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!
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
Lovely to have you here, Nadia and Mark! And everyone else who I've managed to miss while being buried under a work rock :)
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!
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!
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!
Good to have you here, Jonathan. Btw, no need to sign your name to your posts, it appears automatically above.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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,
"BTW, no need to sign your name at the end of a post."
Oops, too late to edit but duly noted...
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.
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.
On yes, and here's our website link: http://touchinghomeinchina.com/ Melissa
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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. :)
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.
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?
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.
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.
Judy, in that case you should register here for Professional membership, which will give you access to all 40 of our discussion topics.
Just to say Hi,
I made my first and only documentary in 2008, when I was living in Southern Spain (natural light was never a problem). Been into photography since I was 9 years old, but fancied telling a longer story - I was studying flamenco guitar at the time and my dear, late Dad saw something in me to buy me a DVX-100 and a Sennheiser wireless lav., so I dug in, although I had never filmed anything before.
The resulting DVD of my own guitar being built has sold many hundred copies since, so I am quite pleased as I only sell direct to a niche audience and did every aspect of the production & distribution myself. It's still selling steadily.
I now have a huge amount of respect for editing and subtitling :-)
You can read about it here, in all it's SD glory.
Anyway, it's been a while (I work as a freelance computer guy) and having sold most of my gear, I now have the itch to make another doc., probably in the same genre i.e. documenting things made by hand, by interesting people.
I have cobbled together a low budget setup with an old Canon 550D/Rebel 2ti, vintage 35mm lenses, Rode and a Zoom H1. Edit will be with FCP X on a Macbook Pro. That said, I am not really not into gear discussions. Been there and bought several expensive t-shirts. I am into the story, the shots, the characters, the edit and learning some more about audio.
Good to meet you all.
Glad to have you here, Simon. As with Judy, you can register here for Professional membership which will give you access to those disucssion topics you're interested in.
I have no previous experience with documentary filmmaking. Mostly done uncredited editing jobs, for a few bucks. But now I am working on making a serious documentary on drugs in Bangladesh. I am originally from Sweden. I have done research and worked on this for 2 years. I am looking for people who are intrested in co-producing this documentary. I have an apartment, acces to people in all levels, but no equipment, and no funds. I am looking for somebody to help me doing interviews. And have proper interviewing equipment. And I promise anybody getting aboard, this will be an awesome experience.
I can be contacted at fahadw [at] kth. se
It's great to be part of the community. Doug, congrats on your award!
I thought I would take a moment to introduce myself. I am Los Angeles based film composer/sound editor/mixer who loves docs. I really appreciate the passion and commitment of this community.
I recently composed the music for “Heavenly Bodies”, beautiful documentary on the artist, Stephen Arnold. I also mixed and cleaned up the dialogue on the film.
Here is a link to the score for “Heavenly Bodies”:
If I can be of help, in any capacity, with the sound or music for your film, please let me know.
All the best,
In reply to Doug Block's post on Fri 21 Nov 2014:
Thanks for listening Doug! Great website. I'm glad I found out about it. Wonderful community here.
Hello all, I am an Afghan-American Actress and Documentary and Narrative Filmmaker. Glad to be here. I am currently doing an online fundraiser for my film, The Spaces Between, on Indiegogo. I am also working offline for fundraising. Please let know how I can share more about my project and how to get the word out more, and also what sorts of things, can I or can I not post on the public forums. :)
Welcome to The D-Word, Fereshta - you can check out the Member's only Crowdfunding Topic and tell us more there
A brief note to you and to all new members: posting your photo to your member profile is a great way to make quicker inroads into the community. We like to see who we're interacting with, and we're more likely to help someone we feel we know better.
Hi, I have just joined the forum and look forward to interacting with the community.
I love documentary-making and have just had my third broadcast on BBC Alba, Gaelic Channel. It is about the variety of views which exist on the topic of the afterlife: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04pr8wq
Welcome to The D-Word, Roddy, will check out The Afterlife. That's a beautiful part of the world you're living in.
Hi there, Im Jesse, an executive producer at CARBIDE.TV. We are currenly working on a docu-series called Why Factories Shutdown. It takes a look at the decisions made to shutdown a factory. It takes an in depth look at how globalization benefits developing nations while it destroys the domestic market. This documentary will give you a better understanding of the decisions made in the boardroom, and the lives of the people affected. We have currently released 6 parts, released part 6 on Nov 21, 2014. We were to able to speak to many professionals on each topic discussed in each part. We are currently looking for some feedback, critisim, pointers etc... Here are the links to each Part:
Our Kickstarter Trailer - http://youtu.be/cCitKZwROCs
Part 1 - http://youtu.be/qhQC5iV9XKo
Part 2 - http://youtu.be/9B53EWAZfsQ
Part 3 - http://youtu.be/I3lpb5-FP_Y
Part 4 - http://youtu.be/kLBYfw-W4U0
Part 5 - http://youtu.be/NDGjPLyzUlg
Part 6 - http://youtu.be/AJD7AfFKzXY
Again, any activity, comments or feedback will be greatly appreciated.
Hey, welcome, Jesse. Great project! Please feel free to register for Professional status here, which would give you access to all 40+ discussion topics.
Hey folks, where's the best place to post on this site for a search for a co-producer?
What a hidden gem)
Thanks for letting me in.
/// A Latvian Documentalist.
Hi all! Am an American living in Malawi and Mozambique since 2003. Currently working towards a Masters in Digital Storytelling and as part of that training am excited to produce a documentary in Mandimba, Mozambique focusing on access to healthcare for my local Yao friends and how/why my friends choose traditional African healing vs. western models.
In reply to Niam Itani's post on Wed 3 Dec 2014: Thanks Niam. Appreciate it.
In reply to Egons Upitis's post on Wed 3 Dec 2014:
As of today, 11,367 registered members from 127 countries, so not all that hidden. But thanks.
HI, I have spent the last wek reading all the crowdfunding advise on the D-word and it has been great. Today, I launched my indiegogo campaign LOVE Gilda- the Legacy of Gilda Radner. A story of how one beloved comidienne became an inspiration for those touched by cancer. Here is the campaign.
I don't know if this is the right place to psot the campaign. But I am happy to be part of this group!
Also, now that my campaign is up. I am gettinga lot of emails from people and companies that claim they can get you more campaign reach. Are any of them worth it?
Lisa, welcome to The D-Word but let's continue any discussions of Crowdfunding in the Crowdfunding topic. This topic is just to introduce yourself.
Ey Up Mi Ducks!
Documentary filmmaker all the way from the Potteries here.
I love modern punk music & Stoke City FC
In reply to Erica Ginsberg's post on Mon 8 Dec 2014: Thanks Erica! I will do to the discussions in Crowdfunding
seven years ago, I started filming beyond the smile, In a small village in nepal. I am now busy putting together a first cut, working on my own in a small town in country Australia. This is quite daunting and I also have footage relevant to the story to add to it, from my years as a high altitude mountaineer... It feels good to reach out! More info on what I am doing at beyondthesmile.net for those who want to know more :-)
i m basically hoping for moral and practical support on teasing the story out of soo much footage!
Thank you for this website!
Hi everyone!! I am currently working on a documentary about Ukraine and am looking for some tips on finding a decent sales agent. Any help would be much appreciated. Cheers!
Finally managed to sign up, after hearing from all sorts of people how great this community is!
I've been working in various roles on feature and TV docs for the past 2 years (archival, researcher, AC) while living in NYC.
I moved back to the UK a couple of months ago and am now trying to figure out the doc scene over here. I'm currently working as an AP/post-production coordinator on a doc about the 2003 anti-war movement and am hoping to learn lots more about all the boring necessary parts of making docs like legal and marketing...
I'm also currently putting together a pitch reel for my first self-directed feature doc - exciting stuff!