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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 My partner has done an as yet unpublished documentary for the Venezuelan state.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
Sun 25 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.


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