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David Brown
Hi folks, I just joined. I'm a docmaker from San Francisco who's
been producing and directing social and environmental issue docs since
1971. I also teach documentary filmmaking at City College of San
Francisco. My most recent doc, SURFING FOR LIFE, profiles older
surfers in their 70s, 80s and 90s. You can check our web site at I look forward to being in touch and learning
from y'all (Texas friends). Kindly, David L.
Doug Block
Welcome, David. Feel free to fill out a Personal Profile so we can
find out more about you and your work (by clicking on your username).
To do so, click on the Settings button at the top right of the page.
Deleted User
I need support ,sales ideas and possible collaboration to
complete a documentary which is on its way already.
Let me introduce you to my project.:

MOONWATCHER - The Documentary
MOONWATCHER is a 90-minute documentary made for
theatrical release and adapted for the television format.
Space. Time. Nature. Technology. Art. Destiny…
After four painstaking years of production, Stanley Kubrick’s
"2001, A Space Odyssey" finally hit the screen in April 1968. This
extraordinary spell-binding tale of human evolution and destiny
evokes the great mystery of mankind’s existential search, and
his ultimate quest for self-realization.
2001’s ‘Dawn-of-Man sequence’, featured the alpha-ape
character of "Moonwatcher", the creation of performer/artist, Dan
Richter, "Moonwatcher" and his tribe are doomed to extinction.
Then, he picks up a bone, uses it as a tool and ultimately crafts it
into a weapon of destruction.
The pivotal sequence remains one of the most lurid and
provoking visual metaphors in cinematic history.
Artist Dan Richter collaborated with some of the most influential
and creative minds of the day. Andy Warhol, Arthur C. Clarke,
John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Allen Ginsberg and Kubrick himself
were among his peer group. These writers, artists and
performers used their art as a vehicle to strike at the very core of
the status quo.
In MOONWATCHER Dan Richter plays host to a vibrant
examination of the post-world war years of the 1960’s, the age of
radical query, and the role of artists in stretching accepted
paradigms that challenged and transformed ideas, we travel
through the decades of discovery, pop culture, space travel,
globalization of corporate monoliths, capitalism, consumerism
and the vanished enemies behind the iron curtain.
Re-think the human condition as you are invited into the
nature-drenched environment of science fiction author Arthur C.
Clarke and the urban world of avant garde artist and musician,
Yoko Ono.
MOONWATCHER - The Documentary, explores the artistic legacy
of Kubrick’s profound commentary, and of those artists whose
creative output defined their generation and future perspectives.
As the catalysts for true examination their expressions reveal
profound insights as to our ultimate purpose on earth.
Hans Pfleiderer
Tracy Heather Strain
Hi. I have finally visited and remain excited about participating.
I'm currently a Boston-based filmmaker, and the producer of the
recently-completed ADRIFT, a lyrical film about an Irish-American
cameraman and his late father's expectations for success. I'm
finally back to work on SWEET DREAMS: THE DONUT MOVIE. Later, Tracy
Doug Block
Welcome, Hans. Tracy, I remember quite well meeting you at the IFP
Market. Hope our paths will cross again soon. In the meantime, happy
to get together here.
Mike Allan
Hello again all - I say "again" as I was a member briefly when the
forums were located elsewhere. Since then I have completed my first
documentary - (last spring) the history of my daughter's school as
seen through the eyes of three former principals and several former
students from the 1920's until the 70's. I'm gearing up for HOT DOCS
here in Toronto, so once again as it becomes spring, my mind begins
to wander to documentary thoughts. I'm putting together a couple of
projects which I am hoping will get done this summer. In the meantime
I've also become the editor of a print magazine for the video
production industry here in Canada on a part time basis. As well as I
am still working at a post facility. Not going to leave the post
facility as they have been very supportive of my foray into doc
making and also of HOT DOCS (we are a sponsor for the second year in
a row). I'm really looking forward to HOT DOCS this year and I hope
some of you make it up. If anyone is coming up to TO let's hook up!
Ben Kempas
Welcome back, Mike. I've added you to the members list of our private

Sorry for the erased postings, I couldn't get the link to work ...
it's too early here. :-)
Deleted User
I'm an experienced documentary and dramatic film maker. i am looking
for advice on a series of documentaries for TV networks in the US. I
have a foreign distributor but this programme is about Transsexuals
and their personal lives. Who in the US would be the best channel to
Ben Kempas
Welcome to The D-Word Forums, Robert. Sorry I can't answer your
question, I'm one of the Euros in here. In our private forum for
documentary professionals, {LINK NOT IMPORTED}, we have dedicated
topics about distribution. Check out for
access. Membership is free.
Doug Block
Roger, HBO just loves transsexuals. In fact, anything with "sex"
somewhere in the subject matter ;-) It might be appropriate for POV,
on PBS, too.
Ben Kempas
Hm. Why did I call him Robert? As if we didn't have enough Roberts in
here already!
I am sorry, Roger.
Marcia Raymond
Hello. I'm new here, and, I'm still exploring the site...
I produce/direct documentaries: two on lupus
[one on PBS, the other
being pitched to Lifetime], and a doc on NY
women art dealers for A&E Networks...
other projects in the works as well.
Ben Kempas
A late-night welcome from Munich, Marcia!

If you like the taste of The D-Word Forums, you will be delighted to
join {LINK NOT IMPORTED} as well. How to?
Doug Block
Ben, perhaps you could place a header on the top right (opposite The
D-Word Forums logo): JOIN THE D-WORD COMMUNITY (link to d-

I tried but got confused with stuff that's already there (but isn't

Isn't it fascinating what D-Word co-hosts say to each other when no
one's around? ;-)
Ben Kempas
I thought I had already done something like that and you had erased it ...
Ben Kempas
Hah! It only was an HTML mistake, here it is again. I added a "join"
line to it.
Deleted User
I'm a documentary producer/director based in New Orleans. I'm also
the Vice-President for Programming for the New Orleans Film Festival.
This year, we have introduced a special category for documentary
submissions in our competitive division. We will select several to
screen at the festival and we'll award a jury prize for best
documentary. I really want to increase our documentary presence. So,
send us your stuff! Download our application at The early deadline is June 1, 2002 and the
final deadline is July 1, 2002. Our fest runs October 10-17, 2002 and
we treat filmmakers very well!
Doug Block
Thanks for letting us know, Susan. Ben or I will be sure to post
this annoucement in our Documentary Festivals topic in The D-Word

Wish my new film was ready to submit. Love your city. Love that
Cafe du Monde.
Ben Kempas
Same thought at the same time, Doug! I already posted it there.

Great to see how this place is filling up. Is it the buzz about our
upcoming Virtual Doc Conference with Jan Roefekamp of Films Transit?
Tell us, what made you newbies aware of The D-Word Forums?
Deleted User
Greetings......I'm a 42 year-old documentary filmmaker from Los
Angeles, one who is happy to be aboard to tap into the experiences
and insights of others in the field.....
Doug Block
Nice to have you here, Judson. Care to either fill out a Personal
Profile (click on Settings button on the top right) or tell us a bit
more about yourself?
Sami Kallinen

Hello. Im a finnish documentary filmmaker based in amsterdam and who

recently took the leap from print journalism into films. Currently

working on a portrait of an 'insane' and completely isolated juggler -

an urban hermit here in Amsterdam who has just finished coding his own

operative system for pc.

Also researching for a piece about an artist who is building - together

with Technical University of Delft - a mobile art center to be shipped

around the globe from the deserts of Egypt to Greenland to Surinam.

Read about D-Word in an old Dox issue...

Ben Kempas
Welcome to everyone! Sorry for my ignorance, but is "Sami" a female or
male name?
Sami Kallinen
Oh, don't be sorry... Should have indicated it myself. "Sami" is a male