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Marj Safinia
Fri 1 Apr 2011Link

Welcome Laura! Glad you found your way here. I owe you an email back. It's been a crazy week. Happy to have you among us.


Kristen Turick
Fri 1 Apr 2011Link

Hi there, my name is Kristen and I'm a newbie. :)
So grateful to have found this resource for doc filmmakers!
My husband, Jeff and I are currently in production on a feature doc about Transformational Bodywork called "Growing My Brave". Following stories from surviving to thriving. A project that we kind of stumbled into and are now in love with. It's been a truly organic experience that has changed our lives for the better and we look forward to learning and growing our skills as storytellers. We have at least one more leg of shooting in May and then looking forward to jumping into post, with hopes to release by 2012. I cut a teaser to help with funding which you can watch here: http://vimeo.com/18899104

Thanks for taking a look and thanks for having me!

Warmly, Kristen Turick


Ben Kempas
Mon 4 Apr 2011Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Kirsten.

So who else is out there? Enthusiasts and Professionals, please introduce yourself here.


Christopher Lockhart
Tue 5 Apr 2011Link

Hey, all!

I'm a filmmaker and a film executive. My documentary is still on the festival circuit and will premiere on the OWN network later in the year.


Ben Kempas
Tue 5 Apr 2011Link

Chris (and everyone in the same situation) – It's time to apply for Professional status on The D-Word then. It'll give you access to all of our Business, Creative, Technical, and Social Topics. It's free but not automatic.


Sigrid Helene Dyekjaer
Tue 5 Apr 2011Link

Hi Doug
Can you help me with a password for HOtdocs, to be registrered with a discount?
all the best
sigrid


Doug Block
Tue 5 Apr 2011Link

Sure thing, Sigrid. Enter the discount code [...] when ordering online and you'll get $50 (U.S.) off an industry pass. But aren't you going there with your film and automatically getting a pass?

[edited by Ben – the discount code can only be obtained in our Professionals-only area]

Edited Tue 5 Apr 2011 by Ben Kempas

Ben Kempas
Tue 5 Apr 2011Link

Hi Sigrid, this is the link to the private topic with the discount code.


Doug Block
Tue 5 Apr 2011Link

Oopsie, didn't realize you asked me in one of the public topics, Sigrid. Usually we hosts are totally on top of keeping questions in the proper topics. (And other times we sleep.)

Anyway, hope you've been perusing the various topics here and getting a feel for the discussions.

Edited Tue 5 Apr 2011 by Doug Block

Paul von Stoetzel
Wed 6 Apr 2011Link

Greetings all. I was fortunate enough to meet Doug Block about a month ago at a class here in the Twin Cities and he mentioned D-Word quite a bit, which I was embarrassingly ignorant of. Well, not anymore.

I've directed/produced 2 feature docs and 1 short besides a few narrative shorts and a co directed feature which is in post. My most recent doc is called SCRAP and is playing April 17th at The Indie Spirit Film Festival. The trailers for it are below. Thanks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_s3PlfeOiew&feature=channel_video_title

http://www.youtube.com/user/killingjokefilms?feature=mhum#p/a/u/0/4PB0el-BOfA

Edited Wed 6 Apr 2011 by Paul von Stoetzel

Ben Kempas
Wed 6 Apr 2011Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Paul. Ignorance excused if you make up for it by active participation. :-)

(by the way, a doc I shot will play at your Minneapolis Film Festival this month. Called MASTER CLASS OPERA, by Olivia Hagemann.)

Anyboy else out there? Come on, it's time to un-lurk!


Paul von Stoetzel
Wed 6 Apr 2011Link

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Wed 6 Apr 2011 : Nice! I was fortunate enough to screen SCRAP at MSPIFF. It's a good fest for docs and I'll see if I can make it our for yours. Thanks for the shout out.

Edited Wed 6 Apr 2011 by Paul von Stoetzel

Eric Laws
Wed 6 Apr 2011Link

Hello, I'm new to D-Word world. Nice to meet everyone! Lily Keber (Director of Bayou Maharajah) introduced me to this site. I'm currently recording sound for her project. I also just finished working with Gary Hustwit (Director of Helvetica) & Luke Geissbuhler (DP of Borat) in New Orleans. Very cool guys. I've recorded professional audio/video of hundreds of famous individuals from all walks of life, all over the globe. I am looking forward to recording the artist Lil' Wayne next week. If your production comes to New Orleans look me up! I also love to travel:) www.ericlaws.com

Edited Fri 8 Apr 2011 by Ben Kempas

Doug Block
Wed 6 Apr 2011Link

In reply to Paul von Stoetzel's post on Wed 6 Apr 2011 :

Welcome, Paul! So you know, Resurrect Dead, the film I showed the clip of that I'm exec producing, will be showing at MSPIFF. The director, Jon Foy, who's also a D-Word member, will be coming.

Greetings to you, too, Eric. Feel free to register as a Professional member.


Jason Thomas Spencer
Mon 11 Apr 2011Link

Hi D-Worders,

My name is Jason Thomas Spencer. I've been on the site for a few months reading a lot of very helpful posts and figured it's about time to introduce myself. I've been an editor in NY for about 5 years and am making the leap this summer with my wife into our first feature length documentary. I'm looking forward to being a part of this community. Thanks to Doug for the forum!

Best,
-Jason
spencer4email@gmail.com


Doug Block
Mon 11 Apr 2011Link

Good to have you here, Jason. Lots of luck with your film.


Erum Azeez
Mon 11 Apr 2011Link

Hello! I'm Erum, the production assistant for a documentary to be filmed in Africa this summer. I'm curious about renting equipment over purchasing. I am aware I can purchased equipment via this site, and wanted to know the experiences people have using this forum.

Looking forward to navigating the D-word!


Rahul Chadha
Mon 11 Apr 2011Link

Hi everyone. I actually registered a few years ago but am just now discovering what a great resource and community Doug has built here. I'm a print journalist and aspiring (and self-taught) filmmaker. In the past two years I've participated in both the Third World Newsreel production workshop and the UnionDocs collaborative project; discovered Bill Nichols, Dziga Vertov, and Walter Murch; and made a short that was screened at the Documentary Fortnight program. But I'm most proud of serving as the volunteer editor of the film "A Future For Meher," which was made by nonprofessional volunteers and so far has helped raise more than $3,500 for the medical care and educational fund of an impoverished girl in New Delhi. I also recently became the blogger for the Stranger Than Fiction film series programmed by Thom Powers. (Doug, I heard you speak at the Resurrect Dead screening a few weeks ago.)I look forward to conversing with you all.


Doug Block
Mon 11 Apr 2011Link

Welcome, Erum and Rahul. Great job you're doing with the blog, Rahul. Look forward to meeting you at one of the upcoming STF screenings.


Italo Baudo
Tue 12 Apr 2011Link

Hello everyone! My name is Italo Baudo, from Wishaw in Scotland.
I am new to the D- World, as well as to anything related to film making, especially in the computerised era of documentary filmaking.
I studied animation and handled a traditional 16mm camera some 40 years ago and since then I was working as an Illustrator and Graphic Designer.
The seed of Documentary Film making has been planted and stayed dormant for all those years though. Now, gradually, I would like to explore the field and see which educational material I can find to start reading first, and experimenting afterward and try out a short documentary film (1 to 3 min. long) to publish in You Tube and see how it goes. Thank you for reading!


Doug Block
Tue 12 Apr 2011Link

Good to have you back in the fold, Italo. Welcome.


Rodrigo Dorfman
Tue 12 Apr 2011Link

Greetings everyone,

I was introduced to this site by my friend Deirdre Haj from Full Frame where I'm having the world premiere of my latest film One Night in Kernersville – a jazz doc/poem! I'm a filmmaker, screenwriter, ethnographer, multimedia documentary producer and father of two lovely daughters. I've had the pleasure of filming all over the world and working with NGO's making advocacy documentaries for them. I know quite a lot about Mystical Islam and have done some groundbreaking work on the Gnawa in Morocco (http://www.gnawastories.com). I am currently working on 20 (yes that's twenty!) ten minute documentaries of 20 members of the Latino Community Credit Union in NC highlighting financial empowerment. I've worked with the BBC, HBO and Salma Hayek doing narrative screenplays and nothing, truly nothing compares to working in the field and collaborating with people who struggle and still retain their dignity. It reminds me why our work matters.

I speak french and spanish fluently and I look forward to interacting with filmmakers from all over the world and sharing their experiences. You can find some of my work here http://www.melloweb.com . Peace


Doug Block
Tue 12 Apr 2011Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Rodrigo. Any friend of Deirdre's is certainly a friend of ours. Lots of D-Word members going to Full Frame so check out the F2F and Festival topics and hopefully you'll make new friends.


Juliana Piccillo
Tue 12 Apr 2011Link

Hi Everyone,
I'm Juliana Piccillo, filmmaker, writer and activist – sex work is my cause. Planning to bust through the shorts ceiling with a feature length doc and I'm so incredibly excited to find this community!


Stephanie Frederic
Tue 12 Apr 2011Link

Hola!

My name is Stephanie Frederic. I'm a director/producer/writer based in Los Angeles.

I'm a firm believer that – a laptop and a dream can take you anywhere. As a former TV news reporter, I've been telling stories all my life. If there's one thing I know, I was born to do just this. I own FGW Productions (www.fgwproductions.com) and we are visual storytellers.

Some of the docs I have produced included, "Rwanda Rising," "From Darkness to Light – The Donnie McClurkin Story," and "Planet LA."

I'm here to help and to learn.

Feel free to reach out. I'd love to know more about you and my new doc family.

Steph


Doug Block
Tue 12 Apr 2011Link

Juliana and Stephanie, how nice to have you both find us. A warm welcome to The D-Word.

Edited Wed 13 Apr 2011 by Doug Block

Christina Katsiadakis
Wed 13 Apr 2011Link

Hello. My name is Christina. I am a new at this. Two days ago I started shooting my first documentary and I am excited, stressed and hoping for the best. It is called G30 and it is following the life of 30something people in Greece during these times of financial hardship. We are hoping for a positive message out of this documentary! Let's see what happens!


Niam Itani
Wed 13 Apr 2011Link

wow, Christina. 30 characters are surely a big number :) Good luck!

Welcome to everybody x


Doug Block
Wed 13 Apr 2011Link

Welcome, Christina, and best of luck with your project.


Jason Perdue
Wed 13 Apr 2011Link

I think 30-something refers to their age, not the number of them. I could be wrong.


Doug Block
Wed 13 Apr 2011Link

I think the :) indicates Niam was kidding, Jason. Of course, I could be wrong, too.


Jason Perdue
Thu 14 Apr 2011Link

Oh the subtleties of online language. :{


Ben Kempas
Thu 14 Apr 2011Link

While we're starting a petition to demand an explanation from Christina, let's see who else is lurking out there...

The next D-Worder to introduce themselves will get a drink from me (if we ever meet in person).


Niam Itani
Fri 15 Apr 2011Link

I think she means 30something people. Still waiting for Christina!


Ben Kempas
Fri 15 Apr 2011Link

Seems like people are scared of drinking with me...


John Burgan
Fri 15 Apr 2011Link

Hello. I'm John and I'll have a drink with you.


Ben Kempas
Sun 17 Apr 2011Link

Thanks! But co-hosts are excluded from the offer...


James Longley
Sun 17 Apr 2011Link

The last time I was in a bar with Ben I also didn't feel like drinking. Something strange. I guess it's like being confronted with a cautionary tale of where a life of excess can lead ...


Ben Kempas
Sun 17 Apr 2011Link

Thanks for making me look like an alcoholic in a public topic, James...

You take over with trying to get the lurkers out of the shadows, please.


Jo-Anne Velin
Sun 17 Apr 2011Link

What if the topic had a less public reach? I'll vouch that you are not an alcoholic in a public topic, Ben, and we can all juice with Kurt any old time.


Christina Katsiadakis
Mon 18 Apr 2011Link

Hi everyone! Sorry for the delay!
Yes, 30 something refers to age. Our characters are 10, which is a much more reasonable number, I guess!
Our generation of 30 something here in Greece has a difficult task. We grew up believing that things will only get better, at least on the financial front. Unfortunately, for the last few years the financial situation is grim and no one can be sure what will come out of it. In a country run mostly my 50 or 60 something old politicians, who have more than their share for the current situation and still try to convince us that they also have the solution, we decided it was time for our generation to speak up. Because at 30 we are no longer kids, that's for sure. Let's hope we get our message across!


Niam Itani
Mon 18 Apr 2011Link

Good luck Christina! Sounds like an interesting project for a just cause.

You don't want to make a revolution like the Arabs are doing? ;)


Ben Kempas
Mon 18 Apr 2011Link

Christina, I happen to have a number of friends in Greece all of whom are in their 30-somethings, and I my feeling is that you're telling a very important story here.


Christina Katsiadakis
Wed 20 Apr 2011Link

Thank you very much guys! Let's hope it works out well! I'll keep you posted.
Niam, I am not sure Greece is ready for a revolution yet! What we need is a major change in our way of thinking! Hopefully in a few months I will be able to say that at least young people have started that process.


Stephen Troy
Sun 24 Apr 2011Link

Hello! My name is Stephen Troy, I'm a young filmmaker who recently created his first feature, a documentary titled Dale and the Duds. Now, as I prepare to sell it and send it to festivals, I am faced with many many questions that I cannot find answers to. Mostly about legal issues. This is a problem that I must deal with! So I have signed up for this site, hoping to get some answers.

My website is: www.RotNproductions.com

You can view some of my older short work online.


John Burgan
Sun 24 Apr 2011Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Stephen. Rights issues are best addressed in our Legal Corner


Franco Consales
Sun 24 Apr 2011Link

In reply to Blaire Johnson's post on Thu 3 Mar 2011 :

Hi Blaire I checked your website it is absolutely very interesting, nice project... if I can collaborate... just let me know how


Ernst Gossner
Mon 25 Apr 2011Link

Hi. Am new here. We are finishing up GLOBAL WARNING. A filmmaker's journey into war. We are looking for a sales agent who can help us with it. Any leads kindly appreciated.

Why are societies predisposed to war? And why are completely unrelated wars fatally similar in their making? These questions are on Global Warning's agenda as director Ernst Gossner inquires into his native Tirol's own last war – the war between Austria and Italy on top of Tirol's mountains a hundred years ago. What at first seems like just one more episode of WWI slowly reveals its relevance towards present events, and the grand tragedy of war in general.


Pete Gleeson
Thu 28 Apr 2011Link

Hi folks. Well I'm sitting in my Toronto hotel on the eve of Hot Docs 2011 – what better time to introduce myself to D-word!

I'm an "emerging" filmmaker (I hope!) from Australia with an interest in all things doco – but especially the observational format. If anyone is interested is seeing a very short example of my work, come along and see my film!

It's called "Something To Tell You" and is screening with "Open Secret" 9:30pm Tue May 3 at Cumberland Cinema 3 & 11am Thu May 5 at Isabel Bader Theatre.

The film is about a guy (Gary) who has struck up a relationship with a woman he likes on an internet dating site. As the time for them to meet draws near, he must reveal to her that he has a severe physical disability.

If you want to catch me during the festival to discuss the film or for a beverage, my cell number (till May 9 only) is 647.961.8639

(I'm here by myself – can you tell?)

While much of my work has been connected to disability in some way, I am
interested in all social/human themes and am currently developing projects with themes such as JOURNEY (our attraction to remote journeys and the conscious/subconscious reason people undertake them at particular times in their lives), and the WORKPLACE (the tussle between the personal/workplace "self" in an age of corporate compliance).

I'm also working on a medium-length observational film about disability and romance (an extension of my HotDocs short) which is due for completion later in the year.

For all those at HotDocs, good luck – hope to see you 'round. For all those who aren't – I hope to see you (virtually) 'round soon!

Pete Gleeson
rawandcookedmedia.com.au


ELGIN SMITH
Thu 28 Apr 2011Link

Hello all,

I signed up for the D-Word a couple months ago, but never had a chance to introduce myself.... so, here goes. I am a filmmaker based in Missoula, Montana – I recently returned to Montana after 10 years in NYC working with a number of great people, many of whom are probably here on the D-Word.

My company is called BACKTRACK films, and we are pursuing some new ideas for documentaries out here in the West. We also do commercial work (gasp!), and are also working towards some narrative fiction (double gasp!). But my background and first love is documentary, so need to fret.

If anyone is ever out my way and needs any production help, please let me know. As many documentary filmmakers, I have had a hand in all aspects of filmmaking. You can view our portfolio on our website at www.backtrackfilms.com, or email me at elgin(at)backtrackfilms.com.

Glad to be on board, and look forward to listening to all the other expertise out there on the forums.

best,
elgin


Doug Block
Thu 28 Apr 2011Link

Glad to have you finally pipe up, Elgin. Keep it coming. And if only someone would hire me to direct commercials (gasp!).

Edited Thu 28 Apr 2011 by Doug Block

Doug Block
Thu 28 Apr 2011Link

And a warm welcome to Ernst and Pete, as well.


Roselly Torres
Thu 28 Apr 2011Link

Hi. My name is Roselly Torres and I've been working in independent film distribution for ten years. Currently I work at Third World Newsreel and I am responsible for acquiring documentary films made by or about people of color. If you wish to submit your film for educational distribution, please email distribution [at] twn.org.


Doug Block
Thu 28 Apr 2011Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Roselly. We love people who acquire docs!


Roselly Torres
Fri 29 Apr 2011Link

Thanks Doug!


Ling Lee
Sat 30 Apr 2011Link

Hello everyone,

I just recently graduated from the National Film & Television School, UK in Documentary Directing but have been working as an editor for about 5 years now. One of the biggest projects I have edited is The Edge of Dreaming by Amy Hardie (one of producers is Doug Block).

Now I am sending my documentary Miles Apart out to festivals which I shot in China and developing a new chinese documentary about a chinese investigative journalist.
Because of my Chinese Malaysian origin I always wanted to connect myself with my chinese roots which has been tricky as a born German. So last year I went for the first time to China to make this film about a rural family that is effected by the industrialization and I really fell in love with this country.

Am happy to be part of this group and am looking forward to chat about more things with you!


John Burgan
Sat 30 Apr 2011Link

Welcome Ling. That's quite a journey of discovery, we're glad it has led you to The D-Word.


Doug Block
Sat 30 Apr 2011Link

Fantastic to have you here, Ling. I can't tell you the number of compliments we've received for The Edge of Dreaming, and it's in no small measure due to your efforts. Looking forward to your new film.


Niam Itani
Sun 1 May 2011Link

Welcome, Ling and Roselly! Enjoy the ride :)


Michael B. McGee
Mon 2 May 2011Link

Hello folks,
I'm an emerging, non-union Director of Photography / Camera Operator with over 10 years of experience working on national TV commercials, music videos, and feature narrative films. My years of working in still photography gave me an extensive understanding of lighting and composition which I've segued into my cinematography. Although, I have no experience in non-fiction storytelling, I am extremely passionate about documenting the truth. As Federico Fellini once said,"My fantasy is to make something REAL". So, please feel free to contact me whether or not your next project calls for a Director of Photography and/or Camera Operator.

I look forward to meeting and hopefully working with all of you.

Thanks,
Mike


Doug Block
Tue 3 May 2011Link

welcome to the d-word, michael.


Avijit Mukul Kishore
Thu 5 May 2011Link

Hello!

I have been a member of D word for a while but haven't really been using it much. Hope to interact much more in future! I am a film maker and cinematographer based in Mumbai, India and I can say that I almost specialise in working in documentary, non-fiction film and video art work, besides doing a mix of other jobs as a technician or for livelihood!

Mukul


Christian Polli
Thu 5 May 2011Link

Hey there,

I realize that I am probably a bit young compared to most of the people on this site, but I thought I would give it a shot anyways. I am 17 and I currently live in The Hague, The Netherlands. I will be moving back to New Hampshire at the end of the school year. I really haven't decided what I will do with the rest of my life. I really like photography and I would really love to get into documentary film making. I LOVE watching films that are about really current or very personal issues because they really grip me and glue me to the screen. I don't know much about film making and I am hoping to learn a lot!

I am hoping this is the start of something awesome and that I might find a whole new genre of art that I enjoy!!

Thanks!


John Burgan
Thu 5 May 2011Link

Greetings Mukul – always good when a long-time lurker puts their head above the parapet. And welcome too Christian – check out our new Topic Recommended Docs for some great films to add to your list.


Michele Josue
Tue 10 May 2011Link

Hello everyone! My name is Michele Josue, and I'm brand new to this site. I'm currently directing my first documentary feature entitled "Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine" about my friend Matthew Shepard, who we lost in a brutal anti-gay crime in 1998. Through the voices of his friends and family, our film tells the story of the Matthew behind the headlines.

We're currently going the Kickstarter route and have been doing pretty well. One of our supporters recommended I check out the D-word, and I'm so glad she did!

Our Kickstarter video, which includes our film trailer, can be found here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1253709612/matt-shepard-is-a-friend-of-mine

Thanks for having me! I'm excited to be a part of this community!
Michele


Niam Itani
Tue 10 May 2011Link

Welcome to D-word, Michele. You'll hopefully get the financial support from Kickstarter, and all the other (equally or more important) forms of support from D-word :)


Adam Johnson
Wed 11 May 2011Link Tag

Hello! Name is Adam Johnson and I'm a first time producer... Green as Gumby. Worked mostly as a Prod. Mgr for the last 5 years to help support a family (barely). Working on a project now, feeling the highs and lows associated. I'm hooked.

Just from reading many of your posts on this great site, I don't know how much I can contribute, but I hope to be in the game for awhile. Maybe over time and some hard lessons learned- someday I can contribute and help others out as you have already helped me in the brief time I've already spent here. But, more importantly I hope to make a few friends along the way.

Please don't be a stranger! I'm located in Orange County, CA and am pretty dialed in to crews and equipment in the area- I personally have access to cameras (AF100, 5D), audio, lighting, etc. and can get them for you for near nothing.

Grateful to be here!
Adam


Doug Block
Wed 11 May 2011Link

And we're glad to have you here, too, Adam. Welcome aboard, and thanks for the generous equipment offer.


Cheryl Cooper
Thu 12 May 2011Link

I help independent filmmakers and documentarians with their copyright problems.

Just a quick e mail or call to 800 370 1776 will get you free advice.
You can check me out at 4cpermissions.com

Excited about meeting new people.
Cheryl


Ray Metoyer
Fri 13 May 2011Link

Hey Folks,
My name is Ray Metoyer and I've been a member of the site for a few years, but I just recently filled out the application to be a professional member. Thanks for accepting me.

As for me, I'm a news guy who started as a photographer and became a reporter/anchor and a producer. My early experience as a shooter made me a much better writer for broadcast projects. In fact I can still shoot great video today.

I've been in the business for awhile, working in Omaha, Denver, Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta. Over the years, I've gravitated to long form story telling; first a series of related news stories and eventually entire programs. I hope to meet new colleagues here and that we can inspire each other to do great work.


Sahand Sahebdivani
Sat 14 May 2011Link

Welcome Ray, good to have you on board!


Mike Skiff
Mon 16 May 2011Link

Hey folks, Mike here. Just joined. I have a feature documentary 'Kink Crusaders'that's making the 2011 film festival rounds – and it took Best Documentary at CineKink NYC.

It is my current project that brings me here. I'm hoping to be able to gain insight of how to best handle the subject matter and the narrative.

Based out of Los Angeles. Heading to IDA's The Art of the Personal Documentary.


Doug Block
Mon 16 May 2011Link

Well, I guess I'll see you there, Mike. Welcome to The D-Word and be sure to register as a Professional member for access to all the discussion topics. A warm welcome to Cheryl and Ray, as well.


Larry Peter
Wed 18 May 2011Link

Greetings! I'm Larry Peter and I've been in the film/video industry since 1985 beginning as an editor in New Orleans, then working virtually all crew positions over the next few years – from grip to sound to cinematographer and director. After several years of national TV commercials and music videos I left the production company and opened a post house so I could stop traveling and raise a family.

With kids grown, I'm behind a camera again with my focus on documentaries.(although commercial work still pays the bills for now) Completed a documentary in 2010,"The Art of Living," currently airing on Midwest PBS affiliates and have just applied for fiscal sponsorship for my current project, "They Wore the Red Suit," a film about the handful of men across the nation who have devoted their lives to being Santa Claus 24/7/365.

I look forward to getting to know all of you and learning as much as I can from your experiences.


Marj Safinia
Wed 18 May 2011Link

Welcome Larry :)


Adam Johnson
Fri 20 May 2011Link

Welcome Larry! I'm fairly new here as well. If you are looking to profile Santa Clause- there is a guy here in Orange County that I know of that does that very thing 24/7/365. Drop me an email if you are interested in someone out here in CA. I'd be happy to help. adam(at)m2gmedia(dot)com


Stephanie Brown
Mon 23 May 2011Link

Hello! I am currently working as a production advisor / producer with a Human Rights based organization in Chiang Mai Thailand and I'd like to be able to use the d-word to create links with others working out here and in the field. Thanks!


Doug Block
Mon 23 May 2011Link

Welcome, Stephanie. It's easy to find D-Word members who are currently in Thailand. Click on People (at top of every page) and then Advanced Search –> Thailand and you'll find 8 others. Contact info is on their profile pages.


Sharon Hyman
Tue 24 May 2011Link

Greetings from Montreal!
I am about to release my first feature film called Neverbloomers: The Search for GrownUphood, which attempts to answer the question: does anyone ever really feel like a grownup??
Neverbloomers evolves from the style of filmmaking I have been producing since my youth, which I call the "autodocumentary" (namely, turning the camera back on oneself to tell one's own story). While in the age of the webcam and YouTube this confessional style of filmmaking is extremely pervasive (perhaps too much so!), when I was a young woman I felt that there was a side of the female psyche not represented by the mainstream media, and I wished to fill that void.
I am really pleased with how Neverbloomers has turned out – after ten years of work! (I am the quintessential Neverbloomer) and look forward to sharing it with the world.
Thank you for this wonderful community, what a great idea.
Sharon.


Doug Block
Tue 24 May 2011Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Sharon. Good luck with Neverbloomers.


Adam Johnson
Tue 24 May 2011Link

Sounds VERY interesting Sharon, best of luck! Count me as a "neverbloomer"- I always knew I had it, just didn't know there was a name for it!


Sharon Hyman
Tue 24 May 2011Link

Well, there wasn't a name for it, that's why I invented one! Thanks for the encouragement!

Edited Tue 24 May 2011 by Sharon Hyman

Niam Itani
Fri 27 May 2011Link

Welcome to D-word, Sharon. Your doc idea seems interesting :)


Bruce Malone
Fri 27 May 2011Link

Hello D-worders ! I am a film lover working on my first documentary with my wife Pitchapuk who was a finalist in "The Asian Pitch 2010". The project is about Street Teachers in Bangkok and I am having an amazing ride so far. So much to learn and such amazing stories discovered through this community, it seems that every door that is opened leads to 10 more doors to open ! I was a Hollywood film advertising photographer and have shot a few 16mm video projects, but this is my first leap into the documentary world in HD video. So many QUESTIONS and I am sure you will bump into me on the forums very soon...
I have a whole new respect for you guys and am excited about starting this new journey !


Doug Block
Sat 28 May 2011Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Bruce, and feel free to have Pitchapuk register, as well.


Reid B. Kimball
Mon 30 May 2011Link

Hello,

I'm really excited to find this community. I've been working for a year on my first ever documentary and I think I've found my true calling. Despite never having done this before, things are just clicking.

My film is about people with digestive conditions (IBS, Celiac disease, Crohn's disease & ulcerative colitis) who use alternative treatments when conventional ones fail. Conventional treatments can have dangerous side effects and surgery can lead to a vicious cycle of requiring more surgery.

In the film I attempt to use alternative treatments to put my Crohn's disease into remission or even cure it. I do this by traveling to interview others who have done what I aim to achieve.

I was able to raise over $11,000 late last year for the production of the film using Kickstarter.com. I have a growing community of supporters through Twitter and Facebook.

Autoimmune diseases like Celiac, Crohn's and ulcerative colitis are rising at alarming rates. The idea that they can treated using alternative treatments is met with harsh skepticism from the conventional medical community. My documentary aims to prove this is possible (I'm the proof) and support those who wish to take this route.

The film will explore concepts of what it means to be "healthy", how to "listen to your gut" when everyone has an opinion and to ask just who the medical system is supporting, the patients or the corporations?

I have many questions and look forward to exchanging information with this community.

You can see my work here:
Trailer #1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nYKYW4hcH0
Most recent piece – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqmOSEmbqAw
http://crohnsend.com/

Regards,


Maggie Hadleigh-West
Mon 30 May 2011Link

Hi Everyone. My name is Maggie Hadleigh-West and I'm happy to be joining the D-Word (again;). I'm in the process of marketing and distributing my second feature doc Player Hating: A Love Story about a young hip hop artist from Crown Heights, Brooklyn who's trying to pull him and his crew out of poverty and violence. Just screened at Union Doc in NYC (2 sold out screenings) and tomorrow I head to Paris for two screenings in Filmer le Musique.

You can check out my trailer here if you like. http://www.yomaggie.com/currentprojects.html

Look forward to working with everyone.

Maggie


Rachel Schmidt
Mon 30 May 2011Link

Hi there fellow doc lovers, I recently returned from Hot Docs in Toronto where I listened to Doug speak about this site. Looking forward to some creative conversations. Best, Rachel


Doug Block
Mon 30 May 2011Link

Welcome to Reid and Rachel. Good to have you aboard (and glad my panel at Hot Docs bore fruit). And welcome back, Maggie. Player Hating has been a long time in coming, so much congrats on finally finishing!


Nathaniel Hansen
Tue 31 May 2011Link

Sad I haven't discovered this site until today! Happy to be here. Just finished my first feature doc, The Elders (http://bit.ly/iZHYvv) which I'll start submitting this summer/fall to festivals. Been shooting shorts and commercials for years, looking forward to the next phase of "feature" life through distribution.

Headed out of the country (US) for 7 weeks on a shoot for the Joseph Campbell foundation, so I won't be online much until I get back, but I'm hoping to do more crowdfunding articles while on the road and when I get back. You can read the latest one here, for those looking for some tips on getting started: http://bit.ly/jDM3g0

Thanks for the site Doug/Ben – looking forward to contributing.

Cheers
Nathaniel
http://www.nathanielhansen.com


Doug Block
Tue 31 May 2011Link

Better late than never, Nathaniel. Welcome aboard and have fun on your Campbell shoot.


Nathaniel Hansen
Tue 31 May 2011Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 31 May 2011 :

thanks, been an interesting first day here. Nothing quite like finding yourself being called a shameless self promoter on a forum you've never been to. Good times.


Doug Block
Tue 31 May 2011Link

Well, hope you'll get past our little opening day blip, Nathaniel and share in the good times. There are good times, really.


Sam Torres
Wed 1 Jun 2011Link

Hi, Everyone!

I recently finished my grad school thesis film, "The Past and Pending" (no, it has nothing to do with the song by The Shins), and also graduated with my MFA. I was initially drawn to this site because of Doug Block's involvement, but I hope to make some friends on here, as I plan to move around the world for a while making micro-budget single-person crew films.

"The Past and Pending" is a personal film with me behind the camera (at this point you're probably thinking "oh, THAT'S why he was intrigued by Doug Block's involvement with this forum..."), exploring a broken promise, which caused my family to fall apart, in the process of migrating from Puerto Rico to Florida.

My initial goal with the film was therapeutic and academic, as I did not want to exploit my family's trust in letting me interview them and use the family's home movies and photographs. However, after doing several screenings at my university, and seeing the incredible response the film has received, I've decided it's a film that truly deserves an audience. It seems to hit certain nerves with people, and I truly was not expecting it (although, I never once thought that the film was strictly for me; I always consider an audience).

Now I am in the process of assessing how good my film actually is, and determining which festivals to submit to as a result. I'm also about to make a big move; leaving my comfort zone in Orlando and most likely relocating to Chicago in September.

I'm really excited about being a part of this community! I hope to gain a lot of knowledge and inspiration from fellow documentary filmmakers!

Best,

Sam Torres

What I've noticed


Doug Block
Wed 1 Jun 2011Link

Alright, blushing here, Sam, but welcome to The D-Word anyway. Good to hear about the reaction to your film. Personal docs are exceptionally hard to make. But when they work they elicit strong, heartfelt responses and it's hugely satisfying.


Niam Itani
Thu 2 Jun 2011Link

Welcome, Nathaniel and Sam. I already am interested to know more about your doc, Sam!


Joseph Eulo
Mon 6 Jun 2011Link

Hi everyone, my name is Joseph Eulo, I am documentary studies student at the New School in New York. I have just finished a 8 min documentary called the "Last American Shoemaker." http://vimeo.com/23475543 This was my first doc.

I have several ideas in development one call "God, Country, Corps: An American Muslim's odyssey in the US Marines" its about Affraz Mohammad an American Muslim marine who was arrested on base and charged with being a member of a sleeper cell of terrorist. He was charge and tried in Military court and found not guilty at trial. The doc is about what happend and its effect on his life.

I am also getting ready to shoot a documentary on New York's Indie Improv scene centered around six members of an Indie Improv Group called the Day Camp Kids (DCK). I will interview club owners and performers and will follow each member of the DCK during their daily lives. I have a few other Ideas but I will not bore you with them here.

I and a few other doc students founded the Students FILM Collective an organization with the purpose to provide others who are studying the craft a opportunity to gain experience by working on group and individual projects.


Jake Salyers
Wed 8 Jun 2011Link

Hello D-Word!
My name is Jake Salyers and I'm a recent college graduate who is just getting his feet wet in the documentary game. During my junior year in college, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Tanzania and was inspired to film a documentary. Focusing on a small town on the cost, Bagamoyo, my documentary investigated the litte know east African slave trade, its lingering effects and my journey through the town. It's called "Bagamoyo, Lay Your Heart Down" http://vimeo.com/21568003

I have started to submit the documentary to festivals around the country but am still searching out opportunities for it to be view any way i can. Good criticism is hard to come by and as this is my first documentary, I know I have much room for improvement.

I am happy to have found a documentary community such as this and would love any comments, criticisms, and suggestions(especially about appropriate festivals to submit it to) y'all have to offer about my film.

Thanks,
Jake Salyers


Joseph Eulo
Wed 8 Jun 2011Link

In reply to Jake Salyers's post on Wed 8 Jun 2011 :

Hi Jake I am new here too. Watched your film and here is some feedback (I posted it on your vimeo page as well)

Hi Jake, great story, and photography. I think you should let the images in the beginning set the location and tone of the film without the narration. It competes with the visuals.

Your soundtrack is too loud during the first interview, the wind in the boat beach scene is also loud. My suggestion is to remove the audio from this clip, so as not to distract from the narration or music.

On some parts where your narrating, the music is loud, and competes with what you are saying. I would dip the sound down while your speaking, and have it play as a low ambient background music.

Move in on your subjects during the interviews. For example you show a subject sitting down in the first interview, almost her entire body is in the shot, thats great, you cutaway to something else, but when you come back its the same shot, instead I would zoom in closer to a medium shot or a close up shot, that way it makes it more personal.


Lillian Baulding
Sun 12 Jun 2011Link

Hello Everyone:

My name is Lillian, and I'm developing a semi-personal cross-media project on nonverbal learning disorder (nld/nvld), a neurological disorder similar to Aspergers Syndrome. I signed up for D-word last year and am just getting involved in the community. I'm looking forward to hearing about your projects and getting some advice!

Best,
Lillian Baulding
http://theoddbirdblog.com/
@nlddocumentary


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