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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.

Simon Constable
Pro

By the way, the photo. is of my business partner+ the Director of our debut doc. about HIV/ AIDS 'VOICES': www.voices-hivaids.com – check the trailer in the DOCUMENTARY section!

Doug Block
Host

Well, Simon, Fernanda's topic is now open so be among the first to fire away with your questions or comments.

Linda Booker
Pro

Hi Ya'll
Looking forward to getting to know the D-Word community and after hearing about the late night fun at Full Frame this year... meeting other D-Worders in the future! I just wish I had joined years ago. Now that I've done some festival and many grassroots screenings of my documentary film LOVE LIVED ON DEATH ROW (I directed/edited/produced), I'm now hoping that some of you can give me guidance and advice as I venture into national and foreign markets & DVD sales.

I'm a 2005 graduate of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University certificate program and soon after started production on LOVE LIVED. I laugh that it's hi-jacked my life the last few years, but it's also led to amazing experiences and meeting so many remarkable people. You can see a trailer & more about the film at www.lovelivedondeathrow.com. It's about forgiveness, healing, restorative justice and the capital punishment system. I also program a local film series and I'm always looking for regional work (NC connections is the theme.)

Thanks for such a great forum,
Linda

Doug Block
Host

Great to have you here, Linda. Forget Full Frame, it's late night fun 24/7 here at The D-Word. After years of hanging out on death row, I bet you could use a little fun, too.

Adrian  Salinas
Fan

Hello everybody, just found this forum and totally love it!!!
I am a feature film editor working in L.A., Moving in to directing & producing my own films.
Born in Mexico city,citizen of the world, happy to finally have somebody to ask questions too.

Good luck and a lovely day to everybody

A

oh yea: you can see some of my work @ www.adriansalinas.com

; )

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Adrian. From my informal calculation, you posted from LA around 5:30am your time. Very impressive. You already understand that The D-Word is either the first or last thing you should do every day (or both!)

Anyway, good luck with your rise to mogulhood and glad to have you aboard.

Ron Osgood
Pro

Hello everyone,

I teach documentary production at Indiana University and recently completed my first feature length doc "My Vietnam Your Iraq" that tells the stories of nine families with a parent that served in Vietnam and a child that served in Iraq. www.myvietnamyouriraq.com

Ron Osgood
www.iu.edu/~videoz

John Burgan
Host

Looks like you've acquired quite a bit of teaching experience along the way, Ron. What drew you to make the Vietnam/Iraq project?

Ron Osgood
Pro

I'm a Vietnam veteran and when the war in Iraq started it brought back memories of my military service.

John Burgan
Host

Sounds like a very strong motivation to make the film.

Shlomo Hazan
Pro

Hello,

I am Shlomo Hazan, from Israel, a filmmaker (directing, editing, producing, waterboying) and an editing teacher.
After some casual swimming beside the "good ship D-Word", as Doug said above, it is time for me to climb aboard and join the fun.
Glad to be here.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Climbing aboard? We hope you're not a pirate! (Too much about them in the news recently, I guess.)

Welcome on our ship, Water Boy! :-)

Georgi James
Fan

Hello all. I'm a publisher and now hopefully a film maker as well.

I have traveled the world writing and interviewing people + places + stories over many years and now would like to capture some of the same on film.

My first of a short series will be filmed in Edinburgh, August/September,

I appreciate D-Word... it's been great reading the posts and I look forward to being a part of this community.

Cheers G.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Welcome to the rapidly-growing group of D-Word Enthusiasts! (And I love Edinburgh!)

Jennifer MacDonald
Fan

Hi! I'm a recent college grad and currently work as a reporter for the CBS/NBC affiliate in Northern California. I want to start a career in the documentary film industry. I love my job telling people's stories everyday but I want to tell longer stories with bigger themes. I'm moving back home to Los Angeles as soon as I get a job so if anyone knows of anything please tell me! Thanks!

John Burgan
Host

Unlike fiction film & TV, I'm not sure that documentary is an industry anywhere, Jennifer, but if you love it enough, it might well become a life-long addiction! Good luck with your endeavours.

Doug Block
Host

Think of it as a very serious, very expensive hobby. Glad you googled and found us, though, Jennifer.

Jason Osder
Pro

It kind-of depends on how you define documentary also.

I would say that there is a non-fiction television industry here in DC, but only a fraction of this production (IMO) can truly be called documentary.

Of course, lots of people have day jobs in the industry than hustle (and borrow equipment from employers) to do their own doc projects.

John Burgan
Host

Let's not forget the "factual entertainment" industry

Jason Osder
Pro

Nor reality television, corporate video, and weddings.

All legit ways to build your skills and pay the bills.

Jennifer MacDonald
Fan

Oh ok. That makes sense because a lot of the postings on craigslist are non-paid and short durations. I guess I'm having a hard time figuring out if I should leave my stable job to pursue jobs in TV and film in Los Angeles (my hometown). Documentary would be my number one love.. It's scary to go into the unknown!

Steven Gray
Pro

Hi there. Director of Photography, studied with Mr Burgan at the NFTS way back in the late 80's/early 90's, and have been lucky since graduating to have been shooting docs since then. Given the way the broadcast industry is at the moment, not sure if i will be able to continue making a living from docs, hence trying to move into drama.

John Burgan
Host

The venerable Mr Gray! Good to see you here, mate. Let's have a drink in London next month sometime and catch up on the last, er, 17 years or so...

Jonathan Bland
Fan

Hi Folks,
Great to see a forum like this :)
I just thought I'd take a moment to say hi and see if there are any doc filmmakers living/ working in Mumbai.
I'm from Canada but have lived/ worked/ adventured in India/ Asia for half of the last 15 years. I work as a D.P. and am currently developing a project here in Mumbai.

Doug Block
Host

Jonathan you can always hit the People link at the top of every page and do an "advanced search" by city and country.

Dan Gasiewski
Fan

A national competition seeking the best videos, photographs, and stories describing how individuals, families and communities are managing during these hard times.

One of the unexpected outcomes of the Great Depression was a decade of creative outpouring that covered the U.S. map. Under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), thousands of artists fanned across the country documenting the experiences of everyday Americans as they worked to maintain their families, their communities, and their way of life in the face of a national economic crisis.

Now, as Americans are again experiencing financial hardship and uncertainty, First Person Arts invites artists to document how this generation of Americans is coping.

Inspired by the artists of the WPA, who documented the experiences of Americans in every part of the country, First Person Arts is asking artists to help craft the first draft of the history of our era by capturing, in photographs, on video, or in writing, the stories of America and its people during these difficult times.

Our goal is to gather stories from all 50 states.

Artists:
We are looking for short memoirs and essays, documentary films, and photographs that depict Americans from all walks of life. We are especially interested in stories that are unique to your family, your community, your town, your region – that capture the idiosyncratic things that are happening where you live – the slices of life that, taken together, will give us a First Person picture of America in 2009 – the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful.

Guidelines:
Writing submissions – up to 2,500 words.
Film and video submissions – up to five minutes, excluding credits.
Photography submissions – may include up to five photographs, with or without accompanying text of up to 100 words per image.

Submission deadline: June 30, 2009

Finalists in each category (writing, film, and photography) will be featured on the First Person Arts website (www.firstpersonarts.org) and at the First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art, November 4-8, 2009. First place winners in each genre will be invited to Philadelphia to participate in the festival. A cash prize will be awarded to the best story overall.

Competition website: www.hardtimes.firstpersonarts.org

Doug Block
Host

Dan, better that you submit something like this in the Classifieds topic. This is for personal (or, one might say, first person) intros.

Giovanni Paolo Autran
Fan

Hi D-Makers,

I am very pleased to see such a supportive network available on line. Last night was my first Stranger Than Fiction screening – yet another rewarding organization (hi doug). I look forward to learning and sharing.

Cheers,
Giovanni

my website:
www.nomadic-films.com

Doug Block
Host

Welcome to The D-Word, Giovanni. Was good meeting you last night.

Anne Checler
Pro

Hello,

I am happy to have joined the community. I look forward to visiting the site daily!
I am a documentary film editor with over 10 years of experience. I enjoy working on social/historical/human rights-related documentaries and am looking for new editing opportunities.
You may check my work at http://web.mac.com/achecler.

A native French-speaker, I also speak Spanish and Portuguese and when I am not putting stories together in the dark, I play drums in a Brazilian percussion ensemble...

Jon Foy
Pro

Hey folks,

Thanks for having me aboard. I'm at rough cut stage with my debut feature doc, "Resurrect Dead". Just joining up to do my legal homework. Wow, after perusing for the last hour I'm wishing I had joined far earlier – could have saved me a lot of headache. I'm still figuring out how to fine-tune word searches around here. Cheers.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Anne and Jon. Good to have you joining us. Anne, I used to play (badly, but who could hear?) in a Brazilian percussion ensemble a few years ago. Absolutely loved it!

Adam Chapnick
Pro

Hello everyone,

I'm thrilled to finally be a part of this community! I'm a longtime doc marketer and distributor, a big social media evangelist, an IDA board member, and a dad.

I'm very excited about my new service that's now in beta, that gets indie films on iTunes for a flat fee without needing a traditional distribution deal, without surrendering rights, and without giving up any rev-share (it's at www.Distribber.com). I'm so grateful that people are already offering feedback here. I invite and welcome all thoughts, positive, negative or otherwise!

For the record, I also can spin a basketball on one finger almost indefinitely and juggle a soccer ball with only my head.

Marj Safinia
Host

Welcome, Adam. Glad to have you on board. Adam and I spend far too much time together in various IDA meetings and I can tell you that he's completely genuine when he asks for honest feedback, so I hope folks will jump in. Adam, the party's already started in Marketing and Distribution

Doug Block
Host

Great to have you here, Adam. Hope you'll leap right into the discussions.

Mark Barroso
Pro

In reply to Adam Chapnick's post on Thu 28 May 2009 :

Spinning a basketball on my finger has always been a great mystery to me since junior high school. I tried and tried and never could get it. The guys who could were always the coolest cats around. What's the secret? If I fly to LA will you teach me? My life would then be complete.

Maureen Marovitch
Pro

A colleague recently enthused to me how singing up for the D Word had changed her life and I had to join. With that endorsement, how could I not?! I've been researching, writing and directing (and occasionally co-producing) documentaries and non-fiction television since 1994. My partner and I co-own Picture This Productions (www.picturethis.ca) These days we are developing some one off documentary films and limited doc series, while also working on corporate projects and even the occasional fiction piece. I'm coming back slowly to the world of documentary activism and social engagement after five years of trying to balance just getting a basic level of work accomplished while raising two toddlers. It felt- and sometimes still does- like there are never enough hours in the day for it all, but I was finding that I really missed being part of the bigger documentary community. That all said, I am so looking forward to reading through some back posts and connecting up with the amazing people around the world I see listed on this site!

Ben Kempas
Pro

Welcome, Maureen. Yes, there are never enough hours in the day, and it's getting worse now that you're adding The D-Word to your daily routines...

Doug Block
Host

Just remember your priorities, Maureen, and you'll be okay. D-Word first, kids second...

Maureen Marovitch
Pro

Right. Got that straight. Now if I can just get them to write up funding applications for me, this time thing would all balance out. Oh wait- first they have to learn how to write...

Thanks for the welcome!

Fed Sanchez
Fan

Hi there. I come from a photographic background, and I'm working on my first doc right now. I heard about this forum from a workshop I was taking this past week at SIFT, in Ottawa. I am based in Toronto.

Michael Anderson
Fan

Greetings. Coming from the world of sound design for EA, including scoring, in game documentary footage and cut scenes. (Medal of Honor series). Fascinated by cross platform media and documentary styles.

Ryan Ferguson
Pro

hi michael – first off, WELCOME (and to you others too!)... please check out my recent posts in the 'multi-platform project' thread. definitely interested in your take.

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