Ellin – don't worry about it – I appreciate the support. I guess it's a wild ride working on a film – you never know where it's going to take you, even if it means becoming part of a criminal investigation. These are real topics we're all dealing with and you never know how far down the rabbit hole you will end up having to go when your lives intermesh with your subjects.
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In reply to Elisa Haradon's post on Tue 8 Apr 2014 :
Thank you for understanding, Elisa.
I hear you. My documentary has to do with illegal immigration. I asked the immigrants I interviewed on camera to give me fake names to protect them but also to protect me: I didn't want ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement showing up in my driveway and if they did I wanted to be able to say I have no idea who they are or where they are). That was a little overly cautious and does not approach the danger you have put yourself in just getting your story.
And, yes, its a wild ride, to say the least. Keep us posted.
In another topic, though. Let's keep this topic purely for introductions for newcomers.
In reply to Christopher Hunt's post on Tue 8 Apr 2014 :
Welcome Christopher. Your doc sits close to my heart. Look forward to seeing it completed. D-word is a great place to nurture the process.
In reply to David Herman's post on Wed 9 Apr 2014 :
Thanks David. I am happy with the film – and how it has turned out. I hope audiences feel the same way. I am excited to share the film with the D-Word community. It has been a pretty exhilarating process and am excited to continue with the series!
Hello D-Word! I am a current film student named Rob who is conducting a small project on direct cinema for a class of mine. Part of the project is to interview an individual important to the subject. One of my contacts suggested that I post a quick note here. If there are any filmmakers who feel that they were within this genre, or have been strongly influenced by the genre (or have a contact), I would love to hear from you! I will check back here. Otherwise, you can reach me by email at Robert.kerr(at)coloradocollege.edu
Hello everyone! I'm a DP and cinematographer based in Istanbul, Turkey and I'm new here. I shoot documentaries and commercial work throughout the Middle East, Africa and East Europe. Please check out my documentary reel if you have a minute: http://www.mikhailgalustov.com/videography And I'm looking forward to taking part in this group!
Beautiful reel, Mikhail, looks like you have a lot to contribute here. That DP in the school is a suspicious looking character though.
In reply to John Grabowska's post on Thu 10 Apr 2014 :
A-ha-ha. Right. Love his work though.
I am Jethro Patalinghug, director of the film "My Revolutionary Mother" which recently screened at CAAMFest 2014 and the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. It is about my mother who was a political activist in the Philippines. We were just reunited 3 years ago after 18 years of separation. I decided to make a film about our story and in the process I confronted her about my feelings of abandonment. Below is the trailer to my film.
Welcome to The D-Word, Jethro! I am sorry to have missed your film at Sebastopol.
Feel free to jump right into the discussions.
Welcome Jethro. Add a picture to your profile when you get a chance.
Wonderful trailer, Jethro. Your story intersects with my interest--immigration. Welcome aboard. I very much look forward to seeing your documentary.
Hello everyone! I met Michael of the film One Good Year at Capital City Film Fest yesterday. He suggested the D-word to me! We are currently touring with our documentary FREELOAD. Pleasure to meet all of you.
Hey Ryan, glad you showed up! I got back to the Bay Area this afternoon.
These guys have a fun freight-train-rider film that is a wild ride for anyone not familiar with that subculture. It's badass. We saw each other's screenings at Capital City Film Fest in Lansing this last weekend.
Be sure to check out the various topics and, of course, the bar and grill, parking lot and PISS if you're into sports. I seem to recall that there's an intro to D-word etiquette somewhere or other.
See you around!
Changing my email led me to fill out my D-word profile, but I couldn't figure out how to delete or edit erroneous Facebook and LinkedIn Screen Names. Two are workable, the others are not. Help?
As I get close to a fine cut of my documentary work-in-progress NAM JUNE PAIK & TV LAB: License to Create, I am looking for best ways to organize my contacts, spread the word, and fundraise. Advice appreciated.
Hello, My name is Miriam.
Indigo Films and ID Discovery wanted to do a story about my case. However, their "documentary" I felt was more sensational and left out pertinent facts to the case and I was not comfortable with their release, so I did not move forward with them. The producer felt my story needs to be told and so do I. I am looking for a writer/producer who can edge more toward a documentary and not a sensationalized story. My website is http://www.msakewitz.webs.com. Both of my vets speak highly of me and willing to participate. There is a discovery cd which shows all the animals in excellent condition when seized. I would need to get this from the DA, who has refused it to me in the past. If Indigo and ID Discovery wanted the story, I am hoping someone else will be interested too.
In reply to Howard Weinberg's post on Wed 16 Apr 2014 :
No worries, Howard, we just deleted the erroneous links. All is good now.
As for advice, I highly recommend you check out the Social Networking topic. Facebook and Twitter are powerful tools for getting word out. So is asking everyone you know to help you spread the word on their own pages.
Welcome, Miriam. What a story you have. Best of luck as you move forward.
Hello, I've been away from the D-Word for years but I'm back, determined to complete my documentary; it's now about the "making of a documentary" I began in 2000 – and why it didn't get made. I'm a screenwriter so I have tons of questions about cameras and budgets and crowdfunding. I'm glad to be back and hope I can fit in and learn. Thanks, all.
Great to have you back, Julia. What a clever idea for re-working your doc. Best of luck with it and keep us posted on your progress.
In reply to Julia Jones's post on Thu 17 Apr 2014 :
Welcome back, Julia! Glad you decided to pick up work on the doc.
Thanks, Doug and Niam. Now I'll go to Crowdfunding and start asking stupid questions :) If you'd like to see an edit of my footage, it's on YouTube and Vimeo. Here's the link https://vimeo.com/56611066. I've been urged to complete it by many who saw Neil deGrasse Tyson's new Cosmos and his tribute to Giordano Bruno in Episode 1.