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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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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

Hi,
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!
Elan


Monica L. Lopez
Wed 17 Jun 2009Link

Hello,

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!
Monica


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
Thu 18 Jun 2009Link

Scott, you can contact Peter directly at: peter@accidental.tv

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:
www.tijanapetrovic.com
Thanks for this great site!
Tijana


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
Sat 20 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.


James Longley
Sun 21 Jun 2009Link

I don't know about "actual winter" – but cold and damp they can do!


James Schlipf
Mon 22 Jun 2009Link

Hi everyone, I'm an independent film maker lost in the mountains of eastern Oregon.

I've been working for years on a documentary about my son's struggle with autism. When he was diagnosed in 2000, we discovered an underground network of parents using alternative medicine and unusual therapies to treat kids the medical community has designated "untreatable" and "incurable."

This has led to ten years of research and first-hand experience with a complex social, economic, and political world that is only just beginning to reach public awareness in the media. I'm pretty surprised that even after years of news stories and talk show arguments about autism, few people seem to be aware of the poltical and corporate forces that are pulling the strings behind this issue.

Most docs on this subject are either amateur you-tube shorts or pro projects made by film makers who have only temporary contact with an autism family. I've been living with and filming my subject for over ten years. I'm hoping I have a unique perspective and unusual approach for my project, and I hope to learn from others on this site about funding, marketing, and distribution.

It's also just a great (and humbling) experience to be connected with so many other talented people.


Ben Kempas
Mon 22 Jun 2009Link

Welcome and welcome back, James and Marshall.

James, do you have a sample of this film that you could share?


James Schlipf
Mon 22 Jun 2009Link

Ben,
Umm, well, I'm currently working on a production reel for grant apps for about the third time (the project keeps changing and I can't keep up with it, gotta just stop dithering and release something eventually, right?) and we're working on recording what I hope will be the final voice-over.

So all I have right at the moment is a lot of clips, some animation, interviews, etc.

Should I post links here or in the "work in progress" section?


Ben Kempas
Mon 22 Jun 2009Link

Totally Works in Progress .


Chad Fahs
Mon 22 Jun 2009Link

Hello Everyone,

For the last three years (in my "spare" time), I've been working on a documentary about a Japanese photographer named Izima Kaoru. It's a project that takes place in a number of cities, including Tokyo, L.A., N.Y., Paris, London, Munich, Luxembourg, etc. The project is loosely focused around the photographer's main series, which explores the intersection of death and beauty. I suppose you could call it an artist biography, but light on the biography. It's more about the process and themes of the work.

I also write "technical" books on film, video, and new media topics. I've had a documentary book in the works for a while (put on hold), with a focus on editing.

I look forward to participating in the D-Word community!

-Chad


Tracey Friesen
Wed 24 Jun 2009Link

Hi gang – I signed up for the D-Word some time back and then, well, forgot, I guess... My pal Joe Moulins reminded me in the context of what James Longley has been experiencing recently. So now I've reset my new password, added some credits and do hope to engage more frequently. I work for the National Film Board of Canada, as executive producer at the Pacific & Yukon Centre, based in Vancouver. Our local office is a staff of 14, producing primarily docs, but also auteur animation, and some original digital content. Headquarters are in Montreal. As part of our 70th birthday NFB is now streaming over 1000 titles for free (at least inside of Canada, not sure about any blocking??) Check it out: www.nfb.ca. Cheers and nice to meet you all! Tracey


Nick Verbitsky
Thu 25 Jun 2009Link

In reply to James Schlipf's post on Mon 22 Jun 2009 :

Welcome James, I'm starting pre-pro on an autism project that focuses on the efforts of the Princeton Child Development Institute. I'd definitely be interested in knowing more about your project.


Ben Kempas
Thu 25 Jun 2009Link

Chad, Tracey – welcome to The D-Word.


Mikal Jakubal
Thu 25 Jun 2009Link

James, have you seen THE HORSE BOY? It's a film about autism and one alternative therapy. It premiered at Sundance (under the name OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY) and just played at Silver Docs.


Jim Dessauer
Thu 25 Jun 2009Link

Hi, I am coming back to documentary production after spending the last 20 years doing community development and community organizing work. I am currently beginning production of a documentary about 'engaged community development' and offering workshops and consultation on the same topic. I'll post picture and other info later. Right now I am looking for information about when you do and do not need to get releases signed.


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