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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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Dennis Connors
Pro

Hello all. I'm a filmmaking student at a local University, slowly carving my way through its program. I'm apparently considered a "mature" student, being that my classmates are generally younger than my daughter, who is a few years out of college. I learned about this forum from a D-word member just a few days ago, during my visit to the Silverdocs Film Fest. I'd like to thank that person again, but can't recall, this morning, who that was. So, thanks, whoever you are.
My primary filmmaking interest is with docs. I come from a commercial photography background, and decided, when embarking on this journey, that the college classroom, infused with the energy of youthful classmates and the professional experience of its teachers, was a good place to begin. So far, so good. My first doc, "Breaking Boundaries: the Art of Alex Masket", a short film about an artist with severe autism, has made festival rounds (not Silverdocs, sadly, but did get a CINE Golden Eagle) from early 2010 until recently. If interested, it's currently online. Here's the two minute trailer:
https://vimeo.com/14183200
A link to the full version should also be on that page along with a few other learning experiences. Looking forward to discussions & sharing information.

Doug Block
Host

However you got here, Dennis, glad you found us. Welcome aboard.

Heath Cozens
Pro

Hello.

I believe that this is my first posting here – after having been a member for sometime and simply relying on the updates. Time to dive in.

I am a New Zealander, based in Japan for the last 15 or so years (and shortly migrating to the States).

Have worn a few caps thus far – local fixer, editor, video-journalist, cameraman, director. But documentary's where my heart's at.

I'm currently heavily ensconced in making an indie documentary called "Doglegs" – about the underground disabled pro-wrestling scene in Japan.

Hello, one and all!

www.doglegsmovie.com (underconstruction, but should be up in a few days)

Richard Leigh
Pro

Hi everyone.

Feeling my way around here, but so far I love what I see – a vibrant online community.

As a not-for-profit distribution organisation promoting quality films, we're always on the lookout for short documentaries that inspire young people in schools to engage in deep learning. I'm happy to provide a list of topics of particular interest.

'Short' means really short, ie. under 11mins, but we have plenty of examples where filmmakers have cut short versions (not trailers) of feature-length work to use as promotion or try-out for larger work.

Get in touch with me at any time – richard at campfire.org.au
or explore the campfire site to see the work we do. Campfire is a passion that grew out of my hobby and love of the documentary form (and graduation from film school back in '97... but that's another story for another day!)

Doug or any host, can you tell me what the most appropriate place to say "we're looking for x, y & z?"

Thanks for hosting a great site!

Richard

John Burgan
Host

Heath & Richard – you've certainly found the right place! Welcome aboard The D-Word

Richard Leigh
Pro

Thanks John & Doug.
I'll get that public & pro classifieds topic list happening soon.
Again, thanks for the welcome & the service you're doing here :)
Richard

Adam Stafford
Pro

Hi folks, my name is Adam Stafford, a few years ago I directed a short called The Shutdown, which was quite well received. Since then I've been a bit erstwhile from the film community, making a new short (see My Films) that's taken me literally 3 years to get funding for and some busy musical projects. But I'm here to re-engage with the Doc Community. Thanks.

Doug Block
Host

Good to have you here, Adam. Welcome back to filmmaking, in general, and welcome to The D-Word.

John Burgan
Host

Really liked The Shutdown when it was screened at Silverdocs back in 2009. Welcome back, Adam.

Adam Stafford
Pro

Thanks John, yeah it has taken me a while to follow it up, but I have finally! (you can view the trailer for No Hope For Men Below here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQo9I4G2ylo). I hope to make it back to Silverdocs next year, it was such a warm, friendly and encouraging festival.

Raymund Gerard C. Cruz
Pro

In reply to Heath Cozens's post on Fri 6 Jul 2012 :

Hey Heath. That sounds like a fascinating project.

Japan has such an interesting combat sport history (ranging from Sumo to Pride FC). Somewhat like a religion to them. And kudos for sheding light to an unfamiliar combat industry in such a kinetic culture.

Good luck on that one!

Rebecca Rolnick
Pro

Hi D-sters,

I just joined and am so excited to be a part of the community! I have been working on a documentary for two years and it has been an incredible journey. It's about a little Iraqi girl who, after being struck by a roadside bomb, came to the US for reconstructive surgery five years ago and has yet to return. It has been compelling to watch her story unfold – feel free to check out our website and drop us a note! thebeautythatremains.com Looking forward to discovering all that D-word has to offer ...

- Becky

Doug Block
Host

We're happy to have you here, Becky. Welcome aboard and best of luck with your film. Sounds very compelling.

Heath Cozens
Pro

In reply to Raymund Gerard C. Cruz's post on Mon 9 Jul 2012 :

Thank you, Raymund for the encouraging words.

Doglegs is an NPO – and serves as a hobby for some members, something of a raison d'etre for others. Not an industry by any means. But as you say, there's a certain Japanese appreciation for the martial arts – fighting as a means to prove yourself – they are seen as wholesome and pure, and have quasi religious aspects, as well.

Doglegs Superhandicapped Pro-wrestling is much more down and dirty, homemade – almost like a cross between performance art and MMA. But there's a strength of spirit and purpose that I do think echos the ethos of classical Japanese fighting styles.

Anyway, I'll be sure to post about it in depth once I get more familiar with my way around the boards. Very much looking forward to sharing and being a part of this community.

Raymund Gerard C. Cruz
Pro

In reply to Heath Cozens's post on Thu 12 Jul 2012 :

Very intriguing! Asians do have an attachment to spirituality. To us, life goes on like a ritual. My wife and I share with you the same fascination with japan, only more in theater. She will be in Kyoto to study Noh theater for a month starting next week. Anyways, looking forward to seeing your wonderful project.

I hope I didn't over discussed anything, Doug. Being the keen, eyes-everywhere, ninja of a HOST, you would be reading my hidden section by now and see the 'wrong category' over indulgence. :) Heath just got an exciting documentary in his hands, and i got carried away.

Danielle Beverly
Pro

Adam, great to see you back! Look forward to raising a glass at a film festival this year to celebrate your new film, which I know will be wonderful.

Raymund Gerard C. Cruz
Pro

In reply to Dennis Connors's post on Mon 25 Jun 2012 :

Hey Dennis,

Good to have you here. Don't worry about age. Some of my favorite filmmakers started working late. John Cassavetes, Abbas Kiarostami, Kidlat Tahimik, Robert Bresson, and Rob Nilsson became active late in their mid-30 to late 40's. In art, age is just a number. :)

The D-word will get you going.

Joshua Guerci
Pro

I'm a verite shooter working on a documentary about communities rebuilding from natural disaster. I'm currently in Bay St Louis Mississippi but we've also been to Alabama and Louisiana.

We have a Kickstarter up: http://kck.st/NzV3Y0

Any feedback would be appreciated. So give me your most brutal hello and tell me what you really think of it!

David Liebling
Fan

Hi Everyone!
My name is David Liebling. I have worked mostly in live sports production for the past few years, with a long hiatus in Asia where I was teaching english and traveling.
While I was in South Korea I started shooting for a documentary I'd like to produce 'the right way.' Meaning that I'd like to figure out what I'm doing as far as pre-production and distribution to give my project the best possible chance at success.
I'll be lurking this site, searching for answers regarding budgeting, planning, distribution, financing, and all the other aspects of documentary making that are currently baffling to me. Any nudges in the right direction would be much appreciated!
I hope I can give as well at some point.

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