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Aaron B. Smith
Sun 28 Dec 2008Link

Well, here I am, on the D-word at the urging of my friend, Tanner Wolfe. I own a film production company called Dusk Films. I am transforming it into a non-profit. Exciting times. I hope to contribute to the site as much as possible and I hope to learn from all of you as well. I love community stuff and I love film.


Doug Block
Sun 28 Dec 2008Link

Welcome, Aaron. You're gonna want to sign up for full membership to get the full benefit of the topics here.


Murray Nossel
Tue 30 Dec 2008Link

My friend Doug Block has been urging me to join d-word for years! I am happy to finally be here. I have always enjoyed the community of documentary film makers when I have been at film festivals. So now I guess I have that community on tap.
I am amongst other things, a documentary film maker. Having made films about OTHER people I am currently making two films which include MYSELF.
I was trained as an ethnographer – one who uses their own self as an instrument of understanding the world view of others. Although I tell my own story on stage – in a performance called Two Men Talking – the enterprise or telling my story on film is one of the most challenging I've ever undertaken.
Perhaps there are those of you out there in the same boat.


David Herman
Tue 30 Dec 2008Link

either on the stage or in the boat. I find it difficult when I have a foot in each, though elastic underwear has made this almost achievable.


Doug Block
Tue 30 Dec 2008Link

Welcome at last, Murray, but you're only halfway here. You now need to sign up as a full member to gain access to all the discussion topics.

Murray is a being a bit humble, as usual. He made a terrific feature documentary called "Paternal Instinct" that I'm proud to say I co-produced. And he was nominated for an Academy Award (with Roger Weisberg) for the short, "Why Can't We Be A Family Again?" And he's a total sweetheart of a homo sapien.

Edited Tue 30 Dec 2008 by Doug Block

Magdalena Hutter
Tue 30 Dec 2008Link

Welcome, Murray! I saw "Paternal Instinct" a couple of years ago and was completely blown away – it's still one of my favorite films ever!

Edited Tue 30 Dec 2008 by Magdalena Hutter

Ben Crosbie
Fri 2 Jan 2009Link

Hi All, just joined the d-word this week, not sure why it took so long! I run a fledgling documentary production company, and am obsessed with all things documentary. Currently working on finishing a feature length doc 2 years in the making, about a kibbutz in Israel. I'm looking forward to learning and contributing at the d-word.


Erica Ginsberg
Fri 2 Jan 2009Link

Welcome, Ben. Do share more about your film in the Members Films topic. I had a chance to see the rough cut and am only sorry that timing did not work out to screen it at Docs In Progress.


Ben Crosbie
Fri 2 Jan 2009Link

Hi Erica, I will do that. Didn't have enough time to work on it to submit it again for January, but we are hoping to re-submit for the March screening. By the way, the new Docs In Progress website is great!


Erica Ginsberg
Fri 2 Jan 2009Link

I'll let Adele know you want to be considered for March and I guess you spilled the beans on something I wanted to announce in the Member's Websites topic so follow me there.


Issar Shulman
Mon 5 Jan 2009Link

Hi everybody
my name is Issar Shulman,I'm a musician.I do specially like documentary movies and for the music I wrote for the film "To die in Jerusalem" I was nominated for an Emmy award in September 2008.
I had a great experience working with HBO,editor Geof Bartz and director Hilla Medalia.that is the cause for my decision to move to NY in March and try to make as much connections I can.
you can hear some of my music in my web site
www.issarshulman.com

hope for inspiring collaboration in the documentary realm and feel free to ask me for music suggestions if you are looking for music to your movies.


Mike Shum
Mon 5 Jan 2009Link

In reply to Issar Shulman's post on Mon 5 Jan 2009 :

Welcome Issar! I just listened to your samples. Very impressive. I'm positive you'll be making connections here. In my opinion this is one of, if not, the best forum for documentary filmmakers/musicians/whatever out there.


Issar Shulman
Mon 5 Jan 2009Link

thank you Michael that was really fast I've just found this site thanks again


Ben Kempas
Mon 5 Jan 2009Link

Welcome, Issar, and thank you for the praise, Michael.

Who else is out there who has been meaning to introduce themselves? ;-)


Tessa Moran
Mon 5 Jan 2009Link

Hello everyone! I've been producing documentaries for a couple of years with d-word member Ben Crosbie, but have only just now joined the forum! I'm looking forward to connecting with other people who share my passion.


John Burgan
Mon 5 Jan 2009Link

A passion and a magnificent obsession!


Doug Block
Mon 5 Jan 2009Link

Good to have you here, Tessa and Issar. Welcome.


Michal Stein
Tue 6 Jan 2009Link

In reply to Issar Shulman's post on Mon 5 Jan 2009 :

Hi,Issar, we are Russian cinema (not big)and music production company.Music for films – in our list.So we are interesting in cooperation.I`ll write you a letter this week.Your work is impressive.Michal Stein, info@storypictures.biz


Chahid Charbel Akoury
Tue 6 Jan 2009Link

hello everybody, i am what this new year of 2009 had dragged in....


Doug Block
Tue 6 Jan 2009Link

Welcome, Chadid. Would be helpful if you'd tell us a bit more about yourself and your work, other than your friendship with a certain co-host named Burgan ;-)


John Burgan
Wed 7 Jan 2009Link

Tut tut Chahid, don't be so lazy!


Chahid Charbel Akoury
Thu 8 Jan 2009Link

well if you insist , then i'll throw in a brief introduction of who i am and how i relate to documentary..... here it goes, brace yourselves:
i've always been in love with cinema and film ever since i was a child growing up with my grandmother and uncle who after coming back from his day job as a civil engineer would take me to an arthouse movie theatre ( sadly it's closing now ) to watch a different movie almost every day..... well this passion and love grew up as i grew older and soon enough i found myself landing my first job at the Video/DVD rental store that i frequented alot ....there i have to say i watched my first documentary , the one that made me want to upgrade my passion to becoming a vocation , an occupation , a practice.... no secret that documentary was none other than Chris Marker's "Sans Soleil" , i was 14 at the time .... ( i miss those days of being sourrounded by films me there between them, wondering what worlds and feelings and thoughts those discs retain......let's jump to when i realized i'm not cut to become a mechanical engineer and dropped out to go study filmmaking , but was severely lambasted by my father... so i went into graphic design, and chose to specialize in motion graphics, screen based design....and still wanting to be a filmmaker, it was only when my Danish instructor and friend told me about some folk highschool system in the secluded parts of Denmark.... i naturally applied and found myself in a micro-european community of enthusiats that want to venture in filmmaking.... the first course i took there was documentary ( a rather fundamental course) that broadened my perception ,opened my eyes and gave me certain skills that not only made me visualize , and technically approach filmmaking , but also nurtured my passion for documentaries and my evergrowing intellectual curiosity.... and from there on i tried to take every doc related course given at that institution....no secret that Mr. Burgan was the mastermind behind all those courses and sculpter of my new born documentary intellect.... after the course was over i went back to Lebanon (that peculiar tiny spot of bother in the middle east)... and as with everybody in that part of the world, being a full time filmmaker or any form of artistic occupation is synonymous with being non productive, social parasite , not to mention miserably broke... so i took ona job as an assistant producer for Young and Rubicam advertising (television commercials, radio spots , corporate films,.. what i call film prostitution) but i make ends meet, establish a not so bad network of cast, post production companies, directors, DOP, equipment rental....the full monty of film industry.....
i've been in the writing process of a doc-fiction about "the lebanese current situation" ( political assasinations, religious diversity and it's effect on society, state, and government).....
well that's about it...not so brief i see , then again you asked for it .....
oh just a colsing statement ; to me documentaries are the next level of filmmaking , the elevated intellect if you want ,la creme de la creme .....


Sahand Sahebdivani
Thu 8 Jan 2009Link

Wow, what great unbridled enthousiasm! Good look on the journey Chahid!


John Burgan
Fri 9 Jan 2009Link

If he can combine all that enthusiasm and talent with action, Chahid can achieve great things!

Edited Fri 9 Jan 2009 by John Burgan

Doug Block
Fri 9 Jan 2009Link

Chahid, we can cetainly use some unbridled enthusiasm among our professional members, so feel free to apply (and get access to all our discussion topics) here


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