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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.

Beth Toni Kruvant
Pro

Hi Doug,
It just came to me that 31 Birch St is like Hamlet. Has any one ever told you that?
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Doug Block
Host

Actually, you're the first, Beth. But I'll assume it's a compliment, so thanks.

FYI, it's 51 Birch Street. 31 Birch would have been the Seiferts, and while I'm sure there was a fascinating story there, it will forever remain hidden from public view.

Anyway, a warm welcome to both you and Kevin.

Beth Toni Kruvant
Pro

Hi Doug,
yes I remembered it was 51 as I headed out the door and did wonder who was at 31, but its just the beginning of Hamlet, not the tragic ending as you may have got, I thought about it after seeing Jude Law talk about his role on charlie rose- what a weird connection.................
good luck on your new film, I saw the trailer at IFP and cried.

Ryan Ferguson
Pro

In reply to Julia Welbourne's post on Sun 4 Oct 2009 :

yeah, i meant it as a welcome of sorts... based on my d-word perceptions alone, i figured women didn't actually live in seattle. truly shocking revelation to find out there's actually 266,919 (as of 2005) women in seattle... who knew?

Jean McEwan
Fan

hi all,

I'm based in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. I'm a filmmaker who is making a short documentary with some young people aged 13 – 14, about a project called "The Bradford Tea Party" which is bringing six groups of older people from different cultural backgrounds together to make ceramics and textiles celebrating their customs and cultures. I made my own first doc only this year. I'm excited and a bit nervous! A lot of responsibility involved in mentoring the young people through the project and I'm hoping they have a good experience. Good to meet you all.

Nick Verbitsky
Pro

Welcome all you newbies, you are now in w/ a very helpful and interesting group!

Patrice Williams
Fan

HI, I'm Patrice and the founder of the Going Green Film Festival. Wanted to reach as many doc filmmakers as possible and let them know that we are looking for their "green films." If your film was created using green techniques, or if your subject is about the environment/third world issues, or you feature alternative transportation in your film, then you qualify. Please visit our website at www.GoingGreenFilmFestival.com for more details. Twitter @goinggreenfest

Jehan Harney
Pro

Hello D-Word fellows... I am finally introducing myself now even though I have been a member since my D-Word F2F pitch in Washington in June. James L, thanks for encouraging me to be more active on the D-Word scene. I am an Egyptian-American TV journalist & filmmaker. I can't imagine doing anything professionally enjoyable more than making documentaries. This year, I quit my stressful TV news job to work full-time on my ITVS-funded film on the plight of Iraqi refugees. I love making interfaith and social justice films where I feel I can make a difference. I hope I can be active in your discussions and to make many filmmaker friends... www.JehanHarney.com

Doug Block
Host

Welcome and thanks for finally posting, Jehan. Great to have you taking part in the discussions.

spenser noh
Fan

Hey guys,
New member here. I represent Woody Pak, a composer for documentaries. You can check out his work at woodypak.com. Let me know any of you would like some more information on him! Thanks.

~spenser

Sydnye White
Pro

Hello all:
I just signed up and happy to be here! I am a documentary and tv producer in the Washington, DC area looking to network and share knowledge. My web site is www.docsandtv.com where I sell a How-To CD about fundraisng for documentary productions. I've also started blogging on that site.
Thanks!

Fred Grace
Pro

Hello,
Nice to be here, I'm a Documentary filmmaker from London. I've made a load of short docs and am embarking upon my first feature with my partner.
I also run a Documentary night in London aimed at making bigger networks of filmmakers who can all collaborate in a happy shinny way. If you're a Doc filmmmaker in London get in touch.
Take care
Fred

Stephanie Riggs
Fan

Hello All,

I've heard many good things about D-word. Looking forward to connecting with you all...
My projects can be found online at www.sunchaserent.com

All the best,
Stephanie

Nick Verbitsky
Pro

Welcome Stephanie, Sydnye, Spencer and Fred....Poor Fred, HIS name doesn't start w/an 'S'. Chin up, buddy....

Fred Grace
Pro

I'm trying to hold it together, but to be honest its tough, real tough.

Sydnye White
Pro

Thanks Nick on behalf of all the new "S" members and Fred who we'll claim too!

Nassim Assefi
Pro

Hi, All! James Longley introduced me to this site. We share two things in common--we're both from Seattle and we're both drawn to "post-conflict" parts of the world (in my case, Afghanistan). I'm a doctor and novelist by profession, but have just secured funding to make my first documentary film about midwives in Afghanistan. I will be producing the film, and have assembled a wonderful crew--director Havana Marking (of AFGHAN STAR fame), cinematographer Bree Fitzgerald (of National Geographic), Executive Producers Holly Morris (of Adventure Divas)and Mike Lerner (of Roast Beef)– so I am in good hands despite my lack of experience. Scouting will hopefully begin in a few weeks once I sort out some legal, editorial, and financial issues. If anyone has experience trying to make an independent film with USAID funding, please let me know! We don't have a website yet for OPERATION MIDWIFE--A LABOR OF LOVE ON THE AFGHAN FRONTLINES, but you can learn more about my novels and global health work at nassimassefi.com Looking forward to "meeting" or at least interacting with you. Cheers, Nassim

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Nassim. Normally, we don't encourage people to register for full membership until they've had more professional doc experience. But any friend of James is a friend of ours. So do sign up and we'll happily follow your progress and help where we can. Best of luck with what sounds like a terrific project.

Jo-Anne Velin
Pro

Hi Nassim, when you are fully in, please follow to Works in Progress topic.

Nassim Assefi
Pro

Thanks, Jo-Anne and Doug. I'd be honored to be a full member, though I do lack the experience. Best wishes, Nassim

Andrew Garrison
Pro

Hi, Doug- I'm finally back. Does this print my name? It is Andy Garrison here. Got a few projects in the works. The previously completed documentary is THIRD WARD TX. Webpage is www.ThirdWardTx.com. Self-distributing with New Day. The New Day URL is http://www.newday.com/films/ThirdWardTX.html.
One current project is about a choreographer who collaborates with non-dancers to make performances. I spent the past year shooting Allison Orr working with the City of Austin's Solid Waste Services
Division. You can see a sketch of a scene idea on Youtube at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2u01-xZl6Q.
More later,
Andy

Doug Block
Host

Welcome back, Andy. Yes, it does print your name automatically above every post, so no need to sign at the bottom, either. Glad to see you've been so busy (as if that's an excuse not to be posting regularly!).

Jason Perdue
Pro

Hi Andy. Glad to see you here. Was hoping to see your new film in Sebastopol, but haven't seen anything yet. Hope all is well in Austin.

Martin Mc Cann
Fan

Hi All, Currently shooting my first Documentary "Over the Hill Gang" A true life story about a group of elderly gentlemen who served together in the Irish Army Reserve(FCA). Most of them retired in the 1980's. To gain membership of the "Over the Hill Gang" One had to be an Artillery Soldier and possess one or more of a certain set of skills.... Singing, Reciting Tales and Myths; Poetry and Rhymes or play a musical instrument.

John Burgan
Host

Like the sound of that, Martin. If only all armies insisted on these skills...

Arlo J Pignotti
Fan

Hello everyone! My name is Arlo Pignotti. I just joined because I love to transcribe documentary film. If anyone needs their interviews transcribed into Word, let me know and I can walk you through on how to convert your videos to MP3 and upload it to my web site where I can start sending back transcripts via email right away. Find out more at www.AJProcessing.Com. Thank you!

Cynthia Jeannette Gomez
Fan

Greetings all: I'm Cynthia Jeannette, doc filmmaker from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Current film project is in Production, "Land Water People Time". An early edit is screening at the Santa Fe Film Festival December 2-6th. This film is in collaboration with the Northern New Mexico Heritage Area and the National Parks Service -more at www.PipestoneProductions.com. I'm an all around independent filmmaker/producer, behind the scenes photographer and videographer and FCP editor. Produced the epk for NALIP LPA 2008 & 2009 for the past two years www.nalip.org. Also a NALIP LPA Doc Fellow in 2009. Great people, excellent academy.

Michael Gregory
Fan

Howdy. I'm Michael Gregory from Kansas City. I am working on my very first documentary, a short video for my church. My favorite thing about the process so far is just learning – I've gone through a score of books already and I look forward to learning as I progress. So far my favorite documentaries are "American Movie", "Enron", "This American Life", and the first few minutes of "Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?".

Jacqueline Olive
Pro

Hi, I'm a multi-media producer living in Berkeley, CA. I'm currently developing a documentary film and producing a few small projects. Just started freelancing and thrilled to see others in the independent film community. Glad the D-Word exists.

Andy Schocken
Pro

Welcome Arlo, Cynthia, Michael and Jacqueline! Michael, you should check out Michael Rabiger's Directing the Documentary – it's usually considered the go-to book for learning documentary filmmaking.

Juliet Snowden
Pro

Hi All,

I'm so glad to be here because I am in the middle of post on a documentary I shot ten years ago. Yes, you heard right – ten years!

I am a professional screenwriter by trade (KNOWING, BOOGEYMAN and the upcoming POLTERGEIST remake) and a lover of documentaries.

Hope to learn a lot from you D-Word folks.

Best,
Juliet

James Allen Smith
Pro

Hi there,

I'm James, I just completed work on my feature doc FLOORED which is premiering this month at the Austin Film Festival. FLOORED follows 4 characters from the financial canyons of Chicago over a 3 year period as they struggle with big changes in their business and feel the impact of our economic crisis head on.

My friend Chris baron who did a lot of the shooting on the flick introduced me to this community.

Here's a link to the website for FLOORED http://FLOOREDmovie.com

I'm looking forward to great discussions and learning from the group!

Take care,
James.

Stavros Georgiadis
Pro

Hi everyone,

Well this is my first post. I have undergone quite a transition in the last eight months – going from running a indie film support agency in Canberra to move into my own thing.

In this regard I am currently developing two major projects: one focusing upon a non-narrative based doco and the other a 4 part factual science series.

At the moment I am building the business plans for both. And it is slow creeping work. So any advice on the business plan side of things would be very much appreciated.

Given I had worked in supporting Indies I feel comfortable with my knowledge yet just a tad insecure with applying it on my own projects. I am now on the other side of the fence – so to speak. So, on a final note it is great to meet you all. I look forward to forging some great links and friendships.

Kindest, Stavros from Aussie land.

Doug Block
Host

So many great new people here, it's hard to single them out. But a warm welcome to one and all.

Juliet, curious about your ten-year project. Care to share more in the Works In Progress topic?

Juliet Snowden
Pro

To Stavros – I do not do coverage or edit. For legal reasons, I do not read other people's scripts. Sorry.

Marj Safinia
Host

Wow. Was there a discount at the door? So many new additions overnight! Welcome all and a special welcome to Juliet who I lured here promising her the answer to all her D-Questions. Glad you made it :)

Juliet Snowden
Pro

Doug – When my doc trailer is complete, I'll post it on D-Word. That is... if this is the forum for that sort of thing. Still trying to navigate through the plethora of information here!

Hi Marj!

Doug Block
Host

Yes, absolutely, Juliet. You can easily post videos in any of our topics here. But (whenever you're ready) the Works In Progress topic is the best place to get feedback for a trailer. Would just be interesting to hear what it's about, that's all.

Roland Millman
Pro

I'm a Documentary filmmaker living in Washington, New York and Munich at various times of the year. I'm a great cameraman (http://brightscreenproductions.com/clips/migration_usa.wmv) and I spend a lot of my time editing docs for people in Munich (http://brightscreenproductions.com/clips/berchtesgaden.wmv). I'm working on a film about German POWs right now and volunteer for DC-360 doing their lighting and camerawork, TD and directing (http://brightscreenproductions.com/clips/DC360_Promo.wmv). I'm at www.Millmanfilm.com

Lauren Cross
Pro

I'm a documentary filmmaker and writer in Boston, MA, and I'm working on my latest project, The Skin Quilt Project, check out the website below for more details:

www.skinquiltproject.com

cynthia biestek
Fan

Hello All
I just discovered this wonderful site! I am a filmmaker/producer working on several projects on Latin Music in Mexico and Cuba. I will soon post my trailer, and would love your comments.
Thanks
cynthiab

Joanne Feinberg
Pro

Greetings! I'm the Director of Programming at the Ashland Independent Film Festival in Ashland, Oregon. Lots of familiar faces here – some with films that we have screened at the AIFF in the past, and many that we have not – yet – but may have the opportunity to in the future!

A little about me: After film school at NYU back in the '80s, I moved to San Francisco and worked as a freelance editor. Did a lot of commercial and corporate productions to pay the bills, but my true love was documentary film. Last doc I worked on was VOICES FROM INSIDE directed by Karina Epperlein, and I was cutting the fundraising trailer for a film I hoped to edit, Eric Slade's HOPE ALONG THE WIND: THE LIFE OF HARRY HAY when my first child was born and changed my plans a bit... many years ago and I have not been back to editing since.

Switched gears, and moved to the lovely town of Ashland, OR. 2010 will mark my 5th festival programming for the AIFF. We have great audiences here. We screen films of all lengths and genres but I must say that Ashland loves docs! Our festival dates are April 8-12, 2010 and we are currently accepting submissions. Lots of information for filmmakers at www.ashlandfilm.org.

So before I veer too much into shameless self-promotion, I will say bye for now, and thanks for this wonderful forum!

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