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nishant pagare
Thu 10 Jul 2008Link

Hi I am Nishant from New Delhi, India. I am a documentary filmmaker and a production person. I also handle an online DVD store showcasing exclusive Indian documentaries – www.synclinefilmstore.com
Currently I am working on a new documentary on use of Technology in the rural India.


Stefan Immler
Fri 11 Jul 2008Link

Hi all!

I am working on my first doc about jazz in Washington DC. I am a big jazz fan (and saxophone player myself), and it always bugged me that nobody really knows what an amazing jazz music history and lifely jazz scene there is in DC, so I decided to make a doc about the history and current status of jazz in the DC area, and by showing the amazingly talented young lions. Another reason I picked that topic is that I was looking for a project that I can shoot locally without a big travel budget.

It's been fun so far and I hope that I will have a doc that viewers will enjoy soon.

I am not trained in film making or journalism (I ran an audio recording studio for a few years), but thought that I can learn what I need on the fly. Not easy, but challenges are always a great opportunity and fun. During my "day job" I am a space scientist with very flexible working hours which helps a lot shooting the doc.

Looking forward to learning from you all and to talking to you!


Doug Block
Fri 11 Jul 2008Link

Nishant and Stefan, great to have you joining us here at The D-Word. Feel free to apply for full membership


Erica Ginsberg
Fri 11 Jul 2008Link

Hey Stefan, welcome from another DCer with another career and also working on a DC-themed film. Hope you'll consider submitting the rough cut for a Docs In Progress workshop when it's ready. Glad to meet you here in D-Word.


Sudarshan Chhotoray
Fri 11 Jul 2008Link

hello Everybody,
I am Sudarshan from Bhubaneswar,India,I am a Journalist and a Filmaker.I have made 13 Documentary films on Social issues like Tribal rights, Displacement,Water issues,Child Labour, Right to Information, Migration etc.I am happy to be here.Pls.
visit my site www.orissalive.com
Thanking you ALL
Sudarshan C


Doug Block
Fri 11 Jul 2008Link

A warm welcome to you, Sudarshan. No need to sign your posts, your name appears automatically above them.


Larry Vaughn
Tue 15 Jul 2008Link

Hi. I worked in newspaper photojournalism in the 80's, in the 90's did 7 years as a theatrical photographer and a couple years as a TV news videographer and editor. Then I got a tech degree and worked in the IT business as a desktop support guy and now am learning digital video editing and the related software with the intent of finding a position as an Avid editor somewhere, likely not Florida. There are few to no filmmakers where I live in Gator country.


Mary Ellen Davis
Sun 20 Jul 2008Link

Hi, thanks for your interesting initiative. This is who I am:
Mary Ellen Davis grew up in Paris and lives in Montréal, directs documentaries, teaches part-time at Concordia University's School of Cinema, Montréal, helps organize the film and video program of the Montreal First Peoples' Festival Présence autochtone, in collaboration with André Dudemaine, the Festival's director; and Regards palestiniens (Palestinian Perspectives). Her works: “Nelson Symonds Jazz Guitarist” 1984; “The Devil's Dream” 1992; “Tierra Madre / Sacred Earth” 1996; “Mexico, Dead or Alive” 1996; “Haunted Land” 2002; “Los Músicos” 2007; “Territories” 2007; “A Day in Palestine” 2007.


Mary Ellen Davis
Sun 20 Jul 2008Link

oh yes and i forgot my website: http://www.maryellendavis.net


Brian Pienkoski
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

Hi. I'm Brian. I've been working in broadcast television for the past twenty years. I've produced and directed commercials, newscasts, sporting events and children's shows. I've also been a standup comedian, a member of two improvisational comedy troupes, and a competition chili cook. I can also say "I am going downstairs" in seven different languages. Eight if you include sign language. After nearly half a century on this planet I've decided that what I really want to do is tell stories. I could make up my own, but there's so many interesting ones out there waiting to be told. My main focus for the short term is finding funding and learning how to 'pitch' my ideas.

Thanks for a great forum


Doug Block
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

Welcome, Mary Ellen and Brian. So, are you guys gonna register as :full-fledged Members?


Elizabeth A. Dillion-Stelling
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

I am a an artist/poet/writer, and my day job, I am a Chef. I have been wanting to make a film for years and finally am in the beginning stages of telling a story through this medium. I want to learn all I can about making an interesting and unique story and use it as a tool to help others who have been through similar circumstances.


John Burgan
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

Good luck to you, Elizabeth. What's the story?


Elizabeth A. Dillion-Stelling
Tue 22 Jul 2008Link

How we handle grief around the loss of a child – and how others “handle” us – through my relationship with my personal chef client who lost a child as I have. A tough one, then maybe the next will be on my favorite topic, food!


Elizabeth A. Dillion-Stelling
Tue 22 Jul 2008Link

I plan on being the female personna of Anthony Bourdain


Subasri Krishnan
Tue 22 Jul 2008Link

Hi my name is Subasri and i am a Film-Maker from New Delhi in India.


Doug Block
Tue 22 Jul 2008Link

Welcome Elizabeth and Subasri. And didn't mean to skip over you, Larry. You guys are coming aboard fast and furious!


Cherie Lindhardt
Wed 23 Jul 2008Link

Hello! My name is Cherie and I am a filmmaker from Utah. I am currently working to find funding for a doc I will be shooting in March in Iquitos, Peru. My team and I will be following a volunteer medical team into the Amazon. The team takes medical students from all over the U.S. and teaches them about tropical disease, the effects of disease globally and how to treat people instead of the disease or illness only.

I am 26 years old and have had a love affair with film ever since I can remember. Wanna know anything else? Just ask! :)


Mark Charles Berlin
Thu 24 Jul 2008Link

Hello I'm doing a doc on a hot dog.


Doug Block
Thu 24 Jul 2008Link

hi cherie and mark (man of few words). welcome to the d-word.


Karen Black
Thu 24 Jul 2008Link

hello! I'm karen – I'm a producer from vancouver, BC. I spent the last year working on post for a doc swearing that I'd never, ever work on a doc again...and somehow next week I'm heading off to shoot this insane little 10-day band road-trip/reunion/last hurrah tour of sold out shows in and around NYC with my friend's husband's band, three tour buses and 30 people alll squashed together...


Doug Block
Fri 25 Jul 2008Link

welcome, karen. you were absolutely great in "five easy pieces" ;-) good luck with the shoot.


Karen Black
Fri 25 Jul 2008Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Fri 25 Jul 2008 :

ha, thanks :)


Yura Dashevsky
Sat 26 Jul 2008Link

Hi all, I'm Yura D., making a documentary here in NYC... the project so perfect from every angle that everybody smiles, giggles and LOLs, etc. when they hear about it, including those who could fund it with their beer money. As of this minute I'm going it alone (yeah, you've heard it before on a different occasion), but the time of "seeing other people" has come, I guess. Almost done shooting it, though. HD, feature length, celebs, love, NYC, music.. oh yeah: FOOD. Lots of FOOD. And feelings. And FOOD.

My family members also do irart.com/show (wife Irina) and armlessfilms.com (daughter Yeva)


Doug Block
Sun 27 Jul 2008Link

Welcome, Yura. We're always hungry in here, so you've come to the right place.


Yura Dashevsky
Sun 27 Jul 2008Link

I'll feed you good, don't worry about it...


Yura Dashevsky
Sun 27 Jul 2008Link

Thank you for everything, Doug – the d-word is fun again.


Doug Block
Sun 27 Jul 2008Link

You mean it stopped being fun for a while?


Yura Dashevsky
Mon 28 Jul 2008Link

No... see, I'm not from here, get confused easily. I didn't mean "d-word.com"; I meant the genre that starts with a "d", THAT genre, you know. Here – a picture. A corny, cheerful Brooklyn picture to enjoy among all this rain.


Ramona Diaz
Mon 28 Jul 2008Link

I'm finally finding my way here. I think I posted before introducing myself. I have a difficult time doing things in order.

I'm a documentary filmmaker based in Baltimore. I had a doc out a few years ago IMELDA on Imelda Marcos which (hopefully) went beyond the shoes. It had its int'l premier at IDFA and then its North American premiere at Sundance. It went on to play at numerous festivals, had a theatrical run, a DVD release and was on Independent Lens. I am now cutting my next film, The Learning, funded by the usual suspects – Sundance, CAAM, ITVS – about Filipino teachers recruited to teach in inner city Baltimore. It will be released next year. I am also hoping to start production this fall on a film titled Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey about the iconic 80's band Journey and their new front man whom they discovered on You Tube covering Journey songs in bars all over Manila where he lived and performed. I will post the trailer in works-in-progress.


Doug Block
Tue 29 Jul 2008Link

Greetings (or, re-greetings) Ramona. Glad to have you posting again, whether it's actually again or not. And happy chopping.


Garret Savage
Wed 30 Jul 2008Link

Hi Ramona, good to see you here! Hope everything went well with the "Don't Stop Believin'" fundraising trailer.

And hello to everyone else who has joined in the last few weeks. A ton of new interesting faces in these parts.


Ramona Diaz
Wed 30 Jul 2008Link

Hi Garret! The editing on the trailer couldn't have gone smoother. I'll post it soon in WIP. Now getting the actual film made – a whole other story. Off again, on again, off again. Right now it seems like we're on again. When they said that music docs are the hardest ones to "make happen," they weren't kidding. I could write a book.


Adrian Belic
Tue 5 Aug 2008Link

Hello Doug and the D-Word community! I am happy to finally be officially a part of the family. My brother Roko and I made the documentary feature GENGHIS BLUES. It was our first film after college. We made it instead of going to graduate school. We were very fortunate to win the Sundance Audience Award and were honored to receive an Academy Award nomination. I am currently traveling the world with my latest documentary feature BEYOND THE CALL. You can see the trailer and upcoming screenings at www.beyondthecallthemovie.com. At the moment I am working on the many extras for the 2-disk collector's edition DVD release of BEYOND THE CALL this October and looking forward to new stories to tell though the power of motion picture and sound.


Marj Safinia
Tue 5 Aug 2008Link

Welcome Adrian! I love love love Genghis Blues.


Danielle Beverly
Tue 5 Aug 2008Link

Hey Adrian. Last time I saw you I think was at Hot Docs? Or maybe in San Francisco. Welcome!


Erica Ginsberg
Tue 5 Aug 2008Link

Welcome Adrian. Since we missed each other in the real world when you were in DC a few months back, so glad to find you here in D-world.


Carlos Gomez
Tue 5 Aug 2008Link

I loved Genghis Blues too when I saw it... 6 years ago? Wow, time flies. Welcome!


Mark Charles Berlin
Tue 5 Aug 2008Link

Hello everyone. I wanted to introduce myself. I'm new to this I've just started a production company and I'm hoping to get my first doc completed. It is about a hot dog. I'll get into more detail about it later but for now, I just wanted to say "hi". If there are any Detroit documentarians please say hello. I'm originally from there. Now in Los Angeles. You've got to do it.


Doug Block
Wed 6 Aug 2008Link

Howdy, Mark. And a big hello and welcome to Adrian, so glad you finally found your way to The D-Word.


Chico Colvard
Wed 6 Aug 2008Link

hello d-word gang. seems like this support network of filmmakers keeps coming up as an invaluable resource in more and more conversations i have with folks i trust – and after fishing around the site for only a few days, i now see why. i'm a first time filmmaker working on a project not ready made for an elevator pitch nor easy to bring up at cocktail parties, but after six years of working on this project, i'm finding that people are more connected to the story than i ever imagined. for more on the project folks can visit the following site: http://www.c-linefilms.com

for boston based people, i'm having my first rough cut screening next week. yikes! http://familyaffair.eventbrite.com

glad to be onboard – chico


Erica Ginsberg
Wed 6 Aug 2008Link

Mark, welcome. You've left us hungry to learn more about your hot dogumentary. Do tell more when the time's right.

Chico, welcome. Had a look at your website and it looks like a very interesting film. I've actually been helping another filmmaker with a project on a somewhat similar theme and can certainly apreciate how difficult it is to bring up the topic at an elevator pitch. But it seems like you've already attracted a bit of interest and support. Good luck with the rough cut screening.


Mikal Jakubal
Wed 6 Aug 2008Link

Okay, clue me in, exactly what is an "elevator pitch?"

Mark, is this a particular, individual, hot dog, or a special type of hot dog? Inquiring minds want to know.


Chico Colvard
Wed 6 Aug 2008Link

"elevator pitch" .... it's late, you're leaving that late night lounge located on the top floor of hotel "x" when executive producer from mega bucks productions ask you to hold the elevator. she turns to you and says, "thanks. what brings you here?" after telling her how you needed to drown your film funding sorrows in a pool of vodka, candlelight and the silky tones of a mel torme impersonator, she ask what your films about and if interested, she may be able help with funding. having already eaten up six flights with your film funding woes, you've now got 1 minute to pitch your film. what do you say?


Doug Block
Wed 6 Aug 2008Link

Welcome, Chico. What I'd like to know is why after 6 years of working on your project you still feel unable to describe it in 1-minute or less. It's important – and not just for elevator rides.

Edited Wed 6 Aug 2008 by Doug Block

Chico Colvard
Wed 6 Aug 2008Link

hey doug. it's not that i "can't" do the elevator pitch... what i should say is that i hate hearing myself do it. i just feel a bit uncomfortable reducing the complexity of the film and the lives of those who embody the story into a sound bite. when i hear actors or filmmakers promote their film on the media circuit; getting asked the same questions and respond with the same ready made answer as if the words just came to them – i feel for them, but get that its necessary. how did you do it? was it like an out of body experience or did you figure out how to make it fun – turn it into a game?

p.s. i was very inspired by "51 Birch Street" and i'm looking forward to watching "A Walk Into the Sea."


Mikal Jakubal
Wed 6 Aug 2008Link

Thanks, that's what I'd guessed. I've gotten quite good lately at coming up with reasons to drop that I'm "making a film" in just about any context. When they ask what it's about, I give the pitch, ask if they want to be put on our email update/fundraising list, whip out the ever-ready pen and paper and hand it to them.


Christopher Wong
Wed 6 Aug 2008Link

welcome chico! your film looks utterly fascinating... nice trailer.


Chico Colvard
Wed 6 Aug 2008Link

thanks christopher. i have a rough cut screening next week, where i expect to get useful feedback... work more on re-shooting... fine tuning – post doc stuff, then shop the film around for distribution. we'll see what happens.


Doug Block
Thu 7 Aug 2008Link

It has to be a game, Chico, or you'll go crazy. I totally relate to how you feel but you have to find a way to do it and make it seem new every time you talk about it. There's no other way around it. And there's probably no more important advice I can give any filmmaker. Find a way to talk about your film and make it compelling in 60 seconds or less. 30 seconds is even better.


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