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Doug Block
Mon 22 Apr 2002Link
Great to have you here, Randall. Thanks for posting.

Whippo Harrison
Mon 22 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
Mon 22 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
Tue 23 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
Tue 23 Apr 2002Link
Welcome, Lonna.

Angel Harper
Tue 23 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
Tue 23 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
Tue 23 Apr 2002Link
Angel, George, delighted to have you here with us.

Leslie Chain
Tue 23 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
Tue 23 Apr 2002Link
Welcome, Leslie. You've come to the right place to get info for
international distribution. Jan's the man!

Leslie Chain
Wed 24 Apr 2002Link
Oh, great! Thanks so much. When may I talk to Jan The Man?

Ben Kempas
Wed 24 Apr 2002Link
Leslie - Anytime in this topic: {LINK NOT IMPORTED}

Ben Kempas
Wed 24 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
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Joshua Litle
Thu 25 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
Thu 25 Apr 2002Link
Welcome aboard, Ross and Joshua.

Pablo Lloret
Thu 25 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
Thu 25 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
Thu 25 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
Thu 25 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
Thu 25 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
Fri 26 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
Fri 26 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
Tue 30 Apr 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
Tue 30 Apr 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
Wed 1 May 2002Link
Sheesh, I guess so...

Ed Howe
Wed 1 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
Wed 1 May 2002Link
Welcome to D-Word, Ed.

Kelvin Dickerson
Sat 4 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
Sat 4 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
Sun 5 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
Sun 5 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
Mon 6 May 2002Link
Welcome, Jesse. Let's have folks answer the question in the Mentoring Room...


Brigid Kelly
Mon 6 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
Thu 9 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
Sun 12 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
Tue 14 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
Tue 14 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

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