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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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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
Fan

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

Richard Walter
Fan

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About Me:
I'm new in this forum, I am a consultant and have worked with multiple firms
You can check 2d animated videos one of my work.

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!


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