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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,

Doug Block

Welcome back, Andy. Yes, it does print your name automatically above every post, so no need to sign at the bottom, either. Glad to see you've been so busy (as if that's an excuse not to be posting regularly!).

Jason Perdue

Hi Andy. Glad to see you here. Was hoping to see your new film in Sebastopol, but haven't seen anything yet. Hope all is well in Austin.

Martin Mc Cann

Hi All, Currently shooting my first Documentary "Over the Hill Gang" A true life story about a group of elderly gentlemen who served together in the Irish Army Reserve(FCA). Most of them retired in the 1980's. To gain membership of the "Over the Hill Gang" One had to be an Artillery Soldier and possess one or more of a certain set of skills.... Singing, Reciting Tales and Myths; Poetry and Rhymes or play a musical instrument.

John Burgan

Like the sound of that, Martin. If only all armies insisted on these skills...

Arlo J Pignotti

Hello everyone! My name is Arlo Pignotti. I just joined because I love to transcribe documentary film. If anyone needs their interviews transcribed into Word, let me know and I can walk you through on how to convert your videos to MP3 and upload it to my web site where I can start sending back transcripts via email right away. Find out more at www.AJProcessing.Com. Thank you!

Cynthia Jeannette Gomez

Greetings all: I'm Cynthia Jeannette, doc filmmaker from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Current film project is in Production, "Land Water People Time". An early edit is screening at the Santa Fe Film Festival December 2-6th. This film is in collaboration with the Northern New Mexico Heritage Area and the National Parks Service -more at I'm an all around independent filmmaker/producer, behind the scenes photographer and videographer and FCP editor. Produced the epk for NALIP LPA 2008 & 2009 for the past two years Also a NALIP LPA Doc Fellow in 2009. Great people, excellent academy.

Michael Gregory

Howdy. I'm Michael Gregory from Kansas City. I am working on my very first documentary, a short video for my church. My favorite thing about the process so far is just learning – I've gone through a score of books already and I look forward to learning as I progress. So far my favorite documentaries are "American Movie", "Enron", "This American Life", and the first few minutes of "Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?".

Jacqueline Olive

Hi, I'm a multi-media producer living in Berkeley, CA. I'm currently developing a documentary film and producing a few small projects. Just started freelancing and thrilled to see others in the independent film community. Glad the D-Word exists.

Andy Schocken

Welcome Arlo, Cynthia, Michael and Jacqueline! Michael, you should check out Michael Rabiger's Directing the Documentary – it's usually considered the go-to book for learning documentary filmmaking.

Juliet Snowden

Hi All,

I'm so glad to be here because I am in the middle of post on a documentary I shot ten years ago. Yes, you heard right – ten years!

I am a professional screenwriter by trade (KNOWING, BOOGEYMAN and the upcoming POLTERGEIST remake) and a lover of documentaries.

Hope to learn a lot from you D-Word folks.


James Allen Smith

Hi there,

I'm James, I just completed work on my feature doc FLOORED which is premiering this month at the Austin Film Festival. FLOORED follows 4 characters from the financial canyons of Chicago over a 3 year period as they struggle with big changes in their business and feel the impact of our economic crisis head on.

My friend Chris baron who did a lot of the shooting on the flick introduced me to this community.

Here's a link to the website for FLOORED

I'm looking forward to great discussions and learning from the group!

Take care,

Stavros Georgiadis

Hi everyone,

Well this is my first post. I have undergone quite a transition in the last eight months – going from running a indie film support agency in Canberra to move into my own thing.

In this regard I am currently developing two major projects: one focusing upon a non-narrative based doco and the other a 4 part factual science series.

At the moment I am building the business plans for both. And it is slow creeping work. So any advice on the business plan side of things would be very much appreciated.

Given I had worked in supporting Indies I feel comfortable with my knowledge yet just a tad insecure with applying it on my own projects. I am now on the other side of the fence – so to speak. So, on a final note it is great to meet you all. I look forward to forging some great links and friendships.

Kindest, Stavros from Aussie land.

Doug Block

So many great new people here, it's hard to single them out. But a warm welcome to one and all.

Juliet, curious about your ten-year project. Care to share more in the Works In Progress topic?

Juliet Snowden

To Stavros – I do not do coverage or edit. For legal reasons, I do not read other people's scripts. Sorry.