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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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Doug Block
Tue 30 Dec 2014Link

Great to have you joining us here, Justin.  Lucky you to be working with Tom Lennon, and the concept sounds very intriguing. All the best with that and with Supergirl.

Yannesh Meijman
Fri 2 Jan 2015Link

Hello everyone, cool to see all these people coming from everywhere. Me, I am a 19-year old young filmmaker who is specifically interested in documentary. Soon I will release a documentary I made about my university, which portraits itself as excellent, where you see me reflecting on my life at a highly pressurized but fun and inspiring university. Moreover, I made a videoclip together with the Amsterdam Funds for Art for my sister who is an country-pop singer, and that was really cool to do. Check it out, btw,

But it is just nice to see all these enthusiastic filmmakers from everywhere. It's my first time ever on a forum so I will see how it goes. If you have a random question or anything, don't hesitate.

See you. 

Elisa Da Prato
Tue 6 Jan 2015Link

Hello! I am new to the D Word and happy to join the conversation(s)! My name is Elisa Da Prato, I am a documentary and experimental filmmaker based in NYC, I also co-run a boutique eqipment cinema rentals house here in Brooklyn. Waiting on my professional user status to go through but in the meantime will go ahead and say haiiiiiiiii. check out my websites here:   and  

Justin Levy
Tue 6 Jan 2015Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 30 Dec 2014: Thank you very much, Doug!

Vivian Kleiman
Fri 9 Jan 2015Link

In reply to Justin Levy's post on Tue 30 Dec 2014:

I wonder if the young powerlifting star has seen the doc I Exec Produced, STRONG! (Dir. Julie Wyman) that's a portrait of 3-time US Olympic Weightlifter Cheryl Haworth and if so, what she thought of it!

Sashko Micevski
Sat 10 Jan 2015Link

Hello, I am Sashko, documentary director and graduated film editor. 

Doug Block
Sun 11 Jan 2015Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Elisa and Sashko.  Elisa, am I to go ahead and say hi, or is it ha?  Either way, good to have you here.

Jordan M. Smith
Mon 12 Jan 2015Link

Hello all! I know it's taken me a while to get on here, despite the urging of various colleages, but I'm finally on. My name is Jordan M. Smith and I'm a film critic and curator, working for, and I've also recently taken over Monday Memo duties for Thom Powers' Stranger Than Fiction over at I hit a few major film festivals a year, including TIFF, Sundance, Hot Docs and I'll soon be making my way to True/False for the first time in March. I also spend much of my time tracking the development of documentaries, so if any of you want to give me a heads up on any of your projects, that would be much appreciated. With that said, thanks for having me!

Doug Block
Mon 12 Jan 2015Link

Greetings, Jordan!  Not so many members tend to read the Intro topic or you'd be inundated. But if you really want to be, you should post something in the Shameless Self Promotion topic.  And peruse it, as well, for that's where folks with finished films post most frequently.

Congrats on your new gig with Thom. Hopefully it will bring you greater visibility and ultimately a bigger platform for your writing, which you richly deserve.  You've been very kind to my films, especially 112 Weddings, but your review was probably the most thoughtful and well-written of any.  And the film got a ton of reviews, believe me. 

Anyway, a warm welcome to The D-Word. Hope you'll be posting here frequently.

Jordan M. Smith
Mon 12 Jan 2015Link

Thanks for the kind words, as it's much appreciated. You have built quite the resource here and I'm very much looking forward to looking through everything and engaging a bit more!

Aimee Arvan
Sun 18 Jan 2015Link

Hello! I'm a longtime lurker and after 5/6ish years I figured it might be time to introduce myself. I'm an avid docu fan and have worked with a number of filmmakers over the years, lending my marketing and outreach expertise. I'm currently working with filmmakers Allie Humenuk and Amy Gellar on a Kickstarter campaign for their feature legnth documentary The Guys Next Door (in post-production). We are set to launch the campaign March 2015. Check out the facebook page for more info.

I am really looking forward to chatting with others and getting involved in this community!

Edited Sun 18 Jan 2015 by Aimee Arvan

Doug Block
Mon 19 Jan 2015Link

Ooo, we love it when lurkers come out of the darkness and into d-light, Aimee.  So, a long overdue official welcome to The D-Word.  And best of luck with your campaign.  Hope you've scoured our Crowdfunding topic for tips, and keep us posted there about your progress.

Chris Toussaint
Mon 19 Jan 2015Link

I'm a worker, not a lurker. But things have been slow so far in 2015 so I want to reach out to the D-Word community. I am on the tail end of editing a documentary about a hero who saved thousands of orphans and refugees during the Armenian genocide of 1915. Also, will be producing/directing/shooting an environmental doc about mercury contamination and cleanup of Clear Lake in Northern California in a few weeks. I am also looking to sell a used Sony DVCAM camcorder and want to check out this site for that.

Jamie Rogers
Tue 20 Jan 2015Link

Hi all! My name is Jamie Rogers and I'm a documentary filmmaker (director/proucer) who is about to return to Los Angeles after a four month work stint in Cochabamba, Bolivia, working on two feature docs. I'm looking for collaboration and employment opportunities in documentary in Los Angeles. If you know of any, please message or email me! 

I am a co-producer on the feature documentary THE BOLIVIAN CASE (Puma Britdoc, NRK, NFI, Senal Colombia), and associate producer on the feature docs SEX AND BROADCASTING (DOC NYC 2014 Premiere) and BRUK OUT! A DANCEHALL QUEEN DOCUMENTARY, currently in production.

Would love to meet some new people, thanks!

Bill Jackson
Tue 20 Jan 2015Link

Welcome back to Los Angeles, Jamie.

Jamie Rogers
Wed 21 Jan 2015Link

In reply to Bill Jackson's post on Wed 21 Jan 2015:

Thanks Bill! 

Doug Block
Wed 21 Jan 2015Link

Chris and Jamie, welcome to The D-Word.  Happy to have you here.

Oluwakayode Adeyemi-kayne
Fri 23 Jan 2015Link

Hello Everyone,

My names are Oluwakayode Adeyemi-kayne but you can call me 'SHUGA' which is an acronym for Simple Humble Unassuming Good-natured African. I work and reside in Lagos, Nigeria. I am the directors assistant on a transformational documentary on the struggles of good governance and how a dynamic governor is trying to transform Lagos state into Africa's model mega-city despite the challenges of ruling over 21 million people, drastic climatic changes and a lot of other obstacles. I hope to someday make my own documentary film which is why i am here with hopes of learning from pros as well as make new acquaintances.

Thanks to the D-word group for having me.

Doug Block
Fri 23 Jan 2015Link

Great to have you here with us, Shuga.  And good to see you've already jumped right in and posted in the Works in Progress topic.  A warm welcome to The D-Word.

Edited Fri 23 Jan 2015 by Doug Block

Niam Itani
Fri 23 Jan 2015Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Shuga! Great to have someone from Lagos with us :)

Oluwakayode Adeyemi-kayne
Sat 24 Jan 2015Link

Thank you Doug and Niam,
I am happy to be here.


Angela MacKenzie
Thu 29 Jan 2015Link

Hello! Thanks for having me. 

I'm a freelance writer and producer based in Montreal, Canada, with degrees in both film and journalism. I'm currently applying for a grant to research and shoot a short documentary and interactive piece on the topic of press freedom and journalistic challenges in Brazil. 

Doug Block
Fri 30 Jan 2015Link

Welcome and bonjour, Angela.  You certainly qualify for professional membership, which is free and gives you access to all 40+ discussion topics (where you're much more likely to get your question about fixers in Brazil answered).  So I encourage you to register here

Edited Fri 30 Jan 2015 by Doug Block

JB Letchinger
Sat 31 Jan 2015Link

In reply to Angela MacKenzie's post on Fri 30 Jan 2015:Hi Angela, Please contact me, I'd love to put you in touch with my niece, who's a phd, teacher and Brazil specialist!

Bret Robertson
Tue 3 Feb 2015Link

Hello! I'm excited to join this community. I'm a filmmaker with a couple films under my belt, a feature, "High Country", and two shorts. I'm in production on a feature about faith and comic book artists and in development on another, "Finding Paradise" that will look at the epidemic of drug addiction gripping the state, people, and culture of Hawaii.

I love telling good stories and I love talking about cameras and geeking out about the latest gear. I do a bit of everything, like most doc makers, producing, directing, writing, shooting, editing, and all the stuff in between.

I'm at home in the story telling, the actual making of the film. I'm not so comfortable in the fundraising and marketing. I want to get better at pitching, selling, and raising money as well as marketing to an audience.

I look forward to connecting with others and learning more about the amazing craft of telling stories through d-words.

Andy Schocken
Tue 3 Feb 2015Link

Welcome to the D-Word, Bret.  I'd recommend going through the past couple years of the marketing and distribution topic- you'll find some really valuable information.

Doug Block
Tue 3 Feb 2015Link

Great to have you here with us, Bret.  Welcome.

Bret Robertson
Wed 4 Feb 2015Link

Thanks Andy and Doug!

Katherine Foronjy
Sat 7 Feb 2015Link

Hi D-word - I haven't been active on this site in a long time. Congrats on the upgrade Doug. I'll be sure to help keep the lights on!

I'm a documentary filmmaker and casting director in NYC. I''ve built a company on casting real people for commercials and docs. Looking forwrd to getting reaqainted with this group. 

Shawn Convery
Sun 8 Feb 2015Link

Hello there - I am not so great with regular forum trolling but I do very much look forward to some of the more forward thinking discussions that can be found and contributed to here. I am a documentary filmmaker working on my 2nd (or 3rd...) film. I am based in Chicago but my previous films have been made in India and Bosnia Herzigovina. I am currently in the editing phase for my newest endeavour (which I have been working on for 5 years now) and am looking forward to future discussions about my and all of your films.



Larry Rattner
Mon 9 Feb 2015Link


I am an independent feature producer, and I have helped release documentaries.  I am now focusing more on documentaries.  My interest is producing progressive documentaries about social issues.  I am currently in preproduction on 2 projects.  I am excited to be part of this group, and I look forward to meeting you.


Doug Block
Mon 9 Feb 2015Link

Welcome back, Katherine, and thanks.  The upgrade is getting close at hand, we're keeping pretty tight-lipped but it's getting exciting.

Welcome to The D-Word, Shawn and Larry.  FYI, no need to sign your names at the end of your posts.  Your name appears automatically at the top.

Annie Roney
Tue 10 Feb 2015Link

Hi Doug,

Long overdue but I am finally here.  

We throw a party every year for the doc community at Sundance with the IDA.  This year we had over 500 RSVPs!  There's always a lot of love in the room and it energizes me and the rest of my colleagues here at ro*co to push on.  It is a very special community of people who stick with docs.  So, I am happy to be here at The D-Word too, and maybe can offer some help/advice/guidance.

My only concern is bandwidth - we are all in the same boat, but there are too many ways people can reach me, and so responding becomes overwhelming.

Thanks for creating this online community Doug.  It is super cool!


Doug Block
Tue 10 Feb 2015Link

Thanks, Annie.  So fantastic to have you joining us here, at last!  When I noticed you registered, it made my day.

FYI, if you do a search on your name in the Search Posts box (at the top of every page), you'll find an awful lot of people here have recommended you and ro*co over the years to those looking for an international sales agent.  Including me.  The tireless work you do getting important docs out into the world is greatly appreciated.

Edited Tue 10 Feb 2015 by Doug Block

Annie Roney
Thu 12 Feb 2015Link

I'll do that.  Thanks Doug!  My intention all these many years has been to just do the work and not spend time self-promoting.  I have always been deeply grateful that filmmakers came to us because of word-of-mouth.  Lately, though, it feels like there has been a shift in the power structures of our industry - as the value of docs increases so do the number of sharks circling.  I am looking for ways to better promote what we do among filmmakers, to help them understand what is at stake globally for their films, and to help them think strategically about their US educational market.  When I have some time, I will poke around the "Shameless Self-Promotion" page and see what I can do there.  Again, thanks for creating this community and for your kind words.

Doug Block
Thu 12 Feb 2015Link

That's definitely the place to do it, Annie.  But I'd also suggest you poke your nose around the Marketing and Distribution topic and chime in from time to time.  I know you'd have a lot to say and it would be great to have it be part of a larger, ongoing conversation. 

Rob Wilson
Thu 12 Feb 2015Link

Hi.  I'm a writer/producer/director -- have worked in all those capacities, and most of the various hyphenates.  I love directing in the field, have been director for many series with small crews as well as in studio (DGA) for Disney.  I really enjoy that process of orchestrating creativity, empowering creative people to do their best, motivating a team.  I also enjoy being on the team, supporting another's vision, and I understand the need for a "comfort zone" in high-pressure productions.  Partly due, perhaps, to a background in psychology, or just from being sensitive to feelings in general, I am good at protecting people from themselves, giving a balanced and objective perspective to the product when perspective is skewed by perfectionism, and I am at a stage in my career where I love mentoring and sharing what I have learned with younger staff.  

I love working on meaningful television and film, subjects of import where we have a chance of educating and supporting worthwhile causes.  I can be political, passionate and protective, when the integrity of our work is in jeopardy.  I can also shut up and do what I'm told.  

Paula Bernstein
Thu 19 Feb 2015Link

Hi all:

I'm new to the D-Word and am here as a fan and supporter of documentaries. As the Filmmaker Toolkit Editor at, I often write about documentaries and love to attend documentary film festivals. But I promise I will not use anything that is shared here in my work at Indiewire unless I ask for explicit permission.

Looking forward to being a part of the D-Word community.


paula at

Paula Bernstein
Thu 19 Feb 2015Link

Also, I recently moved from Brooklyn to Portland, Oregon and would love to connect with documentary folks in these NW parts...

Doug Block
Thu 19 Feb 2015Link

Welcome, Paula!  Good to have you finally make your way here to The D-Word.  It's such a great place to procrastinate when you're on a tight deadline, have I mentioned?  And the drinks in our Bar & Grill are incredibly cheap.

anam abbas
Thu 19 Feb 2015Link

Hi Guys!  Im a doc producer/director frm Pakistan and im currently fundrasing to edit my feature doccumentary about Pakistani Showgirls. Its called Zunn:Showgirls of Paksitan. It has been a year of blood sweat and tears to finsih production but now i need advice on how to find funds for the post. we are gettinga lot of press for teh trailer and hv 50k vimeo hots so far but only about 10% of our indoegog funded. Any suggestions? Heres the link:

David Weissman
Fri 20 Feb 2015Link

In reply to Paula Bernstein's post on Thu 19 Feb 2015: In reply to Paula Bernstein's post on Thu 19 Feb 2015: Hi Paula - Welcome!  Portland based doc-maker here.  Former longtime San Franciscan.  Also co-program the worlds only all-LGBT Documentary festival here in portland, QDoc.

Edited Fri 20 Feb 2015 by David Weissman

Niam Itani
Sat 21 Feb 2015Link

A very warm welcome to The D-Word, Paula, Annie, Rob & Anam!

Cristina Ibarra
Mon 23 Feb 2015Link

Greetings from Brooklyn, NY...

It's great to finally join this group.  I make films inspired by the Texas borderland of my youth.  Mostly for public television.  My most recent film, Las Marthas, was on Independent Lens last February. I'm now developing my next documentary and I hope to be an active contributor here as I put this film together.

Doug Block
6 days agoLink

Great to have you here, Cristina.  Welcome.  That's one stunning poster - just awesome!  Look forward to hearing about the new project as it develops. 

Bill Jackson
6 days agoLink

Welcome, Cristina!

Qian Zhao
6 days agoLink

Hi I'm Qian Zhao. or Vicky. I'm here to look for a movie maker who may intersted in my story. I apologize if this wasn't the right place to post in advance.

I'm 30 years old Chinese woman. I was born and raised in mainland China till 28 years old. I moved to Unit States 2 years ago due to job transfer. I had a pretty easy life in china as single child. Unlike most of the new Chinese immigration, I came here all by myself with no money. I learned to fit in local community, order food, drive, load dishwasher, go to gym and make doctor appointment etc... I met my boyfriend Joe ,who is a boston-er.We are dealing with the difference everyday, like habit,,attitude on international event, food, living style, value, family. china and america etc. We are planning a trip to China to visit my parents in April. This will be Joe's first Asian trip. I think my experience and our daily life as long as the trip can be an interesting story for both Chinese and American young people. If you were intersted , please contact me here or by email 

looking forward to hear from you


Donny Rowles
3 days agoLink

Hi - I'm a former local news journalist and producer and have been producing mostly corporate content for the past several years. I live in Rochester, MN - and I'm working on a documentary about a basketball player who nearly died, but survived miraculously. I've got a big question related to how to approach working with a funder who may want a separate "version" of the documentary I'm working on - for their own promotional purposes. Here's the question in case someone has some thoughts from here - and if anyone has a recommendation for where I should post this if you could let me know, that would be great. I see there are lots of topics that have been "archived" and it looks like  maybe those are dead forums that we can't add to? Sorry for my clue-lessness.

Here's my question: 

Hello. I’m in post-production on a documentary and am trying to find a funder to pay $24K to fund the post-production of it. I’ve got about $8K invested in money into the doc – and a lot more than that in time/sweat equity.

This is the first doc I’ve sought funding for, and I think I may soon get funding to finish it, – likely from an organization that will require a finished piece (or pieces) culled from the doc material – that THEY could use - meaning – I think the organization will want their “own version” of the documentary in exchange for the $24K.

I’d like to produce it – and am open to creating multiple pieces if that’s what it takes – one for the organization to use as a promotional tool for themselves – and one that I produce in  an effort to sell.

Here’s my question – as a doc filmmaker – would you not want to create two pieces – one for the funder, and then one that I’m in full control of – because then you’ve got two versions of the story out there – and that makes your documentary inherently less valuable?

For other doc filmmakers out there – do you advise against doing this – and finding ONLY funders who will sponsor your production and don’t expect anything but their name on the documentary in return for their sponsorship?



Ron Calhoun
1 day agoLink

Hello, I'm Ron Calhoun. I am currently in pre-production on a heroin awareness project.
One of my websites,

Doug Block
about 21 hours agoLink

Welcome, Qian, Donny and Roan.  Donny, your question is better asked in the Mentoring Room. This topic is more for just introducing yourself.  Qian, this is an okay place to post what you wrote, but not many professional members hang out here.  You might be better served re-posting it in the Public Classifieds topic.

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