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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.

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.

Natalia Almada
Pro

Hola!

I think an introduction is due as it has been ages since I did this d-word thing. It has sure grown! Anyways, I just finished my film EL GENERAL and am coming out of the water after a few years of being totally immersed.

I'm set up to produce and edit in both NYC and Mexico City and I'd really like to take advantage of this cross-border production capacity and be in touch with others who are straddling the border... I'm in La Roma in Mexico City and Clinton Hill in Brooklyn.

Saludos, Natalia
www.altamurafilms.com

Christopher Wong
Pro

welcome (again) natalia! too bad that i missed you and daniela at the LAFF screenings of EL GENERAL, but i had to travel to NYC at the last-minute. anyways, i hope to catch your film soon at another festival or on P.O.V.

Doug Block
Host

Hola, Natalia! Nice to have you come out from the darkness and into the shining light of the mighty, grown-up D-Word, at long last. And much congrats on all your success (I knew her when, folks)! Will El General be showing in NYC any time soon?

Natalia Almada
Pro

Thanks for the welcome back! Yes, El General will be at Lincoln Center in September and at the Museo del Barrio in November. I will be sure to join your "shameless self-promotion" and post the screening details.

Saludos! Natalia

Ben Kempas
Pro

Natalia, I saw EL GENERAL at Sundance, and we briefly met at a reception there. The film is excellent!

Doug Block
Host

Yes, be completely shameless about it, Natalia. As long as it's not Sept 3rd (the evening of our 10th Anniversary Bash), I'll do my best to be there for the Lincoln Center screening. In fact, let's make it an occasion for another D-Word f2f (we can never have too many).

Matthew Sheldon
Pro

Hello All,

I'm a Sound Engineer in the Seattle area. A local Producer and member turned me on to your site and I thought I should say "Hi" instead of lurk. I've worked on all types of projects but I really enjoy the doc world. The last doc project I worked on that's been completed was A WINK AND A SMILE by Deirdre Timmons. A film about 10 women and a local burlesque class for non-professionals.

I'm looking forward to learning from your community and, if I can, passing on some of my knowledge.

Matt Sheldon
www.mattsheldonaudio.com

Ben Kempas
Pro

Welcome, Matthew. I see you're coming in through Basil – his friends are our friends.
If you can tell us a bit more about your professional experience and the projects you worked on, you'll need to fill in an application for full membership.

Natalia Almada
Pro

In reply to "Doug Block's

Doug, I posted a reply to Melanie, but didn't intend for all the info to be public... oops. is there a way to hide it? (I'm so bad at these things!!!!)

Natalia

Doug Block
Host

Not sure which post you're referring to, Natalia. If you go to it and click on the blue "Reply to this post" arrow above it, then re-post what specifically you want me to hide, I can do something about it.

Shailly Agnihotri
Pro

Hi guys. I've been absent from this site for a year or so and am back for more.
The process of making and showing Three Soldiers was intense. Spending time with families in mourning, learning about documentary distribution, raising a family and oh yeah, that damn job.
Thank goodness I woke up last month knowing what my next project will be. I'm relieved – wasn't sure for a while whether there would be a next project. Nice to come back to this site and find the friendly banter and invaluable inspiration.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome back, Shailly. Glad to see you're still in one piece. Feel free to fill in your member profile when you get the chance.

Bradley Glenn
Pro

Hi all:
I'm a new member here. NYC based doc filmmaker. Produced and directed over 16 short docs for television and science and tech vids for the web.
Currently working on a feature doc about screenwriting guru Robert McKee.
http://seminarthemovie.com/. Reel of stuff: http://bradleyglenn.com/.

I have a short doc (10-25 (?) mins, approx)I'm looking for an NYC based FCP editor for, strong story editor. Also, looking to be like a sponge and learn everything all of you have to offer. Thanks.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Bradley. I'm fascinated by McKee. Haven't taken his workshop but I highly respect his book, Story. Enjoyed your trailer, keep us posted on how it's coming along.

Niam Itani
Host

Welcome Bradley. Sounds like a tough project to be working on McKee's "Story"! Good luck with that.

Emile Guertin
Pro

Hello to all at the big D, my name is Emile Guertin, I am an editor of several years cutting mainly for Discovery and NatGeo, but am now turning my attention to directing my long-planned indie doc about faith in Manila, Philippines.

It's a character driven portrait of several Filipinos and how they reconcile their fate with the divine. It's my first doc as director, but as a strong storytelling editor, it feels like a natural progression for me to be behind the camera.

My initial reason for joining D-Word is to seek creative support and advice as I venture down a path I have not trodden before! Shooting in a couple of months.

Influences on me Joseph Campbell, Karen Armstrong, James Longley... and others.

Currently based in Sai Gon, Viet Nam, originally from London, UK.

Ben Kempas
Pro

A special welcome to The D-Word, Emile! I think you're our first active member based in Vietnam. :-)

Stéphane M. Grueso
Pro

Hi you all, I'm a documentary film director and producer based in Spain. I'm half french and half spanish and lived for many years in Germany... I guess that makes me really an european... I have a small production company with two colleagues but friends. We are now working in several documentary film projects that would need international coproducers, so I am working on creating a network of people and see what happens. I'm looking forward to the interchange in the D-Word. Visit our website www.elegantmob.net to know more about me/us. All the best. St.

Jason Perdue
Pro

Hi Stephane. We were just talking about your film, ONE HUNDRED METERS AWAY, over in Views on News a few days ago. Welcome.

Doug Block
Host

You can still take part in it, St̩phane. It's part of the beauty of conversations at The D-Word Рthey never really end. A warm welcome to you and Emile.

Sinisha Juricic
Fan

Hello, I am documentary film student in Zagreb, Croatia and I am writing my final school paper under the title "Documentary Film Distribution"..any good thoughts on possible literature adn where and how to find it?

thanks!

Andrew Buchanan
Pro

In reply to Sinisha Juricic's post on Fri 10 Jul 2009 :

Assume you're talking about international distribution.

A lot depends on what you mean by literature, and on the exact topic your paper covers.

If it's sales brochures etc, many of these will be online; just google and see what you come up with.

Also find out which person within BBC Worldwide, National Geographic Television International and other large distributors deal with Croatia and ask them for advice on where to find literature.

If you mean books or papers on the distribution business, I haven't ever come across any, though that doesn't mean they don't exist.

Julia Landau
Fan

Hailing from Oakland, I'm making a strange-but-true documentary about how I encountered a Physics principle by following a string of coincidences to it's illogical conclusion.
51 Birch Street is the most similar documentary I've seen, as it deals with unknown people and private lives but expands those small truths to universally felt emotions and issues of family life and it's mystery.
Looking for collaborators in opening a doc production collective in the Bay Area – anyone know someone who'd be interested?
www.strangeattractorsfilm.com

julia

Ryan Ferguson
Pro

Hi Julia – i'm sooooooooooo intrigued by your trailer. incredibly excited to see the film that this becomes. welcome.

Julia Landau
Fan

thank you so much! too bad you are all the way in Chicago – but good for you on the skate flick, that genre is totally different out here

Ryan Ferguson
Pro

is it too bad that i'm all the way here or too bad that you're all the way there? guess it depends on the criteria.

and i totally agree the skate doc. genre is way different out your way... that's kind of a driving force for my story in a way.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Julia. Intriguing premise and rich material, to be sure. Good luck with the film and with your idea for a collective.

Brian Boyko
Pro

It's been years since I've posted, but I've been busy, so I'll reintroduce myself.

I'm Brian Boyko, I'm an indie documentary filmmaker, and I've just "went pro" – while I'm still working on my quixotic documentary on New Zealand electoral reform (now renamed "Importing Democracy") I've put it on the backburner, instead writing a book on the same subject, as I take on paying work.

I'm likely to get a field producer gig for an in pre-production documentary on the art and culture of Cuba. I'd have to get permission from the U.S. State Dept. to go, but hell yes, I'm going for it!

I've also been approached by a couple of corporate clients, and I'm now spending about half the time at my day job on video (I was hired as a writer, but the job responsibilities have morphed as I got better with video.

I just ordered a Panasonic Lumix GH1 and also plan to get into wedding videography to make some money on the side to continue to fund the documentary film projects.

Anyway – that's me again!

Emile Guertin
Pro

Hi again, I have already introduced myself a week ago or so, but can someone help me with how to best navigate the site? I can see all the topics with related conversation strings, but how do I find the first posting for a certain thread so I can track the evolution of the conversation? At the moment I find myself dipping into a conversation without knowing the bigger picture. Thanks.

Doug Block
Host

The only way is to go back within a thread and try to track down the first posting, Emile. This is a different kind of structure than topic-based ones (like DV User , for instance). But it's actually much more conducive to conversation, especially if you keep up with it regularly.

Christopher Wong
Pro

emile, don't worry about jumping in during the middle of a conversation. as long as you have something to add (or at least something reasonable funny to say), you're welcome to post. the key, though, is to check D-Word at least once a day so that you don't get too far behind in any conversation (that you wanted to be a part of). yes, this site can be an addiction, but if you are really disciplined, it'll only suck 10-15 minutes from your day. if you are not disciplined, then you'll end up like the rest of us suckers.

David Lasdon
Fan

Hi. I'm Dave. I've spent a year and a half immersed in my political documentary. I have 60 hours and have been putting off starting post until I have a little bit of money. My mentor suggested this would be a good place to look for an editor.

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