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David Brown
Fri 12 Apr 2002Link
Hi folks, I just joined. I'm a docmaker from San Francisco who's
been producing and directing social and environmental issue docs since
1971. I also teach documentary filmmaking at City College of San
Francisco. My most recent doc, SURFING FOR LIFE, profiles older
surfers in their 70s, 80s and 90s. You can check our web site at
www.surfingforlife.com. I look forward to being in touch and learning
from y'all (Texas friends). Kindly, David L.

Doug Block
Fri 12 Apr 2002Link
Welcome, David. Feel free to fill out a Personal Profile so we can
find out more about you and your work (by clicking on your username).
To do so, click on the Settings button at the top right of the page.

Hans Pfleiderer
Sat 13 Apr 2002Link
I need support ,sales ideas and possible collaboration to
complete a documentary which is on its way already.
Let me introduce you to my project.:

MOONWATCHER - The Documentary
MOONWATCHER is a 90-minute documentary made for
theatrical release and adapted for the television format.
Space. Time. Nature. Technology. Art. Destiny…
After four painstaking years of production, Stanley Kubrick’s
"2001, A Space Odyssey" finally hit the screen in April 1968. This
extraordinary spell-binding tale of human evolution and destiny
evokes the great mystery of mankind’s existential search, and
his ultimate quest for self-realization.
2001’s ‘Dawn-of-Man sequence’, featured the alpha-ape
character of "Moonwatcher", the creation of performer/artist, Dan
Richter, "Moonwatcher" and his tribe are doomed to extinction.
Then, he picks up a bone, uses it as a tool and ultimately crafts it
into a weapon of destruction.
The pivotal sequence remains one of the most lurid and
provoking visual metaphors in cinematic history.
Artist Dan Richter collaborated with some of the most influential
and creative minds of the day. Andy Warhol, Arthur C. Clarke,
John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Allen Ginsberg and Kubrick himself
were among his peer group. These writers, artists and
performers used their art as a vehicle to strike at the very core of
the status quo.
In MOONWATCHER Dan Richter plays host to a vibrant
examination of the post-world war years of the 1960’s, the age of
radical query, and the role of artists in stretching accepted
paradigms that challenged and transformed ideas, we travel
through the decades of discovery, pop culture, space travel,
globalization of corporate monoliths, capitalism, consumerism
and the vanished enemies behind the iron curtain.
Re-think the human condition as you are invited into the
nature-drenched environment of science fiction author Arthur C.
Clarke and the urban world of avant garde artist and musician,
Yoko Ono.
MOONWATCHER - The Documentary, explores the artistic legacy
of Kubrick’s profound commentary, and of those artists whose
creative output defined their generation and future perspectives.
As the catalysts for true examination their expressions reveal
profound insights as to our ultimate purpose on earth.
Hans Pfleiderer
DIRECTOR / PRODUCER

Tracy Heather Strain
Sat 13 Apr 2002Link
Hi. I have finally visited and remain excited about participating.
I'm currently a Boston-based filmmaker, and the producer of the
recently-completed ADRIFT, a lyrical film about an Irish-American
cameraman and his late father's expectations for success. I'm
finally back to work on SWEET DREAMS: THE DONUT MOVIE. Later, Tracy

Doug Block
Sat 13 Apr 2002Link
Welcome, Hans. Tracy, I remember quite well meeting you at the IFP
Market. Hope our paths will cross again soon. In the meantime, happy
to get together here.

Mike Allan
Sun 14 Apr 2002Link
Hello again all - I say "again" as I was a member briefly when the
forums were located elsewhere. Since then I have completed my first
documentary - (last spring) the history of my daughter's school as
seen through the eyes of three former principals and several former
students from the 1920's until the 70's. I'm gearing up for HOT DOCS
here in Toronto, so once again as it becomes spring, my mind begins
to wander to documentary thoughts. I'm putting together a couple of
projects which I am hoping will get done this summer. In the meantime
I've also become the editor of a print magazine for the video
production industry here in Canada on a part time basis. As well as I
am still working at a post facility. Not going to leave the post
facility as they have been very supportive of my foray into doc
making and also of HOT DOCS (we are a sponsor for the second year in
a row). I'm really looking forward to HOT DOCS this year and I hope
some of you make it up. If anyone is coming up to TO let's hook up!

Ben Kempas
Sun 14 Apr 2002Link
Welcome back, Mike. I've added you to the members list of our private
forum {LINK NOT IMPORTED}.

Sorry for the erased postings, I couldn't get the link to work ...
it's too early here. :-)

Roger Sewhcomar
Mon 15 Apr 2002Link
I'm an experienced documentary and dramatic film maker. i am looking
for advice on a series of documentaries for TV networks in the US. I
have a foreign distributor but this programme is about Transsexuals
and their personal lives. Who in the US would be the best channel to
approach.

Ben Kempas
Mon 15 Apr 2002Link
Welcome to The D-Word Forums, Robert. Sorry I can't answer your
question, I'm one of the Euros in here. In our private forum for
documentary professionals, {LINK NOT IMPORTED}, we have dedicated
topics about distribution. Check out www.d-word.com/community for
access. Membership is free.

Doug Block
Tue 16 Apr 2002Link
Roger, HBO just loves transsexuals. In fact, anything with "sex"
somewhere in the subject matter ;-) It might be appropriate for POV,
on PBS, too.

Ben Kempas
Tue 16 Apr 2002Link
Hm. Why did I call him Robert? As if we didn't have enough Roberts in
here already!
I am sorry, Roger.

Marcia Raymond
Tue 16 Apr 2002Link
Hello. I'm new here, and, I'm still exploring the site...
I produce/direct documentaries: two on lupus
[one on PBS, the other
being pitched to Lifetime], and a doc on NY
women art dealers for A&E Networks...
other projects in the works as well.

Ben Kempas
Tue 16 Apr 2002Link
A late-night welcome from Munich, Marcia!

If you like the taste of The D-Word Forums, you will be delighted to
join {LINK NOT IMPORTED} as well. How to? www.d-word.com/join

Doug Block
Tue 16 Apr 2002Link
Ben, perhaps you could place a header on the top right (opposite The
D-Word Forums logo): JOIN THE D-WORD COMMUNITY (link to d-
word.com/community)

I tried but got confused with stuff that's already there (but isn't
showing).

Isn't it fascinating what D-Word co-hosts say to each other when no
one's around? ;-)

Ben Kempas
Tue 16 Apr 2002Link
I thought I had already done something like that and you had erased it ...

Ben Kempas
Tue 16 Apr 2002Link
Hah! It only was an HTML mistake, here it is again. I added a "join"
line to it.

Susan Levitas
Wed 17 Apr 2002Link
I'm a documentary producer/director based in New Orleans. I'm also
the Vice-President for Programming for the New Orleans Film Festival.
This year, we have introduced a special category for documentary
submissions in our competitive division. We will select several to
screen at the festival and we'll award a jury prize for best
documentary. I really want to increase our documentary presence. So,
send us your stuff! Download our application at
neworleansfilmfest.com The early deadline is June 1, 2002 and the
final deadline is July 1, 2002. Our fest runs October 10-17, 2002 and
we treat filmmakers very well!

Ben Kempas
Wed 17 Apr 2002Link
Welcome to The D-Word Forums, Susan!

Doug Block
Wed 17 Apr 2002Link
Thanks for letting us know, Susan. Ben or I will be sure to post
this annoucement in our Documentary Festivals topic in The D-Word
Community.

Wish my new film was ready to submit. Love your city. Love that
Cafe du Monde.

Ben Kempas
Wed 17 Apr 2002Link
Same thought at the same time, Doug! I already posted it there.

Great to see how this place is filling up. Is it the buzz about our
upcoming Virtual Doc Conference with Jan Roefekamp of Films Transit?
Tell us, what made you newbies aware of The D-Word Forums?

Judson Davis
Thu 18 Apr 2002Link
Greetings......I'm a 42 year-old documentary filmmaker from Los
Angeles, one who is happy to be aboard to tap into the experiences
and insights of others in the field.....

Doug Block
Fri 19 Apr 2002Link
Nice to have you here, Judson. Care to either fill out a Personal
Profile (click on Settings button on the top right) or tell us a bit
more about yourself?

Sami Kallinen
Fri 19 Apr 2002Link Tag
Hello. Im a finnish documentary filmmaker based in amsterdam and who
recently took the leap from print journalism into films. Currently
working on a portrait of an 'insane' and completely isolated juggler -
an urban hermit here in Amsterdam who has just finished coding his own
operative system for pc.
Also researching for a piece about an artist who is building - together
with Technical University of Delft - a mobile art center to be shipped
around the globe from the deserts of Egypt to Greenland to Surinam.
Read about D-Word in an old Dox issue...

Ben Kempas
Fri 19 Apr 2002Link
Welcome to everyone! Sorry for my ignorance, but is "Sami" a female or
male name?

Sami Kallinen
Fri 19 Apr 2002Link
Oh, don't be sorry... Should have indicated it myself. "Sami" is a male
name.

Doug Block
Fri 19 Apr 2002Link
Welcome, Sami. I urge you to join our very international D-Word
Community: www.d-word.com/community. Currently 400+ members from 22
countries. Finland would make it 23 ;-)

Robert Salmaggi
Sat 20 Apr 2002Link
As a former agent for music, film and television, I am now a
producers rep. I look forward to learning more about the market for
documentaries and becomming involved with documentary filmmakers here
in the US and in the international community.

Doug Block
Sat 20 Apr 2002Link
Welcome, Robert. Care to share what films you've repped for?

Noam Shalev
Sat 20 Apr 2002Link
Hi,
I'm a documentary director/producer living in Israel, and I run
Highlight Films, that produces documentaries for the European &
American markets and documentary series for National Geographic.
These days we produce two one-hour long doumentaries about last year
of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, filmed from both sides of the
conflict.

Doug Block
Sun 21 Apr 2002Link
Great to have you with us here, Noam. I may sound like a broken
record, but we'd love to have you join our private community for doc
professionals. Just email me your username and password:
d-word@d-word.com

Randall Blair
Mon 22 Apr 2002Link
Hi. I'm a professor of film and video at american univesity in
washington DC. I produce and edit docs as well as short narrative
films and a bunch of stuff for nonprofits. A lot of my doc work has
been in eastern europe, mainly the czech republic. I just finished a
four part series for pbs video on learning disabilities. I teach
producing, directing and scriptwriting for our undergrad and graduate
students. I found your site through a mention on the mediarights site.

Doug Block
Tue 23 Apr 2002Link
Great to have you here, Randall. Thanks for posting.

Whippo Harrison
Tue 23 Apr 2002Link
Hi, I'm a student of Visual Anthropology at CSU-Fullerton. My aim is
to bring anthropological theory to documentary films. Two other
students and myself have founded a little production company to do
subject-centered docs. We have only finished one and would
appreciate advice on just about anything from anyone. How's that for
open to suggestions?
(heard about this salon from IFP)

Doug Block
Tue 23 Apr 2002Link
Welcome, Whippo. Love that name!

Ahmed Saeed
Tue 23 Apr 2002Link
Hello i am new here and i am making my first doco.. about music in
contemperory music in the republic of maldives..... i am currently
doing my research thats how i got here. looks like a great
place...will check back in soon see yous

Doug Block
Tue 23 Apr 2002Link
Good luck with your film, Ahmed. Music docos actually do relatively
well in the international marketplace, so there's cause for optimism.

Check back in often.

Lonna Malmsheimer
Wed 24 Apr 2002Link
Hi
I am a professor of American Studies and Community Studies at
Dickinson College and have co-produced and edited three docs so far.
I am interested in all aspects of video production.

Doug Block
Wed 24 Apr 2002Link
Welcome, Lonna.

Angel Harper
Wed 24 Apr 2002Link
Hello Everyone
My name is Angel Harper. I am the executive producer-producer and
narrating talent for "Keeping The Faith With Morrie". I have won 2
award for the 30 minute version and I am working on a 60 minute
version. For details on this documentary you can visit.
www.behealthylifestyles.com. I am interested in learning about the
selling of documentaries internationally. My documentary is about a
man who has dedicated his work to the theme of "Tolerance" through the
comic strips he created, "Wee Pals"
Look forward to learning much from all of you.

George Selinsky
Wed 24 Apr 2002Link
Hi everyone,

My name is George Selinsky. I graduated from NYU film, and
directed/produced a documentary about a Russian humanitarian
organization called "The Tolstoy Foundation" (which was aired by
Russian TV). I was the director of the Nassau County Independent Film
Festival for two years, and I am currently involved in developing a
few documentary projects.

Pleased to meet you all!

- George.

Doug Block
Wed 24 Apr 2002Link
Angel, George, delighted to have you here with us.

Leslie Chain
Wed 24 Apr 2002Link
Hi! Leslie Chain, referred by IFP. My first film is "Mart-Face",
using martface as my user id. Web site down - but it's www.Mart-
Face.com. Would love it if you'd sign Mart-Face's Dream Book when
you can. "Mart-Face" is my song, book, film, and Down's Syndrome
brother who died in September of '99. "Mart-Face" has now played 3
film fests in 3 states (Ohio, New York, Atlanta); is in the running
for The Alpha Cine Award; and I'm currently seeking international
distribution. Song, "Mart-Face" is on MP3.com. Search Mart-Face or
Tigress. My E-ddress is: MartFace@excite.com

Doug Block
Wed 24 Apr 2002Link
Welcome, Leslie. You've come to the right place to get info for
international distribution. Jan's the man!

Leslie Chain
Thu 25 Apr 2002Link
Oh, great! Thanks so much. When may I talk to Jan The Man?

Ben Kempas
Thu 25 Apr 2002Link
Leslie - Anytime in this topic: {LINK NOT IMPORTED}

Ben Kempas
Thu 25 Apr 2002Link
No, Leslie, that was a link to the other topic {LINK NOT IMPORTED}. I've copied your
posting to {LINK NOT IMPORTED}. Just click on the number to get there.

Ross Geraghty
Thu 25 Apr 2002Link
Hi,

I am an MA student in Documentary Research at London College of
Printing in London. I made a documentary film in Sydney Australia
and am currently working on my final project for the MA, a feature-
length historical docudrama, for which I also intend to write the
script. I am also currently trying to get my first professional film
made, having thoroughly researched it. It's a 35-40 minute science
(astronomy) doco.

Looking forward to getting involved in this discussion group!

Best wishes

Ross Geraghty
London

Ben Kempas
Thu 25 Apr 2002Link
Welcome Ross! Hope to see you in our private forum
{LINK NOT IMPORTED} as well.

Joshua Litle
Fri 26 Apr 2002Link
hi, joshua litle here. I am NYC based filmmaker with one feature
to my credit. Also I freelance as cinematographer and teach part
time at the NYU school of professional studies. I'm working on a
doc now and exploring resources (like d-word). Lots more about
me and my film at www.jfilmic.com.

Thanks - josh

Doug Block
Fri 26 Apr 2002Link
Welcome aboard, Ross and Joshua.

Pablo Lloret
Fri 26 Apr 2002Link
Hello to everybody, I´v been mainly a scriptwriter and I am now
developing a doc series under international coproduction. I am based
in Spain.

Doug Block
Fri 26 Apr 2002Link
Ola, Pablo. I visited your beautiful country a few years ago and
can't wait to go back. Nice to have you with us.

Julienne Stretton
Fri 26 Apr 2002Link
My name is Julienne Stretton,I have worked in new Zealand television
for 20 years,starting as a documentary researcher then
producing,writing and directing my own documentaries. I have also
worked in current affairs proding and directing in NZ for 60 Minutes
and 20/20.I have directed over 20 documentaries covering a range of
subjects and approaches including observational,reality life
situations,historical,political issues,arts. I have a background in
anthropology and I am particularly interested in how people create
meaningful worlds and respond to their life circumstances. My
approach is personal and intimate,my role is to find a way for people
to tell and reveal their personal stories. I am inspired and moved by
the heroism of ordinary lives. I am interested in working
internationally on international subjects.

Tom Furtwangler
Fri 26 Apr 2002Link
Greetings. I'm the director of MedEd Media at the University of
Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine (Seattle),
where I produce and direct public health training films, health
documentaries, and related projects. Just read about d-word in The
Independent, I was too cheap to buy a copy but I wrote a note on my
hand before putting the magazine back on the newsstand!

Ben Kempas
Fri 26 Apr 2002Link
Joshua, Pablo, Julienne, Tom - welcome on board of The D-Word Forums.

Filmmakers - Don't forget to check out The D-Word Community as well,
our private forum for documentary professionals. Here's more info:
www.d-word.com/community

Pablo Lloret
Fri 26 Apr 2002Link
Thank you all for your very warm wellcome.
I would like to tell you with more details what I´m doing and why
I´ve join this comunnity. I live in a very small village by the
Mediterranean shore, a very nice place to live and to create. But in
the industrial aspect I am living in the middle of a desert. I could
have move to Madrid, Barcelona, London or so. But I commited myself to
do things staying where I live and becoming a producer in the
peripheria of the peripheria in despite of my isolation. so I think
this kind of comunity can help me to get some feed back.
I am working on a project focused on Mediterranean people and culture:
above all, fighting for survival during milleniums.
I have got three companies involved (Spain, England and Greece)But ,
in fact I am the executive producer. It is my first time. So I am
learning step by step.
The project has got some development funding and I hope i can get even
more -development is the key- and it is crossing the treshold of the
critical dimension...
Now I am very worried about the finantial engineering and those are my
main questions:

-budget dimension (It is intended to be a world sales product)
-average income trhought different territories.
-percentual balance between pre-sales and expected sales
-Markets where you can go on project basis.

In the actual state of development the project needs the feedback of a
sales agent.
That´s all. Thank you and forgive me for the wrong spells.

Ben Kempas
Fri 26 Apr 2002Link
Pablo, first of all, your spelling is very good.

I think part of your questions overlaps with what Steve just asked
Jan Rofekamp in {LINK NOT IMPORTED}. Maybe you can wait for Jan's response there
and then ask your additional questions.

I also recommend having a look into {LINK NOT IMPORTED} where you
will find the right topics for Fundraising, Legal Issues, Marketing,
and Distribution.

Pablo Lloret
Fri 26 Apr 2002Link
Thank you very much indeed, Ben.

Doug Block
Sat 27 Apr 2002Link
Pablo, your situation is exactly why The D-Word Community was created
in the first place. I live in New York City and, believe it or not, I
often feel the same way as you-- that I might as well be on a desert
island as far as feeling connected to my peers.

So, by all means, come join us in the community.

Pablo Lloret
Sat 27 Apr 2002Link
Thank you Doug. I´ve already submited the application form. Some
mornings I wake up, look in to the mirror and say to myself: Are you
crazy or what?...
I hope I´m accepted at the lonely riders neighbourdhood. See you
there.

Francisco Toro
Wed 1 May 2002Link
Hello, all.

I'm a first-time documentary maker out of Caracas, Venezuela.
Journalism pays the bills, film-making gobbles-up whatever is left
over. My first film is called "Searching for the Revolution", on our
new leftist government's plans for massive land redistribution to the
poor.

My first brush with the D-Word came through reading Jan Rofekamp's
thorough but brutal marketing guide...and I'm still working through
the grieving process that horrible, traumatic experience induces. I
think I'm past denial ("it can't be...it can't be that hard to sell
my film"), past anger ("those bloody TV people are sucking our blood
dry!"), currently wallowing in self-blame ("what the hell was I
thinking embarking on this project without a clear understanding of
the market?!?") and still a few days away from acceptance.

Seriously, though, anyone looking to found a shell-shock victims'
support circles from having read that article, send me an email...

ft

Doug Block
Wed 1 May 2002Link
Welcome, Francisco. Better yet than waiting for an email, come join
the ongoing discussions at The D-Word Community. For more info, go
to: www.d-word.com/community.

To join, email me: d-word@d-word.com

Ben Kempas
Wed 1 May 2002Link
Doug - he already emailed you on the 29th. Are you lagging behind? ;-)

Doug Block
Thu 2 May 2002Link
Sheesh, I guess so...

Ed Howe
Thu 2 May 2002Link
Hi My name is Ed Howe. I'm working on a couple of documentaries out
of my studio in Cambridge MA. (www.edofilm.com) I'm looking forward to
being part of this discussio

Doug Block
Thu 2 May 2002Link
Welcome to D-Word, Ed.

Kelvin Dickerson
Sun 5 May 2002Link
Hi my name is Kelvin Dickerson and it's great to be a part of the
d-word community. I produced a PBS documentary a few years
back, "Conscience of Congress", chronicling Blacks in
Congress.

I first got interested in politics, social change and
documentaries in Washington, D.C., where I worked for the
Democratic National Committee, Congressional Black Caucus,
and various political leaders.

I now reside in New York City, where I'm currently toying around
with numerous documentary ideas. And trying to find someone
to work with on a project this summer. Preferably, something
that deals with controversial subject matter, social injustice,
and/or investigative reports.

So if you hear of anything, please let me know.....

Thks.

Margot Roth
Sun 5 May 2002Link
You wouldn't be the Ed Howe, the one from the corner of Montague & Ballord, would you?

Yayyyy! Ed, make sure to apply to The D-Word Community.... many more discussions taking place there...

[tail wagging] Ed's here.


Ben Kempas
Mon 6 May 2002Link
[tail wagging] Margot's learned how to do Italics :-)

Welcome, Kelvin. The actual D-Word Community is here:
{LINK NOT IMPORTED}

Doug Block
Mon 6 May 2002Link
Welcome, Kelvin. Like Ben said.

Paul Hough
Mon 6 May 2002Link
Hi all,

This is Paul Hough. I made a film called THE BACKYARD which premiered
at Sxsw in March 2002, and will next screen at The San Francisco Indie
Doc Fest (May) Atlanta Film Fest (June) Flordia Film Fest (June) and
Melbourne International Fest (July)

Am excited to have found this community!

Paul

Jesse Turner
Mon 6 May 2002Link
Hello

This is Jesse Turner, I'm a film student in Victoria B.C. I am
looking for everyone's personal definition of the "documentary". If
it isn't to much trouble I would really appreciate it if you
contacted me with your full name, an e-mail adress, and your personal
definition (please don't be afraid to be unique and poetic, though
you don't have to.) This is a study I am doing, your work will NOT be
exploited, I am just a very curious individual looking for a
proffesional opinion on the subject. Thank you for your time and
considerations, I am eager to recieve this information and look
forward to becoming closer to this community of brilliant individuals.
(I also think that this topic would make for a good conversation).

thank you.

please send name, doc-definition, and e-mail to james_pare@shaw.ca

Ben Kempas
Mon 6 May 2002Link
Welcome, Jesse.

Doug, what do you think, maybe we should have a topic in here to
discuss personal definitions of documentary, instead of emailing them
to Jesse?

Doug Block
Tue 7 May 2002Link
Welcome, Jesse. Let's have folks answer the question in the Mentoring Room...


Brigid Kelly
Tue 7 May 2002Link
Hi.

I'm producing a film on a family's fight to keep their son/brother
from dying of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The film takes
place in a Montana town where the family has access to few
resources besides its own to fuel the fight. Because of their
ingenuity and dedication to their family, 5 boys and their mother
have helped the 6th brother live well past the life expectancy for
someone with his disease. The film explores the 6th son's love
of life and the role his family plays in keeping him alive.

Its an hour long piece that has been shot over the course of the
past 3 years on mini digital video. The director grew up with the
family and has special access to their home and hearts. We are
scheduled to wrap photography this summer and are starting to
cut on Final Cut Pro. In the meantime we have a fundraising
drive underway writing grants, creating an informational website
and starting a grass roots newsletter to keep donors aware of
the project. Montana PBS is interested in broadcasting the film
when it is done.

I'm new to the documentary world after spending years in
animation and television production. I'm looking forward to
meeting everyone and learning as much as I can.

Doug Block
Tue 7 May 2002Link
Welcome, Brigid. Looks like you're doing a great job of jumping
right into the fire and producing from the ground up. Glad to give
you some help and support.

Dani Dion
Fri 10 May 2002Link
Hi there (from Vancouver, BC, Canada),
I found this site a couple days ago and wonder why it took me so long.
I signed up, originally, as my boss, Larry Baker, but it seems that
I'll likely have more opportunity to keep up to date with what's
going on here. Larry is a Sound Designer who has been doing audio
post production for documentaries (and other projects) for nearly 4
decades.
I work with him at his studio, Headroom Studios, doing marketing,
research, general administration stuff, etc...I'm hoping to pursue
some writing and producing in the near future as well. We both have
a love of documentaries and if we had our way, we would work
exclusively in that area.
It seems there are a lot of talented people in this group with
interesting projects and great ideas. Can't wait to get to know some
of you better...

Paul Robinson
Mon 13 May 2002Link
hey all,
I work for a tv station in Northwest Missouri, at the moment I am
working on a behind the scenes doc following a local heavyweight
boxer, Rob Calloway. Possible fight on HBO before Christmas if he
beats his next opponent June 28. Fingers crossed and Las Vegas here
we come !

Doug Block
Mon 13 May 2002Link
Welcome Paul and Dani.

Danielle Beverly
Wed 15 May 2002Link
Greetings Doc makers,

I'm Danielle Beverly, new to New York City via San Francisco and
Chicago. I've been working mainly for PBS since 1997. I'm in the last
months of production on my first feature documentary. The film follows
a 35 year old bipolar artist/chef/bulimic who destroyed her stomach and
esophagus in a failed suicide attempt, and is currently rebuilding her
life. I've done all the camera and sound on the film, as well as
produce it. Several doc makers suggested "d-word" as an excellent
resource, and I'm happy to now be part of this community.

Doug Block
Wed 15 May 2002Link
Well, you're part of this Forum, Danielle, but not part of this
community until you email me and Ben a request: d-word@d-word.com

Steve Cook
Mon 20 May 2002Link
Bonjour,
I am an Australian currently shooting a doco in France - my wife is
an editor and has worked on several Australian and French
documentaries, and was previously making a series out of Tokyo where
we previously lived.
I am photographer, getting my head around this black art, and an avid
(not the brand, the generic term) forum subscriber/contributor.
Our current project is following the creation of a new political
movement in France in the wake of the recent tumultuous presidential
elections, which yielded yet another notch in the extreme-right
wing's belt.
Looking forward to sharing ideas and experiences (although I am
reletively new to the moving picture side of things - I was
previously a Production manager for a media/internet development
company in Tokyo.)
Voila....
will email now.

Ben Kempas
Mon 20 May 2002Link
Welcome Steve. Hope to see you soon inside the Community as well.

Steven Leibo
Wed 5 Jun 2002Link
Hello: I am a professional historian who, having spent a great deal
of time as a "talking head" on the tube or on the radio doing
interviews about various contemporary international issues decided a
few years ago that I wanted to learn how to get behind the
camera/microphone and learn to make documentaries myself. I have thus
far produced a number of short mini-documentaries and am working on a
much larger piece. Since I am trying to learn as many aspects of
documentary film making as I can, from the creative to the very
technical, I am hoping this forum will be the right place to do that.

Doug Block
Thu 6 Jun 2002Link
Hey Steven, we can use more historians in The D-Word Community. Why
don't you email me and we'll get you in there: doug@d-word.com.

Kat Leung
Wed 12 Jun 2002Link
Hi all,
My name is Kathy and I currently reside in Beijing. My
experience so far in film has been writing and producing
fiction back home in Vancouver, Canada, but I've always been
fascinated with documentaries. Signed up to look for more
information about how to start making a documentary (where
to begin!), and to see if there's anyone in Beijing who
would like to start a project about the quickly disappearing
hutongs. Thanks and looking forward to being a part of this
forum.

Ben Kempas
Wed 12 Jun 2002Link
Welcome Kat! Of the people who have introduced themselves, I can't
remember anyone being from Beijing. But someone has to do the first
step ...
So what are Hutongs again?

Erin Nesbit
Thu 13 Jun 2002Link
Hi, my name's Erin.
I'm assisting on someone else's project in an effort to learn more
about the process of production. I actually did quite a bit of
documentary work as a student, but it was very low-tech and shoe-
string funding. So now I'm hoping to be introduced to the world of
people who do this professionally.

Ben Kempas
Thu 13 Jun 2002Link
Welcome to The D-Word, Erin!

Kat Leung
Thu 13 Jun 2002Link
Thanks for the warm welcome! Hutongs are old courtyard housing for
families (children, parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents
would live in the same compound but in different quarters with an
open courtyard in the middle) and they've been around for centuries.
With the 2008 Olympics coming, they're being leveled fast and the
ones that are being preserved are becoming very touristy. Are there
books or on-line resources you recommend to give an overview or an
idea on where to start (do I start with footage and see what I get
from that or do I begin with a story in mind...)? I probably have
very basic questions. Thanks!

Doug Block
Fri 14 Jun 2002Link
Welcome Kat and Erin! Kat, try www.aivf.org

Dani Dion
Sat 15 Jun 2002Link
Hi Kat, Welcome (from a fellow Vancouverite). Here is a link to a good, basic, free resource. It's not entirely documentary specific, but it's all relevant. http://www.cybercollege.com/tvp_ind.htm I'm on a similar mission myself. As for approaching funders, etc, I suppose it depends on whether you will be based in Beijing or Vancouver. Unless you can afford to go ahead and collect footage, I'd try to establish the money side first. Sounds like an interesting project. Good luck.


Phillip Anderson
Tue 18 Jun 2002Link
hi, all. i am a working filmmaker and the director of the 5th
annual channel islands indie film festival (sept 10-15 2002) in
ventura county, ca. we also curate a monthly series of
microcinema (shorts). we regularly screen docs addressing
progressive issues. we would love to see your film. cheers.

Dani Dion
Thu 20 Jun 2002Link
Welcome Phillip. I'm sure we'd all like more info on the festival,
if you have the time.

Scott Pierce
Fri 21 Jun 2002Link
Thanks for starting this resource, Doug. And hi, all!

I'm currently prepping for "Yanomami: The Last Stand", which
will be following one of the last of the Orinoco Cowboys back into
the Amazon. What raised my interest is, he's going to help curb
a global epidemic the old-fashioned way. Should be fun, if not a
complete trial by fire for me.

With my previous background in children's television and music
videos, this project has really restored my passion for the real
world again. It'll be great sharing time with like minds, who also
want to bring their visions of the world to audiences that may
never get a chance otherwise.

Ben Kempas
Fri 21 Jun 2002Link
Welcome to The D-Word, Scott!

Rick Miller
Fri 21 Jun 2002Link
Dragonfly Motion Pictures is a small (one-person) independent documentary production company located
in Toronto. Owned and operated by Rick Miller, I create low budget social issues documentaries. Dragonfly
also provides post production services to a variety of broadcast clients. Since graduating from York
University's film school in 1987I have acquired in excess of 100 editing credits on documentaries for
Canadian broadcasters TVO, CTV, CBC, History, Discovery, Bravo, and Vision.

Dragonfly Motion Pictures has three documentaries in production. "David, his bubby, and Goliath" profiles
a family of radical activist who follow the ancient Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam: healing the world
through social action. "The Cost of Copper" documents the history of remote northern Quebec mining
village which is in the process of becoming a ghost town. "Beer: A Love Story" is an examination of
Canada"s love affair with beer.

I hope that The D Word will provide me with a forum to acquire advice on issues that arise from time to
time when I produce my documentaries. I often have questions about ethics and story development that
I've not been able to find answers to anywhere else on the web. I'll also have questions about the craft of
documentary making. I also hope that I'll be able to make a positive contribution to your forums by
sharing my experiences with fellow filmmakers.

millrick,
Toronto
June 21, 2002

Victoria Mielke
Sat 22 Jun 2002Link
Hello,

I have been interested in documentaries since childhood. I
enjoyed "The Atomic Cafe" thoroughly as an example of popular culture
historic preservation.

I am a native of the Detroit, MI, USA area. I am a writer by training
and have a college degree in journalism. What I need is education in
filmmaking. I am interested in meeting another person with a film
background who would like to collaborate with a writer.

I have an idea for a documentary that was spawned by recent historic
events, that I believe could be done with taste and care if it is
planned first.

As a fan of popular culture, I am interested in how the events of 11
September 2001 had an impact on the "high" and "low" arts of the USA
and overseas. In other words, I would like to work on a documentary
about the popular culture of 9/11 that examines both professionally
produced items and "folk art" from ordinary citizens.

1. For example, the commemorative items, from high quality books and
memorial items, to the "kitsch" that remembers this dark date in US
history.

2. I am also interested in how 9/11 had an impact -- though brief --
on popular entertainment. From erasing the Twin Towers from movies,
to star-studded benefit concerts, reactions in corporate America
varied.

3. Another aspect of 9/11 pop culture involves the Web, such as the
folklore ("Tourist Guy"; Nostradamus) and endless memorial sites and
graphics.

4. Symbolism, iconography and jargon of 9/11. What person who lived
through this era does not know the meaning of "Ground Zero," "Let's
roll," towers with US flag behind them, or what a looped, red, white
and blue ribbon means? Major events often gain their own language and
symbolism, that when presented years later, will still evoke memories
of those who lived through or studied them.

The body of materials produced in reaction to 9/11 is a snapshot in
time, a reflection of recent American history. Even the tackiest
item -- a sequined purse sold in Australia showing a jet hitting a
tower -- tells us of emotions, opinions and reactions of the era.

Dani Dion
Sat 22 Jun 2002Link
Welcome Victoria, Rick & Scott. Good luck with all your projects.
What global epidemic is Yanomami fighting? I thirstily await "Beer: A
Love Story" while clutching my sequined, tragedy satchel...

Victoria Mielke
Sat 22 Jun 2002Link
Question:

How do I go about looking for a filmmaking partner to pursue this
documentary idea? I can write, such as scripting, but I need a person
with the technical know-how; i.e. camera operation, selection of film
or digital video, etc.

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