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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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James Longley
Pro

Hi, Raffaele – I really liked your film, Hair India. Very fantastic work.

Kyle McKeveny
Pro

Hi Everyone!

My name's Kyle. I'm just finishing a rough cut and teaser for a documentary I've been working on for 2+ years about a hobo legend who never worked a day in his life. I've produced and directed a number of shorts for different outlets in the past and worked as an associate producer on the documentary film "You Think You Really Know Me" about musician Gary Wilson.

I'm glad to meet you all. I've heard a lot of good things about this site from colleagues! Thanks for having me.

Looking forward,

Kyle

Graeme  Orr
Pro

Hello Raffaele and Kyle,

I must warn you as a relatively new D-Worder myself....this place is Extremely Addictive. You'll love it.

Doug Block
Host

Yup, we're kind of like virtual heroin. Welcome and watch your veins.

Kirsten Flowers
Pro

Hey guys!

My name is Kirsten and I'm a fairly new documentary filmmaker but I'm very eager to learn as much as I can. I'm currently in post production on a documentary about a Paralympic swimmer with cerebral palsy. I'm also in pre production for a documentary I'm co-directing on self-harm.

I can't wait to become addicted to this site. Virtual heroin sounds awesome.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Kirsten. The real addicts are those who qualify for full membership – and it sounds like you do. We await you with open needles.

James Longley
Pro

Golly gee. For some reason that does not sound so fantastic.

Graeme  Orr
Pro

I think I better hit the Methadone.... I mean get back to actually making my film. My brain is overloaded with good advice and inspiration. Must ... get ... back ... to ... film....

Regan Brashear
Pro

Thanks Nick! I've quickly gotten hooked on this D-Word drug, but I'm with Graeme in needing to remember to get back to actually finishing my film – so I can put all this good advice and inspiration to good use! =)

Michael Angus
Pro

Hi Raffaele and Kyle. Nice to see you here.
Hey Raffaele, did you submit you film to Brisbane Festival? I didn't get to see it at Full Frame unfortunately.

Mohammad Aasim Saleem
Fan

Hello Doug & all members. Im Mohammad Aasim Saleem from Karachi, Pakistan. Currently Im employed with a leading news/current affairs channel in my country. I have over nine years of experience in producing, directing, scripting and etc. having produced documentaries, live transmissions etc. etc.

Also gained experience in developing feasibility reports for channels and now, Im working on expanding my horizon. D-Word should certainly be a wonderful experience to come across and intereact with professionals from varying backgrounds. Looking forward.

Richard Brouillette
Pro

Hello everyone !

I'm an independent documentary filmmaker, producer, writer and editor (and a few other things). My first language is French. My latest film "L'encerclement РLa d̩mocratie dans les rets du n̩oolib̩ralisme" ("Encirclement РNeo-Liberalism Ensnares Democracy") has had it's world premiere at Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montr̩al (RIDM) in 2008 and it's international premiere in this year's Berlinale Forum section. It was released theatrically in Montr̩al (Qu̩bec, Canada) last February and it's currently touring a few festivals: BAFICI, Visions du r̩el, IndieLisboa, Documenta Madrid, Hot Docs, Viennale, Oslo International Film Festival, Ghent Film Festival, etc. I've been awarded a M. Joan Chalmers Award (Best Canadian documentary) for my first film "Trop c'est assez" ("Too Much Is Enough") and a Pierre and Yolande Perrault Award (Best emerging documentary filmmaker) at this year's Rendez-vous du cin̩ma qu̩b̩cois for "Encirclement".

I've just found out about D-Word – which surely looks like a nice place to meet doc people and exchange – through Hot Docs.

Cheers!

Marj Safinia
Host

Welcome Mohammad and Richard. Always a pleasure to have diverse international perspectives.

You should both consider applying for full membership, which will give you access to all the professional topics. It's free, but not automatic.

Doug Block
Host

Hello and a warm welcome to you both, Mohammad and Richard. Mohammad, as Marj suggests (and Richard has already done), do apply for full membership. You'll get to take part in many more discussion topics.

Churchill Roberts
Pro

Hello, documentary filmmakers. I'm Churchill Roberts, Co-director of the Documentary Institute at the University of Florida. In September, the Independent Magazine listed the Documentary Institute as one of the 10 best documentary programs in the country. But now, the dean of my college wants to eliminate it. Please help by signing the petition below. IDA distributed this information yesterday. Thanks for your help. Let me know if you have any questions. Churchill clrobert@ufl.edu
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Andrew Dupont
Fan

Hey folks! Checking myself in here. I'm not exactly making a documentary but I will need all the help I can get and this looks like a great way to get connected to the people in the know. I look forward to hearing from you all!

Sara Washington
Pro

Hello everyone! My name is Sara, I am an undergraduate student in California. I have done some short film pieces and audio pieces before in the past, and now I'm working on my first feature film. I look forward to "meeting" each of you!

Mila Turajlic
Pro

Hello to all. I've actually been a member of this forum for a number of years, although I've never posted (feels like I'm taking a very big step right now..) I do want to congratulate you on creating such a wonderful space – I find it an incredibly useful resource for all things technical, but most importantly motivational. Doc filmmaking gets a bit lonely at times and it's nice to know there's a whole lot of people out there who've been down that road..

I've been working on a project called Cinema Komunisto for a couple of years now (it's been a long and interrupted development and shooting process), and have finally reached the editing stage, so I've re-located temporarily to Los Angeles for the edit. Would love to meet fellow documentary filmmakers in a town that doesn't seem to have much time for that world...

Jeremy Weinstein
Fan

Hi I'm Jeremy, I'm embarking a new project that might interest some of you – it's called Docummunity and is trying to be the first feature length documentary that's been created entirely from user generated content.
We're launching the web site in 6 weeks and are trying to get content that centers around the theme of money – for more information got to www.docummunity.com or email me on jeremy@portablefilmfestival.com

Cheers!

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Jeremy. Sounds like a great project, definitely of interest to us since we do collaborative projects ourselves from time to time.

And Mila, great to have you come out from the shadows and into the sunshine and light, at last. Not so terrifying after all, is it?

Christopher Wong
Pro

mila, there's a bunch of us D-Worders here in L.A., so we'll have to arrange a get-together this summer. would love to hear more about your project.

Danny Samit
Fan

Hey Everyone,

I'm so excited I found this place. It looks like a wonderful community. I'm a documentary filmmaker and I live in LA. My first feature just won the Jury Award for Best Documentary at Japan Film Festival last week. It's a documentary on Japanese whaling: http://www.kujirathemovie.com .

I'm very excited to start reading more posts.

--Danny

Christopher Wong
Pro

congrats on the award, danny! and welcome to the D-Word... make sure that you apply for full membership (it's free) so that you will be eligible to see all the discussion topics on this site.

John Burgan
Host

Tell us a bit more about yourself, Danny. How did you come to make KUJIRA?

Julia Wiegand
Pro

Hey doc friends,

I'm a documentary film editor based in Cologne, Germany.
Currently I edit my first feature length documentary "Tribes of Cologne" which is an ethnographic film about people who dress and live like Huns and Mongolians in Cologne (http://www.58filme.de/projekte/projekt_13.html). (Sorry, the site is in German only)

Having studied documentary film in Italy and having worked in Denmark I very much appreciate getting in contact with you from allover the world.

Julia

Ben Kempas
Pro

Hey Julia, this project sounds hilarious. I live in Munich (theoretically) but have grown into a big fan of the Cologne carnival. Is there any overlap between the Tribes of Cologne and the carnival?

Please do become a full Member of The D-Word. "It's free but it's not automatic."

(And give my regards to Jutta Krug.)

Julia Wiegand
Pro

Thank you!
Actually the Tribes of Cologne do have their origin in the Cologne carnival, they started up as carnival associations in the 50s. They also hold summer camps in parks which for them is even more important than carnival.

Danny Samit
Fan

Hey John, Great to meet you. I came to make KUJIRA because I thought the whaling controversy was very complex and interesting but had only seen very one-sided presentations of it. I thought it'd be interesting to go into it with no bias and see what people had to say.

Jon Goldman
Pro

Hey Doug– looking forward to your appearing at Making Media in June...in the meantime, just so you know, I am currently producing a film about oil, the classic film LOUISIANA STORY and my family called OIL IN THE FAMILY. You can see the trailer here: http://oilfilms.com

Shyla Palm
Fan

Hey D-Word World,

I am Television and Film student/graduate looking to create a documentary from scratch in the next few months. I am open to any suggestions on how to start the research process. Got a story cooking and can't wait to get it out on film. If anyone wants a mentee I am looking for a mentor.
Take Care,
Shyla

Kathryn Dietz
Pro

Hi D-Word friends,

I'm an independent documentary producer, have been working for my own company Ambrica Productions for nearly 25 years making films for PBS, and have helped raise over $7 million. Now in this down economy I'm hiring myself out for development work. If anyone needs help developing concepts, doing pre-interviews or interviews, writing proposals, working with advisors, budgeting and planning films, etc, I'd love to hear from you! I'm also looking forward to reading what others are doing.

Kathryn Dietz
Pro

Thanks Ben! Now to figure out how to make the most of this community.

Doug Block
Host

It's simple, Kathryn. You basically give up making docs and read back posts for the next few years. Meanwhile, welcome to both you and Shyla.

Jon, looking forward to the Making Media Conference, too. Hope to see you there.

Luciano Blotta
Fan

Hi D word colleagues!
I am Luciano, documentary filmmaker based in LA. I am also a cinematographer, my latest film, RiseUp, is having it's north american premiere this weekend at HotDocs, exciting! I am glad to join in and hope to be having great discussions here in the near future. If you like Reggae music, then you'll love RiseUp, you can check it out at www.riseupmovie.com
All the best!
Luciano.

Gregory Rossi
Pro

In reply to Jeremy Weinstein's post on Thu 30 Apr 2009 :

Jeremy, interesting idea, I l'll look at your site and see what you're working on. I've also been developing the idea of employing a wiki element in producing documentaries – to a certain extent. Will look forward to talking with you more about this.

Raphaela Neihausen
Pro

I thought I'd formally introduce myself, even though I already know many of you through the doc community.

First my confession: I joined D-Word a few years back, but guiltily never really got that involved. Instead, my childhood friend and the director of the first film I produced "Miss GULAG" (Maria Yatskova) held the D-Word reins for both of us. Anyways, this time around – I plan to get more active!

So my intro: I produced Miss GULAG (www.MissGULAG.com) while working a full-time job in management consulting (advising Fortune 100 companies on their business strategies). I realized I couldn't do both jobs without losing my mind, so after 7 years in business, I left it for the more lucrative world of documentary film (yes, that's a joke – the "lucrative" part, that is). Anyways, since the transition, I've been working on a personal documentary about my family (that is currently on hiatus) and more officially, I'm the Executive Director of a weekly NY documentary screening series called Stranger Than Fiction (http://STFdocs.com – we actually just got a topic on D-Word – see http://www.d-word.com/topics/show/156?read=new). That's all for me!

Philip Owens
Pro

Hi all,

I've been lurking here for too long so I might as well get on with it. I'm an editor, most recently finishing Doug Pray's advertising feature doc, 'Art & Copy' – we've been doing the rounds of festivals since Sundance and we just screened last night at Stranger Than Fiction at the IFC in NYC. That was a brief six hours in NY! While we're busy supporting that film, I'm onto my next feature doc, which is about the life and times of Roger Corman (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1185371/). It's a pleasure to be a member here and I look forward to becoming more involved. Best to you all, look forward to chatting.

Marj Safinia
Host

Welcome officially, Raphaela and Philip. Glad to see you coming out of the shadows!

Doug Block
Host

Ditto, great to have you both aboard. And congrats on the success of Art & Copy, Philip. Wish I could have made the STF screening the other night.

For those of you living on Mars, the lovely and charming Raphaela is Thom Powers' better half. It's funny but Stranger Than Fiction has become such a NYC institution that I would have sworn you've been an active D-Word participant all along.

Raphaela Neihausen
Pro

Philip – Congrats on a great film! The audiences really enjoyed it at STF the other night.

Thank you for the official welcome, Doug & Marj! Yes, I've been a participant, but more of a lazy lurker since between Thom and Maria, I always knew what was going on. Bit the tides are changing!

Jason Perdue
Pro

Hi Philip. Great to see you here. Looks like the STF screening went great.

Philip Owens
Pro

Thanks all! It's good to be here, and many thanks for all the kind comments. I'm looking forward to getting to know the place and the people. And thanks to Jason for introducing me here!

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