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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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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:

Have a great weekend everyone,

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
Sat 23 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
Sat 23 Aug 2014Link

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

Antonio Carlos Osse
Wed 27 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 Wed 27 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 if your interested.

Keen to chat all things doco.


Nathaniel Torok
Sun 7 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
Tue 9 Sep 2014Link

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

Welcome, Aryana!

Bill Jackson
Tue 9 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
Tue 9 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
Thu 18 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 – -, and Indiewire also wrote an article about the film:

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
6 days agoLink

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
1 day agoLink

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

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.


Sabiha Khan
about 5 hours agoLink

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!


John Grabowska
about 5 hours agoLink

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.

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