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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.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Elizabeth. Or, perhaps more apropos, welcome again. Good luck on your move to Tel Aviv.  You can find all D-Word members who live in Tel Aviv (both Pros and Fans) very easily by doing an advanced search.  Just click on the Search button, then Advanced in the pop-out bar, and finally type in Tel Aviv in the city field.

Elizabeth Thompson
Pro

In reply to Alexei Barrionuevo's post on Wed 20 May 2015:

 Hi Alexei: Elizabeth Thompson here (http://www.thompsonfilms.com). I'm coming to Tel Aviv in February and am looking to connect with fellow filmmakers while there for a month. Would you be willing to meet up at some point while I'm there? I'm curious what it's like to live there (I may be moving to Tel Aviv b/c my husband works there) and also what the doc film scene is like.  Thanks!

Doug Block
Host

Elizabeth, you can tag someone to see your post by clicking on the envelope icon at the bottom of the page.  I'm tagging Alexei by way of example, and he'll get an email notification.  But in the future, it's best you contact people directly by email to set up meetings.

Alexei, scroll back two posts to see Elizabeth's message to you.

Mentioned: Alexei Barrionuevo
Doug Block
Host

Elizabeth, just realized you had Fan status so you wouldn't have been able to access the member database.  We've upgraded you to Professional status and now you can. You certainly qualified, am curious why you didn't apply for Pro membership to begin with.

Salim Ahmed
Fan

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Andrew Neumann
Pro

Hi everyone!  I've been in the doc world for ~8 years.  I have a film in the collection of  the Smithsonian Institution.  I also serve on the Board of Directors for documentary only Frozen River Film Festival in beautiful Winona, Minnesota, USA.  I'm an avid documentary watcher, having screened literally hundreds if not over a thousand documentary's over the past ~ 8 years.  I also attend as many film festivals as my schedule permits.  I'm happy to chat about whatever from film making technicals, subject, to film fest logistics.  I hope I can make a meaningful contribution to the d-word community.  I'm active in Minnesota and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Kim Notman
Fan

Hi everyone! I am a budding fan of the documentary world, only more recently have I started following my passions in life. This website and its content has opened up a massive well of inspiration for me, it is a brilliant site. I watch and make notes hoping to one day create or assist in art that inspires or highlight issues or anything to get involved and help make a difference in our world!

Doug Block
Host

A warm welcome to The D-Word, Kim.  Your rather skimpy profile doesn't give any indication of whether you have any professional documentary experience.  But if you can make a case for it (and, yes, genuine passion counts), feel free to apply for Pro status, which would give you access to the 50 or so discussion topics here.

Pete Cooksley
Pro

Hello D-Word.  I've actually been on here for a while, but I never introduced myself.  Better late than never!   I'm a NYC-based TV producer, currently making a documentary for the History Channel.  Over the past couple of years, I've been enjoying producing films that are self-shot  (ie. stories shot by the subjects themselves).  As it's always good to connect with others in the doc world, I'm going to start coming on here more often.  Thanks for hosting!

Doug Block
Host

You're mighty welcome, Pete.  Thanks for finally telling us a bit about yourself and definitely come back more often.

Zak Carter
Pro

Greetings! I'm an Army vet (2001-2008) turned peace activist, and have been working behind the scenes with Atlanta's CBS anchor Ben Swann at our "Truth In Media Project," an independent short documentary and even shorter news video production company that we co-founded in 2013.  I'm excited to learn from those who have been doing this longer than I have and to share what's worked for us!

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Zak.  We just upgraded you to Pro status as you certainly qualify as one, and it will give you access to all the discussion topics here.  From your profile, looks like you'll want to peruse the Distribution topic, for one.  Meanwhile, best of luck with all the good work you're doing.

Doug Block
Host

For sure, Zak. Feel free to get in touch when you know you're coming.

Sara Maamouri
Pro

Hello everyone!  Finally getting around to introducing myself properly (or you know, getting over my natural tendency to hide in a corner and wait for someone to come talk to me)  

I had the pleasure of meeting some of you in person at the Getting Real conference in LA last year which I attended with Niam Itani (Hi Niam!)

I've been working on docs since I finished my masters at UC Berkeley's J-school in 2000, primarily as editor.  My most recent work has been editing Niam's lovely documentary Twice Upon a Time and co-producing (with some editing) a documentary about Tunisia after the revolution called A Revolution in Four Seasons.  I'm usually based in the SF Bay Area, though I'm currently living in Tunisia.  Getting away from the close comfort of my Bay Area film community made me realize I could work on expanding my global doc community and I've been enjoying hanging out here!  Thanks for this great site!

valentin anghel
Fan

hello you docslover, here for the first time, i'm romanian and eager to learn and discuss about craft of making doc films and topics around.

 

Doug Block
Host

In reply to Sara Maamouri's post on Mon 8 Feb 2016:

A pleasure to have you come out of the darkness and into the light, Sara. As you well know by now, no need to be shy in here.  It's great to have you participating, and jump into any of our discussions at any time, ok?  I'm hoping to make it out to the next Getting Real, so hope to see you there again.

In reply to valentin anghel's post on Mon 8 Feb 2016:

Valentin, a warm welcome to The D-Word. I'm assuming you have the doc experience to qualify as a Professional member here, which will give you access to all 50 discussion topics.  If so, please fill out your profile a bit more and register.

Yasmin Mawaz-Khan
Pro

Hello everyone! I am a new user to D-word and am very excited to explore the depths of knowledge that this site provides us. I am noticing some familiar doc community names and look forward to connecting with you more!

I have been producing and directing short docs for a few years now and am currently working on my first feature called Ace in the Hole. It's a big leap for me but has been very exciting and the support from the community has been astounding. I work and live in San Francisco, CA. Looking forward to contribute here and feel free to reach out anytime!

Best,

Yasmin

Doug Block
Host

Welcome to The D-Word, Yasmin. Good to have you here. 

Arielle Nobile
Pro

Hi!  I may have been a user years ago, but I'm back.  I'm so excited to be part of this community as I embark on the what feels like momentous task of finishing a doc project started in the fall of 2001 that I put heart and soul into for 8 years and then put away.  I have just decided to revisit it and hopefully finish it this year and I'm looking for support, insights, and a bilingual Spanish/English editor:)    I head to Paris in just two weeks to continue filming... 

I've been making private docs over the past 10 years honing my craft, style, and helping others and I feel ready to step into the realm of telling a more personal story yet universal story through this doc film.

John Slattery
Pro

Hi D-Worders:

Casablanca Mon Amour is screenings today and Sunday at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles

co-sponsored by UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies 
http://www.international.ucla.edu/cnes/event/11738

Friday, February 12 @ 1:20 pm; Sunday, February 14 @ 8:25 pm

I will be at the Sunday screening - hope to see you there :)

SYNOPSIS:

From 1896 to 2000 over 1000 U.S. films showed Arab / Muslim characters. Of these, only 12 films showed positive characters, 52 were even handed, and more than 900 showed negative characters.

Casablanca Mon Amour offers a critical perspective—one often missing from the dialogue about Islamic World/West relations—on the unchallenged lineage of degrading images of Muslims/Arabs in Hollywood movies. With a look toward how these images naturalize prejudicial attitudes toward Arab/Islamic culture in the U.S. as well as how audiences in Arab/Islamic countries interpret these images. Adding to the ongoing debate within the United States about America's national character and global role, the film connects to similar debates unfolding within the Muslim world.

TRAILERS:
https://vimeo.com/49179598

Doug Block
Host

John, this topic is where you tell us about yourself.  Shameless Self Promotion is where you tell us about your film (which sounds timely and important, btw, so much congrats). But given that you already posted there, let me discourage you from double posting any more.  Much less triple posting - we've deleted your post in Social Networking.


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