Wow, away from The D-Word for a few days, and so many new people. A very special welcome to Joanne Feinberg!
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I'm Maria, a producer for controversial independent film company Pie 'n' Mash Films. We started making fictional black comedies but swiftly developed into documentary film.
My partner, award winning film director Bill Maloney, came forward recently as a victim of institutional abuse. A group of 22 men approached Bill and Pie 'n' Mash films to tell their story of horrific abuse and torture a the hands of a senior prison officer back in the 70s. Only four years ago at the same centre the youngest suicide victim in a UK child prison 'Adam Rickwood' was found beaten black and blue with a broken nose and a broken wrist hanging by his trainer laces. His family do not believe it was suicide.
It's a tough subject with tough content. The major broadcast networks will no doubt refuse to air the documentary so I'm looking for all alternative outlets to get our victims stories told.
Anyway! After that somber introduction I thought I'd say 'Hi' to all, it's ok, I'm not all doom and gloom and look forward to connecting with some of you on the site.
Hi. My name is Kevin and I am an up and coming filmmaker. I graduated New York Film Academy a few years ago and I LOVE shooting film and video. I look forward to connecting to some of you here and helping with and getting some assistance on projects.
Hans Bosscher started as director’s assistant and was later production leader at the Zuidelijk Toneel Globe. He then founded the Frascatitheater in Amsterdam and started his own production company to support his theatre. Gradually, the work of the production company shifted to television and film. Bosscher has produced many national and international documentaries, corporate films and commercials. He also spent some time working as a consultant for Endemol Germany and Endemol Sport, after which he spent a few years producing and directing documentaries for Dutch and foreign broadcasting stations, including Discovery International, National Geographic, NHK and PBS. One of these productions yielded awards in the United States and France. Bosscher currently works as a consultant, editor in chief and director for various Dutch broadcasting stations and government agencies.
Well, we certainly welcome Hans, and will welcome him even more warmly when he decides to post in the first person. Come on out and play with us, Hans.
Hi, my name is Chihiro and I work on a crossmedia project empowering media dialogue between makers and doc fans. It's called MoochMe and will be launched at IDFA 2009 at Cinema De Munt. The idea: Promote your own & take one home!
Additionally I've directed and edited a couple of short docs for the Buddhist Broadcast here in Holland and wish to develop myself in this field in the coming years.
Favorite docs: The Planet & Surplus editted by Johan Soderberg! War on democracy, The Corporation and looking forward to seeing "Age of Stupid" & "Soundtrack for a revolution" at IDFA this year. I saw a little preview at the IDFA CLUB evening.
Looking forward to connecting, learning & sharing doc insights and news. Total newby here so have to snoop around a bit
Hello everyone (or Doug, as it were). I'm Evan, and I'm a filmmaker.
Currently working on my second documentary, my third feature length film, Winter in Kenmare. The story is about a small town in southwestern Ireland, and how it is preparing to face the difficult times ahead, both seasonally and globally.
I've plenty to do, but I'm glad to have found this site, as I hope to pick your brains for inspiration and practical ideas. And I hope to serve as a resource for those who need some advice as well.
Welcome, Chihiro. You and Hans should register as Members here, since you both easily qualify. We'll be having a large contingent of D-Word members attending IDFA next month, so will be nice to add some locals to our group.
Good to have you aboard, Evan, and good luck with the next film.
Hey Doug : ) Thanks for the invite, will do. Very excited about this years IDFA going by the previews I've seen and the many projects around it taking place. I'll be fully immersed in it working and checking out new work.
Looking forward to host people in Amsterdam.
Well, I'll have two films there. My own (The Kids Grow Up) and another personal doc that I'm producing (The Edge of Dreaming). So be on the lookout and look forward to seeing you there.
And, btw, what's Nebraska doing in the Netherlands?
Hi everyone, I joined d-word a short while ago and forgot to introduce myself! I'm an editor/producer (does anyone use "preditor" anymore?) with a journalism background and attempting the transition to documentary. I edited "Trail of Feathers: the Missile Dick Chicks Take on America", a feature doc which needs finishing funds before it will be distributed. http://trailoffeathers.blogspot.com/2009/04/blog-post.html
I'm also working on a short doc I filmed in Greece this summer about a dance performance with non-dancer immigrants who are dealing with racism and other problems. (shades of an earlier post from Austin TX)
And all this talk of IDFA makes me sad! I was living in Amsterdam for a while until late 2008, and I attended IDFA 3 years straight, first as a volunteer, then journalist, and finally participant ("Trail" was in Docs for Sale last year). But I won't be going this year. :(
Glad you finally posted an intro, Jill. Now you just need to sign up as a full member, too. You'll be shocked at how much of The D-Word you've been missing.
In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Mon 19 Oct 2009 : Thanks Ben! Good to be here – finally!
Hi there!I would like to introduce the new video camera training center my company (Mediakite-news production outlet) is launching.Mediakite has 10 years experience with major networks such as PBS, CNN, BBC, RAI etc.Mediakite's school is the only school in NYC attached to a real production company. We are offering video camera, lighting and final cut pro courses.for more info and online registration: www.mediakite.com/training
Well, I just signed up to this site. Saw it mentioned in an article.
Um, a little about myself. I left Pittsburgh, PA. and moved to NYC about a month and a half ago to accomplish my goal of making a self funded feature film. I am documenting the entire process on my blog. I am looking to use Social Media and tools alike to market my journey as an independent filmmaker and in the end of it all, self distribute my film. Should be interesting!
Hi, my name is Phil Yisrael. I'm living in Amsterdam. I was born in Sydney, Australia – moved to Israel in 2002 and then met a girl in Amsterdam, married her and yada yada yada. I'm currently studying film making at SAE Amsterdam and have racked up a few projects as director, editor, cinematographer. I have just bought the new Canon 7D and am very excited about filming with it. I am determined to produce quality documentaries, with good stories and technically sharp pieces. I look forward to learning from and meeting new people who share this love of documentary making.
I am a student studying at the University of the Arts, London. I've just signed up because I'm working on a short documentary for uni and in the very early planning stages of another documentary I am making outside of class. Just wanted to say hi really and possibly meet some like minded people!
Hope you're all well
In reply to Hans Bosscher's post on Tue 20 Oct 2009 :
Hi Hans, I wonder if you could guide me in the right direction when it comes to pitching my idea for a documentary about a Dutch sporting team (not professional) that is travelling to the Middle East to compete against local teams. I think the subject will have high interest in The Netherlands and even internationally.
I hope to hear from you.
Phil, I would consider volunteering at IDFA which is a good networking opportunity and chance to see a lot of great docs in exchange for your labor (it's a pretty big time commitment. I have heard that if you volunteer for IDFA's pitching forum you can get a front row seat into that process pitching for commissioning editors.
Welcome to The D-Word Matthew, Phillip and Terri. Good luck with your various projects.
In reply to Kevin McGill's post on Mon 19 Oct 2009 :
Welcome, Kevin. I'm just up the road from you in Norwalk, CT....
You guys'll be happy to know the sneak peak of Chihiro's Mooch-Me project premiered in the New Mezrab.
I am new to the doc world, but loving it! I am currently in development on a feature length music doc and looking for a producing partner, so if anyone has any advice, my ears are open!