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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.

Please note that this is one of our Public Topics, so best to enter email addresses with (at) to prevent them being harvested. Spam will be deleted.

Katherine Chivers
Pro

Hello all, my name is Katherine. It is really nice to read about all of the interesting projects everyone has going on here. I am a producer for Spark Media in Washington, DC, a company specializing in documentaries and outreach initiatives that strive to inform and inspire audiences through storytelling. Our latest documentary First Lady of the Revolution traces the story of 98-year-old Southern Belle & former First Lady of Costa Rica in the 1940's. Before my work with Spark Media, I attended George Washington University's graduate program in Documentary Filmmaking and spent some years in New York working on a documentary entitled The Zen of Bennett. Excited to learn from the community here! 

Doug Block
Host

Welcome to The D-Word, Katherine.  It would be great if you could upload a photo to your member profile.  It's not just you, it's a reminder to all members who haven't gotten around to it yet.

Donald L. Vasicek
Pro

Hello!  I'm impressed with the treasure trove of documentary filmmakers here.  Each one of you are special in that you are making your passion via images, sound and etc.  I've made a few documentary films.  "The Sand Creek Massacre", my most poignant film as far as I'm concerned has won 3 best film film festival awards along with the Golden Drover Award for Best Native American Film at the Trail Dance Film Festival as well as having been cataloged into the Smithsonian.  Films Media Group is distributing it.  I also just finished writing a middle grade novel titled "The Real Ghost."  It is about a boy who sets out to prove that he is telling the truth after he sees Babe Ruth and no one in town will believe.  Catch a glimpse of "The Sand Creek Massacre" here.   Take care and keep up your good work!  

Donald L. Vasicek

Olympus Films+, LLC

The Zen of Writing

http://www.donvasicek.com

http://www.sandcreekmassacre.net

dvasicek@earthlink.net

John Burgan
Host

Welcome Donald, good to see what you have been doing. For future reference, note that it is not necessary to "sign" your posts as all the information you have included is immediately available to every member when they click on your profile, and your name is automatically above every post.

David Bruno
Fan

I'm a documentary film producer out of San Diego, Ca. Looking forward to learning more about this website. 

Kate Barrell
Fan

Hi D-Word-ers, A friend told me about this forum. I am a first time film maker , learning as I go and making all the possible mistakes. The project I am working on is described here marciamarcusmovie .com . I look forward to connecting and learning from you all.

Set Hernandez Rongkilyo
Pro

Hi all – I learned about the D-Word via the IDA conference a few weeks ago, and wanted to make sure to check it out. I'm currently working on a documentary about the intersection of immigrant rights and disability rights. Looking forward to learning from this community.

Erica Ginsberg
Host

Welcome to The D-Word, Set and Kate. Both your projects look very interesting and we look forward to learning from you as well.

Kai Simmer
Pro

In reply to John Burgan's post on Sat 19 Sep 2015:

 Hello John,
Apologies for the lame post but I have a question that I would like to post under 'Documentaries' and I can not seem to find a way to do this. Can you please help with this? Thanks :)

Paul Burke
Pro

Hello all!  I am very happy to be joining the D-word community!  I first discovered the D-Word through friends at UnionDocs in Brooklyn.  I have worked as a location scout in the SF Bay Area for many years, and have been slowly making the transition into producing my first documentary feature.    My current film is a personal, archival journey about a priest and a nun in Catholic Los Angeles of the 1960s who fall in love, get married, start a family and become my parents.   Below is the trailer.

https://vimeo.com/153007924

Merav Klein
Fan

Hi, I am working in Tali - The Collecting Society of Film and Television Creators in Israel.

Lately We have been trying to accurate our doc-press/doc- investigation definition in our repertoire rules document. we are trying do find definition that distinguish a documentary film from a 'light' documentary film that mainly engaged in specific news event (most brodcast in a magazin shows).

I would appreciate any help in that matter.

 

Niam Itani
Host

Welcome to The D-Word, Kai, Paul & Merav.  Love the story, Paul! 

Glenn Patscha
Pro

Hello All. Very happy to have found the D-Word community. I am a Canadian composer/musician that is currently living in Brooklyn. I love composing for film and I am personally a lover of documentaries. I am interested in collaborating on films and can bring a vast and varied range of musical knowledge and experience to film scoring. I just recently finished composing songs and score for Finnish Director Alli Haapasalo's feature film "Syysprinssi" (Love and Fury) and some short films with Mary Ellen Mark and Martin Bell. I am currently available for scoring projects in the coming months.

I look forward to expanding my professional community and meeting new creative people here!

Thanks D-Word!

Meredith Lobsinger
Pro

Hello Everybody!

I am a documentary filmmaker and editor who recently moved from Boston MA to Westchester, NY and am seeking ways to expand and connect with the doc community in the city. 

Doug Block
Host

Glenn and Meredith, a warm welcome to The D-Word. Glad to have you aboard.

Charles Bower
Pro

Hi D-Word, I've made a pilot episode  for a projected doc series called "Whatever Happened To Miracles?" and I'm looking for a producing partner.

There's a 90-sec sizzle reel here:

https://vimeo.com/168475005/3b108e3097

Marta Campos Reis
Pro

Hi: I am happy to be here and eager to learn from you!

I am a documentary filmmaker and researcher gathering info on contemporary documentaries that use ‘fixed shots’.

If you are working on this subject or know where I can find this kind of info/databases or metrics please let me know. Thanks!

Michael Jacobsohn
Pro

Since the late 60s, I have been involved with moving images. I was fortunate to attend the Henry Street Settlement Movie Club as a teenager, where I learned the craft of 16mm movie making. During my four years attendance, I was able to make several shorts, some of which were screened at festivals, museums and TV stations.

After my Movie Club days, I did a stint as an audio man on film projects, and I edited several educational video projects. This led me to have a 28 year career as an ABC News and Sports editor.

After ABC News, I got back into the groove of making personal documentaries. I just completed James, Hugo and Me, my second full-length documentary.

Domingo Sanchez Bor
Pro

Hello everyone of you great people. I am so happy to post this note and feel this is a great forum to get to know peoples and careers from all over the planet. my name is Domingo, I have been writting and playing music all my life, but I have a great interest to in filmmaking and editing, right now am working on a documentary about Modesta Bor,the great composer from Venezuela, who happens to be my mother.  I have now about 24 minutes long first cut, but I will take it to a 72 minutes documentary with a probable twist as a biographical picture with some fictional-like scenes of her life. Well, I am here because I like to meet people who work in the field and learn and exchange ideas about film. I think for sure filmmaking is my life. Great to be in touch with ya all. 

Alexandra Dalsbaek
Pro

Hello everyone. I'm glad to join the D-Word! I'm currently working on my first documentary. I filmed a group of muscovite young adults with Down syndrome, working on a theatre show. For the first time in Russia, the choreographer of the project, decided they would perform alone on stage on the day of the premiere. I want to make a film about this artistic challenge but also about family and what these uncomon artists parents had to go through to stay together despite the prejudice of Russian society. I look forward to learn and share in this community!

Miri Chais
Pro

Hi everyone.  My name is Miri, and this is my first documentary film project.  I am a multimedia artist,  and have done a lot with video art,  but never an entire feature.  

The film deals with Washington Square Park in New York,  and the lively community of street artists and local personalities who have made it their home base.  I try to blend the individual stories -  which are fascinating and often quite poignant - with some historical perspective and varying scenes of the park and its visitors throughout the year.  

Looking forward to joining this wonderful community!

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Miri. Given your experience, we've upgraded you to Professional status, which will give you access to many more of the discussion topics. Please take a moment to fill out your member profile (and upload a photo) when you can.

Alexandra Fisher
Pro

Hi everyone!

I'm Alexandra and happy to be joining D-Word. I'm a filmmaker and have been making commercials for several years. I'm now working on my first documentary. It's a documentary about a documentary -- it tells the story of how I went to India to make a film about a man who teaches slum children under a metro bridge in New Delhi, as seen in the 2013 World Press award-winning photographs "The School For Less Fortunate". This is a personal story about the ethical and moral issues I run into when I start making my film. I'm currently looking for an editor (preferably in NY) who speaks Hindi to cut a teaser/trailer/sizzle for the film. Open to also finding someone in India. Any leads would be greatly appreciated!

I look forward to being a part of this community!

Niam Itani
Host

Welcome to The D-Word, Alexandra! Your project sounds exciting. Please feel free to post in the Classifieds Topics -if you haven't :) 

Judith Steele Parolini
Pro

Working within the intercultural and language learning profession for many years I have based many programs on the visual as a way to connect across the cultural divide. From extensive video work in Japan, I am now in the Doctor of Creative Arts, a hybrid research degree:  thesis and documentary. My main research base is in visual anthropology and ethnographic film and I must be able to defend any assumptions, and decisions that I make in the assembly of the film in selection of images - iconic representations,  footage and sections of interviews. Progress is good ,however the dual thread of film plus thesis needs to be juggled effectively. New territory for the academic world. any ideas  would be nice to hear. Judy

Jane Schinasi
Pro

HELLO ! Would you like to become the financial partner of our documentary series « THE HOPE BEARERS »
It is now broadcast in France on Ushuaia TV &  TV5 worldwide and we are looking for international channels as well. 
I know some of you share the same social and humanitarian values as us so we could do a mutual sponsorship.

I have already directed 8 times 52 minutes all around the world with this documentary series to show solutions regarding climate change; poisoned water and food, education, health, politics and so forth.
Our episode in the US talks about food and how can vertical farming be a solution to prevent us from eating chemicals. 
For you to discover our work in season 1, here is our 4 times 52 minutes TEASER which lasts 4 minutes : https://vimeo.com/165338556


Here is a link of crowdfunding where you have access to all of our work to help us make media tell the truths and give solutions to people for a BETTER WORLD
https://www.onemillionsparks.c om/campaigns/the-hope-bearers/   

Here is our Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/tvs howLesPORTEURSdESPOIR


I stay available to organize an appointment and thank you very much for your time and interest in our project and request.

Hoping to hear from you soon, I wish you a very good day, 
Jane Schinasi 

Andrea LeHeup
Pro

Hi Everyone!

I'm Andrea, I discovered D-Word through DOC NYC and am excited to be part of this wonderful community of filmmakers to learn, share knowledge, and offer my services. I've worked as a graphic designer for a variety of cultural clients for the past 20+ years, including creating branding and promotional materials for radio documentaries to air across national public stations. I've also been immersed in photography as well as shooting short video clips in my free time.  I want to make a short film and have challenged myself to learn everything I can about the process. In the meantime, I'm interested in working with filmmakers to offer my graphic design services for branding and promotional support, i.e. film titles, film posters and other promotional materials, websites, etc. Cheers! 

Doug Block
Host

Great to have you here with us, Andrea. Welcome.

Freddy Weinberg
Pro

Hey Now.

I'm Freddy. A Storyteller. Writer. Director. And Video Editor by trade. I've worked mainly on news and sports. Been lucky enough to cut a couple of docs for the NFL & UFC. My most recent attempt at taking the world by storm was my first book Barely Human: A Dirtman's Journey Into the First Year of Fatherhood. www.barelyhuman.net  Check it out. Watch the Video. All feedback welcome.  But now I'm switching gears a little. Refocusing on Visual Storytelling and working with a partner on a new online show. It's called The Devil You Know. And the idea is fairly simple. Each week we plan to take a look at a hot button issue by excerpting documentary films which represent valid views from both sides (I know there are more than 2 sides) We also plan to use a little comedy to lampoon the radical fringes. I'm starting here to drum up ideas and meet with filmmakers. My preliminary topics are Guns. Drugs. Sex. Government & Capitalism.  Looking for ideas, collaborators and most of all stories that capture a specific viewpoint linked to any of those topics. Or any others you may suggest. Nice to be here. 

 

Freddy J 
www.barelyhuman.net 

 

Doug Block
Host

Welcome to The D-Word, Freddy J (no need to sign your posts, btw - your name shows up automatically over them).  I like the idea for your online show, but of course makes me wonder how you got funded and plan to make it sustainable.  Feel free to tell us in the Works in Progress topic, if you're so inclined.  And best of luck with it.

Freddy Weinberg
Pro

In reply to Doug Block's post on Thu 1 Dec 2016:

 Thanks Doug. The signing was Newbie move for sure.

I've secured funding the same way many greats did... an empty credit card. The idea is to create one episode and launch a kickstarter or patreon drive as we prove the concept. Luckily I've already secured this top notch post facility and studio space and post facility.   (See Photo)

C'mon, How many great concepts started in someone's garage?

I'll be posting more details in the Works in Progress Topic.

Also, Where is a good place to engage with Filmmakers? To start talking about concepts, subjects and a methodology to getting at human stories (ultimately excerpts) that would delve into these issues. 

 

A.J. Ali
Pro

Hi Everyone!   I'm an actor, director, producer, writer and pretty bad avid golfer -- probably because I spend way too much time doing the first four things on my list.  One of these days, I've got to get my priorities right.  I learned about this group from Errol Webber, my producer partner on a documentary film titled "Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer."  It's my second doc, and the first one I'm directing.  Needless to say... well, I won't say it because it's "needless to say."  Anyway, these past 4 1/2 years of doing this film have been an adventure -- I mean the times that it hasn't been horror.  Our film is about... wait for it... racial profiling.  Actually, it's about ensuring the application of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, but no one seems to know what that is, so, racial profiling.  We're doing something unique.  We're offering a solution.  TaDa!!!  That project is in post and with a few more bucks, some music and some finishing touches, we'll be ready to release, hopefully by February 1.  I'm also producing and hosting a game show web series called Wellness 101, which is fun and has helped to keep me sane and smiling while doing the racial profiling film.   Been at this for 33 years and have worked in music, film, tv, pro sports and have authored 3 books.  One of the books was turned into a workshop and consulting practice that has helped charities raise more than $25 million, which is pretty cool.  I've found great ways to weave social good into my media projects, and I love helping others do that as well.  There are a few narrative features I'd like to tackle in the near future.  There are some stories I've either written or have the rights to that are pretty compelling.  And if you've taken the time to read this far, you might just like them because, let's face it, you've gone way past most people's attention span would normally allow on an introduction.  Ok, here are the websites... www.walkingwhileblackthemovie.com and www.wellness101life.com.  Gotta run and do what all actor, director, producer, writer, bad golfer dudes spend their days doing -- try to find a way to pay the bills.  Oh, get in touch if you're interested in doing some work together, ok?  Cool.

Bryan Oldenburg
Pro

Hi everyone! My name is Bryan Oldenburg, creator of "The Mindset Movie" (Director, Producer, Writer, Editor, and occasional Cinematographer). The film chronicles the past, present and potential future of college freshmen, in general, and The Beloit College Mindset List (please Google), in particular. I've learned a ton about film primarily by hands-on DOING, but have read a lot about the documentary genre, not to mention watched a plethora of good films. The movie has received excellent reviews, and I'm already working on my next project, which I'll extrapolate on in the near future. Just here to say it's an honor to be connected to such a wonderful community, and if you'd like a more detailed explanation of my work, please go to themindsetmovie.com. Your comments about ease of navigation on the site, clips and trailers, or whatever, would be highly appreciated. I'll be checking in with you all soon, to reflect on a number of cool issues. Thanks for having me in D-Word folks-- nice to be in touch with such like-minded people!

Cheerio, Bryan O!

PS: If any of you are YouTubers, please check out my channel for clips of my work (and like/subscribe, if you feel compelled to), or merely go to my website and scroll down "Trailers/Clips" @ themindsetmovie.com. Muchas Gracias, Merci, Danke and "Thanks" in every other language imaginable!

Doug Block
Host

Welcome aboard, A.J. and Bryan.  Good to have you both here with us.  Just in time for our year-end fundraiser, too :)

John Burgan
Host

In reply to Bryan Oldenburg's post on Wed 14 Dec 2016:

 Welcome to The D-Word, Bryan. As you've just arrived, you probably didn't get the "no double posts" rule - one of the very few we have around here, so no worries. It's simply the requirement to choose one topic for your post, rather than make multiple posts (as such, we've zapped the identical post you made in the Classifieds topic - it's fine here)

Andrew Carver
Fan

My name is Andrew Carver and I am new to the site. I have always had an enduring interest in film and it's power to affect and inspire change. I am originally from Flint, Michigan and my goal is to use film to tell the story of this city that has been through so much.

My aim through the D-Word is to connect with fellow Michigan filmmakers and contribute to their craft.

I look forward to speaking with you all!

Cody Meirick
Pro

Hi, all. I just posted in the Legal thread but thought I should post a more congenial "How's it going" here. After working full-time producing web video and content for a nonprofit for a number of years, I got it in my head several years ago to produce my first documentary. I went all-in on what I think is a great subject. It's a documentary about one of the most banned/censored/challenged books of the last 30 years, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. It touches on folklore, death and dying in children's literature, the illustrations that influenced generations of artists, and of course censorship. 

Sorry, I'll try not to get too self-promotional.  :)  Interested in talking further about the general process of doc filmmaking. I know the last 2-3 years in this journey has been an educational one. Looking forward to the conversation. Cheers.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome to The D-Word, Cody.  You've already gotten a few responses to your post in the Legal topic, including from someone who resembles me quite closely.  

Niam Itani
Host

Welcome to The D-Word, Cody & thanks for jumping right in. Happy New Year! 

Robert Pigott
Pro

Hey everybody! My name's Rob! I'm based in Queens, NY and I'm a freelance doc editor and assistant editor. I heard about this lovely community through a friend in the industry and I'm glad to have joined! I'm always looking for filmmakers to collaborate with editorially and I love helping out any way I can when it comes to giving feedback. Thanks and I'm looking forward to diving into this community more throughout the year!

Doug Block
Host

Great to have you joining us, Rob. We're a lovely community, indeed.

Ali Ozbora
Fan

My name is Ali Ozbora. I am the founder of Velocity  Istanbul and the creator of ‘People Of Coffee’ initiative. I have worked for more than 15 years as a managing director for several multinational advertising agencies and won numerous international awards in Cannes, Golden Drum, Epica and Effie. In 2012 I have found Velocity Istanbul. People Of Coffee is my first feature documentary.

Alexander Newick
Pro

Greetings D-Word Community, 

It is wonderful to be here. I am a composer and music producer. It would be great to hear from any filmmakers looking for bespoke soundtracks and sound design for their works. Please visit my profile to read about my history and experience (previous works and publishers etc). Put simply, I have worked on soundtracks for film and on production music for BBC broadcast but am looking to "cut my teeth" in the world of documentary film music composition. You can visit my soundcloud page (listed on my profile) to hear my latest works (a mostly orchestral album) plus some older production music or simply contact me to natter about possibilities. Great to be here. Alexander (P.s. sorry about the "serious" looking photo... I am really a very upbeat guy :) ) 

Mehrdad Fahim
Pro

Hello The D-Word Community,

I am Mehrdad. I have studied image and media technology and computer animation. In the last 25 years, I have been involved in the design, internet and game industry. Recently I am switching to what I have always dreamed of and that is animated short film. I have a great interest in documentary film and I am planning to make my first animated documentary short film. I hope in the near future to share my ideas and work in the topic "Works in Progress" and look forward to your opinions, critics and suggestions.
I was just surfing on The D-Word website for the first time and so far I couldn't find any topics about animation but without doubt there will be a lot that I can learn from this great and cool community and use that in my animated short films.

Happy to be here and I wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.

Doug Block
Host

Ali, Alexander and Merhdad, a warm welcome to The D-Word to you all. Great to have you here with us.

Hauke Lorenz
Pro

Hello D-Word Community,

my name is Hauke. I'm writing my masters in Digital Journalism at www.hamburgmediaschool.com on "Docs on Demand". The example is my own documentary "Viacrucis Migrante - Migrant Crossing" www.viacrucismigrante.com I shot it at the Guatemala-Mexico border.

If you could help me with a contact, whom to interview for my thesis, I'd be very thankful.

All the best from Hamburg in Germany!

Hauke

John Burgan
Host

Greetings all. Remember that you don't need to "sign" your posts at the end as your name and photo is displayed automatically at the top of every post...

David Manning
Pro

Hi D-Word,

 

Just wanted to say hello.  I'm David Manning, and I think I've lost my mind...I've decided I'm going to make three separate documentary films in the near future!  So please wish me luck and feel free to tell me how crazy I am.  I'm trying not to become dejected or intimidated.  

 

I come from a stills background, so I have a visual language I can work with, but everything else has been a crash course.  I'm actively attending doc film school (aka reading everything I can get my hands on from the net).  I'm pleasantly surprised by how filmmakers share their experiences.  I plan to join that group, and hopefully have something to add to the conversation.

 

Most of my technical questions have been answered.  I'm confident with a camera.  Adding more dimensions to storytelling in my imagery is the challenge. I wish I was best friends with a good editor!!

 

Please be patient with me.  I don't have a breadth of experience in film, but I do with photography.

 

Best wishes and thanks for having me,

 

---David

John Burgan
Host

David - welcome, but please note that you don't need to "sign" your posts at the end as your name and photo is displayed automatically at the top of every post...

Erica Ginsberg
Host

Oh wow, John, this makes me want to reintroduce myself and not listen to your cogent advice.

--Erica

P.S. Seriously though, welcome to all our new members. And David, you are crazy but you have found the perfect spot to connect with other crazy doc folks.

John Burgan
Host

What the heck, everybody's doing it! If you can't beat them, join them!

--John

Doug Block
Host

Took you long enough to join us, JB.  What's it been 14, 15 years?

- Doug

Mark Belden
Pro

Hey D-Word,

I'm an editor living in NYC and looking to get involved with the local documentary community. I shoot and edit documentary style promos along with commercials by trade, but I want to get involved with other doc makers and work as a team.

My recent favorite docs would be: Tomorrow We Disappear, Dark Days, Florida Man, Oxyana.  

I actively look for docs with strong cinematography. Think cinematic, creative, and not so much Ken Berns (nothing against the guy though). If you have any recommendations please let me know!

How I can help:

 

Aside from my love of editing and shooting, I also love marketing and market research.

Years ago I helped grow a reality web series on YouTube channel organically (each video getting over 20k views). Since then I went on to grow email lists, traffic to sites in my free time. Its certainly a helpful skill to have as a creative.

My goal:

I'm looking to get involved with the local doc community and meet more filmmaker. I'd love to help out on set or in the edit. I have all of my own gear and am looking to grow my skills as a filmmaker.

Thank you!

- Mark 

Steve Byrne
Pro

Hello everybody ...
I've been a lurker for a bit, so figured it was time to introduce myself. My name is Steve Byrne, and I am involved in a couple different components of the doc world that folks might find of interest.
First, I'm the executive director of Freep Film Festival, a doc-centric fest produced by the Detroit Free Press, where I'm also the entertainment editor. We're heading into our fourth annual event, which arrives March 30-April 2. 
I'm also part of the Free Press team that's working on a film tied to the 50th anniversary of the Detroit riot/uprising of 1967. It's will be built almost entirely from found footage. (I'm just an associate producer, and don't want to overstate my hand it.)
Aside from the Free Press stuff, I'm also a co-producer/director of a bio-doc that's in pre-production right now. Hope to be talking a little more about it as the year progresses.
Last: I co-host/produce "The Documentary Podcast." It's been on hiatus for much of the year, but we hope to get it ramped back up shortly.
Thanks to all who contribute to this site. It's great. 

John Burgan
Host

We love it when lurkers emerge from the shadows...welcome, Steve. You sound like a busy guy, interesting projects - post more often!

Doug Block
Host

In reply to Steve Byrne's post on Thu 19 Jan 2017:

Ditto what John said. Good to hear about all the things you're up to.  Keep us posted and feel free to leap into other discussion topics in all that free time you apparently have. 

Francesco Dragone
Pro

Hi everyone,

First of all let me say how thrilled and thankful I am to be part of this vibrant community (especially in a moment like this is heartening to land here)!
My name is Francesco Dragone and I am an Italian visual anthropologist/documentary filmmaker who  recently moved to US. I have more than five years experience in the field as director, cameraperson, editor and producer.
I have a strong background in Visual Anthropology and New Media as I graduated from Free University Berlin after a Post Graduation in Lisbon in the same field of studies.
I can be a great asset as a cameraperson as well as executive producer as I am able to speak several foreign languages.
I hold a BA in Portuguese and Spanish Literature, and I also have conversational skills in French and German.
I am very passionate about what I am doing, I am ready to commit 100% to a project and I have a very strong ethical sensitivity (fundamental in documentary IMHO) as well as technical skills.
I would really love to take part to new projects and be part of a crew is always a great learning experience. I know I can bring in a lot of knowledge as well and my unique European angle when it comes to film and edit. Refreshing for both sides sounds always like a win-to-win exchange.
I am based in Providence but willing to move to NYC or Boston or travel wherever a solid project may take me.
Looking forward to dive in the threads of this site and find new and fresh "ears and eyes" in the community! 
Please do not hesitate in contacting me for any further question!

Thank you for your attention,

Francesco

Aaron Soffin
Pro

Welcome Francesco! 

Also, an introduction: It has been many years since I lurked around these D-Word halls. As of late, I've been back again and thought I'd take the opportunity to re-introduce myself.

I work as an editor, but took a long (6-year) break from docs to work in online education, partnering with content experts to bring their courses to life online. Six months ago, I got the opportunity to edit a feature doc about ISIS and Syria that will air on NatGeo in the spring. And getting back into the mess of an edit has made me want more of that in my life going forward :) So I'm on the lookout for the next film to edit at this point.

Personally, I moved out to Berkeley, CA from NYC a couple years ago and am eager to find the D-Worders and doc community out here, especially as I struggle to re-imagine my political engagement in this unpredictable moment. I'm already appreciating all the new topics popping up in the past month. Looking forward to catching up on a lot of unread posts and reconnecting with many of you.

John Burgan
Host

Welcome back, Aaron. Hope you'll be around here on a regular basis from now on.

Erica Ginsberg
Host

In reply to Aaron Soffin's post on Mon 30 Jan 2017:

 Welcome back Aaron. Sounds like you have had some great experiences - even with the break from docs, understanding online education surely would be helpful for future docs as well. And congrats on your move. There is a pretty large doc community in the Bay Area and I am sure some of our local filmmakers based there (including fellow editors Nels Bangerter and Amy Ferraris) could advise further on ways to connect. If I may be shameless in making one suggestion, come join us for Peer Pitch West in Sebastopol this year. Even if you don't have a project to pitch, an editor's eye for feedback (and perhaps making a connection with a filmmaker looking for an editor or adviser) is always important.

Kyle Scoble
Pro

Hey Everyone, pumped to be joining the community and I can't wait to learn and grow with everyone. I'm a director and producer based in Long Beach California. Currently trying to push forward on two projects and see them through to the finish line. 

Doug Block
Host

Welcome to The D-Word, Kyle.  Great to have you here.  And best of luck with your films.

Francesco Dragone
Pro

In reply to Aaron Soffin's post on Tue 31 Jan 2017:

 Thank you Aaron for your welcome. It's very exciting to be here and I am really looking forward to next week's webinar!
I'll dive in over the weekend and try to catch up with all the threads and topics, so that I can have a better feeling and starting my weekly presence on a couple of groups. Have you all a great weekend!

Eric Andrew Kuhn
Pro

Hello all! I'm a composer/musician working primarily in documentary film scoring. Excited to join the community here, and see all the wonderful support and lively discussion. Thanks for having me, look forward to learning about what people are making, and learning more about the documentary making process. 

Art Pharaoh
Pro

Hello D-Word, My producing name is Omnisense and I produce activist films dealing with cutting edge black project technology and covert operations.  In 2016 I released 4 full length films freely available on websites and youtube.  My first documentary is titled: "Covert Transhumanism: A Mind Control Documentary" and exposes heinous modern day ongoing human rights violations against what is known as "targeted individuals."  I am a targeted individual myself and have endured countless injustices in 9+ years of overt electronic harassment targeting. After a number of years of constant attacks I learned the style of modern day COINTELPRO, and have launched TI activism & an awareness campaign in opposition of these atrocities.

 

My other films are titled:

The Electronic Control Grid

The Invisible War: 21st Century Targeting

War vs. the Truth: Psychological Operations

 

I am also a music producer and have produced the full soundtracks of all of my full length films. If anyone needs royalty free original electronic music for their films you can contact me truthbalancemaat (at) gmail.com and I will get back to you ASAP.  I especially like helping righteous activist films of all types. So if you need help with graphic design you can contact me as well.

Ana Francisca Ferreira Bastos
Pro

Hi guys!
I am no professional.

I've experimented a lot with film editing and I am always the one with some kind of camera absorving everything for further notice. I'm portuguese, based in Zurich, Switzerland.

But my field is classical music. I am an orchestra musician and i am starting now to script/idealize what would be a docu series on "ethnic + classical music" through the eyes of the musician herself, as I just purchased a very interesting armenian instrument that is remotely from the same family as the bassoon, my instrument. I wanna break the glass a bit on my own circle about the elitism there is from us, classical musicians, towards other musicians.

I came to you as an observer and a very curious person seeking to see what and how the profis do it. :)

As i said, everything is really still in the beginning but if you are curious and wanna know what I've up to: www.franciscabastos.com

Mimi Mutesa
Pro

Hi all! 

 

I'm a film student currently living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I'm just looking to get experience in the field particularly this upcoming summer in New York, so I thought I'd join a community that came highly recommended to me. My biggest film accomplishment thus far is a short documentary I directed called "Daughter of the Congo" about the immigration story of a girl and her family from Congo (DRC) to the United States. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsl28InA2LA&t=35s) I'm also a photographer and you can see my work on my website at www.mimimutesa.com 

Happy to be here! Feel free to ask my any questions. 

Doug Block
Host

Greetings, Mimi and Ana.  A warm welcome to The D-Word to you both. 

Christoph P. Schuetz
Pro

Hello D-World of D-Word ("World" sounds more fitable to me)!
I'm a documentary filmmaker searching for fellowship, inspiration and a mentor/ mentress who can help me developing my doc-skills.
I can offer passion, creativity and humour as well as giving feedback and input to your projects. These days I'm writing and editing a 45 minutes travel documentary about searching for home in a foreign place. Working title: "Wiener Wuerstel in Tel Aviv".
My life time project is a doc movie about the forgotten and murdered Jewish humourist "Wauwau" and my search for a long time ago lost suitcase with his heritage.
I'm happy to have come here and curious about where it will lead to.
--Christoph

John Burgan
Host

You've certainly got a talent for film titles, Christoph - Smells like Wien Spirit! Have a look around The D-Word, you'll find it a supportive community  and useful resource. No need to "sign" your name after each post - it's always at the top

Christoph P. Schuetz
Pro

In reply to John Burgan's post on Sat 25 Feb 2017 (http://d-word.com/topics/97?post=347300):

Glad, that you like my titles, John. You seem to be a multilinguist - how come Farsi? Thanks for the sign hint.
--Christoph :-)
P.S.: Is here also a section where to watch free online documentary movies?

John Burgan
Host

Well, the fact that I'm a Brit (with an Irish passport) living in Berlin, married to an Afghan (with a German passport) might explain it...

Click on the Watch Films link on the left hand side menu of the page to access links to our online docs....

Christoph P. Schuetz
Pro

In reply to John Burgan's post on Sun 26 Feb 2017 (http://d-word.com/topics/97?post=347308):

Wow! This could be the base of a documentary language farce...
My project "Wiener Wuerstel in Tel Aviv" could be of your interest - is home just a place or more sort of a feeling that you can take anywhere you go?
"Watch Films" I already found but the first clicks I made - mostly trailers out there. Can you recommend me an inspiring and well told doc movie? Recently I watched and enjoyed "Man on wire" (Petit and Marsh are great storytellers in this work) and "Salesman" of the Maysles brothers.

Tim Bennett
Pro

Hi everyone...

I'm brand new here and just introducing myself.  My day job is producing short corporate videos, but my real goal is to make more documentary type content.  I've been involved in video production, photography, and music production professionally for about 10 years now, and although I have a variety of technical skills at this point, my real challenge is applying it to longer form content and building storylines...which is how I ended up here.  

I'm looking for motivation, ideas, encouragement and to challenge the way I currently do things.  I'm currently in the process of attempting to put together a feature length documentary based on a year of travel and keep running into hurdle after hurdle, but am determined to get it done.

I'm looking forward to learning more and sharing some knowledge myself!

Judy Seaman
Pro

Hi everybody,

I was a member of D-Word several years ago and now am back. I moved from NJ to western Massachusetts 6 1/2  years ago. Before that I worked at WNBC News Channel 4 as an editor and other TV stations. I've made corporate and educational videos and also two documentaries of my own (in 2000 and in 2004). One did pretty well in a little niche market. It's called "A Clear Road to Birth." The other, about two people with Cystic Fibrosis who receive double-lung transplants, sadly never went anywhere. One claim to fame of mine is my participation in the D-Word's first collaborative project. My piece is about 50 seconds.  Feel free to look: http://judithanneseaman.com/?page_id=687

I have to say that I've been feeling pretty alone in a work situation I've found myself in and thought I'd share what happened in the hopes that someone might offer insight. Please let me know if I can share this and where it would go on this site.

I'm looking forward to meeting other filmmakers here, learning and sharing (as Tim Bennett has expressed).

Thank you!

Judy 

Doug Block
Host

In reply to Judy Seaman's post on Sat 11 Mar 2017:

Welcome back, Judy!  There's no such thing as a former D-Word member, you sign up here for life - whether you want to or not :)  And you may have been gone a while but certainly were not forgotten!

Feel free to post about your situation in Our Daily Bread

Niam Itani
Host

Welcome back to The D-Word, Judy. As Doug said, once a D-Worder, always a D-Worder! 

Nicholas Czerula
Pro

Hello all,

I am new to D-Word. I run a small commercial production company serving the automotive aftermarket, sport industry and local businesses. I have created a handful of short narratives on people and hope to continue doing so. Usually self-funded and distributed. I love charcter studies and telling people's stories.

Hoping to connect with folks in the doc world to grow and develop my craft.

John Burgan
Host

Just watched the first two minutes of your World War II: The Last Frontier (2017) which starts off in a traditional manner with WWII archive and voiceover describing the world situation in 1943, but then talks of John F Kennedy (born 1917) as POTUS and Lenin (who died in 1924) as if he were still alive. So it's probably intended as a spoof or an ironic joke ("trustyoursources") but to be honest I lost interest in watching any more. 

Rick Meghiddo
Pro

We are all visual people, so I guess I'll start from the here and now. I just entered a video contest titled "Inspired by Israel." My entry is Normality Lo-Normali: http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/normality-lo-normali/ Everyone can vote. Watch it (4:56') and if you feel like voting, please vote. It's a two phase competition: phase 1 by popularity and phase 2 by a jury. Only the 10 top in popularity will get a chance to be judged. Every vote counts! Why is this important? because it shows aspects normal life in Israel rarely shown by the media, and it will challenge misconception and distorted views. 


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