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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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Ruth Somalo
Pro

Hello all, I can't believe is taken me this long to join the D-word.
I was having drinks at the beer garden with some of you guys last night, excellent mix of docu networking and party atmosphere. Happy B-day.

I've known about it since its birth, but I was still in Spain getting my first steps in the documentary making world. I think it was in a Patricio Guzman's master class when I heard about it first, for some reason in my head it was archived like something of a "only big documentary makers should join" type of thing. Thanks for being so open and welcoming.

After 5 years in London I moved to NY and I am loving the documentary community/family of people I keep meeting.

My last feature length doc Till You're Told To Stop, about british singer songwriter James Blunt and his story from obscurity to selling 14 million records worldwide and remaining himself through the process, is doing well in Festivals and I am talking to a few sales agents and distributors now. This doc journey has been lonely and hard for the last 5 years, and is finally starting to happen. Find out more at www.tillyouretoldtostop.com

My backdrop idea for this film was Don't look back by DA Pennebaker. I met the legend, the lovely man himself at an STF event this year (later chatted about Rioja wine and spanish cheese). That made me realize that NY is a place where incredible people are happy to share stories and help each other, and I think D-word is a great example of this.

Thanks for having me.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome aboard, Ruth. Great to meet you last night and nice to see you leap right into joining and introducing yourself. Make yourself at home here.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Maybe we should change our tag line from "a worldwide community of documentary professionals" to "only big documentary makers should join"...

jade wu
Pro

In reply to Marj Safinia's post on Thu 3 Sep 2009 :

Thanks for the welcome note, Marj. Still figuring out how to navigate through D-Word. I'll be in LA next week for pickups and meetings. Is there anyone I should meet with while there?

Doug Block
Host

It's easy to navigate, Jade. Just come on every day and keep clicking on the "Read next topic with new postings" link at the bottom.

Raphaela Neihausen
Pro

In reply to Ruth Somalo's post on Fri 4 Sep 2009 :

Welcome, Ruth!! You finally made it over. I am delighted that I get double exposure to you now (both through STF and D-Word). If only I was better about regularly attending those dance classes, I'd get triple the exposure... One day.

I think you'll find the D-Word community very useful for both your existing and future projects, as well as your general enthusiasm for documentaries. Bienvenida!

Raphaela Neihausen
Pro

In reply to Jesse Epstein's post on Mon 31 Aug 2009 22:54 UTC :

Jesse! Just catching up on past D-Word posts, and see that you have finally joined as well. Funny, but I always assumed that both you and Ruth were already members since you're so involved in the NY doc community. Anyways, great to see you both here!! It is indeed a fantastic resource, rich with information and community. Thom and I are back in NY Sept. 21, so see you at STF!

Tim Disbrow
Fan

Hey, my name is Tim Disbrow, I'm a filmmaker from New Jersey. My production company is Iron River Films LLC. I'm currently working on my first feature length doc. It's called "Card Subject To Change." It's about pro wrestling, more specifically the "Independent Circuit" of pro wrestling which could be compared to the Minor Leagues in pro baseball. The film will be complete in early October.

Thanks!

IronRiverFilms.com

CardSubjectToChange.com

Heddy Honigmann
Pro

Hallo colleagues from all over! Nice to be here (thank you Ben that you invited me). I'm a Peruvian-Dutch filmmaker, Heddy Honigmann. I live in Amsterdam, where you're welcome (and not only during the IDFA). I have a son I adore, Stefan (he just started to study film) and a friend, Henk, I really love. When I do not film I'm not so happy. This is one of these days :-(
So go quickly and take a look in my website:

www.heddy-honigmann.nl

My photo will follow one of these days.
Why I read under the space for my photo "enthusiast" ?

amit mitra
Fan

Hello All,
I am a wildlife photographer and just completed my 1st Documentary on Snow Leopards. Well, it took almost 18months for me to complete this film.
http://www.conservancyfilms.in/films.htm
I do have a day job in IT too.
Hope to learn a lot from here.

Thanks a lot :O)

John Burgan
Host

Welcome Heddy and Amrit. Everyone's an Enthusiast when they join us (at least we hope they are) but those with professional experience are welcome to apply to become a Full Member

Read more about The D-Word here

Erica Ginsberg
Host

Welcome Carlos, Ruth, Wilfred, Peter, Jade, Gregory, Tim, Amit, Ted, and anyone else who has entered through the saloon doors of D-Word in the recent past. And a big welcome to Heddy who is my docu-hero. We're not happy either when you are not doing film.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Heddy and Amit. Heddy, can't tell you how many admirers you have here, we've discussed your films often in our Documentary Films topic. So become a member soon so you can join in and have access to all of our topics. Amit, feel free, as well.

Robert Goodman
Pro

I've seen too few of your films Heddy but O Amor Natural is truly a delight.

Jason Perdue
Pro

Welcome Heddy. I've been following you at San Francisco Int'l for years where they always seem to show at least one of your films. "O Amor Natural" is the film I often find myself thinking about.

Andy Schocken
Pro

That's very funny- I was actually watching "Forever" last night, and was going to post about it here on d-word today. I was so moved by your ability to express the humanity of your subjects, and I searched around a bit online about your filmmaking process. I found the following youtube clip, where you say that "when someone is in front of the camera, I have to love them to film them." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWBYf7Je0AM

Anyways, I'm very inspired by your films, and I'd love to learn more about your filmmaking process if you stick around d-word a bit. Welcome!

Heddy Honigmann
Pro

Hello Amit, John, Erica, Doug, Robert, Ted, Jason, Andy and all the ENTHUSIAST host & members of this great site, D-Word. I love very much NY, SF, Minneapolis, Chicago, Toronto and other cities where I was very welcome in the past and where I had good (and real) discussions about the ins- and outs of filmmaking and the production of documentaries. The discussions are endless because doc-world is absolutely rich. And that is one of the reasons to join D-word: in the Netherlands, with it's big doc tradition (from Ivens till Van der Keuken), the discussion between colleagues is dull and dull are also most of the ones who write about this art. And of course there are exceptions! But I don't think we have a "John Anderson" (the guy who probably everybody here knows and who appears in the youtube short fragment Andy mentions). You have plenty of great festivals arround you, as Tribeca, SFFF, Toronto, Hot Docs, Chicago, etc; you have plenty of people busy deffending the GOOD film, you have Sundance (in all it's forms), ITVS, HBO and others. Colleagues respect the work of others. The documentary film climate seems to be healthy in the US. Or am I wrong? I would like very much to know what do you think about this. It could be that I idealise -if it's a correct English word and do not see how difficult it is for you to find the funds to film.
Best wishes with all your projects!
Heddy

Ben Kempas
Pro

Heddy, glad to see that you followed me, but you're still only half-way there, really. Complete the profile and become a full member. It's free, but it's not automatic, as we're working to keep any fake Heddies out. :-)

A big welcome to everyone else, too!

Doug Block
Host

Oh, it's plenty difficult here, Heddy. Now that you're a full Member, you can go to the Funding (North America) topic and see for yourself. Again, a warm welcome to The D-Word.

Heddy Honigmann
Pro

Thanks Ben (I became a member), so I followed your advice for the second time. Why you're a host and not a member? And beeing a host how could you welcome me as a member? I'm curious!

Doug, now I go with my laptop from place to place. For some weeks I'm an exile: I needed to reconstruct parts of my house and there are delays (now already 3 weeks). When I'm back home I'll go to the Funding and read. But my questionn was not only in relation to money. I would like to know if there is a bond between colleagues, if makers help each other, are happy when someone makes a beautiful film... that is the idea I got reading personal and general messages in Facebook and maybe it's a romantic idea?

Andy Schocken
Pro

I think you'll find that community spirit in more abundance here at D-Word than just about anywhere else- at least, that's been my experience.

Erica Ginsberg
Host

Heddy, if you find time to poke around some of the topics in D-Word, you will see that collegial bond in action. I actually would answer your question about whether the documentary film climate is healthy in the U.S. by saying a resounding "yes." Indeed it is not if one were to only look at it from a money perspective. The competition for limited funds has always been tight in the States and it has gotten much worse this year as arts funding has been cut in many states, corporations have fewer revenues for their foundation sides, and private foundations have been pinched as well. But somehow the scrappy spirit which you need to be a doc-maker in America also creates a deep need for a community in which to share the joys and frustrations of making documentaries, as well as a shared love for discussing documentaries. D-Word and Facebook both provide a place in the virtual world and there are a number of local organizations which provide the regular face to face sustenance which is also so very needed.

Curious to know why you find the conversation among the Dutch colleagues dull? What makes it dull?

P.S. The hosts will probably recommend this conversation be continued in another topic since this one is generally reserved for introductions only. You are well past introduction and into discussion. So maybe continue this discussion in the virtual Bar & Grill?

Doug Block
Host

Yes, Erica's right, this should move to the Bar. So I'll only add that there's a lot of collegiality here in the U.S. among documentarians in person, but I've also found that to be true in most places I've visited. Far more than among fiction filmmakers, that's for sure. But there's always a healthy amount of envy and spite, as well. It's called being human, I guess.

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