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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.

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.

Kevin McGill
Fan

Hi. My name is Kevin and I am an up and coming filmmaker. I graduated New York Film Academy a few years ago and I LOVE shooting film and video. I look forward to connecting to some of you here and helping with and getting some assistance on projects.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome to The D-Word, Kevin. Glad you found us.

Hans Bosscher
Fan

Hans Bosscher
producer/director

Hans Bosscher started as director’s assistant and was later production leader at the Zuidelijk Toneel Globe. He then founded the Frascatitheater in Amsterdam and started his own production company to support his theatre. Gradually, the work of the production company shifted to television and film. Bosscher has produced many national and international documentaries, corporate films and commercials. He also spent some time working as a consultant for Endemol Germany and Endemol Sport, after which he spent a few years producing and directing documentaries for Dutch and foreign broadcasting stations, including Discovery International, National Geographic, NHK and PBS. One of these productions yielded awards in the United States and France. Bosscher currently works as a consultant, editor in chief and director for various Dutch broadcasting stations and government agencies.

Doug Block
Host

Well, we certainly welcome Hans, and will welcome him even more warmly when he decides to post in the first person. Come on out and play with us, Hans.

Chihiro Geuzebroek
Pro

Hi, my name is Chihiro and I work on a crossmedia project empowering media dialogue between makers and doc fans. It's called MoochMe and will be launched at IDFA 2009 at Cinema De Munt. The idea: Promote your own & take one home!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBOuwQfX2R0

Additionally I've directed and edited a couple of short docs for the Buddhist Broadcast here in Holland and wish to develop myself in this field in the coming years.

Favorite docs: The Planet & Surplus editted by Johan Soderberg! War on democracy, The Corporation and looking forward to seeing "Age of Stupid" & "Soundtrack for a revolution" at IDFA this year. I saw a little preview at the IDFA CLUB evening.

Looking forward to connecting, learning & sharing doc insights and news. Total newby here so have to snoop around a bit

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