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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.

Tom McGlinn
Pro

Thanks a lot, Doug. I've just been having a look around and I'm glad I'm here.

Warren Gentry
Pro

Hello Everyone,
My name is Warren Gentry and I live in Raleigh, NC. Here is the short bio that I posted. It probably serves as the best introduction for me. Nice to be here!

I have been in filmmaking for over 30 years and have photographed several feature length documentaries. A few of these films have been awarded regional Emmys. I mainly make my living doing short promotional and informational videos for non-profits, corporations and educational institutions. But as time goes by I find more and more that my interest lie in the long form documentary. I have a couple of projects I am working on now and would like to learn something about the art and craft of finding funding for such endeavors. In addition I have traveled to over twenty-five countries documenting indigenous lifestyles and humanitarian efforts to assist these indigenous peoples.

Here is a partial list of films I have photographed.

"February One": The story of the 4 college students that fired up the civil rights movement in 1960. http://www.februaryonedocumentary.com/

"Alamance": A docudrama recreating the first local skirmish between the Queens army and local farmers in North Carolina that was a precursor to the Revolutionary War.

"Melungeon Voices": The story of a mysterious group of mixed race people living in Appalachia. http://www.melungeonvoices.com/

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Warren. Glad you found us and good luck with finding $$$. You might want to look through our archives for special discussions we've had about it. And, of course, there's the ongoing Finding Funding topic.

Tomás Corredor
Pro

Letf Brooklyn and working again in my country (Colombia)... Hope to show you soon some images of this crazy colombian reality.

John Yaworsky
Pro

Hello,
Filmmaker here near Chicago, mainly indie features and docs. Always have a couple films going. I teach Digital Cinema at DePaul and I am Board President of Living Earth Television (letv.org). We are always looking for docs to show internationally. Contact me anytime.

Marj Safinia
Host

Welcome John. You should apply for full membership so you can take advantage of the good stuff.

Charlotte Cook
Pro

Hi everyone,

Yeesh, I'm really not good at writing things like this about myself. Just got back from Sundance and the jet lag is hitting me hard. Well, current work-wise I run a documentary screening programme in London, it's only of the only places that regularly show documentaries in London and we have just over 100 screenings a year, which works out at about 2 a week. I love it, just screened Mugabe and the White African today. It was fantastic with a really lively Q&A.

I worked in feature-doc commissioning for two years before this, and I miss it a lot. Graduated from a Masters degree in Documentary Filmmaking about 3 years ago and have continued working on a project I started there which is more a practice exercise than anything but we'll see what happens. I also write for The Documentary Blog, which I really enjoy.

Glad to have joined up, have been meaning to do it for ages and not sure why it took me so long.

Doug Block
Host

Doesn't matter why, Charlotte, you're here and that's all that matters. Now that we have you in our clutches there's no escaping, kiss your free time goodbye. Blog? Screenings? You'll find they have little meaning anymore. It's all D-Word, all the time.

Or not, whatever. Either way, good to have you aboard at last.

Charlotte Cook
Pro

Hi,

Doug – I got the sense I may lose some time to this. Losing time to talking about docs is never a bad thing.

John – I did my MA at Royal Holloway, University of London. It was excellent.

Piers Sanderson
Pro

Hi,

My name is Piers Sanderson, I'm British but live on the east coast of Italy and flit between here and my base in London for meetings and the occasional piece of non doc work.
I graduated from the National Film & Television School in the UK with an MA in documentary direction in 2007. I've had 2 short films in festivals around the world from Sydney to Cambodia, made a TV doc for Channel 4 in the UK and have just finished my first feature doc which gets its US premier at San Fransisco Indie Fest this month then European premier in Thessaloniki in March.
Currently i am trying to get funding for my next feature which is ready to go and have been accepted on to the 2010 European Master School Campus to develop a film for next year, which i am very excited about.

John Burgan
Host

Good to have you here, Piers. I was at the NFTS twenty years or so ago, how is the course these days?

Piers Sanderson
Pro

The course was fantastic. 2 years of making any film you want, what an opportunity! If only it was that simple now. I think there is still quite a gap between the way film school shapes you and what you experience in the real world, but that's possibly no bad thing.

Julie Drizin
Fan

Hello everyone. Glad to be joining you. I'm a longtime public radio producer who is currently working as the Talent Manager for the public radio makers quest (MQ2) a project of the Association of Independents in Radio, Inc. MQ2 was a CPB-funded initiative to spark cross-platform producer-led innovation that would lead public radio to become public media. AIR is a membership organization for producers, editors, freelancers, audio artists, etc. As we prepare what we hope will be a new RFP, I'm reaching out to expand the circle of people who know about our work. We're offering a Webinar through the National Center on Media Engagement next week (mediaengage.org). Also, you can read my blog or watch an 8-minute video about last year's ground-breaking projects at http://www.mq2.org

Julie Drizin
Twitter @AIRMQ2
Blog: mq2.org

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Julie and Piers. Great to have you both here with us.

Piers Sanderson
Pro

Doc wise not much John as there is not much in the way of funding in Italy (i am here for family reasons). I'm traveling between here and the UK where i'm working with a production company based in London and North Wales (I grew up in Wales). Film Agency Wales have just funded the trailer for my next feature and i am hoping to get the full funding in place soon. We have a 2nd meeting with ZDF Arte in Berlin next week and strong interest from A&E in the US.

Niall McKay
Pro

Hi Everyone
My name is Niall McKay. I am from Ireland but live in the SF Bay Area where we have a production company called the Media Factory. We do am mix of docs for PBS, films for non-profits, and dramas. Currently we are working on a film about the Filipino Farmworker Movement called the Delano Manongs. I've just finished a personal film called the Bass Player for RTE Television in Ireland. Nice to meet ya'll
Niall

Doug Block
Host

Nice to meet you, too, Niall. Welcome to The D-Word!

Belinda Bonazzi
Fan

Hi All

My name is Belinda and I live in NY. Decided to join the documentary-making world a couple of weeks ago and heard this is a great source of information so here I am! :)

Talk to you soon!

Christopher Wong
Pro

In reply to Niall McKay's post on Sat 6 Feb 2010 :

hi niall... i remember reviewing your project as a member of the CAAM Open Call committee. even though you didn't end up getting funding in the past cycle, i have to say that i really liked what i saw from your work-in-progress sample. and i usually don't really get interested in historical docs. so, i hope you are still doing well with it!

Lukasz Kulec
Fan

Hi All,

My name is Lukasz and I live in Edinburgh. I am polish and I came here to study photography and film. Still exploring the field of film and finding that documentary is something I enjoy the most. At the moment working on a project about the boy with Duchenne Muscular Distrophy.
I joined D-World to explore more.

Alessandro Gallo
Pro

In reply to Piers Sanderson's post on Thu 4 Feb 2010 :

Hi Piers,
my name is Alessandro,i am italian and i live in Shanghai since four years. i am a documentaries lover and i'd love to make one too.i am a shooter and im filming quite interesting stuff these days here.may i know your email address?? i'd like to ask you some suggestion about finding support from Italy. do you speak italian ?
thank you for now

Cory Fisher
Fan

Hi, I'm Cory. For the past four years I've worked as a field producer and researcher for the filmmaker Michael Moore (I worked on SICKO and CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY). I'm now interested in making my own documentary and would like to learn more aspects of doc filmmaking from the ground up.

Piers Sanderson
Pro

In reply to Alessandro's post my email address is on my profile please feel free to get in contact. Non parlo molto Italiano ma mia moglia è Italiana è può tradurre se necessario.

Rachel Mills
Pro

Hi,

I'm currently taking Thom Powers' class at NYU and learned of d-word from him. So far, and I'm sure it's not going to change, it's a great class!

I run The Edit Center in Manhattan where we teach editing (FCP). In short: we partner with filmmakers to have their films go through the class – where the students assemble a rough cut of the filmmakers' film. If interested, you can check out more at www.theeditcenter.com

Personally, I've just come on to produce a film about Paul Liebrandt – the youngest chef to receive 3 stars from the NY Times. It's my first full fledged producing gig so I'm looking forward to talking to other doc filmmakers here. I'm sure I'll have many questions in the coming weeks.

Nice to meet everyone!

Doug Block
Host

Cory and Rachel, great to have you here with us. Be sure to register for full membership in order to have access to all the discussion topics. Enthusiasts only see about 5 of the 50 we have in all.

Sophy VSivaraman
Pro

HELLO ALL ,
Iam Sophy from Mumbai, India setting up a not for profit company for Distributing international documentaries in India and co producing documentries that are picked up at Docedge which is a pitching forum in Kolkotta India..Iam working on a documentaries awarness movement in India to create shelf space in stores for documentaries in retail stores to increase viewership.,to finally get a theatrical release for a documentary and have it on a television channel .. looking forward to interacting with your'l

thank you

sophy

Doug Block
Host

Same here, Sophy. Welcome to The D-Word. You certainly qualify so feel free to click on the link in the post above yours to become a full member.

Pete Smith
Fan

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Katie Cameron
Fan

I am a senior at Elon University (North Carolina) majoring in Media Arts and Entertainment: Cinema. I am having a blast in a class called Producing the Documentary, working my way through Michael Rabiger's book "Directing the Documentary" (which is where I found out about this website). I'm just beginning to work on a short doc called "Contrary Movement" about contra dancing, filmed around Asheville, NC. I would appreciate any help/advice/networking you can give!

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Johanna and Katie. Johanna, no, don't have Nina's email address (someone else here hopefully does). Yes, I'll be at Hot Docs this year. Hope to see you there.

João Romão
Pro

I'm an economist and former journalist and just finished my third documentary for the portuguese television: "Neighbors – Turkey: Europe and Beyond" will be screened next wednesday (February, 17) at RTP 2. You can see a trailer here:
http://www.vimeo.com/7958927

Onkar Mukherjee
Fan

Hi All,
My name is Onkar and I am from India. I am a Geologist by profession. I am here because I have always been interested in creative pursuits and although I never really thought I could myself ever be a film-maker, would like to give it a try all the same! Nice to meet you all!

Doug Block
Host

Greetings to João and Onkar. Glad you found us and hope you'll participate in the discussions.

shereen talaat
Fan

Nice to meet you
We are freelance filmmakers from Egypt and Morocco working in documentary , drama, programs and ads. Also we are correspondents journalists, researchers and writers
We also have a a non profit company called 'African Shot' for production and development through media, aim to get attached more to the African identity but we are still looking for funds

So I want to introduce myself to you in order to get to know each other more.and hop to coop soon
Thanks a lot

Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
Pro

I'm based in San Francisco, recent long-form docs include Special Circumstances (Voces on PBS, 2009) and New Muslim Cool (POV, 2009).

Doug Block
Host

Wow, such great doc makers flooding in here! Welcome aboard, Shereen and Jennifer. Shereen, feel free to register here to get full access to all the discussions. "Enthusiasts" see only about 10% of them.

Jason Perdue
Pro

Hi Jennifer, I saw New Muslim Cool at SFIFF last year. Great job. Welcome to D-Word.

Ryan Ferguson
Pro

yeah welcome jennifer. i saw new muslim cool on POV and liked a lot as well.

also, danielle b. posted a great video of you a while back at some sort of seminar or screening. your insight on developing relationships with your characters was fascinating. definitely an issue we are all fine tuning.

Jennifer Kirmse
Fan

Hello, I'm Jennifer. I've been working on a documentary about my sister for the last 10 years. She is developmentally disabled and a fascinating subject. Right now we're collaborating on a video blog to foster discussion and interest in the project. I've worked in Film, Comedy and Video Games since graduating from UCLA. Some of the films that inspire me: Genghis Blues, The Sound and the Fury, Fast, Cheap and Out of Control, The Cruise.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Jennifer. How have you been supporting yourself all these years? Do you do other doc work for pay? Or do you have, like, a real job?

Ben Dorf
Fan

Hi there from the Tribeca Cinemas Presents: Doc Series 2010!

From the team behind the Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Cinemas Presents: Doc Series is an exciting new series of interesting, innovative and thought-provoking documentary films. Join us every other Monday night at Tribeca Cinemas for another must-see film.

This bi-weekly series represents a powerful and varied mix of overlooked gems, out-of-print and cult classics, niche audience favorites, and seminal works that have helped to shape the non-fiction film landscape.

While dealing with a wide variety of subjects, each film has both connected with its core audience and resonated with a broader audience that isn’t always associated with traditional documentary film. In short, Tribeca Cinemas Presents: Doc Series is here to bring you the must-sees of documentary cinema.

2.22.10: Dark Days

3.8.10: Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

3.22.10: Nerdcore Rising

Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and students with a valid ID and can be purchased online.

All TC Doc Series screenings start at 7:30 pm at Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street (at Laight, one block south of Canal).

Share a cocktail with your fellow doc lovers before or after each screening in the Tribeca Cinemas bar!

We look forward to seeing you at the movies.

John Burgan
Host

Tribeca Cinemas / Ben Dorf – you are welcome to post here, but please note that you are only able to join The D-Word as an individual using your own, "real world" name. Tribeca Cinemas is fine as a username, but you still have to include your full name (not initials) in your profile.

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