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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.

Please note that this is one of our Public Topics, so best to enter email addresses with (at) to prevent them being harvested. Spam will be deleted.

James Schlipf
Pro

Hi everyone, I'm an independent film maker lost in the mountains of eastern Oregon.

I've been working for years on a documentary about my son's struggle with autism. When he was diagnosed in 2000, we discovered an underground network of parents using alternative medicine and unusual therapies to treat kids the medical community has designated "untreatable" and "incurable."

This has led to ten years of research and first-hand experience with a complex social, economic, and political world that is only just beginning to reach public awareness in the media. I'm pretty surprised that even after years of news stories and talk show arguments about autism, few people seem to be aware of the poltical and corporate forces that are pulling the strings behind this issue.

Most docs on this subject are either amateur you-tube shorts or pro projects made by film makers who have only temporary contact with an autism family. I've been living with and filming my subject for over ten years. I'm hoping I have a unique perspective and unusual approach for my project, and I hope to learn from others on this site about funding, marketing, and distribution.

It's also just a great (and humbling) experience to be connected with so many other talented people.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Welcome and welcome back, James and Marshall.

James, do you have a sample of this film that you could share?

James Schlipf
Pro

Ben,
Umm, well, I'm currently working on a production reel for grant apps for about the third time (the project keeps changing and I can't keep up with it, gotta just stop dithering and release something eventually, right?) and we're working on recording what I hope will be the final voice-over.

So all I have right at the moment is a lot of clips, some animation, interviews, etc.

Should I post links here or in the "work in progress" section?

Chad Fahs
Pro

Hello Everyone,

For the last three years (in my "spare" time), I've been working on a documentary about a Japanese photographer named Izima Kaoru. It's a project that takes place in a number of cities, including Tokyo, L.A., N.Y., Paris, London, Munich, Luxembourg, etc. The project is loosely focused around the photographer's main series, which explores the intersection of death and beauty. I suppose you could call it an artist biography, but light on the biography. It's more about the process and themes of the work.

I also write "technical" books on film, video, and new media topics. I've had a documentary book in the works for a while (put on hold), with a focus on editing.

I look forward to participating in the D-Word community!

-Chad

Tracey Friesen
Pro

Hi gang – I signed up for the D-Word some time back and then, well, forgot, I guess... My pal Joe Moulins reminded me in the context of what James Longley has been experiencing recently. So now I've reset my new password, added some credits and do hope to engage more frequently. I work for the National Film Board of Canada, as executive producer at the Pacific & Yukon Centre, based in Vancouver. Our local office is a staff of 14, producing primarily docs, but also auteur animation, and some original digital content. Headquarters are in Montreal. As part of our 70th birthday NFB is now streaming over 1000 titles for free (at least inside of Canada, not sure about any blocking??) Check it out: www.nfb.ca. Cheers and nice to meet you all! Tracey

Mikal Jakubal
Pro

James, have you seen THE HORSE BOY? It's a film about autism and one alternative therapy. It premiered at Sundance (under the name OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY) and just played at Silver Docs.

Jim Dessauer
Fan

Hi, I am coming back to documentary production after spending the last 20 years doing community development and community organizing work. I am currently beginning production of a documentary about 'engaged community development' and offering workshops and consultation on the same topic. I'll post picture and other info later. Right now I am looking for information about when you do and do not need to get releases signed.

James Schlipf
Pro

In reply to Nick Verbitsky's post on Thu 25 Jun 2009 :
Nick,
Sure, can I email you at the add on your profile? I'm familiar with the Princeton program, it's not really exactly what I'm focusing on but is still relevant in a way that takes some explaining. Watch out, my email goes to spam sometimes.

James Schlipf
Pro

In reply to Mikal Jakubal's post on Thu 25 Jun 2009 :
Mikal,
Haven't seen HORSE BOY but I've read a lot about it, including some posts on D-Word when I did a search on autism. Do you know what the reaction was at Silver Docs? I understand "eqqui-therapy" is becoming very popular, especially in Texas.
By the way, I looked at your profile and I'm interested in your ELF project. There was recent news about this in Oregon. I agree with your statement that most of these issues are more complex than what is seen in mainstream media (thus my autism project). Let's talk sometime, I'll trade stories of building a log house and dogsledding for stories of straw bales and climbing.

Mikal Jakubal
Pro

Hee, hee, sure. Don't know about the Silver Docs reception (might want to ask in the Silver Docs topic or Doc Films topic since not everyone checks in here), but everyone I talked to at Sundance loved it. It's a feel-good movie.

For info on our film, check out our website (very much under construction) http://houseoffiremovie.com

(better duck out of here before we get the boot)

Lavina Tien
Fan

Hi everyone! I'm an aspiring documentary filmmaker currently based in Shanghai for the summer

I don't have much experience (except for some short films in college with a mini handheld), but am hoping to use this summer to develop more skills – by volunteering for a doc filmmaker, helping out a crew, and so on. Where can I find contacts in Shanghai who might want to use my help?

Also, I'm hoping to start shooting something on my own. Is there a videocamera that you would recommend for amateurs like myself? (that still shoots relatively well...I'm not very technical but am quite particular about image quality :)

Thanks much!

Riina Spørring Zachariassen
Pro

Hi everyone,

I joined the D-Word as I have recently taken the position as the organizer of the industry platform of CPH:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival and more specifically the distribution forum DOX:FORUM which focuses on alternative distribution platforms for documentaries such as online fora, galleries, museums, cinema etc.

DOX:FORUM brings app. 15 projects in late stages of production or post production to Copenhagen to meet with distributors from all these channels and so I have joined D-Word hoping to find the right projects.

See more in the attached call for entries!

Cheers,
Riina

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Riina. Heard so many wonderful things about Dox:Forum over the years and I can't wait to attend, hopefully next year. We normally discourage double posting, but feel free to post this in both of our funding topics.

Doug Block
Host

Yes, Lavina, didn't mean to ignore you. Welcome aboard.

Mary Riley
Fan

Hello everyone,

I'm Mary Riley and I have worked in and around Documentary films for quite a few years. I am co-owner of Shields Pictures, Inc. of SF... among our film holdings we own three historic Paramount Pictures film libraries and have been involved in many films (mostly Doc's, including M. Moore's "Fahrenheit 911"... best film I'll ever have my name on:). We are now in the restoration/preservation process of our 3 series mastering to High Definition working with a FotoKem in LA & Spypost in SF (& doing some of the work in our edit bay)...& learning something new everyday! We are scheduled to give presentations about the Popular Science series to international film festivals and film restoration/preservation workshops in The Dominican Republic in the fall. Cheers & nice to meet you all! Mary

Doug Block
Host

Nice to have you here with us, Mary. And keep up the great preservation work.

Tracy Droz Tragos
Pro

Hi All,

This is a wonderful site – thank you.

I made a personal doc a few years ago, Be Good, Smile Pretty...and have been doing work-for-hire and smaller doc projects and motherhood ever since. I have a daughter who turned 4 yesterday and a baby who is 7 months eating the New Yorker bill at my feet. I am about to embark on a sequel to Be Good – and am duly terrified.

I just found Doug's 10 Rules – and although I think I've broken all of them at some point or other – I am most grateful for the sound advice and will keep them taped to my forehead from here on out.

Thanks again, Tracy

Doug Block
Host

Hey Tracy, welcome to The D-Word. Here's my 11th rule, just for you: join up as a professional member. You'll get access to all the discussion topics then: www.d-word.com/users/apply.

Natalia Almada
Pro

Hola!

I think an introduction is due as it has been ages since I did this d-word thing. It has sure grown! Anyways, I just finished my film EL GENERAL and am coming out of the water after a few years of being totally immersed.

I'm set up to produce and edit in both NYC and Mexico City and I'd really like to take advantage of this cross-border production capacity and be in touch with others who are straddling the border... I'm in La Roma in Mexico City and Clinton Hill in Brooklyn.

Saludos, Natalia
www.altamurafilms.com

Christopher Wong
Pro

welcome (again) natalia! too bad that i missed you and daniela at the LAFF screenings of EL GENERAL, but i had to travel to NYC at the last-minute. anyways, i hope to catch your film soon at another festival or on P.O.V.

Doug Block
Host

Hola, Natalia! Nice to have you come out from the darkness and into the shining light of the mighty, grown-up D-Word, at long last. And much congrats on all your success (I knew her when, folks)! Will El General be showing in NYC any time soon?

Natalia Almada
Pro

Thanks for the welcome back! Yes, El General will be at Lincoln Center in September and at the Museo del Barrio in November. I will be sure to join your "shameless self-promotion" and post the screening details.

Saludos! Natalia

Ben Kempas
Pro

Natalia, I saw EL GENERAL at Sundance, and we briefly met at a reception there. The film is excellent!

Doug Block
Host

Yes, be completely shameless about it, Natalia. As long as it's not Sept 3rd (the evening of our 10th Anniversary Bash), I'll do my best to be there for the Lincoln Center screening. In fact, let's make it an occasion for another D-Word f2f (we can never have too many).

Matthew Sheldon
Pro

Hello All,

I'm a Sound Engineer in the Seattle area. A local Producer and member turned me on to your site and I thought I should say "Hi" instead of lurk. I've worked on all types of projects but I really enjoy the doc world. The last doc project I worked on that's been completed was A WINK AND A SMILE by Deirdre Timmons. A film about 10 women and a local burlesque class for non-professionals.

I'm looking forward to learning from your community and, if I can, passing on some of my knowledge.

Matt Sheldon
www.mattsheldonaudio.com

Ben Kempas
Pro

Welcome, Matthew. I see you're coming in through Basil – his friends are our friends.
If you can tell us a bit more about your professional experience and the projects you worked on, you'll need to fill in an application for full membership.

Natalia Almada
Pro

In reply to "Doug Block's

Doug, I posted a reply to Melanie, but didn't intend for all the info to be public... oops. is there a way to hide it? (I'm so bad at these things!!!!)

Natalia

Doug Block
Host

Not sure which post you're referring to, Natalia. If you go to it and click on the blue "Reply to this post" arrow above it, then re-post what specifically you want me to hide, I can do something about it.

Shailly Agnihotri
Pro

Hi guys. I've been absent from this site for a year or so and am back for more.
The process of making and showing Three Soldiers was intense. Spending time with families in mourning, learning about documentary distribution, raising a family and oh yeah, that damn job.
Thank goodness I woke up last month knowing what my next project will be. I'm relieved – wasn't sure for a while whether there would be a next project. Nice to come back to this site and find the friendly banter and invaluable inspiration.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome back, Shailly. Glad to see you're still in one piece. Feel free to fill in your member profile when you get the chance.

Bradley Glenn
Pro

Hi all:
I'm a new member here. NYC based doc filmmaker. Produced and directed over 16 short docs for television and science and tech vids for the web.
Currently working on a feature doc about screenwriting guru Robert McKee.
http://seminarthemovie.com/. Reel of stuff: http://bradleyglenn.com/.

I have a short doc (10-25 (?) mins, approx)I'm looking for an NYC based FCP editor for, strong story editor. Also, looking to be like a sponge and learn everything all of you have to offer. Thanks.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Bradley. I'm fascinated by McKee. Haven't taken his workshop but I highly respect his book, Story. Enjoyed your trailer, keep us posted on how it's coming along.

Niam Itani
Host

Welcome Bradley. Sounds like a tough project to be working on McKee's "Story"! Good luck with that.

Emile Guertin
Pro

Hello to all at the big D, my name is Emile Guertin, I am an editor of several years cutting mainly for Discovery and NatGeo, but am now turning my attention to directing my long-planned indie doc about faith in Manila, Philippines.

It's a character driven portrait of several Filipinos and how they reconcile their fate with the divine. It's my first doc as director, but as a strong storytelling editor, it feels like a natural progression for me to be behind the camera.

My initial reason for joining D-Word is to seek creative support and advice as I venture down a path I have not trodden before! Shooting in a couple of months.

Influences on me Joseph Campbell, Karen Armstrong, James Longley... and others.

Currently based in Sai Gon, Viet Nam, originally from London, UK.

Ben Kempas
Pro

A special welcome to The D-Word, Emile! I think you're our first active member based in Vietnam. :-)

Stéphane M. Grueso
Pro

Hi you all, I'm a documentary film director and producer based in Spain. I'm half french and half spanish and lived for many years in Germany... I guess that makes me really an european... I have a small production company with two colleagues but friends. We are now working in several documentary film projects that would need international coproducers, so I am working on creating a network of people and see what happens. I'm looking forward to the interchange in the D-Word. Visit our website www.elegantmob.net to know more about me/us. All the best. St.

Jason Perdue
Pro

Hi Stephane. We were just talking about your film, ONE HUNDRED METERS AWAY, over in Views on News a few days ago. Welcome.

Doug Block
Host

You can still take part in it, St̩phane. It's part of the beauty of conversations at The D-Word Рthey never really end. A warm welcome to you and Emile.

Sinisha Juricic
Fan

Hello, I am documentary film student in Zagreb, Croatia and I am writing my final school paper under the title "Documentary Film Distribution"..any good thoughts on possible literature adn where and how to find it?

thanks!

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