songwriter (in German "Liedermacher)starting to also become a political activist. He walked from Dortmund to Munich in order to make people more aware of the decline of social responsibility in Germany. On e of the few people left who still get up to do something.
Looking forward to some new exchanges here at D-word.


Ben Kempas
Mon 2 Jun 2008Link

I just welcomed you back in Documentary Films .

Just to clarify, Diana's "final film" does not mean that it will be her last. It's her graduation project at the film academy.

Michal Stein
Mon 2 Jun 2008Link

Hi, we are producers team "Luxema". Focusing on documentary, telenovelas, TV programs. Among our teams` films: The day I approach myself- participated in Edinburgh Film Festival 2004, European Short Film; La Bataille de Tchernobyl. Film de Thomas Johnson (We shoot Russian part);Miracle of Daniel Charms; documentary serials about well-known people, Hollywood stories (about American film stars: Oliver Stoun, etc...
Founded by the Russian and the Dutch TV producers in 2006, Luxema b.v. (and its Russian subsidiaries – Luxema Film ltd.) is an independent production company for audio-visual programs of the performing arts – whether these be documentaries, portraits of artists, or the genuine rendition of live performances. Hence, our core activities focus on the development of new film projects, the quest for partners to secure co-production agreements and, of course, the final audio-visual production
Looking for this forum members` advices about European and Noth America documentary market.

Amy Hsiung
Mon 2 Jun 2008Link

Hi everyone,

A good filmmaker friend of ours told us about this site. Species-Being Films is a small 2-person production company at the moment (Amy Hsiung and Thymaya Payne). We just finished our first documentary feature called "Love Limits." The trailer and additional information about the film can be found on our website –

Love Limits tells a quirky love story about Warren Barrow, an 81-year old African American man and Cory Rudy, his 37-year old Caucasian girlfriend. Both Warren and Cory live with the debilitating effects of cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Despite their physical and mental disabilities, they have an ability to comprehend and love each other deeply. The film captures through interviews, observational documentation and dynamic cinematography, the relationship and lives of Warren and Cory, as well as the inspirational real people whose lives have been transformed by them. The film goes broader then just your typical film about disability as it also explores complex notions of community, family and finally love. Love Limits begs the question – are there ever limits to one's love?

We're excited to get this film out into the world and share it with others. Please check out our website for the film. We look froward to having discussions and sharing experiences with others in this forum!

Species-Being Films
Amy Hsiung
Thymaya Payne
Love Limits –

Doug Block
Mon 2 Jun 2008Link

Welcome, Michael and Amy. Great work you're both doing. Amy, we don't have company memberships so Thymaya would need to join to participate.

Steve Hyde
Mon 2 Jun 2008Link

In reply to justin lovell's post on Fri 30 May 2008 :

Good to see you again Justin...

I've worked with Justin Lovell. This guy is one of the best Super 8 colorists around. Well worth the shipping costs to Toronto.

see you around Justin.

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