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Sahand Sahebdivani
Wed 13 May 2009Link

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


Miranda Yousef
Wed 13 May 2009Link

Hello everybody,

Charmed, charmed, charmed. I don't often Introduce Myself, but I feel compelled (mostly by the little message reminding me to every time I log in to D-Word). I'm a feature documentary editor. I apprenticed with the editor of "WORDPLAY," assisting him on a lovely film called "SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED" (SXSW 2008), before moving on to edit "FOOD FIGHT" (which won the 2008 IDA Audience Award). I have worked on 2008 Sundance audience favorite "I.O.U.S.A.," and current Kirby Dick release "OUTRAGE." Most recently I was Lead Editor on one of the most serious and thought-provoking projects I've worked on, "THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS DOCUMENTARY," which will air on Nickelodeon sometime in July, to the delight of... all your children and college-aged nieces and nephews.

However, aside from the CV, I think the more relevant and useful information in an Introduction would be: I love chocolate, watching great movies, reading engrossing books, other people's cats, the Bach Cello Suites, most Impressionists, and the Internet Archive.

I am currently looking for my next project, so if anyone is looking for an editor and wants to talk, please let me know!

All the best,
- Miranda


Erica Ginsberg
Wed 13 May 2009Link

Welcome Miranda. Care to share which Impressionists you don't care for?


Miranda Yousef
Wed 13 May 2009Link

LOL. Very sharp. Although I was using "most" as a sort of disclaimer (what if they discover a new Impressionist I don't like?), I can honestly say that I'm not entirely won over by Bazille. ;)

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bazille_Summer_Scene.jpg


Doug Block
Wed 13 May 2009Link

You look very glamorous, Miranda, especially for someone who toils away for long hours in dark, dank edit rooms. Very nice to have you aboard the good ship, D-Word. Hope you'll spend way too much of your time here.


Andrea Feder
Wed 13 May 2009Link

Hello everyone,

I have just joined the D-Word after meeting many delightful D-worders at Hot Docs. I am a producer/production manager based in Montreal.

I have worked on many docs since I started working in this crazy industry 3 years ago. I am an active member of DOC (Documentary Organization of Canada) and I am in the middle of organizing the Film Blitz 2880 (a 48 hour filmmaking competition... see classifieds for more info). Before breaking into the production side of things I worked a few years as a gaffer/best boy electric. I am one of those weird people that has no desire whatsoever to direct. I enjoy helping directors making their visions come true by filing out forms, making budgets and financial structures, talking to broadcasters, etc.

On a more personal note, I am Venezuelan born, with Argentine parents and Eastern European roots. I play the violin in a great orchestra.

I look forward to virtually meeting you soon and maybe even face to face.

Cordially yours,
Andrea


Ben Kempas
Thu 14 May 2009Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Andrea! Which orchestra?


Doug Block
Thu 14 May 2009Link

Greetings, Andrea. Nice to have you joining us.


Andrea Feder
Fri 15 May 2009Link

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Thu 14 May 2009 :

Hey Ben, I play with the Orchestra Philharmonia Mundi di Montreal. We have a concert coming up in Montreal May 30th, an all russian program including Borodin's 2nd Symphony... but maybe I should have put that on the shameless promotion part of the website, or maybe another website altogether.


Ben Kempas
Fri 15 May 2009Link

Ah, getting used to our topic regime already? :-)

Sounds great! Good luck for the gig.


Luis Tapia
Sun 17 May 2009Link Tag

Hello, everyone. I'm an independent filmmaker born in Mexico, raised in the US, and living in Shanghai, China for the last seven years. I've been making documentary shorts for a couple years now, and they have been growing in scale with the eventual goal of making feature-length projects. I just finished a 25-minute film, Up from the Underground, about an independent Shanghai rock band (viewable on my site at http://www.daedalumfilms.com/films-up-from-the-underground-documentary-short.php). I am also nearly done shooting my next half-hour piece, Human Flesh Search Engine, about a fascinating Chinese Internet phenomenon by the same name.

I look forward to being a more active member here on The D-Word. Anyone interested in China stories for an international audience feel free to give me a shout.


John Burgan
Sun 17 May 2009Link

Good to have you here with us, Luis. That's quite an odyssey you've made.

There are a few D-Worders in China, including a handful in Shanghai. You can hook up with them using the D-Word Member database – use the advanced search to narrow down the location.

Edited Sun 17 May 2009 by John Burgan

Ben Detalle
Sun 17 May 2009Link

'ello 'ello to all!
my name is ben detalle, and im am currently in the daunting/exciting (guess that depends on the days) process of editing my first documentary short. its called "der kindergarten",shot it here in berlin, about a group of kids in an integration kindergarten. basically it deals with themes of learning in young children and how they grow within their surroundings.
im very excited to communicate with you all, and hopefully learn from some of your experiences.
if ever any of you are in berlin, drop me a line!
all the best,
ben


John Stanton
Sun 17 May 2009Link

Hey everybody,

After a few years writing/producing mostly a series of local oral history shorts and museum installation videos, I am back pushing that big rock called the long format documentary up that hill. I just returned from a seven-day shoot in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and am cutting a works-in-progress trailer.

I live on an island, where most of my friends are carpenters or house painters or some other job that caters to the idle rich. So it is easy to get isolated from other people who have chosen to chase stories. looking forward to some back and forth.

John Stanton
Shouldered Oar Films


Doug Block
Sun 17 May 2009Link

Welcome, Luis, Ben and John. Not to get all vampire-like or anything but great to have a transfusion of new blood here.


Simon Constable
Mon 18 May 2009Link

Hello – from the U. K.! We are aquainted with the amazing Fernanda Rossi+ that is what has brought us here to D WORD. Still finding my way about+ keen to participate in Fernanda' s online seminar. Nice to meet you all here.


Simon Constable
Mon 18 May 2009Link

By the way, the photo. is of my business partner+ the Director of our debut doc. about HIV/ AIDS 'VOICES': www.voices-hivaids.com – check the trailer in the DOCUMENTARY section!


Doug Block
Mon 18 May 2009Link

Well, Simon, Fernanda's topic is now open so be among the first to fire away with your questions or comments.


Linda Booker
Mon 18 May 2009Link

Hi Ya'll
Looking forward to getting to know the D-Word community and after hearing about the late night fun at Full Frame this year... meeting other D-Worders in the future! I just wish I had joined years ago. Now that I've done some festival and many grassroots screenings of my documentary film LOVE LIVED ON DEATH ROW (I directed/edited/produced), I'm now hoping that some of you can give me guidance and advice as I venture into national and foreign markets & DVD sales.

I'm a 2005 graduate of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University certificate program and soon after started production on LOVE LIVED. I laugh that it's hi-jacked my life the last few years, but it's also led to amazing experiences and meeting so many remarkable people. You can see a trailer & more about the film at www.lovelivedondeathrow.com. It's about forgiveness, healing, restorative justice and the capital punishment system. I also program a local film series and I'm always looking for regional work (NC connections is the theme.)

Thanks for such a great forum,
Linda


Doug Block
Mon 18 May 2009Link

Great to have you here, Linda. Forget Full Frame, it's late night fun 24/7 here at The D-Word. After years of hanging out on death row, I bet you could use a little fun, too.


Adrian Salinas
Tue 19 May 2009Link

Hello everybody, just found this forum and totally love it!!!
I am a feature film editor working in L.A., Moving in to directing & producing my own films.
Born in Mexico city,citizen of the world, happy to finally have somebody to ask questions too.

Good luck and a lovely day to everybody

A

oh yea: you can see some of my work @ www.adriansalinas.com

; )

Edited Tue 19 May 2009 by Adrian Salinas

Doug Block
Tue 19 May 2009Link

Welcome, Adrian. From my informal calculation, you posted from LA around 5:30am your time. Very impressive. You already understand that The D-Word is either the first or last thing you should do every day (or both!)

Anyway, good luck with your rise to mogulhood and glad to have you aboard.

Edited Tue 19 May 2009 by Doug Block

Ron Osgood
Tue 19 May 2009Link

Hello everyone,

I teach documentary production at Indiana University and recently completed my first feature length doc "My Vietnam Your Iraq" that tells the stories of nine families with a parent that served in Vietnam and a child that served in Iraq. www.myvietnamyouriraq.com

Ron Osgood
www.iu.edu/~videoz


Doug Block
Tue 19 May 2009Link

Welcome, Ron. Feel free to sign up for full membership here. You certainly qualify.


John Burgan
Tue 19 May 2009Link

Looks like you've acquired quite a bit of teaching experience along the way, Ron. What drew you to make the Vietnam/Iraq project?


Ron Osgood
Tue 19 May 2009Link

I'm a Vietnam veteran and when the war in Iraq started it brought back memories of my military service.


John Burgan
Wed 20 May 2009Link

Sounds like a very strong motivation to make the film.


Shlomo Hazan
Wed 20 May 2009Link

Hello,

I am Shlomo Hazan, from Israel, a filmmaker (directing, editing, producing, waterboying) and an editing teacher.
After some casual swimming beside the "good ship D-Word", as Doug said above, it is time for me to climb aboard and join the fun.
Glad to be here.


Ben Kempas
Wed 20 May 2009Link

Climbing aboard? We hope you're not a pirate! (Too much about them in the news recently, I guess.)

Welcome on our ship, Water Boy! :-)


Georgi James
Wed 20 May 2009Link

Hello all. I'm a publisher and now hopefully a film maker as well.

I have traveled the world writing and interviewing people + places + stories over many years and now would like to capture some of the same on film.

My first of a short series will be filmed in Edinburgh, August/September,

I appreciate D-Word... it's been great reading the posts and I look forward to being a part of this community.

Cheers G.


Ben Kempas
Wed 20 May 2009Link

Welcome to the rapidly-growing group of D-Word Enthusiasts! (And I love Edinburgh!)


Doug Block
Wed 20 May 2009Link

Me, too! Welcome, Georgi and Shlomo.


Jennifer MacDonald
Thu 21 May 2009Link

Hi! I'm a recent college grad and currently work as a reporter for the CBS/NBC affiliate in Northern California. I want to start a career in the documentary film industry. I love my job telling people's stories everyday but I want to tell longer stories with bigger themes. I'm moving back home to Los Angeles as soon as I get a job so if anyone knows of anything please tell me! Thanks!


John Burgan
Thu 21 May 2009Link

Unlike fiction film & TV, I'm not sure that documentary is an industry anywhere, Jennifer, but if you love it enough, it might well become a life-long addiction! Good luck with your endeavours.


Doug Block
Thu 21 May 2009Link

Think of it as a very serious, very expensive hobby. Glad you googled and found us, though, Jennifer.


Jason Osder
Thu 21 May 2009Link

It kind-of depends on how you define documentary also.

I would say that there is a non-fiction television industry here in DC, but only a fraction of this production (IMO) can truly be called documentary.

Of course, lots of people have day jobs in the industry than hustle (and borrow equipment from employers) to do their own doc projects.


John Burgan
Thu 21 May 2009Link

Let's not forget the "factual entertainment" industry


Jason Osder
Thu 21 May 2009Link

Nor reality television, corporate video, and weddings.

All legit ways to build your skills and pay the bills.


Jennifer MacDonald
Thu 21 May 2009Link

Oh ok. That makes sense because a lot of the postings on craigslist are non-paid and short durations. I guess I'm having a hard time figuring out if I should leave my stable job to pursue jobs in TV and film in Los Angeles (my hometown). Documentary would be my number one love.. It's scary to go into the unknown!

Edited Thu 21 May 2009 by Jennifer MacDonald

Steven Gray
Sat 23 May 2009Link

Hi there. Director of Photography, studied with Mr Burgan at the NFTS way back in the late 80's/early 90's, and have been lucky since graduating to have been shooting docs since then. Given the way the broadcast industry is at the moment, not sure if i will be able to continue making a living from docs, hence trying to move into drama.

Edited Sat 23 May 2009 by Steven Gray

John Burgan
Sat 23 May 2009Link

The venerable Mr Gray! Good to see you here, mate. Let's have a drink in London next month sometime and catch up on the last, er, 17 years or so...


Jonathan Bland
Mon 25 May 2009Link

Hi Folks,
Great to see a forum like this :)
I just thought I'd take a moment to say hi and see if there are any doc filmmakers living/ working in Mumbai.
I'm from Canada but have lived/ worked/ adventured in India/ Asia for half of the last 15 years. I work as a D.P. and am currently developing a project here in Mumbai.


Doug Block
Mon 25 May 2009Link

Jonathan you can always hit the People link at the top of every page and do an "advanced search" by city and country.


Dan Gasiewski
Tue 26 May 2009Link

A national competition seeking the best videos, photographs, and stories describing how individuals, families and communities are managing during these hard times.

One of the unexpected outcomes of the Great Depression was a decade of creative outpouring that covered the U.S. map. Under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), thousands of artists fanned across the country documenting the experiences of everyday Americans as they worked to maintain their families, their communities, and their way of life in the face of a national economic crisis.

Now, as Americans are again experiencing financial hardship and uncertainty, First Person Arts invites artists to document how this generation of Americans is coping.

Inspired by the artists of the WPA, who documented the experiences of Americans in every part of the country, First Person Arts is asking artists to help craft the first draft of the history of our era by capturing, in photographs, on video, or in writing, the stories of America and its people during these difficult times.

Our goal is to gather stories from all 50 states.

Artists:
We are looking for short memoirs and essays, documentary films, and photographs that depict Americans from all walks of life. We are especially interested in stories that are unique to your family, your community, your town, your region – that capture the idiosyncratic things that are happening where you live – the slices of life that, taken together, will give us a First Person picture of America in 2009 – the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful.

Guidelines:
Writing submissions – up to 2,500 words.
Film and video submissions – up to five minutes, excluding credits.
Photography submissions – may include up to five photographs, with or without accompanying text of up to 100 words per image.

Submission deadline: June 30, 2009

Finalists in each category (writing, film, and photography) will be featured on the First Person Arts website (www.firstpersonarts.org) and at the First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art, November 4-8, 2009. First place winners in each genre will be invited to Philadelphia to participate in the festival. A cash prize will be awarded to the best story overall.

Competition website: www.hardtimes.firstpersonarts.org


Doug Block
Tue 26 May 2009Link

Dan, better that you submit something like this in the Classifieds topic. This is for personal (or, one might say, first person) intros.


Giovanni Paolo Autran
Wed 27 May 2009Link

Hi D-Makers,

I am very pleased to see such a supportive network available on line. Last night was my first Stranger Than Fiction screening – yet another rewarding organization (hi doug). I look forward to learning and sharing.

Cheers,
Giovanni

my website:
www.nomadic-films.com


Doug Block
Wed 27 May 2009Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Giovanni. Was good meeting you last night.


Anne Checler
Wed 27 May 2009Link

Hello,

I am happy to have joined the community. I look forward to visiting the site daily!
I am a documentary film editor with over 10 years of experience. I enjoy working on social/historical/human rights-related documentaries and am looking for new editing opportunities.
You may check my work at http://web.mac.com/achecler.

A native French-speaker, I also speak Spanish and Portuguese and when I am not putting stories together in the dark, I play drums in a Brazilian percussion ensemble...


Jon Foy
Wed 27 May 2009Link

Hey folks,

Thanks for having me aboard. I'm at rough cut stage with my debut feature doc, "Resurrect Dead". Just joining up to do my legal homework. Wow, after perusing for the last hour I'm wishing I had joined far earlier – could have saved me a lot of headache. I'm still figuring out how to fine-tune word searches around here. Cheers.


Doug Block
Wed 27 May 2009Link

Welcome, Anne and Jon. Good to have you joining us. Anne, I used to play (badly, but who could hear?) in a Brazilian percussion ensemble a few years ago. Absolutely loved it!


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