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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
Fri 13 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
Mon 16 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
Thu 19 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
Sat 21 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.


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