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Welcome to The D-Word! Stop in and sign the guest book - let us know a little (or a lot) about yourself.

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Nathan Willis
Pro

Hi everyone, my name is Nathan Willis. I joined this community a couple of years ago as I was just beginning to discover a passion for documentary filmmaking. I haven't really checked in on this site since I joined, but this year I've become much more serious about documentary filmmaking and I hope to become an active member of the group. I've made a few short docs over the past couple of years, and I hope to begin shooting my first feature length documentary early next year. Like Doug Block used to (or still does?), I make a significant amount of my income through filming weddings. I enjoy weddings as it provides me with a flexible schedule during the week to work on passion documentary projects, and I enjoy the run and gun style of shooting that both weddings and documentaries provide. However, this year I've been able to transition to a little more pure documentary work which has been exciting. I'm looking forward to learning from this amazing resource!

Doug Block
Host

Still do, Nathan, though not as frequently.  Just charge more since "112 Weddings." :)  Good to have you here more frequently and wishing you lots of luck with your doc projects.

Lynne Westafer
Pro

Hello community. Glad to be a part of D-word and thankful to my film school colleague & Robert Bahar for telling me about it. I've worked as a broadcast journalist for decades and have been a filmmaker (mostly shorts) and screen writer on the side for many years. I'm working on my first feature documentary and am excited to be able to learn from your experiences and knowledge. Have a contract question.. will post that somewhere else, once I figure out where I should do that. :)

Lynne Westafer

Erica Ginsberg
Host

Welcome Lynne. Any friend of Robert's is a friend our ours. And yes we have a Legal Corner topic for our Pro members so take your contract question there.

Sergio Miguel SIlva
Pro

Hello everyone!

 

I'm a portuguese film director trying to make my way into making documentaries. I've directed two short films, and I'm currently editing the third one with is premiere anounced to August 2016.

 

My most relevant documentary until now is Iterance, with about 10 screenings in both national and international film festivals:

 

Doug Block
Host

Lynne and Sergio, a warm welcome to The D-Word.  Hope this will become your home away from home, even when you're actually home (if you know what I mean).

Kanani Fong
Pro

Hello Everyone, I'm an outreach specialist for films, identifying and reaching out to all the organizations, groups, universities and individuals interested in the topic matter of a film.   I love working with filmmakers, though are usually brought in on a film by the PR teams. Past projects include Restrepo, Korengal, and even a feature film, Kilo Two Bravo. I enjoy the documentary genre --those seemingly small stories that cultivate a deeper understanding that helps us expand the way we perceive people we might not have known before, or in some cases, have tried to hold at arm's length. 

Ralph Tiblanc
Pro

recently directed a documentary titled A New Mission "Road to The States" available for viewing on Youtube. A young innovative thinker looking for more ways to grow in the field of film making. I'm also a sports writer for an online publication Hoop Dreams Magazine

 

Doug Block
Host

Kanani and Ralph, happy to have you both here with us.  Welcome and feel free to dive right into the discussions here.

Chloe McFeters
Pro

Hello Everyone, Just wanted to introduce myself and say how happy I am to be a part of this community. Thank you for having me. In 2014, I released my first film, an educational documentary on the topic of intimate partner violence in the U.S. Looking forward to getting to know you all and learning about your current and upcoming projects. Best wishes for this new year.  — Chloé

Doug Block
Host

A warm welcome to The D-Word, Chloe, even if you happen to be a spirited Red Sox fan.  Nobody's perfect.

Chloe McFeters
Pro

Doug - Ha! Thank you for the warm welcome. I can imagine that took some effort on your part, given your location.  ;-) 

Doug Block
Host

Took every fiber of my virtual being to be civil, actually.  But that aside I'm sure you have many fine qualities.  

And we are truly happy to have you here.  Make yourself at home.

rosie walunas
Pro

Hi, It's great to join this group! I'm an assistant editor transitioning to editor. I started out in docs, which is my true passion, and more recently have been working on scripted TV docs (it's like a boot camp for a certain formula, speed, and level of tech and quality). I'm looking to get back into docs and/or PBS style programming, whether that means assisting on a feature and helping with editing and story, or editing short docs and pitch/summary reels. Some of my favorite docs are "The Crash Reel," "Jesus Camp," "Encounters At the End of the World," "We Always Lie To Strangers." The list goes on! My resume can be found here: rosiewalunas.com . I have a reel and lots of samples, but I keep those password protected. Feel free to get in touch!

Ryan Powell
Pro

Hello D-Word folk! I have been told what a great resource this forum is so looking forward to tapping into the well of collective knowledge :) I am currently working on a film called Sua Terra, Nossa Casa (Their Land, Our Home) about the destruction of Santa Filomena, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Lisbon. Please Check out the link below if you are interested. 

Looking forward to discussions. All the best and happy documentarianing! 

 

Anne Molinas
Pro

Hello Everyone,

I’ve been interested in documentaries and documentary filmmaking for a long time. I particularly like getting to know people and places, and stories that give insight into different facets of being human. Right now I am working on producing a film about a friend of mine, Elsa who is both unique as a vibrant storyteller of her own life, and typical in that she lives a situation common to many women who come from poor families, with little education, in social conditions that exclude them from basic rights and services. The documentary takes place in Paraguay, where Elsa is from and where I lived for 5 years working with a wonderful group of feminists and activists dedicated to promoting women’s rights. Below is the link to our first promotional video used for an Indiegogo campaign to get funds to film some interviews with Elsa, which I did in September 2015. Now I am looking for ways to continue with the project which includes getting more funds, finding a crew, and engaging in conversations with people who are interested in discussing it. I am originally from Queens, NY, now live in Coral Springs, FL, and travel regularly to Paraguay and Buenos Aires. I am bilingual English/Spanish, write in both languages, have taught college Spanish, worked for not-for-profits, do translations and write projects and grant applications for human rights and development projects. I also have started a blog based on my experience of Paraguay called Sitting on the Balcony.

It is nice to meet everyone here and hope to connect, learn and find inspiration from this community.

Thank you,

Anne

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Ryan and Anne.  You both seem to have great projects, best of luck with them.  Hope you'll find The D-Word a great resource, as well as a source of support and inspiration.  Or, if nothing else, a good place to procrastinate.

Hugo Lau
Pro

Hello all!

I am currently in my final year of a BA in English Literature and Drama in Trinity College Dublin.

Short answer to 'where I am from:' I have been living in Dublin for around 6 years, my family is mostly German, I went to boarding school in England, and I was born in Houston, Texas.

I have had some success in the Dublin theatre industry, and in recent years have acted and directed for the stage professionally. However, my sights have always been set on film.

I would love to make beautiful films, both documentary and fiction, and I am most interested in the editing side of things. My favourite fiction films would probably be Donnie Darko, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Sixteen Candles, and Mulholland Drive, while The Imposter, Exit Through The Gift Shop, 51 Birch Street, and Senna are among my favourite documentaries.

I am currently interning with Maeve O'Boyle, an incredible editor and mentor, who is working on Thomas Lennon's new film, Sacred. Working with Maeve has been unreal thus far, and I am currently engaged in a fight to the death with AVID Media Composer.

I have been known to make pleasant trailers for theatrical productions, and I recently shot a fiction short film (based on a play I wrote) that will be played at the Chicago Irish Film Festival this year, "We Need The Eggs."

The future is sprawling, but that's pretty nice. Now to get back to my dissertation...

Reuben Evans
Pro

Hi,

I'm a filmmaker working at Faithlife Corporation. I'm currently working on post-production for a new documentary mini-series Archaeology & Jesus.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome to The D-Word, Reuben.  Good to have you here.

Elizabeth Thompson
Pro

Greetings! I think I'm a lapsed user of the D-Word. Eager to reconnect. I'm heading to Tel Aviv in February for 2 reasons: 1) My husband is working there and I may be moving there; 2) I'm doing research for a documentary film near Jerusalem. Does anyone know someone in Tel Aviv I could connect with? Whether they're filmmakers or not, I'm looking for folks who would be willing to meet for coffee and tell me what it's like to live there. Also looking for potential DPs. Thanks in advance! 

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Elizabeth. Or, perhaps more apropos, welcome again. Good luck on your move to Tel Aviv.  You can find all D-Word members who live in Tel Aviv (both Pros and Fans) very easily by doing an advanced search.  Just click on the Search button, then Advanced in the pop-out bar, and finally type in Tel Aviv in the city field.

Elizabeth Thompson
Pro

In reply to Alexei Barrionuevo's post on Wed 20 May 2015:

 Hi Alexei: Elizabeth Thompson here (http://www.thompsonfilms.com). I'm coming to Tel Aviv in February and am looking to connect with fellow filmmakers while there for a month. Would you be willing to meet up at some point while I'm there? I'm curious what it's like to live there (I may be moving to Tel Aviv b/c my husband works there) and also what the doc film scene is like.  Thanks!

Doug Block
Host

Elizabeth, you can tag someone to see your post by clicking on the envelope icon at the bottom of the page.  I'm tagging Alexei by way of example, and he'll get an email notification.  But in the future, it's best you contact people directly by email to set up meetings.

Alexei, scroll back two posts to see Elizabeth's message to you.

Mentioned: Alexei Barrionuevo
Doug Block
Host

Elizabeth, just realized you had Fan status so you wouldn't have been able to access the member database.  We've upgraded you to Professional status and now you can. You certainly qualified, am curious why you didn't apply for Pro membership to begin with.

Salim Ahmed
Fan

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Andrew Neumann
Pro

Hi everyone!  I've been in the doc world for ~8 years.  I have a film in the collection of  the Smithsonian Institution.  I also serve on the Board of Directors for documentary only Frozen River Film Festival in beautiful Winona, Minnesota, USA.  I'm an avid documentary watcher, having screened literally hundreds if not over a thousand documentary's over the past ~ 8 years.  I also attend as many film festivals as my schedule permits.  I'm happy to chat about whatever from film making technicals, subject, to film fest logistics.  I hope I can make a meaningful contribution to the d-word community.  I'm active in Minnesota and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Kim Notman
Fan

Hi everyone! I am a budding fan of the documentary world, only more recently have I started following my passions in life. This website and its content has opened up a massive well of inspiration for me, it is a brilliant site. I watch and make notes hoping to one day create or assist in art that inspires or highlight issues or anything to get involved and help make a difference in our world!

Doug Block
Host

A warm welcome to The D-Word, Kim.  Your rather skimpy profile doesn't give any indication of whether you have any professional documentary experience.  But if you can make a case for it (and, yes, genuine passion counts), feel free to apply for Pro status, which would give you access to the 50 or so discussion topics here.

Pete Cooksley
Pro

Hello D-Word.  I've actually been on here for a while, but I never introduced myself.  Better late than never!   I'm a NYC-based TV producer, currently making a documentary for the History Channel.  Over the past couple of years, I've been enjoying producing films that are self-shot  (ie. stories shot by the subjects themselves).  As it's always good to connect with others in the doc world, I'm going to start coming on here more often.  Thanks for hosting!

Doug Block
Host

You're mighty welcome, Pete.  Thanks for finally telling us a bit about yourself and definitely come back more often.

Zak Carter
Pro

Greetings! I'm an Army vet (2001-2008) turned peace activist, and have been working behind the scenes with Atlanta's CBS anchor Ben Swann at our "Truth In Media Project," an independent short documentary and even shorter news video production company that we co-founded in 2013.  I'm excited to learn from those who have been doing this longer than I have and to share what's worked for us!

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Zak.  We just upgraded you to Pro status as you certainly qualify as one, and it will give you access to all the discussion topics here.  From your profile, looks like you'll want to peruse the Distribution topic, for one.  Meanwhile, best of luck with all the good work you're doing.

Doug Block
Host

For sure, Zak. Feel free to get in touch when you know you're coming.

Sara Maamouri
Pro

Hello everyone!  Finally getting around to introducing myself properly (or you know, getting over my natural tendency to hide in a corner and wait for someone to come talk to me)  

I had the pleasure of meeting some of you in person at the Getting Real conference in LA last year which I attended with Niam Itani (Hi Niam!)

I've been working on docs since I finished my masters at UC Berkeley's J-school in 2000, primarily as editor.  My most recent work has been editing Niam's lovely documentary Twice Upon a Time and co-producing (with some editing) a documentary about Tunisia after the revolution called A Revolution in Four Seasons.  I'm usually based in the SF Bay Area, though I'm currently living in Tunisia.  Getting away from the close comfort of my Bay Area film community made me realize I could work on expanding my global doc community and I've been enjoying hanging out here!  Thanks for this great site!

valentin anghel
Fan

hello you docslover, here for the first time, i'm romanian and eager to learn and discuss about craft of making doc films and topics around.

 

Doug Block
Host

In reply to Sara Maamouri's post on Mon 8 Feb 2016:

A pleasure to have you come out of the darkness and into the light, Sara. As you well know by now, no need to be shy in here.  It's great to have you participating, and jump into any of our discussions at any time, ok?  I'm hoping to make it out to the next Getting Real, so hope to see you there again.

In reply to valentin anghel's post on Mon 8 Feb 2016:

Valentin, a warm welcome to The D-Word. I'm assuming you have the doc experience to qualify as a Professional member here, which will give you access to all 50 discussion topics.  If so, please fill out your profile a bit more and register.

Yasmin Mawaz-Khan
Pro

Hello everyone! I am a new user to D-word and am very excited to explore the depths of knowledge that this site provides us. I am noticing some familiar doc community names and look forward to connecting with you more!

I have been producing and directing short docs for a few years now and am currently working on my first feature called Ace in the Hole. It's a big leap for me but has been very exciting and the support from the community has been astounding. I work and live in San Francisco, CA. Looking forward to contribute here and feel free to reach out anytime!

Best,

Yasmin

Doug Block
Host

Welcome to The D-Word, Yasmin. Good to have you here. 

Arielle Nobile
Pro

Hi!  I may have been a user years ago, but I'm back.  I'm so excited to be part of this community as I embark on the what feels like momentous task of finishing a doc project started in the fall of 2001 that I put heart and soul into for 8 years and then put away.  I have just decided to revisit it and hopefully finish it this year and I'm looking for support, insights, and a bilingual Spanish/English editor:)    I head to Paris in just two weeks to continue filming... 

I've been making private docs over the past 10 years honing my craft, style, and helping others and I feel ready to step into the realm of telling a more personal story yet universal story through this doc film.


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