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Welcome to The D-Word! Stop in and sign the guest book - let us know a little (or a lot) about yourself.

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Doug Block
Sun 5 Apr 2009Link

Very glad you found and snagged us, John. Do you simply enjoy documentaries or are you trying to make one?

Edited Sun 5 Apr 2009 by Doug Block

Henry Warnakulasuriya
Mon 6 Apr 2009Link

Hi everyone,

I'm really pleased to have found this site and I think I will get the chance for connecting with other documentary filmmakers.

I'm new to D-word. I learned about the site from Marjan Safinia, whome I met at Pangeaday International Film festival at Los Angalese in May 2008.

I'm really excited to connect with other documentary filmmakers and and look forward to learning from and connecting with you all!

If I say about my self. My name is Henry. I live in Sri Lanka, a country just lying underneath of India in world map. I am a script writer and director of Documentaries, Short films and educational video programmes.
I am an author of books in the fields of Short stories, Children stories, Novels, Translations and Film Criticism.

My filmography is as follows.

1. Thimbirigeyaka Kathawa (Story of a Labour Room)-1992 13:50
2. A Cradle of Technology -In the Hanthana Valley -1993 21:00
3. Didulambara (Shining Sky)-2005 19:25
4. Theenduwata Pera (Befor the Decision)-2005 12:00
5. Pathadumbara Pawasata Nimavak (End to the Thirsty)-2008 06:30
6. Vistas of an Illustrious Career-2008 11:10
Short Film
1. Madiyam Sevaneli (Mid Sun Shadows) -Supervision Director-2006 07:00
2. Nonimi Gamana (Endless Journey)-2008 10:00

Feature Film
1. Me Mage Sandai (This is My Moon) -Assistant Director-2001

These days I am in the process of preparing for production of a documentary on Catchment protection and water pollution.

I feel this is enough for the time being. You will get to know more about me during future discussions.
Hope to get to know each other.


Doug Block
Mon 6 Apr 2009Link

Welcome, Henry. That's quite an impressive filmmography. Hope you'll feel free to leap right into the discussions here.

By the way, no need to sign your name at the end of your posts. It's added automatically at the top of every post.

James Billy Hill
Mon 6 Apr 2009Link

Hi, I'm James Billy Hill. Yes, that is Billy, not William. True Appalachian heritage in that name. I am a documentary film maker and aspiring screenwriter.

I went to Film School at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington. I have been working in the local film industry since 2006 in various capacities and doing side projects in the mean time.

Last year I finished a short documentary about an Autistic man in Davidson North Carolina, titled: "Richard"
I am currently working on a feature documentary film titled "Troubled Waters." It is about Arsenic poisoning in a small town in Northern Argentina. We have been in production on it for the last three years and with fingers crossed and funding to come we will have it ready for release by late September 2009.

I am still early in my career and hope to glean from the collective wisdom of everyone here and I am excited about this new resource.

I heard about it from a Q and A session with Gary Hustwit at Full Frame last weekend. Full Frame was wonderful.


Doug Block
Mon 6 Apr 2009Link

Welcome, James. I suppose being a Billy Hill is better than being a Hill Billy. (Alright, I couldn't resist – bet you haven't heard that one before.) Glad you found out about us from Gary, we're happy to have you aboard.

Marj Safinia
Tue 7 Apr 2009Link

Welcome Henry! Glad you joined!

John Chalus
Tue 7 Apr 2009Link

Doug, John Chalus here. I have never made a documentary.I do enjoy watching them.

Doug Block
Tue 7 Apr 2009Link

That's fine, John. Good to have an enthusiastic Enthusiast.

Juan Manuel Leguizamon
Tue 7 Apr 2009Link Tag

Hi everyone… I have been a member for a year and I apologize for not presenting myself before.

My name is Juan Leguizamón; I am a Film Editor.
I was born in Argentina but I lived seven years in Barcelona before moving to New York last year.
A week ago I finished my last work called “Dreaming Nicaragua”, a feature length documentary directed by Marcelo Bukin about the life and dreams of five kids in Nicaragua. The film was shown last year at IDFA as a working progress.

In 2006 the film “Angel’s Fire” won as Best Documentary Short Subject at the IDA Awards, also James Longley's "Iraq in Fragments” earned top honors for Feature Length Documentary! (I fell desolate I was working and I couldn’t go… But hey!... that’s life in the dark room).

If someone is interested in working with a reasonable man, obsessed by details and with good sense of humor fell free to contact me. More info at my web:

I hope to be able to give something back to this great community.
Thanks to all.

Tatiana Petrone
Wed 8 Apr 2009Link

I am the festival manager for the American Conservation Film Festival in Shepherdstown, WV.

Jason Perdue
Wed 8 Apr 2009Link

Welcome Tatiana. Glad to have some more festival people here. I'm the Program Director of the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. When is your festival?

Dharma Apparasu
Wed 8 Apr 2009Link

Hi I am Dharma I would like to submit a proposal to PBS very interesting subject, I shall be producing the 13 one-hour series. I looking for some one who has some experience in writing proposals or where can i find some one.
I planning to going into documentary production.

James Billy Hill
Wed 8 Apr 2009Link

A nickname of mine when I was little was "backwards Hill Billy"
In reply to Doug Block's post on Mon 6 Apr 2009 :

James Billy Hill
Wed 8 Apr 2009Link


I have been looking for a Bilengual editor for my current documentary project especially one from Argentina since the doc concerns Argentina. Post would begin in late July-August. Email me some more contact info, I would love to talk with you if you are available.


In reply to Juan Manuel Leguizamon's post on Tue 7 Apr 2009 21:48 UTC :

Andrés Livov
Wed 8 Apr 2009Link

Bienvenido Juan, desde Montreal!

Doug Block
Wed 8 Apr 2009Link

Welcome Juan, Tatiana and Dharma. Glad to have you all here.

Beth Humpert Dunn
Thu 9 Apr 2009Link

Hi, my name is Beth and I live near the Smoky Mountains in the Knoxville, Tennessee area. Good to be connected with all of you doc film folks. I kind of got involved accidentally in doc films, when I visited Russia and got an idea for a story about a little town surrounded by a fence (a nuclear city with the last plutonium-producing reactor slated for closure since the end of the Cold War), but I have always loved docs. When I lived in Southern California, I got a global view of the entertainment industry, since I worked in film distribution, for which I am grateful. The internet has changed things so vastly, that now, as i consider options for distribution, I am seriously considering some kind of alternative way to get my film to a niche audience, rather than go a more traditional route, that aims more broadly. I have many questions, and look forward to hearing from some of you to discover your experiences with this wonderful art and craft we call doc film!

Erica Ginsberg
Thu 9 Apr 2009Link

Welcome everybody. Beth, long time no talk. How's the film coming?

Beth Humpert Dunn
Thu 9 Apr 2009Link

Hi Erica, good to hear from you! You remember I was going to screen a trailer with Docs In Progress last fall, but instead stayed in TN to tend to an elderly friend in a health crisis. In retrospect, I think it was not only a good choice for the sake of my friend, but for the film too. During that season last fall, after having failed to get an ITVS grant with a local PBS Lincs partner, I took the generous feedback from ITVS and applied it to the story. Coupled with some other creative and business input, I am looking at making several stories out of a complex one, to simplify and enhance both the personal and political layers. Thanks for asking! How are things with you?

Sarah Sweet
Thu 9 Apr 2009Link

Hi! My name is Sarah Sweet, I am currently a student of The Evergreen State College (Tacoma Campus) and concentrating on film for my degree. I will be graduating this June and pursuing my MFA in film at The Academy of Art University. I have done short films all through school... really since High school, then in a certification program through a technical college and now at Evergreen where I have really started focusing on documentary. I really enjoy editing, and this is where I feel I do my best work but I seem to be a one- woman crew quite often. Good to meet everyone!

Doug Block
Thu 9 Apr 2009Link

Beth, Sarah, welcome to The D-Word, glad you found us. Sarah, highly recommend you look over some of our archived discussions. Especially the Editing discussion with Kate Amend. Beth, feel free to apply for full membership for working doc professionals.

Stephanie Foerster
Thu 9 Apr 2009Link

Hello! I'm really pleased to have found out about the D-word (thanks Erica G.). I write, shoot and produce documentaries, and when pressed, will edit ;) My work covers a pretty wide range of subjects, from a Nigerian bank setting up shop in post-war Liberia, to a documentary about the largest off-court bocce tournament in the US. In short, I love to tell a good story, no matter the location or topic. You can see some of my work at I look forward to meeting other members!

Juan Manuel Leguizamon
Thu 9 Apr 2009Link

Hola Andrés, como estas?

Hello Doug and James. Actually, hello to everybody!!
It's impressive how many people we are.

James, you been in the Northwest of Argentina, what do you thing? It's a country of extremes contrast, isn't it? It’s very sad. To much corruption and ignorance among politicians… probably I’m not telling you anything new.
I’ll send you an e-mail.

Doug Block
Thu 9 Apr 2009Link

Welcome, Stephanie and Juan Manuel. You make a good point JM, has anyone else noticed how many new members we're getting these days? Nice to have such a great influx of talent. Happy procrastinating.

Tom Dziedzic
Thu 9 Apr 2009Link

Hello all,
I just joined D-Word this week after my colleague and friend Erica Ginsberg told me how much she enjoys the discussions here. I live in Falls Church, VA, in the Washington, D.C., metro area. I'm a freelance scriptwriter, director and producer.

My current film is entitled Redemption Stone-The Life and Times of Tom Lewis ( A quick history of the project: the film was selected for the IFP Market in 2007; I locked the edit in January 2008; it screened at several festivals last year, won two Best Doc awards and then was nominated by IDA for Best Short Film (; this year the film continues on the festival circuit.

I'm interested in all sorts of topics including creative challenges, the festival circuit and fundraising. I've been involved with film and video production a long time and I enjoy sharing what I've learned along the road with others as well as seeing other filmmakers succeed.

All the best
Tom Dz.

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