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Hi everyone, Hoping to learn and meet other documentary professionals and lovers. Anyone going to the Southern Documentary Fund luncheon this weekend??
I'm a doc filmmaker in Seattle, originally from NY/NJ – been a pretty inactive member here on D-Word – but I would love to change that now. I attended Peer Pitch in Sebastopol last weekend with host Erica Ginsberg. It was so refreshing to remove myself from months (years, really) of being neck-deep in the making of my film, and be able to spend some time with others in a similar boat. Oh, and also...got some great practice pitching. My film, which I'm co-directing with DP Gabriel Miller, is just entering post. It's called "Sweetheart Deal" – a verite doc about four women heroin addicts working as street prostitutes in Seattle to support their habits. Their lives intertwine through an older man named Gray Cloud who lives in an RV along the "blade." Among other things, he nurses them through the horrors of withdrawal in a selfless attempt to help them...(Or is it?) :)
Anyway I would love to connect with the whole community (not just seattle) more and look forward to hearing about your projects, your struggles, your successes. I know one of my favorite things here with our local group, Seattle Documentary Association, is venting – so I am always up for a good dose of mutual commiseration.
Sounds like it could be a great doc!
Jump right in, Elisa. We're good at commiseration here.
Welcome, Kiandra, and welcome to more active posting, Elisa.
Kiandra, I hope to be at the SDF open house and for Danielle Beverly's works-in-progress screening on Sunday. Maybe we'll cross paths there?
Elisa, your doc sounds really compelling. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress. And feel free to whine away.
Thanks, all. I think I have some friends lurking on the site but I look forward to making new ones too.
My name is Jeremy Ambers, and I am not only new to this list, but a new filmmaker. I am San Francisco based, and I just World Premiered my first feature length doc, 'Impossible Light' at SXSW a few weeks ago.
Presently, I have been taking a very DIY approach to filmmaking, shooting as a one man crew, editing myself, etc. – but that is mostly because I have never had many contacts in the filmmaking world. My background is in corporate/advertising/television editing, so this is really the first project I have shot, and one of the first films I have worked on.
I look forward to being involved on the D word. I'm new to this site, but it seems like a very good place to engage with other filmmakers.
Great trailer, Jeremy. Lots of one man bands, one woman orchestras here.
In reply to John Grabowska's post on Thu 3 Apr 2014 :
I'm glad to hear that, and great to meet you. There have been recent times where I have felt 'out of my league'.
In reply to Kate Gilroy's post on Mon 17 Mar 2014 :
I have the c100 & Ninja2, for working on water you may want a xf100 or 300, much larger zoom range and a decent codec with out an external recorder. The large sensor is nice, but you do have to deal with more equipment limitations than a decent "video camera"
In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 2 Apr 2014 :
Thanks for the welcome Doug, Hope to see u there :-)
Kiandra, I hadn't even seen this topic yet when I said hello to you at yesterday's SDF Brunch. Welcome to D-Word.
And Elisa, welcome (back) to The D-Word. Glad to see you've already jumped into the discussions. (And Ben, from what I saw, it is an incredible doc)
Jeremy, welcome too. If it's any consolation, I feel "out of my league" about 90% of the time. And I can't even say I've had a film at SXSW. Welcome to the D-Word and, yes, it is a great place to engage with other filmmakers.
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My name is Euodia I am the Owner/Creative Director of Diva 1 Global Productions. We Compose Music for Film , Television, Games and so much more. www.diva1productions.com It is Great to be here I look forward to networking and working with you. I love documentaries because it brings to light so many causes. It opens eyes and hearts and brings awareness which is amazing.
Welcome, Amanuddin and Euodia. Two great names to add to our ever-growing collection of 10,000+ members worldwide. Glad to have you with us.
Thanks, Erica – I have been diving in because I am determined to make some friends here if it kills me! I need more doc people to talk to in order to help keep things in perspective and learn what does/doesn't work.
In reply to Elisa Haradon's post on Mon 7 Apr 2014 :
Bless your heart, Elisa, as we say in the South. It won't kill you and it will happen. You'll get lots of good advice here.
Elisa, I just read your bio. Consider me your new best friend. Long, long years ago, I shocked and stunned the Baptist university in Alabama where I was getting my MA by writing my thesis on Prostitution in Alabama 1870-1925, if I remember the dates correctly. I'm just kidding about the shocking and stunning. The faculty and librarians were quite interested and, they still tell me, that thesis has traveled more than any other to come out of the university. One of the things I discovered was that there was a real connection between alcohol and prostitution as most of the houses were located over bars. I also learned that there were transvestites working those bars, too. A lots of other things. All this to say, I'm extremely curious now about your movie and look forward to being able to view it.
Elisa, I just read about what you are going through in the legal corner. I wish I could take down my previous post here--it sounded so flippant. My apology for that. I'm really not at all flippant about prostitution. Your situation sounds horrendous as does that of the woman you describe. Hoping for the best possible outcome for both of you.
Hey everyone – Wanted to introduce myself and say hi. My name is Christopher Hunt and I live and work in OKC, OK.
I am anxious to learn and be a part of the documentary industry here on D-Word. I have been behind the camera for sometime – but am looking forward to learning ways to fund the films I hope to make. Hopefully this community can help.
I am currently in production on a series of short docs. The project is called Course of Food. The series will delve into local food culture, and the people who make it possible.
You can check out the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/87637201
Welcome to The D-Word, Christopher. We have a Finding Funding (North America) topic you should find very helpful, but of course there's far more to getting films made than just funding. You can always join us in the Bar & Grill for virtual drinks if you get too exhausted or depressed :)
Thank you Doug and Ellin – I am very excited to be a part of the group. I'm not depressed...yet, but the Bar & Grill sounds awesome!! Thanks!
Ellin – don't worry about it – I appreciate the support. I guess it's a wild ride working on a film – you never know where it's going to take you, even if it means becoming part of a criminal investigation. These are real topics we're all dealing with and you never know how far down the rabbit hole you will end up having to go when your lives intermesh with your subjects.
In reply to Elisa Haradon's post on Tue 8 Apr 2014 :
Thank you for understanding, Elisa.
I hear you. My documentary has to do with illegal immigration. I asked the immigrants I interviewed on camera to give me fake names to protect them but also to protect me: I didn't want ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement showing up in my driveway and if they did I wanted to be able to say I have no idea who they are or where they are). That was a little overly cautious and does not approach the danger you have put yourself in just getting your story.
And, yes, its a wild ride, to say the least. Keep us posted.
In another topic, though. Let's keep this topic purely for introductions for newcomers.
In reply to Christopher Hunt's post on Tue 8 Apr 2014 :
Welcome Christopher. Your doc sits close to my heart. Look forward to seeing it completed. D-word is a great place to nurture the process.
In reply to David Herman's post on Wed 9 Apr 2014 :
Thanks David. I am happy with the film – and how it has turned out. I hope audiences feel the same way. I am excited to share the film with the D-Word community. It has been a pretty exhilarating process and am excited to continue with the series!
Hello D-Word! I am a current film student named Rob who is conducting a small project on direct cinema for a class of mine. Part of the project is to interview an individual important to the subject. One of my contacts suggested that I post a quick note here. If there are any filmmakers who feel that they were within this genre, or have been strongly influenced by the genre (or have a contact), I would love to hear from you! I will check back here. Otherwise, you can reach me by email at Robert.kerr(at)coloradocollege.edu
Hello everyone! I'm a DP and cinematographer based in Istanbul, Turkey and I'm new here. I shoot documentaries and commercial work throughout the Middle East, Africa and East Europe. Please check out my documentary reel if you have a minute: http://www.mikhailgalustov.com/videography And I'm looking forward to taking part in this group!
Beautiful reel, Mikhail, looks like you have a lot to contribute here. That DP in the school is a suspicious looking character though.
In reply to John Grabowska's post on Thu 10 Apr 2014 :
A-ha-ha. Right. Love his work though.
I am Jethro Patalinghug, director of the film "My Revolutionary Mother" which recently screened at CAAMFest 2014 and the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. It is about my mother who was a political activist in the Philippines. We were just reunited 3 years ago after 18 years of separation. I decided to make a film about our story and in the process I confronted her about my feelings of abandonment. Below is the trailer to my film.
Welcome to The D-Word, Jethro! I am sorry to have missed your film at Sebastopol.
Feel free to jump right into the discussions.
Welcome Jethro. Add a picture to your profile when you get a chance.
Wonderful trailer, Jethro. Your story intersects with my interest--immigration. Welcome aboard. I very much look forward to seeing your documentary.
Hello everyone! I met Michael of the film One Good Year at Capital City Film Fest yesterday. He suggested the D-word to me! We are currently touring with our documentary FREELOAD. Pleasure to meet all of you.
Hey Ryan, glad you showed up! I got back to the Bay Area this afternoon.
These guys have a fun freight-train-rider film that is a wild ride for anyone not familiar with that subculture. It's badass. We saw each other's screenings at Capital City Film Fest in Lansing this last weekend.
Be sure to check out the various topics and, of course, the bar and grill, parking lot and PISS if you're into sports. I seem to recall that there's an intro to D-word etiquette somewhere or other.
See you around!
Changing my email led me to fill out my D-word profile, but I couldn't figure out how to delete or edit erroneous Facebook and LinkedIn Screen Names. Two are workable, the others are not. Help?
As I get close to a fine cut of my documentary work-in-progress NAM JUNE PAIK & TV LAB: License to Create, I am looking for best ways to organize my contacts, spread the word, and fundraise. Advice appreciated.
Hello, My name is Miriam.
Indigo Films and ID Discovery wanted to do a story about my case. However, their "documentary" I felt was more sensational and left out pertinent facts to the case and I was not comfortable with their release, so I did not move forward with them. The producer felt my story needs to be told and so do I. I am looking for a writer/producer who can edge more toward a documentary and not a sensationalized story. My website is http://www.msakewitz.webs.com. Both of my vets speak highly of me and willing to participate. There is a discovery cd which shows all the animals in excellent condition when seized. I would need to get this from the DA, who has refused it to me in the past. If Indigo and ID Discovery wanted the story, I am hoping someone else will be interested too.
In reply to Howard Weinberg's post on Wed 16 Apr 2014 :
No worries, Howard, we just deleted the erroneous links. All is good now.
As for advice, I highly recommend you check out the Social Networking topic. Facebook and Twitter are powerful tools for getting word out. So is asking everyone you know to help you spread the word on their own pages.
Welcome, Miriam. What a story you have. Best of luck as you move forward.
Hello, I've been away from the D-Word for years but I'm back, determined to complete my documentary; it's now about the "making of a documentary" I began in 2000 – and why it didn't get made. I'm a screenwriter so I have tons of questions about cameras and budgets and crowdfunding. I'm glad to be back and hope I can fit in and learn. Thanks, all.
Great to have you back, Julia. What a clever idea for re-working your doc. Best of luck with it and keep us posted on your progress.
In reply to Julia Jones's post on Thu 17 Apr 2014 :
Welcome back, Julia! Glad you decided to pick up work on the doc.
Thanks, Doug and Niam. Now I'll go to Crowdfunding and start asking stupid questions :) If you'd like to see an edit of my footage, it's on YouTube and Vimeo. Here's the link https://vimeo.com/56611066. I've been urged to complete it by many who saw Neil deGrasse Tyson's new Cosmos and his tribute to Giordano Bruno in Episode 1.