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khuram Javed
Fri 22 Jan 2010Link

Warmly welcome in D-word -Good luck for ur better future.
In reply to Jan Selby's post on Wed 13 Jan 2010 :


Sue Swinburne
Fri 22 Jan 2010Link

Hi Everyone,

I've posted a couple of times, but now realise I haven't introduced myself. Sorry!

I was an AP/Producer on docs mostly for Channel 4 in the UK for a while before returning to Australia seven years ago. Two children (and a stint in teaching) later, I'm getting back into filmmaking – now as a director/producer.

Having said that, my most recent outing was as AP on friend and neighbour Mick Angus' film Salt. At the moment I'm working on a project about ordinary folk who are long distance runners and the reasons why they run. I'll be sure to shamelessly self-promote when the time comes!

I really enjoy reading all your posts – thanks to all of you for your generosity with your experience and knowledge.


Jan Selby
Fri 22 Jan 2010Link

In reply to Jo-Anne Velin's post on Wed 13 Jan 2010 :

Hi Jo-Anne, It's not online since I'm in the film festival world right now, but I did just upload a trailer on my website: www.acircleandthreelines.com. It will be screening at these festivals so far: Big Sky, Peace on Earth, Sebastopol and Heart of Gold. I'm very excited!

Edited Fri 22 Jan 2010 by Jan Selby

Sean Michael Beyer
Sat 23 Jan 2010Link

Greetings...

My name is Sean Michael Beyer and I come from the narrative side of filmmaking, having directed & produced numerous short films, music videos and two feature films. My only documentary experience until now, has been a few behind-the-scenes "making of" featurettes you often see as DVD special features.

Yesterday, I began production on a passion project of mine, currently entitled "In Search of My Father". I'm 46 y/o and have never met my real / biological father and plan to document the journey of finding him and hopefully becoming a part of each other's lives. I also plan to interview my family and friends and talk about growing up without a legitimate father figure in my life.

How's that for spilling my guts right out of the shoot! :)


Doug Block
Sat 23 Jan 2010Link

Pretty good, Sean. You're off to a flying start. Given all your pro experience, feel free to register for full membership here and get access to all the discussion topics.


Sean Michael Beyer
Sat 23 Jan 2010Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Fri 22 Jan 2010 :

Thanks so much Doug. I will do that.

Cheers!


Jo-Anne Velin
Sat 23 Jan 2010Link

In reply to Sean Michael Beyer's post on Fri 22 Jan 2010 :

Hi Sean – What a journey. You may appreciate, in that case, a film called Memory of Berlin. I don't know how to get a copy, but I know someone in D-Word who may...


Karen Elizabeth Price
Sat 23 Jan 2010Link

There's also "In Search of our Fathers" by Marco Williams which you may know.


Tom McGlinn
Sun 24 Jan 2010Link

I've been shooting most anything that goes on in this small town for years for three local channels and after attending a lot Maine Media Workshops decided to try to concentrate on short docs.


Doug Block
Sun 24 Jan 2010Link

Good luck with that, Tom. Welcome.


Tom McGlinn
Sun 24 Jan 2010Link

Thanks a lot, Doug. I've just been having a look around and I'm glad I'm here.


Warren Gentry
Thu 28 Jan 2010Link

Hello Everyone,
My name is Warren Gentry and I live in Raleigh, NC. Here is the short bio that I posted. It probably serves as the best introduction for me. Nice to be here!

I have been in filmmaking for over 30 years and have photographed several feature length documentaries. A few of these films have been awarded regional Emmys. I mainly make my living doing short promotional and informational videos for non-profits, corporations and educational institutions. But as time goes by I find more and more that my interest lie in the long form documentary. I have a couple of projects I am working on now and would like to learn something about the art and craft of finding funding for such endeavors. In addition I have traveled to over twenty-five countries documenting indigenous lifestyles and humanitarian efforts to assist these indigenous peoples.

Here is a partial list of films I have photographed.

"February One": The story of the 4 college students that fired up the civil rights movement in 1960. http://www.februaryonedocumentary.com/

"Alamance": A docudrama recreating the first local skirmish between the Queens army and local farmers in North Carolina that was a precursor to the Revolutionary War.

"Melungeon Voices": The story of a mysterious group of mixed race people living in Appalachia. http://www.melungeonvoices.com/


Doug Block
Thu 28 Jan 2010Link

Welcome, Warren. Glad you found us and good luck with finding $$$. You might want to look through our archives for special discussions we've had about it. And, of course, there's the ongoing Finding Funding topic.


Tomás Corredor
Thu 28 Jan 2010Link

Letf Brooklyn and working again in my country (Colombia)... Hope to show you soon some images of this crazy colombian reality.


John Yaworsky
Sat 30 Jan 2010Link

Hello,
Filmmaker here near Chicago, mainly indie features and docs. Always have a couple films going. I teach Digital Cinema at DePaul and I am Board President of Living Earth Television (letv.org). We are always looking for docs to show internationally. Contact me anytime.


Marj Safinia
Sat 30 Jan 2010Link

Welcome John. You should apply for full membership so you can take advantage of the good stuff.


Charlotte Cook
Mon 1 Feb 2010Link

Hi everyone,

Yeesh, I'm really not good at writing things like this about myself. Just got back from Sundance and the jet lag is hitting me hard. Well, current work-wise I run a documentary screening programme in London, it's only of the only places that regularly show documentaries in London and we have just over 100 screenings a year, which works out at about 2 a week. I love it, just screened Mugabe and the White African today. It was fantastic with a really lively Q&A.

I worked in feature-doc commissioning for two years before this, and I miss it a lot. Graduated from a Masters degree in Documentary Filmmaking about 3 years ago and have continued working on a project I started there which is more a practice exercise than anything but we'll see what happens. I also write for The Documentary Blog, which I really enjoy.

Glad to have joined up, have been meaning to do it for ages and not sure why it took me so long.


Doug Block
Mon 1 Feb 2010Link

Doesn't matter why, Charlotte, you're here and that's all that matters. Now that we have you in our clutches there's no escaping, kiss your free time goodbye. Blog? Screenings? You'll find they have little meaning anymore. It's all D-Word, all the time.

Or not, whatever. Either way, good to have you aboard at last.


John Burgan
Mon 1 Feb 2010Link

In reply to Charlotte Cook's post on Sun 31 Jan 2010 :

Welcome Charlotte. Where did you do your MA in Doc (or was it MFA)?


Charlotte Cook
Mon 1 Feb 2010Link

Hi,

Doug – I got the sense I may lose some time to this. Losing time to talking about docs is never a bad thing.

John – I did my MA at Royal Holloway, University of London. It was excellent.


Pliers Sanderson
Wed 3 Feb 2010Link

Hi,

My name is Piers Sanderson, I'm British but live on the east coast of Italy and flit between here and my base in London for meetings and the occasional piece of non doc work.
I graduated from the National Film & Television School in the UK with an MA in documentary direction in 2007. I've had 2 short films in festivals around the world from Sydney to Cambodia, made a TV doc for Channel 4 in the UK and have just finished my first feature doc which gets its US premier at San Fransisco Indie Fest this month then European premier in Thessaloniki in March.
Currently i am trying to get funding for my next feature which is ready to go and have been accepted on to the 2010 European Master School Campus to develop a film for next year, which i am very excited about.


John Burgan
Wed 3 Feb 2010Link

Good to have you here, Piers. I was at the NFTS twenty years or so ago, how is the course these days?


Pliers Sanderson
Wed 3 Feb 2010Link

The course was fantastic. 2 years of making any film you want, what an opportunity! If only it was that simple now. I think there is still quite a gap between the way film school shapes you and what you experience in the real world, but that's possibly no bad thing.


Julie Drizin
Thu 4 Feb 2010Link

Hello everyone. Glad to be joining you. I'm a longtime public radio producer who is currently working as the Talent Manager for the public radio makers quest (MQ2) a project of the Association of Independents in Radio, Inc. MQ2 was a CPB-funded initiative to spark cross-platform producer-led innovation that would lead public radio to become public media. AIR is a membership organization for producers, editors, freelancers, audio artists, etc. As we prepare what we hope will be a new RFP, I'm reaching out to expand the circle of people who know about our work. We're offering a Webinar through the National Center on Media Engagement next week (mediaengage.org). Also, you can read my blog or watch an 8-minute video about last year's ground-breaking projects at http://www.mq2.org

Julie Drizin
Twitter @AIRMQ2
Blog: mq2.org


John Burgan
Thu 4 Feb 2010Link

In reply to Piers Sanderson's post on Wed 3 Feb 2010 :

So what are you up to in Italy, Piers?


Doug Block
Thu 4 Feb 2010Link

Welcome, Julie and Piers. Great to have you both here with us.


Pliers Sanderson
Thu 4 Feb 2010Link

Doc wise not much John as there is not much in the way of funding in Italy (i am here for family reasons). I'm traveling between here and the UK where i'm working with a production company based in London and North Wales (I grew up in Wales). Film Agency Wales have just funded the trailer for my next feature and i am hoping to get the full funding in place soon. We have a 2nd meeting with ZDF Arte in Berlin next week and strong interest from A&E in the US.


Niall McKay
Sat 6 Feb 2010Link

Hi Everyone
My name is Niall McKay. I am from Ireland but live in the SF Bay Area where we have a production company called the Media Factory. We do am mix of docs for PBS, films for non-profits, and dramas. Currently we are working on a film about the Filipino Farmworker Movement called the Delano Manongs. I've just finished a personal film called the Bass Player for RTE Television in Ireland. Nice to meet ya'll
Niall


Doug Block
Sat 6 Feb 2010Link

Nice to meet you, too, Niall. Welcome to The D-Word!


Belinda Bonazzi
Sat 6 Feb 2010Link

Hi All

My name is Belinda and I live in NY. Decided to join the documentary-making world a couple of weeks ago and heard this is a great source of information so here I am! :)

Talk to you soon!


Christopher Wong
Sat 6 Feb 2010Link

In reply to Niall McKay's post on Sat 6 Feb 2010 :

hi niall... i remember reviewing your project as a member of the CAAM Open Call committee. even though you didn't end up getting funding in the past cycle, i have to say that i really liked what i saw from your work-in-progress sample. and i usually don't really get interested in historical docs. so, i hope you are still doing well with it!


Lukasz Kulec
Sat 6 Feb 2010Link

Hi All,

My name is Lukasz and I live in Edinburgh. I am polish and I came here to study photography and film. Still exploring the field of film and finding that documentary is something I enjoy the most. At the moment working on a project about the boy with Duchenne Muscular Distrophy.
I joined D-World to explore more.


Niall McKay
Sun 7 Feb 2010Link

In reply to Christopher Wong's post on Sat 6 Feb 2010 :

Thanks Christopher. Nice to meet you. CAAM has been really good to us. Actually, I really liked "Whatever it takes".
cheers Niall

Edited Sun 7 Feb 2010 by Niall McKay

Doug Block
Sun 7 Feb 2010Link

Welcome, Belinda and Lukasz.


Alessandro Gallo
Wed 10 Feb 2010Link

In reply to Piers Sanderson's post on Thu 4 Feb 2010 :

Hi Piers,
my name is Alessandro,i am italian and i live in Shanghai since four years. i am a documentaries lover and i'd love to make one too.i am a shooter and im filming quite interesting stuff these days here.may i know your email address?? i'd like to ask you some suggestion about finding support from Italy. do you speak italian ?
thank you for now


Doug Block
Wed 10 Feb 2010Link

Greetings, Alessandro. Feel free to sign up to become a full member here.


Cory Fisher
Fri 12 Feb 2010Link

Hi, I'm Cory. For the past four years I've worked as a field producer and researcher for the filmmaker Michael Moore (I worked on SICKO and CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY). I'm now interested in making my own documentary and would like to learn more aspects of doc filmmaking from the ground up.


Pliers Sanderson
Fri 12 Feb 2010Link

In reply to Alessandro's post my email address is on my profile please feel free to get in contact. Non parlo molto Italiano ma mia moglia è Italiana è può tradurre se necessario.


Rachel Mills
Fri 12 Feb 2010Link

Hi,

I'm currently taking Thom Powers' class at NYU and learned of d-word from him. So far, and I'm sure it's not going to change, it's a great class!

I run The Edit Center in Manhattan where we teach editing (FCP). In short: we partner with filmmakers to have their films go through the class – where the students assemble a rough cut of the filmmakers' film. If interested, you can check out more at www.theeditcenter.com

Personally, I've just come on to produce a film about Paul Liebrandt – the youngest chef to receive 3 stars from the NY Times. It's my first full fledged producing gig so I'm looking forward to talking to other doc filmmakers here. I'm sure I'll have many questions in the coming weeks.

Nice to meet everyone!


Doug Block
Fri 12 Feb 2010Link

Cory and Rachel, great to have you here with us. Be sure to register for full membership in order to have access to all the discussion topics. Enthusiasts only see about 5 of the 50 we have in all.


Sophy VSivaraman
Sat 13 Feb 2010Link

HELLO ALL ,
Iam Sophy from Mumbai, India setting up a not for profit company for Distributing international documentaries in India and co producing documentries that are picked up at Docedge which is a pitching forum in Kolkotta India..Iam working on a documentaries awarness movement in India to create shelf space in stores for documentaries in retail stores to increase viewership.,to finally get a theatrical release for a documentary and have it on a television channel .. looking forward to interacting with your'l

thank you

sophy


Doug Block
Sat 13 Feb 2010Link

Same here, Sophy. Welcome to The D-Word. You certainly qualify so feel free to click on the link in the post above yours to become a full member.


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Fabrizio Fantini
Sat 13 Feb 2010Link

Hi Sophy,
my Company of video and documentaries production in HD looking for international co-production....
have a look www.ladamasognatrice.it
see you on line

Chiara


Johanna Samuel
Sat 13 Feb 2010Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Sat 13 Feb 2010 :

Dear Doug, Am new to D-word! I was wondering if you had a contact email for Nina Chaudry at Wide Angle? Are you coming to Hot Docs this year? Johanna


Katie Cameron
Sun 14 Feb 2010Link

I am a senior at Elon University (North Carolina) majoring in Media Arts and Entertainment: Cinema. I am having a blast in a class called Producing the Documentary, working my way through Michael Rabiger's book "Directing the Documentary" (which is where I found out about this website). I'm just beginning to work on a short doc called "Contrary Movement" about contra dancing, filmed around Asheville, NC. I would appreciate any help/advice/networking you can give!


Doug Block
Sun 14 Feb 2010Link

Welcome, Johanna and Katie. Johanna, no, don't have Nina's email address (someone else here hopefully does). Yes, I'll be at Hot Docs this year. Hope to see you there.


João Romão
Mon 15 Feb 2010Link

I'm an economist and former journalist and just finished my third documentary for the portuguese television: "Neighbors – Turkey: Europe and Beyond" will be screened next wednesday (February, 17) at RTP 2. You can see a trailer here:
http://www.vimeo.com/7958927


Onkar Mukherjee
Mon 15 Feb 2010Link

Hi All,
My name is Onkar and I am from India. I am a Geologist by profession. I am here because I have always been interested in creative pursuits and although I never really thought I could myself ever be a film-maker, would like to give it a try all the same! Nice to meet you all!

Edited Mon 15 Feb 2010 by Onkar Mukherjee

Doug Block
Mon 15 Feb 2010Link

Greetings to João and Onkar. Glad you found us and hope you'll participate in the discussions.


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