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Faraz Mohammad
Sun 8 Mar 2009Link

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.


Juergen Czwienk
Sun 8 Mar 2009Link

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


Ben Kempas
Mon 9 Mar 2009Link

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.


Michelle Ferrari
Mon 9 Mar 2009Link

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.


Doug Block
Tue 10 Mar 2009Link

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.

Edited Tue 10 Mar 2009 by Doug Block

Nick Verbitsky
Wed 11 Mar 2009Link

Hi guys,

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.


Mark Kendall
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

Hey everyone,

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...


Nicola Lees
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

Hi
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.


Ben Kempas
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

Nicola – welcome to The D-Word, and please see my comments on TV Mole (great name!) in our Discovery Campus: Docu Series discussion. And please turn yourself into a Member already, will you? :-)

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...)


Ben Kempas
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

Oh, and Nick, I didn't mean to overlook you (maybe you should upload a picture, haha). Welcome to The D-Word.


Annette Strauch
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

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!

Some Links: http://www.mrdgallery.com/
http://www.wiki-goettingen.de/index.php?title=Annette_Strauch

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.

Edited Thu 12 Mar 2009 by Annette Strauch

George Kachadorian
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

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...:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=71146290201


Doug Block
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

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!


Tina Flemmerer
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

George,

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?


Mark Kendall
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

Thanks Ben...I'll be there all week, so we'll definitely cross paths. Congrats on your film.


Sean Flynn
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

Great trailer George, and I love the tagline "Everyone deserves a shot." Hope to catch you and the film at IFF Boston!


Joshka Wessels
Fri 13 Mar 2009Link

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 !


Ben Kempas
Fri 13 Mar 2009Link

Welcome, Joshka. Pretty cool list!


Joshka Wessels
Fri 13 Mar 2009Link

thanks, Ben


Doug Block
Fri 13 Mar 2009Link

Glad to have you finally posting, Joshka. Though now I can see why, you've been quite a busy boy. Much congrats.


Joshka Wessels
Fri 13 Mar 2009Link

hi doug, thanks, busy girl you mean...I know confusing hey, Joshka can be both....:)


Ben Kempas
Fri 13 Mar 2009Link

You know, Doug's eyesight... and he doesn't really read the bios... :-P

[looking for shelter]


Doug Block
Sat 14 Mar 2009Link

Hey, I'm on vicodin and not responsible for anything I do these days (just ask my wife!). But sorry about that, lovely Joshka.


Nick Verbitsky
Mon 16 Mar 2009Link

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....


John Burgan
Mon 16 Mar 2009Link

Given the sort of material you are thinking of using, it would seem imperative that you speak to a lawyer.


Nick Verbitsky
Mon 16 Mar 2009Link

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.


John Burgan
Mon 16 Mar 2009Link

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.


Nick Verbitsky
Mon 16 Mar 2009Link

Thx a bunch, John! I will see about contacting him....


Shuibo Wang
Tue 17 Mar 2009Link

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.


Doug Block
Tue 17 Mar 2009Link

Welcome, Shuibo. Be sure to apply for professional membership to get full access to all of the discussion forums.


Shuibo Wang
Tue 17 Mar 2009Link

thank you very Doug! All the best!


Simone Francis
Tue 17 Mar 2009Link

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 ;)
Cheers,
Simone


Ben Kempas
Wed 18 Mar 2009Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Simone, Shuibo, Nick...


Adam Lichtenstein
Thu 19 Mar 2009Link

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.


Doug Block
Thu 19 Mar 2009Link

A warm welcome to Simone and Adam. Good to have you both here and leaping in.


Ben Kempas
Thu 19 Mar 2009Link

I saw I KNEW IT WAS YOU at Sundance and really liked it. Welcome, Adam!


Riley Morton
Fri 20 Mar 2009Link

SCRAPPLE is a personal fave of mine...


Mark Kendall
Fri 20 Mar 2009Link

Hey Simone...good to see you on here!


Adam Lichtenstein
Fri 20 Mar 2009Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Thu 19 Mar 2009 :

Many thanks, Doug.


Adam Lichtenstein
Fri 20 Mar 2009Link

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Thu 19 Mar 2009 :

That means a lot, Ben. And thanks for having me.


Adam Lichtenstein
Fri 20 Mar 2009Link

In reply to Riley Morton's post on Fri 20 Mar 2009 :

Thanks, Riley. SCRAPPLE's my favorite too.


Ruby Yang
Sun 22 Mar 2009Link

Hi everyone,
This is Ruby Yang from Beijing, my home/work base for the last 5 years. Relocated from San Francisco in 2004, I am still fascinated by Beijing and the rest of China.
Thomas Lennon, my colleague has been telling me about this site. Glad I am now part of this professional community.


Doug Block
Sun 22 Mar 2009Link

Welcome, Ruby! I've known of you through Tom for many years now, so it's great to finally have you joining us here. I guess modesty prevented you from mentioning the documentary short Oscar you and Tom won last year for "The Blood of Yingzhou District", but not me.


James Longley
Sun 22 Mar 2009Link

Hi Ruby – good to see you again, if only virtually.


Athanasios Palos-Papantonopoulos
Sun 22 Mar 2009Link

In reply to Ruby Yang's post on Sun 22 Mar 2009 :
Ruby halo,
please, keep me in mind in case you come along with medical video footage.
Regards
A.Palos


Richard Eisenstein
Mon 23 Mar 2009Link

Hey Documentary community. I am Rick Eisenstein of Los Angeles and I am working on a documentary about the mortgage meltdown leading to the the foreclosure fiasco.


Rob Ferguson
Mon 23 Mar 2009Link

Hello, all!
I'm very new to the documentary production process. I am helping a friend raise money to realize his dream of making a documentary questioning the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Edgar Allan Poe against the backdrop of the socio-economic and political realities of 19th century Baltimore.
He's been working on this for well over a decade now, and has a very detailed and well-thought plan, in addition to some participation arrangements with successful documentary filmmakers, so I am confident in the "bedrock" of the written materials and accounting data upon which I am building our funding strategy.
I am familiar with fundraising for social service agencies, higher education, and the visual arts, but this is my first foray into documentary film and it looks like there are significant aspects of documentary funding that are unique to the discipline.
I've found some solid information online and even a few leads worth pursuing, but would definitely be grateful for any wisdom and advice I could gain from those more experienced than I.
Most notably-what are good ways to get leads/ideas/contact information for organizations that issue grants for documentary films (particularly those focusing more on the American history and/or literature fields)?
Thanks for any guidance anybody should provide!


Lynn Casper
Tue 24 Mar 2009Link

Hello!

I am merely an amateur who is just getting into filmmaking. My real passion lies in Social Media. I am the Social Media Strategist for a nonprofit organization called Working Films. We work with a lot of documentary films and help create audience engagement strategies so that their films can really have an impact on the social issues they are about. I am really interested in seeing how filmmakers are using social media to get the word out about their films and to engage their audience.

Are there any filmmakers here who have been using social media tools in their film campaigns?


James Longley
Tue 24 Mar 2009Link

In reply to Richard Eisenstein's post on Mon 23 Mar 2009 :

Rick – sounds interesting. Just make sure to include a montage of a baby carriage rolling down steps.


Doug Block
Tue 24 Mar 2009Link

Welcome Richard, Rob and Lynn.

Lynn, you might want to browse thru the Marketing and Distribution topic, where a number of filmmakers are discussing social media and networking tools (most lately, Angela Alston).


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