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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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Justin Prymowicz
Pro

Hello everyone, I am an audio engineer that has worked on documentaries and other post audio projects. I just wanted to introduce myself and let you know if you needed any help of info about sound i would love to help!

- Justin

Constance Ryder
Fan

Hi, I've edited many many hour-long documentaries for French TV, and am currently working on my third one as a director (réalisatrice). The economic crunch is pretty disheartening right now. Would like to stay in touch with other professionals, share information, develop international potential for our films.
My current project is a portrait of an amazing artist who spent over 10 years doing the reproduction of the prehistoric Lascaux caves.

Anthony Rydzon
Fan

Hi everyone, my name is Anthony Rydzon but my friends call me Tony. I'm a documentary film producer, director, and writer living and working in Chicago IL. I'm looking forward to sharing ideas, making new 'Doc-Head' friends, learning from some of the best and brightest minds in the doc film community today, helping other filmmakers by passing along information to screenings or crowd-sourcing links, bouncing around new ideas with you guys in the discussion rooms, and whole lot more too.
Whew, I shouldn't have had that last cup of coffee!
Currently, I am working on my first feature length doc,"Finding Vivian Maier", a story about a "French-American" nanny who took over 100k photographs of people she encountered in the streets she walked in both NYC and Chicago- all the while keeping her passion and skill a secret till her death in 2007, when her archive of black and white negatives went to auction and was purchased by a young man living in Chicago's north side. You can learn more about the story at www.VivianMaier.com
Production is moving right along.
I also ran a successful Kickstarter campaign with my friend and director of the film and was selected to pitch at HocDoc's 2011 in Toronto, Canada.
Thanks everyone for giving me the opportunity to say hi and inviting me into your community. I promise to upload a profile pic soon and feel free to email me here or at mmadocfilms AT yahoo! Cheers!

Doug Block
Host

Wow, a wave of newbies today. Justin, Constance, Zeljko and Anthony, a warm welcome to you all!

victoria  campbell
Pro

Hellooooo documentary community

my name is Victoria and I have completed one feature length doc. titled 'House of BOnes' on my family and a house. I am currently enrolled in the SVA MFA doc. program which is a wonderful program thus far. Have been learning a great deal. HAve some projects in the works and trying to finish a small film I am making on a neighborhood in port-au -prince. HAve been going there over the last 3 years since earthquake. I'm in NYC and delighted I finally signed up to be part of this. Hi D.

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Doug Block
Host

And we're equally delighted, make that even MORE delighted, to have you joining our virtual doc shindig, Victoria.

Having been one of the lucky duckies to have seen "House of BOnes," (I'll spell it your way, it's more fun) I can attest to the enormous talent of Ms. Campbell.

However, one demerit for posting a photo so dark we can barely see ya.

Tessa Debilde
Pro

Hiya, my name is Tessa! I'm Belgian and currently working as an executive producer on a film noir about time travel in Venezuela. More than the scifi aspect, we focus on the Cuban exiles in Venezuela and the issues of dealing with a constantly changing environment, both as an immigrant and a timetraveller. As a setting we decided to use downtown Valencia (VE), to put the old colonial houses in a bit of a different light. This is our Prezi: http://prezi.com/fafeiphjnbx0/almost-midnight/

Seeing Casi Medianoche (Almost Midnight) is my first production, I joined D-Word to learn, look, read and discuss. I look forward to meeting people here!

Doug Block
Host

Greetings, Tessa, it's great to have Venezuela represented here. Glad you found us, even if you seem to be working more in the fiction than doc world. Do you have a film background or do you come to film from another path?

Tessa Debilde
Pro

Someone who had been giving me advise on legal matters, told me about D-Word. I myself come from a completely different background. I worked for a while as an assistant in training and education, than did my masters in education. After univ, I met an old friend from Venezuela who was assembling a team to make this movie... I happily jumped at the opportunity and left for South-America.

Both of us are interested in a variety of topics, so joining D-Word is a logical choice for me. My partner has done an as yet unpublished documentary for the Venezuelan state. We've been designing (and dreaming about) about doing a documentary on teaching workers in heavy industry about film, an emancipatory project... but at the moment, our fiction film takes up all of our time.

Doug Block
Host

Well, any friend of Richard Lee's is a friend of ours. We've upgraded you to Professional status so you can take better advantage of all the different discussion topics in here. Hope you find it helpful and best of luck on your film.

Arwen Kidd
Pro

Hi everyone! Am a Canadian documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist, currently based out of Liberia, West Africa (where I've worked for much of the past three years). Although the majority of my film work has included pieces commissioned by NGOs, I have also completed a couple of independent documentaries, and am currently working on a third – a short to be filmed in Monrovia next month.

As I often work solo or with a small crew, I've had experience in most areas of production and post-production – and currently shoot with a couple of Sony HVR-A1s and edit with FCP. Working across West Africa and mainly in post-conflict countries, I'm used to dealing with somewhat difficult filming conditions – charging cameras off generators or car batteries, building makeshift 'sound rooms' in closets, cursing humidity's effects on electronics, etc. As you might guess, I don't have access to a lot of fellow filmmakers where I am, so I'm very excited to be able to join this community, and look forward to following along with the discussions. And of course if anyone is keen on projects in my part of the world, would always love to hear from you!

John Burgan
Host

You're very welcome, Arwen. The D-Word is here 24/7, so do check in regularly.

Niam Itani
Host

Welcome, Arwen! Lucky you to be in Africa. I love the nature and the colors there (more the plants part of nature than the insects part though!)

Doug Block
Host

Glad you found your way here, Arwen. Welcome to The D-Word.

Jean Dunoyer
Pro

I am new to this forum. I have been producing segments on the kiteboarding community in New England and I am looking for help in reaching a Cable Television audience with these engaging films. Also I enjoy editing other people's films, my portfolio can be viewed at DunoyerFilms.com

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Jean. Hope you'll find it helpful here.

asdfadgasd dafggfda
Fan

Hi my name is Ferdinand Casido. I live in the SF Bay Area. I'm a currently working as a producer on my first Documentary Feature called "Two Blind to Ride" which is about two blind adventurers cycling their way from Argentina to Alaska. Along the way they'll stop over at blind schools to tell their story.

Our indiegogo campaign:
http://www.indiegogo.com/Two-Blind-To-Ride

Website:
http://www.twoblindtoride.org/

This looks like a great website for networking, getting advice and finding resources.

Niam Itani
Host

I am already in love with this project, Ferdinand. Looks like a great human story to be told :)

I will share the link to your indiegogo campaign with my facebook friends. Keep us posted (And apply for professional membership if you didn't do it yet :) )

asdfadgasd dafggfda
Fan

Thank you Niam! The riders and I appreciate anyone spreading the news of their journey.

Steven Fischer
Pro

Hey, everyone. Last year I produced Old School New School, a documentary exploring how we can tap into our full creative potential. Features actor Brian Cox, legednary cinematographer William Fraker, jazz great McCoy Tyner and many more world class artists. Check it out, and please share the link with colleagues and friends.

http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/old_school_new_school

Angela Alford
Pro

I'm a newbie and I've already learned so much reading on D-Word. Thanks for this great resource and community. I'm a recent graduate of the program at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies. I'm in post-production on my first film entitled "Granny's Got Game". It is the story of an amazing senior women's basketball team here in North Carolina. These women were pioneers of the game in the 1950s and are still playing now in their seventies! They've been together for almost two decades, so the team has become a support-system and they've become a family. It is such an inspiring story. I'm trying to do it justice despite my inexperience, and I'm glad to have D-Word to ask for advice.

http://www.grannysgotgame.com/

Holden Kepecs
Pro

Hi Everyone! I am from New York City – making a film called – Star in the Ring – it tells the close to forgotten story of when Jews DOMINATED the sport of boxing. While this can be seen as a film geared to one group – it really tells the story of so many new Americans. So – it is an important part of Jewish history, American history and sports history. I am proud to say I have received a grant from The Righteous Persons Foundation and am close to finishing all shooting – heading for post. I can sure use help from those that have been through this adventure. Please take a look at my website and trailer:

http://www.pugilistpictures.com/Pugilist_Pictures/Home_Page.html

and get in touch with me with any input. I am going to post questions and look forward to the groups help! Thanks so much!

Flore Cosquer
Pro

Hello everyone! I work for the Scottish Documentary Institute in Edinburgh (www.scottishdocinstitute.com). We produce and distribute short and feature docs; we also run training programmes and organise an annual international pitching forum, The Edinburgh Pitch. I look forward to sharing all the opportunities our Institute offers... But first things first, I'm going to start exploring the impressive D-word resources!

Ilka de Laat
Pro

Hi there,

I'm a voice from the broadcaster's side of the biz. I currently work at CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp) assisting the senior producers with commissioning original Canadian documentary programming for "Doc Zone," CBC-TV's flagship documentary series.

I produce trailers, promote our docs via social media, vet proposals, provide critical feedback on rough cuts, represent CBC at festivals and more. www.cbc.ca/docs

I also package-for-air acquired documentaries for CBC's "The Passionate Eye."

I'll be attending Hot Docs this year – my last official hurrah before I take a year off for maternity leave. Hopefully during that year I'll be able to sift through this incredible website!

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Flore and Ilka (much congrats on the pending addition)! Look forward to seeing you both at Hot Docs (Flore, over many fine whiskeys at the annual Interdoc revelry). And great to have you online with us here.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Doug – Flore won't be at Hot Docs. Noé and Sonja and Finlay are going to be there.

Welcome Ilka!

Doug Block
Host

Oh, too bad, Flore. Well, see you online then. We'll just have to drink to your health at Hot Docs.

Flore Cosquer
Pro

Now I regret not going to Hot Docs! I would have loved to see your pitch Doug.

Ross Whitaker
Pro

Hi Folks,
Greetings from Dublin.
Hope to meet some of you at Hot Docs. We've a short screening at it and very excited to be attending.
Ross

Doug Block
Host

Hope to see you there, Ross. Meanwhile, welcome to The D-Word.

Brendan Hogan
Pro

Hello Everyone,
My name is Brendan. I'm a sound designer and audio engineer based in Seattle, Washington. I have produced a few short documentaries for radio but what I enjoy most is collaborating with film makers.
I work independently and with a world class post facility in town called Clatter&Din studios. Recently I served as lead sound designer on the feature films "Safety Not Guaranteed" and "Eden". Both excellent films. I also recently did sound design, audio editing and mixing for the documentary "Uncertain Ice" by Cory Kelly. There's a clip from this in my demo reel on my website – www.brendanjhogan.com.
I'd love to find some more people to collaborate with and hope to find some interesting discussions on the role of sound in documentaries.

Lara Hewitt
Fan

Hi there : )
I'm Lara, a student at Bournemouth Uni in England. I'm hoping to do a documentary abroad for my final project in 2013. Trying to work out ways to fund it! Any advice would be very helpful.

Doug Block
Host

Ditto. Congrats and hope to see you at Full Frame, Homer. Check out our Full Frame topic to find other D-Word members who are going.

homer etminani
Pro

Thanks everybody! Sure we'll enjoy with great films in Durham. See you.

Mahesh Pandey
Pro

Hi guyz, any of you interested in making documentaries in Nepal? Looking for collaboration.We do have a hell of interesting topics that will keep you riveted on the spot.

Dieter Bartels
Pro

Hello! I am Dieter Bartels, a German-American Cultural Anthropologist and filmmaker specializing in Muslim-Christian relations in Indonesia and worked also extensively with Moluccans in The Netherlands. Together with Helen Huwae I have made a full-length documentary, called Maju Terus! Go For It!, about the failure and success of four generations of Moluccan exiles in The Netherlands. We have been screening the film at film festivals and are on the way to show it at the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival (Florida) and the Ethnofilm Festival in Rovinj, Croatia.

If interested you can find out more about the film and my anthropological pursuits on my website www.nunusaku.com

Dieter

Jon Betz
Pro

Hello Hello!

I'm Jon, I'm currently working as a director/producer at Collective Eye Films in Portland, OR.

I'm a filmmaker and a father of a 1-year old daughter. I've worked as a producer for the past 3 years on the documentary feature, QUEEN OF THE SUN: What are the Bees Telling Us? Queen of the Sun was theatrical released in 2011 and we're now out on DVD & Digital in the US & Canada.

I've been working with the director of Queen of the Sun, Taggart Siegel (The Real Dirt on Farmer John) producing and editing the film for 2 years and as on the distribution leg for the past year and a half. We're now developing two new feature projects.

As I'm sure many of you know, filmmaking is a busy, busy business– and the past few years been WOW levels of busy. I'm just now beginning to feel the time opening up again. I definitely know a few here already (pst Danielle Beverly) and I'm excited to meet more of you.

I'm looking forward to reading up and contributing where I can. So far my experience lies in all of the hats it takes to get a doc made, but Queen being my first feature, I'd say I've had the most recent relevant experience with grass-roots distribution techniques, which we've done a consider amount of.

http://www.queenofthesun.com
http://www.collectiveeye.org

Douglas Lyon
Fan

Hi all, Douglas Lyon here. I am based in Paris, France and have been working for almost 20 years all over Europe and Africa as Producer, Production Manager, Line Producer, Field Producer, Journalist and Director for all the major Japanese television networks. I have worked in broadcast news, documentaries, live satellite broadcasts, variety shows, reality shows, sports events coverage, TV films, commercials, etc.

In the world of Japanese television I have come to be known as an "Africa specialist", but actually I began with Fashion and News, then Variety shows and Reality Shows, and although I love it all, but I must confess a particular passion for Broadcast News, Documentaries, and... well, you guessed it : Africa !

I have been working almost exclusively for the Japanese market, and would love to branch out to the English speaking production world as well... Please have a look at my website, and I am sure you will know me MUCH better with just a quick glance ! :

http://www.excelman.com/

our alternate website is here :

http://www.excelman.jpn.com/

and we can be found on LinkedIn here :

http://fr.linkedin.com/pub/douglas-lyon/2a/b93/988

best wishes to all !

Douglas E. Lyon

Doug Block
Host

Welcome Dieter, Jon and Douglas! Good to have you all with us here.

David Herman
Pro

In reply to Jon Betz's post on Fri 6 Apr 2012 :

Hey Jon, was a big fan of farmer john. After much research, the UK govt panel just published a report on bees. Having taken the tests out of the lab and into the field – more than a decade it took, they have realised the true impact of pesticides on the decimation of the bee population. Duh!

Jon Betz
Pro

In reply to David Herman's post on Sun 8 Apr 2012 :

Hey David---Yeah just this past week there has been a bunch of "more conclusive" info making pesticides the culprit. Something the rest of us have known for quite some time. I see that you're living in a Camphill community! We have worked with biodynamic beekeepers and the camphill and waldorf communities have been incredible to get to know more. Are you familiar with the Center for Discovery in the US? They do a lot of farm-based work with the disabled.

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