Thanks Ben. I'm just getting acclimated to the site. This is really a cool thing; I love talking to other documentary people. While I was in New York on a project I found myself surrounded by a ton of documentary professionals, but in Los Angeles I'm a little out of the loop. Do you have any advice or particular topics you think I should check out to interact with West Coast doc people?
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Oh wow, I just noticed that one of your hosts Doug Block worked on Esther Robinson's film about her uncle Danny and the Warhol factory. Esther was sooooo helpful on a previous project and we worked closely with her and her editor Shannon. I guess it truly is a small world...
Welcome to all these new faces to D-Word. Look around and stay awhile. And a special shout out to Suree. I was the curator of the Council on Foundations Film Festival last year and your film was one of the selected films. I was very impressed by the degree of outreach you had already achieved with the film to non-traditional audiences and still talk about it with filmmakers who are just starting out. Hope you'll share some of your experiences maybe in the Distribution Topic.
Brendan, good to have you here. Esther is one of my best friends and we go way back – she helped produce my doc Home Page, for which I created a running blog back in 1996 called The D-Word. In late 1999, when the film's distribution life started to peter out, The D-Word took a different turn . Funny how it all works out and, yes, it is a pretty small world.
Brendan, D-Word Members in L.A. meet all the time. I just got to witness a secret get-together yesterday. The Face 2 Face topic is always a start.
Thanks for the welcome, all! And to Erica...that's great to hear. We wanted to go to the Council on Foundations, but it was a little difficult to make it, so thanks for the feedback. I'll check out the distribution topic boards and would be happy to share our experiences. We're still working on distribution (mostly university/foreign/small groups now), but I appreciate the thoughts you share (usually it feels like we're working in a little bubble, but your comments remind me of the unseen impact screenings have). Good luck to all, viva documentary!
Hey folks –
I've been lurking for a few months, but I figured it's time to make my membership official... My name is Nels Bangerter, I'm primarily a documentary film editor (freelance) and I just moved from D.C. to New York, so I'm looking to rebuild a little community.
I was the editor of "War Child," which won the Audience Award for features at Tribeca last year, and I just finished working on Joe Wilson & Dean Hamer's documentary "Out in the Silence", which I think might be familiar to D-Word members. And back when I was in Los Angeles (before D.C.) I edited "Cine Manifest," a feature doc about a memo-crazy 1970s San Francisco-based Marxist filmmaking collective that imploded because of overly contentious idealism and rampant "criticism/self-criticism." Hopefully no resemblance to the D-Word...
Thanks for having me.
How long did the San Francisco collective last? The D-Word has been around for nearly 10 years now. Welcome to the commune!
In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Mon 16 Feb 2009 :
1972 to about 1978 (depends on what you call the end) So the D-Word has it beat. What a relief!
Good to have you aboard our overly idealistic collective of doc fanatics, Nels. Welcome.
I make documentaries and sad little comedies with a small team called Castparty Productions. I also did an experimental narrative feature last summer, for which I'm in the process of doing a director's cut.
We've begun periodic shoots of a local activist hero, for a doc that may or may not turn out to be feature-length, along with working on a feature-length musical. I guess you could say we're touching all the bases.
HI. Sailesh Dave from Bombay, India. Currently producing Prime Time TV shows and small spoof movies for clients like MTV, STAR TV network etc. Have always been passionate about documentaries and want to start by making some. Need advice on what are the latest market trends, sales agents, international format requirements, technical specs etc. Thanks.
Welcome, Sailesh. Best thing you can do is spend some time reading the various through the various topics here and use the search engine and tags to get at specific questions you might have. There's a handy Help function that will explain things, too, if need be.
Hi All – I've worked on a few documentaries before as editor and composer, but am making my first as a director/producer now and am looking for different resources and communities to help answer some of the questions and snags I'll encounter along the way.
I'm in the grant writing stage of the process now...
looking forward to participating here.
Can't imagine running into snags, Matthew. Producing is so easy, especially in this economy. But we'll try to untangle what we can. Welcome aboard.
In reply to Marj Safinia's post on Fri 6 Feb 2009 :
Marj thank you soo much, this has been of great help to us..
Dear Citizens of D,
I'm producing and directing my first documentary, "To Them That's Gone", along with three partners. The film is about the Run for the Fallen, an apolitical memorial project that traveled across America last summer to honor service members killed in the Iraq War. We are now in post-production and the fundraising continues.
I'm proud to say we just launched our website and new promo piece at www.tothemthatsgone.com. I'd be honored if you would watch the piece, and any feedback would be greatly appreciated (email below).
My prior experience includes picking up a few tricks while assisting Doug Block for a stretch, during the production of "51 Birch Street"; and assisting/shooting additional footage on "Jacques d'Amboise in China", which recently aired on HBO.
It's good to be here!
Your project looks very powerful. Good luck during the post process! I'll send you an e-mail with a couple names that are in your area that could be helpful to you.
Welcome aboard (finally), Andrew! But you're only halfway in the process, and missing most of the discussion topics. So finish registering to become a full Member here
Hello, Everyone. After a small break, I'm back. The look of D-Word has changed a bit (for the better I'm sure). I commute into DC from Md (60 miles each way). I work for the Govt during the week (a steady paycheck) and help those that I can, any chance I get. I've 20 + yrs experience and if I don't know something, I probably know someone who does. Wishing you all the best.
Hi, my name is Pierre Samuel Rioux, do not expecting a perfect English from me... i am a French Canadian native.
This is my project i am working on.
Guédelon le chantier médiéval.
I am a Quebecer but i shot this film in France... It's about a group of man and women building a 13e century castle today the way they do it at this time. The doc have 50 minutes running time. I like to follow this adventure and try to find the way to do a kind of co production.The first one it's made and it's in the final post.
This is wy i am here, i am also a www.dvprofessionals.com member and
a www.Konvas.org member this one is about people how using Russian lens lomo and Camera.
does anyone know where i could find a website for foley art or sound effects>
they got a interesting sound kit.
This is the one i am looking for you.
I'm Jonathan Archer and I work for ITVS. My colleagues held a special week-long conference last year, and it's archived on this site. If you haven't searched it for info, I strongly suggest you do. In the pursuit of broadening our services to the community, however, I'm experimenting with going the other way – instead of a forum, just 140 characters. If you're on Twitter, or know people who are, point them to @jonathanITVS. I'm no official spokesperson, but will be looking to provide timely and (necessarily!) brief responses to queries to help filmmakers on their way. It's the dialogue that counts. Hope you find this a useful experiment. See you on Twitter!
I have been happily strolling through this pretty fabulous site for the past couple weeks and have already gained a lot (shoot wide open on digital cameras!).
High time I introduced myself. I'll do it like an AA meeting.
I'm geoff feinberg and I'm a long time lover of documentary. During the day I work as a freelance editor (last worked on marshall curry's latest doc as an ast. editor), but during the night I'm scheming away putting my own docs together. At the moment one of the things I'm working on is getting the guts to make a self funded, one man crew shoot in India. Takes a lot of balls and risk (doubly so to do it on ones own dime). But thats what this is all about, eh?
Happy to be here and join discussions.
Good to have you aboard and finally posting, Geoffrey. I'm trying to remember where on the 51B extras I mentioned The D-Word. Must be really getting old.
I am happy to have found out about this website. My name is Matthew Cortese I am about to graduate from film school. My focus is on editing Documentaries. I just finished a short film on my father who is a muralist in Northwest Indiana, it is called Pete's Portrait. I am currently working on another short doc about a director of an improve troupe. I was currious as if there are distribution outlets for short docs?
I just found out about this site, and I am really enjoying it. I'm also pretty new to the business having just graduated college and am in the process of looking for work in Boston. In this search for employment I have encountered the need for a website with my video work on it. I have videos on Current but I would like something that I can update frequently sort of like a blog. I have a site, that only showcases my photography that I would like to replace with video. Any kind of HTML template suggestions so I don't have to buy flash would be really helpful. Thanks for D-Word and good luck with your projects folks.
We're brand new to this site having come across it from Documentary.org. We've been filmmakers for many years. Our latest film is a blend of animation and documentary entitled "Mythic Journeys" it stars Tim Curry, Mark Hamill & Lance Henriksen and features interviews with Deepak Chopra, Michael Beckwith and many others. You can view a trailer at the site below. We look forward to getting to know all of you on the boards.
Steven & Whitney Boe
Imaginal Cells FIlmWorks
Hello, I just wanted to draw your attention to ESoDoc – European Social Documentary, which is a training initiative to develop film projects on social issues.
ESoDoc is a European workshop on the social documentary, that takes up the challenge of putting together the various players involved in documentary film production.
ESoDoc aims at creating new opportunities in production for the European documentary industry, where the focus is on human rights, social justice and environmental protection, especially in developing nations; at the same time, ESoDoc is a response to growing awareness, on the part of NGOs and non-profit organizations, that film and new media are strategic instruments for the promotion of their work.
Visit our website: http://www.esodoc.eu
ESoDoc 2009 – Application Deadline: March 3, 2009
... and Tristan and Steven. Welcome to you all. So you know, Steven, you and Whitney each need to register as inidivuals if you decide you want to become full members .
Top of the mornin' to you all from Dublin!
I am a full time media student originally from South Africa. I am specialising in documentary making and am currently in post-production on my first short documentary about Judaism in Dublin. I am very excited to have found this forum – hope to hear from you soon!
I am a budding documentary director/producer/entrepreneur. Recently I've decided to focus my career towards (mostly made for TV) educational/informative/socially relevant documentaries. I would like to create my own production company that develops and produces programming for the likes of NatGeo, Travel, History Channels, etc... I have no idea where to get started!! I would really appreciate any insight from anyone in this field.
Hi I'm Tom Lennon (Thomas Lennon in writing, as in credits.) I've already had an introduction of sorts – Doug Block said, "Tom Lennon is a good friend, and a D-word member who never posts." Fair enough. But I want to get the D-word habit, because I'm stunned by how vigorous and helpful the conversation is. I've been a documentary filmmaker for a long time – started out indie, then to ABC News in the eighties when people like Marcel Ophuls were there, Alan and Susan Raymond – then out on my own, where I did a lot of work for Frontline and the American Experience that I was v. proud of. In the last five years, I've had one foot in documentary, and the other in ...what to call it... public service media, I guess – Ruby Yang and I did a lot of AIDS awareness spots in China, the first such campaigns ever aired in China. I want to keep a foot in both worlds if I can...that's me. Looking forward to ducking in and out of this conversation.
Thomas and Ruby also took home an Oscar for their work in China, as he humbly fails to mention.
Welcome, Amy, Shima, and Tom! Tom, I believe we had a few drinks together a few years ago at the Bohemian beer garden. Maybe once the weather warms up a bit, we should revisit that idea...
Yes, welcome Amy and Shima. And Tom, what can I say? Winning an Oscar is certainly quite an accomplishment. And getting you to finally post on the D-Word is perhaps my finest accomplishment. Welcome aboard, matey!
Welcome to all the new members and enthusiasts.
Amy, I did a study year abroad at Trinity a long time ago and it was the only time where I ever really connected to my faith of birth – perhaps because it was the only time where I felt like such an obvious minority. Look forward to hearing more about your documentary and knowing more about the state of Judaism in Dublin today.
Tom – whatever happened with your film, "Tongzhi in Love"? I saw a screener of it last fall and thought it was a complete knockout. Has it been playing festivals?
Hi, I'm Steve Kennedy and I've got a small problem. I'm pitching a fire safety & environmental video in Santa Cruz, California and there's one Steve Kennedy who works for a County Supervisor as an aide and another Steve Kennedy who works in the data communications department at UC Santa Cruz. I think both of these guys live in Soquel. I got the feeling the town ain't big enough for all three of us.....so whaddya think I call myself "Hollywood" Kennedy so people get the picture? Your flaming comments are welcome in the GuestBook at
http://www.canonbal.org . Wish me luck on my funding proposals and keep the cameras rolling.
James, Doug, Andy: Thanks for those greetings and all those good words. I'm actually writing from True/False FF, where "Tongzhi in Love" is playing. We were short-listed for the Academy Awards, so we had a v. good shot at a nomination (8 films on the shortlist) but we didn't make the cut. now we're sending around to FF. The 30 minute length makes that hard. I love that length – as a viewer, I love watching shorter work, esp for documentary – but to market it is really tough.
Market it? You pick up the phone and say "Sheila darling, how are ya?"
hi my name is Jack and i am living in israel and going to try to work on ideas for making docs here and about this area. i hope it all works out and hope to make a doc on skydiving as well.
My name is Brett Story, I'm a documentary filmmaker and journalist recently relocated to brooklyn from montreal. I'm currently working on a film about the paralysis of petrochemical workers in an industrial city south of Toronto in response to a major epidemic of cancers – a study, really, in post-industrialization and alienation.... I'm also working on a series of experimental super8 docs about cities. some of them are up at www.brettstory.blip.tv. anyway, great to be here, and looking forward to getting to know the forum....
My name is Jennifer Cherry. I teach writing and use videography/photography as an escape from reading student papers. I've decided to stop gazing longingly at all the documentaries being made by others and try to make a short one of my own. I've secured permission from my kids' school and parents to follow the track team this season. I'm kicking around some ideas as to what I want to focus on, so hopefully I'll get it figured out soon--the season begins tomorrow! Most likely, I'll be flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants this go around. I'm sure I'll be asking lots of questions as I get further into this little venture.
I used to lurk out here a lot,but never really had much to contribute, cause I wasn't working on a movie, and jeez, the regulars here can answer pretty much any question that gets posed. I've been off in the wilderness for a year or so and now I'm working on two movies at once. They are both about music. One is half in the can, the other is a collaboration about a defunct punk band with hundreds of fans that I'm organising over a popular social networking site. The second one is really snowballing out of conrol as I type.
So my days are shooting interviews and using the crap out of he razor tool in FCP, scrambling to pay rent in the bay area, and now spending time with you fine folks here on the d-word.
hey, we're all scraping by in here, craig. glad to see you come out of the lurker's darkness and into the light of day.
I am a new member and hopefully this will be a inspiring forum for me.
Greetings from Wiesbaden
Greetings back at you, Juergen. Welcome to the always-inspiring D-Word.
Hi Jürgen, funny, I was in Wiesbaden just four days ago, at Bewegte Zeiten. Do you know them?
Anyway, it's nice to see the "Reelisors" slowly trickling in... Welcome!
In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Fri 6 Mar 2009 :
Hallo Ben. Ich habe von Bewegte Zeiten gehört, aber auch Wiesbaden ist nicht so ganz klein. Ich arbeit seit einigen Jahren mit einem Studio in Mainz zusammen, denn dort kann ich so lange schneiden, wie es nötig ist. Derzeit bereiten wir uns auf den Umzug in eine Scheune vor, damit alles etwas gemütlicher wird. Bon weekend JC
Hi, My name is Faraz Mohammed, I am very new to Documentary film making. and I have recently moved to India from NY and I will be in India for few months. I am looking to meet with some documentary film makers and get some experience. I will appreciate it if anyone can introduce me to people working making documentaries in the Indian subcontinent.
In reply to Faraz Mohammed's post on Sun 8 Mar 2009 :
Sorry, but Inda is not on my screen. I only will have a film in Jaipur for the film festival in july. Juergen
Juergen – If you're referring to the post right before yours, there's no need to use the "in reply to" line. We only do that when linking to earlier posts. Everything else is an ongoing conversation.
Faraz – Welcome. You can connect to other Enthusiasts and Members of The D-Word by using the People link on the top of the page, and then searching for India.
Hello to all. I'm an NYC-based filmmaker, currently making the leap from writing and story editing to directing, and ever so slightly nervous about it. I confess that I generally tend toward the Luddite and non-virtual, but a good friend of mine, who is an active and zealous member, told me D-Word "rocks" – and after trolling around a bit, I'm inclined to agree with him. Looking forward to getting to know you.
Same here, Michelle. We do tend to have a fair share of F2F's in NYC, often built around the Stranger Than Fiction series on Tuesday nights at the IFC Theater. So speak up if you're thinking of going and I'm sure more than a few members will be happy to interact with you non-virtually. In the meantime, welcome aboard.
I'm working on a feature length doc on the collapse of Bear Stearns and am in post-production on 2 TV docs focusing on male vics of domestic violence as well as an investigative piece on Polygamy. Along w/my little brother, I run Blue Chip Films in CT.
I'm usually more of a reader than a poster when it comes to "virtual" communities, but this site seems really awesome. So, in the spirit of full disclosure, I'm a documentary filmmaker currently based in Nashville, TN. I started shooting docs while living abroad in Bolivia during my time in graduate school, and my first film about a network of indigenous filmmakers there had some successes on the festival circuit so I've managed to keep my momentum and continue pursuing stories that interest me. I was the personal videographer for Wynonna Judd for a while, and now I'm doing some work with the Nashville Film Festival. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all better, and maybe even crossing the digital divide...
I've worked in factual TV for 10 years, mainly specializing in developing science/history/lifestyle programmes for channels in the UK and USA. I'm now running TV Mole, which is a website dedicated to helping people originate, develop and pitch their non-fiction shows.
Mark – great to have you on board. I guess I'll see you in April during the Nashville Film Festival then? (Nashville deserves all the credit for making Al Gore watch my film...)
Oh, and Nick, I didn't mean to overlook you (maybe you should upload a picture, haha). Welcome to The D-Word.
I grew up in the middle of Germany. The fall of the Berlin wall was one of my most memorable experiences 20 years ago because I lived close to the border in the west.
I come from the cherry area around Witzenhausen / lovely cherry-blossom in the spring!
"We perceive what we want to perceive" – it depends which pair of glasses we are wearing, as the German saying goes!
I love colourful cupcakes, latte macchiato (medium) with spoon-firm froth, bara-brith, lamb in Wales with mint sauce and good quality tea (Sahnetee). I love web 2.0 and my iPodtouch with good podcasts like audiobooks.
I believe in skills: you cannot have studied history only really – and then work in marketing or so. I was taught good quality work and education was too a high standard. I am interested in – and have studied psychology and neurolinguistic programming (discover your own potential!).
I support Nordic-Walking and Mountain-Walking in Wales.
I set up a good exhibition in my favourite Library, the SUB in Göttingen: http://www.sub.uni-goettingen.de/archiv/ausstell/2008/wales.html.
I belonged to the German Society when I lived in Cardiff.
I love Cardiff, London, Glastonbury – languages, cultures. I love the sun! I never mean to do any harm. People cannot take criticism sometimes – but it is their problem. I have experienced this in Wales (with some national institutions unfortunately). Trust is important – the chemistry has to be good and relentless honesty is important. I need – like every person – someone who tells me that some of my ideas is rubbish. I appreciate it – better than agreeing all the time – this has nothing to do with being rude (guerrilla marketing principal also).
Achievement means a lot to me – but not getting stressed. I never got certain jobs b'cause I am no "arse-licker"; a word and meaning I learnt in Wales. I have been into blogs for a while now, bookmarking / tagging, brand monitoring (MINI), content aggregation, crowdsourcing / voting (Starbucks), discussion boards and forums, vents and meetups, microblogging, video, photosharing, podcasting, presentation sharing, PR, ratings and reviews (Qype). I work to get sponsorship.
Combining culture with IT – this is my interest. I belive just IT is nothing, it is just technology – you still want to read the classics and books that are kept in the libraries. If you don't – I do ;-). I like the art of giving and helping! About me – in one sentence: Very happy!
N.B.: Mark and I are interested in professional film-making (we have good equipment). Wales offers great locations. You can film here very well.
Photography and film-making go very well together. I have studied Visual Anthropology (Georg-August Uni Göttingen) when I chose the subject "Europäische Ethnologie" in which I have a degree.
My name is George Kachadorian and I've beem working for nearly a decade on my latest feature documentary "SHOOTING BEAUTY"– selected to kick off the 2009 Full Frame Film Festival. Also playing in April at IFP/Phoenix Film Fest and IFFBoston.
Check out the brief trailer at our facebook page to see what I've been doing up here in my little NH studio...:
Greetings to all the new Members. George, much congrats on having your premiere be the Full Frame premiere, that's pretty awesome! Now be sure to take the next step and sign up for full membership . Annette, now that's an awesome introduction!
I just saw the trailer to your film, it is amazing. I can't wait to see it. Are there any plans for the film to come to New York anytime soon?
Thanks Ben...I'll be there all week, so we'll definitely cross paths. Congrats on your film.
Great trailer George, and I love the tagline "Everyone deserves a shot." Hope to catch you and the film at IFF Boston!
Dear all, my name is Joshka Wessels, I am a eco-documentary maker based in the Netherlands. My background is in visual anthropology and geography (yes, I have a PhD in that...)I have been a member of D-Word since 2007 when I was based in the UK but just didn't get round to properly introduce myself! I have been working a lot on climate change, water and middle east issues lately. Attached is a list of broadcasts and screening in 2009 of 5 different films I made. You can see my showreel on my youtube channel www.youtube.com/joshkawessels
Have fun !
Glad to have you finally posting, Joshka. Though now I can see why, you've been quite a busy boy. Much congrats.
hi doug, thanks, busy girl you mean...I know confusing hey, Joshka can be both....:)
You know, Doug's eyesight... and he doesn't really read the bios... :-P
[looking for shelter]
Hey, I'm on vicodin and not responsible for anything I do these days (just ask my wife!). But sorry about that, lovely Joshka.
Thx for the Welcome Doug, I'm really psyched to be involved w/this group.
Which is a great segue to a question I have as it regards fair use. As I mentioned, I am working on a feature doc on the collapse of Bear Stearns, I've already had a bunch of fantastic interviews and have a bunch more scheduled through April.
However, I also have an absolute trove of internal corp vid from Bear Stearns that was spirited out of the bldg before it could be destroyed. There is much in this trove that will be useful in one way or another, and yes, some of it is pretty sensitive and documents meetings while the company is on its way to oblivion during that fateful last week.
My question is, what, if any guidance does the group have vis a vis the Fair Use claim. Based on the American Univ Best Practices statement, I feel I'm on pretty firm ground in using what I have, and I also plan on obtaining Fair Use insurance; but just wanted to see what some of you thought. I guess the best way to think of what I have is similar to SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM, which was of course, chock full of internal Enron corp vids.....
Look fwd to any/all comments....
Given the sort of material you are thinking of using, it would seem imperative that you speak to a lawyer.
Thanks John. In order to get the Fair Use insurance I mentioned, I must have a statement from a lawyer attesting to the veracity of the claim....Was just wondering if there was anyone w/a shared experience who could give me some guidance.
Hopefully you'll get some more feedback from the D-Word.
In the interim, Richard Lee is a longstanding member of our community and well versed in these issues. I haven't used him myself, but many colleagues here can attest to his competence in this area.
Thx a bunch, John! I will see about contacting him....
Hello dear documentary colleagues!
I'm Shui-bo Wang, a Montreal based filmmaker and I also teach at the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, as a visiting professor. My animated autobiographical documentary Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square was nominated for an Academy Award in 1999. I made two other documentaries titled Swing in Beijing and They Chose China, and currently working on a couple of documentary feature film projects both in Canada and China.
Welcome, Shuibo. Be sure to apply for professional membership to get full access to all of the discussion forums.
Hi, My name is Simone and I started a project a few years ago- www.nomadichands.com
If anyone is interested in helping out with an upcoming documentary in the Ecuadorian Amazon very soon, I´ve just posted info about it in the public classified section. I´m always open to help with all other areas of the project too ;)
Greetings and Thanks for welcoming me into The D-Word. My name is Adam Lichtenstein and I am an Avid and Final Cut Pro Editor of features, commercials (web, too) and documentaries (TV news docs, reality, and theatrical). My most recent project was for HBO about the late great 70s character actor John Cazale called I KNEW IT WAS YOU. It's making its tour of film festivals, having recently been at Sundance where it was in the Documentary Spotlight program. It's a great little gem and particular favorite of film people. I hope you all enjoy. Again, thanks for inviting me into The Discussion. Warmly, Adam L.
A warm welcome to Simone and Adam. Good to have you both here and leaping in.
I saw I KNEW IT WAS YOU at Sundance and really liked it. Welcome, Adam!