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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........

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 and and have a filmography at 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:


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

I'm looking forward to meeting everyone.


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 :


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.

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.


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