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Severine Petit
Tue 4 Aug 2009Link

Hi all, I'm Severine Petit. I am french, born in Corsica Island and currently leaving in Italy.
Although I'm not a professional documentary shooter my job is to select documentaries for an Italian international film festival called Slow Food on Film. I attend festivals, watch promos online and invite people to Bologna once a year. My boyfriend is a member of the D-word since a year or so and spends most of his non shooting time on this forum. He sometimes tells me about a documentary that I might be interested in. He can get pretty boring sometimes so i thought that I should join the community and see for myself!

Edited Tue 4 Aug 2009 by Severine Petit

Ben Kempas
Tue 4 Aug 2009Link

What's his name? Or do we need a "in a relationship with" feature on The D-Word? ;-)

A big welcome from Ljubljana airport!


Pietro Jona
Tue 4 Aug 2009Link

Not many D-word members in Bra, Italy..


Ben Kempas
Tue 4 Aug 2009Link

But where is this Bra?


Severine Petit
Tue 4 Aug 2009Link

Near Turin, Piedmont, north west of the country.
Thank you!


Doug Block
Tue 4 Aug 2009Link

Welcome, Alessandro and Severine. To become full-fledged members with full access to the discussion topics, you have to go one step further ...


Justine Jacob
Sat 8 Aug 2009Link

Hello D-worders.

I realized I never did a formal intro. – and will post a pic soon!

The more I read on this site, the more I love it. Thank you to all who put in the time to respond so thoughtfully. And of course, big thanks to the hosts!

I am a documentary filmmaker and attorney. I have made two films so far:
1 – Runners High about a group of inner city teenagers who trained for and ran the LA marathon: www.runnershighfilm.com. Played lots of festals, working on distribution, and learning lots along the way.
We are working on getting it out to the educational market now and I would love to hook up with other running films to do some cross promotions to running groups.

2 – Paper or Plastic? about a slice of Americana told through the national grocery bagging competition. www.paperoplasticmovie.com. Premiered last year at LAFF, played other fests, and playing this weekend at the Feel Good Festival. Got offers from distributors and we passed because the terms were ridiculous. We are taking it out ourselves and planning a limited theatrical release for later this year. Stumbling/learning and will share info. along the way.

3 – we're in development on a third project Chocolate www.chocolatedocumentary.com about three individuals using chocolate to change the world, but have not found funding and it's been put on hold. We hope to do some shorts along the way as well.

I am also fortunate to be working as an attorney with Richard Lee here in Oakland representing mostly independent filmmakers which has been a real joy. I also currently represent Distribber who I believe is providing an extremely valuable service to filmmakers in getting access for them to iTunes and helping them retain/control profits of their films.

My goals are to continue to tell stories visually. I love making films and have been lucky to work with incredibly talented folks (some on D-word – Garret Savage, Alex da Silva, Marco d'Ambrosio, Andrew Gersh, James leBrecht). I'm intrigued by the power of social networking in reaching an audience and want to learn how to do it effectively for our projects. I'm awed by the passion of filmmakers and grateful for communities like this.

Thank you.


Justine Jacob
Sat 8 Aug 2009Link

oops – I forgot to also say that I have 3 kids under 6 who are awesome and constant entertainment when all else fails.


Marj Safinia
Sat 8 Aug 2009Link

Welcome Justine. We're very happy to have you. Paper or Plastic was a good fun film. D-Word is like crack. You have been warned.


Tim VandeSteeg
Sun 9 Aug 2009Link

In reply to Windy Borman's post on Sat 1 Aug 2009 : Hello fello filmmaker...

Just watched your promo, great story, great job! I just forwarded your website to a few people.


Tim VandeSteeg
Sun 9 Aug 2009Link

Hello Everyone,

This is my first POST. My name is Tim VandeSteeg; I am the Director/Producer of the new inspirational documentary My Run, the story of Terry Hitchcock, narrated by Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton.

After tragically losing his wife to breast cancer and struggling to raise three young children on his own, Terry Hitchcock seized on an idea. He wanted to accomplish the impossible: run 75 consecutive marathons in 75 consecutive days to bring attention to the incredibly difficult lives of single-parent families.

I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to our film, My Run and hopefully gain your support to help us spread the word about Terry’s amazing story. I am very proud of our film, which has been a labor of love for me for the past three years and I’m excited to announce its completion.

Being raised by a single parent myself, I understand the sacrifices and obstacles that face single parent families every day. I understand that it’s “love” that keeps these families surviving and pushing forward. I believe the film acknowledges our true heroes today… single parents.

The promo TRAILER is available at: Over 30,000 hits | 5 out of 5 rating!
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/video/video.php?v=54337799584&oid=29649254351

Official Website: www.myrunmovie.com | Twitter: MyRunMovie | FAN PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/myrunmovie

Sincerely I thank you,
Tim


Doug Block
Sun 9 Aug 2009Link

Tim, welcome to The D-Word, good to have you here. And best of luck with your film.


Tim VandeSteeg
Mon 10 Aug 2009Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Sun 9 Aug 2009 :

Hi Doug... thank you. By the way, great job with your documentary, 51 Birch Street. I saw it last year with a good friend of mine, a very very moving and powerful film... Tim


Justine Jacob
Mon 10 Aug 2009Link

In reply to Marj Safinia's post on Sat 8 Aug 2009 :

Thanks for the warning. :-)
And thanks for seeing Paper or Plastic – it was fun to make and I'm trying to have fun in distribution land. Appreciate the support.


Doug Block
Mon 10 Aug 2009Link

Thanks, Tim. Appreciate the kind words. Justine, been curious about Paper or Plastic for a while now (ever since there was some back and forth here about the title). Would love an update over in Marketing and Distribution.


Justine Jacob
Tue 11 Aug 2009Link

In reply to Severine Petit's post on Tue 4 Aug 2009 :

LOVE Bra and Turin. We stayed there for the Slow Food Festival in '06. Can't wait to get back.


Justine Jacob
Tue 11 Aug 2009Link

Heading over to Marketing and Distribution for an update on PoP? What was the back and forth?


Doug Block
Tue 11 Aug 2009Link

You could do a search. But the idea of alternative titles was asked about and then batted around.


Justine Jacob
Tue 11 Aug 2009Link

ah, I see Doug, you hate our title. ;-)
I'll switch this over to marketing, but as we brand our film now for theatrical, what would happen if we change the title....


Stephan Caspar
Wed 12 Aug 2009Link

Hi, my name is Stephan and I'm a freelance filmmaker, I work mainly for BBC departments, making films for internal use. For example, this year I directed a series looking at critical thinking and how programme makers and journalists can make better use of philosophy to tackle various issues such as the way we report science, or deal with value, and even talk about the future. Currently I'm working on a film about a photographer who has embarked on a project to photograph electricity pylons. There's a clip here – http://www.vimeo.com/5083013 – We're hoping to submit it to festivals next year. I've joined because there are some interesting conversations here, and because it could be a good place to sound out a problems and issues that naturally crop up in this work. Nice to meet you all, look forward to joining in.


David Herman
Wed 12 Aug 2009Link

Hi Stephan, you have bumped into a good place and I'm sure the powers that be will advise you come inside properly, however you must stop using auto focus.


Doug Block
Wed 12 Aug 2009Link

Welcome, Stephan. By all means, do register for professional membership here to give yourself access to all the discussion topics.


Stephan Caspar
Wed 12 Aug 2009Link

David. I hear you. I must train myself out of it.

Thank you Doug, I'll have a look.


Niam Itani
Thu 13 Aug 2009Link

In reply to Tim VandeSteeg's post on Mon 10 Aug 2009 :

Welcome Tim! I love your film story :)


Yocheved Sidof
Thu 13 Aug 2009Link

In reply to Tim VandeSteeg's post on Mon 10 Aug 2009 :

Fellow Minnesotan! Love the vikings shirt!
Wonderful promo, looks like a beautiful film. Good luck!


Chris Clauson
Sat 15 Aug 2009Link

http://www.d-word.com/topics/show/In%20reply%20to%20%22Ben%20Kempas's%20post%20on%20Tue%204%20Aug%202009%22:/topics/show/97?post=184767 :
I am new and don't see how to use the "introduce yourself" function. Could you please help?
Thanks


Doug Block
Sat 15 Aug 2009Link

You just did, Chris. So, welcome.


Chris Clauson
Sat 15 Aug 2009Link

Thanks Doug. I'm just trying to figure out how to do a character-driven doc on a local woman who is on a personal mission to save unwanted pets. I hope to do it in episodes for a start-up web/cable TV station. Then,who knows, maybe there will be enough good stuff for a real doc. I plan to shoot most of it on a new consumer cam – the new Pany hdc-tm300, which is really small. The interviews can be shot on my JVC hd200. When I picture this story, it vaguely looks like Jon and Kate Plus Eight...that kind or reality. What do you D-word folks think about this method of "gathering" material episodically?


Doug Block
Sun 16 Aug 2009Link

Hey, whatever works.


Sharon Hewitt
Sun 16 Aug 2009Link

I'm producing my first documentary and hope to find answers to some of my questions and contribute back to the community when possible. Looking forward to exploring the site and seeing what topics are being discussed.


Chris Clauson
Sun 16 Aug 2009Link

"I'm just trying to figure out how to do a character-driven doc on a local woman who is on a personal mission to save unwanted pets. I hope to do it in episodes for a start-up web/cable TV station. Then,who knows, maybe there will be enough good stuff for a real doc. I plan to shoot most of it on a new consumer cam – the new Pany hdc-tm300, which is really small. The interviews can be shot on my JVC hd200. When I picture this story, it vaguely looks like Jon and Kate Plus Eight...that kind or reality. What do you D-word folks think about this method of "gathering" material episodically?"

I guess I mean: Has anybody out there tried that method before? And, if so, how did it work out?


Ben Kempas
Mon 17 Aug 2009Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Chris and Sharon. Chris, that may be a good question for the Mentoring Room . This topic here is for introductions.

So who else is out there? Give us a shout, we rarely bite. :-)


Johnny O'Hara
Tue 18 Aug 2009Link

Hello All,

I'm the writer of FUEL. Winner of the Audience award for best documentary at Sundance 2008 and nominated for the 2009 WGA best documentary screenplay award. I'm working on a new doc about Benazir Bhutto. I'm looking for a very good archival footage person. Any suggestions?


Ben Kempas
Tue 18 Aug 2009Link

Welcome, Johnny. You should become a full member (which is free but not automatic) and check out the dedicated Research and Archives topic.


Doug Block
Tue 18 Aug 2009Link

Nice to have you here, Johnny. Ditto what Ben said.


Andrew Buchanan
Wed 19 Aug 2009Link

Johnny

Elizabeth Klinck is highly recommended by many people.


Steven Lake
Wed 19 Aug 2009Link

Hi,

I have just finished up a trailer for my new film 'Drying For Freedom'. Its an environmentaly minded documentary focusing on the banning of CLOTHESLINES in millions of communities across America. That probably sounds somewhat obscure but you would be surpised what lies behind this story.

We are trying to drum up as much support/ feedback as possible so if you fancied checking out the trailer and becoming a fan via facebook please do. This is a low budget independent film that is still being made.

Feedback is very welcome!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH1UpdHtcgY

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Drying-For-Freedom-A-Film-About-Clotheslines/133953030943

http://www.dryingforfreedom.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gm2ZL1CVWU


Sean Tracey
Wed 19 Aug 2009Link

Hello D-Word,
Just learned about your group in Docs in Progress newsletter. My doc, The Jesus Guy (www.TheJesusGuy.com and www.thejesusguymovie.blogspot.com) had a nice run on the festival circuit & will be out late Fall via Cinevolve (www.CinevolveStudios.com). I am an advertising guy and commercial director by trade. Worked with Albert Maysles at Maysles films for a stint. Looking to learn, mentor, and meet via D-Word.


Doug Block
Wed 19 Aug 2009Link

Well, you've come to the right place, then. Welcome aboard, Sean.


Jonathan Bland
Wed 19 Aug 2009Link

Hi All,

I'm wondering if anyone out there might be interested in coming out to South India to help me with a doc that I'm developing/ shooting on the international eco/ spiritual community of Auroville. I'll be here for the next 1-2 years and would be interested in working closely with someone who is good with ideas and people. I can't really offer much in the way of payment..... I'll rent the house and keep it running. I'll be in Montreal for late November in the event that anyone is interested in meeting up to discuss and explore options.

Looking forward......

Edited Wed 19 Aug 2009 by Jonathan Bland

jane taylor
Thu 20 Aug 2009Link

Hello D-word

I'm Jane Taylor and currently studying an MA at the University of Salford, Manchester, UK in Television Documentary Production.

I am at the stage now where I am conquering my dissertation. I got extremely inspired by the Documentary Campus event at the Manchester Town hall – Leaner Meaner and Keener, and have based my dissertation on the effect the internet has on documentary.

I would really appreciate some opinions, experiences and professional advice on this subject. How the internet plays a part in documentary distribution in a good way and bad way? advantages and disadvantages? What's the future? How it has helped you business or film? Everything and anything please...

I am very new to this forum so I will try and set up a topic and all feedback will be highly appreciated.

Many Thanks,

Jane


Doug Block
Thu 20 Aug 2009Link

Welcome, Jane. Unfortunately, you can't set up a new topic yourself, only us all-seeing, all-powerful hosts can. So you may want to ask that again in the Mentoring topic.

Jonathan, you should be posting that in the Classifieds topics. This is merely for introductions and greetings.


Susheel Kurien
Thu 20 Aug 2009Link

Hi , I'm Susheel Kurien, in NYC and once from Bombay.. I am making a film about Jazz in India..see my profile bio for more detail.I am doing this in collaboration with Sunil Shanbag of Chrysalis Films, Mumbai, India. Our plan is to develop a 6-7 minute pilot that will communicate the essence of the story and demonstrate the production values. I have just returned from India after shooting about 16 -18 hours of HD video with a wonderful team. I am not a professional film maker but many years ago, I worked in with documentary and commercial film. So in some ways its full circle. I have a synopsis for this film and a draft outline treatment that guided our shoot and helped structure it in an efficient way. I am now working on refining the treatment into a 3-4 page script that blocks out the main scenes. In parallel, I am working with my collaborators on developing a 6-7 minute pilot.
I need to develop a circle of professional advisors to guide me through this project. I would appreciate hearing from any professional who is interested in this project and shares my passion for this project. I need all the help and guidance I can get.

Thanks
Susheel


Magee Clegg
Thu 20 Aug 2009Link

Hello!

I heard about this site from another doc filmmaker. Anyways... I am in the Philippines based in Manila filming a documentary about Rice Trade and Policy. The film is funded by the Fulbright Scholarship. My last film was in South India about the influence of cable tv over in rural areas. here is my website: http://www.fastcloudfilms.com/


Doug Block
Thu 20 Aug 2009Link

Welcome, Susheel and Magee. Great that you both found your way here. You should both sign up for full membership , which would give you access to many more discussion topics.

Edited Thu 20 Aug 2009 by Doug Block

Vanessa Tolkin
Sat 22 Aug 2009Link

Hello D-word,
I came upon this place by the virtue of sitting four feet from the infamous Doug Block himself! How i ended up there was through a chance encounter at a fund raising shindig whereby I went on this big rant to Lori Cheatle (Owner of Hard Working Movies) about how i had given up on ever doing Documentary anymore because frankly i saw no way for me to get into the field and be able to support myself. Lori then explained that she in fact owned a documentary company. I then quickly ate my words and bing bang boom now i am here and am very excited to exchange ideas and get to know people who are actively working in the field! Life is a funny thing and i am happy that it brought me here!


Doug Block
Sat 22 Aug 2009Link

Infamous? Ok, Vanessa, go fetch me a coffee. Oh wait, you're beholden to that slavedriver Lori, not me.

Anyway, you're only halfway in the door here at The D-Word. You need to register for full membership in order to get access to the lion's share of discussion topics. Do it now – that's an order!


Michael Fox
Sat 22 Aug 2009Link

Michael has worked all over Europe, South Africa and the United States with assignments taking him through Africa, the Middle East, Haiti, Mexico and South-East Asia. With more than 20 years of combined experience as a professional photojournalist and videographer, Michael brings extensive knowledge of media communications and marketing, having worked in those capacities at IBM in England, South Africa and the U.S. He continues to work on projects that aim to re-engage public interest in humanitarian and social issues on a local, national, and international basis.

In his years as a photojournalist, Michael has been doused in tear gas, nearly attacked by a mountain lion (which turned out to be a wild donkey), and brought in to land on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. His work has been featured in many leading daily, weekly and monthly publications as well as on MSNBC, CNN and other news-related channels.

Edited Sat 22 Aug 2009 by Michael Fox

Jason Perdue
Sat 22 Aug 2009Link

Welcome Michael in the third person. Glad to see another Bay Area person.


Doug Block
Sat 22 Aug 2009Link

Good to have you aboard, Michael. But, as Jason suggests, we talk in first person here. It's just that kind of place.


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