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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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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!

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Joanne. When I grow up I want to move to some lovely town and program an indie film festival, too. And I want to be paid a fortune to do it, of course! Anyway, great to have you here with us.

Ditto to Michael, Cynthia, Lauren, Roland and, sheesh, I can barely keep up.

Soudabeh Moradian
Pro

Hi
I’m a filmmaker from Iran, I was vice president of Iranian Documentary Filmmaker Association(IRDFA) ….I live in Los Angeles CA ….
I have made so many documentaries (and also Fiction series) in Iran, Afghanistan and a number of European TV channeles.
I have made a web series for French Arte TV called: les chroniques d’Iran (chronicles from Iran): http://www.arte.tv/fr/Comprendre-le-monde/arte-reportage/2630384.html

…. And my last documentary is an independent 60 minutes feature called: “Doomsday Machine”, This Documentary deals with the mentally disabled war veterans in one of the permanent sanatoriums in Tehran. One of them “Mahmood” is under the illusion that he has built a “doomsday machine” which can destroy the world by pressing a button.
My website (www.smoradian.com) is under construction but My resume is available at the following address:
http://irandocfilm.org/membersen.asp?id=18

I recently joined to D-Word …. Thanks for this forum

Doug Block
Host

Nice to have you aboard, Soudabeh. You wouldn't happen to have heard about us via this Marj person, perhaps (our co-host with the most)?

Soudabeh Moradian
Pro

unfortunately I didn't know Marjan before coming LA ... nice to know her ...

Irina Vodar
Pro

Greetings all!

My name is Irina Vodar, I am a filmmaker from Russia based in NY. My last project, Miss GULAG (www.missgulag.com writer/ producer) enjoyed a World Premier at the 57th Berlin Film Fest and was sold to broadcasters worldwide. My partners on the project Raphaela Neihausen of STF fame and Maria Yatskova are already prominent members of D-word.

I'm working on a personal documentary on commercial surrogacy in India. From micro (my personal story) to macro (supply and demand for babies in the year 2010)- this is a ballancing act of perceverance, stamina and hope.

I'm calling on all doc filmmakers BASED IN INDIA or filmmakers who have SHOT IN INDIA to reveal thyselves to me! I'm looking for practical advice and crew references. The first shoot is going to be scheduled as early as December/January this year.

all the best! looking forward to hearing from you!

Doug Block
Host

Greetings back, Irina. So you know, no need to double post on The D-Word. Most everyone surfs from topic to topic so they will get seen. Meanwhile, congrats on Miss Gulag, and for working with two of the loveliest partners on the planet.

Irina Vodar
Pro

Dear Doug and Marj,

Thank you for kind words of welcome. And for your compliments on my tastes. :)

Raphaela Neihausen
Pro

A big welcome to two familiar faces: Joanne Feinberg and Irina Vodar! Glad to see you both made it to D-Word.

Nick Verbitsky
Pro

Welcome, Irina/Joanne/Stavros/Juliet et al....Nice to have you aboard!

Mary Gordon
Pro

Feel I ought to reintroduce myself as I've been away for months. Doc maker based in Edinburgh many years out working for Edinburgh International Film Festival. Now trying to get an Indian based doc together (I too would like to connect with Indian or Pakistan based filmmakers) and doing quite a lot around history and oral history.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome back, Mary. So you know, being away for months is hardly grounds for a reintroduction, you can simply pick up again with your posts. But nice to know you don't leave us for long.

David Herman
Pro

Looks like we might need to organise a d-word f2f in India.

Senain Kheshgi
Pro

Welcome all!

Mary, drop me a line if you have questions about India or Pakistan. I may be able to help you.

Aliya Salahuddin
Pro

Hello all,

I am Aliya, a documentary filmmaker and more officially, an Executive Producer with a Pakistani news channel. Am based in London these days, but mainly work with issues on identity, religion and gender issues, in Pakistan and with the Pakistani diaspora here in the UK. Do let me know if anyone needs an leads to working in and about Pakistan. Have been working there for seven years or so.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Aliya, great to have you here. You should definitely register as a full member here, which will give you access to all the discussion topics.

Doug Block
Host

And, voila, you're now a Member. That's how fast we make things happen around here ;-) Hope you'll jump right into the discussions.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Wow, away from The D-Word for a few days, and so many new people. A very special welcome to Joanne Feinberg!

Maria Maloney
Fan

Hello all,

I'm Maria, a producer for controversial independent film company Pie 'n' Mash Films. We started making fictional black comedies but swiftly developed into documentary film.

My partner, award winning film director Bill Maloney, came forward recently as a victim of institutional abuse. A group of 22 men approached Bill and Pie 'n' Mash films to tell their story of horrific abuse and torture a the hands of a senior prison officer back in the 70s. Only four years ago at the same centre the youngest suicide victim in a UK child prison 'Adam Rickwood' was found beaten black and blue with a broken nose and a broken wrist hanging by his trainer laces. His family do not believe it was suicide.
It's a tough subject with tough content. The major broadcast networks will no doubt refuse to air the documentary so I'm looking for all alternative outlets to get our victims stories told.

Anyway! After that somber introduction I thought I'd say 'Hi' to all, it's ok, I'm not all doom and gloom and look forward to connecting with some of you on the site.
Maria.

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