Hi Heather, and officially welcome. I enjoyed your film. Especially Whitney. What a great character. How's she doing?
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Hi; every body ;
i 'm moloy from INDIA;very glad to meet you here.
I'm now working as an assistant film director with the most eminent indian film maker; BUDDHADEB DASGUPTA. But you all know that in INDIA its very difficult to be an independent film maker . i've completed the research work for two of my ducomentaries .
my first project is about the children who lived on footpath of calcutta;but they all have a very pain full history; and the causes are very socio-economical.........
and my second project is on MEDICINE;how the people of INDIA are cheated by those multinational medicinal companies.......
i've approach to many people and tried to make my dream true' but i faild. so i'm requesting you to give me some suggestions for it (i.e:how do i find producers.....). thanking you; moloy
My name is Marcus Rosentrater. I am working on working on movies. My keen interest in non-fiction is finding the place where truth and fiction crossover to derive a separate truth unreachable from either end. I am primarily an editor, but have co-directed 3 short docs with Gideon C. Kennedy. Our last of which is premiering at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam this Friday (Nov. 20th 2009 20:15). http://clandestine-movie.com/ I'm looking forward to connecting to an international non-fiction filmaking community.
Good day fellow documentarians,
My name is Martin Touhey and my company Sleepyeyed Films LLC is currently in pre-production of a documentary about the legendary video game Dragon's Lair. I've joined the D-Word in order to expand my contacts and hopefully gain some insight to how people are getting their projects funded and noticed. I look forward to sharing ideas and getting to know other filmmakers.
Hi! This is Almudena Carracedo, I'm officially introducing myself here!
I am a Spanish filmmaker who was based in Los Angeles until two months ago, and now happily based in Brooklyn. I recently directed Made in L.A. (www.MadeinLA.com) which was my first feature doc and ended up wining an Emmy. After 2 and 1/2 years of intense and rewarding outreach and community engagement my partner Robert Bahar (also D-worder) and I are slowly wrapping up the project and moving onto new things.
Happy to be here in D-word, finally, and to be in touch with this community!
Welcome all and an especially huge welcome and hug to Almudena! So glad you decided to sign up! LA is sorry to have lost you guys.
Thanks Marj!!! We miss you all in LA... but I'm sure we'll be seeing you quite often anyway :)
Ditto Marj. Welcome to Martin, Marcus and the very youthful-looking Moloy (Yogesh, we'll welcome you more warmly when you actually choose to introduce yourself.)
And a roll out the red carpet welcome to Almudena, who we're thrilled to have as an actual member and not just a friend. Good to have you all here.
hi I'm moloy chakraborty from India. I'm working as an assistant film director with BUDDHADEB DASGUPTA; the eminent film maker from India. As you know that it is very difficult to make my own film in India; I ‘m requesting for some suggestions from you. I ‘m a science graduate from Calcutta university and working in this field from last seven years only as an assistant and till I believe that I can make my dream true.
I’ve completed the full research work of two of my documentary films and now looking for some funding for these .
My first project is about “THE STREET CHILDREN” who live in the footpath of Calcutta but they all have a very painful history; which is very socio-economical. The usual documentaries about this matter mostly end in showing that they live in an exile & we all have to help them. But most important causes are not revealed or hided. I’ve found that in most cases state and its laws are very responsible for this. They never can imagine even about sufficient food. Medical; education; etc are simply a dream to them……… ………………………….
My second project is about ENVIORNMENT &WATER LAND (POND). There are too many housing projects which are developing by destroying the water lands and greens which has an impact on temperature; average rain; as well as on public health……………………………………….
I’m sorry for bothering you in this way but desperately I want to make my dream true though I know it’s very difficult . I’m writing you for your kind suggestions and help. I’ll be very glad if you reply me.
In reply to Marj Safinia's post on Mon 16 Nov 2009 23:50 UTC :
Marj, glad you enjoyed it! When I showed the film at the detention ctr. last month, the new crop of girls LOVED Whitney too. She's doing pretty well, actually– set to start city college classes in January. And Rosa's working two jobs and looking at going to school next year. Crazy proud of both of them.
My name is Jason Reid and I am a documentary filmmaker from Seattle. I completed 2 feature documentaries in 2009.
The first film is called Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai (http://2rfilm.com/manzou). Myself and three other American friends, along with a 23 yr-old Chinese guide/translator, bicycled over 1,000 miles from Beijing to Shanghai (without permits or support vehicles). Our bicycle trip and the documentary serve as a vehicle to explore the environmental, economic and sociological issues facing China today. The film intersperses the experiences of our team with the opinions of residents, expats, and academics.
My second film is called Sonicsgate (http://sonicsgate.org), exposing the truth behind how Seattle lost the SuperSonics NBA basektball team following a heated legal battle in 2008. We had two sold out screenings in Seattle last month, followed up by an extremely successful internet release. In the first month, nearly 60,000 people have watched it online. The full 2 hour film is streaming for free at http://sonicsgate.org. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Also, you can take a look at my d-word profile at the link below.
Looking forward to networking with other filmmakers here.
hey Jason -
glad you made your way here – i did hear about sonicsgate – supercurious to hear how you guys came to the decision that you'd give the movie away online.
i hadn't heard about 'man zou' yet. are there any screenings coming up?
Jason, Riley, potential Seattle F2F on Monday... would be great to see/meet you and chew the fat. ?
Good evening, everyone. I'm Sara Westrate Barnes and I'm a documentary transcriptionist. I know many of you, but am joining d-word for the first time. I've been a documentary transcriptionist since my sister (hi Beth!) sent me a machine and my first job about 12 years ago.
Some of the films I've been proud to work on are: 51 Birch Street, The Kids Grow Up, A Family Undertaking, e2 series (PBS), Out in the Silence, Vagina Monologues, Raymond Scott: Onto Something, Blueprint America, Terra Antarctica, Whatever It Takes, Promised Land, Lemon, Wait For Me, and Ruth Gruber-The Movie.
I also have several private clients in the medical field and do regular work for Spike TV and NOVA.
Thanks for reading and take care!
Would love to chat about Sonicsgate sometime. We decided to release the movie for free so as many people as possible would be able to watch it. While not a great financial plan, I wouldn't have done it any other way. It has been a great way to get the word out about the film.
Also, I looked at your site and was interested in the Wonderland film you did. Looks cool. Check out the website for my film Man Zou (http://2rfilm.com/manzou) if you haven't already.
Also, Lenville...would like to meet up sometime as well. This week is looking kind of busy, but sometime soon for sure. Let's stay in touch
Greetings, Jason, and a big hello and hug to Sara, who I've been working with for years. Sister of d-goddess Beth.
...so seattle is something like the 24th most populated city in the country behind places like columbus, memphis, el paso, charlotte, jacksonville, and detroit.
so based on d-word demographics, it seem that something like one third of the city of seattle must be documentary filmmakers. it's incredible, really.
despite being the 24th biggest city, we are absolutely the #1 coolest city in the country – thus explaining why we have so many doc filmmakers. but i can't explain the lack of d-women.
Maybe it's all those mountain man beards. Although it looks like they've got a few of those in Chicago, too. Jason, I liked that Sonics jersey in the Man Zou trailer.
Looks like Mikal will be in town Friday night, so that's when we'll be meeting up. Tentatively, 7:00 at the Alibi Room. Enthusiasts and members welcome (if you're an enthusiast and can't access the F2F topic, feel free to contact me at aschocken at gmail)
Greetings all, I'm very happy to join the mix here on D-Word. I look forward to sharing ideas and hopefully collaborating with many of you. I am an experienced producer and cinematographer with a couple of Emmy Awards and over 20 years worth of film and television projects for PBS, Discovery, National Geographic and others.
A big thanks to Julia Welbourne for bringing D-Word to my attention. I look forward to meeting some of you at the Alibi Room get-together this Friday evening.
2nd best bald Jewish cinematographer to come out of Seattle in a long time. Seriously.
I how are you doing? My name is Shazard; I’m originally from the Bahamas but currently attending graduate school in Florida. At this time I’m pursing a Masters of Business Administration with one more class to go before I graduate. I’m interested the field of documentary filmmaking but I don’t have any experience. I purchased the book Directing the Documentary by Michael Rabiger, it’s my intention to teach myself how to make or go about making such films. It probably will take me a while to get the hang of things, but from now I plan to do a lot of reading and will purchase equipment later to get my feet wet. It look as if the website is full of professionals, so I don’t know exactly where someone like me would fit in. I hope to interact with the members on my journey to one day complete the documentary projects that I envision.
P.S I came across the website through the book Directing the Documentary By Michael Rabiger, which I recently purchased
New to the site and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Rob, and I recently started up a documentary production company with some friends called Gatling Pictures, based in Los Angeles.
Our first project is "SANDMAN: At Your Service" – about Mark Sandman, the late lead singer of the band "Morphine." Please watch our new promotional featurette at www.gatlingpicturesinc.com (or here: http://vimeo.com/7804512) and let me know what you think!
We're new to the field and welcome all words of wisdom and criticism.
Good to have you aboard the good ship D-Word, Rob. Welcome and all best with your project.
good luck with your film Rob. I'm a big Morphine fan, so my interest is piqued.
Sonja here from Scottish Documentary Institute. Thought I was registered ages ago but have just reinstated myself.
We are a research centre for documentary at Edinburgh College of Art, and run training and production initiatives such as Bridging the Gap and Interdoc, and produce short and feature documentaries.
If you're coming through Edinburgh at any point, please say hello!
Welcome (back), Sonja! Good to see you here again – well, a photo would help ;-) Hope all's been well.
Hi Sonja, welcome! Do make sure your filmmakers know about the International Call production fund. There's a deadline coming up in February. If you have any questions, send me an email.
I am the new Online Project Coordinator at reelisor.com, the MEDIA sponsored social networking site for European documentary professionals. If you have any suggestions or questions for the site, please let me know.
We are beginning another round of programming and so some new features are slated for the next few months. Training Initiatives and Festivals will be able to manage their own information, and Funding Groups will be able to create their own funding guides. We are also looking to improve our wiki (http://wiki.reelisor.com/) so if you teach a documentary class and are a looking for a good assignment for your students please get in touch me.
I am also going to be chronicling some things that I think will be useful for the documentary community on a site here (http://themadmaster.blogspot.com). Guides, news, etc. Maybe interviews too. We will see.
Looking forward to getting to know the community a bit better,
Welcome, Christopher. We don't encourage double posts, but feel free to re-post your note about the wiki in the Teaching Docs topic. Good luck with all your reelisor initiatives, they sound great.
I am Beatrix Mugishagwe, a producer/director from Tanzania. Currently I am producing a series called Unsung Heroines – African Female Leaders.
I am excited to join you since being in this business in my part of the world it can be real lonely.
I am currently producing an ethnographic doc in the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. Last June I filmed a short doc about a skater in Berlin and in 2007 I wrote and produced a series of 4 short documentaries about families living at different altitudes in the Andes. I also produce other types of cultural products like magazines, photo books and music.
Hope to learn more about filmmaking and share the little I know in this community.
Welcome, Beatrix and Carlo. Feel free to register for full membership here, which will give you access to all of our discussion topics. It's where the pros hang out. And it's free.
I'm new to the site and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Kate, I recently moved to the Seattle area from NYC. I specialize in rights and clearances. If anyone ever needs and advice regarding licensing of 3rd party content (music, images, footage, etc...) please drop me a line.
I'm looking forward to being a part of the D-Word world!
Nice to have you here, Kate, and to offer the benefit of your knowledge. Hope you'll participate on other topics, as well.
Been meaning to join for a while now and with much urging from Josh Weinstein (Flying on One Engine). Well the day has finally come! I look forward to exploring the site and following conversations. My partner David Redmon and I make documentaries (Mardi Gras: Made in China, Intimidad, Kamp Katrina and Invisible Girlfriend).
A year and a half ago we started the distribution branch of our production company Carnivalesque Films. Carnivalesque Films now distributes all of our productions and also other gems including, Orphans, Manhattan, KS, Holy Modal Rounders: Bound to Lose, The New Year Parade, and Woodpecker.
Looking forward to discussing issues and connecting with other documentary folks!
Welcome to The D-Word, Ashley. Very curious to hear more about your experiences with Carnivalesque. Has it been a huge time suck? Has it been more difficult or more rewarding than you anticipated? Feel free to fill us in more in the Marketing and Distribution topic.
In reply to Carlo Brescia's post on Thu 3 Dec 2009 :
Welcome/Buenvenido Carlo – I will be passing through the Cordillera Blanca Sunday! Can I see you or make guest appearance in your movie? (Enroute to Llamellin for the week-long fiesta as seen in that Soy Andina movie). D-WORDERS – Carlo is really talented and prolific, great to have him here
We're happy he's here, too, Mitch. Now encourage him to register as a full member.
I'm originally from LA but have spent the last four years in Taiwan where we shot three Asian/US based documentaries. Now, I'm in San Francisco, working on the post production for these films.
We're actually looking for editors or assistant editors (PAID) to work on these right now. They must be bi-lingual and have feature documentary experience.
Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if interested.
And, nice to meet everyone! This looks like a really great website for documentary makers!
It is, JD. And it's even greater when you sign up as a full member and have access to all the discussion topics. Meanwhile, welcome...
My name is Ben, I am a student at the School of Visual Arts. I am in their new program in the Social Documentary department. Looking forward to meet and work with y'all. Seems like a great crowd. I am living in NYC, so if any of you need a hand I would love to do what I can.
Welcome to The D-Word, Ben. Curious what you think of the SVA program. Heard good things but it would be good to hear from someone directly involved.
I'm Kevin Tostado and I'm currently producing and directing "Under the Boardwalk", a documentary about the game of MONOPOLY, the people who play it, and how it has become a worldwide phenomenon over the last 75 years. You can watch a trailer and find out more about the film at http://MonopolyDocumentary.com or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MonopolyDoc
I'm Bob Czepiel (pronunced SeePeal). I have produced 4 local historica documentaries. The most recent, The Kate: Old Saybrook's Crown Jewel,
the new theater for the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center.
I'm not a filmmaker who found a subject, but am a subject who became a filmmaker – to tell the world about the crop circle phenomenon. My new film is "What On Earth? Inside the Crop Circle Mystery." My fundamental interest is in the consciousness expanding awakening going on, and the circles could create the biggest shift ever in how humanity perceives itself. If we knew we were being visited by another intelligence, we would be one humanity in relation to 'the other,"' and, given how dangerous we have become to one another, as someone in the film says, "That could be what saves this civilization." Am doing DIY marketing, with an internet official launch a couple of weeks ago. This is the marketing site to which we are directing traffic: http://CropCircleMovie.com. This is the film website – http://www.WhatOnEarthTheMovie.com – a trippy, beautiful source of info about the film and the circles, but not as hard hitting to sell DVDs as the site we created for that purpose.
I've been lurking around reading the posts for a while, I think its about time I introduced myself as well:).
I'm Mridula Bhatia, a first time documentary filmmaker staying in Seattle. I've just finished editing my first film -The Mountaineers. Its a thirty minute long film about three women cancer survivors who try and climb Mount Adams. Its been a long, fun though isolating experience to do this on my own. Now that its done, I am at a loose end planning the next step for the film.
I'm looking for some guidance and to learn. Thanks Doug, for having this forum.
Our pleasure, Mridula. Great to have you here. Feel free to sign up for full membership ...
My colleague at ITVS, Joy Marie Scott, encouraged me to sign up. I am a production executive for Cup Rock Entertainment based in Austin Texas and also do Program development and production consulting work for ITVS International and for American Public Television.
Hi, I'm Ormuzd Alves, photographer starting a career in filmaking, just finished my post-graduation course in Cinema, video and photography in Brazil.
I've known about the d-word forever and have finally joined at the urging of my neighbor justine jacob ("runner's high," "ready,set,bag!").
my latest project "the waiting room" was just funded at open call by ITVS.
looking forward to being a part of the community here.
Welcome aboard, Pete. Very interested to see a social media/documentary hybrid. You can keep us posted in Multi-Platform Projects
I am a novelist (Bittersweet; Tuttle Publishing) and memoirist (Daughter of Heaven: A Memoir with Earthly Recipes; Arcade Publishing) living in New York City.
Recently, I was blessed a wealth of visual and aural material about four Chinese-American sisters who became a jazz vocal quartet and performed on the Broadway stage and Hollywood screen during the 30s and 40s. So the book I was planning to write about them has become a documentary film instead. As a first-time filmmaker, I have completed videotaped interviews of the four sisters and a rough cut.
Now I am hoping to receive some advice about how I might go about obtaining rights, permissions, licensing for a number of songs and archival film clips that are part and parcel of my 1-hour film – as well as learn what the fees would be.
Looking forward to being part of your community, and thank you for this wonderful forum,
I'm in my fifth year of living in Cameroon, West Africa. I'm a documentary filmmaker turned full-time volunteer. But it's time to reach new horizons with our documentary "Green Eyes in Africa." It's a ready-to go project with almost all of the work done. I consider what we have a "rough draft." I just need a production company who would like to take it and make it bigger/better and incorporate the rest of the story. Then move on to distribution. The story is unbelievable. www.youtube.com/GreenEyesinAfrica has the trailer, etc. I hope to find people who want to make this happen...our website is www.GreenEyesinAfrica.org and my email is RyaninNev@aol.com.
Welcome, Pete, and congrats on your funding! Leslie and Ryan, a warm welcome, as well. You both should register for full membership here, which will give you access to all the discussion topics. And best of luck with your projects.
So far I have been primarily a DP almost exclusively for docs, including a feature that's premiering in Sundance this year ("Countdown to Zero" for Participant). Have been involved with Doculink since it was just an idea, and have heard about this place for a long time, but for some reason am only now joining in! Seems great though and I look forward to mingling, especially as I'm moving into a place of producing as well. Thanks!
Welcome, Bryan, and congrats on Sundance. Hope you get to go and see it with an audience on the big screen – nothing like it. You, too, should sign up for full membership here. It's easy and free.
I heard about D-Word from a director while chatting with him at his premiere and signed up the next day. A month later, I'm finally introducing myself.
I'm an aspiring doc filmmaker in the Washington DC metro area. A former Air Force and DOD producer-director, I earned a Master's certificate from the Institute for Documentary Filmmaking at George Washington University under award-winning filmmaker Nina Gilden Seavey. I also have an MA in video production. Last year, I produced my first short doc (17 mins) from script to screen, "DC LSIC: A Little Justice Goes A Long Way," for DC non-profit legal aid agency and law clinic DC Law Students in Court. You can view it on my Web site at www.amicusmedia.net. If anyone views it, I'd love some feedback.
I've been wanting to produce another doc, but have lost my momentum since I haven't been able to find a topic that excites me. Life has gotten in the way as well. Am hoping associating with other doc filmmakers will inspire me. In the meantime, I'm a freelance Final Cut Pro editor and taking some home improvement classes at my local community college for fun.
Stephanie, Please feel free to network with other DC area documentary filmmakers at DOCS IN PROGRESS based in Silver Spring, Maryland. We're a supportive and welcoming group.
Simin Fallahzadeh Tehrani
Born in 1959,Tehran-Iran.Graduated from Television and Cinema Univercity.Worked for twenty years at Iranian Television broadcasting
company as an animation cinematographer.and documentary fimmaker
My last documentary(2009)is about Alzheimer disease,and several women
who are afflicted to Alzheimer.I want to know if i can take part to your Newport beach Film Festival 2010?