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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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Sahand Sahebdivani
Pro

These Dutch, they give so much to documentary makers, only to crush their dreams on the football-field. ;-)

Welcome, Ole!

Adebayo ariyo
Pro

Hello all. Im Bayo Ariyo from Nigeria.
Its a pleasure to be 'home at last' because ive been looking for a networking site for
documentary pros, one that's truly dedicated to the art but i guess my luck tarried.
Anyways here I am and its looking like this is it already.

I hope to find multilinguist documentary crew here. Enough said, let me take a look around

John Burgan
Host

You're very welcome, Bayo. Where are you planning to shoot?

Adebayo ariyo
Pro

Thanks John, just wrapped some jobs for UNDP, USAID
I'll soon be shooting series of docus to try change the bad impression that my country is suffering because of a few bad boys.

There are lots of good people and places in Nigeria and it should be said. None one is saying much and it worrisome to some of us.
I'll be shooting mostly in Nigeria but im hoping to translate/subtitle in different languages for international distribution. I'll need extra hands at that stage. Im a multilinguist, a language enthusiast

Ive never done international co-pro before but im hoping to clinch one soon. Ive been warned of the attending stress but then, whats life without adventure?

Daniel Hornberger
Pro

Hey, all! I just completed a 13-month project entitled Rink Rats, a documentary that focuses on the now-closed Western Berks Street Hockey Rink in Berks County, PA. The rink operated for over thirty years and had a major impact on thousands of people. The rink opened just after the Philadelphia Flyers won their second Stanley Cup, and since there were no ice rinks in the area, kids flocked to street hockey (the correct term is dekhockey). Now that the popularity of inline hockey has grown, and several ice rinks have been built, street hockey has dwindled and the old dekhockey players are just that...old. I sat down with over thirty owners, managers, referees, and players and put together a look back at those thirty years. A brief bio: I graduated from Temple U. in 1984 with a degree in Communications; worked for the US Tennis Association for 4 1/2 years as their AV Coordinator; ventured into teaching high school English; finally decided to dedicate myself to this project and had a wonderful (sometimes very frustrating) time doing it. Thanks to the D-Word for being such a great resource.

ozair rao
Fan

Hello Everyone... My name is Ozair and i am an indie documentary filmmaker. I will be traveling to Malaysia and Bangkok and would love to meet similar mindsets.. as for a bit about me.. here goes...

An MA in Mass Communications from Karachi University and presently enrolled in an online Alternate New York Film School Certification. I graduated from Curtin University of Technology, with a degree in Business Information Technology. Unlike a typical new graduate, I attended college and worked in the fields of Event Management, Marketing, ERP, Telecom, Sales, SAP Consultancy, Photography, PR, Information Technology, Production and Direction. Alongside, I enhanced my formal education, combing IT, Technical and Communication skills with my artistic school of thought, adding to my combination of skills.

Technically Sound, having hands on experience in Photography, Videography, Direction, Script Writing, Content Management, Lighting, Editing and Post Production, Visual Jocking, Online Video Hosting,Distribution and Analysis, Vlogging, Online Recording, Screen Captures & Webcasting.

My creative input is infected with the addiction of the following art forms of media domination:

Direction
Promotional / Marketing Videos
Documentary Filmmaking
Online Productions
Corporate Videos
Production Management
Charity Videos
Visual Artistry
Editing & Post Production
Online Media Management & Consultancy
Photography
Wedding Documentaries
Music Videos
Commercials / IDs / Public Service Message
Change Maker
Social Catalyst

A little of what i have done so far, which i can put online is:

http://ozairrao.com
http://youtube.com/ozairrao

Looking forward to finding the people who would understand why i left being a SAP Consultant and walked in to make documentaries. :)

Doug Block
Host

Bayo, Danielle, Ozair, welcome one and all to The D-Word!

Rob Henry
Pro

You certainly keep yourself busy Ozair. Welcome and best of luck!

ozair rao
Fan

Hey Rob, Its easy to List down things... i take it as a hobby.. although got fired from the first channel i was offered a job as a producer / director / Host in... as they couldn't control me like they controlled everyone else.. and then after i made a documentary on an earth quake that took place in Balochistan, Pakistan revealing everything and no one was willing to air it, i pretty much revolted against the local media .. so here i am :)

 Doug Bocaz-Larson
Fan

Hello... I am an award winning short documentary filmmaker and educator. My wife and I finished our first full length documentary about a wildlife park where the keepers have developed amazing relationships with the animals (and each other). We'd love feedback and have doc online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZf5WMplJhQ

Peter Johnsen
Fan

Hi, I am Peter Berulf

I have been taking courses in documentary production in Silver Spring, MD, and made a couple of shorts in the process. I am going to travel around the northern hemisphere to document the diversity within the Family salmonidae (salmon and trout) and the diversity in the communities, people, and cultures that are invested in the species. I hope to make a film about this but still need someone to work with (if not I just do the travel, film, and post shorts on Youtube)

Ben Kempas
Pro

Welcome Doug and Peter.

Peter, we need to talk. I made a film called UPSTREAM BATTLE...

PS: Now, is your name Berulf or Johnsen?

Ole Bendtzen
Pro

In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 15 Jun 2010 :

Sorry for my late replay Doug!
I have been away from my computer. Yes, sometimes that is a good thing :)

No plans yet.. we have postponed the plans for festivals screenings until september due to vaccation at The Danish Filminstitut. However, the film has been sent to Nordisk Panorama, Sheffield and Leipzig.
In regards to to broadcast DR sales are handling all international sale on the film, so far the U.S. is not on the list, unfortunately :(

Richard Cortez
Fan

Hi everyone,
I just found out about this site. I look forward to getting to know as many of you as I can learning as much as I can from this site.

Tatiana Fioratti
Fan

Hello,

I am an independent Brazilian
film producer and am currently participating on a documentary
project which will involve 31 world cup countries in 31 days.

I am looking for a cameraman, with enough skills to handle a handycam
camcorder, to make some shootings on the 5th July in Slovenia (Lubjlana) and July 11th in Germany (Munich)
based on a script to be provided in advance.
We are still estimating the duration of shootings in each day,
but believe that will take approximately 3 to
4 hours p.d. This person will use my own equipment (camcorder Sony
XR550, full HD), which will be handed to you for shootings at the
time and place of shootings.

I would kindly ask you to let us know if you are interested in
providing one cameraman for us or, if not, if you have a contact
that is willing to render such services for us. I appreciate your
prompt response and estimated costs as we have an urgent need on
establishing a camera man in Germany.

We have a limited production budget so our
payment proposal is no more than 80,00EUR
plus the transportation costs for these hours of work.

We need a prompt response on this, please let us know if you are
interesting or could help us somehow.Please reply to the email addresses copied below

Many thanks and kind regards,

Tatiana Fioratti
tfioratti@uol.com.br
+ 55 11 8585 5995

Márcio Lemos
marciolemoratti@hotmail.com
+55 11 86836889

Vincent Fahy
Pro

Hi all,
I left Boston after 14 years in 2008 and moved back home to Ireland. I had some great opportunities in the US and gained my foothold in the corporate and documentary video arenas before shifting sideways a bit and running the media dept. in a university.
None of the projects I've worked on have ever been "my own", as although I may have directed and edited them, there was a company "feel" (read sappy) that had to be instilled in them.
Although I earn my crust making corporate video, the thoughts of doc videos are what fire me up. I have two projects I hope to shoot between now and winter. Of course, costs are tight as we are in a recession so they'll definitely have a guerrilla bent. I'll shoot on a Canon 5D MKII as that is what I have for my stills work. It comes with constraints, but when you have plenty of time you can work around them :)
When it comes to funding and distribution, I'm somewhat at a loss, so I hope to learn from people here and hopefully bring something to the table as well.
As an aside: Peter and Ben – my masters thesis was on fisheries conservation (from an EU policy standpoint) and I've done additional research on salmon conservation so if you think I could help, give me a shout.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Vincent. Feel free to register as a professional member (as opposed to an "enthusiast"). It will give you access to far more of our discussion topics.

Fleur Mollo
Pro

Hello,
Very happy to be here and pleased with the football results :)
(im dutch)
I am currently working on a film about humanity, life and energy/ quantum mechanics. I am still quite open and researching.
this site is great :)

Kimber Smith
Pro

Greetings, All.

I view the arts as a form diplomacy. I received a BA in international relations and anthropology from tufts university and spent a year at the university of paris. I returned to my home town of los angeles for graduate school. I received a masters of public policy from USC as a woodrow wilson public policy and international affaires (ppia) fellow. At usc i created a concentration in arts and entertainment policy by adding courses from the school of cinema/tv and annenberg school of communication. i've worked in the entertainment industry at major studios and with legendary filmmakers for over a decade. i also chair the tufts entertainment and media alumni group which i helped form and co-founded and continue to produce the pt barnum awards for excellence in entertainment which honors prominent alumni in the entertainment industry (e.g. steve tisch, producer, FORREST GUMP; cary granat, founder, walden media).

i am currently the director of community engagement and strategic partnerships for the documentary feature THUNDER SOUL which has wowed audiences in the USA and abroad. the film has won audience awards at sxsw (where it premiered), dallas international, hot docs, and the los angeles film festival. the film is currently being shopped for distribution and i am contributing to the process by bringing industry and community players to the table. i am also currently developing a project which i am submitting to some labs. so, i am concurrently in the development and distribution phases of amazing projects and can use fellowship and advise to do both projects the justice they deserve.

thank you for creating this space and welcoming me to it.

Doug Block
Host

Great to have you with us, Kimber. I see no one has forewarned you about the cultish nature of our little forum here. Simply draw blood from your finger, smudge it on your computer screen by your member profile, spin 3 times in your chair and shout "D-Word is my heart" all the while.

Sorry, it's been a long day here in 100 degree heat. Any friend of Marj's is a friend of ours.

Kimber Smith
Pro

Thanks, Doug!

D-Word is my heart! D-Word is my heart! D-Word is my heart!

woah. dizzy.

Doug Block
Host

You catch on fast, Kimber. Now put an image of yourself up where that smudge mark is (cleaning your screen is optional).

I'd be curious to know more about what kind of strategic partnerships you're working on with THUNDER SOUL. Maybe best to answer in our Marketing and Distribution topic, though.

Marj Safinia
Host

Yay. Glad Kimber has joined our motley crew. She's a gem. So ya'll be nice to her.

Michal Goldman
Pro

In reply to nishant pagare's post on Thu 10 Jul 2008 :
Hi Nishant. I am Michal Goldman – haven't "introduced myself" yet but I'm starting to work on a documentary in a small village in West Bengal outside of Murshidabad – it's about a boy who started his own informal school – and I want to work with an Indian crew. Do you know any camerapeople who really love to shoot hand-held and are good at it? Steady, in-focus, sensitive to the unfolding moment? Do you know anyone like that who lives in Kolkata/speaks Bangla? I like your website by the way!

Suzanne Summerlin Tzuanos
Fan

Hey everyone... I'm producing a documentary called Coexist (www.coexistdocumentary.org) about the reconciliation process in Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 Genocide there. I'm looking for information about self-distributing to schools, anyone with information on how to successfully sell a film to schools, please let me know and you will earn my undying gratitude. That may not sound like much, but it is, promise.

John Burgan
Host

[Host advice: Suzanne – no need to double post at The D-Word we read al the posts. I've erased the duplicate in the mentoring topic]

Ben Kempas
Pro

Tatiana – I'm currently in Munich but fully booked tomorrow. However, if you still need someone, I should be able to connect you to the right person. Get in touch.

Fatima Geza Abdollahyan
Pro

Hi everyone, I'm Fatima from Munich. I just graduated from the Munich Filmschool with my doc film KICK IN IRAN. Munich is my home for the last 13 years, though my parents are from Iran, a place I travel to quite a lot. So, if anyone needs information or advice concerning shooting in that region let me know.

By the way, I'll be in Los Angeles for two months (August/September) and I am still looking for an affordable place to stay, maybe with someone from the industry who has a spare room?! Thanks for any advice! Fati

Doug Block
Host

Great to have you find us, Fati. We have a number of LA-based members, including our fabulous Iranian-born co-host, Marj Safinia. So hopefully a lead will come through soon.

Pierre-Yves Lochon
Pro

EADN (Europe Asia Doc Network) is a new platform to develop cooperation between Europe and Asia in the field of documentary production, financing and distribution

This group has been created by doc makers from Europe and Asia. This group is coordinated by Sinapses Asia.

Over 60 doc makers have already joined EADN from 17 countries : Australia, Bangladesh, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovenia, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, Vietnam.

before the launch of its own website, you can join EADN Join us

On facebook
Group : http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=133635909991897&v=wall
Page : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Europe-Asia-Documentary-Network-EADN/128935210477595?v=wall#!

And Linkedin group : http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3170066

John Burgan
Host

Good to have you here, Pierre-Yves (I think everyone is busy recovering from the football this evening).

When does the EADN website launch? In the meantime, check out our International Co-Pros Topic

Mike Ambs
Pro

Hello, my name is Mike Ambs. I currently live in ypsilanti. I love to film things and tell stories. And read on the subway. I'm pretty sure blue whales are my power animal.

I'm working on a feature film called for thousands of miles

By day i freelance for companies including: nbc, smashface productions, mrc, and next new networks.

Adam J. Segal
Pro

Hi, my name is Adam Segal. This is my 11th year working in public relations/media relations. I founded my own independent PR firm www.The2050Group.com in the Washington, DC / Silver Spring area four years ago and since that time I have had the pleasure and honor of working with many accomplished filmmakers and supporting the remarkable work of Chicken & Egg Pictures, among many other projects. Doug Block suggested I introduce myself here. I hope in a small way to provide some contributions to this impressive community. Thanks for welcoming me.

Doug Block
Host

Great to have you here, Adam, and glad to see you're posting.

I was introduced to Adam at Silverdocs by Wendy Ettinger of Chicken & Egg, who raved about him (out of his earshot). I can't think of a better recommendation. In talking with Adam, he mentioned he does general PR but his specialty is social issue films and in hooking filmmakers up with national organizations out of the DC area.

Nicole McCuaig
Pro

Hi.
I’ve been making docos in Australia for the past fifteen years. I’ve followed a family of boxers, a heart transplant recipient, a fantastic group of war veterans from the states who visited Aus in ww2, a group of police who investigate cattle duffers (thieves), some renegade downhill skateboarders to name a few.
Last year I went to china twice to follow two giant pandas to Australia – although the story was a little light I enjoyed following the people aspect – the negotiation between the vets, zookeepers and officials of the two countries – a great experience personally.

Now I’ve embarked on the scary project of my first child – 14 weeks old – eeak.
Looking forward to reading more from you all – this is an impressive bunch of people.

David Dewhurst
Pro

Hi,
My name is David Dewhurst and I have been in the still photography business since leaving college in England back in the early seventies. I specialize in cars, motorcycles and planes and I'm based in the Los Angeles area. For the last six years I have also been shooting PR b-roll for many of the major car companies. Now I have the chance to produce a one-hour documentary on one of those companies with an insiders perspective of the troubles they face. It's a throw-him-in-at-the-deep-end project that seems extremely daunting t me. I'm sure I'll be coming back with all sorts of questions. Luckily I seem to have found a very knowledgeable group that appears to have most of the answers. I look forward to the discussions.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, David. Don't worry, I'm sure we'll just come back to you with questions like, "So, what digital still camera do you recommend for under $500?"

Corine Dhondee
Fan

Hi everyone. Great to be here. I'm hoping I can get your support. My recent doc is called The Queen's Suite. I'm currently raising the finishing funds on Kickstarter. One comment on the doc is, 'The vid on Kickstarter is the most inspiring thing I have seen in all my adult life." Please view Kickstarter. I've organised lots of great gifts from acknowledgments, online downloads, DVDs, photos, lunch with the UK's leading doc exec producer, a recording session at Premises Studios, one to one sessions in doc filmmaking and camera plus more. Pledges start from $3 (£2). It's taken 18 months to make and it was done so without funding. It now needs funds for the online, dub and release of archive. We have until the end of August to raise the funds. http://kck.st/cbGGo1

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Corine. No need to double post on The D-Word, it's one of the few rules we have here. This topic is more for telling us about yourself rather than pitching for your project (which you did well in the Classifieds topic). That said, good luck with raising the funds to finish.

Ann Husaini
Fan

Hi all,
My name is Ann Husaini and I'm a freelance editor and post-production manager for documentary based in New York. I worked on a couple of great docs in years past that had good festival lives and were both selected for Whitney Biennials, ALMA and CARNIVAL ROOTS. One was about the healing of a mother-daughter relationship that had been scarred by mental illness and sexual abuse, and the other about Carnival in Trinidad. (Let me also mention that Meg Reticker, who is awesome, finished CARNIVAL when I went off to film school.) I went to Columbia for an MFA in film, directed many narrative shorts, and I've done a lot of reality tv in the past to pay for that lovely education! Right now I'm working on a couple of probono music doc projects. One's cutting a fundraising trailer about amazing jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and the other's a co-editing a doc about 80's band/conceptual artists Devo. In the future I'd love to do human-rights oriented doc work too, and to teach teens and young adults about filmmaking. So if people need help with either, do feel free to approach me. I'm really looking forward to meeting the community on this site and I'll definitely look out on the board for ways I can help others. I hope to enjoy being a part of things here for many years to come!

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