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Jillian Corsie
Fri 11 Jul 2014Link

Hello! I've been on the d-word for a little while now but I'm still learning about the site! I am just finishing up my first feature-documentary Trichster (trichster.com). My team and I are all first-time filmmakers so it's been an incredible learning process while shooting over the past three years. We're currently trying to map out our festival strategy and figure out which festivals are worth waiting for as well as what is realistic for us. There's no manual! Looking forward to e-meeting you all!
Jillian


Bill Jackson
Fri 11 Jul 2014Link

Great to see you here, Jillian. Looking forward to seeing Trichster.


Khadijah White
Fri 11 Jul 2014Link

Hi, my name is Khadijah White – I'm a professor in Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University and a former Assistant Producer at NOW on PBS. I'm finally investing in my own one-man band equipment and would really love some advice on what best professional gear (camera included) to buy on a budget of about 5K. Thanks for any help, glad to be onboard!


John Burgan
Fri 11 Jul 2014Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Khadijah – amongst other topics, as a film teacher you might enjoy looking around Teaching Docs


Khadijah White
Fri 11 Jul 2014Link

In reply to John Burgan's post on Fri 11 Jul 2014 :

Excellent! Thanks!!


Niam Itani
Fri 11 Jul 2014Link

Welcome on board, Steven, Jillian and Khadijah.


Steven Horner
Sat 12 Jul 2014Link

Thank you John and Niam


Doug Block
Sat 12 Jul 2014Link

Ditto Niam's welcome to Steven, Jillian and Khadijah.

Jillian, there's no reason you shouldn't aim high. I think there's still time to apply to Toronto. And if that doesn't work out, there's always this little festival in Utah. Keep forgetting its name.


Khadijah White
Wed 16 Jul 2014Link

Thanks!!


Rachid Moutiq
Sun 20 Jul 2014Link

Hi folks! I'm producing and directing my first documentary called Jesus of San Fernando! I'm a Cardiff Uni graduate with an MA in International Journalism and I hope to get a career working docs.

I'm crowdfunding to gain funds for post production on IndieGoGo


udy epstein
Wed 23 Jul 2014Link

udy from LA (7th Art Releasing), producer and distributor. touching base with the community...
now producing "Wrestling Alligators" (in post).

thanks !


Greg Smith
Thu 24 Jul 2014Link

Hi, I'm Greg Smith. I am an audio post production guy and composer. I've been editing and mixing sound for documentaries for many years. I can't believe it took me so long to get here. (to this site)


Doug Block
Thu 24 Jul 2014Link

A warm welcome to Rachid and Udy, who I've known forever, it seems. And to Greg, especially, who has done post mixing on my last 3 films and finally found his way here.


Diana Whitten
Thu 24 Jul 2014Link

Hi all,
I'm a director/producer with my first feature, Vessel, currently in festivals. Navigating distribution, happily meeting other filmmakers, on a steep learning curve, exploring what's next. It was great to meet a bunch of D-worders at Sheffield, and I'm excited to be connected to you all!


Doug Block
Thu 24 Jul 2014Link

Hey, my amazing Sheffield dance partner emerges! Welcome aboard the good ship, D-Word, or good vessel, in your case. Poke your nose around the various topics (starting with Marketing & Distribution, perhaps) and leap right into the discussions.


Dava Whisenant
Thu 24 Jul 2014Link

In reply to Diana Whitten's post on Thu 24 Jul 2014 :

Welcome, Diana! And congratulations on your success with the film! I've been following it through Mitchell's facebook page. Can't wait to see it!


Matt Cook
Sun 27 Jul 2014Link

Hi All. Im just stepping forward with my first documentary (as yet untitled) the film will be following myself and a friend through our research and investigation into Wild Big Cats in the uk. Im self funding it by filming weddings and other events which is going well. I am keen to make a film that id want to see as other films on this subject are just sensationalised and a little crude, this film will follow us over the next few years, I have various interviews arranged and will be filming our research in the field. Im just realising what a massive undertaking it will all be, every thing from organising and storing my footage to what filming styles to use and everything in between, but im enthused and excited, and hopefully will learn a lot from this forum. Any tips for a complete newbie would be great ;)


Doug Block
Sun 27 Jul 2014Link

Here's the first tip, Matt. Apply for Professional status here and you'll have access to all 50 discussion topics. Then read through them a bit and be judicious about asking questions, particularly very general questions.

Welcome aboard.


Scott McElroy
Sun 27 Jul 2014Link

Hi All,
I'm an editor based in Boulder, CO. I edited a feature-length called High Ground and numerous shorts. I can't wait to jump into some conversations and learn from all the experienced people here. I'm glad to be here!


Gail Mallimson
Mon 28 Jul 2014Link

Hi Everyone:
My name is Gail Mallimson and I'm a documentary editor and producer from San Francisco. My current project (in fine cut stage) is called The Edge of the Wild. Please check out our website www.TheEdgeoftheWild.com! Looking forward to connecting.
Gail


Jamal El-Amin
Tue 29 Jul 2014Link

Hey D-Worders,

My name is Jamal and I am a documentary editor from Burbank, CA. If you need some assistance I'm available. Here's my reel: http://www.lamaj2009.wix.com/groundlessmedia

Best,
Jamal

Edited Tue 29 Jul 2014 by Jamal El-Amin

Doug Block
Tue 29 Jul 2014Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Scott, Gail and Jamal. FYI, no need to sign your names after your posts, they're put up automatically at the top.


Jason Perdue
Tue 29 Jul 2014Link

In reply to Gail Mallimson's post on Mon 28 Jul 2014 :

Hi Gail. Nice to see you here after meeting at the houseboat party. Jump right into the conversations.


Doug Block
Wed 30 Jul 2014Link

And doesn't hurt to give us a photo of yourself so we know who we're talking to.


Ian Dunning
Thu 31 Jul 2014Link

Hi – I'm a mature student at Salford University in the UK, getting to the end of my Masters course in documentary and wondering how the heck to carry on making films.


John Burgan
Thu 31 Jul 2014Link

That's the $64,000 question that we all ask regularly, Ian – even if there is no easy answer, you're in the right place to wonder out loud....welcome to The D-Word


Doug Block
Tue 5 Aug 2014Link

Yes, welcome, Ian. If nothing else you can hang out in the Farmer's Bar and have a round of virtual drinks on us.


Keith Patterson
Wed 6 Aug 2014Link

Hi everyone.

My next documentary is following a group of scientists that have developed an HIV vaccine as they go through their FDA trials. Please contact me if you're New York-based. Specifically looking for associate producers with experience on science documentaries or that have expertise in grant writing. I'm also looking for After Effects artists to hire for the science animation packages.


Fernando Martinez
Fri 8 Aug 2014Link

Hello everyone.
My name is Fernando Martinez – a composer based in NYC. I especially enjoy working with documentaries. You can hear some of my work at fernandomartinezmusic.com. Currently, I am developing the score for "It Hurts To Win" – a documentary about the Boston University wrestling program and its abrupt cancellation in 2013.


Doug Block
Fri 8 Aug 2014Link

Welcome, Keith and Fernando. Very pleased to have you joining us at The D-Word.


Leslie Atkins
Mon 11 Aug 2014Link

I took the plunge into independent filmmaking about a year ago – moving to Mexico after 10 years editing/cave-dwelling in Washington, DC for Al Jazeera, PBS Frontline, NatGeo, etc. So far I've had initial success getting a short onto NYT Op-Docs ("Two Countries, No Home"). Now pursuing a full-length feature doc about cartel violence and the absence of justice in Mexico. Meanwhile looking for freelance work to keep things afloat – as a shooter-producer-editor or doc editor (note to producers interested in working remotely! Especially projects in Spanish). www.stellaflorafilms.com


Doug Block
Mon 11 Aug 2014Link

A pleasure to have you joining us, Leslie. A tough subject you're bravely taking on with your current doc!

Edited Mon 11 Aug 2014 by Doug Block

Leslie Atkins
Tue 12 Aug 2014Link

Thanks! Happy to have finally joined. Hopefully I'm not getting in too deep!


Doug Block
Tue 12 Aug 2014Link

Jumping into the deep end is usually the only way to make docs.


Leslie Atkins
Tue 12 Aug 2014Link

At least what Mexico lacks in doc subsidies (and security) it makes up for in cheap rent and street food. That's the heart of the business plan, anyway.


Mary Lance
Fri 15 Aug 2014Link

Greetings All, I've been meaning to join this great group for a long time. Have been working in the documentary world for a long time, in recent years in New Mexico and previously in New York.


Niam Itani
Fri 15 Aug 2014Link

In reply to Mary Lance's post on Fri 15 Aug 2014 :

Welcome to The D-Word, Mary!


Doug Block
Sat 16 Aug 2014Link

Indeed. Great to have you joining us, Mary.


Don Schwartz
Thu 21 Aug 2014Link

Greetings, All!

I'm an actor, writer, and journalist from northern California. I provide documentary film reviews and filmmaker profiles to www.CineSource.com

I'm also a regular guest on From the Heart Productions' monthly BlogTalkRadio show, "Dissecting Docs with Don Schwartz and Carole Dean".

My Facebook Page, officialdonschwartz, is about my book, "Telling Their Own Stories: Conversations with Documentary Filmmakers". I use this page to post supportive information for filmmakers and doc lovers, and I share these posts with every FB doc group I can find.

I'm always seeking new outlets for my journalistic work, and I'd appreciate any references for print, television, radio, and web you may share.

My actors site, www.DonSchwartz.com is up now – a revised and expanded version will soon be uploaded.


Doug Block
Thu 21 Aug 2014Link

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


Melissa Donovan
Fri 22 Aug 2014Link

Hi,

I'm a cinematographer from NYC and have finished my first feature documentary, "ZEMENE". I've been working on this solo for the past few years, shooting in Ethiopia and NYC.
I've entered into a few festivals for the fall, with one official selection at Chagrin Doc Film Fest. Looking forward to reading posts and learning about the next phase of getting a film out into the world.
Glad to be on board here and hope to meet many of you in person at one of the gatherings.

If your interested, I have a trailer to my film at
www.zemenefilm.com


Doug Block
Fri 22 Aug 2014Link

Welcome, Melissa. You made it here just in time to help us celebrate our 15th birthday on Sept 3rd. Read all about it in this special topic.


Tala Hadavi
Fri 22 Aug 2014Link

Hi Everyone, I am excited to join D-word after a friend telling me I had to do it! I'm a Swedish-Iranian filmmaker that just relocated to NYC after spending the past 10 years in Spain, Sweden and Washington DC.

I have been in the industry for 5 years, working as an independent VJ/documentary filmmaker and being that I am multi-lingual and multi-cultural, I have worked mostly on topics related to those cultures providing content (both long and short form) to Voice of America's Persian service and Swedish National Television. My first long-form doc about a UFC fighter was broadcasted on Swedish national television and all throughout the Middle East. I also taught a documentary filmmaking course for a group of teenagers at Imagination Stage this past spring.

Now that I'm living in NYC, I'm looking forward to expand my filmmaking and topics to a broader audience. I'd love to connect with other filmmakers in the city in hopes of being able to partner up for various ongoing and future projects. Solo work can get a bit lonely...

I look forward to the connecting I can make on here! (btw, working on making my website, coming soon). I will be in LA the week of the 15 year party for meetings and was wondering if anyone is planning on getting together for that?

Here is the trailer to my feature film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgoJqhhJWoc&list=UUk7BT67k-fG0AoBCUE-ryMQ

Have a great weekend everyone,
Tala


Erica Ginsberg
Fri 22 Aug 2014Link

Hey Tala. Welcome! (She is also one of the Docs In Progress Fellows and I am probably one of the friends who told her to join).

Was just about to recommend that you should definitely go to the D-Word B-Day Party in NYC to start to meet the local doc community, but it appears you will be in L.A. Nobody has come forward yet to organize a birthday party in L.A. (I think some of the usual suspects are out of the country then), but check into the birthday topic to stay tuned on what might be happening. In any case, you could always post in the F2F topic when you'll be there to see who might want to meet up.


Antonio Carlos Osse
Sun 24 Aug 2014Link

Greetings from Brazil. Im working on a doc about Theodore Roosevelt s trip to the River of Doubt. We just retraced a big part of the trip by canoe. Was great! Looking to meet other adventure documentarians here! TonyBR.


John Grabowska
Sun 24 Aug 2014Link

Utterly jealous. No murders and no infections? Welcome to D-Word.


Antonio Carlos Osse
Thu 28 Aug 2014Link

In reply to John Grabowska's post on Sun 24 Aug 2014 :

Hi John, thanks, it´s great to be here. The Roosevelt River trip was great. 30 days paddling, great scenery... No murders or big infections! In true, it was much easier than expected. Watching your Vimeo channel now. Great stuff you made! See you around. If ever in Brazil, drop me a note.

Edited Thu 28 Aug 2014 by Antonio Carlos Osse

Kim Beamish
Sun 7 Sep 2014Link

Hey all, Kim here.

Australian filmmaker living in Cairo. Have been for the past three years, whilst working on a film called, "The Tentmakers of Cairo". A feature doc on the effects of Egypt's revolution and ongoing turmoil on ordinary Egyptians. A four minute teaser can be found on vimeo http://vimeo.com/tentmakers/tentmakersofcairotrailer if your interested.

Keen to chat all things doco.

Cheers.


Nathaniel Torok
Mon 8 Sep 2014Link

I really enjoyed that Kim. I will pass the teaser on to a few friends – thanks for sharing.


Aryana Farshad
Tue 9 Sep 2014Link

Hi everybody,

I joined the group a while ago but got busy and just came back from 3 months filming in Iran & Afghanistan

Have been working in the DOC world for a while and still surviving!!! I am based in LA. Happy to be back home. Aryana


Niam Itani
Wed 10 Sep 2014Link

In reply to Aryana Farshad's post on Tue 9 Sep 2014 :

Welcome, Aryana!


Bill Jackson
Wed 10 Sep 2014Link

In reply to Aryana Farshad's post on Tue 9 Sep 2014 :

Welcome, Aryana!
You worked on Orgazmo? That was one of my first feature film mixes. :)


Amy Halpin
Wed 10 Sep 2014Link

Hi Aryana! Good to see you over here!


Doug Block
Wed 10 Sep 2014Link

Tala, Antonio, Kim and Aryana, great to have you all here with us. And a big welcome, as well, to all those who joined having read about The D-Word in the IDA newsletter yesterday. We don't normally advertise here, it was one of the perks of being a partner in IDA's "Getting Real" conference coming up at the end of the month.

Anyway, feel free to leap right into the discussions, everyone.


Patrick Lile
Wed 17 Sep 2014Link

Hi everyone. I'm Patrick Lile, I'm the program assistant for Northwestern University's MFA in Documentary Media. I've worked on a handful of projects with Kartemquin Films including The Interrupters and Life Itself. Thanks for allowing me into this community!


Doug Block
Wed 17 Sep 2014Link

Two great projects, for sure, Patrick. Welcome to The D-Word, happy to have you.


Niam Itani
Wed 17 Sep 2014Link

In reply to Patrick Lile's post on Wed 17 Sep 2014 :

Welcome to The D-Word, Patrick!


Ryan Gleeson
Wed 17 Sep 2014Link

Hi Patrick, so weird you just posted here, I just responded to a month old email from you!

I'm here to introduce myself as well. I've had an account for quite some time and just decided to do some browsing and realized I never gave a proper hello!

Hi! I'm Ryan, also a KTQer. I work on the production end of our company, mostly in Post but dabble in Production. Outside of work I direct, gotta keep the dream alive I suppose!

Hey guys!


Ron Osgood
Wed 17 Sep 2014Link

Patrick is a former student of mine and a terrific person. Welcome Patrick!


Niam Itani
Fri 19 Sep 2014Link

In reply to Ryan Gleeson's post on Wed 17 Sep 2014 :

Welcome to The D-Word, Ryan!


Marc Schiller
Mon 22 Sep 2014Link

Wanted to say hello. On the marketing and distribution side I've had the pleasure of working with many of you through my agency BOND Strategy and Influence. We've handled the marketing strategies for such films as Exit Through The Gift Shop, SENNA, The Imposter, and lots of others. Earlier this year we launched BOND/360 to distribute films both theatrically and digitally. Particle Fever was in March followed by Alive Inside in July. This weekend we're opening Advance Style.

But one of the main reasons I'm excited to be on the boards is that we're also producing our first feature doc, DEEP WEB which Alex Winter is directing and Glen Zipper and I are producing.

Looking forward to participating in the dialogue!


Niam Itani
Mon 22 Sep 2014Link

In reply to Marc Schiller's post on Mon 22 Sep 2014 :

A very warm welcome to The D-Word, Marc. We look forward to learning from your expertise as well!


Riccardo Valsecchi
Tue 23 Sep 2014Link

Hi, my name is Riccardo Valsecchi, I am a filmmaker and photographer. My documentary film "ID-Withoutcolors" won the 2013 Sardinia film festival and the 2013 Respekt Gewinnt Preis as best project for the development of the democracy in Berlin. I am finishing my last film "Schwarzkopf-BRD", a compelling story of a group of teenagers who stage a play about the US Civil Right Movement in Berlin in order to understand how to survive against the racism of German police and society.

The film is finished, the trailer is available here – https://vimeo.com/99130285 -, and Indiewire also wrote an article about the film: http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/watch-extended-trailer-for-anti-racism-german-doc-schwarzkopf-brd-20140818

I am looking for an associated producer or a manager in order to find the money for the music licensing and the distribution to festivals.

Then, finally, I just moved to New York from Berlin, and I am searching for new project to be involved in.

I am looking forward to participate in this community.

Edited Tue 23 Sep 2014 by Riccardo Valsecchi

Doug Block
Wed 24 Sep 2014Link

Welcome, Marc and Riccardo. Glad to have you both here with us. Feel free to leap right into the various discussions.

Marc, met you a number of times over the past couple of years and appreciate all you do for the doc community.


Beth Cloutier
Mon 29 Sep 2014Link

Greetings! I'm a cinematographer located in Los Angeles, CA but formerly a North Easter who spent many years in NYC and Boston.

I have been working in documentaries as a Director of Photography for years. Some of the projects I've filmed have been shown on PBS, CNN, Food Network, Discovery Channel and A&E.

You can view my reel and bio at www.bethcloutier.com

It's great to be a part of the d-word community and should anyone have a need for a DP who loves their craft get in touch. It would be great to meet you and talk about your project.

Cheers!


Sabiha Khan
Tue 30 Sep 2014Link

Howdy! My name is Sabiha Khan, and I'm a multimedia doc producer based in El Paso, Texas. I also teach doc production and doc cinema at the University of Texas at El Paso.

I'm interested in how the doc format can inform, entertain, and inspire. To that end, I've started a research project on the "social problem" film through the lens of food issues (see below for a brief description of my food-related doc project). So lately I've been studying the British Doc Movement of the 30s and 40s (Grierson, Rotha, et al).

I have a couple productions going. One is a series of short animated docs on Renaissance paintings for the El Paso Museum of Art. Also started some production for my first independent doc project on organic farming, youth, and cultural identity in the Desert Southwest of the United States.

I'm currently looking for a mentor, so if there's anyone out there working at the intersection of production and research, please let me know.

Looking forward to learning more about everyone's work!

Sabiha
www.sabihakhan.net


John Grabowska
Tue 30 Sep 2014Link

Beth, Sabiha, welcome, dive in, read deeply, start posting. Sabiha, I had a bowl of menudo in El Paso as the famed remedy for a resaca but have to admit it made it worse; I much prefer the Central American version called mondongo. Take a look at the Teaching Docs thread for the crossroads of production + research.


Doug Block
Wed 1 Oct 2014Link

A warm welcome, Beth and Sabiha. Please add a photo to your member profile when you can. We like to see peoples' faces here, makes it much warmer and homey.


Mark DeCew
Fri 3 Oct 2014Link

MARK DQ "Introduce Yourself" Part I

Howdy D-worders! My full name is Mark DeCew, but I'm using Mark DQ as my handle here because it helps people pronounce my name correctly. I often introduce myself as "Mark with a "K" because I've found trying to spell the name of people you have just met is a good trick to remember names and helping people REMEMBER YOUR NAME! I've found that learning to use your own name in the third person during a conversation is a great technique to help out that person you are talking to that has to say "I know we've met before, but I'm really bad at names." SO my first message to the D-Word community is PRACTICE BECOMING GOOD AT REMEMBERING NAMES!! Mark DeCew told you too.

SO here I am in The D-Word intraweb space thanks to meeting Doug "Fuck the Wine Country Film Festival" Block and Sarah G-E-O-R-G-E-O-R-G-E-O-R-G-E-O-R (her last name never ends <joke 'borrowed' from my first George Carlin comedy LP>) , both of whom I introduced myself to at the recent IDA #docsgetreal conference in Los Angeles. I have been working closely with the IDA for about three years now after I found out that a fellow member of my regional Burning Man community John Curry was their office manager. I asked John at the party where I met him and has awesome wife Cambry that I wanted to volunteer for the IDA DocuDay marathon screenings of all the Academy Award nominated shorts and features at the Writers Guild Theater. I always hope that attending DocuDay will give me a slight advantage in the obligatory Oscar pool of whatever viewing party I attend.

SO I called John at the IDA Office and he put me in touch with Amy Jelenko and boom, I was an official Docuday volunteer. I have no problem with long work days, and threw down from set-up to wrap out. I guess they liked me, because since then I have volunteered for many, many hours of the IDA Screening Series, DocU sessions at Cinefamily, the IDA Awards, even helping in the office stuffing envelopes to prep for DocuDay. All my 'sweat equity' for the IDA finally paid off in 2013 when I actually got paid as the DocuDay house manager, a fantastic day that ended with my good buddy from USC film school Doug Blush introducing "20 Feet from Stardom" which he worked on as an editor. My boy done good!

At the 2014 #docsgetreal Conference, I was back to volunteer status, sporting a Cal-Trans orange t-shirt that turned the indentured help into hash tag billboards and human traffic cones. Fortunately, I was still able to bounce around the conference enough to catch a bunch of panels and do some excellent networking with the assembled documentary film community that through my experience I have many connections to.

In Mark DeCew "Introduce Yourself" Part II, I will regale you with my long history connected to the world of Documentary Cinema so stay tuned D-Word peeps! Glad to be an official 'Professional' member of this group.

Edited Fri 3 Oct 2014 by Mark DeCew

nadia boctor
Fri 3 Oct 2014Link

Hi All, I'm Nadia. Met a few of you at the IDA conference this weekend and figured I'd start hanging out on the d-word in hopes of giving and receiving info and encouragement. Was such a great experience. Seems like the doc community is solid. Hope to see more of you around.

Nadia


Marj Safinia
Mon 6 Oct 2014Link

Lovely to have you here, Nadia and Mark! And everyone else who I've managed to miss while being buried under a work rock :)


Doug Block
Mon 6 Oct 2014Link

Same here. A warm welcome, Mark and Nadia.


Niam Itani
Mon 6 Oct 2014Link

Indeed. Great to see you here, Nadia. Was a pleasure meeting a lot of non D-Word Documentarians at the conference and even more so seeing them again on The D-Word. Welcome!


Ellen Brodsky
Mon 6 Oct 2014Link

In reply to Beth Cloutier's post on Mon 29 Sep 2014 :
Beth – so good to see you here!!! An dope to see you next time you are out East!


Jonathan Saruk
Wed 8 Oct 2014Link

Hello Everyone,

My name is Jonathan Saruk and I am a photographer/filmmaker based in Malmö, Sweden (originally from the US). My background is as a stills photographer, but over the past few years years I have been transitioning over to moving images. Most recently I have been working on commercial productions, but my heart is more in news/documentary and that is where I hope to grow. I look forward to making professional connections here at the D-word and to being a positive contributor. Thanks!

Jonathan Saruk


Doug Block
Wed 8 Oct 2014Link

Good to have you here, Jonathan. Btw, no need to sign your name to your posts, it appears automatically above.


John Grabowska
Wed 8 Oct 2014Link

Great doc reel, Jonathan. Gorgeous and harrowing.


Jonathan Saruk
Thu 9 Oct 2014Link

Thanks for the positive feedback John.


Sybil Drew
Sun 12 Oct 2014Link

Hi new D-Word Peeps!

Just wanted to drop a note and introduce myself. My name is Sybil and i'm a filmmaker currently splitting time between Chicago & Brooklyn. I'm so glad to meet all of you!

I work in freelance production (to pay the bills) and right now i'm directing a new doc film called 'Overshare: Crime in the Digital Age'.

I'd love to see what everyone else is working on!

Edited Sun 12 Oct 2014 by Sybil Drew

John Burgan
Mon 13 Oct 2014Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Sybil. In order to prevent your profile from being deleted, we've added your full surname instead of just a capital letter – one of the very few requirements we ask everyone who registers for this community – basically D-Worders like to know who they are dealing with.

Edited Mon 13 Oct 2014 by John Burgan

Simon Sharman
Tue 14 Oct 2014Link

Hi all

I've just plugged into The D-Word – it looks like lively place for connecting, discussing and the rest. Looking forward to digging deeper.....

I'm a producer/director based out of the UK but currently in the latter stages of my indy feature doc 'Cosmic Whistleblowers' which has been shot mainly in the US. I'm happy to share my experience wherever its helpful and hope to see you all here soon.

Simon


Doug Block
Tue 14 Oct 2014Link

Hey, Simon, welcome to The D-Word. Definitely look deeper, there's a lot here to be had.

Btw, no need to sign your name at the end of a post. Your name automatically appears at the top.


Timothy Fryett
Tue 14 Oct 2014Link

Hello all, I've been learning quite a bit as a D-Word lurker and now I feel like it's time for me to introduce myself.

I am a nonfiction director/editor based in Philadelphia. I have supported myself (just barely!) for the past couple of years mostly with promotional short documentary work for local nonprofits.

This year I've had the opportunity to dive into more traditional documentary editing on a couple feature projects. One of which, "Quest: The Sound & The Fury" was selected for this year's IFP Doc Labs.

I'm putting together some MFA applications this fall and will probably surface on some other discussion topics with some questions related to that endeavor.

Appreciative of this online community and the folks who are clearly investing a lot of energy into keeping it lively,

Tim
http://vimeo.com/fryett

Edited Tue 14 Oct 2014 by Timothy Fryett

Timothy Fryett
Tue 14 Oct 2014Link

"BTW, no need to sign your name at the end of a post."

Oops, too late to edit but duly noted...


Doug Block
Tue 14 Oct 2014Link

Nice catch, Tim, even if not quite in time. Good to have you come out of the shadows and into the D-light. Good luck on your Quest.


Simon Sharman
Wed 15 Oct 2014Link

Ha thanks Doug – just seemed polite first time out.


Doug Block
Wed 15 Oct 2014Link

We're polite but not redundant, Simon.


Melissa Ludtke
Wed 15 Oct 2014Link

Hi, I'm Melissa, working in transmedia storytelling on an iBook platform to convey the journey that two teen adoptees made together, returning to their "hometowns" in rural China to find out what it would have been like to grow up as a daughter in 21st century rural China. The Chinese girls who grew up in these towns were their guides. It's called "Touching Home in China: in search of missing girlhoods," and our pilot iBook chapter is a free download on Apple's iBooks Store. Can be downloaded with an iBooks app (free in iTunes) — https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/touching-home-in-china/id893434122?mt=11. Meshes video with photo galleries, interactive maps and graphics, document scrolls and narrative text. It's an immersive documentary experience created with digital natives in mind.


Melissa Ludtke
Wed 15 Oct 2014Link

On yes, and here's our website link: http://touchinghomeinchina.com/ Melissa


Kayla Parker
Wed 15 Oct 2014Link

Hello Everyone!

I signed up for the D-Word a while back and have been lurking but I've finally gotten the courage to post. I was introduced to the website by my former professor Danielle Beverly, and it has been so interesting reading everyone's posts!

I am currently finishing up my master's thesis at Marquette University, studying newswork at a midwest NPR station. I am also working at the Milwaukee Film Festival helping with the Education Screenings. We featured two documentaries this year at our middle school and high school screenings ("The Starfish Throwers" and "Point and Shoot") and the impact they had on the students was remarkable!

I have worked as a researcher and engagement specialist on a few documentaries and hope to continue work in those fields. I believe that documentaries can live beyond the screen as instruments of change, either through education, inspiration, or self-reflection.

It is so nice to meet all of you!

Cheers,
Kayla


Doug Block
Wed 15 Oct 2014Link

Greetings, Kayla. Great to have you come out of lurker mode and posting here. And always nice to have some strong, youthful energy in the mix. Lucky you to have Danielle as a teacher, and lucky us to have you as a member.


Ravindra M.R.S.Naidu
Mon 20 Oct 2014Link

Salutations to all – me from Singapore – a documentary enthusiast, despite being an acdemic for 30 years, I discovered life is more than developing curriculum – as a vibrant traveller in South East Asia my new Canon EOS M was the instrument that propelled me to be a 'documentarist' – what my camera lens see is more than what my eyes see....Cheerio


Doug Block
Mon 20 Oct 2014Link

Cheerio, indeed, Ravindra. Welcome to The D-Word.


Ellen Brodsky
Tue 21 Oct 2014Link

In reply to Melissa Ludtke's post on Wed 15 Oct 2014 : Welcome to D-word Melissa – hope you check out the i-doc topic as well as crowd funding. You and your project have been mentioned in both!


Kevin Longa
2 days agoLink

Hi D-Word folks! I'm Kevin – a filmmaker who loves to explore beyond the plate in front of me. Yep, I'm a food documentary filmmaker.

Currently I'm creating a documentary series about the true stories of food entrepreneurs and innovators around the globe. If you want to ask me a question – whether it be "What's a J-cut?" to "What's a PBJ sandwich?" – I'm all ears and hungry for more.


Jesse Yost
2 days agoLink

Greets all -

First time docu project and my previous experience has been in shorts and 1 zero budget horror flick. We have a great topic with lots of regional interest and lots of material to work with.

Diving in here to sponge up the knowledge before I start flailing away with questions. :)


Susan Just
2 days agoLink

Greetings!

I'm happy to have found this site and am eager to learn and share.

Also, thank you in advance for your wisdom, help & guidance.


Judy Van Wyk
1 day agoLink

I've been a member for a while but this is the first time I've posted. I'm working on a profile of an Indian-American couple and am looking for a royalty free music license for music that's reflects the music of India but also works under narration in spots. Any idea which libraries have the best selection of world music?


Doug Block
about 7 hours agoLink

Greetings, Kevin, Jesse and Susan. Welcome to The D-Word.

And thanks for finally posting, Judy. Don't mean to be picky, especially as we want to encourage you to keep posting, but your question really belongs in The Mentoring Room, where more people will be on the lookout for it. We don't encourage double posting but, in this case, feel free to do that.


Judy Van Wyk
about 5 hours agoLink

Thanks for your pickiness. I'll be glad to double post in this case. To introduce myself more fully, I was a television producer for 10 years and recently finished my first documentary short. I love documentary but will never do another one all by my lonesome. It's just too much work without a partner. I'm looking forward to becoming a part of a community of filmmakers.


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