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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...

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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.

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