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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.

Jessie Beers-Altman
Pro

Hi everyone,

I am a new filmmaker working out of the Boston area. I'm trying to gain experience in the business and learn as much as possible. I recently completed a short documentary for my thesis in the MFA program at Boston University called "The Spirit of a Runner." The film follows Washington D.C. native Suprabha Beckjord as she embarks on the Sri Chinmoy Self Transcendence 3,100-Mile Race for an unprecedented 12th year in a row. For those of you who don't know anything about this event, it is an unbelievable athletic endeavor in which runners log anywhere from 50 to 80 miles per day around a single city block in Queens, NY en route to completing the overall 3,100-mile distance. They run from 6 a.m. to midnight, never taking a day off. Suprabha is the only woman to ever attempt the race, and she is also the only person- male or female- who has completed the race every year since its inception 12 years ago. If you'd like to see a trailer for the film, as well as check out some of my previous work, please visit my website at: www.jbeersaltman.weebly.com.

Cheers,
Jessie

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Robert and Jessie. It was nice meeting you in Boston, Jessie. Your film is an intriguing one but, I've gotta add, your main subject sounds utterly insane. Talk about needing to get a life!

Ben Kempas
Pro

Welcome, Jessie. You should make that your profile picture!

To explain to others why you qualify for Member status, I'll quote from your profile: "Her experience includes credits for PBS and the Discovery Channel, as well as numerous independent and commercial productions. In 2005, she produced and edited Eyes Through Time, a NASA-commissioned educational documentary on the Swift satellite mission in outer space."

Christopher Wong
Pro

welcome, jessie. you've undoubtedly heard of and seen "Spirit of the Marathon", right? if you can somehow get access to the same mailing list as them, you'll sell a LOT of DVDs...

andrew james benson
Fan

Hi!

It is great to come across such a fine resource with accomplished, driven, folks contributing to meaningful dialog that benefits the craft! I am honored to join in on the fun. A little about me: I love pushing critical issues and the orgs behind them with the power of story telling. I primarily produce doc-based commercials and marketing videos for nonprofits and other altruistic organizations. As well I production managed and coordinated doc/reality programming, through the company I work with in Phoenix-Randy Murray Productions, for the BBC, Discovery, PBS and CBS.

Currently, I am co-producing three docs (two in the final stages of production: a 5yr case study on elected vs. appointed public officials in relation to use of media; a 2yr look at teachers as heroes in one community. And one in development: an examination of Navajo through the eyes of the elders). My partners and I are at that point of culmination and require a look beyond the ideal world to the real world of distribution and sales! It's all about getting the stories heard and I am interested in strategies and sums so we can secure proper amounts through partners, distributors and other sales channels to get it out there and stay in the black! I am sure there are great resources here which I will explore. Please let me know if you have anything I should check out!

Thanks to all who have made this resource what it is, I look forward to exploring and participating.

Best,

Andrew

if interested follow me on facebook and twitter by searching andrew@andrewjamesbenson.com – I have been trying to build a presence by sharing info i find on cause marketing, education reform and sharing other ruminations and opportunities!

Leonardo Henrique Dias e Souza
Fan

hey people, I'm Leonardo Souza,19 . I'm from Brazil, I am a film student and crazy when the topic is documewntary ! I made a doc in Rio de Janeiro's trains and I work in a documentary producer company :D
I want to talk about everything and new videos are coming I hope to share all my experiences and learn as more as possible so !
if you want here is my short-doc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aclcc6w17Xc&feature=channel_page
=)

see ya

Doug Block
Host

Hey, welcome to The D-Word, Leonardo. Glad you found your way here.

Ernesto Ardito
Fan
Hi, we are Virna and Ernesto from Argentina. We are pleased to inform you that the DVD of our new documentary Heart of the Factory, is now available.

[rest of message deleted, as Ernesto posted the same advertisement in the Classifieds topic, which is where it belongs]

Sultana Parveen
Fan

Hi All, I am Sultana from US. I love documentaries and plan to make one myself. I am here to learn from your experiences.

Elan Frank
Fan

Hi,
My name is Elan Frank; I am a documentary film maker residing in LA.
I am now in the process of developing a documentary film on the co-existence between Jews and Muslims in Morocco and got to the sage of presenting investors with a business plan and production package, including a proposed budget.
I was wondering if anyone could refer me to samples of such packages/forms, what is essential to have in them, and a one-page budget sample form that is satisfactory to investors (I have my budget format, but it is in excel and very details, not something you provide investors. I am looking for a designed one page with the essentials.
Thanks you. I am glad to be part of this documentary family here in D-word!
Elan

Monica L. Lopez
Fan

Hello,

I've just begun researching a topic for a documentary. I'm currently based in Southern California and am looking forward to sharing and learning with folks on this site.

Thanks for making this space available!
Monica

Josh Allen
Fan

Hello everyone. I am in the midst of final editing for my second documentary project. I look forward to learning from everyone here.

Scott P. Harris
Pro

Hello, I'm an aspiring doc maker currently living in Texas. I was just accepted into the Edinburgh College of Art MFA program for Film, and I'm trying to get a feel for the reputation of the program. Agnes Varnum recommended I join here to connect with Peter Gerard in Edinburgh.

Tijana Petrovic
Fan

Hi All,
My name is Tijana. I am a freelance documentary camera person and editor. I am currenly working on a couple projects in and around NYC. I am interested in collaborating with people and learning about other people's projects.
This is my website:
www.tijanapetrovic.com
Thanks for this great site!
Tijana

David W Grant
Fan

Hello, everyone.
I'm a 'returnee' to video, though I've hung around the edges since my five year stint in mid-1970's as a producer-director for a PBS affiliate.
Just enjoyed attending F2F at Silver Docs here in Washington. I'm surprised I hadn't known of D-Word, since I held a membership with AIVF until they closed.
In process of completing a 30- and 80-minute low-budget video essay: The Common Lot: Next Step for Democracy. It's about the 'of-by-and-for' part of what democracy is supposed to be.

Marshall Burgtorf
Pro

Hello fellow D-Worders.

It thought I would reintroduce myself seeing that I signed on here and than vanished from the face of D-Word. For the last 8 moths I have been working hard to complete a project on violence in youth sports and yet still put diapers on my babies booty.

In this time I have managed a mushroom farm and remodeled a 100 year old house to make ends meet. Neither of which I had done before. The remodeling job is coming to a close and the doc project is finished. It made my producers wife cry! I hope that was a good sign.

Now I am off to Virgina for 6 weeks for a paid video gig.woo-hoo! While I am there I hope to get a big chunk of my next project edited.

Since I will be away from my family I will probably be online a lot. So I hope to see you all around. Cheers!

James Longley
Pro

I don't know about "actual winter" – but cold and damp they can do!

James Schlipf
Pro

Hi everyone, I'm an independent film maker lost in the mountains of eastern Oregon.

I've been working for years on a documentary about my son's struggle with autism. When he was diagnosed in 2000, we discovered an underground network of parents using alternative medicine and unusual therapies to treat kids the medical community has designated "untreatable" and "incurable."

This has led to ten years of research and first-hand experience with a complex social, economic, and political world that is only just beginning to reach public awareness in the media. I'm pretty surprised that even after years of news stories and talk show arguments about autism, few people seem to be aware of the poltical and corporate forces that are pulling the strings behind this issue.

Most docs on this subject are either amateur you-tube shorts or pro projects made by film makers who have only temporary contact with an autism family. I've been living with and filming my subject for over ten years. I'm hoping I have a unique perspective and unusual approach for my project, and I hope to learn from others on this site about funding, marketing, and distribution.

It's also just a great (and humbling) experience to be connected with so many other talented people.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Welcome and welcome back, James and Marshall.

James, do you have a sample of this film that you could share?

James Schlipf
Pro

Ben,
Umm, well, I'm currently working on a production reel for grant apps for about the third time (the project keeps changing and I can't keep up with it, gotta just stop dithering and release something eventually, right?) and we're working on recording what I hope will be the final voice-over.

So all I have right at the moment is a lot of clips, some animation, interviews, etc.

Should I post links here or in the "work in progress" section?

Chad Fahs
Pro

Hello Everyone,

For the last three years (in my "spare" time), I've been working on a documentary about a Japanese photographer named Izima Kaoru. It's a project that takes place in a number of cities, including Tokyo, L.A., N.Y., Paris, London, Munich, Luxembourg, etc. The project is loosely focused around the photographer's main series, which explores the intersection of death and beauty. I suppose you could call it an artist biography, but light on the biography. It's more about the process and themes of the work.

I also write "technical" books on film, video, and new media topics. I've had a documentary book in the works for a while (put on hold), with a focus on editing.

I look forward to participating in the D-Word community!

-Chad

Tracey Friesen
Pro

Hi gang – I signed up for the D-Word some time back and then, well, forgot, I guess... My pal Joe Moulins reminded me in the context of what James Longley has been experiencing recently. So now I've reset my new password, added some credits and do hope to engage more frequently. I work for the National Film Board of Canada, as executive producer at the Pacific & Yukon Centre, based in Vancouver. Our local office is a staff of 14, producing primarily docs, but also auteur animation, and some original digital content. Headquarters are in Montreal. As part of our 70th birthday NFB is now streaming over 1000 titles for free (at least inside of Canada, not sure about any blocking??) Check it out: www.nfb.ca. Cheers and nice to meet you all! Tracey

Mikal Jakubal
Pro

James, have you seen THE HORSE BOY? It's a film about autism and one alternative therapy. It premiered at Sundance (under the name OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY) and just played at Silver Docs.

Jim Dessauer
Fan

Hi, I am coming back to documentary production after spending the last 20 years doing community development and community organizing work. I am currently beginning production of a documentary about 'engaged community development' and offering workshops and consultation on the same topic. I'll post picture and other info later. Right now I am looking for information about when you do and do not need to get releases signed.

James Schlipf
Pro

In reply to Nick Verbitsky's post on Thu 25 Jun 2009 :
Nick,
Sure, can I email you at the add on your profile? I'm familiar with the Princeton program, it's not really exactly what I'm focusing on but is still relevant in a way that takes some explaining. Watch out, my email goes to spam sometimes.

James Schlipf
Pro

In reply to Mikal Jakubal's post on Thu 25 Jun 2009 :
Mikal,
Haven't seen HORSE BOY but I've read a lot about it, including some posts on D-Word when I did a search on autism. Do you know what the reaction was at Silver Docs? I understand "eqqui-therapy" is becoming very popular, especially in Texas.
By the way, I looked at your profile and I'm interested in your ELF project. There was recent news about this in Oregon. I agree with your statement that most of these issues are more complex than what is seen in mainstream media (thus my autism project). Let's talk sometime, I'll trade stories of building a log house and dogsledding for stories of straw bales and climbing.

Mikal Jakubal
Pro

Hee, hee, sure. Don't know about the Silver Docs reception (might want to ask in the Silver Docs topic or Doc Films topic since not everyone checks in here), but everyone I talked to at Sundance loved it. It's a feel-good movie.

For info on our film, check out our website (very much under construction) http://houseoffiremovie.com

(better duck out of here before we get the boot)

Lavina Tien
Fan

Hi everyone! I'm an aspiring documentary filmmaker currently based in Shanghai for the summer

I don't have much experience (except for some short films in college with a mini handheld), but am hoping to use this summer to develop more skills – by volunteering for a doc filmmaker, helping out a crew, and so on. Where can I find contacts in Shanghai who might want to use my help?

Also, I'm hoping to start shooting something on my own. Is there a videocamera that you would recommend for amateurs like myself? (that still shoots relatively well...I'm not very technical but am quite particular about image quality :)

Thanks much!

Riina Spørring Zachariassen
Pro

Hi everyone,

I joined the D-Word as I have recently taken the position as the organizer of the industry platform of CPH:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival and more specifically the distribution forum DOX:FORUM which focuses on alternative distribution platforms for documentaries such as online fora, galleries, museums, cinema etc.

DOX:FORUM brings app. 15 projects in late stages of production or post production to Copenhagen to meet with distributors from all these channels and so I have joined D-Word hoping to find the right projects.

See more in the attached call for entries!

Cheers,
Riina

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Riina. Heard so many wonderful things about Dox:Forum over the years and I can't wait to attend, hopefully next year. We normally discourage double posting, but feel free to post this in both of our funding topics.

Doug Block
Host

Yes, Lavina, didn't mean to ignore you. Welcome aboard.

Mary Riley
Fan

Hello everyone,

I'm Mary Riley and I have worked in and around Documentary films for quite a few years. I am co-owner of Shields Pictures, Inc. of SF... among our film holdings we own three historic Paramount Pictures film libraries and have been involved in many films (mostly Doc's, including M. Moore's "Fahrenheit 911"... best film I'll ever have my name on:). We are now in the restoration/preservation process of our 3 series mastering to High Definition working with a FotoKem in LA & Spypost in SF (& doing some of the work in our edit bay)...& learning something new everyday! We are scheduled to give presentations about the Popular Science series to international film festivals and film restoration/preservation workshops in The Dominican Republic in the fall. Cheers & nice to meet you all! Mary

Doug Block
Host

Nice to have you here with us, Mary. And keep up the great preservation work.

Tracy Droz Tragos
Pro

Hi All,

This is a wonderful site – thank you.

I made a personal doc a few years ago, Be Good, Smile Pretty...and have been doing work-for-hire and smaller doc projects and motherhood ever since. I have a daughter who turned 4 yesterday and a baby who is 7 months eating the New Yorker bill at my feet. I am about to embark on a sequel to Be Good – and am duly terrified.

I just found Doug's 10 Rules – and although I think I've broken all of them at some point or other – I am most grateful for the sound advice and will keep them taped to my forehead from here on out.

Thanks again, Tracy

Doug Block
Host

Hey Tracy, welcome to The D-Word. Here's my 11th rule, just for you: join up as a professional member. You'll get access to all the discussion topics then: www.d-word.com/users/apply.

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