A warm welcome, Esther. Glad you found us and good luck with your doc. You might want to read a special week-long discussion we did here devoted to Story Structure in our vast archives.
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Hello, My name is Floyd Webb and I am a docfilmmaker living in Chicago. Working on my first doc after working with a lot of interesting people, I also do short 3 minute profiles of Chicago people.
Of late I am working on a project that got me tied up in a Federal lawsuit over Fair Use in Boston. The case may be dismissed Sept 28, we will see. The film I am making covers a century of the marginal social community of martial arts from Teddy Roosevelt's Judo dojo in the White House to the Dojo Wars of Count Dante in Chicago.
This is site looks like it could be a very interesting place.
In reply to Niam Etany's post on Wed 12 Aug 2009 :
Thank you for the nice words...
In reply to Yocheved Sidof's post on Thu 13 Aug 2009 :
Yes, a fellow Minnesotan living in LA... and yes diehard Viking fan. My two biggest passions film and football. It's great to you.
Sounds like an interesting project, Floyd. Welcome to D-Word!
Sounds nice... it is a great option. I have to take a look of the "Doc talk" schedule.
Hope to see you soon and thanks again.
In reply to Ted Fisher's post on Thu 10 Sep 2009 :
It's been some time since I've been on D-Word, so I thought I'd reintroduce myself with a short video some of you may enjoy. It is a rapid-fire slide show of the 240 docs I've watched since I got hooked on them through Netflix. Who knows? Some of you might find your film among them. As you can tell, I am an enthusiast. http://tiny.cc/B28WW
welcome back, chris... 240 docs is sure an impressive amount. have you started any kind of review page where you list your thoughts on them? there have been a lot of people who have said they were going to start a blog reviewing docs, but those people never get very far. i think you'd do well with it.
Hey Chris- Thanks! Actually, I do quite a few posts about docs. I wouldn't call them reviews since my threshold for whether I like a film or not depends entirely on whether I thought the time I spent watching it was wasted. Almost none of the documentaries I've seen fit into this category. But I do like to make people aware of these films because I think they're ofter overlooked. I also like to interview filmmakers on the blog and have been lucky to interview people like Eddie Schmidt, Eric Chaikin, Melody Gilbert, and Jenny Abel (Abel Raises Cain). Here's a link to my doc-related posts in case you're interested: http://tiny.cc/o8FlQ
If any of you have stuff you think I should check out, please let me know. I'm not a filmmaker myself, just someone who appreciates what you all do.
My name is Jack Clancy and along with my daughter Liz Clancy Lerner we have been producing pro bono shorts for non profits with our company Best Dog Ever Films, LLC. We are in the final stages of completing our feature length documentary The Renegades: A Beep Ball Story. Our temp site exists as a gateway to a 90 sec. teaser. We've been lurkers on this site for years and truly appreciate all the infor we've gleaned from the sites and subsites of d-word. We'd be pleased to get feedback on our teaser at www.bestdogeverfilms.com
Thanks. Jack and Liz
when i read that article in the WSJ a couple weeks ago about 'beep ball,' i thought 'there's a doc waiting to be made – wonder if i should do it' – looks like i got beat to the punch. nice work. looks like you've got a good story there. when do you hope to have the feature done?
Glad you're on here Marshall and great/hard/interesting discussion re: your film. Thank you to you and Mikal for sharing.
Welcome, Jack, and all best with your film. You and Liz should each sign up (individually) as full members to get access to all the discussion topics.
Thanks for the kind words. With as long as it took us to get this done I suspect you could have created your version ahead of ours had the WSJ come out 3 years ago!
We have a festival cut just about done and hope to get it out to a few over the coming weeks.
My name is Marit and I am a Canadian researcher/teacher (and filmmaker) living in Norway. I have been doing work on the NFB's Challenge for Change program, and teaching documentary theory and production for a while. I am working on a dissertation on contemporary documentary and am very concerned with ethical issues (!)
My name is Mike Attie and I just finished my MFA at Stanford's Doc Film and Video program. I made a few docs at Stanford, most recently a 20 minute observational film, "Famous 4A", that follows veterans in hospice in their final days. (It's not as grim as it sounds, most of it is pretty humorous.)
I know a few people on on the forum and hope to use the D-Word to connect with people in the Seattle area. I just moved here last week so my wife can start grad school at U. of Wash. Is anyone going to the NWFF's annual meeting tonight?
Welcome, Mike. Do you know Anthony Weeks in your program? I worked with him on two short films when he was out here in New York.
Hi all, I actually joined ages ago and then, I'm very sorry to say, never introduced myself or dropped in. I'm going to do so more often now! I met Doug at Guth Gafa in Co. Donegal, Ireland a few years ago (if you remember Doug, I brought you and your wife to my favourite beach!) and this year I met Ben at the same festival so I really should become a more active d-worder! I'm an Irish documentary director/ producer. My film 'Today is better than two tomorrows' is currently doing a bit of a festival circuit, and the film I produced The Yellow Bittern is currently in Irish cinemas and has got some great press. My background is mostly in documentary research and I've been working in film for about 12 years. When I'm not trying to turn everyone around me's life into a film, I'm obsessing over my two beautiful dogs or making my friends swing dance in public places! I give classes from time to time on documentary and ethics because I worked on two important series here for Irish TV in a Hospice and a Psychiatric Institution. I just finished a short doc set in the closed wards of old style asylums which is part of a scheme run by The Irish Film Board called Reality Bites. It's going to premiere in Cork Film Festival. I'm about to come to Vancouver to show my Lao film there.. if any members are based there it would be super if you could come see it! x Anna
Anna!!! So great to see you become active here. Congratulations on Vancouver and all the other fests, and a big welcome to The D-Word.
D-Worders, you should all go and see TODAY IS BETTER THAN TWO TOMORROWS – it's a little gem.
Just one thing, Anna, why didn't you show me your favourite beach...?
That was a bit lame of me, I must say! I didn't even go there that time. You'll have to come back! I'll be more chilled out now that all my films are finished :)
I do know Anthony. He's a talented filmmaker and great person. Whenever he spoke in class it was always with purpose. (as opposed to running of the mouth which we're all prone to do.)
Fantastic to have you posting at last, Anna. I remember that day on the beach very well, a highlight of the trip. Hope to be back to Ireland soon with the new film (my editor, Maeve O'Boyle, is from Dublin and I love the entire country), so maybe we'll get to see each other again. Meanwhile, all best with your short – try and get it shown here in NY.
Hi Doug – Hopefully my feature is going to be shown in NY at a festival ... the programmer liked it but waiting to hear. Any excuse to come to NYC :) The short... well I'll be posting for advice on that soon because haven't had much luck with getting shorts into festivals in the past and really want to get this one out there. Give me a shout for sure if you come to Dublin! I'll take you to the pub this time ;)
I'd follow you anywhere, Anna. And vice versa regarding NYC. Have many pubs here awaiting.
Hi Doug – My name is Jalyn Henton and I work in Programming at PBS. I signed up for The D Word just to see what it's all about!
Well, heck, Jalyn, that qualifies you as a professional. So be sure to register for professional membership here and get full access to all the discussions.
Hi all. My name is Peg Diaz. I have been documenting life with a still camera and am currently working on my first video project. I look forward to learning from all of you and eventually giving back down the road. I am applying for a grant for partial funding of the documentary and have a question about a "letter of interest". I need to submit a letter from a broadcaster who might be interested in airing the film. Can anyone recommend the best way to do this.
Jalyn, since you work at PBS, perhaps you have a suggestion? I sent a request to the local PBS station but have not heard back.
Thanks in advance for any help.
My name is Tom Jackson. Glad to be a new member here. I produce documentaries on social justice issues. Right now in post on another one about the oil/environmental/economy issues (following "Out of Balance" www.worldoutofbalance.org). Looking for a veg-burning vehicle again, to travel with this latest doc.
Looking forward to talking with you all.
Welcome to The D-Word, Tom. I was trying to watch your OUT OF BALANCE trailer but only got sound, no picture. Not sure whether that's a problem at my end or yours...
I'm Hima. Working on a production grant that's due next wk but in full procrastination mode. I guess this is "research" right now so it's not entirely off track....
Welcome to The D-Word, Hima, where there's always a grant due on the horizon and always like-minded folks to procrastinate with.
Hi everyone I'm Eva ~ new to this world alittle... am about to embark on my first documentary, as a co-director for an observational feature length doc covering issues around a couple who have had just had a baby but due to their medical difficulties have been denied access. I am new to the game and already feel I am walking on eggshells!Great to learn about this place though! I think I will find most useful.
Hima, welcome to The D-Word. Please respect our policy that requires full names.
Eva, good to see that you signed up. I'm sure you'll learn a lot from The D-Word's wealth of Archived Topics alone...
I am Alec Sanchez, about to become a linguist major at University of California, Santa Cruz, and I am an aspiring to become documentary filmmaker.
By blogging and watching films I hope to get insight to what the world of documentary film is made of.
Welcome Alec, and thanks for introducing yourself.
Who else is lurking out there? Secret Enthusiasts and Members, the time is now...
My name is Leon McCarron. I studied film here in England for 3 years, and decided documentary was my passion, specifically the production, I am a cameraman and one-day director. I had enrolled in the New York Film Academy for their Winter filmmaking workshop (because I wanted to learn how to shoot on film as opposed to digital which I know) but I heard so many bad reports Im now having second thoughts.
I'm moving to New York on the 20th Nov, and staying until the 15th Feb – I would love to take a short course in documentary filmmaking instead of the NYFA, or even find an internship. Anyone got any ideas or advice? Id really appreciate it, because Im kinda stuck now!
Also Im planning a documentary which I will shoot as I cycle from New York to Sydney following my study, you can check it out at www.leonmccarron.com
Thanks a lot everyone, sorry for the super long intro!
Welcome, Leon. Hard to know which film schools actually teach shooting on film these days. I know the School of Visual Arts has a really strong and revitalized doc program, you might check them out. They also have individual film courses in their School of Continuing Education.
Thanks for the welcome, and the tip about the School of Visual Arts. Seems great, although unfortunately Ill just miss the window of their teaching. Any other ideas for workshops this christmas? Im really up for anything that will help further my documentary practical skills/knowledge.
Also, just to say this website seems like a fantastic resource, great work!
I've decided to start a documentary about finding my birth parents in Seoul, South Korea. I am in the early stages of preproduction and was wondering if anyone has had any experience shooting in South Korea and what it's like.
Here is a link to a short trailer I've posted a few years ago on youtube. Thanks! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It_AkCBAruk&feature=channel_page
My name's Ash; I'm a British female journalist with seven years experience writing true-life stories for UK-based magazines and newspapers. Although my background's in journalism, I'm really passionate about breaking into the documentary film making industry, having recently been trained by a BBC producer and having made a documentary short.
I just wanted to ask whether anyone has any contacts or leads with Melbourne-based documentary film making companies, looking to hire someone in a research or production capacity? I'm hoping to relocate to Melbourne in early 2010 (I'm currently travelling through Australia, New Zealand and Asia).
Hope you're able to help and thanks so much for your time, Ash
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I call myself a reporter. I have worked as a reporter for several organs previously, but even when I was not formally employed as one, i considered myself one.
I was drawn to the documentary format because it was a natural extension of what I do. To me it nothing more, nothing less than another medium of expression – and one which is very handy in the arsenal of the reporter.
Being new to the documentary format I have joined the D-word to learn and to share. I have so far made two docs and in the early planning stages of a third.
They can be found here:
I know the production values are not right up there, but I promise to do better next time. Ruthless and dispassionate criticism will be gratefully received.
I'm a documentary editor and do almost everything else that's needed in a small production company in the rugged coast of Connemara in Ireland.
Just discovered the website, well done.
I'm about to go to Medimed Documentary Market, in Spain in October with a documentary I edited.. Just wondering if anybody has been to past editions and could give me any feedback and advice on how to make the best out of this event.
Thanks for your time
Oops! Sorry guys, the first link in my earlier post does not work.
Please try this one, http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/news/watch/v19140232dPKkyM6H#
Welcome, Julian and Manuela. Feel free to sign up for professional status here, which will give you access to many more discussions topics.
I heard Doug speak at IFP last week and wanted to see what the D-word was all about. I make grassroots docs to help make policy change in NJ.
Howdy and welcome, Lori. So why is someone making grassroots docs for policy change going to a panel on personal docmaking, huh huh? ;-)
I signed up for the day, so was there for that panel as well. I'm actually interested in all kinds of documentaries and personal essays are interesting to me from a sociological standpoint. I however, believe that real change only happens through legislative change. Perhaps at least one can measure the change in some way... I'm really enjoying the topic dialog with Pat Aufderheide about the Honest Truths report.
Dear D-word Nation,
Hello, My name is Julia Welbourne and I'm a freelance producer/editor who just recently moved from NYC to Seattle. I'm happy to have finally joined D-word at the advice of many!
I've worked on a number of feature docs over the last several years, wearing the many obligatory hats of documentary work. From development and coordinating to post management and editing.
Coming from the east, my Pacific Northwest network is small yet and I'm interested in not only developing some projects of my own, but in collaborating and networking with other local filmmakers.
Please feel encouraged to check out my profile for a more detailed bio- especially if you are in the PAC/Seattle area!
Thanks, and so glad to be here.
the sausage fest just got a whole lot... uh... less sausagy
Welcome, Julia. FYI, Ryan is referring to the predominance of male, um, members in the Seattle area. They're clearly excited, and perhaps a wee threatened, by the diversity you bring to the area.
Seattle Face 2 Face event is at 7:00 p.m., tomorrow, Sunday at the Village Inn down by Pike Place.
Check the F2F postings.
Thanks so much Marth-
I'll definitely be there!
And thanks also for the welcome Doug and thanks Ryan, I think.
Visited this site now and then but never really had the time to be as involved as I'd like.
My passion is nature and wildlife but I've embarked on a doc about a local professional dance team. So I'm sure I'm going to need loads of advice in order to pull of something that's not in my normal comfort zone.
It just came to me that 31 Birch St is like Hamlet. Has any one ever told you that?
Actually, you're the first, Beth. But I'll assume it's a compliment, so thanks.
FYI, it's 51 Birch Street. 31 Birch would have been the Seiferts, and while I'm sure there was a fascinating story there, it will forever remain hidden from public view.
Anyway, a warm welcome to both you and Kevin.
yes I remembered it was 51 as I headed out the door and did wonder who was at 31, but its just the beginning of Hamlet, not the tragic ending as you may have got, I thought about it after seeing Jude Law talk about his role on charlie rose- what a weird connection.................
good luck on your new film, I saw the trailer at IFP and cried.
In reply to Julia Welbourne's post on Sun 4 Oct 2009 :
yeah, i meant it as a welcome of sorts... based on my d-word perceptions alone, i figured women didn't actually live in seattle. truly shocking revelation to find out there's actually 266,919 (as of 2005) women in seattle... who knew?
In reply to Beth Toni Kruvant's post on Mon 5 Oct 2009 :
Yes, quite often women see Jude Law and think of me.
I'm based in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. I'm a filmmaker who is making a short documentary with some young people aged 13 – 14, about a project called "The Bradford Tea Party" which is bringing six groups of older people from different cultural backgrounds together to make ceramics and textiles celebrating their customs and cultures. I made my own first doc only this year. I'm excited and a bit nervous! A lot of responsibility involved in mentoring the young people through the project and I'm hoping they have a good experience. Good to meet you all.
Welcome all you newbies, you are now in w/ a very helpful and interesting group!
In reply to Ryan Ferguson's post on Mon 5 Oct 2009 :
Changing the Seattle scene, one less sausage at a time.
HI, I'm Patrice and the founder of the Going Green Film Festival. Wanted to reach as many doc filmmakers as possible and let them know that we are looking for their "green films." If your film was created using green techniques, or if your subject is about the environment/third world issues, or you feature alternative transportation in your film, then you qualify. Please visit our website at www.GoingGreenFilmFestival.com for more details. Twitter @goinggreenfest
Hello D-Word fellows... I am finally introducing myself now even though I have been a member since my D-Word F2F pitch in Washington in June. James L, thanks for encouraging me to be more active on the D-Word scene. I am an Egyptian-American TV journalist & filmmaker. I can't imagine doing anything professionally enjoyable more than making documentaries. This year, I quit my stressful TV news job to work full-time on my ITVS-funded film on the plight of Iraqi refugees. I love making interfaith and social justice films where I feel I can make a difference. I hope I can be active in your discussions and to make many filmmaker friends... www.JehanHarney.com
Welcome and thanks for finally posting, Jehan. Great to have you taking part in the discussions.
In reply to Patrice Williams's post on Tue 6 Oct 2009 :
Nice idea for a festival Patrice, but rather disappointing to see that only US citizens are eligible for the Grand Prize...what's the thinking behind this?
New member here. I represent Woody Pak, a composer for documentaries. You can check out his work at woodypak.com. Let me know any of you would like some more information on him! Thanks.
I just signed up and happy to be here! I am a documentary and tv producer in the Washington, DC area looking to network and share knowledge. My web site is www.docsandtv.com where I sell a How-To CD about fundraisng for documentary productions. I've also started blogging on that site.
Nice to be here, I'm a Documentary filmmaker from London. I've made a load of short docs and am embarking upon my first feature with my partner.
I also run a Documentary night in London aimed at making bigger networks of filmmakers who can all collaborate in a happy shinny way. If you're a Doc filmmmaker in London get in touch.
I've heard many good things about D-word. Looking forward to connecting with you all...
My projects can be found online at www.sunchaserent.com
All the best,
Welcome Stephanie, Sydnye, Spencer and Fred....Poor Fred, HIS name doesn't start w/an 'S'. Chin up, buddy....
I'm trying to hold it together, but to be honest its tough, real tough.
Thanks Nick on behalf of all the new "S" members and Fred who we'll claim too!
In reply to Fred Grace's post on Thu 8 Oct 2009 :
You Brits are tough, Fred. I have no doubt you'll come out whole on the other side...Even Syndye has been gracious enough to claim you.
Hi, All! James Longley introduced me to this site. We share two things in common--we're both from Seattle and we're both drawn to "post-conflict" parts of the world (in my case, Afghanistan). I'm a doctor and novelist by profession, but have just secured funding to make my first documentary film about midwives in Afghanistan. I will be producing the film, and have assembled a wonderful crew--director Havana Marking (of AFGHAN STAR fame), cinematographer Bree Fitzgerald (of National Geographic), Executive Producers Holly Morris (of Adventure Divas)and Mike Lerner (of Roast Beef)– so I am in good hands despite my lack of experience. Scouting will hopefully begin in a few weeks once I sort out some legal, editorial, and financial issues. If anyone has experience trying to make an independent film with USAID funding, please let me know! We don't have a website yet for OPERATION MIDWIFE--A LABOR OF LOVE ON THE AFGHAN FRONTLINES, but you can learn more about my novels and global health work at nassimassefi.com Looking forward to "meeting" or at least interacting with you. Cheers, Nassim
Welcome, Nassim. Normally, we don't encourage people to register for full membership until they've had more professional doc experience. But any friend of James is a friend of ours. So do sign up and we'll happily follow your progress and help where we can. Best of luck with what sounds like a terrific project.
Hi Nassim, when you are fully in, please follow to Works in Progress topic.
Thanks, Jo-Anne and Doug. I'd be honored to be a full member, though I do lack the experience. Best wishes, Nassim
Hi, Doug- I'm finally back. Does this print my name? It is Andy Garrison here. Got a few projects in the works. The previously completed documentary is THIRD WARD TX. Webpage is www.ThirdWardTx.com. Self-distributing with New Day. The New Day URL is http://www.newday.com/films/ThirdWardTX.html.
One current project is about a choreographer who collaborates with non-dancers to make performances. I spent the past year shooting Allison Orr working with the City of Austin's Solid Waste Services
Division. You can see a sketch of a scene idea on Youtube at
Welcome back, Andy. Yes, it does print your name automatically above every post, so no need to sign at the bottom, either. Glad to see you've been so busy (as if that's an excuse not to be posting regularly!).
Hi Andy. Glad to see you here. Was hoping to see your new film in Sebastopol, but haven't seen anything yet. Hope all is well in Austin.
Hi All, Currently shooting my first Documentary "Over the Hill Gang" A true life story about a group of elderly gentlemen who served together in the Irish Army Reserve(FCA). Most of them retired in the 1980's. To gain membership of the "Over the Hill Gang" One had to be an Artillery Soldier and possess one or more of a certain set of skills.... Singing, Reciting Tales and Myths; Poetry and Rhymes or play a musical instrument.
Like the sound of that, Martin. If only all armies insisted on these skills...
Hello everyone! My name is Arlo Pignotti. I just joined because I love to transcribe documentary film. If anyone needs their interviews transcribed into Word, let me know and I can walk you through on how to convert your videos to MP3 and upload it to my web site where I can start sending back transcripts via email right away. Find out more at www.AJProcessing.Com. Thank you!
Greetings all: I'm Cynthia Jeannette, doc filmmaker from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Current film project is in Production, "Land Water People Time". An early edit is screening at the Santa Fe Film Festival December 2-6th. This film is in collaboration with the Northern New Mexico Heritage Area and the National Parks Service -more at www.PipestoneProductions.com. I'm an all around independent filmmaker/producer, behind the scenes photographer and videographer and FCP editor. Produced the epk for NALIP LPA 2008 & 2009 for the past two years www.nalip.org. Also a NALIP LPA Doc Fellow in 2009. Great people, excellent academy.
Howdy. I'm Michael Gregory from Kansas City. I am working on my very first documentary, a short video for my church. My favorite thing about the process so far is just learning – I've gone through a score of books already and I look forward to learning as I progress. So far my favorite documentaries are "American Movie", "Enron", "This American Life", and the first few minutes of "Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?".
Hi, I'm a multi-media producer living in Berkeley, CA. I'm currently developing a documentary film and producing a few small projects. Just started freelancing and thrilled to see others in the independent film community. Glad the D-Word exists.
Welcome Arlo, Cynthia, Michael and Jacqueline! Michael, you should check out Michael Rabiger's Directing the Documentary – it's usually considered the go-to book for learning documentary filmmaking.
I'm so glad to be here because I am in the middle of post on a documentary I shot ten years ago. Yes, you heard right – ten years!
I am a professional screenwriter by trade (KNOWING, BOOGEYMAN and the upcoming POLTERGEIST remake) and a lover of documentaries.
Hope to learn a lot from you D-Word folks.
I'm James, I just completed work on my feature doc FLOORED which is premiering this month at the Austin Film Festival. FLOORED follows 4 characters from the financial canyons of Chicago over a 3 year period as they struggle with big changes in their business and feel the impact of our economic crisis head on.
My friend Chris baron who did a lot of the shooting on the flick introduced me to this community.
Here's a link to the website for FLOORED http://FLOOREDmovie.com
I'm looking forward to great discussions and learning from the group!
Well this is my first post. I have undergone quite a transition in the last eight months – going from running a indie film support agency in Canberra to move into my own thing.
In this regard I am currently developing two major projects: one focusing upon a non-narrative based doco and the other a 4 part factual science series.
At the moment I am building the business plans for both. And it is slow creeping work. So any advice on the business plan side of things would be very much appreciated.
Given I had worked in supporting Indies I feel comfortable with my knowledge yet just a tad insecure with applying it on my own projects. I am now on the other side of the fence – so to speak. So, on a final note it is great to meet you all. I look forward to forging some great links and friendships.
Kindest, Stavros from Aussie land.
In reply to Juliet Snowden's post on Tue 13 Oct 2009 :
do you do coverages as a writer? Or, edit?
So many great new people here, it's hard to single them out. But a warm welcome to one and all.
Juliet, curious about your ten-year project. Care to share more in the Works In Progress topic?
To Stavros – I do not do coverage or edit. For legal reasons, I do not read other people's scripts. Sorry.
Wow. Was there a discount at the door? So many new additions overnight! Welcome all and a special welcome to Juliet who I lured here promising her the answer to all her D-Questions. Glad you made it :)
Doug – When my doc trailer is complete, I'll post it on D-Word. That is... if this is the forum for that sort of thing. Still trying to navigate through the plethora of information here!