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Introduce Yourself

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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.

Stephanie Riggs

Hello All,

I've heard many good things about D-word. Looking forward to connecting with you all...
My projects can be found online at

All the best,

Nick Verbitsky

Welcome Stephanie, Sydnye, Spencer and Fred....Poor Fred, HIS name doesn't start w/an 'S'. Chin up, buddy....

Fred Grace

I'm trying to hold it together, but to be honest its tough, real tough.

Sydnye White

Thanks Nick on behalf of all the new "S" members and Fred who we'll claim too!

Nassim Assefi

Hi, All! James Longley introduced me to this site. We share two things in common--we're both from Seattle and we're both drawn to "post-conflict" parts of the world (in my case, Afghanistan). I'm a doctor and novelist by profession, but have just secured funding to make my first documentary film about midwives in Afghanistan. I will be producing the film, and have assembled a wonderful crew--director Havana Marking (of AFGHAN STAR fame), cinematographer Bree Fitzgerald (of National Geographic), Executive Producers Holly Morris (of Adventure Divas)and Mike Lerner (of Roast Beef)– so I am in good hands despite my lack of experience. Scouting will hopefully begin in a few weeks once I sort out some legal, editorial, and financial issues. If anyone has experience trying to make an independent film with USAID funding, please let me know! We don't have a website yet for OPERATION MIDWIFE--A LABOR OF LOVE ON THE AFGHAN FRONTLINES, but you can learn more about my novels and global health work at Looking forward to "meeting" or at least interacting with you. Cheers, Nassim

Doug Block

Welcome, Nassim. Normally, we don't encourage people to register for full membership until they've had more professional doc experience. But any friend of James is a friend of ours. So do sign up and we'll happily follow your progress and help where we can. Best of luck with what sounds like a terrific project.

Jo-Anne Velin

Hi Nassim, when you are fully in, please follow to Works in Progress topic.

Nassim Assefi

Thanks, Jo-Anne and Doug. I'd be honored to be a full member, though I do lack the experience. Best wishes, Nassim

Andrew Garrison

Hi, Doug- I'm finally back. Does this print my name? It is Andy Garrison here. Got a few projects in the works. The previously completed documentary is THIRD WARD TX. Webpage is Self-distributing with New Day. The New Day URL is
One current project is about a choreographer who collaborates with non-dancers to make performances. I spent the past year shooting Allison Orr working with the City of Austin's Solid Waste Services
Division. You can see a sketch of a scene idea on Youtube at
More later,