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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
Fri 21 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
Fri 21 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
Fri 21 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 Fri 21 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.


Michael Fox
Sun 23 Aug 2009Link

Yes, I caught that. Just a little lazy, this afternoon and cutting and pasting from another bio was much easier.

Good to meet you all!


Tom Dziedzic
Sun 23 Aug 2009Link

Tom Dziedzic also welcomes Michael Fox on D-Word. 8>}


Michael Parfit
Tue 25 Aug 2009Link

Hi, D-Word,

I was involved in various ways – writer, editor, narrator, some photography – in a documentary called "Saving Luna," about a lost killer whale who tried to befriend human beings. It had a good theatrical run in Canada and has been showing on CBC at a couple of different lengths. The film has also had some festival success. I've done a bit of writing in the IMAX nature genre – the films "Antarctica" and "Ocean Oasis" – and a narration script for "Under Antarctic Ice" for PBS's Nature. I've also done some writing for National Geographic and Smithsonian magazines over the years, and a few books. I'm relatively new to the documentary world and I find it to be full of truly awe-inspiring individuals whose ability to innovate technologically and creatively is astonishing. As is their ability to survive. There's a lot to learn.


Marj Safinia
Tue 25 Aug 2009Link

Welcome Michael. I absolutely LOVED Saving Luna. Nice to have you here.


Michael Parfit
Tue 25 Aug 2009Link

Well, thank you, Marj. That's very nice to hear.


Robert Arnold
Wed 26 Aug 2009Link

Hello, D-Word. Shirley Thompson mentioned this group today, and it reminded me that I've been meaning to join for a while, so here I finally am.

I made (produced, directed, shot and co-edited) a doc called "The Key of G" (http://www.lateralfilms.com/), which played on PBS in 2007 and won a Golden Gate Award at the SFIFF. It follows a young man with multiple disabilities as he moves out of his mom's house into an apartment with a couple of his friends/caregivers. I'm distributing it to the educational market via New Day Films. Since I finished that film, I've been doing some editing, shooting, and DVD authoring for hire and looking for a new doc of my own. I've also been working on some short fictional pieces.

I'm excited to poke around this site and to meet some of the other members...


Doug Block
Wed 26 Aug 2009Link

Good to have you here, Robert. Welcome and hope you'll leap right into the discussions.


Jason Perdue
Wed 26 Aug 2009Link

Nice to have you Robert. New Day always well represented at Sebastopol. And tell Shirley she should be here conversing as well. I never see her here.


Robert Arnold
Wed 26 Aug 2009Link

Thanks for the Welcome!


stephen watson
Thu 27 Aug 2009Link

Hi
I have made my first documentary and Penelope Andrews suggested I look at your site. I must say this is an excellent site and I can see why she recommended you. Keep up the good work!! I will be referring to your archives from now on and may ask a few questions when required.

Regards Steve


James Longley
Thu 27 Aug 2009Link

Welcome, Stephen and Robert. Always nice to see new faces in the neighborhood. It's civilized but lonely here, kind of like Edinburgh.


Penelope Andrews
Thu 27 Aug 2009Link

So glad your are checking in to D-word Stephen
Dont to forget to tell everyone on D-word a little about yourself and the film your finishing!
I would also suggest you apply to be a member as soon as you can as it a wonderful community of filmmakers and very helpful.


stephen watson
Thu 27 Aug 2009Link

I got into documentary making because I was inspired by reading my uncles book called 'Grow Jamaica'. The book is about using ganja for food, fuel, fibre and medicine in Jamaica. My uncle (Reverend Leeroy Campbell who died in January 2009 aged 78) was a ganja activist and scientist and under the banner of 'Friends International' they incorporated Cannabis Hemp Research Institute of Science & Technology. He had worked in this field for 20 years with his wife Janice who co-wrote the book.

The documentary and the book both provide a comprehensive look at the economic, social, spiritual and environmental impact of a cannabis industry in Jamaica. Basically on returning from my annual holiday to Jamaica I rounded up my friends who were studying film at university, gave them an outline of what I wanted them to do and paid them to go to JA and make this documentary for me in 2004.

I started a publishing company called Classic Black Press and a website currently being redeveloped and we agreed a fee that they would produce the dvd for me and I would own the rights to the film. They have kept some footage for their library and gone on to other things. As luck would have it I was able to attract some names to the doc (Stephen Marley & Oliver Samuels are probably the most well known people in doc) and a short 10 minute version was credited at the British Film Festival (see utube trailer 'Grow Jamaica').

I then got call to say they wanted to show the whole film at the Caribbean Film Festival. My uncle, his wife and I went to the festival where it was the only film that everyone was talking about. The press came and done interviews etc (which were not aired, as far as I know), an impromptu heated debate began at end of film, and I was approached by David Coy from Palm Pictures, a distributer from Apple and some finance people.

However, some of the music used had not been cleared and although Apple said they could possibly work around this I was new to this business and decided to try and get clearances first and then go back to distributers (probably a big mistake!) or perhaps even self distribute! That was 3 years ago and clearances has been a 'bit of a headache' so I ended up having to do cover versions of the songs that were not cleared (about 10 songs each running for approx. 10 seconds) and edit the movie to accommodate the changes.

Fortunately the musicians and editor (Penelope Andrews brother and his friend) were extremely good and the doc has been enhanced considerably since it was originally made. I have just begun the process of applying for synch rights to enable me play the cover songs in the movie legally in the larger festivals and possibly small theatrical run. It has been a long but enjoyable journey and I have never lost faith in the documentary which deals with a very important issue from a different perspective.

I hope I haven't dragged my intro on for too long but once I started to write it was difficult to condense into a few paragraphs.


stephen watson
Thu 27 Aug 2009Link

By the way I forgot to mention the doc is 60 minutes long


Penelope Andrews
Fri 28 Aug 2009Link

Don't for get to put a picture of yourself at some point!
thats was really intresting...thanks for sharing


Pablo Alvarez-Mesa
Fri 28 Aug 2009Link

The film looks great Stephen. I really want to watch it. So what will happen with this film now? Maybe move the thread to the documentary films section?


Johnny Boston
Mon 31 Aug 2009Link

Hello. I am a documentary filmmaker who's recent award-winning documentary, "My Name Is Alan and I Paint Pictures", about paranoid schizophrenic New York-based artist Alan Streets is now available for rent on Netflix. Add it to your queue and please feel free to comment. Thanks!

http://mynameisalan.com/


Jesse Epstein
Mon 31 Aug 2009Link

Hello! Been hearing about the D-word for a while and glad to have joined up. Let’s see… I’m in the middle of directing a project on physical perfection – it’s a series of shorts/segments that will be combined to be a feature. Three segments are finished: Wet Dreams and False Images, The Guarantee, and 34x25x36 – and while finishing the project as a whole, I’m distributing them as shorts to schools through New Day Films. Which is how I know Robert Arnold.
34x25x36 is currently airing on P.O.V. and is up at: http://www.pbs.org/pov/34x25x36/

Like Robert, I'm excited to poke around and see what’s on this site. What a great resource this is.


Doug Block
Mon 31 Aug 2009Link

Welcome, Johnny. And a special welcome to the awesome Jesse, who's too modest to talk about her great work keeping Shooting People going all these years. Great to have you here, Jesse.


Marj Safinia
Tue 1 Sep 2009Link

Welcome Jesse! Still clearly and often remember your short Wet Dreams and False Images from SilverDocs. Glad to have you here.


Ciaran Tully
Tue 1 Sep 2009Link

Hi there, My name is Ciaran and I am a professional photographer.Last night I had dinner with my friend Onno.The conversation eventually turned to the D word. I described a film doc. that I want to make and I talked about how little I know about making one. So this morning I woke up with a link to the D-word Onno e-mailed to me, so here I am. This is my website........http://ciarantully.com/


Doug Block
Tue 1 Sep 2009Link

Greetings, Ciaran. Good luck with your doc.


Jesse Epstein
Tue 1 Sep 2009Link

Thanks for the welcome notes. Looks like I signed up just in time for the 10th anniversary party. And, at the Bohemian Hall even.


Doug Block
Tue 1 Sep 2009Link

Be there or be square, party girl.


Ted Fisher
Wed 2 Sep 2009Link

Hi, I'm Ted Fisher.

I make short documentaries and am hoping to move to feature length soon. I blog at http://actualities.blogspot.com/ and http://newyorkportraits.blogspot.com/ and have a filmography at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3299032/ also. I was producer and editor on the New York Times "Frugal Traveler" video series, which won the Webby award in 2008 and 2009. I teach editing, television production and visual effects at a few different schools.

I have two shorts up at Snagfilms currently:

http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/hoop_springs_eternal/

and

http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/blind_faith/

This Saturday, I'm screening an 18-minute piece at Rooftop Films.

http://newyork.going.com/event-625191;Rooftop_Films_Storms_Expected

I'm looking forward to meeting everyone.

tf


Doug Block
Wed 2 Sep 2009Link

Welcome, Ted. Feel free to sign up as a Professional member and gain access to all the discussion topics. Here's how ...

Edited Wed 2 Sep 2009 by Doug Block

Gregory Crofton
Wed 2 Sep 2009Link

In reply to stephen watson's post on Thu 27 Aug 2009 :

Wow, sounds really interesting. Any Web sites or trailers to check out yet for the film?


Ted Fisher
Thu 3 Sep 2009Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 2 Sep 2009 :

Thanks!


jade wu
Thu 3 Sep 2009Link

New to D-Word. I'm a writer/filmmaker who founded a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Golden Phoenix Productions, Inc. in 2002. http://goldenphoenixproductions.com

At the time, I started the non-profit for a doc film on what I thought would be a story about my, then 94-yr old, illiterate Chinese-Burmese grandmother who documented over 75 years of her life in illustrated journals by creating her own hieroglyphic language. Her story garnered enough interest to capture a little funding when funding was more available. I was a neophyte in filmmaking, so I lived an "everything documentary" world. I watched films, watched other filmmakers, I learned everything and anything that would help me tell the best story I could tell.

I traveled to Burma, post-9/11, following my grandmother back to her homeland. She had been visiting her offspring in the U.S. and it was time to return, for she feared reliving the horrors of war, something that shrouded her entire life. At least Burma was home to her. Burma was safer, provided one plays by the government's rules, speaks only behind closed doors, and never displays a disgruntlement toward the junta.

It had been 45 yrs since I had visited Burma. People warned me to stay within the tourist boundaries. My parents pleaded with me not to go. My friends kept saying, "please be careful."

I obtained a special permission note from the Myanmar Ambassador in DC. to visit my relatives in the Northern Shan States. It felt like grade school, but I had to abide by the country's laws. Who am I to disrespect another government? Who am I to feel entitled to leniency just because I am an American citizen? I did everything above board.

Despite the diligent measures taken and my special permission note, the day of my arrival in Lashio, I was arrested by the junta and detained for three weeks. They had no clue about any Ambassador nor had they any idea where Washington,DC was. Needless to say, my film suddenly swerved another direction, and for a while, I was run off the road.

I didn't know if I would ever get back to the film, but I had grown addicted to doc filmmaking by then and needed a fix, that truth fix where everything around you has a story behind it that needs to be told. I had to find the right story, one that would stir me, cause insomnia, ressurect that doc filmmaking drive again. I needed to find a story that would parallel mine in graveness, but wasn't about me.

I found that story and I've been living in it for two years now. Production is nearly wrapped on NUMBER 228, the story of Mildred Harnack, the only American civilian beheaded by Hitler's direct order for her sole American involvement in Berlin's German Resistance movement, The Red Orchestra, during WWII.

Several years ago, I secured exclusive lifestory rights to tell her tale in film, television and stage. It's been a grand ride meeting subjects who have resurrected pain and buried truth. I've had a chance to relive their past with them, and through it all, I realized that this film is the precise prescription for me to return to my film about my grandmother. Life's cycle spins in odd ways. I love what I do and I hope what I do does doc filmmaking justice.

Often I work in a vacuum, so it'll be nice to be a part of D-Word. I've been such an ostrich.

Thanks, Doug, for starting this.

Jade


Robert Goodman
Thu 3 Sep 2009Link

that's one heck of an intro on the D-word's 10th. Welcome aboard. Our hosts must be busy celebrating. smile.


Christopher Wong
Thu 3 Sep 2009Link

welcome jade. you'll find a great community of docmakers here to share with, learn from, and maybe just maybe get arrested with ;)


Marj Safinia
Thu 3 Sep 2009Link

Yep, if you're looking for cellmates, I can point you in the direction of 2 gentlemen in particular who come to mind!

Welcome to the D-Word. I can tell you're going to be a great addition.


Carlos Alberto Mattos
Thu 3 Sep 2009Link

Hi everyone, anyone. I am a Brazilian journalist, film critic and film researcher who is specially interested in docs. I even created, some 3 years ago, the first Brazilian blog for docs, DocBlog, under the umbrella of big newspaper O Globo (Rio de Janeiro). Now it is temporarily out, but will return in 2010.

For the moment I post (only in Portuguese and not only about docs) at http://carmattos.wordpress.com.

Well, I am here just for the fun or reading and hearing from you. And eventually get some hot subjects for my blog.

Warm regards from Brazil!


Peter Paris
Thu 3 Sep 2009Link

Hello filmmakers! I am an editor in Brooklyn. I am hoping to get myself further established as an editor working on anything interesting and that leads me to documentaries.

Documentaries to me are about learning and I'd be interested in working with anyone if they need an editor for short-form documentaries and long-form films. I have a bit of experience in film production and on the advertising level of post-production as well.

I have recently completed a couple of documentary trailers. In the coming months, I'm hoping to expand that into longer form projects and features. Please visit my reel, which at the moment consists of mostly advertising Rips. The address is http://web.mac.com/peter.paris and also to view the documentary trailers at http://www.decadesout.org/

I am also looking for short-form narratives as well if anyone needs an editor for those types of projects. I have experience on both Avid and Final Cut Pro and most HD tape formats.

Thanks too all!

Pete


Doug Block
Thu 3 Sep 2009Link

Welcome, Carlos and Peter. Feel free to register for full professional membership for full access to all discussion topics.

Jade, it's wonderful to have you leap right in with that great intro. By all means, make The D-Word your second home!


Peter Paris
Thu 3 Sep 2009Link

Thank you Doug, I hope we can work together in the future.

Pete


wilfred kiumi
Fri 4 Sep 2009Link

Hi am based in Nairobi Kenya we own a small production and rental house. i heard about this forum from some guys i worked with from canada and i think its great.


Ben Kempas
Fri 4 Sep 2009Link

A big welcome to the first new Enthusiasts and Members of the now 10-year-old D-Word. Wilfred, you should also apply for full membership if you haven't already.

Edited Fri 4 Sep 2009 by Ben Kempas

Ruth Somalo
Fri 4 Sep 2009Link

Hello all, I can't believe is taken me this long to join the D-word.
I was having drinks at the beer garden with some of you guys last night, excellent mix of docu networking and party atmosphere. Happy B-day.

I've known about it since its birth, but I was still in Spain getting my first steps in the documentary making world. I think it was in a Patricio Guzman's master class when I heard about it first, for some reason in my head it was archived like something of a "only big documentary makers should join" type of thing. Thanks for being so open and welcoming.

After 5 years in London I moved to NY and I am loving the documentary community/family of people I keep meeting.

My last feature length doc Till You're Told To Stop, about british singer songwriter James Blunt and his story from obscurity to selling 14 million records worldwide and remaining himself through the process, is doing well in Festivals and I am talking to a few sales agents and distributors now. This doc journey has been lonely and hard for the last 5 years, and is finally starting to happen. Find out more at www.tillyouretoldtostop.com

My backdrop idea for this film was Don't look back by DA Pennebaker. I met the legend, the lovely man himself at an STF event this year (later chatted about Rioja wine and spanish cheese). That made me realize that NY is a place where incredible people are happy to share stories and help each other, and I think D-word is a great example of this.

Thanks for having me.


Doug Block
Fri 4 Sep 2009Link

Welcome aboard, Ruth. Great to meet you last night and nice to see you leap right into joining and introducing yourself. Make yourself at home here.


Carlos Alberto Mattos
Sat 5 Sep 2009Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Thu 3 Sep 2009 : Thank you Doug. I am starting by browsing this great forum.


Ben Kempas
Sat 5 Sep 2009Link

Maybe we should change our tag line from "a worldwide community of documentary professionals" to "only big documentary makers should join"...


jade wu
Sat 5 Sep 2009Link

In reply to Marj Safinia's post on Thu 3 Sep 2009 :

Thanks for the welcome note, Marj. Still figuring out how to navigate through D-Word. I'll be in LA next week for pickups and meetings. Is there anyone I should meet with while there?


Doug Block
Sun 6 Sep 2009Link

It's easy to navigate, Jade. Just come on every day and keep clicking on the "Read next topic with new postings" link at the bottom.


Raphaela Neihausen
Sun 6 Sep 2009Link

In reply to Ruth Somalo's post on Fri 4 Sep 2009 :

Welcome, Ruth!! You finally made it over. I am delighted that I get double exposure to you now (both through STF and D-Word). If only I was better about regularly attending those dance classes, I'd get triple the exposure... One day.

I think you'll find the D-Word community very useful for both your existing and future projects, as well as your general enthusiasm for documentaries. Bienvenida!


Raphaela Neihausen
Sun 6 Sep 2009Link

In reply to Jesse Epstein's post on Mon 31 Aug 2009 22:54 UTC :

Jesse! Just catching up on past D-Word posts, and see that you have finally joined as well. Funny, but I always assumed that both you and Ruth were already members since you're so involved in the NY doc community. Anyways, great to see you both here!! It is indeed a fantastic resource, rich with information and community. Thom and I are back in NY Sept. 21, so see you at STF!


Tim Disbrow
Sun 6 Sep 2009Link

Hey, my name is Tim Disbrow, I'm a filmmaker from New Jersey. My production company is Iron River Films LLC. I'm currently working on my first feature length doc. It's called "Card Subject To Change." It's about pro wrestling, more specifically the "Independent Circuit" of pro wrestling which could be compared to the Minor Leagues in pro baseball. The film will be complete in early October.

Thanks!

IronRiverFilms.com

CardSubjectToChange.com


Heddy Honigmann
Mon 7 Sep 2009Link

Hallo colleagues from all over! Nice to be here (thank you Ben that you invited me). I'm a Peruvian-Dutch filmmaker, Heddy Honigmann. I live in Amsterdam, where you're welcome (and not only during the IDFA). I have a son I adore, Stefan (he just started to study film) and a friend, Henk, I really love. When I do not film I'm not so happy. This is one of these days :-(
So go quickly and take a look in my website:

www.heddy-honigmann.nl

My photo will follow one of these days.
Why I read under the space for my photo "enthusiast" ?


amit mitra
Mon 7 Sep 2009Link

Hello All,
I am a wildlife photographer and just completed my 1st Documentary on Snow Leopards. Well, it took almost 18months for me to complete this film.
http://www.conservancyfilms.in/films.htm
I do have a day job in IT too.
Hope to learn a lot from here.

Thanks a lot :O)


John Burgan
Mon 7 Sep 2009Link

Welcome Heddy and Amrit. Everyone's an Enthusiast when they join us (at least we hope they are) but those with professional experience are welcome to apply to become a Full Member

Read more about The D-Word here


Erica Ginsberg
Mon 7 Sep 2009Link

Welcome Carlos, Ruth, Wilfred, Peter, Jade, Gregory, Tim, Amit, Ted, and anyone else who has entered through the saloon doors of D-Word in the recent past. And a big welcome to Heddy who is my docu-hero. We're not happy either when you are not doing film.


Doug Block
Mon 7 Sep 2009Link

Welcome, Heddy and Amit. Heddy, can't tell you how many admirers you have here, we've discussed your films often in our Documentary Films topic. So become a member soon so you can join in and have access to all of our topics. Amit, feel free, as well.


Robert Goodman
Mon 7 Sep 2009Link

I've seen too few of your films Heddy but O Amor Natural is truly a delight.


Ted Fisher
Mon 7 Sep 2009Link

In reply to Heddy Honigmann's post on Mon 7 Sep 2009 :

Welcome, Heddy. "Forever" is one of my very favorite films.


Jason Perdue
Mon 7 Sep 2009Link

Welcome Heddy. I've been following you at San Francisco Int'l for years where they always seem to show at least one of your films. "O Amor Natural" is the film I often find myself thinking about.

Edited Mon 7 Sep 2009 by Jason Perdue

Andy Schocken
Mon 7 Sep 2009Link

That's very funny- I was actually watching "Forever" last night, and was going to post about it here on d-word today. I was so moved by your ability to express the humanity of your subjects, and I searched around a bit online about your filmmaking process. I found the following youtube clip, where you say that "when someone is in front of the camera, I have to love them to film them." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWBYf7Je0AM

Anyways, I'm very inspired by your films, and I'd love to learn more about your filmmaking process if you stick around d-word a bit. Welcome!


Heddy Honigmann
Mon 7 Sep 2009Link

Hello Amit, John, Erica, Doug, Robert, Ted, Jason, Andy and all the ENTHUSIAST host & members of this great site, D-Word. I love very much NY, SF, Minneapolis, Chicago, Toronto and other cities where I was very welcome in the past and where I had good (and real) discussions about the ins- and outs of filmmaking and the production of documentaries. The discussions are endless because doc-world is absolutely rich. And that is one of the reasons to join D-word: in the Netherlands, with it's big doc tradition (from Ivens till Van der Keuken), the discussion between colleagues is dull and dull are also most of the ones who write about this art. And of course there are exceptions! But I don't think we have a "John Anderson" (the guy who probably everybody here knows and who appears in the youtube short fragment Andy mentions). You have plenty of great festivals arround you, as Tribeca, SFFF, Toronto, Hot Docs, Chicago, etc; you have plenty of people busy deffending the GOOD film, you have Sundance (in all it's forms), ITVS, HBO and others. Colleagues respect the work of others. The documentary film climate seems to be healthy in the US. Or am I wrong? I would like very much to know what do you think about this. It could be that I idealise -if it's a correct English word and do not see how difficult it is for you to find the funds to film.
Best wishes with all your projects!
Heddy


Ben Kempas
Mon 7 Sep 2009Link

Heddy, glad to see that you followed me, but you're still only half-way there, really. Complete the profile and become a full member. It's free, but it's not automatic, as we're working to keep any fake Heddies out. :-)

A big welcome to everyone else, too!


Doug Block
Tue 8 Sep 2009Link

Oh, it's plenty difficult here, Heddy. Now that you're a full Member, you can go to the Funding (North America) topic and see for yourself. Again, a warm welcome to The D-Word.


Heddy Honigmann
Wed 9 Sep 2009Link

Thanks Ben (I became a member), so I followed your advice for the second time. Why you're a host and not a member? And beeing a host how could you welcome me as a member? I'm curious!

Doug, now I go with my laptop from place to place. For some weeks I'm an exile: I needed to reconstruct parts of my house and there are delays (now already 3 weeks). When I'm back home I'll go to the Funding and read. But my questionn was not only in relation to money. I would like to know if there is a bond between colleagues, if makers help each other, are happy when someone makes a beautiful film... that is the idea I got reading personal and general messages in Facebook and maybe it's a romantic idea?


Andy Schocken
Wed 9 Sep 2009Link

I think you'll find that community spirit in more abundance here at D-Word than just about anywhere else- at least, that's been my experience.


Erica Ginsberg
Wed 9 Sep 2009Link

Heddy, if you find time to poke around some of the topics in D-Word, you will see that collegial bond in action. I actually would answer your question about whether the documentary film climate is healthy in the U.S. by saying a resounding "yes." Indeed it is not if one were to only look at it from a money perspective. The competition for limited funds has always been tight in the States and it has gotten much worse this year as arts funding has been cut in many states, corporations have fewer revenues for their foundation sides, and private foundations have been pinched as well. But somehow the scrappy spirit which you need to be a doc-maker in America also creates a deep need for a community in which to share the joys and frustrations of making documentaries, as well as a shared love for discussing documentaries. D-Word and Facebook both provide a place in the virtual world and there are a number of local organizations which provide the regular face to face sustenance which is also so very needed.

Curious to know why you find the conversation among the Dutch colleagues dull? What makes it dull?

P.S. The hosts will probably recommend this conversation be continued in another topic since this one is generally reserved for introductions only. You are well past introduction and into discussion. So maybe continue this discussion in the virtual Bar & Grill?


Doug Block
Wed 9 Sep 2009Link

Yes, Erica's right, this should move to the Bar. So I'll only add that there's a lot of collegiality here in the U.S. among documentarians in person, but I've also found that to be true in most places I've visited. Far more than among fiction filmmakers, that's for sure. But there's always a healthy amount of envy and spite, as well. It's called being human, I guess.


Shelly Helgeson
Wed 9 Sep 2009Link

Hey Y'all. I haven't posted in a while and not sure if I ever really intro'd myself. My name is Shelly and I am trying to make my world today in documentary editing. I've been doing it for 4 years now and am thoroughly enjoying all the NYC doc people I've been meeting along the way!

Now for a question: The doc I'm currently working needs a male actor to mimic the voice of one of our subjects for use as scratch narration. We'd like to get some one who can come very close to the person's real voice as we may use a cut with this narration to send into festival applications, etc. Does anyone know the best way to go about finding and hiring voice talent or actors? Our budget is small, so I'm sure we couldn't pay too competitively but, would try to offer a decent wage. I've posted on Backstage but was hoping for more suggestions. Does anyone know anything about contacting talent agencies or casting directors? Any advice would greatly help as I am totally inexperienced in dealing with actors. Thanks!


Taylor Van Sickle
Thu 10 Sep 2009Link

Hey everyone! My name is Taylor Van Sickle and I'm producing a documentary. I'm a senior at Utah Valley University and I'm in the Digital Media program. I'm doing the documentary for my senior project. It's going to be about my personal discovery and research of my 5th great-grandfather. Frederick Kesler. He was a millwright in Utah in the 1800's and built over 35 mills of different types and was a very interesting character. It's my first project of this size and scope. I'm hoping that this site will help me through the process of production. Any advice whatsoever would be useful!


Taylor Van Sickle
Thu 10 Sep 2009Link

In reply to Shelly Helgeson's post on Wed 9 Sep 2009 :
Shelly, I've used Voices.com for projects in the past. You can post a project proposal on the site and then different voice talent will send you what they would charge for the project. It would definitely want to check it out! Hope that helped...


Robert Goodman
Thu 10 Sep 2009Link

this really belongs in the mentoring room. I would contact all the casting agencies listed in the New York Film Guide and ask for their non-union voice-over demo reels. Most are likely to be online at this point. Find the person or person you like and then contact the agency or the person and make them an offer. If you have a little bit of money, make sure you're organized so the person can get in and out in under an hour.


Shelly Helgeson
Thu 10 Sep 2009Link

My apologies. I will move now! But, thanks for the helpful info already!


Tomás Corredor
Thu 10 Sep 2009Link

Hi,
My name is Tomás and I am a Colombian TV commercial director currently residing in NYC. My work in advertisement has given me an approach to the audiovisual language, but at the same time it has distanced me form the “reality” that I’m very eager to explore as an individual and through the camera lens. Therefore, since some time ago, I am interested in exploring my own documentary language. I am pursuing this exploration by currently taking the Documentary Production Workshop at The New School in NYC. As a final assignment of the workshop, I will make and present my first documentary short film of 7 minutes. In Colombia I have been working as a documentary theory, film history and filmmaking teacher at a range of universities. I have also contributed extensively to a range of workshops around the country organized by the Colombian Ministry of Culture.
I am 33 years old and for the last 12 years I have been producing images for other people and teaching others filmmaking. Being in NYC has triggered me to do my own film and the time to start to work in my own dreams has come.

Some of my work
www.laolimpo.com
www.imdb.com/name/nm3588348/
http://cinefiliaescrita.blogspot.com/

Edited Thu 10 Sep 2009 by Tomás Corredor

Doug Block
Thu 10 Sep 2009Link

Welcome, Taylor. I highly recommend you look through our vast list of archived discussions, which is available to Enthusiasts. You'll get all sorts of production advice there. And feel free to ask questions in the Mentoring topic, as Robert suggests.

And welcome to Shelly and Tomás, as well. Both of you should feel free to apply for full D-Word membership (it's free) by clicking here ...


kate marvin
Thu 10 Sep 2009Link

Hello everyone, my name is Esther and I am doing my first documentary. A graduate of Dramatic arts, published writer, done a feature but decided on doing historical documentary of my people. Had it mapped out but now it's a differnt game as I have landed myself with too much researched materials being on it since december 2005. So now I watch the pictures on my editing table wondering which should be relivant? I'm being honest here because I need proffessional advice. I have read so much doc. but still need more info as i draw close to rounding up in early december 2009. Ok! let me talk less after all I just got here. Just one more thing, I think info on presentation style or story structures so as to attract funding for a television broadcast will help. Soon you will read about my experience, that I think should even be another doc. on it's own. An experience. i do love to share my experience and learn more from you out there. Thanks.


Ted Fisher
Thu 10 Sep 2009Link

In reply to Tomás Corredor's post on Thu 10 Sep 2009 :

Welcome Tomás,

While you are at The New School, be sure and participate in some of the "Doc Talk" events they host. Often it's a chance to meet filmmakers and discuss their work face to face.


Doug Block
Fri 11 Sep 2009Link

A warm welcome, Esther. Glad you found us and good luck with your doc. You might want to read a special week-long discussion we did here devoted to Story Structure in our vast archives.


Floyd Webb
Fri 11 Sep 2009Link

Hello, My name is Floyd Webb and I am a docfilmmaker living in Chicago. Working on my first doc after working with a lot of interesting people, I also do short 3 minute profiles of Chicago people.

Of late I am working on a project that got me tied up in a Federal lawsuit over Fair Use in Boston. The case may be dismissed Sept 28, we will see. The film I am making covers a century of the marginal social community of martial arts from Teddy Roosevelt's Judo dojo in the White House to the Dojo Wars of Count Dante in Chicago.

This is site looks like it could be a very interesting place.


Tim VandeSteeg
Sun 13 Sep 2009Link

In reply to Niam Etany's post on Wed 12 Aug 2009 :
Thank you for the nice words...


Tim VandeSteeg
Sun 13 Sep 2009Link

In reply to Yocheved Sidof's post on Thu 13 Aug 2009 :

Yes, a fellow Minnesotan living in LA... and yes diehard Viking fan. My two biggest passions film and football. It's great to you.


Andy Schocken
Sun 13 Sep 2009Link

Sounds like an interesting project, Floyd. Welcome to D-Word!


Tomás Corredor
Mon 14 Sep 2009Link

Thanks Ted,
Sounds nice... it is a great option. I have to take a look of the "Doc talk" schedule.
Hope to see you soon and thanks again.

In reply to Ted Fisher's post on Thu 10 Sep 2009 :


Chris Hinrichs
Tue 15 Sep 2009Link

It's been some time since I've been on D-Word, so I thought I'd reintroduce myself with a short video some of you may enjoy. It is a rapid-fire slide show of the 240 docs I've watched since I got hooked on them through Netflix. Who knows? Some of you might find your film among them. As you can tell, I am an enthusiast. http://tiny.cc/B28WW


Christopher Wong
Tue 15 Sep 2009Link

welcome back, chris... 240 docs is sure an impressive amount. have you started any kind of review page where you list your thoughts on them? there have been a lot of people who have said they were going to start a blog reviewing docs, but those people never get very far. i think you'd do well with it.


Chris Hinrichs
Tue 15 Sep 2009Link

Hey Chris- Thanks! Actually, I do quite a few posts about docs. I wouldn't call them reviews since my threshold for whether I like a film or not depends entirely on whether I thought the time I spent watching it was wasted. Almost none of the documentaries I've seen fit into this category. But I do like to make people aware of these films because I think they're ofter overlooked. I also like to interview filmmakers on the blog and have been lucky to interview people like Eddie Schmidt, Eric Chaikin, Melody Gilbert, and Jenny Abel (Abel Raises Cain). Here's a link to my doc-related posts in case you're interested: http://tiny.cc/o8FlQ

If any of you have stuff you think I should check out, please let me know. I'm not a filmmaker myself, just someone who appreciates what you all do.


Jack Clancy
Thu 17 Sep 2009Link

Hi Folks,
My name is Jack Clancy and along with my daughter Liz Clancy Lerner we have been producing pro bono shorts for non profits with our company Best Dog Ever Films, LLC. We are in the final stages of completing our feature length documentary The Renegades: A Beep Ball Story. Our temp site exists as a gateway to a 90 sec. teaser. We've been lurkers on this site for years and truly appreciate all the infor we've gleaned from the sites and subsites of d-word. We'd be pleased to get feedback on our teaser at www.bestdogeverfilms.com
Thanks. Jack and Liz


Riley Morton
Thu 17 Sep 2009Link

wow, Jack-
when i read that article in the WSJ a couple weeks ago about 'beep ball,' i thought 'there's a doc waiting to be made – wonder if i should do it' – looks like i got beat to the punch. nice work. looks like you've got a good story there. when do you hope to have the feature done?


Justine Jacob
Thu 17 Sep 2009Link

Glad you're on here Marshall and great/hard/interesting discussion re: your film. Thank you to you and Mikal for sharing.


Doug Block
Thu 17 Sep 2009Link

Welcome, Jack, and all best with your film. You and Liz should each sign up (individually) as full members to get access to all the discussion topics.


Jack Clancy
Fri 18 Sep 2009Link

Riley,
Thanks for the kind words. With as long as it took us to get this done I suspect you could have created your version ahead of ours had the WSJ come out 3 years ago!
We have a festival cut just about done and hope to get it out to a few over the coming weeks.


Marit K. Corneil
Fri 18 Sep 2009Link

My name is Marit and I am a Canadian researcher/teacher (and filmmaker) living in Norway. I have been doing work on the NFB's Challenge for Change program, and teaching documentary theory and production for a while. I am working on a dissertation on contemporary documentary and am very concerned with ethical issues (!)


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