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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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Leslie Li
Fan

Hello –

I am a novelist (Bittersweet; Tuttle Publishing) and memoirist (Daughter of Heaven: A Memoir with Earthly Recipes; Arcade Publishing) living in New York City.

Recently, I was blessed a wealth of visual and aural material about four Chinese-American sisters who became a jazz vocal quartet and performed on the Broadway stage and Hollywood screen during the 30s and 40s. So the book I was planning to write about them has become a documentary film instead. As a first-time filmmaker, I have completed videotaped interviews of the four sisters and a rough cut.

Now I am hoping to receive some advice about how I might go about obtaining rights, permissions, licensing for a number of songs and archival film clips that are part and parcel of my 1-hour film – as well as learn what the fees would be.

Looking forward to being part of your community, and thank you for this wonderful forum,

Leslie Li

Ryan Oliver Hansen
Fan

Hello friends--
I'm in my fifth year of living in Cameroon, West Africa. I'm a documentary filmmaker turned full-time volunteer. But it's time to reach new horizons with our documentary "Green Eyes in Africa." It's a ready-to go project with almost all of the work done. I consider what we have a "rough draft." I just need a production company who would like to take it and make it bigger/better and incorporate the rest of the story. Then move on to distribution. The story is unbelievable. www.youtube.com/GreenEyesinAfrica has the trailer, etc. I hope to find people who want to make this happen...our website is www.GreenEyesinAfrica.org and my email is RyaninNev@aol.com.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Pete, and congrats on your funding! Leslie and Ryan, a warm welcome, as well. You both should register for full membership here, which will give you access to all the discussion topics. And best of luck with your projects.

Bryan Donnell
Pro

Hello –

So far I have been primarily a DP almost exclusively for docs, including a feature that's premiering in Sundance this year ("Countdown to Zero" for Participant). Have been involved with Doculink since it was just an idea, and have heard about this place for a long time, but for some reason am only now joining in! Seems great though and I look forward to mingling, especially as I'm moving into a place of producing as well. Thanks!

Bryan

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Bryan, and congrats on Sundance. Hope you get to go and see it with an audience on the big screen – nothing like it. You, too, should sign up for full membership here. It's easy and free.

Stephanie M. Brown
Fan

Hi there,

I heard about D-Word from a director while chatting with him at his premiere and signed up the next day. A month later, I'm finally introducing myself.

I'm an aspiring doc filmmaker in the Washington DC metro area. A former Air Force and DOD producer-director, I earned a Master's certificate from the Institute for Documentary Filmmaking at George Washington University under award-winning filmmaker Nina Gilden Seavey. I also have an MA in video production. Last year, I produced my first short doc (17 mins) from script to screen, "DC LSIC: A Little Justice Goes A Long Way," for DC non-profit legal aid agency and law clinic DC Law Students in Court. You can view it on my Web site at www.amicusmedia.net. If anyone views it, I'd love some feedback.

I've been wanting to produce another doc, but have lost my momentum since I haven't been able to find a topic that excites me. Life has gotten in the way as well. Am hoping associating with other doc filmmakers will inspire me. In the meantime, I'm a freelance Final Cut Pro editor and taking some home improvement classes at my local community college for fun.

Tom Dziedzic
Pro

Stephanie, Please feel free to network with other DC area documentary filmmakers at DOCS IN PROGRESS based in Silver Spring, Maryland. We're a supportive and welcoming group.

http://www.docsinprogress.org/

Simin Fallahzadeh Tehrani
Fan

Simin Fallahzadeh Tehrani
Born in 1959,Tehran-Iran.Graduated from Television and Cinema Univercity.Worked for twenty years at Iranian Television broadcasting
company as an animation cinematographer.and documentary fimmaker
My last documentary(2009)is about Alzheimer disease,and several women
who are afflicted to Alzheimer.I want to know if i can take part to your Newport beach Film Festival 2010?

John Burgan
Host

Hi there Simin – with your background, feel free to apply to become a full member

Not sure that the Newport Beach Festival is big on docs, to be honest – do you have a particular reason for wanting to apply there?

Stephanie M. Brown
Fan

In reply to Tom Dziedzic's post on Mon 21 Dec 2009 :

Tom, thanks. I've heard of the group (and WIFV of which I'm a listserv lurking member). My Doc Center class project was shown there a couple years ago. A new year is coming, so I'm reaching out in the hopes of expanding my horizons and becoming more active. I'll definitely become more active with DIP. Again, thanks!

Doug Block
Host

A warm welcome to Stephanie and Simin. Don't let a little thing called life ever get in the way of your doc work, Stephanie ;-)

Marco Della Coletta
Pro

Hello guys,
nice to finally have the time to introduce myself... Excuse me for the delay, but I was lost in an edit when I first signed up!
I'm Marco Della Coletta and I'm an Italian/Dutch filmmaker based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I'm also a partner of Godmother Films, a creative production company that tries to focus on documentary and socially relevant advertising. In the past 2 years, among other stuff we produced one of the shorts of the "Why Democracy?" series: Interferenze (about Italian television pirates).
About a month ago, I met some of you during the Idfa dinner at the Mezrab, here in Amsterdam... I must say you looked like you are a very interesting bunch of people and I'm really looking forward to join the conversation and get to know more of you online.
Cheers!
Marco
PS. If you like you can see most of our work on www.godmotherfilms.com

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Marco. We're actually far more interesting online than in person, so hope we'll correct your initial impression ;-) Feel free to register for full membership here to really find out.

Jo-Anne Velin
Pro

Speak for yourself, Doug :-P.
Marco, they are all fabulously interesting in person...

SUSANTA BISWAS
Pro

I make documentary films on various themes for propagating the message of sustainable innovations that leads to sustainable development.

Two documentary films directed by me have participated in two International Festivals in 2009 organized by the Government of West Bengal.

The documentary on sustainable effort of tribal women in social forestry titled Tribal women, afforestation and sustainability was selected for screening in the Short & Documentary films Section of 15th Kolkata Film Festival.

Earlier, the documentary on establishing the first Small & Medium Forest Enterprise in India titled Artistic approach was selected for 8th International Social Communication Cinema Conference 2009.

Briar March
Pro

Hi fellow filmmakers. I just arrived in San Francisco a few months ago and hoping to connect with other documentary filmmakers in the Bay Area. I would also love to get involved with any documentary film events in the city if there are any, or help to organize some of my own. Cheers!

John Burgan
Host

Welcome Susanta and Briar. There are quite a few Bay Area D-Worders, check the member database.

James LeBrecht
Pro

Hi Everyone. I'm a post production sound designer/mixer, located in the Bay Area. I have a company, Berkeley Sound Artists and we specialize in post sound for documentaries. I'm looking forward to being part of the community and hope I can be of help.

My thanks to Alex da Silva (Ready! Set! Bag! and Runners High) for introducing me to y'all. Jim

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, James. And Susanta and Briar, as well. Nice to have y'all on board.

Thomas C. Gass
Fan

Hello D-Word Community!

My name is Thomas C. Gass and I have always been fascinated by music, voices and languages. After graduation in "Music and Performing Arts" in Germany as well as several years of practical work as actor and musician, I started to concentrate more and more on voice acting and directing.

This involves productions as voice over artist for cinema-, television- and radio commercials, off-voice narration, radio plays, Podcasts, CD- und DVD-productions, internet applications, multimedia productions, as well as text doctoring, direction of voice recording and dubbing.

Thanks to my own SaVoA accredited digital recording studio with ISDN (all available codecs), SourceConnect and Phonepatch I'm availabled worldwide for VO recordings in German or English if you're in need of a "German accent" ;-)

www.thomascgass.ch

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thomas

Vasilios Sfinarolakis
Pro

Hello Everyone!

I signed up to the D-word a little while ago, and have been silently scouring the many posts and pages ... Now it is finally time to introduce myself proper.

My name is Vasilios Sfinarolakis and I'm a documentary filmmaker/photojournalist living in the New England/Mid Atlantic area... At the risk of eliminating a boring description of myself, I'll simply tell you why I am here, with the hopes that I get to know some of you through conversation and dialogue.

I am all about documenting 'things' thought whatever means most appropriate ... visual, oral, written word, etc. I am struck by an imperative to record things I find important, especially fading cultures/societies, things seemingly mundane, the world at large...
I am also compelled to travel to conflict zones and document the happening going on there ... especially underrepresented issues (but I never discriminate).

One of my ultimate goals in this journey as a storyteller is to go into war zones and tell those stories...

I've worked for Ken Burns and the Discover Channel and am beginning to branch out with other talented and motivated individuals to peruse personal projects.

I am currently working on a documentary with journalist Annabel Symington on the Guarani Aquifer (in South America). We just launched our website yesterday and we're extremely excited to get this project off the ground. You can get to the project as well as the team better by clicking the following link, and you'll see the grass-roots approach we're taking to this project.

http://TheGuaraniProject.com

I have several other projects that I'm simultaneously working on; an ongoing reportage on Native Indians in New Mexico, and am currently developing a documentary on low-income housing and poverty in Connecticut. I am also willing to consult and collaborate with other individuals if you think I would be a good fit for your team, or vise versa.

Ok, I think this is long winded enough! I look forward to your feedback and being a healthy part of this great community.

Cheers,
Vasilios
http://vasofoto.com

Doug Block
Host

Good to have you finally posting, Vasilios. And best of luck with your many projects.

khuram Javed
Pro

Dear All,
My name id Khuram Javed & i have 11 years experiience in television industry.I am working as documentary producer in a Pakistan top most channel "Geo News".
I produced several programmes relating to current affairs and documentariwes on different social issues and also on some personalities of Pakistan and also on Wild Life documentaries those i have been produced their names are following

1-Indus Blind Dolphin
2-Quad-e-Azam(Founder of Pakistan)
3-Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan(A weel know Qawal of Pakistan)
4-Waheed Murad(A well know Film star of Pakistan resemble to Elvis Presley)

khuram Javed
Pro

its me Khuram Javed recently join this network for sharing and exploring more about documentaries and the art of Making documentaries.

Doug Block
Host

Great to have you joining us here, Khuram. A warm welcome.

khuram Javed
Pro

Its amazing site and search engine .I realy appreciate the team of d-word.I hope that i will fulfil my craetive satisfection and find professionals those really share with me the latest topics aboot PAKISTAN LATEST development againt war on terrorism i can help all members those who really want to produce a documentary on PAKISTAN .

Susan Harris
Fan

I'm a garden writer venturing into telling stories with video (my first, amateurish attempts are on Youtube under "GardenerSusan"). Have upgraded my camera, am learning Premiere Elements 8, and am enrolled in a Doc Production course at Docs in Progress in Silver Spring, MD.

Ultimately my goal is to produce short videos of the Gardens of Washington D.C. Month by Month of sufficient quality to find sponsors in the tourism business or elsewhere.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Susan. Sounds like you're taking all the right steps. Good luck with reaching your goal.

Randy Lee
Pro

Hello all,

My name is Randy Lee I am 24 and in the process of starting a Video Production company focusing on Documentaries. I've edited one feature-length doc before, (Mark My Words, which the producer is currently submitting to festivals), and have worked on others in a variety of capacities. I also have 3 years experience working for a Video Production Company in Madison, WI, and I am looking for a place for resources to make sure that I am on the right track to help change the world. I'm a shooter / editor / tech guy, and really need to either find producers to work with, or else pick up yet another set up skills and start producing, too...

Doug Block
Host

This is a good place to do that, Randy. Feel free to register for full membership if you want access to all the discussion topics.

Jan Selby
Pro

Hello, My name is Jan Selby. I am a former independent marketing consultant who has turned away from the traditional life to make my way as a documentary producer and director. I co-founded a documentary video production company in 2007 (Darn Good Documentaries) in St. Paul, MN, USA. In this company, I am primarily a producer. I'm also working on learning to edit using FCP. I recently directed my first short doc (A CIRCLE AND THREE LINES about the history of the peace symbol) which has been accepted at three film festivals so far in 2010. My goal is to continue to learn about all aspects of documentary filmmaking. I'm glad to offer members my experience in marketing and entreprenuership.

Jo-Anne Velin
Pro

What a great topic for a short, Jan. Can one see this on-line anywhere (legally)? Welcome.

Sahand Sahebdivani
Pro

Hi Jan, welcome. It's funny, when you wrote a circle and three lines the first thing that came to my mind was the anarchist symbol. I guess I should hang around less with squatters.

Jason Perdue
Pro

Welcome Jan. A CIRCLE AND THREE LINES will be screening in Sebastopol in March.

Chris Daliendo
Fan

Hey guys, my name is Chris (or Christian) and I'm trying to get into documentary film making after I got my degree in Film from USC. I most recently saw Mai Iskander's, "Garbage Dreams" at the IFC Center in Manhattan and thought it was a spectacular film! I'm glad it got the DGA nomination yesterday! Has anyone else seen it?

Jason Perdue
Pro

GARBAGE DREAMS will also be playing Sebastopol in March. And yes, it's spectacular.

Naziha Syed Ali
Fan

Hello everyone! I turned my hand to documentaries a little late in my journalism career during which I worked for many years as editor and reporter at a news magazine. After doing a masters in TV journalism from the University of London, I switched to electronic media (although my love of writing has found an outlet in scripting).

I've produced several documentaries, including The Miseducation of Pakistan ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOImnAOkjWs and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnGpHGNJuiA ). A couple of others I'd like to mention are one about the courtesans of Lahore (a city in Pakistan) and another on the social stigma that HIV/AIDs patients have to deal with. I've also worked for a year with Channel Four News (UK) as their stringer in Pakistan, producing and reporting on stories from the country.

Most recently, I've been working with Hemal Trivedi, a US-based director, on another documentary about education in Pakistan and how it can foster attitudes that will go far towards countering the extremist threat in the region.

I am particularly keen on networking with film-makers interested in working in Pakistan.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Naziha, Chris and Jan. Naziha, you've come to the right place in terms of filmmakers working in Pakistan. Once you register to become a full member , which we hope you'll do, take a look in the International Co-Productions topic.

Hemal Trivedi
Pro

Welcome Naziha. She worked helped me out with my recent shoot in Pakistan. She is great storyteller, a great writer and must a I say a superb person to work with. Also, she is really well connected and she really helped me get access to places I would have never managed to get into myself. We had wonderful time in Pakistan.

Ankit Bapna
Fan

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John Burgan
Host

Good to have you aboard the D-Word.

Only one proviso: as clearly stated on our registration page, membership is only open to individuals, not couples, groups, collectives, companies, institutions or other plural entities. We have very few rules, but this is one of them. D-Word is a "real-name" community – our members like to know who they are dealing with, so "Wise Guy" is not appropriate.

Of course you can continue to use wiseguyent as your username, you just need to update your profile by adding your name and surname.

We're sure you'll understand – look forward to seeing you online.

vamshi krishna
Fan

hi all,
this is vamshi krishna
i'm intrested in making documentaries.
i'm new for making them.

pl advice or guide me in this regard.

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