Lol! Thanks for the sage words of advice. BTW. I've been wanting to see your new doc, is it still making the circuit, or is it out on DVD yet?
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As a matter of fact, THE KIDS GROW UP comes out on dvd next week, July 19. Includes 4 dvd extras with 45 minutes of bonus material. And you can pre-order it now!
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I'm new here. I am an artist-curator-librarian who is currently working on a documentary film about Joybubbles – a blind phone phreak (telephone hacker). I made an audio documentary collage of sorts on the subject, which anybody can listen to over the phone at 718-362-9578.
I'm here seeking general advice about doc filmmaking for newbies.
My first question has to do with legal stuff. Is there a good general template out there for interviewees to sign – granting me permission to use them in my doc, for promotion, etc.?
I'm also wondering if there are any organizations out there that are more likely than others to give money to emerging filmmakers like myself?
Another newbie here.
After years of toiling cutting indy features, editing series TV (Numb3rs), I returned to my first love, docs, three years ago. Since then I've cut a doc feature on the Dalai Lama (Dalai Lama Renaissance), directed and edited my first doc feature (HomeGrown) and cut a biopic of the Native American leader Dennis Banks (A Good Day to Die)
I look forward to learning and sharing with ya'll!
My name is Melissa Silvestri. I was Assistant Editor for Filmmaker Magazine for two years, and have covered independent film for several film websites, including IONCinema, Cinespect, Women & Hollywood, Dance on Camera Journal, and Film Monthly. I truly enjoy writing about documentary films, because there is so much depth in topics that aren't as well-known to the public.
Currently I am working as a freelance writer, and am looking into doing transcribing jobs, such as transcribing from audio interviews. I am so interested as well in getting to know filmmakers and possibly covering them for future stories.
Rachael, I really liked your website, especially the 20 Things About Me part. That is cool that you are a librarian! I'm interested in being an archival assistant, but a few librarians advised me against getting an MLS degree, saying too many libraries are in trouble these days to make the investment for one.
Welcome to The D-Word, Rachael, Robert, and Melissa!
Phone hacking... how topical!
My name is Bonnie Friedman and I just completed my first doc. It was a total labor of love and the process keeps me sane while working my "day" job. I now need guidance on the business side of things and hope to find that here.
My name is Andrew James. I co-directed a documentary called CLEANFLIX which had a pretty decent festival run last year. It premiered at TIFF in 2009 and screened at a bunch of other festivals. Its about the movie sanitizing industry (which started in Utah) and the Mormon culture which created it and supported it. We are working on a small distribution deal right now.
I'm currently working on a new project about how people are adapting to post-industrial spaces in Detroit. We are taking a direct cinema approach. No interviews. No graphics. No voice over. The subjects never even break the fourth wall. The working title of the film is STREET FIGHTING MAN. We are shooting with the 7D.
I'm happy to be here, looking forward to connecting with other filmmakers, and excited to take part in the sharing of ideas.
In reply to Andrew James Schleiffarth's post on Mon 25 Jul 2011 :
Welcome, Bonnie and Andrew....
Hello everyone – I joined D-word a few days ago after meeting Doug in Berlin. It seems to be a great network! I just finished my third feature documentary with Eric Black, “Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth” after wonderful 13 months living and filming with the Maya in Mexico and Guatemala (and a few difficult years of financing and post production…). The film will have a theatrical release in Germany on November 17. In this world of vanishing documentary slots on television and after some negative experiences with world sales agents, I am especially looking forward to discussing new ways of distribution.
Kind regards, Frauke
Welcome to The D-Word, Frauke! Meeting you and Eric last week was a real highlight of my week in Berlin, so it's great that we'll get to see each other here from time to time. Or maybe we can lure you to join us in NYC on Aug 11 for The D-Word's 12th birthday bash ;-)
Dear Doug, August 11 is also Eric's birthday AND the beginning of the ancient Mayan calendar... But unfortunately I'm afraid we won't make it to NY so soon...
Ok, nice excuses so we'll let you off this time. Just two words for you: Film Forum. And two others: Fingers crossed.
Great to see all these introductions. Right now I guess I don't have too much to say about myself, but I have worked in production for a few years, now. I love storytelling, educating, and allowing people to tell their stories.
Right now, I am looking at creating a transmedia project that would be ongoing. I just need to get things ready to apply for grants. So, if you have any suggestions, please throw them my way.
In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 26 Jul 2011 :
Isn't The D-Word's birthday in September?
Hello all – I am film composer who was introduced to D-Word by friends at the 2011 Silverdocs Festival, where my film, "Long Way Home: The Loving Story" was screening with HBO. Feel free to give a shout out if there is anything I can help you with on the musical front. I will be at the party tonight and am very much looking forward to meeting you all. My D-Word link is here:
David, terrific to see you here. It was great to make your acquaintance at Silverdocs – and as I told you then, I think the music for The Loving Story plays an eloquent, effective role in a very powerful film.
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In reply to Frauke Sandig's post on Tue 26 Jul 2011 :
Frauke and Eric are fine filmmakers. Congratulations on the new film and welcome to The D-Word...
And keep us posted on your progress, Frauke. Did you ever hear from the Film Forum?
So nice to hear from you, John and Doug!
We haven't tried the film forum yet, but will be in New York for a few days in September...
Email me, Frauke, and let me know your dates. Would be nice to meet up again, if you'll have the time.
I'm a long time camera man with experience working on a handful of documentaries. I'm living in the Republic of Panama for the next few months but will return to the states and enter grad school seeking an MFA in documentary issues. I'm writing, photographing, and supporting the research of my girlfriend, a sociologist here in Panama.
Hello! I'm a beginner filmmaker. I'm working on a feature length film, 'Army of the Unemployed'(working title, a film by Immy Humes) as an associate producer. Recently I moved to New York from South Korea and just finished film school course here. During the course I had great experience to make short doc films in totally new place. Still I have interesting stories to tell so I'm trying to survive here as a filmmaker. I used to work mostly by myself like shooting, editing and producing. So I look forward to chances to collaborate with great people.
Greetings and welcome, Lahoe. Immy's great, you're lucky to be working with her.
Thank you Doug! Immy just asked me tell you 'You're the best!!!':)
I recently completed my first documentary short entitled "Porters on the Stone of God". The film focuses on the social justice issues surrounding the tourism and mountaineering industries on Mt. Kilimanjaro. My fellow producer and I shot the film on a very small grant, but we are now gearing up for festival submissions. I'm new at this so I would appreciate any input. We recently launched the film on Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/27746760.
Looking forward to getting to know the community here.
Hi, folks! Just wanted to drop a line and introduce myself to you. I'm a documentary filmmaker who moved this past month from Los Angeles to New York City (clearly, the most timely of moves :-) I've recently completed work on my first feature, "Tales of the Waria"– an ITVS-funded project that follows a community of transgender women in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country. The film's making its way around the festival circuit right now and will be airing on PBS next spring.
When not working on my own projects, I freelance as a shooter on other independent docs and TV docu-series. If you’re in need of a shooter with a strong producing background, please feel free to contact me. Hope to meet some of you in the area real soon!
Welcome to The D-Word, Kathy. So you're the one causing all these "events", eh?
Welcome to the cult, Kathy. I can't wait to see your film (everyone else should, too), and you again for that matter. Apply to Full Frame and I'll buy that beer I owe you.
HI this is kesang, a Documentary film maker. Currently am working on a documentary titled "She Speaks"( actually it was my thesis project).Its about Women in Bhutan(Have you heard of it?)and why women in Bhutan pray/desire to be reborn as men in their next life! despite being in a matriach country.I want to make it into a bigger production, hence looking for co-producer who can help me financially.Also looking for grants...
Nice to have you join us, Kesang. A co-producer who can help you financially is a nice wish. Generally it's you who helps a co-producer financially.
Thanks Dough! i didnt know that!!! well that means i guess i should concentrate more on my grants. Any way thanks for the warm welcome, i look forward to interacting with you more.
Hi my name is Joe, I'm in the development stage of my first feature length documentary.
Howdy and welcome, Joe. Both you and Kesang would do well to read some of the back posts in our Finding Funding topic.
Documentary filmmaker here out of Seattle. My producing partner Karina Whitmarsh referred me to this site. We're currently in production for a documentary about up and coming MMA fighters in Bremerton, WA and the surrounding area.
Look for our work in the coming months; Here's a taste – http://vimeo.com/27974239
Welcome, Dan. You should feel free to register for professional status here.
My name is rich lerner, I am a longtime documentary dp and film maker. I was recommended to the site by Jill Morley. My web site is richlernercine.com. The latest doc I shot is about health care reform and will air on PBS in 2012. I also have experience in features and music.
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Welcome to The D-Word, Rich & Jessica.
Jessica, this is where we introduce ourselves to fellow filmmmakers – please note our FAQ
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I am a newbie video editor who has been tasked with cutting (and crafting) a doc about the illuminati. The footage I have so far is just interviews with 5 different 'experts'. There is about 12 or so hours of the interviews. The director wants the doc to be 3 hours, but I'm thinking there is only enough good stuff to make 2 hours.
I am having trouble with organizing all the footage, and figuring out how to craft the doc for a target audience. There is not too much new info in there, so I am looking to target people who don't know much about the illuminati. Luckily (in a demographic sense) this is most everyone on Earth. The Director is pretty inexperienced (though more experienced than I) and has basically handed the project over to me. He doesn't have a clear vision of the project, and wants me to figure it out.
This is all pretty daunting, but the challenge is exciting. I am thinking I will probably learn more about what not to do than what to do in this experience although that is not a very positive outlook.
If anyone has any advice for me I would much appreciate it! Please message me here, or my email is positivecontact (at) inoutbox.com
Not too sure what to put here, but thought it would be rude not to introduce myself.
I'm to about to embark on making my first documentary film, after really enjoying devising a couple of documentary theatre pieces at uni.
The site was recommended to me in the book I'm reading at the moment, book and site very useful so far!
I have been a Director/Cameraman in NYC for almost 35 years growing up with the video industry. After all this time I recently completed my first feature-length documentary which will be premiering at the Boston Film Festival on September 19, 2011.
It's called GIVE ME A SHOT OF ANYTHING: HOUSE CALLS TO THE HOMELESS. The documentary provides a uniquely intimate view into the world of the homeless and the people that care for them. The film follows Boston street doctor Jim O’Connell and his extraordinary team as they make house calls to the homeless, delivering life-saving medical care and offering their patients a chance to feel whole again. It challenges us to look past the existing prejudices we may have, and examines how we as a society treat our least fortunate. http://www.givemeashotofanything.com/
I'm very proud and excited about this movie and came to this site seeking advice about festivals, marketing, promotion and outlets. The festival is only a few days away so any thoughts are much appreciated. Thank you. jeffschwartz (at) primaluxvideo.com
Welcome, Jennifer, Pippa and Jeff.
Jennifer, first thing I'd do is have a long talk with your director and make sure you have the same vision for the film. Frankly, someone who thinks there's a 3-hour doc to be made from 12 hours of interviews with so-called experts is completely deluded.
Pippa, are you talking about the Michael Rabiger book? It's a great one, for sure.
And Jeff (who I go way back with), great to see you here! And congrats on getting your feature completed, that's fantastic. I highly recommend you look over the back posts in our Festivals and Marketing/Distribution topics. You'll get lots of great advice there. And of course feel free to post any questions. Best of luck, my friend.
After watching "The Kids Grow Up" on HBO,(and getting quite emotional, having two grown up daughters myself) I googled you and was led to the D-Word. It is so nice to see what you have done with this site and the films you have made. Congratulations! Hope to see you soon. And now to those back posts!