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
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.
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.
Shyla and Kathryn, welcome to The D-Word!
Thanks Ben! Now to figure out how to make the most of this community.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Welcome officially, Raphaela and Philip. Glad to see you coming out of the shadows!
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.
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!
Hi Philip. Great to see you here. Looks like the STF screening went great.
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!
In reply to Raphaela Neihausen's post on Thu 7 May 2009 :
I never thought I'd see the day! Welcome doll-face! :)
Hi, I am an author, journalist and artist, born in Austria, coming from a background of marketing, graphic design, journalism and photography (mostly in Vienna), and I have â€œturned filmmakerâ€ to take advantage of more modern tools of story-telling. I have worked in all areas of the media business, from reporter over art-director, ad-exec, layouter to editor-in-chief, and I have traveled the world publishing feature reports about exotic themes. I am an experienced copywriter and conceptionist for advertising, commercial campaigns, music videos, promotional videos and documentary films. My early works as an independent filmmaker are documentaries about interesting people. I have been working in all facets of video production and have made a few short film.
The last three years I spent making an epic documentary about Hawaii, and I am seeking preview and fundraising screening venues for my film â€“ which was made completely out of pocket, and all I need now is to be able to pay for clearances.
My film is the ultimate educational-cultural gem about Hawaii, so factual that it has the hardest time getting funding. Why? Because my 56 speakers and 10 Hawaiian narrators tell Hawaiiâ€™s story how it really was, detached from the usual bias. And not everyone is happy about having to revise their pre-conceived ideas about â€œthe good guys and the bad guysâ€, about â€œparadiseâ€ and the contrary â€¦ and it all has been existing in the Hawaiian islands for millennia.
Here is the online trailer of my film "Native Of Owhyhee" (390 min., widescreen, that I wrote, produced, directed and edited): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2VTzh5CZdg .
"Native Of Owhyhee" – WGA.reg. 1170301 Â© Jo Danieli 2008 – in post-production/seeking distribution/completion funding
Feature documentary, 390 minutes, widescreen;
The epic historical documentary "Native Of Owhyhee" tells the story how Hawaii turned from an ancient "pagan" society into one of the most literate Christian nations in the world of the 1800s. It is the story of tribal cults and sacrifices, of legendary magical ways of living predating the era of the settlement of Polynesia, of indigenous traditions in the islands through the eras, and it features the intersection of cultures in Hawaii as well as the fate of several young Hawaiian sailors and a Prince who played historical key-roles in the era of greatest changes shortly after Western contact, together with the pioneer American Christian missionaries. The film features 56 speakers from Hawaii and New England and ten native Hawaiian narrators, over 1000 historical images, historical film-clips and great original Hawaiian and New England music.
I am not much of a chatter, but Iâ€™d appreciate referrals to screening venues and / or sponsors who want to help me to make this film public to honor the many people who are sharing their expert â€œmanaâ€™oâ€ (â€œknowledgeâ€) in our film.
One â€œkupunaâ€ (Hawaiian elder) who speaks in the film, passed away, and this makes me very sad. His wish was, however, after seeing an early version of the docu, that it be shared with the world. And I am working on that one and would appreciate your help. Iâ€™d share the preview screener with anyone interested and/or a two hours content-clips DVD.
My reel is available.
Iâ€™d love to make my next documentaries, but currently, I have to try and find a way to survive economically after spending literally all I had on my Hawaii docu â€“ just BECAUSE people (especially sponsors-to-be) were so incredibly nasty about facts that matter and tried to force me to adjust historical facts to their ideas of history and their political and religious agendas. To threaten me is the best way to keep me on track, though â€“ thatâ€™s why â€œNative Of Owhyheeâ€ is â€œponoâ€: It means, itâ€™s right and pure and genuine and honors all people involved in the intersection of cultures as it has been going on in Hawaii and in the Pacific for thousands of years.
Do I have Polynesian/Pacific ancestry? Maybe. This doesnâ€™t matter. The world should be an open space for humans, and to me, race or nationality are only words.
One of the speakers in my film says the ultimate truth about it all:
â€œSpirit is universial, itâ€™s not racial.â€
And thatâ€™s the motto of my film.
I hope, many people will get to see it. Of course Iâ€™ll share the rights with people helping me to get it out there.
With â€œhulaâ€ being still such a trendy dance, itâ€™s needless to say, that Japan alone with itâ€™s thousands of hula-schools, is waiting for my film that actually explains Hawaiian culture to the people who wish to honor it by dancing a Hawaiian dance (saying â€œdance the hulaâ€ would mean â€œdance the danceâ€) â€¦
I am not online all that often, so if you would like to communicate with me about my film â€“ please, just email.
Thanks for your attention.
Aloha nui loa!
Jo, I would suggest joining IFP and then entering your film into the IFP Market, now called Independent Film Week. Deadline is May 21 so there is time, albeit a rush.
Go to http://www.ifp.org
for more info
Good work on the Oil In The Family trailer. It looks great visually and it really give hints of an intereting way to look at a very big picture through the intimate lens of a family story. I am working on a trailer for a story out of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Hope it comes out good.
My name is JJ, I have directed 2 docs about Poland and WW2, but most recently have directed a comedy mockumentary about indie filmmaking called "Low Budget" (we can't afford a tagline..) You can see the first few parts of the film at:
I'd love to get some advice on promoting and marketing an indie film. You can see clips from my docs at:
By the way, great job on the hawaii doc Jo! Mahalo.
Welcome, Jo and JJ. Funny tag line, JJ.
Hey there D-Worders,
My name is Mike Seely. I've been a member for a few years, but finally making a concerted effort to be more digitally involved here ("long time listener, first time caller").
I'm a filmmaker/ cinematographer based in San Francisco, but right now living in Lodz, Poland for a few months. I'm just finishing up editing a half-hour film about an innovative Ecuadorian doctor and his efforts to provide health care in rural areas (the title is in working-title limbo, so I'll give another shout when it's finalized).
Before the website for the curent film is up, you can check out some of my past work here:
and here's a shorter version of the Ecuador piece I produced for Frontline World's website:
I'm spending a lot of time here in Poland over the next couple of years, so would love to connect with other documentarians living and working in Europe. Next year I plan to make three shorts docs in different styles as part of a fulbright grant project on the Polish documentary tradition.
By the way, I'll be heading to Planete Doc Review Festival and INPUT in Warsaw this week if anyone will be there.
Looking forward to participating!
Thanks for coming out of the darkness, Mike. Next time you post (hopefully, soon) you might want to update your Current Location (in the box above every post) with your, um, current location.
"We know stuff about TV, that I don't know Canada will EVER know." Funny stuff, JJ.
Charmed, charmed, charmed. I don't often Introduce Myself, but I feel compelled (mostly by the little message reminding me to every time I log in to D-Word). I'm a feature documentary editor. I apprenticed with the editor of "WORDPLAY," assisting him on a lovely film called "SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED" (SXSW 2008), before moving on to edit "FOOD FIGHT" (which won the 2008 IDA Audience Award). I have worked on 2008 Sundance audience favorite "I.O.U.S.A.," and current Kirby Dick release "OUTRAGE." Most recently I was Lead Editor on one of the most serious and thought-provoking projects I've worked on, "THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS DOCUMENTARY," which will air on Nickelodeon sometime in July, to the delight of... all your children and college-aged nieces and nephews.
However, aside from the CV, I think the more relevant and useful information in an Introduction would be: I love chocolate, watching great movies, reading engrossing books, other people's cats, the Bach Cello Suites, most Impressionists, and the Internet Archive.
I am currently looking for my next project, so if anyone is looking for an editor and wants to talk, please let me know!
All the best,
Welcome Miranda. Care to share which Impressionists you don't care for?
LOL. Very sharp. Although I was using "most" as a sort of disclaimer (what if they discover a new Impressionist I don't like?), I can honestly say that I'm not entirely won over by Bazille. ;)
You look very glamorous, Miranda, especially for someone who toils away for long hours in dark, dank edit rooms. Very nice to have you aboard the good ship, D-Word. Hope you'll spend way too much of your time here.
I have just joined the D-Word after meeting many delightful D-worders at Hot Docs. I am a producer/production manager based in Montreal.
I have worked on many docs since I started working in this crazy industry 3 years ago. I am an active member of DOC (Documentary Organization of Canada) and I am in the middle of organizing the Film Blitz 2880 (a 48 hour filmmaking competition... see classifieds for more info). Before breaking into the production side of things I worked a few years as a gaffer/best boy electric. I am one of those weird people that has no desire whatsoever to direct. I enjoy helping directors making their visions come true by filing out forms, making budgets and financial structures, talking to broadcasters, etc.
On a more personal note, I am Venezuelan born, with Argentine parents and Eastern European roots. I play the violin in a great orchestra.
I look forward to virtually meeting you soon and maybe even face to face.
Welcome to The D-Word, Andrea! Which orchestra?
Greetings, Andrea. Nice to have you joining us.
In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Thu 14 May 2009 :
Hey Ben, I play with the Orchestra Philharmonia Mundi di Montreal. We have a concert coming up in Montreal May 30th, an all russian program including Borodin's 2nd Symphony... but maybe I should have put that on the shameless promotion part of the website, or maybe another website altogether.
Ah, getting used to our topic regime already? :-)
Sounds great! Good luck for the gig.
Hello, everyone. I'm an independent filmmaker born in Mexico, raised in the US, and living in Shanghai, China for the last seven years. I've been making documentary shorts for a couple years now, and they have been growing in scale with the eventual goal of making feature-length projects. I just finished a 25-minute film, Up from the Underground, about an independent Shanghai rock band (viewable on my site at http://www.daedalumfilms.com/films-up-from-the-underground-documentary-short.php). I am also nearly done shooting my next half-hour piece, Human Flesh Search Engine, about a fascinating Chinese Internet phenomenon by the same name.
I look forward to being a more active member here on The D-Word. Anyone interested in China stories for an international audience feel free to give me a shout.
Good to have you here with us, Luis. That's quite an odyssey you've made.
There are a few D-Worders in China, including a handful in Shanghai. You can hook up with them using the D-Word Member database – use the advanced search to narrow down the location.
'ello 'ello to all!
my name is ben detalle, and im am currently in the daunting/exciting (guess that depends on the days) process of editing my first documentary short. its called "der kindergarten",shot it here in berlin, about a group of kids in an integration kindergarten. basically it deals with themes of learning in young children and how they grow within their surroundings.
im very excited to communicate with you all, and hopefully learn from some of your experiences.
if ever any of you are in berlin, drop me a line!
all the best,
After a few years writing/producing mostly a series of local oral history shorts and museum installation videos, I am back pushing that big rock called the long format documentary up that hill. I just returned from a seven-day shoot in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and am cutting a works-in-progress trailer.
I live on an island, where most of my friends are carpenters or house painters or some other job that caters to the idle rich. So it is easy to get isolated from other people who have chosen to chase stories. looking forward to some back and forth.
Shouldered Oar Films
Welcome, Luis, Ben and John. Not to get all vampire-like or anything but great to have a transfusion of new blood here.
Hello – from the U. K.! We are aquainted with the amazing Fernanda Rossi+ that is what has brought us here to D WORD. Still finding my way about+ keen to participate in Fernanda' s online seminar. Nice to meet you all here.
By the way, the photo. is of my business partner+ the Director of our debut doc. about HIV/ AIDS 'VOICES': www.voices-hivaids.com – check the trailer in the DOCUMENTARY section!
Well, Simon, Fernanda's topic is now open so be among the first to fire away with your questions or comments.
Looking forward to getting to know the D-Word community and after hearing about the late night fun at Full Frame this year... meeting other D-Worders in the future! I just wish I had joined years ago. Now that I've done some festival and many grassroots screenings of my documentary film LOVE LIVED ON DEATH ROW (I directed/edited/produced), I'm now hoping that some of you can give me guidance and advice as I venture into national and foreign markets & DVD sales.
I'm a 2005 graduate of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University certificate program and soon after started production on LOVE LIVED. I laugh that it's hi-jacked my life the last few years, but it's also led to amazing experiences and meeting so many remarkable people. You can see a trailer & more about the film at www.lovelivedondeathrow.com. It's about forgiveness, healing, restorative justice and the capital punishment system. I also program a local film series and I'm always looking for regional work (NC connections is the theme.)
Thanks for such a great forum,
Great to have you here, Linda. Forget Full Frame, it's late night fun 24/7 here at The D-Word. After years of hanging out on death row, I bet you could use a little fun, too.
Hello everybody, just found this forum and totally love it!!!
I am a feature film editor working in L.A., Moving in to directing & producing my own films.
Born in Mexico city,citizen of the world, happy to finally have somebody to ask questions too.
Good luck and a lovely day to everybody
oh yea: you can see some of my work @ www.adriansalinas.com
Welcome, Adrian. From my informal calculation, you posted from LA around 5:30am your time. Very impressive. You already understand that The D-Word is either the first or last thing you should do every day (or both!)
Anyway, good luck with your rise to mogulhood and glad to have you aboard.
I teach documentary production at Indiana University and recently completed my first feature length doc "My Vietnam Your Iraq" that tells the stories of nine families with a parent that served in Vietnam and a child that served in Iraq. www.myvietnamyouriraq.com
Welcome, Ron. Feel free to sign up for full membership here. You certainly qualify.
Looks like you've acquired quite a bit of teaching experience along the way, Ron. What drew you to make the Vietnam/Iraq project?
I'm a Vietnam veteran and when the war in Iraq started it brought back memories of my military service.
Sounds like a very strong motivation to make the film.
I am Shlomo Hazan, from Israel, a filmmaker (directing, editing, producing, waterboying) and an editing teacher.
After some casual swimming beside the "good ship D-Word", as Doug said above, it is time for me to climb aboard and join the fun.
Glad to be here.
Climbing aboard? We hope you're not a pirate! (Too much about them in the news recently, I guess.)
Welcome on our ship, Water Boy! :-)
Hello all. I'm a publisher and now hopefully a film maker as well.
I have traveled the world writing and interviewing people + places + stories over many years and now would like to capture some of the same on film.
My first of a short series will be filmed in Edinburgh, August/September,
I appreciate D-Word... it's been great reading the posts and I look forward to being a part of this community.
Welcome to the rapidly-growing group of D-Word Enthusiasts! (And I love Edinburgh!)
Me, too! Welcome, Georgi and Shlomo.
Hi! I'm a recent college grad and currently work as a reporter for the CBS/NBC affiliate in Northern California. I want to start a career in the documentary film industry. I love my job telling people's stories everyday but I want to tell longer stories with bigger themes. I'm moving back home to Los Angeles as soon as I get a job so if anyone knows of anything please tell me! Thanks!
Unlike fiction film & TV, I'm not sure that documentary is an industry anywhere, Jennifer, but if you love it enough, it might well become a life-long addiction! Good luck with your endeavours.
Think of it as a very serious, very expensive hobby. Glad you googled and found us, though, Jennifer.
It kind-of depends on how you define documentary also.
I would say that there is a non-fiction television industry here in DC, but only a fraction of this production (IMO) can truly be called documentary.
Of course, lots of people have day jobs in the industry than hustle (and borrow equipment from employers) to do their own doc projects.
Let's not forget the "factual entertainment" industry
Nor reality television, corporate video, and weddings.
All legit ways to build your skills and pay the bills.
Oh ok. That makes sense because a lot of the postings on craigslist are non-paid and short durations. I guess I'm having a hard time figuring out if I should leave my stable job to pursue jobs in TV and film in Los Angeles (my hometown). Documentary would be my number one love.. It's scary to go into the unknown!
Hi there. Director of Photography, studied with Mr Burgan at the NFTS way back in the late 80's/early 90's, and have been lucky since graduating to have been shooting docs since then. Given the way the broadcast industry is at the moment, not sure if i will be able to continue making a living from docs, hence trying to move into drama.
The venerable Mr Gray! Good to see you here, mate. Let's have a drink in London next month sometime and catch up on the last, er, 17 years or so...
Great to see a forum like this :)
I just thought I'd take a moment to say hi and see if there are any doc filmmakers living/ working in Mumbai.
I'm from Canada but have lived/ worked/ adventured in India/ Asia for half of the last 15 years. I work as a D.P. and am currently developing a project here in Mumbai.
Jonathan you can always hit the People link at the top of every page and do an "advanced search" by city and country.
A national competition seeking the best videos, photographs, and stories describing how individuals, families and communities are managing during these hard times.
One of the unexpected outcomes of the Great Depression was a decade of creative outpouring that covered the U.S. map. Under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), thousands of artists fanned across the country documenting the experiences of everyday Americans as they worked to maintain their families, their communities, and their way of life in the face of a national economic crisis.
Now, as Americans are again experiencing financial hardship and uncertainty, First Person Arts invites artists to document how this generation of Americans is coping.
Inspired by the artists of the WPA, who documented the experiences of Americans in every part of the country, First Person Arts is asking artists to help craft the first draft of the history of our era by capturing, in photographs, on video, or in writing, the stories of America and its people during these difficult times.
Our goal is to gather stories from all 50 states.
We are looking for short memoirs and essays, documentary films, and photographs that depict Americans from all walks of life. We are especially interested in stories that are unique to your family, your community, your town, your region â€“ that capture the idiosyncratic things that are happening where you live – the slices of life that, taken together, will give us a First Person picture of America in 2009 â€“ the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful.
Writing submissions â€“ up to 2,500 words.
Film and video submissions â€“ up to five minutes, excluding credits.
Photography submissions – may include up to five photographs, with or without accompanying text of up to 100 words per image.
Submission deadline: June 30, 2009
Finalists in each category (writing, film, and photography) will be featured on the First Person Arts website (www.firstpersonarts.org) and at the First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art, November 4-8, 2009. First place winners in each genre will be invited to Philadelphia to participate in the festival. A cash prize will be awarded to the best story overall.
Competition website: www.hardtimes.firstpersonarts.org
Dan, better that you submit something like this in the Classifieds topic. This is for personal (or, one might say, first person) intros.
I am very pleased to see such a supportive network available on line. Last night was my first Stranger Than Fiction screening – yet another rewarding organization (hi doug). I look forward to learning and sharing.
Welcome to The D-Word, Giovanni. Was good meeting you last night.
I am happy to have joined the community. I look forward to visiting the site daily!
I am a documentary film editor with over 10 years of experience. I enjoy working on social/historical/human rights-related documentaries and am looking for new editing opportunities.
You may check my work at http://web.mac.com/achecler.
A native French-speaker, I also speak Spanish and Portuguese and when I am not putting stories together in the dark, I play drums in a Brazilian percussion ensemble...
Thanks for having me aboard. I'm at rough cut stage with my debut feature doc, "Resurrect Dead". Just joining up to do my legal homework. Wow, after perusing for the last hour I'm wishing I had joined far earlier – could have saved me a lot of headache. I'm still figuring out how to fine-tune word searches around here. Cheers.
Welcome, Anne and Jon. Good to have you joining us. Anne, I used to play (badly, but who could hear?) in a Brazilian percussion ensemble a few years ago. Absolutely loved it!
I'm thrilled to finally be a part of this community! I'm a longtime doc marketer and distributor, a big social media evangelist, an IDA board member, and a dad.
I'm very excited about my new service that's now in beta, that gets indie films on iTunes for a flat fee without needing a traditional distribution deal, without surrendering rights, and without giving up any rev-share (it's at www.Distribber.com). I'm so grateful that people are already offering feedback here. I invite and welcome all thoughts, positive, negative or otherwise!
For the record, I also can spin a basketball on one finger almost indefinitely and juggle a soccer ball with only my head.
Welcome, Adam. Glad to have you on board. Adam and I spend far too much time together in various IDA meetings and I can tell you that he's completely genuine when he asks for honest feedback, so I hope folks will jump in. Adam, the party's already started in Marketing and Distribution