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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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Jessica Krauss
Mon 8 Jun 2009Link

Hi Everyone,
I never had in mind to become a filmmaker or work for TV branch at all, as I am studied lawyer... but when I accidentally took part in a production for a documentary for German TV I was hooked. So far I was involved as co-author, author or producer in ten non-fiction productions and made my experience mostly on the German market. But since beginning of the year I am working for a production company who wants to extend their experience to internationally co-productions – a lot to do and learn here for me! With D-Word I'd like get in touch with others filmmakers, authors and producers etc and simply share the love for documentaries.
Nice to be here!
Sunny greetings from Berlin, Germany

Doug Block
Mon 8 Jun 2009Link

Great to have you with us, Jessica. Hope you'll leap right into the discussions.

Rob Rooy
Mon 8 Jun 2009Link

Greetings, all:

Just a quick note to introduce myself. I'm an independent filmmaker based about an hour outside Washington, D.C. I've spent much of my career as a First Assistant Director in the Hollywood film industry – but early on, began also to create small movies for nonprofit organizations involved in global anti-poverty work – especially in the area of microfinance. Gradually, over a twenty-year stretch, the emphasis shifted to where I no longer do any A.D. work, and I've branched out into full-fledged documentary work. I'm working on a number of projects, but the most germane one to share is one in which I'm spending time periodically with a sixteen-year-old boy with autism. His story in poignant, his obstacles large, and his strength of character impressive – and, the biggest challenge as I move forward is how to shape a multi-faceted story. I anticipate that in the future, I'll want to seek more concrete advice; for now, I'm just saying hi. I'm going to share this project at the upcoming F2F session attached to Silverdocs next week – so perhaps I'll meet some of you there.

Jessie Beers-Altman
Tue 9 Jun 2009Link

Hi everyone,

I am a new filmmaker working out of the Boston area. I'm trying to gain experience in the business and learn as much as possible. I recently completed a short documentary for my thesis in the MFA program at Boston University called "The Spirit of a Runner." The film follows Washington D.C. native Suprabha Beckjord as she embarks on the Sri Chinmoy Self Transcendence 3,100-Mile Race for an unprecedented 12th year in a row. For those of you who don't know anything about this event, it is an unbelievable athletic endeavor in which runners log anywhere from 50 to 80 miles per day around a single city block in Queens, NY en route to completing the overall 3,100-mile distance. They run from 6 a.m. to midnight, never taking a day off. Suprabha is the only woman to ever attempt the race, and she is also the only person- male or female- who has completed the race every year since its inception 12 years ago. If you'd like to see a trailer for the film, as well as check out some of my previous work, please visit my website at:


Edited Tue 9 Jun 2009 by Jessie Beers-Altman

Doug Block
Tue 9 Jun 2009Link

Welcome, Robert and Jessie. It was nice meeting you in Boston, Jessie. Your film is an intriguing one but, I've gotta add, your main subject sounds utterly insane. Talk about needing to get a life!

Ben Kempas
Tue 9 Jun 2009Link

Welcome, Jessie. You should make that your profile picture!

To explain to others why you qualify for Member status, I'll quote from your profile: "Her experience includes credits for PBS and the Discovery Channel, as well as numerous independent and commercial productions. In 2005, she produced and edited Eyes Through Time, a NASA-commissioned educational documentary on the Swift satellite mission in outer space."

Christopher Wong
Tue 9 Jun 2009Link

welcome, jessie. you've undoubtedly heard of and seen "Spirit of the Marathon", right? if you can somehow get access to the same mailing list as them, you'll sell a LOT of DVDs...

andrew james benson
Wed 10 Jun 2009Link


It is great to come across such a fine resource with accomplished, driven, folks contributing to meaningful dialog that benefits the craft! I am honored to join in on the fun. A little about me: I love pushing critical issues and the orgs behind them with the power of story telling. I primarily produce doc-based commercials and marketing videos for nonprofits and other altruistic organizations. As well I production managed and coordinated doc/reality programming, through the company I work with in Phoenix-Randy Murray Productions, for the BBC, Discovery, PBS and CBS.

Currently, I am co-producing three docs (two in the final stages of production: a 5yr case study on elected vs. appointed public officials in relation to use of media; a 2yr look at teachers as heroes in one community. And one in development: an examination of Navajo through the eyes of the elders). My partners and I are at that point of culmination and require a look beyond the ideal world to the real world of distribution and sales! It's all about getting the stories heard and I am interested in strategies and sums so we can secure proper amounts through partners, distributors and other sales channels to get it out there and stay in the black! I am sure there are great resources here which I will explore. Please let me know if you have anything I should check out!

Thanks to all who have made this resource what it is, I look forward to exploring and participating.



if interested follow me on facebook and twitter by searching – I have been trying to build a presence by sharing info i find on cause marketing, education reform and sharing other ruminations and opportunities!

Doug Block
Wed 10 Jun 2009Link

Welcome, Andrew. Feel free to register for full membership which will give you access to all of the discussion topics.

Leonardo Henrique Dias e Souza
Sat 13 Jun 2009Link

hey people, I'm Leonardo Souza,19 . I'm from Brazil, I am a film student and crazy when the topic is documewntary ! I made a doc in Rio de Janeiro's trains and I work in a documentary producer company :D
I want to talk about everything and new videos are coming I hope to share all my experiences and learn as more as possible so !
if you want here is my short-doc

see ya

Doug Block
Sun 14 Jun 2009Link

Hey, welcome to The D-Word, Leonardo. Glad you found your way here.

Ernesto Ardito
Mon 15 Jun 2009Link
Hi, we are Virna and Ernesto from Argentina. We are pleased to inform you that the DVD of our new documentary Heart of the Factory, is now available.

[rest of message deleted, as Ernesto posted the same advertisement in the Classifieds topic, which is where it belongs]

Edited Fri 19 Jun 2009 by Ben Kempas

Sultana Parveen
Mon 15 Jun 2009Link

Hi All, I am Sultana from US. I love documentaries and plan to make one myself. I am here to learn from your experiences.

Doug Block
Mon 15 Jun 2009Link

Welcome, Ernesto and Sultana.

Elan Frank
Mon 15 Jun 2009Link

My name is Elan Frank; I am a documentary film maker residing in LA.
I am now in the process of developing a documentary film on the co-existence between Jews and Muslims in Morocco and got to the sage of presenting investors with a business plan and production package, including a proposed budget.
I was wondering if anyone could refer me to samples of such packages/forms, what is essential to have in them, and a one-page budget sample form that is satisfactory to investors (I have my budget format, but it is in excel and very details, not something you provide investors. I am looking for a designed one page with the essentials.
Thanks you. I am glad to be part of this documentary family here in D-word!

Monica L. Lopez
Wed 17 Jun 2009Link


I've just begun researching a topic for a documentary. I'm currently based in Southern California and am looking forward to sharing and learning with folks on this site.

Thanks for making this space available!

Doug Block
Wed 17 Jun 2009Link

Elan and Monica, good to have you here.

Josh Allen
Thu 18 Jun 2009Link

Hello everyone. I am in the midst of final editing for my second documentary project. I look forward to learning from everyone here.

Scott P. Harris
Thu 18 Jun 2009Link

Hello, I'm an aspiring doc maker currently living in Texas. I was just accepted into the Edinburgh College of Art MFA program for Film, and I'm trying to get a feel for the reputation of the program. Agnes Varnum recommended I join here to connect with Peter Gerard in Edinburgh.

Doug Block
Fri 19 Jun 2009Link

Scott, you can contact Peter directly at:

Welcome to you and Josh. Good to have you guys here.

Tijana Petrovic
Fri 19 Jun 2009Link

Hi All,
My name is Tijana. I am a freelance documentary camera person and editor. I am currenly working on a couple projects in and around NYC. I am interested in collaborating with people and learning about other people's projects.
This is my website:
Thanks for this great site!

James Longley
Sat 20 Jun 2009Link

In reply to Scott P. Harris's post on Thu 18 Jun 2009 :

Hey Scott – congratulations! I think you'll really like Edinburgh and the College of Art.
A bit rainy – but after Texas it may be just what you need.

David W Grant
Sat 20 Jun 2009Link

Hello, everyone.
I'm a 'returnee' to video, though I've hung around the edges since my five year stint in mid-1970's as a producer-director for a PBS affiliate.
Just enjoyed attending F2F at Silver Docs here in Washington. I'm surprised I hadn't known of D-Word, since I held a membership with AIVF until they closed.
In process of completing a 30- and 80-minute low-budget video essay: The Common Lot: Next Step for Democracy. It's about the 'of-by-and-for' part of what democracy is supposed to be.

Marshall Burgtorf
Sun 21 Jun 2009Link

Hello fellow D-Worders.

It thought I would reintroduce myself seeing that I signed on here and than vanished from the face of D-Word. For the last 8 moths I have been working hard to complete a project on violence in youth sports and yet still put diapers on my babies booty.

In this time I have managed a mushroom farm and remodeled a 100 year old house to make ends meet. Neither of which I had done before. The remodeling job is coming to a close and the doc project is finished. It made my producers wife cry! I hope that was a good sign.

Now I am off to Virgina for 6 weeks for a paid video gig.woo-hoo! While I am there I hope to get a big chunk of my next project edited.

Since I will be away from my family I will probably be online a lot. So I hope to see you all around. Cheers!

Scott P. Harris
Sun 21 Jun 2009Link

In reply to James Longley's post on Sat 20 Jun 2009 :

Thanks James. I assume they impressed you when you lectured there? And I'm not too worried about the weather, it might be nice to experience an actual winter for once.

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