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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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Brett Story
Pro

Hi everyone,
My name is Brett Story, I'm a documentary filmmaker and journalist recently relocated to brooklyn from montreal. I'm currently working on a film about the paralysis of petrochemical workers in an industrial city south of Toronto in response to a major epidemic of cancers – a study, really, in post-industrialization and alienation.... I'm also working on a series of experimental super8 docs about cities. some of them are up at www.brettstory.blip.tv. anyway, great to be here, and looking forward to getting to know the forum....

Jenn Cherry
Fan

Hi,
My name is Jennifer Cherry. I teach writing and use videography/photography as an escape from reading student papers. I've decided to stop gazing longingly at all the documentaries being made by others and try to make a short one of my own. I've secured permission from my kids' school and parents to follow the track team this season. I'm kicking around some ideas as to what I want to focus on, so hopefully I'll get it figured out soon--the season begins tomorrow! Most likely, I'll be flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants this go around. I'm sure I'll be asking lots of questions as I get further into this little venture.

Doug Block
Host

welcome to the d-word, brett and jenn. glad you found us.

Craig Mcgillivray
Pro

hi,
I used to lurk out here a lot,but never really had much to contribute, cause I wasn't working on a movie, and jeez, the regulars here can answer pretty much any question that gets posed. I've been off in the wilderness for a year or so and now I'm working on two movies at once. They are both about music. One is half in the can, the other is a collaboration about a defunct punk band with hundreds of fans that I'm organising over a popular social networking site. The second one is really snowballing out of conrol as I type.
So my days are shooting interviews and using the crap out of he razor tool in FCP, scrambling to pay rent in the bay area, and now spending time with you fine folks here on the d-word.

Doug Block
Host

hey, we're all scraping by in here, craig. glad to see you come out of the lurker's darkness and into the light of day.

Juergen Czwienk
Fan

hi,
I am a new member and hopefully this will be a inspiring forum for me.
Greetings from Wiesbaden

Doug Block
Host

Greetings back at you, Juergen. Welcome to the always-inspiring D-Word.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Hi Jürgen, funny, I was in Wiesbaden just four days ago, at Bewegte Zeiten. Do you know them?

Anyway, it's nice to see the "Reelisors" slowly trickling in... Welcome!

Juergen Czwienk
Fan

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Fri 6 Mar 2009 :

Hallo Ben. Ich habe von Bewegte Zeiten gehört, aber auch Wiesbaden ist nicht so ganz klein. Ich arbeit seit einigen Jahren mit einem Studio in Mainz zusammen, denn dort kann ich so lange schneiden, wie es nötig ist. Derzeit bereiten wir uns auf den Umzug in eine Scheune vor, damit alles etwas gemütlicher wird. Bon weekend JC

Faraz  Mohammad
Fan

Hi, My name is Faraz Mohammed, I am very new to Documentary film making. and I have recently moved to India from NY and I will be in India for few months. I am looking to meet with some documentary film makers and get some experience. I will appreciate it if anyone can introduce me to people working making documentaries in the Indian subcontinent.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Juergen – If you're referring to the post right before yours, there's no need to use the "in reply to" line. We only do that when linking to earlier posts. Everything else is an ongoing conversation.

Faraz – Welcome. You can connect to other Enthusiasts and Members of The D-Word by using the People link on the top of the page, and then searching for India.

Michelle Ferrari
Pro

Hello to all. I'm an NYC-based filmmaker, currently making the leap from writing and story editing to directing, and ever so slightly nervous about it. I confess that I generally tend toward the Luddite and non-virtual, but a good friend of mine, who is an active and zealous member, told me D-Word "rocks" – and after trolling around a bit, I'm inclined to agree with him. Looking forward to getting to know you.

Doug Block
Host

Same here, Michelle. We do tend to have a fair share of F2F's in NYC, often built around the Stranger Than Fiction series on Tuesday nights at the IFC Theater. So speak up if you're thinking of going and I'm sure more than a few members will be happy to interact with you non-virtually. In the meantime, welcome aboard.

Nick Verbitsky
Pro

Hi guys,

I'm working on a feature length doc on the collapse of Bear Stearns and am in post-production on 2 TV docs focusing on male vics of domestic violence as well as an investigative piece on Polygamy. Along w/my little brother, I run Blue Chip Films in CT.

Mark Kendall
Pro

Hey everyone,

I'm usually more of a reader than a poster when it comes to "virtual" communities, but this site seems really awesome. So, in the spirit of full disclosure, I'm a documentary filmmaker currently based in Nashville, TN. I started shooting docs while living abroad in Bolivia during my time in graduate school, and my first film about a network of indigenous filmmakers there had some successes on the festival circuit so I've managed to keep my momentum and continue pursuing stories that interest me. I was the personal videographer for Wynonna Judd for a while, and now I'm doing some work with the Nashville Film Festival. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all better, and maybe even crossing the digital divide...

Nicola Lees
Pro

Hi
I've worked in factual TV for 10 years, mainly specializing in developing science/history/lifestyle programmes for channels in the UK and USA. I'm now running TV Mole, which is a website dedicated to helping people originate, develop and pitch their non-fiction shows.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Nicola – welcome to The D-Word, and please see my comments on TV Mole (great name!) in our Discovery Campus: Docu Series discussion. And please turn yourself into a Member already, will you? :-)

Mark – great to have you on board. I guess I'll see you in April during the Nashville Film Festival then? (Nashville deserves all the credit for making Al Gore watch my film...)

Ben Kempas
Pro

Oh, and Nick, I didn't mean to overlook you (maybe you should upload a picture, haha). Welcome to The D-Word.

Annette Strauch
Fan

I grew up in the middle of Germany. The fall of the Berlin wall was one of my most memorable experiences 20 years ago because I lived close to the border in the west.

I come from the cherry area around Witzenhausen / lovely cherry-blossom in the spring!

"We perceive what we want to perceive" – it depends which pair of glasses we are wearing, as the German saying goes!

I love colourful cupcakes, latte macchiato (medium) with spoon-firm froth, bara-brith, lamb in Wales with mint sauce and good quality tea (Sahnetee). I love web 2.0 and my iPodtouch with good podcasts like audiobooks.

I believe in skills: you cannot have studied history only really – and then work in marketing or so. I was taught good quality work and education was too a high standard. I am interested in – and have studied psychology and neurolinguistic programming (discover your own potential!).

I support Nordic-Walking and Mountain-Walking in Wales.

I set up a good exhibition in my favourite Library, the SUB in Göttingen: http://www.sub.uni-goettingen.de/archiv/ausstell/2008/wales.html.

I belonged to the German Society when I lived in Cardiff.

I love Cardiff, London, Glastonbury – languages, cultures. I love the sun! I never mean to do any harm. People cannot take criticism sometimes – but it is their problem. I have experienced this in Wales (with some national institutions unfortunately). Trust is important – the chemistry has to be good and relentless honesty is important. I need – like every person – someone who tells me that some of my ideas is rubbish. I appreciate it – better than agreeing all the time – this has nothing to do with being rude (guerrilla marketing principal also).

Achievement means a lot to me – but not getting stressed. I never got certain jobs b'cause I am no "arse-licker"; a word and meaning I learnt in Wales. I have been into blogs for a while now, bookmarking / tagging, brand monitoring (MINI), content aggregation, crowdsourcing / voting (Starbucks), discussion boards and forums, vents and meetups, microblogging, video, photosharing, podcasting, presentation sharing, PR, ratings and reviews (Qype). I work to get sponsorship.

Combining culture with IT – this is my interest. I belive just IT is nothing, it is just technology – you still want to read the classics and books that are kept in the libraries. If you don't – I do ;-). I like the art of giving and helping! About me – in one sentence: Very happy!

Some Links: http://www.mrdgallery.com/
http://www.wiki-goettingen.de/index.php?title=Annette_Strauch

N.B.: Mark and I are interested in professional film-making (we have good equipment). Wales offers great locations. You can film here very well.
Photography and film-making go very well together. I have studied Visual Anthropology (Georg-August Uni Göttingen) when I chose the subject "Europäische Ethnologie" in which I have a degree.

George Kachadorian
Pro

My name is George Kachadorian and I've beem working for nearly a decade on my latest feature documentary "SHOOTING BEAUTY"– selected to kick off the 2009 Full Frame Film Festival. Also playing in April at IFP/Phoenix Film Fest and IFFBoston.

Check out the brief trailer at our facebook page to see what I've been doing up here in my little NH studio...:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=71146290201

Doug Block
Host

Greetings to all the new Members. George, much congrats on having your premiere be the Full Frame premiere, that's pretty awesome! Now be sure to take the next step and sign up for full membership . Annette, now that's an awesome introduction!

Tina Flemmerer
Pro

George,

I just saw the trailer to your film, it is amazing. I can't wait to see it. Are there any plans for the film to come to New York anytime soon?

Mark Kendall
Pro

Thanks Ben...I'll be there all week, so we'll definitely cross paths. Congrats on your film.

Sean Flynn
Pro

Great trailer George, and I love the tagline "Everyone deserves a shot." Hope to catch you and the film at IFF Boston!

Joshka Wessels
Pro

Dear all, my name is Joshka Wessels, I am a eco-documentary maker based in the Netherlands. My background is in visual anthropology and geography (yes, I have a PhD in that...)I have been a member of D-Word since 2007 when I was based in the UK but just didn't get round to properly introduce myself! I have been working a lot on climate change, water and middle east issues lately. Attached is a list of broadcasts and screening in 2009 of 5 different films I made. You can see my showreel on my youtube channel www.youtube.com/joshkawessels

Have fun !

Doug Block
Host

Glad to have you finally posting, Joshka. Though now I can see why, you've been quite a busy boy. Much congrats.

Joshka Wessels
Pro

hi doug, thanks, busy girl you mean...I know confusing hey, Joshka can be both....:)

Ben Kempas
Pro

You know, Doug's eyesight... and he doesn't really read the bios... :-P

[looking for shelter]

Doug Block
Host

Hey, I'm on vicodin and not responsible for anything I do these days (just ask my wife!). But sorry about that, lovely Joshka.

Nick Verbitsky
Pro

Thx for the Welcome Doug, I'm really psyched to be involved w/this group.

Which is a great segue to a question I have as it regards fair use. As I mentioned, I am working on a feature doc on the collapse of Bear Stearns, I've already had a bunch of fantastic interviews and have a bunch more scheduled through April.

However, I also have an absolute trove of internal corp vid from Bear Stearns that was spirited out of the bldg before it could be destroyed. There is much in this trove that will be useful in one way or another, and yes, some of it is pretty sensitive and documents meetings while the company is on its way to oblivion during that fateful last week.

My question is, what, if any guidance does the group have vis a vis the Fair Use claim. Based on the American Univ Best Practices statement, I feel I'm on pretty firm ground in using what I have, and I also plan on obtaining Fair Use insurance; but just wanted to see what some of you thought. I guess the best way to think of what I have is similar to SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM, which was of course, chock full of internal Enron corp vids.....

Look fwd to any/all comments....

John Burgan
Host

Given the sort of material you are thinking of using, it would seem imperative that you speak to a lawyer.

Nick Verbitsky
Pro

Thanks John. In order to get the Fair Use insurance I mentioned, I must have a statement from a lawyer attesting to the veracity of the claim....Was just wondering if there was anyone w/a shared experience who could give me some guidance.

John Burgan
Host

Hopefully you'll get some more feedback from the D-Word.

In the interim, Richard Lee is a longstanding member of our community and well versed in these issues. I haven't used him myself, but many colleagues here can attest to his competence in this area.

Shuibo Wang
Pro

Hello dear documentary colleagues!
I'm Shui-bo Wang, a Montreal based filmmaker and I also teach at the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, as a visiting professor. My animated autobiographical documentary Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square was nominated for an Academy Award in 1999. I made two other documentaries titled Swing in Beijing and They Chose China, and currently working on a couple of documentary feature film projects both in Canada and China.

Simone Francis
Fan

Hi, My name is Simone and I started a project a few years ago- www.nomadichands.com
If anyone is interested in helping out with an upcoming documentary in the Ecuadorian Amazon very soon, I´ve just posted info about it in the public classified section. I´m always open to help with all other areas of the project too ;)
Cheers,
Simone

Ben Kempas
Pro

Welcome to The D-Word, Simone, Shuibo, Nick...

Adam Lichtenstein
Pro

Greetings and Thanks for welcoming me into The D-Word. My name is Adam Lichtenstein and I am an Avid and Final Cut Pro Editor of features, commercials (web, too) and documentaries (TV news docs, reality, and theatrical). My most recent project was for HBO about the late great 70s character actor John Cazale called I KNEW IT WAS YOU. It's making its tour of film festivals, having recently been at Sundance where it was in the Documentary Spotlight program. It's a great little gem and particular favorite of film people. I hope you all enjoy. Again, thanks for inviting me into The Discussion. Warmly, Adam L.

Doug Block
Host

A warm welcome to Simone and Adam. Good to have you both here and leaping in.

Ben Kempas
Pro

I saw I KNEW IT WAS YOU at Sundance and really liked it. Welcome, Adam!

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