I am Becky Hire and I live in the metro Atlanta, GA area. For years I have worked with others on documentary film projects while working in corporate video for my day job. Now I am looking to my own documentary project(s) and hope to gain invaluable insight from the good people of the d-word.
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My name is Emily Mode, I live in NYC, and I just learned about The D-Word. A brief background: I did my undergrad work in sociology and fine arts, then I got an MFA in painting. While in grad school I began working for a documentary maker as a PA and second camera person, which then led me to use video in my artwork. After college I continued working on documentaries as well as for visual artists. In 2007/08 I realized I prefer working in moving images, so by 2009 I completed my first single channel experimental documentary. It showed at a number of festivals and internationally, and I realized I have the bug. I hope to work on many more of my own and others projects. With my own work I like to play with the boundaries and form of documentary, but I love working on interesting topics no matter the form.
Great hanging out with you and Sally in Helsinki, Emily. And equally great having you part of our online community. Hope you'll post often.
My name is Lily Keber and I live way down in the swamp city of New Orleans. I've worked freelance camera/editing down here for 5 years; interned at the community media center Appalshop before that. I'm wrapping up production on what (knock on wood) will be my first feature-length documentary, a portrait of James Booker, the "best black, gay, one-eyed, junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever seen". There's a 4 minute trailer for it on JamesBooker.com.
D-Word in an invaluable resource. I'm glad I'm finally getting around to introducing myself on here...
We are, too, Lily. Hope you'll continue to post away on the other topics. And best of luck on the Booker film.
Lily, sounds fun! good luck, look forward to hearing about the film.
Lily, love the trailer. Saving the memories of the forgotten greats is blessed business!
My name is Myrthe Mosterman and I live and study in Amsterdam, Holland, at the Dutch Film and Television Academy. I am 27 years old and I am studying cinematography. I am in my third year now and I will graduate next year.
In a few weeks I am starting to film a small documentary about hiphop in Skopje, Macedonia, and I am thinking of hiring a camera (video hd) over there. Does anybody have experience filming in Macedonia, or knows a good camera rental company?
Welcome to The D-Word, Myrthe. There is a D-Word member in Macedonia who runs Asterfest – Goran Trenchovski – who might be able to advise you.
My name is Rob Buscher and I work at the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. Before living in Philly I spent the last 5 1/2 years between the UK and Japan working in film production, curation, and distribution. My expertise is Japanese Cinema.
I joined this forum to see what kinds of opportunities are out there for local documentary filmmakers in the Greater Philadelphia region. Anyone local please get in touch!
I came across D_WORD while searching for some information on how to make a documentary and where to start.I'm still learning to get around D_Word.
D-Word looks a nice little warm community.I hope I will find what I need from D-word.I should keep track of my logins on facebook and twitter in case I forget my passwords.
Please Professions help me out here if you can.I am very passionate about real issues cause to me they are what shapes our communities.
Thank you for having me on D-Word..:)
Welcome Brenda and Rob. Rob, surely you know about Philly D-Word members Jon Foy and Fiona Otway, whose respective films won top honors at Sundance. If not, just click on the People link at the top of every page and do a search on their names. You can then go to their profile pages for contact info.
Hi – Maeve O'Boyle here. I was lucky enough to be Doug's editor last year on The Kids Grow up and have finally joined this great forum which I have heard so much about. Thank you Doug and sorry it took me so long. Other credits include Frontline: Heat for PBS, Carrier for PBS, Left of the Dial for HBO and other bits and pieces. Glad to be part of the D-word community.
Maeve! I can't believe my eyeballs! Oh, rapturous day!!!
Only took well over two years of talking up The D-Word to get here here, folks. What an impressive salesperson I am.
Good to see you here, Maeve – we've been talking about you in your absence
Hi Myrthe, welcome from another Amsterdam D-worder. Good luck in your skopje project, sounds like a blast!
Hello. I am the founder and executive director of Africa Volunteer Corps, an NGO based in Tanzania that places African volunteers to work with African -initiated development projects. I joined D-Word in order to connect with filmmakers to participate in a fundraising series we are starting, the Visualize Change Film Forum. We are looking for films showcasing empowering and positive stories about Africa, especially the importance of local control of the development process. We are aiming to make Visualize Change an annual fundraising event so I look forward to connecting with others trying to tell the positive and inspiring stories of Africa that typically go untold.
Welcome, Kaitlin, and thanks for the great work you're doing with Africa Volunteer Corps. Best of luck with your fundraising.
I'm and artist and filmmaker from the UK. I make films about music, outsiders, strangers and people who change how they look to be themsleves. I made large scale video artworks for years before moving into docs about 7 years ago. My films include TEENLAND (BBC4), GOTH CRUISE (IFC). I'm currently making two films – THE GREAT HIP HOP HOAX for BBC and ORION: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING.
my latest film is SOUND IT OUT, a crowd funded feature about the very last record shop in my home town, Teesside (North east UK) which will be premiering at SXSW in March.
See more > www.sounditoutdoc.com www.jeaniefinlay.com
I'd love to hear from any other D-Worders with advice for SXSW – and I'd really appreciate it you could help spread the word about our campaign on Indiegogo to get there. www.indiegogo.com/sendustosxsw
Thanks and looking forward to meeting some new doc folks! JF
Welcome to The D-Word, Jeanie. Sounds like you're in the right place – check out the Documentary Festivals Topic for more on SXSW and also use our SEARCH function to see what advice people have been giving in the past.
It was great talking with you the other day, Jeanie. Glad you followed up and registered. Welcome.
Your trailer is charming and beautifully made, it so makes me want to see the film. Hope you raise oodles of money. And get the list of industry people attending from the festival (on the password protected part of their website) and contact them about a week before it starts.
Hi! My name is Christine and a friend of mine suggested that I get on here and see if anything clicks! I have been an actor for years and about two years ago I took off across the country and abroad volunteering at various not-for-profits. Changed my world. Now I'm looking to get involved in hosting, writing and creating work that's about real people. This is a link to my most recent hosting gig on solar energy. www.solargenerationusa.org If anyone has any leads, knowledge of where to look or projects, I'd greatly appreciate any advice!
Welcome to The D-Word, Christine. Glad that you found us. You can check the Public Classifieds topic here, as people occasionally post about projects they're looking for collaborators on. You might also try the NY section of Shooting People: www.shootingpeople.org.
Hello all! My name is Jen and I am from small town USA in Kansas. I am looking for some advice/help. I have an idea for a documentary but have no idea where to begin. I would like to make/produce this myself but cannot quit my job to take this on. After doing some research and many question and answer sessions with parents this is something that many, many parents are interested in. I have no doubt that it would be watched by many as it asks a question that most of us parents as ourselves when raising our kids. If anyone can give me some insight on where to begin, search for funding or pitch my idea it would be wonderful. Thanking you again! Maybe soon you just might see something on TV from this small town USA Mom. –Jen
I was referred to this site by a new business partner who couldn't say enough about it and I can already see why. I'm looking forward to leveraging the community and sharing what I can with it too as I get to know it and everyone it it better.
To introduce myself, I'm an independent filmmaker and producer currently based in Washington, DC. After ten years in the media industry running a company I started in college that was acquired by National Geographic, I have turned my full-time attention to filmmaking––something I've always wanted to do. I have one completed project (though I'm still looking for domestic distribution for it) and a couple others in various stages of development/production. All docs thus far but I do aspire eventually to do narrative films along the lines of City of God (or that style).
Feel free to check out my work at redfitz.com and see you all around the topic boards!
In reply to Doug Block's post on Fri 18 Feb 2011 :
Thanks so much Doug – can't believe I took so long to get here! – This is an amazing resource.
I've been getting my lists together and my plan is forming. We will get to Texas by hook or by crook!
I'm going to write a blog for Filmmaker Magazine about my experiences as a virgin SXSW-er so will post a link here. So excited, not long now.
Well i must say that i am flattered being part of a world of experts. I can say that being part of this wonderful and exciting site, my dreams of becoming a professional documentary filmmaker apart from acting, is partly completed. Thanks so much for welcoming me. Please kindly advice and guide me so that i can be the best in Cameroon.As you people can realise, i am seemingly the only one from Cameroon, that is why i want to do my best to carry my country up thanks to D-World. I am so happy.
Hi Nick, You might check out Docs In Progress based in Silver Spring, MD. Erica Ginsberg, the Executive Director, is a regular on D-Word. Docs In Progress is a great meeting place for a variety of doc events and provides many resources for the doc filmmaker in the DC area.
A big welcome to Jennifer, Nick, and Jeanie, and a very special welcome to our first member in Cameroon, James!!!
So who else is lurking out there?
My name is Joseph Chastain. I recently received fiscal sponsorship to create a documentary on Self-injury. I have a bachelor's of arts in film and television from Columbia College Hollywood in Tarzana, Ca.
Welcome to The D-Word, Joseph. Interesting subject. Are we getting to witness......?
Hello everyone, I am a cameraman based in Los Angeles, but am trying to make the move into the documentary world. I am in the middle of working on my first documentary about my great grandfather. You can check it out at DustofEurope.com. I am very excited to be in a community with so many other enthusiastic film-makers.
Great to have you here, Michael. Welcome, as well, to Joseph, James, Nick and Jennifer. Always nice to have an influx of fresh blood ;-)
You don't want to talk of fresh blood when we're discussing self-injury...
Welcome Michael. Interesting story. Also good to see that Kickstarter seems to have kickstarted you well!
Hello everyone, my name is Mark Rattelle and I am a Documentary Theory and Production MFA student at Hofstra University and I am currently working on my thesis film called "The Indies." The film is about Independent Professional Wrestlers and the world of independent Wrestling.
I am based in NY and I am very excited to be a part of this community. I look forward to chatting with all of you about the film genre we love!
Hey folks. I am saying "hello", and on here looking for advice for fixers in DRC. I'm beginning a doc there in 4-6 weeks time. Thanks for any help...
What's the project, Liam? D-Worder Carlo Ontal is based in that part of the world.
Welcome, Mark. I'll be out at Hofstra tomorrow night to show my film THE KIDS GROW UP and do a Q&A (well, technically tonight). Hope to see you there.
It will be a film on the upcoming election, John. Thanks for the referral!
Perhaps google Monique Mbeka Phoba- she is based in Brussels often, but has been mentoring film students in Kinshasa. She may help you. She directed the film Entre la coupe et l'élection.
Hi everyone, I'm a videographer entering the Documentary Film world. Currently working on a documentary about religion and atheism in Toronto. Looking for tips and tricks to become successful in this industry. :)
Hello all. I am very excited to be introducing myself to such a great group of filmmakers. I recently moved to New York and have been working freelance, camera and editing. Additionally, I am in pre-production on my first feature length film about an community of electronic musicians in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am looking forward to gaining advice, interesting discussion, and collaboration through the d-word!
Hi, I last logged on a few years ago.... sorry for disappearing! I have managed to escape the clutches of the big city of London and escape to Africa where I plan to concentrate on making some documentaries..... so thought it was time I said hello again!
If anyone out there is based in West Africa or is interested in collaborating on a project in this part of the world... then I'd love to speak to you.
Hey Tara – I think we met at the Sheffield DocFest in 2007 – welcome back to The D-Word. Interesting time to be in North Africa...
Welcome back, Tara. Great to get an update and hope you'll come back often (virtually, at least).
Yes we did meet at Sheffield. Hello! It is an interesting time to be here.... not too much happening in Morocco though... although during a protest on Sunday the shop Zara got smashed up. However yesterday all the streets were lined with people welcoming the king back to the city.... so I think they like him. Although you never know for how long! Thanks for the welcome back.
In reply to Tom Dziedzic's post on Sat 19 Feb 2011 16:18 UTC :
Thanks for the tip, Tom! Am just looking through the site now and already agree with you.
Hello, my name is Rick Janzen and I've recently have started making Documentaries. I have two in the early stages of production at this time. I've been involved in the film business since 1987 as a scenic artist and sign painter, but decided to start shooting my own stuff two years ago. After spending countless hours learning to use my camera and editing system (not to mention spending a small fortune), I decided on a couple of projects. I have always thought the best way to learn a craft is to surround yourself with people who know what their doing. I know the road to discovery is going to have a lot of potholes and curves, but that's what makes it so interesting. I look forward to being part of the community and learning from your experience.
Great to have you here, Rick. Hope we can help support you in your career shift, it's an admirable thing to do.
Ahoy there! My name is Blaire Johnson. I'm co-producing a new documentary with my good friend, Linda Booker, to help bring Industrial Hemp farming back to the US. We are very proud that the nation's first hemp house was just built in the mountains of our home state- North Carolina. We are focusing on hemp's abilities to build the healthiest houses while taking a look at the toxic chemicals used in building materials and everyday products.
Through Linda, I have heard great things about the D-word from her good friend, Mark Barroso. I've just ventured into HD with Panasonic's AGAF100. It's great to be here!
In reply to John Burgan's post on Thu 21 Jan 2010 :
I read the book of Glynne. I think also it is very good
Hello Everyone, I'm videmaker and web designer based in Sicily, I've produced 2 documentaries in Africa like in Uganda and Tanzania and of course also in Sicily. I used to work and collaborate with associations and other professionals.
Always I'm looking for new collaborations. Please contact me if you are interested in some co-production about some social or cultural issues regarding relation between different cultures.
I work with my Panasonic professional equipment.
In reply to Blaire Johnson's post on Wed 2 Mar 2011 :
Hello Blaire your topic is very interesting, where could I find more informations? Would you be interested in some collaboration?
In reply to Caitlin Kelley's post on Thu 17 Feb 2011 :
Hello Caitlin I made in Tanzania a documentary about Maasai Tribe, I've shown I think a positive aspect of african culture. I would be glad if you can give a look to this documentary,
I'm also trying to create in Tanzania a school/workshop for young people that want to learn about video and storytelling
Let me know if you are interested,
In reply to Franco Consales's post on Thu 3 Mar 2011 :
Hi Franco. Thanks for your interest in our project. We are hoping to launch it in the next few days, depending upon our collaboration with our web man. I'm very interested in hearing if they are building a lot of homes with industrial hemp in Italy. I'll send you our link as soon as it's up. I know we are probably going to be interested in some collaboration in Great Britain, France and Canada, though Italy isn't currently on our radar. I'm also trying to compile good looking photos of hemp houses and hemp buildings from around the world, so I'd greatly appreciate photos of anything you might come across.
All the best~
Welcome to The D-Word, everyone!
By the way, there is no need to sign your posts with names or URLs. We enjoy an ongoing conversation here. Cheers!
Hello and welcome Blaire – my first degree is in Animal Science, which is an agriculture degree. It was my understanding growing hemp in the U.S. was illegal but I've only returned since 2009; I was living in Asia since 2003. Did the law change? or what? if so this is absolutely GREAT news because many farmers here are more than aware of the incredible fantastic versatility of hemp (yes, more than just rope!) and have wanted to grow it for years but couldn't because of the drug enforcement bureacracy.
Please share more or if you want email me off list. I'm totally psyched about your project!
Hey all. I'm a long-time video editor (Avid & FCP) making the transition to producing and directing documentaries. My first project is well under way – a presentation can be viewed at: http://vimeo.com/13873491 password: 123MOVE
I'd love to hear folks' thoughts on the project and the presentation.
Hi, I direct docu films... some commissioned work, and some independent. My most recent film is "Water and a City". The website of the film is http://waterandacity.wordpress.com
I am new here and still trying to get a hang of what this forum is all about. Look forward to finding out!
Hi everyone, I am a public historian new to docs. In April I will be defending my master’s thesis – a study of the experiences of women in the Women’s Army Corps as they made the transition into the all-male Army of the 1970s. As part of my research, I conducted oral history interviews of women who enlisted during this transition period and will use them as part of a documentary called Transforming Athena. These women responded, in part, to Army recruiting ads of the 1970s which promised them travel, education, and most importantly, equal opportunity. But could equal opportunity truly exist in “this man’s Army?”
As part of my thesis project, I had to learn a great deal about the non-camera work that goes into a doc: treatments, budgets, funding, rights, etc. That was a huge learning curve (and still is!) My next mission is to create a budget (and could use some input if anyone would like to put in their two cents off board). What I did take away from this is that I love doing creative work. I have enough footage for my trailer (which is all I need for my thesis), but I want to do more interviews to get a wider demographic of women. Hopefully I can make this into a proper doc in the future. I look forward to hearing about all of your projects!
My name is Keith O'Shea, I'm originally from Cork, Ireland but I've been based in Afghanistan since 2009 having completing a B.A. in doc film at the IFSW. I'm currently in production on my first feature length doc 'Sparlo' on the master riders of the sport of Buzkashi. I hope to have the project completed around June or July this year.
The site looks like it will be a great resource. Looking forward to getting into it.
In reply to Linda Wasson's post on Fri 4 Mar 2011 :
It is indeed, still illegal to grow industrial hemp here in the US. We are currently the only industrial nation where it remains illegal to grow it, though it is completely legal to import all aspects of the plant, except for the 'live' seeds. You can import hemp's nutritious 'edible' seeds, but we can't import seeds that we can grow. So we are out to change that. Recent developments in Europe, Canada, etc have changed the technology of processing industrial hemp. That, combined with hemp's ability to build the healthiest, most energy efficient houses are creating a real boom abroad. We hope to get America behind hemp, thanks in large part to hemp's ability to build the healthiest houses. Hemp houses could very well be the next trend in green building in the US. Once we are able to grow it here, hemp's healthy houses should be affordable for us all.
Good to see you all here. Keith, Buzkashi has got to be one high-octane bonkers sport – basically Australian Rules Football on horses with a dead goat's head. BTW the IFSW is not an obscure faction but the International Film School Wales aka the Newport Film School where, I, er, know some of the people.
I am Eugene Martin, a filmmaker from Philly now based in the Dallas area. My new film is a feature length doc titled The Anderson Monarchs. It is about an all girls soccer club from Philadelphia who are the only African American competitive club pretty much anywhere on earth. I am in post production on the film, having shot 500 hours or so. I've got a trailer up on my website here:
Glad to know about this site!
Glad you finally made your way here, Eugene. When did you move from Philly to Texas?
And a warm welcome to Keith and Laura, as well.
Thank you for the welcome to the site
John, thank you for clarifying that the IFSW is indeed a film school and not an "obscure faction", should have made that a little clearer.
In relation to Buzkashi the sport goes all the way back to the time of Genghis Khan who although forbidding his people from having arms during peace time made hunting on horses compulsory as training for war. Riders would track their prey for weeks at a time eventually wearing down the animals before whipping or stoning them to death. Bloodletting was not practicing as to shed blood was believed to allow the soul to escape.
It's a wonderful, unique part of Afghan culture, a bit like going to the cinema here complete with popcorn sellers and other snack vendors.
Looking forward to getting it out there.
In reply to Jeremy Pevar's post on Fri 4 Mar 2011 :
Welcome to the D-Word, Jeremy... are you working at all with fellow D-Word member Jason Osder? If not, you may be a bit interested to know that he has been producing/directing a rather similar project (to say the least!) – and the title of his film was LET THE FIRE BURN.
@Christopher – I'm not working with Jason, though we have spoken about our respective projects. I believe that we are taking very different approaches to the topic. It is a big story and I think there is room for a variety of perspectives. Without characterizing what Jason is doing with his film, what I am attempting to do is to contextualize the MOVE story by digging into the group's origins and showing how MOVE grew and changed over the years from 1972 – 1985, culminating in the horrific events on Osage Avenue.
jeremy, good to know that there is room enough for (at least) two different filmmakers to be making separate projects on MOVE. one reason that it seemed really similar was because of all the riveting archival footage that you are both using in your trailers.
anyways, feel free to keep us updated further in the Works in Progress topic... good luck!
In reply to Blaire Johnson's post on Sat 5 Mar 2011 :
well I certainly support and respect your efforts but as for "getting America behind it" as I mentioned, American farmers have long supported and known all about the worthiness of growing hemp. Back when so many family farms were going bust pleas to grow hemp were falling on deaf ears.
Of course now we all know why – the larger corporations were out to suck up the land and make peasants out of the farmers who owned their own places. sure enough, that's what happened as Monsanto and others paved the way for biotek and more monoculture; Walmart is now the largest seller of food in the U.S. market.
just another sad tale...and yes, I am being pessimistic. the fracking mess has got me on a downhill binge.
again, good luck w/your project and feel free to contact me if you need any agriculture input or research.
I met Doug Block at DIY Days and decided to join D-Word because of the Peter Broderick distribution seminar. I am continually educating, mentoring our Philadelphia filmmakers so they can sustain their filmmaking careers. Am very glad to see PIFVA member, Jon Foy, to be screening his film, Resurrect Dead, a film PIFVA funded and a film that Doug is producing, at Stranger Than Fiction on March 29. So, I am joining this powerful conversation to learn, observe and network.
Great meeting you, Caroline, and glad it turned into becoming a member here. Welcome.
At age 68 I managed to get a post graduate certificate in Documentary Production here at Algonquin College in Ottawa. My first DOC of significance is an extension of my major class project. "Daniel's Journal – History Rewritten" – takes a look at one Daniel Daverne – the first secretary/stores keeper at the first military settlement in Canada – at Perth. Ontario in 1816.
History portrays him as a criminal, a scoundrel. Yet a journal discovered in 1995, in the rubble of an old building being renovated in downtown Perth is the start of a number of serendipitous events that lead to new discoveries about Daniel, his living relatives – and perhaps a rewrite of History.
This project is a multimedia project. The related web site is meant to provide additional information about the subject and allow the viewer to buy the DVD, watch the additional material and decide, as a member of the "jury" whether or not Daniel is guilty of the charges brought against him.
Some illness has put me about 1/2 year behind on this project – but I am up and running again, and will push to get the DVD produced shortly.
Read about other film work at Hugh's World: http://hugh-chatfield.com/Film_Work.html
i'm a doc. filmmaker based in L.A. my last film ('a hard straight') received best doc. feature at SXSW and broadcast on 'independent lens'.
my current project 'broken doors' just received best short at Big Sky.
also, i'm a very good shooter who is always looking for more documentary work--so if anybody needs shooting, please get in touch.
looking forward to meeting people here...
And we're mighty glad you're here, Goro. Congrats on the Big Sky award.
Hi, My name is Victor Huey, I am making a documentary about the underground music scene in China, called "Rocking the Great Wall" Shot over a 25 year period form 1986-2011. We are now entering post production. Besides releasing a traditional feature length documentary,I have been thinking about new strategies such as distribution via a interactive documentary social network site based on my content.
Welcome aboard, Victor. Noticed your post about your distribution plans in the Peter Broderick discussion. Very intriguing, hope you'll share more in the Marketing and Distribution topic.
In reply to Jeremy Pevar's post on Fri 4 Mar 2011 :
Hello everyone! I am Grace Albasin from the Philippines but I am here in New York City taking up my MA in Media Studies at The New School. It's great to be part of this group but I am just beginning to tread on documentary. I haven't done anything yet but it is the track I'm pursuing at school.
Storytelling and music are the two things that define purpose of this thing called me. Maui was where the journey this time around began. Los Angeles, New York and New Mexico are places used to dwell. Finding others of the same drive and passion is what makes being here possible. Always looking forward to meeting others to make more magic. "Life's like a movie. Write your own ending. Keep believing. Keep pretending"
My name is Leroy Metcalf and I am an aspiring filmmaker. I'm currently working on my first documentary titled, "Why Do You Hate Me So Much?", which is about people interacting with other people that may hate them because of race, religion, sexual orientation, geographical location, political views, gender or age. I expect there to be a lot conflict during these interactions, but definitely not Jerry Springer type conflict. The aim is to open up dialogue with people that hate others because of there differences and to hopefully understand why people hate and to get people to think and be more accepting towards others.
I'm very new to this site and I don't know the rules yet. I would really like to network with people to get them involved in my project. Doug/John, please let me know if that's not allowed on this site.
In reply to Linda Wasson's post on Mon 7 Mar 2011 07:55 UTC :
I completely understand your frustration and your pessimism. I think the American public at large is finally ready to hear about industrial hemp, and I think the changes in the technology, and the interest in being greener and more energy efficient are all coming together. As much as we have needed hemp for years, I think hemp's time is finally here, thanks in part to hemp's ability to build the healthiest, most energy efficient houses.
It's horrible to think of the thousands of farms and farmers who could have saved their family farms had they been able to grow hemp. And it's horrible to think of all the merchants who got behind hemp and lost so much, because the market wasn't ready for their vision.
So many people still confuse industrial hemp with marijuana. I've worked at Barnes & Noble for the past 6 years, and I have never seen industrial hemp grace the front cover of a magazine, except for the occasional mention on the front cover of one of the periodicals on marijuana, and it has been equally hard to find hemp cited in the indexes of books one might think it should be included in. I think America is going to be really excited to meet industrial hemp at this time in history, thanks in great part to the many reasons that you cited above. In May, the nation will be celebrating the 2nd annual Hemp History Week. Slowly but surely, the tides are changing.
My name is Jacob Bricca, and I'm new to D-Word. I've been editing feature docs since the early 2000s. Some of my credits are Lost in La Mancha (2002), which chronicled Terry Gilliam's disastrous attempt to make a film adaptation of Don Quixote, Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew (2002), a biopic/concert film about the jazz vocalist that won the 2003 Independent Lens Audience Award, Tell Me Do You Miss Me (2006), a melancholy travelogue following indie rock band Luna on their final tour dist. by Rhino, and Con Artist (2010), which follows the indescribably odd antics of NYC painter Mark Kostabi and is playing at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in LA this coming April 1-7.
Though I seem to work on a lot of films about musicians and artists, some of the ones I'm most passionate about deal with themes of social justice. We just locked picture on Precious Knowledge, a film about the banning of the Mexican-American ethnic studies classes running in the Tucson public schools, which opponents call "seditious" and proponents see as an effective way of engaging their students. (It will premiere at the San Diego Intl. Film Festival later this month.)
I've also done some directing/producing. My feature Indies Under Fire: The Battle for the American Bookstore (2006) followed three indie bookstores in their struggle to stay afloat in the early 2000s. My most recent short Pure, a mash-up of action movie memes, played at the Berlin Intl. Film Festival, and was abuzz on the web for a brief period.
I also teach documentary studies and production at Wesleyan University. Teaching "The Documentary Film" (a history/survey course) is a humbling experience--so many great films! I love exposing students to the genius of Frederick Wiseman, the Maysles Bros. and Ross McElwee, and showing contemporary docs at the close of the course (My Kid Could Paint That and Iraq In Fragments have been recent choices.) In my "Documentary Advocacy" class, I teach doc production to amateurs, and help students engage with local organizations to make films that they can use for outreach purposes.
I love docs and all the issues of they bring up. I thought the recent love-fest over The Social Network was way overblown and advised anyone I could to watch Catfish instead. I thought it engaged with the Facebook phenomenon and all its attendant issues way more successfully!
Happy to be here...
Jacob, I've had Lost in La Mancha on my list to see for some time now. I'll have to step it up. Welcome to the d-word discussions!
Great to have you here, Jacob. I did see Lost in La Mancha and loved it. Utterly fascinating. And sounds like a great course you're teaching – lucky students.
Hi Jacob, i am a big fan of Lost in La Mancha, really love it.
Hi, my name is Nicolas Brown and I've been addicted to documentary film making for most of my life. My father is a documentary filmmaker, and so are both of my brothers. (This feels like my introduction to a 12 step program...)
I heard about D Word whilst teaching in Potsdam, Germany last week. I just spent the last 3 years making Human Planet for the BBC, soon to premiere on Discovery on April 10, 2007.
Prior to that, I made films about climate change such as The Truth About Global Warming with Tom Brokow (Emmy), Climate Chaos with David Attenborough, and the Energy Solution (Best Environmental Film, Telluride Mountainfilm). Before that it was Colonial House and Frontier House for PBS.
I mainly work for TV– I produce and direct. Rarely, I pick up a camera and film myself.
I now have films in development, and am rennovating my kitchen– without filming it at all!
Well, thats my introduction.