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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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Steven Gray

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.

John Burgan

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...

Jonathan Bland

Hi Folks,
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.

Doug Block

Jonathan you can always hit the People link at the top of every page and do an "advanced search" by city and country.

Dan Gasiewski

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 – 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 – the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful.

Writing submissions – up to 2,500 words.
Film and video submissions – 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 ( 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:

Doug Block

Dan, better that you submit something like this in the Classifieds topic. This is for personal (or, one might say, first person) intros.

Giovanni Paolo Autran

Hi D-Makers,

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.


my website:

Doug Block

Welcome to The D-Word, Giovanni. Was good meeting you last night.

Anne Checler


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

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...

Jon Foy

Hey folks,

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.

Doug Block

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!

Adam Chapnick

Hello everyone,

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 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.

Marj Safinia

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

Doug Block

Great to have you here, Adam. Hope you'll leap right into the discussions.

Mark Barroso

In reply to Adam Chapnick's post on Thu 28 May 2009 :

Spinning a basketball on my finger has always been a great mystery to me since junior high school. I tried and tried and never could get it. The guys who could were always the coolest cats around. What's the secret? If I fly to LA will you teach me? My life would then be complete.

Maureen Marovitch

A colleague recently enthused to me how singing up for the D Word had changed her life and I had to join. With that endorsement, how could I not?! I've been researching, writing and directing (and occasionally co-producing) documentaries and non-fiction television since 1994. My partner and I co-own Picture This Productions ( These days we are developing some one off documentary films and limited doc series, while also working on corporate projects and even the occasional fiction piece. I'm coming back slowly to the world of documentary activism and social engagement after five years of trying to balance just getting a basic level of work accomplished while raising two toddlers. It felt- and sometimes still does- like there are never enough hours in the day for it all, but I was finding that I really missed being part of the bigger documentary community. That all said, I am so looking forward to reading through some back posts and connecting up with the amazing people around the world I see listed on this site!

Ben Kempas

Welcome, Maureen. Yes, there are never enough hours in the day, and it's getting worse now that you're adding The D-Word to your daily routines...

Doug Block

Just remember your priorities, Maureen, and you'll be okay. D-Word first, kids second...

Maureen Marovitch

Right. Got that straight. Now if I can just get them to write up funding applications for me, this time thing would all balance out. Oh wait- first they have to learn how to write...

Thanks for the welcome!

Fed Sanchez

Hi there. I come from a photographic background, and I'm working on my first doc right now. I heard about this forum from a workshop I was taking this past week at SIFT, in Ottawa. I am based in Toronto.