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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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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! :)


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