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Oggi Tomic
Tue 10 Jan 2012Link

Hi John,

Thanks – look forward to getting to grips with this community and get in touch with people. Hope all is going well at IFSW.


gabriella kessler
Tue 17 Jan 2012Link

Hi everyone,

I'm French-American based between Paris and New York (mostly Paris for the last few years).

I'm going to Houston on the 24th of January for 2 weeks to do a research/trailer trip on a documentary about women who fall in love and marry prisoners who are either on death row or sentenced to life without parole. I am particularly interested in the dichotomy between these love stories and a judiciary system that is not built on rehabilitation or redemption, and does not encourage social reintegration. I am hoping that these love stories will allow for a greater reflection on forgiveness and reinsertion, in contrast to a prison system that is often times built on a vicious and violent cycle from which it is difficult to break.

An integral part of the film will be the weekly radio program called the Prison Show (recently profiled on NPR's All Things Considered), which, as its name indicates, is a radio show that discusses the Texas criminal justice system. It's a fascinating show, which has listeners who call in and leave messages for inmates, hosts and airs weddings by proxy, among general conversations about death row and prisons in Texas.

I'd love to meet any Houston doc filmmakers while I'm in town, or hear about anyone's experiences filming in prisons. Also, I'll probably need a PA for a couple of days work (paid), so if anyone has any advice on any of these fronts, I am open to all suggestions.

Many thanks!
Gabriella

www.gabriellakessler.com


Doug Block
Tue 17 Jan 2012Link

Welcome, Gabriella. You can do an Advanced Search on the top of any page to find D-Word members from Houston. Good luck with the film, sounds like a really fascinating one.


Tehmina Ahmed
Wed 18 Jan 2012Link

Hello, I'm a Producer/Director/Screenwriter based in Karachi, Pakistan.In my other life, I was a print journalist, but I now work full time in documentary film production.
Issues I've worked on include madressa education, the police system in Pakistan, workers and union issues, the environment.
All the best

Tehmina


gabriella kessler
Wed 18 Jan 2012Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 17 Jan 2012 : Thanks for the words of encouragement Doug! Will check it out now.


Niam Itani
Wed 18 Jan 2012Link

In reply to Tehmina Ahmed's post on Wed 18 Jan 2012 :

Welcome to D-word, Tehmina & Gabriella!


Jacob Brady
Wed 18 Jan 2012Link

Hi All,

I'm new here. I am currently making a documentary about a network of controversial adolescent drug abuse programs which I was a member of for five years. We've just released a pitch trailer to try to raise the funding for the project and launched an IndieGoGo campaign. I'm hoping to find some guidance here on how best to run the campaign and make the film as good as possible.

Best,

Jacob


Doug Block
Wed 18 Jan 2012Link

Welcome, Tehmina! Very glad that you found us, and hope you'll feel free to leap right into the discussions.

Welcome, as well, Jacob. You might want to check out this special discussion we held here on Crowdfunding with Jennifer Fox and Katherine Nolfi.


Jacob Brady
Thu 19 Jan 2012Link

Thanks Doug. I read the entire thread yesterday and shared it with the rest of the team working on our film. I found it to be very insightful.


Ajay Brar
Thu 19 Jan 2012Link

Ah I forgot to introduce myself and went straight ahead to the mentoring forum. Anyway,

Hi Everyone,
I'm a writer / director based in Melbourne, Australia. Straight out of film school (Australian Film Television and Radio School) where I majored in directing, I'm currently working on a documentary on the Maoist movement in India and the underlying issues of land, tribal rights, mining and development. There is a rough trailer online at:
http://vimeo.com/31587060
I'm working on getting production support before filming the second part of it. Finally, James Longley's Iraq in Fragments is a strong inspiration and my all time fav documentary.

Best,
Ajay


Jill Woodward
Thu 19 Jan 2012Link

In reply to Jacob McEndollar's post on Thu 19 Jan 2012 :

Jacob, link to your campaign and trailer? (nevermind, I see it in the mentoring page)

Edited Thu 19 Jan 2012 by Jill Woodward

Doug Block
Thu 19 Jan 2012Link

So, Ajay, we can now officially welcome you to The D-Word!

Edited Thu 19 Jan 2012 by Doug Block

Yvonne Apollonio
Fri 20 Jan 2012Link

Hello everyone,

My name is Yvonne Apollonio. I worked in the post production side of advertising for some years, but I stopped when I gave birth to my daughter two years ago. I am now returning to a documentary project that I had put on hold. I am very glad to be part of this community.


Mike O'Connell
Sat 21 Jan 2012Link

Greetings,
I read Ajay's post and realized I've done the same thing, I went straight to the classified topics. I'm based in Pittsboro NC the d word was suggested to me by another filmmaker here in town. I've finished up a new film and am working on two others right now. Look forward to all the great information and support that is here.
Mike


Elliot Sokolov
Mon 23 Jan 2012Link

Greetings, I'm Elliot Sokolov, a composer for film specializing in documentaries. My many credits include scores for the Oscar-nominated documentary "The Restless Conscience" and most recently "Kings Park: Stories From An American Mental Institution". (see the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW_xrbqnWxE ) I love collaborating with documentary makers! Please check out my work at www.elliotsokolov.com


David Herman
Mon 23 Jan 2012Link

Welcome Elliot. Moving trailer, very moving score.


John Burgan
Mon 23 Jan 2012Link

You're all very welcome at The D-Word, Yvonne, Mike and Elliot.


E. Ablorh-Odjidja
Tue 24 Jan 2012Link

My name is E. Ablorh-Odjidja. I am based in the US but have been spending a lot of time (the past three years) in Ghana, Africa, shooting and producing documentaries. My current works are:
1. A New Face for Africa
2. The Asantehene
Both films are in dvd prints now, with trailers on YouTube.


Niam Itani
Wed 25 Jan 2012Link

In reply to Elliot Sokolov's post on Mon 23 Jan 2012 :

Welcome, Elliot & E. A-O :)


Rhonda Moskowitz
Wed 25 Jan 2012Link Tag

In reply to gabriella kessler's post on Tue 17 Jan 2012 : Welcome to the D-Word, Gabriella. Your project sounds compelling. I've filmed inside 5 different prisons in NY and FL, so here's my two cents: All prison officials – kiss ass, kiss ass, kiss ass. In addition, be nice to guards who are jackasses. (You can win an Oscar for this!) Make sure you let the person who grants you access, (public affairs or warden), know it's not your intention to make the prison look bad, (even if it's a hellhole, which most prisons are). Keep this same person informed about what your project is about and how it's evolving. Filmmakers are a bureaucratic pain-in-the-ass for prison officials, and also a security risk. Also, you might want to do a kiss ass interview with the warden if he or she is willing.

Edited Wed 25 Jan 2012 by Rhonda Moskowitz

Cassidy Dimon
Wed 25 Jan 2012Link

Hello! My name is Cassidy and I am producing my first feature length documentary with a wonderful team of journalists and filmmakers. We have an extensive repertoire of journalism, multimedia and short films in the bag but we are venturing into new/scary/exciting territory here! On top of that, we are launching a Kickstarter for post funds shortly, I'm feeling a little frightened but also, very exciting, I hope to have more to post soon! Thanks for this wonderful forum! Website for the film is here: www.barzanthemovie.com. The trailer is rough (too one sided for our liking but we are still in production so its far from finished).


Jill Woodward
Wed 25 Jan 2012Link

Looks very interesting Cassidy. Good luck!


Kevin Spahr
Thu 26 Jan 2012Link

Hi all,
I'm Kevin Spahr and I have completed my first doc and I'm working on completing my distribution deal.

The doc is called "Glen Rock Fae" and it is about the world's largest and longest running fairy festival – yes, fairies – colorful wings, pointy ears, etc.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1740742/


Stacy Jill Calvert
Tue 31 Jan 2012Link

In reply to Ron Osgood's post on Sun 8 Jan 2012 :

I was actually here in the radio/tv department when it was analog! It was a big change when i came back!


Clay Zimmerman
Fri 3 Feb 2012Link

Hi, my name is Clay Zimmerman. clayzimmerman(at)gmail.com

I am a filmmaker and editor wanting to reach out to the documentary community in LA.

I edit non-fiction TV for the most part by day, having done many shows for network and cable,
and in 2004 I edited the award winning doc Gay Republicans. While I research my own projects,
I am on the lookout for a good doc to get involved in later in the year (I have a 2 month old at home right now).

Also wanted to share with the community here on D-word a short experimental doc I made recently:

http://vimeo.com/28912280

Thanks and glad to have found the site!

Edited Fri 3 Feb 2012 by Clay Zimmerman

Shayne Weyker
Sat 4 Feb 2012Link

Hello all,

I live in the Baltimore/DC area of Maryland. I switched careers from academia to video back in 2006, a few years after I finished a dissertation on TV war reporting and public opinion formation (where I taught myself to edit video).

I thought news and documentary video was a cool way to show people how the world worked (or wasn't working). I remembered how great I thought those David Burke technology history shows and the movie "Roger and Me" was.

After a year of production classes (and the NPPA TV News Storyteling workshop) I wound up working instead in event video and, eventually, as a shooter/editor for business school marketing communications office for a few years doing a several mini-doc, promo, and testimonial type pieces, some with a former PBS producer.

I've been freelancing since June 2010 doing some shooting and editing, a little grip work, and a lot of (video and web) software training. I also was one of the volunteer editors who put together those daily packages on the SilverDocs 2011 youtube channel during the festival.

The most "doc" things I've done are that I put together a short piece on youtube called "Athar the Bike-Man" about a guy who manages his OCD and other issues by riding his bike all over town every day. I also recorded a friend's team through three days of a 50-mile fundraising walk for MS and taped several concerts by a band I like.

I am interested in working on professional doc or advocacy projects with a social/political and/or technological focus. Aside from my production and post skills I'm a good researcher in those areas.

I've long been thinking about starting a project that follows several badly injured war vets through months of physical therapy and would appreciate any tips on how to get the military to permit extended taping in physical therapy and interviews with patients.

I have a decent Sony EX1 kit (six hours of cards, good wireless lav, good tripod, large+small battery, .8x wide adapter, zoom controller, 24" LCD monitor with component in) and will let others shoot using my gear as long as I'm around. I have a very reasonable day rate for DC.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Shayne

weykervideo /at/ gmail /dot/ com
http://weykervideo.com


Doug Block
Sat 4 Feb 2012Link

Kevin, Clay and Shayne, welcome to The D-Word. Congrats on the baby, Clay. And Kevin and Shayne, feel free to register for professional status.


Jonathan Mayor
Sat 4 Feb 2012Link

Hello, my name is Jonathan Mayor. I'm a writer and filmmaker living in New York City. I'm currently finishing a documentary film on legendary blues musician Chris Whitley. Info online at www.dustradiomovie.com, on Facebook, and on Kickstarter http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dustradio/dust-radio-a-film-about-chris-whitley. Please check us out. Have several other projects int he works, another doc and several fictional features.


Doug Block
Sun 5 Feb 2012Link

Welcome, Jonathan. You should also consider registering for Professional status here. It allows you to gain access to all 50 discussion topics.


Kathlyn Horan
Tue 7 Feb 2012Link

Hello, all – Kathlyn Horan here. I'm a filmmaker and photographer living in Los Angeles. I've been working on a prison based documentary for the past three years called The IF Project. More info here, www.theifproject.com. I have just finished my pitch reel and am on the hunt for finishing funds and a stellar editor. Any feedback would be appreciated.
http://vimeo.com/34759160


Cary McQueen Morrow
Wed 8 Feb 2012Link

Evidently I'm not alone in skipping the intro section and moving straight to posting!... But better late than never, right?

I run a nonprofit called Art With Impact that works to directly link the power of film with opportunities for people to get engaged in social issues they care about. We are a new organization (just now entering our second year) and are learning a lot as we go. I look forward to learning from the filmmakers on this list how we can best serve independent film makers, and get their work out to interested/engaged folks around the U.S.!


Doug Block
Wed 8 Feb 2012Link

An official welcome, Cary. Ditto to Kathlyn, who we hope will register for professional status since you obviously qualify as a professional.


Mike Shen
Fri 10 Feb 2012Link

Hi there,
My name's Mike Shen. I'm an Avid and Final Cut Pro editor based in Oakland, California. I've done tons of work for Current TV, in addition to shows for PBS, HBO, NY Times Television, and National Geographic. I'm looking forward to meeting other filmmakers and being part of this community. Thanks to all, especially Doug and co. for creating this site.
www.mikejshen.com


Doug Block
Fri 10 Feb 2012Link

Welcome, Mike. Good to have you here.


Maysam Akbarin
Mon 13 Feb 2012Link

Hello everyone,

My name is Maysam Akbarin. I am a Software Engineer based in Alabama. I have done close to nothing in this field( actually nothing ! ) .

However, I have some ideas for a documentary. But before I do anything I want to start learning about how to make one first then see how things goes from there.

Thanks,

--Maysam


Doug Block
Mon 13 Feb 2012Link

Greetings, Maysam. For starters, you might want to look at some of the archived discussions we've hosted here (they're listed at the bottom of our homepage). Even though some took place years ago, they're still quite relevant. And it's like having a mini-tutorial on documentary producing and practices.


John Burgan
Mon 13 Feb 2012Link

You might also enjoy the films listed in our Recommended Docs Topic


Patrick Han
Wed 22 Feb 2012Link

Hi Doug!

I joined because I was on a desperate search for your movie "Home Page". I watched it in class led by Professor Peggy Vail at Columbia University a couple years back (and you visited as well!) – I was completely awestruck. I had forgotten what the internet used to be like, (or did not realize, at the time, that the advent of the world wide web used to be populated with such strange and "new" things) in the 90s.
And now, I want to watch the movie again, somehow, but there doesn't seem to be any place selling, renting, or streaming the movie.
If you know where I could get a hold of a copy, please let me know!

Edited Wed 22 Feb 2012 by Patrick Han

Doug Block
Wed 22 Feb 2012Link

Yeah, my apartment. On vhs. The good news is I'm hoping to do a digital release at some point this year.

But why worry about what the internet used to be like? You're on The D-Word, Patrick. This is where the internet is at right now!


Patrick Han
Thu 23 Feb 2012Link

True, but sometimes you need to know the past to understand the present. Also, I just really enjoyed your movie, that's all! Hopefully it will be digitally released – let me know when it does. I'll be jumping on it.
Thanks!
In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 22 Feb 2012 :


Doug Block
Thu 23 Feb 2012Link

Sure thing. Better yet, if you send me an email as a reminder, I can put you on my mailing list and let you know when it's available. doug(at)d-word(dot)com


Lisa Magnas
Fri 24 Feb 2012Link

Hello All, I am a doc film producer and made 3 films a few years ago, one that I had commercially picked up (it dealt with terrorism). While I had no professional (publicist) help, I managed to get into a few film festivals, but really found the "public eye" through the news/media, who wanted to use my footage...which I gave them freely of course. This said, I have joined some friends in post production of their film, which deals with the Middle East but a past snapshot in history...dealing with a peace treaty/Carter Admin. I have been working on getting us into film fests – NOT for the sake of winning prizes, but simply for getting "seen"...I know the "big mainstream" ones, a few which we have already been accepted to, but I was hoping to hear from ANY of you in this Forum about some other "more obscure" ones. Can anyone tell me about the Maine Int'l Film Fest and the Pittsburgh Independent Film Fest? Thanks!


Lisa Magnas
Fri 24 Feb 2012Link

p.s.
I should have included my email address for feedback from ANY of you. My personal one is: LMagnas(at)gmail(dot)com

I'm the person asking about the 2 films fests (Maine and Pittsburgh) – thanks again!


Joanna Colbert
Wed 7 Mar 2012Link

Hello,

I just completed my first doc called Casting By which is about the range of influence that casting has had on film history. I have a few questions about how to sequence our credits for the locked cut..is there a 'standard' as to the placement of Director, Producer etc cards or is it entirely up to us? Thanks!


Joanna Colbert
Wed 7 Mar 2012Link

Joanna (at) filmsocial (dot) biz


Doug Block
Wed 7 Mar 2012Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Joanna. I'm fascinated by casting so can't wait to see your doc! Please keep us posted on when and where we can see it.

As to your question, it's always up to you, but if you want to learn what's standard I'd simply watch a few other documentaries and see how they do it.

If the credits are at the beginning, it generally ends with Produced by and Directed by. If at the end, it begins with Directed by and then Produced by.


Joanna Colbert
Thu 8 Mar 2012Link

Thanks for the welcome and the suggestions!

-Joanna


Justin Prymowicz
Thu 15 Mar 2012Link

Hello everyone, I am an audio engineer that has worked on documentaries and other post audio projects. I just wanted to introduce myself and let you know if you needed any help of info about sound i would love to help!

- Justin


Constance Ryder
Sun 18 Mar 2012Link

Hi, I've edited many many hour-long documentaries for French TV, and am currently working on my third one as a director (réalisatrice). The economic crunch is pretty disheartening right now. Would like to stay in touch with other professionals, share information, develop international potential for our films.
My current project is a portrait of an amazing artist who spent over 10 years doing the reproduction of the prehistoric Lascaux caves.


Zeljko Mirkovic
Sun 18 Mar 2012Link

I am Zeljko Mirkovic awarded documentary director/producer, owner of the Optimistic film.
www.optimisticfilm.com


Anthony Rydzon
Sun 18 Mar 2012Link

Hi everyone, my name is Anthony Rydzon but my friends call me Tony. I'm a documentary film producer, director, and writer living and working in Chicago IL. I'm looking forward to sharing ideas, making new 'Doc-Head' friends, learning from some of the best and brightest minds in the doc film community today, helping other filmmakers by passing along information to screenings or crowd-sourcing links, bouncing around new ideas with you guys in the discussion rooms, and whole lot more too.
Whew, I shouldn't have had that last cup of coffee!
Currently, I am working on my first feature length doc,"Finding Vivian Maier", a story about a "French-American" nanny who took over 100k photographs of people she encountered in the streets she walked in both NYC and Chicago- all the while keeping her passion and skill a secret till her death in 2007, when her archive of black and white negatives went to auction and was purchased by a young man living in Chicago's north side. You can learn more about the story at www.VivianMaier.com
Production is moving right along.
I also ran a successful Kickstarter campaign with my friend and director of the film and was selected to pitch at HocDoc's 2011 in Toronto, Canada.
Thanks everyone for giving me the opportunity to say hi and inviting me into your community. I promise to upload a profile pic soon and feel free to email me here or at mmadocfilms AT yahoo! Cheers!


Doug Block
Sun 18 Mar 2012Link

Wow, a wave of newbies today. Justin, Constance, Zeljko and Anthony, a warm welcome to you all!


victoria campbell
Tue 20 Mar 2012Link

Hellooooo documentary community

my name is Victoria and I have completed one feature length doc. titled 'House of BOnes' on my family and a house. I am currently enrolled in the SVA MFA doc. program which is a wonderful program thus far. Have been learning a great deal. HAve some projects in the works and trying to finish a small film I am making on a neighborhood in port-au -prince. HAve been going there over the last 3 years since earthquake. I'm in NYC and delighted I finally signed up to be part of this. Hi D.

v


Doug Block
Tue 20 Mar 2012Link

And we're equally delighted, make that even MORE delighted, to have you joining our virtual doc shindig, Victoria.

Having been one of the lucky duckies to have seen "House of BOnes," (I'll spell it your way, it's more fun) I can attest to the enormous talent of Ms. Campbell.

However, one demerit for posting a photo so dark we can barely see ya.

Edited Tue 20 Mar 2012 by Doug Block

Tessa Debilde
Fri 23 Mar 2012Link

Hiya, my name is Tessa! I'm Belgian and currently working as an executive producer on a film noir about time travel in Venezuela. More than the scifi aspect, we focus on the Cuban exiles in Venezuela and the issues of dealing with a constantly changing environment, both as an immigrant and a timetraveller. As a setting we decided to use downtown Valencia (VE), to put the old colonial houses in a bit of a different light. This is our Prezi: http://prezi.com/fafeiphjnbx0/almost-midnight/

Seeing Casi Medianoche (Almost Midnight) is my first production, I joined D-Word to learn, look, read and discuss. I look forward to meeting people here!


Doug Block
Fri 23 Mar 2012Link

Greetings, Tessa, it's great to have Venezuela represented here. Glad you found us, even if you seem to be working more in the fiction than doc world. Do you have a film background or do you come to film from another path?


Tessa Debilde
Fri 23 Mar 2012Link

Someone who had been giving me advise on legal matters, told me about D-Word. I myself come from a completely different background. I worked for a while as an assistant in training and education, than did my masters in education. After univ, I met an old friend from Venezuela who was assembling a team to make this movie... I happily jumped at the opportunity and left for South-America.

Both of us are interested in a variety of topics, so joining D-Word is a logical choice for me. My partner has done an as yet unpublished documentary for the Venezuelan state. We've been designing (and dreaming about) about doing a documentary on teaching workers in heavy industry about film, an emancipatory project... but at the moment, our fiction film takes up all of our time.


Doug Block
Fri 23 Mar 2012Link

Well, any friend of Richard Lee's is a friend of ours. We've upgraded you to Professional status so you can take better advantage of all the different discussion topics in here. Hope you find it helpful and best of luck on your film.


Tessa Debilde
Sat 24 Mar 2012Link

Thank you very much Doug!


Arwen Kidd
Sat 24 Mar 2012Link

Hi everyone! Am a Canadian documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist, currently based out of Liberia, West Africa (where I've worked for much of the past three years). Although the majority of my film work has included pieces commissioned by NGOs, I have also completed a couple of independent documentaries, and am currently working on a third – a short to be filmed in Monrovia next month.

As I often work solo or with a small crew, I've had experience in most areas of production and post-production – and currently shoot with a couple of Sony HVR-A1s and edit with FCP. Working across West Africa and mainly in post-conflict countries, I'm used to dealing with somewhat difficult filming conditions – charging cameras off generators or car batteries, building makeshift 'sound rooms' in closets, cursing humidity's effects on electronics, etc. As you might guess, I don't have access to a lot of fellow filmmakers where I am, so I'm very excited to be able to join this community, and look forward to following along with the discussions. And of course if anyone is keen on projects in my part of the world, would always love to hear from you!


John Burgan
Sat 24 Mar 2012Link

You're very welcome, Arwen. The D-Word is here 24/7, so do check in regularly.


Niam Itani
Sun 25 Mar 2012Link

Welcome, Arwen! Lucky you to be in Africa. I love the nature and the colors there (more the plants part of nature than the insects part though!)


Doug Block
Sun 25 Mar 2012Link

Glad you found your way here, Arwen. Welcome to The D-Word.


Jean Dunoyer
Sun 25 Mar 2012Link

I am new to this forum. I have been producing segments on the kiteboarding community in New England and I am looking for help in reaching a Cable Television audience with these engaging films. Also I enjoy editing other people's films, my portfolio can be viewed at DunoyerFilms.com


Doug Block
Sun 25 Mar 2012Link

Welcome, Jean. Hope you'll find it helpful here.


asdfadgasd dafggfda
Mon 26 Mar 2012Link

Hi my name is Ferdinand Casido. I live in the SF Bay Area. I'm a currently working as a producer on my first Documentary Feature called "Two Blind to Ride" which is about two blind adventurers cycling their way from Argentina to Alaska. Along the way they'll stop over at blind schools to tell their story.

Our indiegogo campaign:
http://www.indiegogo.com/Two-Blind-To-Ride

Website:
http://www.twoblindtoride.org/

This looks like a great website for networking, getting advice and finding resources.


Niam Itani
Mon 26 Mar 2012Link

I am already in love with this project, Ferdinand. Looks like a great human story to be told :)

I will share the link to your indiegogo campaign with my facebook friends. Keep us posted (And apply for professional membership if you didn't do it yet :) )


asdfadgasd dafggfda
Mon 26 Mar 2012Link

Thank you Niam! The riders and I appreciate anyone spreading the news of their journey.


Steven Fischer
Tue 27 Mar 2012Link

Hey, everyone. Last year I produced Old School New School, a documentary exploring how we can tap into our full creative potential. Features actor Brian Cox, legednary cinematographer William Fraker, jazz great McCoy Tyner and many more world class artists. Check it out, and please share the link with colleagues and friends.

http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/old_school_new_school


Angela Alford
Tue 27 Mar 2012Link

I'm a newbie and I've already learned so much reading on D-Word. Thanks for this great resource and community. I'm a recent graduate of the program at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies. I'm in post-production on my first film entitled "Granny's Got Game". It is the story of an amazing senior women's basketball team here in North Carolina. These women were pioneers of the game in the 1950s and are still playing now in their seventies! They've been together for almost two decades, so the team has become a support-system and they've become a family. It is such an inspiring story. I'm trying to do it justice despite my inexperience, and I'm glad to have D-Word to ask for advice.

http://www.grannysgotgame.com/


Holden Kepecs
Tue 27 Mar 2012Link

Hi Everyone! I am from New York City – making a film called – Star in the Ring – it tells the close to forgotten story of when Jews DOMINATED the sport of boxing. While this can be seen as a film geared to one group – it really tells the story of so many new Americans. So – it is an important part of Jewish history, American history and sports history. I am proud to say I have received a grant from The Righteous Persons Foundation and am close to finishing all shooting – heading for post. I can sure use help from those that have been through this adventure. Please take a look at my website and trailer:

http://www.pugilistpictures.com/Pugilist_Pictures/Home_Page.html

and get in touch with me with any input. I am going to post questions and look forward to the groups help! Thanks so much!


Doug Block
Tue 27 Mar 2012Link

Welcome, Steven, Angela and Holden! Holden, feel free to register as a Professional member.


Flore Cosquer
Wed 28 Mar 2012Link

Hello everyone! I work for the Scottish Documentary Institute in Edinburgh (www.scottishdocinstitute.com). We produce and distribute short and feature docs; we also run training programmes and organise an annual international pitching forum, The Edinburgh Pitch. I look forward to sharing all the opportunities our Institute offers... But first things first, I'm going to start exploring the impressive D-word resources!


Ben Kempas
Wed 28 Mar 2012Link

Welcome from across the room!


Ilka de Laat
Wed 28 Mar 2012Link

Hi there,

I'm a voice from the broadcaster's side of the biz. I currently work at CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp) assisting the senior producers with commissioning original Canadian documentary programming for "Doc Zone," CBC-TV's flagship documentary series.

I produce trailers, promote our docs via social media, vet proposals, provide critical feedback on rough cuts, represent CBC at festivals and more. www.cbc.ca/docs

I also package-for-air acquired documentaries for CBC's "The Passionate Eye."

I'll be attending Hot Docs this year – my last official hurrah before I take a year off for maternity leave. Hopefully during that year I'll be able to sift through this incredible website!


Doug Block
Wed 28 Mar 2012Link

Welcome, Flore and Ilka (much congrats on the pending addition)! Look forward to seeing you both at Hot Docs (Flore, over many fine whiskeys at the annual Interdoc revelry). And great to have you online with us here.


Ben Kempas
Wed 28 Mar 2012Link

Doug – Flore won't be at Hot Docs. Noé and Sonja and Finlay are going to be there.

Welcome Ilka!


Doug Block
Wed 28 Mar 2012Link

Oh, too bad, Flore. Well, see you online then. We'll just have to drink to your health at Hot Docs.


Flore Cosquer
Thu 29 Mar 2012Link

Now I regret not going to Hot Docs! I would have loved to see your pitch Doug.


Ross Whitaker
Fri 30 Mar 2012Link

Hi Folks,
Greetings from Dublin.
Hope to meet some of you at Hot Docs. We've a short screening at it and very excited to be attending.
Ross


Doug Block
Fri 30 Mar 2012Link

Hope to see you there, Ross. Meanwhile, welcome to The D-Word.


Ross Whitaker
Fri 30 Mar 2012Link

Thanks Doug – would be great to meet up.


Brendan Hogan
Fri 30 Mar 2012Link

Hello Everyone,
My name is Brendan. I'm a sound designer and audio engineer based in Seattle, Washington. I have produced a few short documentaries for radio but what I enjoy most is collaborating with film makers.
I work independently and with a world class post facility in town called Clatter&Din studios. Recently I served as lead sound designer on the feature films "Safety Not Guaranteed" and "Eden". Both excellent films. I also recently did sound design, audio editing and mixing for the documentary "Uncertain Ice" by Cory Kelly. There's a clip from this in my demo reel on my website – www.brendanjhogan.com.
I'd love to find some more people to collaborate with and hope to find some interesting discussions on the role of sound in documentaries.


Doug Block
Fri 30 Mar 2012Link

Brendan, welcome and feel free to register for professional status as it will give you access to many more of our discussion topics.


Lara Hewitt
Sun 1 Apr 2012Link

Hi there : )
I'm Lara, a student at Bournemouth Uni in England. I'm hoping to do a documentary abroad for my final project in 2013. Trying to work out ways to fund it! Any advice would be very helpful.


homer etminani
Sun 1 Apr 2012Link

Hi,
I'm Homer. I'm pleased to join you at D-Word.
I'm a spanish-iranian filmmaker.
My film NATION will be premiered at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival:
http://www.fullframefest.org/films/one_film.php?filmId=1356
Hope to see you there...

Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnvOi4SfDUo


Niam Itani
Sun 1 Apr 2012Link

Welcome, Lara & Homer :)


Doug Block
Sun 1 Apr 2012Link

Ditto. Congrats and hope to see you at Full Frame, Homer. Check out our Full Frame topic to find other D-Word members who are going.


homer etminani
Mon 2 Apr 2012Link

Thanks everybody! Sure we'll enjoy with great films in Durham. See you.


Mahesh Pandey
Wed 4 Apr 2012Link

Hi guyz, any of you interested in making documentaries in Nepal? Looking for collaboration.We do have a hell of interesting topics that will keep you riveted on the spot.


Dieter Bartels
Fri 6 Apr 2012Link

Hello! I am Dieter Bartels, a German-American Cultural Anthropologist and filmmaker specializing in Muslim-Christian relations in Indonesia and worked also extensively with Moluccans in The Netherlands. Together with Helen Huwae I have made a full-length documentary, called Maju Terus! Go For It!, about the failure and success of four generations of Moluccan exiles in The Netherlands. We have been screening the film at film festivals and are on the way to show it at the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival (Florida) and the Ethnofilm Festival in Rovinj, Croatia.

If interested you can find out more about the film and my anthropological pursuits on my website www.nunusaku.com

Dieter


Jon Betz
Fri 6 Apr 2012Link

Hello Hello!

I'm Jon, I'm currently working as a director/producer at Collective Eye Films in Portland, OR.

I'm a filmmaker and a father of a 1-year old daughter. I've worked as a producer for the past 3 years on the documentary feature, QUEEN OF THE SUN: What are the Bees Telling Us? Queen of the Sun was theatrical released in 2011 and we're now out on DVD & Digital in the US & Canada.

I've been working with the director of Queen of the Sun, Taggart Siegel (The Real Dirt on Farmer John) producing and editing the film for 2 years and as on the distribution leg for the past year and a half. We're now developing two new feature projects.

As I'm sure many of you know, filmmaking is a busy, busy business– and the past few years been WOW levels of busy. I'm just now beginning to feel the time opening up again. I definitely know a few here already (pst Danielle Beverly) and I'm excited to meet more of you.

I'm looking forward to reading up and contributing where I can. So far my experience lies in all of the hats it takes to get a doc made, but Queen being my first feature, I'd say I've had the most recent relevant experience with grass-roots distribution techniques, which we've done a consider amount of.

http://www.queenofthesun.com
http://www.collectiveeye.org


Douglas Lyon
Sat 7 Apr 2012Link

Hi all, Douglas Lyon here. I am based in Paris, France and have been working for almost 20 years all over Europe and Africa as Producer, Production Manager, Line Producer, Field Producer, Journalist and Director for all the major Japanese television networks. I have worked in broadcast news, documentaries, live satellite broadcasts, variety shows, reality shows, sports events coverage, TV films, commercials, etc.

In the world of Japanese television I have come to be known as an "Africa specialist", but actually I began with Fashion and News, then Variety shows and Reality Shows, and although I love it all, but I must confess a particular passion for Broadcast News, Documentaries, and... well, you guessed it : Africa !

I have been working almost exclusively for the Japanese market, and would love to branch out to the English speaking production world as well... Please have a look at my website, and I am sure you will know me MUCH better with just a quick glance ! :

http://www.excelman.com/

our alternate website is here :

http://www.excelman.jpn.com/

and we can be found on LinkedIn here :

http://fr.linkedin.com/pub/douglas-lyon/2a/b93/988

best wishes to all !

Douglas E. Lyon


Doug Block
Sat 7 Apr 2012Link

Welcome Dieter, Jon and Douglas! Good to have you all with us here.


David Herman
Sun 8 Apr 2012Link

In reply to Jon Betz's post on Fri 6 Apr 2012 :

Hey Jon, was a big fan of farmer john. After much research, the UK govt panel just published a report on bees. Having taken the tests out of the lab and into the field – more than a decade it took, they have realised the true impact of pesticides on the decimation of the bee population. Duh!


Jon Betz
Mon 9 Apr 2012Link

In reply to David Herman's post on Sun 8 Apr 2012 :

Hey David---Yeah just this past week there has been a bunch of "more conclusive" info making pesticides the culprit. Something the rest of us have known for quite some time. I see that you're living in a Camphill community! We have worked with biodynamic beekeepers and the camphill and waldorf communities have been incredible to get to know more. Are you familiar with the Center for Discovery in the US? They do a lot of farm-based work with the disabled.


David Rojas
Fri 13 Apr 2012Link

Hello everyone. I'm new to this and I have no experience in filming/producing any kind of work. I am currently training for a bike trip across the country which will begin late next month. My good friend and I will be raising money for a charity in the process. I would love to film this and create a documentary to show an audience what it's like to travel across the country (NY to LA) with just your bike and a few things. We will have no support vehicle which will make this trip a bit more interesting. I was going to create a project on Kickstarter until it asked me for a goal. Like I said before, I have no experience in this but I think it's an amazing idea. We have a website and that's where we've started. If anyone knows where I should begin or recommends I do anything, PLEASE, feel free to reply. Any advice is greatly appreciated. We really hope this happens. We just want to show people that anything is possible, promote healthy living and raise some money for a charity in the process. Traveling for a cause. Thank you and much love to all.

Edited Fri 13 Apr 2012 by David Rojas

Peter Brauer
Fri 13 Apr 2012Link

Since you are riding without support you need a very small set up. I recording cycling with a gopro, and would think that is your lightest/easiest/cheapest camera choice. Do you plan on bringing a laptop?

Fund raising for something like this is whole other story that I can't help as much with.


David Rojas
Sun 15 Apr 2012Link

In reply to Peter Brauer's post on Fri 13 Apr 2012 :

Hey, thanks for replying! I will not be bringing a laptop. I've thought about purchasing the go pro. Do you think we'd need a gps or will road maps do just fine? Also, can we contact the local news stations or any other place tothat might find our story interesting? Thanks for the help.


Peter Brauer
Sun 15 Apr 2012Link

I have never done anything like what you are trying to attempt. So I got no idea about the GPS. I would say, it will be very hard to carry enough SD cards without the ability to dump them onto a hard drive. You can always reach out to the news, but I would think FB would be the best way to build an audience for your ride. http://www.facebook.com/pianoacrossamerica Take a lot at this FB page for a guy who drove around america with a piano for inspiration.


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