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Nick Verbitsky
Tue 14 Apr 2009Link

In reply to Kyle McKeveny's post on Mon 13 Apr 2009 20:41 UTC :
Welcome Raffaele and Kyle and Regan and Gregory!


Regan Brashear
Tue 14 Apr 2009Link

Thanks Nick! I've quickly gotten hooked on this D-Word drug, but I'm with Graeme in needing to remember to get back to actually finishing my film – so I can put all this good advice and inspiration to good use! =)


Michael Angus
Tue 14 Apr 2009Link

Hi Raffaele and Kyle. Nice to see you here.
Hey Raffaele, did you submit you film to Brisbane Festival? I didn't get to see it at Full Frame unfortunately.


Mohammad Aasim Saleem
Wed 22 Apr 2009Link

Hello Doug & all members. Im Mohammad Aasim Saleem from Karachi, Pakistan. Currently Im employed with a leading news/current affairs channel in my country. I have over nine years of experience in producing, directing, scripting and etc. having produced documentaries, live transmissions etc. etc.

Also gained experience in developing feasibility reports for channels and now, Im working on expanding my horizon. D-Word should certainly be a wonderful experience to come across and intereact with professionals from varying backgrounds. Looking forward.


Richard Brouillette
Wed 22 Apr 2009Link

Hello everyone !

I'm an independent documentary filmmaker, producer, writer and editor (and a few other things). My first language is French. My latest film "L'encerclement – La démocratie dans les rets du néoolibéralisme" ("Encirclement – Neo-Liberalism Ensnares Democracy") has had it's world premiere at Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) in 2008 and it's international premiere in this year's Berlinale Forum section. It was released theatrically in Montréal (Québec, Canada) last February and it's currently touring a few festivals: BAFICI, Visions du réel, IndieLisboa, Documenta Madrid, Hot Docs, Viennale, Oslo International Film Festival, Ghent Film Festival, etc. I've been awarded a M. Joan Chalmers Award (Best Canadian documentary) for my first film "Trop c'est assez" ("Too Much Is Enough") and a Pierre and Yolande Perrault Award (Best emerging documentary filmmaker) at this year's Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois for "Encirclement".

I've just found out about D-Word – which surely looks like a nice place to meet doc people and exchange – through Hot Docs.

Cheers!


Marj Safinia
Wed 22 Apr 2009Link

Welcome Mohammad and Richard. Always a pleasure to have diverse international perspectives.

You should both consider applying for full membership, which will give you access to all the professional topics. It's free, but not automatic.


Doug Block
Wed 22 Apr 2009Link

Hello and a warm welcome to you both, Mohammad and Richard. Mohammad, as Marj suggests (and Richard has already done), do apply for full membership. You'll get to take part in many more discussion topics.


Churchill Roberts
Thu 23 Apr 2009Link

Hello, documentary filmmakers. I'm Churchill Roberts, Co-director of the Documentary Institute at the University of Florida. In September, the Independent Magazine listed the Documentary Institute as one of the 10 best documentary programs in the country. But now, the dean of my college wants to eliminate it. Please help by signing the petition below. IDA distributed this information yesterday. Thanks for your help. Let me know if you have any questions. Churchill clrobert@ufl.edu
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Andrew Dupont
Thu 23 Apr 2009Link

Hey folks! Checking myself in here. I'm not exactly making a documentary but I will need all the help I can get and this looks like a great way to get connected to the people in the know. I look forward to hearing from you all!


Ben Kempas
Tue 28 Apr 2009Link

Welcome Churchill and Andrew!


Sara Washington
Wed 29 Apr 2009Link

Hello everyone! My name is Sara, I am an undergraduate student in California. I have done some short film pieces and audio pieces before in the past, and now I'm working on my first feature film. I look forward to "meeting" each of you!


James Longley
Wed 29 Apr 2009Link

Great to see you here, Sara.


Mila Turajlic
Wed 29 Apr 2009Link

Hello to all. I've actually been a member of this forum for a number of years, although I've never posted (feels like I'm taking a very big step right now..) I do want to congratulate you on creating such a wonderful space – I find it an incredibly useful resource for all things technical, but most importantly motivational. Doc filmmaking gets a bit lonely at times and it's nice to know there's a whole lot of people out there who've been down that road..

I've been working on a project called Cinema Komunisto for a couple of years now (it's been a long and interrupted development and shooting process), and have finally reached the editing stage, so I've re-located temporarily to Los Angeles for the edit. Would love to meet fellow documentary filmmakers in a town that doesn't seem to have much time for that world...


Jeremy Weinstein
Thu 30 Apr 2009Link

Hi I'm Jeremy, I'm embarking a new project that might interest some of you – it's called Docummunity and is trying to be the first feature length documentary that's been created entirely from user generated content.
We're launching the web site in 6 weeks and are trying to get content that centers around the theme of money – for more information got to www.docummunity.com or email me on jeremy@portablefilmfestival.com

Cheers!


Ben Kempas
Thu 30 Apr 2009Link

Welcome Serbia (USA) and Australia!


Doug Block
Thu 30 Apr 2009Link

Welcome, Jeremy. Sounds like a great project, definitely of interest to us since we do collaborative projects ourselves from time to time.

And Mila, great to have you come out from the shadows and into the sunshine and light, at last. Not so terrifying after all, is it?


Christopher Wong
Thu 30 Apr 2009Link

mila, there's a bunch of us D-Worders here in L.A., so we'll have to arrange a get-together this summer. would love to hear more about your project.


Danny Samit
Fri 1 May 2009Link

Hey Everyone,

I'm so excited I found this place. It looks like a wonderful community. I'm a documentary filmmaker and I live in LA. My first feature just won the Jury Award for Best Documentary at Japan Film Festival last week. It's a documentary on Japanese whaling: http://www.kujirathemovie.com .

I'm very excited to start reading more posts.

--Danny


Christopher Wong
Fri 1 May 2009Link

congrats on the award, danny! and welcome to the D-Word... make sure that you apply for full membership (it's free) so that you will be eligible to see all the discussion topics on this site.


Doug Block
Fri 1 May 2009Link

Welcome, Danny. And, yes, do apply. Here's how ...

Edited Fri 1 May 2009 by Doug Block

John Burgan
Fri 1 May 2009Link

Tell us a bit more about yourself, Danny. How did you come to make KUJIRA?


Julia Wiegand
Sun 3 May 2009Link

Hey doc friends,

I'm a documentary film editor based in Cologne, Germany.
Currently I edit my first feature length documentary "Tribes of Cologne" which is an ethnographic film about people who dress and live like Huns and Mongolians in Cologne (http://www.58filme.de/projekte/projekt_13.html). (Sorry, the site is in German only)

Having studied documentary film in Italy and having worked in Denmark I very much appreciate getting in contact with you from allover the world.

Julia


Doug Block
Sun 3 May 2009Link

Welcome, Julia. You'll want to sign up for full membership as well.


Ben Kempas
Sun 3 May 2009Link

Hey Julia, this project sounds hilarious. I live in Munich (theoretically) but have grown into a big fan of the Cologne carnival. Is there any overlap between the Tribes of Cologne and the carnival?

Please do become a full Member of The D-Word. "It's free but it's not automatic."

(And give my regards to Jutta Krug.)


Julia Wiegand
Sun 3 May 2009Link

Thank you!
Actually the Tribes of Cologne do have their origin in the Cologne carnival, they started up as carnival associations in the 50s. They also hold summer camps in parks which for them is even more important than carnival.


Danny Samit
Mon 4 May 2009Link

Hey John, Great to meet you. I came to make KUJIRA because I thought the whaling controversy was very complex and interesting but had only seen very one-sided presentations of it. I thought it'd be interesting to go into it with no bias and see what people had to say.


Jon Goldman
Mon 4 May 2009Link

Hey Doug– looking forward to your appearing at Making Media in June...in the meantime, just so you know, I am currently producing a film about oil, the classic film LOUISIANA STORY and my family called OIL IN THE FAMILY. You can see the trailer here: http://oilfilms.com


Shyla Palm
Mon 4 May 2009Link

Hey D-Word World,

I am Television and Film student/graduate looking to create a documentary from scratch in the next few months. I am open to any suggestions on how to start the research process. Got a story cooking and can't wait to get it out on film. If anyone wants a mentee I am looking for a mentor.
Take Care,
Shyla


Kathryn Dietz
Mon 4 May 2009Link

Hi D-Word friends,

I'm an independent documentary producer, have been working for my own company Ambrica Productions for nearly 25 years making films for PBS, and have helped raise over $7 million. Now in this down economy I'm hiring myself out for development work. If anyone needs help developing concepts, doing pre-interviews or interviews, writing proposals, working with advisors, budgeting and planning films, etc, I'd love to hear from you! I'm also looking forward to reading what others are doing.


Ben Kempas
Mon 4 May 2009Link

Shyla and Kathryn, welcome to The D-Word!


Kathryn Dietz
Mon 4 May 2009Link

Thanks Ben! Now to figure out how to make the most of this community.


Doug Block
Mon 4 May 2009Link

It's simple, Kathryn. You basically give up making docs and read back posts for the next few years. Meanwhile, welcome to both you and Shyla.

Jon, looking forward to the Making Media Conference, too. Hope to see you there.


Luciano Blotta
Tue 5 May 2009Link

Hi D word colleagues!
I am Luciano, documentary filmmaker based in LA. I am also a cinematographer, my latest film, RiseUp, is having it's north american premiere this weekend at HotDocs, exciting! I am glad to join in and hope to be having great discussions here in the near future. If you like Reggae music, then you'll love RiseUp, you can check it out at www.riseupmovie.com
All the best!
Luciano.


Gregory Rossi
Wed 6 May 2009Link

In reply to Jeremy Weinstein's post on Thu 30 Apr 2009 :

Jeremy, interesting idea, I l'll look at your site and see what you're working on. I've also been developing the idea of employing a wiki element in producing documentaries – to a certain extent. Will look forward to talking with you more about this.


Raphaela Neihausen
Thu 7 May 2009Link

I thought I'd formally introduce myself, even though I already know many of you through the doc community.

First my confession: I joined D-Word a few years back, but guiltily never really got that involved. Instead, my childhood friend and the director of the first film I produced "Miss GULAG" (Maria Yatskova) held the D-Word reins for both of us. Anyways, this time around – I plan to get more active!

So my intro: I produced Miss GULAG (www.MissGULAG.com) while working a full-time job in management consulting (advising Fortune 100 companies on their business strategies). I realized I couldn't do both jobs without losing my mind, so after 7 years in business, I left it for the more lucrative world of documentary film (yes, that's a joke – the "lucrative" part, that is). Anyways, since the transition, I've been working on a personal documentary about my family (that is currently on hiatus) and more officially, I'm the Executive Director of a weekly NY documentary screening series called Stranger Than Fiction (http://STFdocs.com – we actually just got a topic on D-Word – see http://www.d-word.com/topics/show/156?read=new). That's all for me!

Edited Thu 7 May 2009 by Raphaela Neihausen

Philip Owens
Thu 7 May 2009Link

Hi all,

I've been lurking here for too long so I might as well get on with it. I'm an editor, most recently finishing Doug Pray's advertising feature doc, 'Art & Copy' – we've been doing the rounds of festivals since Sundance and we just screened last night at Stranger Than Fiction at the IFC in NYC. That was a brief six hours in NY! While we're busy supporting that film, I'm onto my next feature doc, which is about the life and times of Roger Corman (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1185371/). It's a pleasure to be a member here and I look forward to becoming more involved. Best to you all, look forward to chatting.


Marj Safinia
Thu 7 May 2009Link

Welcome officially, Raphaela and Philip. Glad to see you coming out of the shadows!


Doug Block
Thu 7 May 2009Link

Ditto, great to have you both aboard. And congrats on the success of Art & Copy, Philip. Wish I could have made the STF screening the other night.

For those of you living on Mars, the lovely and charming Raphaela is Thom Powers' better half. It's funny but Stranger Than Fiction has become such a NYC institution that I would have sworn you've been an active D-Word participant all along.

Edited Thu 7 May 2009 by Doug Block

Raphaela Neihausen
Thu 7 May 2009Link

Philip – Congrats on a great film! The audiences really enjoyed it at STF the other night.

Thank you for the official welcome, Doug & Marj! Yes, I've been a participant, but more of a lazy lurker since between Thom and Maria, I always knew what was going on. Bit the tides are changing!


Jason Perdue
Thu 7 May 2009Link

Hi Philip. Great to see you here. Looks like the STF screening went great.


Philip Owens
Fri 8 May 2009Link

Thanks all! It's good to be here, and many thanks for all the kind comments. I'm looking forward to getting to know the place and the people. And thanks to Jason for introducing me here!


Maria Yatskova-Ibrahimova
Fri 8 May 2009Link

In reply to Raphaela Neihausen's post on Thu 7 May 2009 :

I never thought I'd see the day! Welcome doll-face! :)


Jo Danieli
Fri 8 May 2009Link

Hi, I am an author, journalist and artist, born in Austria, coming from a background of marketing, graphic design, journalism and photography (mostly in Vienna), and I have “turned filmmaker” to take advantage of more modern tools of story-telling. I have worked in all areas of the media business, from reporter over art-director, ad-exec, layouter to editor-in-chief, and I have traveled the world publishing feature reports about exotic themes. I am an experienced copywriter and conceptionist for advertising, commercial campaigns, music videos, promotional videos and documentary films. My early works as an independent filmmaker are documentaries about interesting people. I have been working in all facets of video production and have made a few short film.

The last three years I spent making an epic documentary about Hawaii, and I am seeking preview and fundraising screening venues for my film – which was made completely out of pocket, and all I need now is to be able to pay for clearances.
My film is the ultimate educational-cultural gem about Hawaii, so factual that it has the hardest time getting funding. Why? Because my 56 speakers and 10 Hawaiian narrators tell Hawaii’s story how it really was, detached from the usual bias. And not everyone is happy about having to revise their pre-conceived ideas about “the good guys and the bad guys”, about “paradise” and the contrary … and it all has been existing in the Hawaiian islands for millennia.

Here is the online trailer of my film "Native Of Owhyhee" (390 min., widescreen, that I wrote, produced, directed and edited): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2VTzh5CZdg .

The synopsis:
"Native Of Owhyhee" – WGA.reg. 1170301 © Jo Danieli 2008 – in post-production/seeking distribution/completion funding
Feature documentary, 390 minutes, widescreen;
The epic historical documentary "Native Of Owhyhee" tells the story how Hawaii turned from an ancient "pagan" society into one of the most literate Christian nations in the world of the 1800s. It is the story of tribal cults and sacrifices, of legendary magical ways of living predating the era of the settlement of Polynesia, of indigenous traditions in the islands through the eras, and it features the intersection of cultures in Hawaii as well as the fate of several young Hawaiian sailors and a Prince who played historical key-roles in the era of greatest changes shortly after Western contact, together with the pioneer American Christian missionaries. The film features 56 speakers from Hawaii and New England and ten native Hawaiian narrators, over 1000 historical images, historical film-clips and great original Hawaiian and New England music.

I am not much of a chatter, but I’d appreciate referrals to screening venues and / or sponsors who want to help me to make this film public to honor the many people who are sharing their expert “mana’o” (“knowledge”) in our film.
One “kupuna” (Hawaiian elder) who speaks in the film, passed away, and this makes me very sad. His wish was, however, after seeing an early version of the docu, that it be shared with the world. And I am working on that one and would appreciate your help. I’d share the preview screener with anyone interested and/or a two hours content-clips DVD.
My reel is available.

I’d love to make my next documentaries, but currently, I have to try and find a way to survive economically after spending literally all I had on my Hawaii docu – just BECAUSE people (especially sponsors-to-be) were so incredibly nasty about facts that matter and tried to force me to adjust historical facts to their ideas of history and their political and religious agendas. To threaten me is the best way to keep me on track, though – that’s why “Native Of Owhyhee” is “pono”: It means, it’s right and pure and genuine and honors all people involved in the intersection of cultures as it has been going on in Hawaii and in the Pacific for thousands of years.
Do I have Polynesian/Pacific ancestry? Maybe. This doesn’t matter. The world should be an open space for humans, and to me, race or nationality are only words.
One of the speakers in my film says the ultimate truth about it all:
“Spirit is universial, it’s not racial.”
And that’s the motto of my film.
I hope, many people will get to see it. Of course I’ll share the rights with people helping me to get it out there.

With “hula” being still such a trendy dance, it’s needless to say, that Japan alone with it’s thousands of hula-schools, is waiting for my film that actually explains Hawaiian culture to the people who wish to honor it by dancing a Hawaiian dance (saying “dance the hula” would mean “dance the dance”) …

I am not online all that often, so if you would like to communicate with me about my film – please, just email.

Jodanieli2@hawaii.rr.com or jodanieli@hotmail.com

Thanks for your attention.
Aloha nui loa!


Tom Dziedzic
Fri 8 May 2009Link

Jo, I would suggest joining IFP and then entering your film into the IFP Market, now called Independent Film Week. Deadline is May 21 so there is time, albeit a rush.
Go to http://www.ifp.org
for more info


John Stanton
Sun 10 May 2009Link

John,

Good work on the Oil In The Family trailer. It looks great visually and it really give hints of an intereting way to look at a very big picture through the intimate lens of a family story. I am working on a trailer for a story out of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Hope it comes out good.


Jedrzej Jonasz
Sun 10 May 2009Link

Hi everyone,

My name is JJ, I have directed 2 docs about Poland and WW2, but most recently have directed a comedy mockumentary about indie filmmaking called "Low Budget" (we can't afford a tagline..) You can see the first few parts of the film at:

http://www.LowBudgetComedy.com

I'd love to get some advice on promoting and marketing an indie film. You can see clips from my docs at:

http://www.CapitalJFilms.com

By the way, great job on the hawaii doc Jo! Mahalo.

-JJ


Doug Block
Mon 11 May 2009Link

Welcome, Jo and JJ. Funny tag line, JJ.


Mike Seely
Mon 11 May 2009Link

Hey there D-Worders,

My name is Mike Seely. I've been a member for a few years, but finally making a concerted effort to be more digitally involved here ("long time listener, first time caller").

I'm a filmmaker/ cinematographer based in San Francisco, but right now living in Lodz, Poland for a few months. I'm just finishing up editing a half-hour film about an innovative Ecuadorian doctor and his efforts to provide health care in rural areas (the title is in working-title limbo, so I'll give another shout when it's finalized).

Before the website for the curent film is up, you can check out some of my past work here:
www.open-signal.com
and here's a shorter version of the Ecuador piece I produced for Frontline World's website:
http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/rough/2007/06/ecuador_health.html

I'm spending a lot of time here in Poland over the next couple of years, so would love to connect with other documentarians living and working in Europe. Next year I plan to make three shorts docs in different styles as part of a fulbright grant project on the Polish documentary tradition.

By the way, I'll be heading to Planete Doc Review Festival and INPUT in Warsaw this week if anyone will be there.

Looking forward to participating!
Mike Seely


Doug Block
Mon 11 May 2009Link

Thanks for coming out of the darkness, Mike. Next time you post (hopefully, soon) you might want to update your Current Location (in the box above every post) with your, um, current location.


Sahand Sahebdivani
Wed 13 May 2009Link

"We know stuff about TV, that I don't know Canada will EVER know." Funny stuff, JJ.


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