Howdy and welcome, Lori. So why is someone making grassroots docs for policy change going to a panel on personal docmaking, huh huh? ;-)
I signed up for the day, so was there for that panel as well. I'm actually interested in all kinds of documentaries and personal essays are interesting to me from a sociological standpoint. I however, believe that real change only happens through legislative change. Perhaps at least one can measure the change in some way... I'm really enjoying the topic dialog with Pat Aufderheide about the Honest Truths report.
Dear D-word Nation,
Hello, My name is Julia Welbourne and I'm a freelance producer/editor who just recently moved from NYC to Seattle. I'm happy to have finally joined D-word at the advice of many!
I've worked on a number of feature docs over the last several years, wearing the many obligatory hats of documentary work. From development and coordinating to post management and editing.
Coming from the east, my Pacific Northwest network is small yet and I'm interested in not only developing some projects of my own, but in collaborating and networking with other local filmmakers.
Please feel encouraged to check out my profile for a more detailed bio- especially if you are in the PAC/Seattle area!
Thanks, and so glad to be here.
the sausage fest just got a whole lot... uh... less sausagy
Welcome, Julia. FYI, Ryan is referring to the predominance of male, um, members in the Seattle area. They're clearly excited, and perhaps a wee threatened, by the diversity you bring to the area.
Seattle Face 2 Face event is at 7:00 p.m., tomorrow, Sunday at the Village Inn down by Pike Place.
Check the F2F postings.
Thanks so much Marth-
I'll definitely be there!
And thanks also for the welcome Doug and thanks Ryan, I think.
Visited this site now and then but never really had the time to be as involved as I'd like.
My passion is nature and wildlife but I've embarked on a doc about a local professional dance team. So I'm sure I'm going to need loads of advice in order to pull of something that's not in my normal comfort zone.
It just came to me that 31 Birch St is like Hamlet. Has any one ever told you that?
Actually, you're the first, Beth. But I'll assume it's a compliment, so thanks.
FYI, it's 51 Birch Street. 31 Birch would have been the Seiferts, and while I'm sure there was a fascinating story there, it will forever remain hidden from public view.
Anyway, a warm welcome to both you and Kevin.
yes I remembered it was 51 as I headed out the door and did wonder who was at 31, but its just the beginning of Hamlet, not the tragic ending as you may have got, I thought about it after seeing Jude Law talk about his role on charlie rose- what a weird connection.................
good luck on your new film, I saw the trailer at IFP and cried.
In reply to Julia Welbourne's post on Sun 4 Oct 2009 :
yeah, i meant it as a welcome of sorts... based on my d-word perceptions alone, i figured women didn't actually live in seattle. truly shocking revelation to find out there's actually 266,919 (as of 2005) women in seattle... who knew?
In reply to Beth Toni Kruvant's post on Mon 5 Oct 2009 :
Yes, quite often women see Jude Law and think of me.
I'm based in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. I'm a filmmaker who is making a short documentary with some young people aged 13 – 14, about a project called "The Bradford Tea Party" which is bringing six groups of older people from different cultural backgrounds together to make ceramics and textiles celebrating their customs and cultures. I made my own first doc only this year. I'm excited and a bit nervous! A lot of responsibility involved in mentoring the young people through the project and I'm hoping they have a good experience. Good to meet you all.
Welcome all you newbies, you are now in w/ a very helpful and interesting group!
In reply to Ryan Ferguson's post on Mon 5 Oct 2009 :
Changing the Seattle scene, one less sausage at a time.
HI, I'm Patrice and the founder of the Going Green Film Festival. Wanted to reach as many doc filmmakers as possible and let them know that we are looking for their "green films." If your film was created using green techniques, or if your subject is about the environment/third world issues, or you feature alternative transportation in your film, then you qualify. Please visit our website at www.GoingGreenFilmFestival.com for more details. Twitter @goinggreenfest
Hello D-Word fellows... I am finally introducing myself now even though I have been a member since my D-Word F2F pitch in Washington in June. James L, thanks for encouraging me to be more active on the D-Word scene. I am an Egyptian-American TV journalist & filmmaker. I can't imagine doing anything professionally enjoyable more than making documentaries. This year, I quit my stressful TV news job to work full-time on my ITVS-funded film on the plight of Iraqi refugees. I love making interfaith and social justice films where I feel I can make a difference. I hope I can be active in your discussions and to make many filmmaker friends... www.JehanHarney.com
Welcome and thanks for finally posting, Jehan. Great to have you taking part in the discussions.
In reply to Patrice Williams's post on Tue 6 Oct 2009 :
Nice idea for a festival Patrice, but rather disappointing to see that only US citizens are eligible for the Grand Prize...what's the thinking behind this?
Welcome at last Jehan.
New member here. I represent Woody Pak, a composer for documentaries. You can check out his work at woodypak.com. Let me know any of you would like some more information on him! Thanks.
I just signed up and happy to be here! I am a documentary and tv producer in the Washington, DC area looking to network and share knowledge. My web site is www.docsandtv.com where I sell a How-To CD about fundraisng for documentary productions. I've also started blogging on that site.
Nice to be here, I'm a Documentary filmmaker from London. I've made a load of short docs and am embarking upon my first feature with my partner.
I also run a Documentary night in London aimed at making bigger networks of filmmakers who can all collaborate in a happy shinny way. If you're a Doc filmmmaker in London get in touch.
I've heard many good things about D-word. Looking forward to connecting with you all...
My projects can be found online at www.sunchaserent.com
All the best,
Welcome Stephanie, Sydnye, Spencer and Fred....Poor Fred, HIS name doesn't start w/an 'S'. Chin up, buddy....
I'm trying to hold it together, but to be honest its tough, real tough.
Thanks Nick on behalf of all the new "S" members and Fred who we'll claim too!
In reply to Fred Grace's post on Thu 8 Oct 2009 :
You Brits are tough, Fred. I have no doubt you'll come out whole on the other side...Even Syndye has been gracious enough to claim you.
Hi, All! James Longley introduced me to this site. We share two things in common--we're both from Seattle and we're both drawn to "post-conflict" parts of the world (in my case, Afghanistan). I'm a doctor and novelist by profession, but have just secured funding to make my first documentary film about midwives in Afghanistan. I will be producing the film, and have assembled a wonderful crew--director Havana Marking (of AFGHAN STAR fame), cinematographer Bree Fitzgerald (of National Geographic), Executive Producers Holly Morris (of Adventure Divas)and Mike Lerner (of Roast Beef)– so I am in good hands despite my lack of experience. Scouting will hopefully begin in a few weeks once I sort out some legal, editorial, and financial issues. If anyone has experience trying to make an independent film with USAID funding, please let me know! We don't have a website yet for OPERATION MIDWIFE--A LABOR OF LOVE ON THE AFGHAN FRONTLINES, but you can learn more about my novels and global health work at nassimassefi.com Looking forward to "meeting" or at least interacting with you. Cheers, Nassim
Welcome, Nassim. Normally, we don't encourage people to register for full membership until they've had more professional doc experience. But any friend of James is a friend of ours. So do sign up and we'll happily follow your progress and help where we can. Best of luck with what sounds like a terrific project.
Hi Nassim, when you are fully in, please follow to Works in Progress topic.
Thanks, Jo-Anne and Doug. I'd be honored to be a full member, though I do lack the experience. Best wishes, Nassim
Hi, Doug- I'm finally back. Does this print my name? It is Andy Garrison here. Got a few projects in the works. The previously completed documentary is THIRD WARD TX. Webpage is www.ThirdWardTx.com. Self-distributing with New Day. The New Day URL is http://www.newday.com/films/ThirdWardTX.html.
One current project is about a choreographer who collaborates with non-dancers to make performances. I spent the past year shooting Allison Orr working with the City of Austin's Solid Waste Services
Division. You can see a sketch of a scene idea on Youtube at
Welcome back, Andy. Yes, it does print your name automatically above every post, so no need to sign at the bottom, either. Glad to see you've been so busy (as if that's an excuse not to be posting regularly!).
Hi Andy. Glad to see you here. Was hoping to see your new film in Sebastopol, but haven't seen anything yet. Hope all is well in Austin.
Hi All, Currently shooting my first Documentary "Over the Hill Gang" A true life story about a group of elderly gentlemen who served together in the Irish Army Reserve(FCA). Most of them retired in the 1980's. To gain membership of the "Over the Hill Gang" One had to be an Artillery Soldier and possess one or more of a certain set of skills.... Singing, Reciting Tales and Myths; Poetry and Rhymes or play a musical instrument.
Like the sound of that, Martin. If only all armies insisted on these skills...
Hello everyone! My name is Arlo Pignotti. I just joined because I love to transcribe documentary film. If anyone needs their interviews transcribed into Word, let me know and I can walk you through on how to convert your videos to MP3 and upload it to my web site where I can start sending back transcripts via email right away. Find out more at www.AJProcessing.Com. Thank you!
Greetings all: I'm Cynthia Jeannette, doc filmmaker from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Current film project is in Production, "Land Water People Time". An early edit is screening at the Santa Fe Film Festival December 2-6th. This film is in collaboration with the Northern New Mexico Heritage Area and the National Parks Service -more at www.PipestoneProductions.com. I'm an all around independent filmmaker/producer, behind the scenes photographer and videographer and FCP editor. Produced the epk for NALIP LPA 2008 & 2009 for the past two years www.nalip.org. Also a NALIP LPA Doc Fellow in 2009. Great people, excellent academy.
Howdy. I'm Michael Gregory from Kansas City. I am working on my very first documentary, a short video for my church. My favorite thing about the process so far is just learning – I've gone through a score of books already and I look forward to learning as I progress. So far my favorite documentaries are "American Movie", "Enron", "This American Life", and the first few minutes of "Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?".
Hi, I'm a multi-media producer living in Berkeley, CA. I'm currently developing a documentary film and producing a few small projects. Just started freelancing and thrilled to see others in the independent film community. Glad the D-Word exists.
Welcome Arlo, Cynthia, Michael and Jacqueline! Michael, you should check out Michael Rabiger's Directing the Documentary – it's usually considered the go-to book for learning documentary filmmaking.
I'm so glad to be here because I am in the middle of post on a documentary I shot ten years ago. Yes, you heard right – ten years!
I am a professional screenwriter by trade (KNOWING, BOOGEYMAN and the upcoming POLTERGEIST remake) and a lover of documentaries.
Hope to learn a lot from you D-Word folks.
I'm James, I just completed work on my feature doc FLOORED which is premiering this month at the Austin Film Festival. FLOORED follows 4 characters from the financial canyons of Chicago over a 3 year period as they struggle with big changes in their business and feel the impact of our economic crisis head on.
My friend Chris baron who did a lot of the shooting on the flick introduced me to this community.
Here's a link to the website for FLOORED http://FLOOREDmovie.com
I'm looking forward to great discussions and learning from the group!
Well this is my first post. I have undergone quite a transition in the last eight months – going from running a indie film support agency in Canberra to move into my own thing.
In this regard I am currently developing two major projects: one focusing upon a non-narrative based doco and the other a 4 part factual science series.
At the moment I am building the business plans for both. And it is slow creeping work. So any advice on the business plan side of things would be very much appreciated.
Given I had worked in supporting Indies I feel comfortable with my knowledge yet just a tad insecure with applying it on my own projects. I am now on the other side of the fence – so to speak. So, on a final note it is great to meet you all. I look forward to forging some great links and friendships.
Kindest, Stavros from Aussie land.
In reply to Juliet Snowden's post on Tue 13 Oct 2009 :
do you do coverages as a writer? Or, edit?
So many great new people here, it's hard to single them out. But a warm welcome to one and all.
Juliet, curious about your ten-year project. Care to share more in the Works In Progress topic?
To Stavros – I do not do coverage or edit. For legal reasons, I do not read other people's scripts. Sorry.
Wow. Was there a discount at the door? So many new additions overnight! Welcome all and a special welcome to Juliet who I lured here promising her the answer to all her D-Questions. Glad you made it :)
Doug – When my doc trailer is complete, I'll post it on D-Word. That is... if this is the forum for that sort of thing. Still trying to navigate through the plethora of information here!
Yes, absolutely, Juliet. You can easily post videos in any of our topics here. But (whenever you're ready) the Works In Progress topic is the best place to get feedback for a trailer. Would just be interesting to hear what it's about, that's all.
I'm a Documentary filmmaker living in Washington, New York and Munich at various times of the year. I'm a great cameraman (http://brightscreenproductions.com/clips/migration_usa.wmv) and I spend a lot of my time editing docs for people in Munich (http://brightscreenproductions.com/clips/berchtesgaden.wmv). I'm working on a film about German POWs right now and volunteer for DC-360 doing their lighting and camerawork, TD and directing (http://brightscreenproductions.com/clips/DC360_Promo.wmv). I'm at www.Millmanfilm.com
I'm a documentary filmmaker and writer in Boston, MA, and I'm working on my latest project, The Skin Quilt Project, check out the website below for more details:
I just discovered this wonderful site! I am a filmmaker/producer working on several projects on Latin Music in Mexico and Cuba. I will soon post my trailer, and would love your comments.
First post. I'm a composer looking for interesting projects to score. Currently working on "County Jail" for Discovery but work on all kinds of films in all styles. Here are links to my sites:
thanks for looking and I'm enjoying exploring the site.
Greetings! I'm the Director of Programming at the Ashland Independent Film Festival in Ashland, Oregon. Lots of familiar faces here – some with films that we have screened at the AIFF in the past, and many that we have not – yet – but may have the opportunity to in the future!
A little about me: After film school at NYU back in the '80s, I moved to San Francisco and worked as a freelance editor. Did a lot of commercial and corporate productions to pay the bills, but my true love was documentary film. Last doc I worked on was VOICES FROM INSIDE directed by Karina Epperlein, and I was cutting the fundraising trailer for a film I hoped to edit, Eric Slade's HOPE ALONG THE WIND: THE LIFE OF HARRY HAY when my first child was born and changed my plans a bit... many years ago and I have not been back to editing since.
Switched gears, and moved to the lovely town of Ashland, OR. 2010 will mark my 5th festival programming for the AIFF. We have great audiences here. We screen films of all lengths and genres but I must say that Ashland loves docs! Our festival dates are April 8-12, 2010 and we are currently accepting submissions. Lots of information for filmmakers at www.ashlandfilm.org.
So before I veer too much into shameless self-promotion, I will say bye for now, and thanks for this wonderful forum!
Welcome, Joanne. When I grow up I want to move to some lovely town and program an indie film festival, too. And I want to be paid a fortune to do it, of course! Anyway, great to have you here with us.
Ditto to Michael, Cynthia, Lauren, Roland and, sheesh, I can barely keep up.
Iâ€™m a filmmaker from Iran, I was vice president of Iranian Documentary Filmmaker Association(IRDFA) â€¦.I live in Los Angeles CA â€¦.
I have made so many documentaries (and also Fiction series) in Iran, Afghanistan and a number of European TV channeles.
I have made a web series for French Arte TV called: les chroniques dâ€™Iran (chronicles from Iran): http://www.arte.tv/fr/Comprendre-le-monde/arte-reportage/2630384.html
â€¦. And my last documentary is an independent 60 minutes feature called: â€œDoomsday Machineâ€, This Documentary deals with the mentally disabled war veterans in one of the permanent sanatoriums in Tehran. One of them â€œMahmoodâ€ is under the illusion that he has built a â€œdoomsday machineâ€ which can destroy the world by pressing a button.
My website (www.smoradian.com) is under construction but My resume is available at the following address:
I recently joined to D-Word â€¦. Thanks for this forum
Nice to have you aboard, Soudabeh. You wouldn't happen to have heard about us via this Marj person, perhaps (our co-host with the most)?
unfortunately I didn't know Marjan before coming LA ... nice to know her ...
and nice to know you ... I read about you and your works
My name is Irina Vodar, I am a filmmaker from Russia based in NY. My last project, Miss GULAG (www.missgulag.com writer/ producer) enjoyed a World Premier at the 57th Berlin Film Fest and was sold to broadcasters worldwide. My partners on the project Raphaela Neihausen of STF fame and Maria Yatskova are already prominent members of D-word.
I'm working on a personal documentary on commercial surrogacy in India. From micro (my personal story) to macro (supply and demand for babies in the year 2010)- this is a ballancing act of perceverance, stamina and hope.
I'm calling on all doc filmmakers BASED IN INDIA or filmmakers who have SHOT IN INDIA to reveal thyselves to me! I'm looking for practical advice and crew references. The first shoot is going to be scheduled as early as December/January this year.
all the best! looking forward to hearing from you!
Greetings back, Irina. So you know, no need to double post on The D-Word. Most everyone surfs from topic to topic so they will get seen. Meanwhile, congrats on Miss Gulag, and for working with two of the loveliest partners on the planet.
Welcome to all the lovely and varied newcomers!
Dear Doug and Marj,
Thank you for kind words of welcome. And for your compliments on my tastes. :)
A big welcome to two familiar faces: Joanne Feinberg and Irina Vodar! Glad to see you both made it to D-Word.
Thank you all!
Welcome, Irina/Joanne/Stavros/Juliet et al....Nice to have you aboard!
Feel I ought to reintroduce myself as I've been away for months. Doc maker based in Edinburgh many years out working for Edinburgh International Film Festival. Now trying to get an Indian based doc together (I too would like to connect with Indian or Pakistan based filmmakers) and doing quite a lot around history and oral history.
Welcome back, Mary. So you know, being away for months is hardly grounds for a reintroduction, you can simply pick up again with your posts. But nice to know you don't leave us for long.
It's an autumnal D-avalanche. Come on in.
Looks like we might need to organise a d-word f2f in India.
Mary, drop me a line if you have questions about India or Pakistan. I may be able to help you.
I am Aliya, a documentary filmmaker and more officially, an Executive Producer with a Pakistani news channel. Am based in London these days, but mainly work with issues on identity, religion and gender issues, in Pakistan and with the Pakistani diaspora here in the UK. Do let me know if anyone needs an leads to working in and about Pakistan. Have been working there for seven years or so.
Welcome, Aliya, great to have you here. You should definitely register as a full member here, which will give you access to all the discussion topics.
Thanks Doug, have just registered!
And, voila, you're now a Member. That's how fast we make things happen around here ;-) Hope you'll jump right into the discussions.
Wow, away from The D-Word for a few days, and so many new people. A very special welcome to Joanne Feinberg!
I'm Maria, a producer for controversial independent film company Pie 'n' Mash Films. We started making fictional black comedies but swiftly developed into documentary film.
My partner, award winning film director Bill Maloney, came forward recently as a victim of institutional abuse. A group of 22 men approached Bill and Pie 'n' Mash films to tell their story of horrific abuse and torture a the hands of a senior prison officer back in the 70s. Only four years ago at the same centre the youngest suicide victim in a UK child prison 'Adam Rickwood' was found beaten black and blue with a broken nose and a broken wrist hanging by his trainer laces. His family do not believe it was suicide.
It's a tough subject with tough content. The major broadcast networks will no doubt refuse to air the documentary so I'm looking for all alternative outlets to get our victims stories told.
Anyway! After that somber introduction I thought I'd say 'Hi' to all, it's ok, I'm not all doom and gloom and look forward to connecting with some of you on the site.
Welcome, Maria. Hope you'll register as a full member as well.
Hi. My name is Kevin and I am an up and coming filmmaker. I graduated New York Film Academy a few years ago and I LOVE shooting film and video. I look forward to connecting to some of you here and helping with and getting some assistance on projects.
Welcome to The D-Word, Kevin. Glad you found us.
Hans Bosscher started as directorâ€™s assistant and was later production leader at the Zuidelijk Toneel Globe. He then founded the Frascatitheater in Amsterdam and started his own production company to support his theatre. Gradually, the work of the production company shifted to television and film. Bosscher has produced many national and international documentaries, corporate films and commercials. He also spent some time working as a consultant for Endemol Germany and Endemol Sport, after which he spent a few years producing and directing documentaries for Dutch and foreign broadcasting stations, including Discovery International, National Geographic, NHK and PBS. One of these productions yielded awards in the United States and France. Bosscher currently works as a consultant, editor in chief and director for various Dutch broadcasting stations and government agencies.
Well, we certainly welcome Hans, and will welcome him even more warmly when he decides to post in the first person. Come on out and play with us, Hans.
Hi, my name is Chihiro and I work on a crossmedia project empowering media dialogue between makers and doc fans. It's called MoochMe and will be launched at IDFA 2009 at Cinema De Munt. The idea: Promote your own & take one home!
Additionally I've directed and edited a couple of short docs for the Buddhist Broadcast here in Holland and wish to develop myself in this field in the coming years.
Favorite docs: The Planet & Surplus editted by Johan Soderberg! War on democracy, The Corporation and looking forward to seeing "Age of Stupid" & "Soundtrack for a revolution" at IDFA this year. I saw a little preview at the IDFA CLUB evening.
Looking forward to connecting, learning & sharing doc insights and news. Total newby here so have to snoop around a bit
Hello everyone (or Doug, as it were). I'm Evan, and I'm a filmmaker.
Currently working on my second documentary, my third feature length film, Winter in Kenmare. The story is about a small town in southwestern Ireland, and how it is preparing to face the difficult times ahead, both seasonally and globally.
I've plenty to do, but I'm glad to have found this site, as I hope to pick your brains for inspiration and practical ideas. And I hope to serve as a resource for those who need some advice as well.
Welcome, Chihiro. You and Hans should register as Members here, since you both easily qualify. We'll be having a large contingent of D-Word members attending IDFA next month, so will be nice to add some locals to our group.
Good to have you aboard, Evan, and good luck with the next film.
Hey Doug : ) Thanks for the invite, will do. Very excited about this years IDFA going by the previews I've seen and the many projects around it taking place. I'll be fully immersed in it working and checking out new work.
Looking forward to host people in Amsterdam.
Well, I'll have two films there. My own (The Kids Grow Up) and another personal doc that I'm producing (The Edge of Dreaming). So be on the lookout and look forward to seeing you there.
And, btw, what's Nebraska doing in the Netherlands?
Hi everyone, I joined d-word a short while ago and forgot to introduce myself! I'm an editor/producer (does anyone use "preditor" anymore?) with a journalism background and attempting the transition to documentary. I edited "Trail of Feathers: the Missile Dick Chicks Take on America", a feature doc which needs finishing funds before it will be distributed. http://trailoffeathers.blogspot.com/2009/04/blog-post.html
I'm also working on a short doc I filmed in Greece this summer about a dance performance with non-dancer immigrants who are dealing with racism and other problems. (shades of an earlier post from Austin TX)
And all this talk of IDFA makes me sad! I was living in Amsterdam for a while until late 2008, and I attended IDFA 3 years straight, first as a volunteer, then journalist, and finally participant ("Trail" was in Docs for Sale last year). But I won't be going this year. :(
Glad you finally posted an intro, Jill. Now you just need to sign up as a full member, too. You'll be shocked at how much of The D-Word you've been missing.
In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Mon 19 Oct 2009 : Thanks Ben! Good to be here – finally!
Hi there!I would like to introduce the new video camera training center my company (Mediakite-news production outlet) is launching.Mediakite has 10 years experience with major networks such as PBS, CNN, BBC, RAI etc.Mediakite's school is the only school in NYC attached to a real production company. We are offering video camera, lighting and final cut pro courses.for more info and online registration: www.mediakite.com/training
Well, I just signed up to this site. Saw it mentioned in an article.
Um, a little about myself. I left Pittsburgh, PA. and moved to NYC about a month and a half ago to accomplish my goal of making a self funded feature film. I am documenting the entire process on my blog. I am looking to use Social Media and tools alike to market my journey as an independent filmmaker and in the end of it all, self distribute my film. Should be interesting!
Hi, my name is Phil Yisrael. I'm living in Amsterdam. I was born in Sydney, Australia – moved to Israel in 2002 and then met a girl in Amsterdam, married her and yada yada yada. I'm currently studying film making at SAE Amsterdam and have racked up a few projects as director, editor, cinematographer. I have just bought the new Canon 7D and am very excited about filming with it. I am determined to produce quality documentaries, with good stories and technically sharp pieces. I look forward to learning from and meeting new people who share this love of documentary making.
I am a student studying at the University of the Arts, London. I've just signed up because I'm working on a short documentary for uni and in the very early planning stages of another documentary I am making outside of class. Just wanted to say hi really and possibly meet some like minded people!
Hope you're all well
In reply to Hans Bosscher's post on Tue 20 Oct 2009 :
Hi Hans, I wonder if you could guide me in the right direction when it comes to pitching my idea for a documentary about a Dutch sporting team (not professional) that is travelling to the Middle East to compete against local teams. I think the subject will have high interest in The Netherlands and even internationally.
I hope to hear from you.