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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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Yogesh CU
Fan

I am a 'creative' from India with a quest for learning and acquiring knowledge about creative expression and zeal to contribute to the art of STORY.TELLING, by utilizing my skills and expertise to the fullest.

Ana Santos
Fan

I'm a passionately social artist and documentary filmmaker that believes the best way to make a difference is to go out of our "established" ways of seeing and experiencing the world. I agree with Wade Davis that story telling and content that offer broader perspectives can create a difference. History has not been written, we make history with the choices and the stories we choose to tell. I'm the product of TED and Herzog, to me, if you have lived the world in a way, you would try to try to tell our story. I worked for TV and entertainment for more than 10 years, and I'm refusing my self to continue to produce garbage and meaningless programming.

Jason DeBose
Fan

Greetings from Helsinki, I'm a California-born photographer based in Helsinki. Tomorrow I'll begin a 3-country journey that will land me at The Lemesos International Documentary Film Festival in Cyprus. There, a project I'm producing based in New York, entitled THE MUSIC NEVER DIES

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il6msr2ZuHc
(our trailer)

has been chosen to be a part of Docs Talk Cyprus, a 2-day pitch forum held within the festival. I'm three planes away, but am definitely looking forward to the project getting to take some meetings – we're now pulling for a co-production as we are ~40% funded with a budget of ~$250k.

Doug Block
Host

JD, Rich, Yogesh, Ana and Jason, a warm welcome to you all. You're coming here so fast and furious it's hard to keep up with the greetings.

Daniel Raim
Pro

Hi All—

A little about me:
I’ve been making documentaries in Los Angeles for the last 13 years – mainly films about a dying breed of old Hollywood art directors and cinematographers who I find inspiring as people as well as artists.
Some of my credits include, “Something’s Gonna Live,” which world premiered at the 2009 AFI FEST and is a follow-up to my first documentary, “The Man on Lincoln’s Nose" (2001 Oscar-nominated, Short Subject). Currently, I’m in post-production on a new film that will complete the trilogy of docs on old-Hollywood filmmakers.
Ross McElwee and Abbas Kiarostami are some of my cinema heroes. One of my favorite quotes from Kiarostami is something along the lines of: “Try to make your documentary like a fiction film, and your fiction film like a documentary."
Thanks to everyone who helps maintain this wonderful website. I look forward to meeting new folks on The D-Word!

Doug Block
Host

Greetings and welcome to The D-Word, Daniel. Ross McElwee has been a huge influence on my work, as well.

Daniel Raim
Pro

Thanks, Doug. Great to be here! Any word on a release date for Ross McElwee's new film, "In Paraguay"?

Doug Block
Host

No. I'm afraid there are complications that are holding it up indefinitely. Which is too bad, I'm very eager to see it.

Daniel Raim
Pro

Hi Doug,
Thanks for the update, albeit not very good news for us Ross McElwee fans. Are you at liberty to explain what the complications are holding up the film?
I posted in the Hidden Section a synopsis I found on Fandango – looks really interesting!

Documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee, who has cast his quizzical eye on such phenomena as the Civil War, his problems with women and the American news media, now explores the high stakes of life in South America in the movie In Paraguay. McElwee and his wife Marilyn McElwee decided to adopt a child, and made arrangements to become new parents of a baby girl living in Paraguay. When the McElwees flew to Paraguay to meet the child and bring her home, they were struck by the extreme poverty around them, the bureaucracy that dogged them at every stage of the adoption process, and the corruption and oppression that dominates Paraguay's politics. While Ross initially intended to focus on the process of adopting his new daughter, before long his film became a study of a culture whose flaws are all but impossible for him to comprehend, while he also tries to record a bit of his daughter's heritage for her to look to in the future. In Paraguay was an official selection at the 2008 Venice Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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