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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.


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