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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.

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.

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 –
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

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:
Hope to see you there...


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


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.

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 ! :

our alternate website is here :

and we can be found on LinkedIn here :

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. Take a lot at this FB page for a guy who drove around america with a piano for inspiration.

David Herman
Sun 15 Apr 2012Link

My son and his mates did a similar in the UK 2 years ago. Lucky them had padre along to shoot. They made quite a bit of money hitting tourist buses arriving in rest stops, especially when the camera was recording the hit.

David Rojas
Mon 16 Apr 2012Link

That's awesome! Thanks for all the advice, guys! We have a website ( as well as a facebook page ( if you guys wanna check us out! We'll be posting pics and hopefully a documentary. Thank you all.

Syed Azfar Ali Rizvi
Sun 22 Apr 2012Link Tag

Incase you guys were not on the 'Hot Docs 2012' thread ... I'll be attending the entire festival and would love to meetup with any d-worder. Also as Im based in TO, I can meet after the festival, if you intend to stay back!


(double posting ... sorry!)

Christine Beebe
Thu 26 Apr 2012Link

Hi there,
I'm finally getting around to introducing myself. Why? Because I need something!! Could I pick your wise and experienced brains?

I'm currently onlining my documentary, FELIX AUSTRIA!. At this very late point in the game, my experienced music composer raised a red flag and said that my credits don't look like the other credits he's scored – - it seems to him like they're missing a lot of the legal jargon.

Could someone speak with me about what I may be missing? I'm pretty sure my composer has only worked on films that have been pre-sold and have bigger backing with specific credits required, but I need to make sure I'm on the up and up here.

Thanks so much!
Christine Beebe

Elise Laatz
Fri 27 Apr 2012Link

The biennial festival Berlin Documentary Forum is dedicated to documentary practices across a variety of disciplines. From May 31 to June 3, 2012, Berlin Documentary Forum 2 will investigate the ability of images to produce truth and authenticity, to provoke controversy, and to implement change.

Marj Safinia
Fri 27 Apr 2012Link

Christine, since you're a professional member, why don't you ask your question again in the Editing topic, and perhaps give us a sense of what you have, so we can tell you if we agree that something is missing.

Jaron Gilinsky
Wed 2 May 2012Link

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Michael Oved Dayan
Thu 3 May 2012Link

Hi All,

I'm happy to share the news that my film, High Plains Doctor: Healing on the Tibetan Plateau, will be screening on CBC documentary channel next Monday (May 7th). I hope those of you in Canada will be able to check it out. I'm going to start sending it to international festivals and I look forward to meeting some of you along the way. Here's the link:



Amanda Nella
Thu 3 May 2012Link

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Juan Gamero
Thu 3 May 2012Link

hello, I'm a filmmaker from Barcelona working on handmade films. I like very much to film by myself and edit, but also to be involved in projects with other people. My prefered style of filming is close to a more photographic or "cinematographic" one. I can also offer long experience on documentaries done for public TV and also as a freelance.

John Burgan
Thu 3 May 2012Link

In reply to Amanda Nella's post on Thu 3 May 2012 :

Welcome Jaron, Michael Amanda and Juan. Who are the folks on your photo, Amanda, are they filmmakers?

Edited Thu 3 May 2012 by John Burgan

Eileen Reardon
Fri 4 May 2012Link


I'm the director of Finding Mabel, a feature length documentary film, about Argentina's infamous "Dirty War".

Finding Mabel is a gripping documentary that follows a young woman's journey to Argentina, to piece together the enigmatic disappearance of the woman she was named after, one of the 30,000 people who disappeared during Argentina's last military dictatorship. Part scavenger hunt, part self-discovery, Finding Mabel intelligently weaves Argentina's recent dark past with today's polarizing struggle for justice.

Filming begins Monday, May 7th in Argentina. The director is launching a crowd-funding campaign to raise funds to complete the film. Please use the below link to access additional information as well as to donate.

Bill Jackson
Sat 5 May 2012Link

In reply to Eileen Reardon's post on Thu 3 May 2012 :

Sounds very interesting. Good luck during your trip!

Alonzo A. Gutierrez
Sun 6 May 2012Link

Hello D-Word and all,
I just came across this site and realized all the fun and I had been missing! Glad to be here and hope to see and shear of some great Documentaries. I'm still in school at this moment but hope to become a Documentary Filmmaker someday. Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Raymund Gerard C. Cruz
Mon 7 May 2012Link

Hello to all Documentary filmmakers, artist, and enthusiast!

I'm Raymund Cruz from the Philippines, a country that has over 150 different languages (from indigenous to foreign types). Speaking of languages, I am glad to be part of the d-word community. Despite the variety of artist speaking different dialects, this website has enabled us to all communicate through what we all love, and that is DOCUMENTARY.

Well for me, I am a filmmaker in my free time. It is an intense hobby, since in it was my full time occupation during my previous career. Now starting over, I currently work in a Design and Construction firm in charge of renovating Casinos and Hotels. It's difficult to support a future family as well while stubbornly struggling to create works that is for personal reasons. However eventually, me and my wife plan to do such attempts abroad.

As for experience in films, I had held different parts of production in narratives, television shows, and documentaries. This ranged from directing, producing, screenwriting, editing, production design, and cinematography. My real interest however is the documentary genre. So I plan to actively pursue it, for it has the most powerful effect on people and the ability to reform them.

As a team, me and my wife are about to launch a production company as our stress reliever from the real world. Here, we will create short films, documentaries, and theater performances that are used to express ourselves through different subjects. Some plans are in the works, while the more ambitious projects will need to wait. One of the plans is to create a drama therapy for various people.

So there goes a long introduction. Hope to collaborate and learn from this useful website.

Doug Block
Mon 7 May 2012Link

Great to have us with you on The D-Word, Raymund. I applaud you and your wife and wish you the best with your doc work.

Raymund Gerard C. Cruz
Tue 8 May 2012Link

Likewise to you and the website. This is the best thing that's happened to documentaries. Hopefully you'll continue to spread the love for the medium.

Karen Guthrie
Tue 8 May 2012Link

Hello all!
I'm based in the UK and work as an artist and film-maker mainly on self-directed projects, occasionally also creating short website films for the art organisation Grizedale Arts, based in rural Cumbria (England). With my company Somewhere, I work in close collaboration with my co-producer and co-director Nina Pope, based in our London studio. Our feature docs include: ‘Jaywick Escapes’ (2012) which premieres this summer, 'Living with the Tudors' (2007) and 'Bata-ville: We are not afraid of the future' (2005).
Our work can be seen in more detail on
I'm currently working on a barge cinema project The Floating Cinema and on a film about my family.
Cheerio for now!

Doug Block
Tue 8 May 2012Link

Welcome, Karen. I love the idea of a Floating Cinema! Best of luck with that and getting your new film out into the world.

Kathleen Erdelyi
Tue 8 May 2012Link

Hello everyone!

My name is Kathleen Erdelyi and I'm a current student at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. I'm currently in my junior year and I'm pursuing a major in Media Communication Technology with a concentration in video production. After graduation, i plan to get a job with a documentary company. I love telling a story, and I would love to be apart of something that could change someone's life. I have so many questions to people who are currently involved in documentaries, and I was wondering if anyone would like to answer a few questions for me. It would really help provide some insight for me into this career.

Thank you!

How did you work your way up to your position?
Did you have to endure a lot of "slave labor" to get to where you are today?
Do you feel your schooling providing you with a sufficient background in your field, or did you learn more through experience?
How reliable is this field?
Is there room for growth?
How do you feel is the best way to effectively intern?
How would you compare working for a small company vs a large corporation?
Is your job exciting?
Do you look forward to going to work every morning?
Do you work in a team, or are you mostly isolated?
How did you get involved in this field?

Florian Aurel Augustin
Tue 8 May 2012Link

Hey All!
My Name is Florian. I am an independent environmental filmmaker, the founder of Berlin based AugeFilms. My current project is "Saving Papua by not cycling there". Last year I started on my bicycle from Germany with the plan to cycle all the way to Papua, Indonesia, in order to bring awareness to the spread of deforestation in Indonesia to the Papuan archipelago.
Due to border crossing regulation between India and Burma I could only cycle up to India. I now had to abandon my bicycle in India and am on my way back home on surface again. The film is going to be a colorful, thrilling roadmovie full of conflict and resolution, obstacles, commitment, lessons to be learnt about life, not giving up, realizations such as "Papua is everywhere" and "There is always a Plan Z".
This project is a follow-up to a documentary about deforestation in Indonesia that I made in 2011 called "Cari Hutan – In Search of Forest" – according to several NGOs in Indonesia, it is the most thrilling, informative, yet amusing documentary/roadmovie ever made about the subject of deforestation in Indonesia. I would like to encourage all of you to have a look at it and spread the awareness about this defining issue of our times. ->
All this and much more can be found on
I could definitely need some support at the moment – spreading the word and considering a micro-donation would be awesome!
Best wishes from Hong Kong!

All this and more can be seen

Raymund Gerard C. Cruz
Wed 9 May 2012Link

In reply to Florian Aurel Augustin's post on Wed 9 May 2012 :

Hi Florian.

That sounds great. Nothing like having a life changing experience to go alongside making a film. A roadtrip always steers life into a better perspective.

Break a leg! Will do my best to help.

Doug Block
Wed 9 May 2012Link

Welcome, Kathleen and Florian. Kathleen, I think you'd be better served by asking your questions in the Mentoring Room topic and by only asking one or two questions at a time. Posting such a long list of them is way too time consuming for anyone to want to answer.

Best of luck with your project, Florian.

Joey Savoie
Thu 10 May 2012Link

Hello everyone

Just joined this community today and am part way though my first documentary (planned finished date this September). I am working on a documentary about the education system (with the help of about 12 others), its problems and how science is not being applied to it. I look forward to learning as much as I can from fellow enthusiasts and professionals.

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