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Stefani Saintonge
Thu 12 Nov 2009Link

How is everyone doing?

My name is Stefani, and I'm an MFA documentary studies student at Hofstra University. Right now I'm trying to spread the word about the program to prospective students and supporters as a graduate assistant under Skip Blumberg. I'm also a novice at film making so learning about more about the doc industry is a must. Hello!


Ben Kempas
Sat 14 Nov 2009Link

Welcome, Enthusiast Stefani!


Steve Christolos
Sat 14 Nov 2009Link

Hi everyone!

My name is Steve and I love making documentaries. :) I'm a former student of the Academy of Art in San Francisco, CA. Recently, I just finished my debut short film, The Sundowner. I'm excited to develop future projects with my producing partner, we're very open minded and willing to help collaborate. Nice to meet you all!


Ben Kempas
Sat 14 Nov 2009Link

Welcome, Enthusiast Steve!


Kristof Bilsen
Sun 15 Nov 2009Link

Hi Doug,

Kristof again (after a while on d-word again) – I am currently studying at the National FIlm+Television School in UK for the 2 year MA Documentary Direction. Currently I am preparing my subject for this MA
dissertation to be written next year. I am thinking of making a paper about personal documentaries and their influence on the family/relatives. Etc (I just started off) and I might like to interview you about it.
Would that be possible, by skype for example? Just let me know, it is not urgent. regards, Kristof

In the hidden section, my details:

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Edited Sun 15 Nov 2009 by Kristof Bilsen

Doug Block
Sun 15 Nov 2009Link

Welcome back, Kristof. Feel free to email me about setting up a skype intv, but won't have time until I'm back from IDFA.


Heather Ross
Mon 16 Nov 2009Link

The sidebar is nagging me to introduce myself, which I clumsily forgot to do when I joined last year. It's GREAT to be here and have input from such a distinguished group of pro doc makers. I recently completed a feature-length doc, GIRLS ON THE WALL, which was a co-production with ITVS (great experience working with them). It just premiered in the city where it was shot, at the Chicago International FF, winning a Special Mention jury prize. The site for the film is www.girlsonthewallmovie.com

In the past I've produced and directed many hours of factual programming for A&E, Discovery, MTV, and am excited to bring what I've learned the hard way on the indie doc trail to new television projects.

Thanks to the hosts for providing this great space.


John Burgan
Mon 16 Nov 2009Link

You're welcome, Heather – better late than never...


Marj Safinia
Mon 16 Nov 2009Link

Hi Heather, and officially welcome. I enjoyed your film. Especially Whitney. What a great character. How's she doing?


Doug Block
Mon 16 Nov 2009Link

Congrats on your award, Heather, and thanks for finally outing yourself. Come back often, ok? We've had more than enough silent Heather, especially given all you have to offer. (And love seeing you doing karioke!)


Yogesh Jagam
Tue 17 Nov 2009Link

Dear All,

You are invited to the Film Festival : Humanity Explored –

The film festival where we gather and explore Our voice – as citizens of different locales of this earth, sharing the same cosmic resources that sustains life in us, dreaming the same future, experiencing same fundamental emotions, living similar life stories, yet intensely feeling separation among us. Can we feel 'interconnectedness' or 'oneness' by sharing what fundamental emotions, needs and dreams unites us, and question/contemplate the divisive perception of 'otherness'? Lets celebrate our collective spiritual evolution by contemplating the contemporary cultures & societies, through cinema.

visit now www.cultureunplugged.com

watch, vote and spread the buzz in your community, on your social networks, in your blogs.

Engage & Explore.
Visit the festival now.

Yogesh
on Behalf of,
Culture Unplugged Festival Team

www.cultureunplugged.com
Promote Films. Promote Consciousness.


moloy chakraborty
Wed 18 Nov 2009Link

Hi; every body ;
i 'm moloy from INDIA;very glad to meet you here.
I'm now working as an assistant film director with the most eminent indian film maker; BUDDHADEB DASGUPTA. But you all know that in INDIA its very difficult to be an independent film maker . i've completed the research work for two of my ducomentaries .
my first project is about the children who lived on footpath of calcutta;but they all have a very pain full history; and the causes are very socio-economical.........
and my second project is on MEDICINE;how the people of INDIA are cheated by those multinational medicinal companies.......
i've approach to many people and tried to make my dream true' but i faild. so i'm requesting you to give me some suggestions for it (i.e:how do i find producers.....). thanking you; moloy


Marcus Rosentrater
Wed 18 Nov 2009Link

Hello,
My name is Marcus Rosentrater. I am working on working on movies. My keen interest in non-fiction is finding the place where truth and fiction crossover to derive a separate truth unreachable from either end. I am primarily an editor, but have co-directed 3 short docs with Gideon C. Kennedy. Our last of which is premiering at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam this Friday (Nov. 20th 2009 20:15). http://clandestine-movie.com/ I'm looking forward to connecting to an international non-fiction filmaking community.

Thanks!

Edited Wed 18 Nov 2009 by Marcus Rosentrater

Martin Touhey
Wed 18 Nov 2009Link

Good day fellow documentarians,
My name is Martin Touhey and my company Sleepyeyed Films LLC is currently in pre-production of a documentary about the legendary video game Dragon's Lair. I've joined the D-Word in order to expand my contacts and hopefully gain some insight to how people are getting their projects funded and noticed. I look forward to sharing ideas and getting to know other filmmakers.


Almudena Carracedo
Wed 18 Nov 2009Link

Hi! This is Almudena Carracedo, I'm officially introducing myself here!

I am a Spanish filmmaker who was based in Los Angeles until two months ago, and now happily based in Brooklyn. I recently directed Made in L.A. (www.MadeinLA.com) which was my first feature doc and ended up wining an Emmy. After 2 and 1/2 years of intense and rewarding outreach and community engagement my partner Robert Bahar (also D-worder) and I are slowly wrapping up the project and moving onto new things.

Happy to be here in D-word, finally, and to be in touch with this community!


Marj Safinia
Wed 18 Nov 2009Link

Welcome all and an especially huge welcome and hug to Almudena! So glad you decided to sign up! LA is sorry to have lost you guys.


Almudena Carracedo
Wed 18 Nov 2009Link

Thanks Marj!!! We miss you all in LA... but I'm sure we'll be seeing you quite often anyway :)


Doug Block
Wed 18 Nov 2009Link

Ditto Marj. Welcome to Martin, Marcus and the very youthful-looking Moloy (Yogesh, we'll welcome you more warmly when you actually choose to introduce yourself.)

And a roll out the red carpet welcome to Almudena, who we're thrilled to have as an actual member and not just a friend. Good to have you all here.


Almudena Carracedo
Wed 18 Nov 2009Link

Doug, thanks for your sweet welcome :)


moloy chakraborty
Fri 20 Nov 2009Link

hi I'm moloy chakraborty from India. I'm working as an assistant film director with BUDDHADEB DASGUPTA; the eminent film maker from India. As you know that it is very difficult to make my own film in India; I ‘m requesting for some suggestions from you. I ‘m a science graduate from Calcutta university and working in this field from last seven years only as an assistant and till I believe that I can make my dream true.

I’ve completed the full research work of two of my documentary films and now looking for some funding for these .

My first project is about “THE STREET CHILDREN” who live in the footpath of Calcutta but they all have a very painful history; which is very socio-economical. The usual documentaries about this matter mostly end in showing that they live in an exile & we all have to help them. But most important causes are not revealed or hided. I’ve found that in most cases state and its laws are very responsible for this. They never can imagine even about sufficient food. Medical; education; etc are simply a dream to them……… ………………………….

My second project is about ENVIORNMENT &WATER LAND (POND). There are too many housing projects which are developing by destroying the water lands and greens which has an impact on temperature; average rain; as well as on public health……………………………………….

I’m sorry for bothering you in this way but desperately I want to make my dream true though I know it’s very difficult . I’m writing you for your kind suggestions and help. I’ll be very glad if you reply me.

Thanking you;

Moloy chakraborty;

moloychakrovarty@gmail.com


Heather Ross
Fri 20 Nov 2009Link

Thanks, everybody! Love this place.


Heather Ross
Fri 20 Nov 2009Link

In reply to Marj Safinia's post on Mon 16 Nov 2009 23:50 UTC :

Marj, glad you enjoyed it! When I showed the film at the detention ctr. last month, the new crop of girls LOVED Whitney too. She's doing pretty well, actually– set to start city college classes in January. And Rosa's working two jobs and looking at going to school next year. Crazy proud of both of them.


Jason Reid
Fri 20 Nov 2009Link

Hi everyone,

My name is Jason Reid and I am a documentary filmmaker from Seattle. I completed 2 feature documentaries in 2009.

The first film is called Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai (http://2rfilm.com/manzou). Myself and three other American friends, along with a 23 yr-old Chinese guide/translator, bicycled over 1,000 miles from Beijing to Shanghai (without permits or support vehicles). Our bicycle trip and the documentary serve as a vehicle to explore the environmental, economic and sociological issues facing China today. The film intersperses the experiences of our team with the opinions of residents, expats, and academics.

My second film is called Sonicsgate (http://sonicsgate.org), exposing the truth behind how Seattle lost the SuperSonics NBA basektball team following a heated legal battle in 2008. We had two sold out screenings in Seattle last month, followed up by an extremely successful internet release. In the first month, nearly 60,000 people have watched it online. The full 2 hour film is streaming for free at http://sonicsgate.org. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Also, you can take a look at my d-word profile at the link below.

http://d-word.com/people/reidster

Looking forward to networking with other filmmakers here.

Jason Reid
reidsterreid@gmail.com


Riley Morton
Sat 21 Nov 2009Link

hey Jason -
glad you made your way here – i did hear about sonicsgate – supercurious to hear how you guys came to the decision that you'd give the movie away online.

i hadn't heard about 'man zou' yet. are there any screenings coming up?


Lenville O'Donnell
Sat 21 Nov 2009Link

Jason, Riley, potential Seattle F2F on Monday... would be great to see/meet you and chew the fat. ?


Sara Westrate Barnes
Sun 22 Nov 2009Link

Good evening, everyone. I'm Sara Westrate Barnes and I'm a documentary transcriptionist. I know many of you, but am joining d-word for the first time. I've been a documentary transcriptionist since my sister (hi Beth!) sent me a machine and my first job about 12 years ago.

Some of the films I've been proud to work on are: 51 Birch Street, The Kids Grow Up, A Family Undertaking, e2 series (PBS), Out in the Silence, Vagina Monologues, Raymond Scott: Onto Something, Blueprint America, Terra Antarctica, Whatever It Takes, Promised Land, Lemon, Wait For Me, and Ruth Gruber-The Movie.

I also have several private clients in the medical field and do regular work for Spike TV and NOVA.

Thanks for reading and take care!

Warmly,
Sara
www.yourbesttranscription.com


Jason Reid
Mon 23 Nov 2009Link

Hi Riley,

Would love to chat about Sonicsgate sometime. We decided to release the movie for free so as many people as possible would be able to watch it. While not a great financial plan, I wouldn't have done it any other way. It has been a great way to get the word out about the film.

Also, I looked at your site and was interested in the Wonderland film you did. Looks cool. Check out the website for my film Man Zou (http://2rfilm.com/manzou) if you haven't already.

Also, Lenville...would like to meet up sometime as well. This week is looking kind of busy, but sometime soon for sure. Let's stay in touch

Jason


Doug Block
Mon 23 Nov 2009Link

Greetings, Jason, and a big hello and hug to Sara, who I've been working with for years. Sister of d-goddess Beth.


Ryan Ferguson
Mon 23 Nov 2009Link

...so seattle is something like the 24th most populated city in the country behind places like columbus, memphis, el paso, charlotte, jacksonville, and detroit.

so based on d-word demographics, it seem that something like one third of the city of seattle must be documentary filmmakers. it's incredible, really.


Marj Safinia
Mon 23 Nov 2009Link

And 99% of that one-third is male. Take that, statisticians!


Riley Morton
Mon 23 Nov 2009Link

despite being the 24th biggest city, we are absolutely the #1 coolest city in the country – thus explaining why we have so many doc filmmakers. but i can't explain the lack of d-women.


Andy Schocken
Mon 23 Nov 2009Link

Maybe it's all those mountain man beards. Although it looks like they've got a few of those in Chicago, too. Jason, I liked that Sonics jersey in the Man Zou trailer.

Looks like Mikal will be in town Friday night, so that's when we'll be meeting up. Tentatively, 7:00 at the Alibi Room. Enthusiasts and members welcome (if you're an enthusiast and can't access the F2F topic, feel free to contact me at aschocken at gmail)


Howard Shack
Tue 24 Nov 2009Link

Greetings all, I'm very happy to join the mix here on D-Word. I look forward to sharing ideas and hopefully collaborating with many of you. I am an experienced producer and cinematographer with a couple of Emmy Awards and over 20 years worth of film and television projects for PBS, Discovery, National Geographic and others.

A big thanks to Julia Welbourne for bringing D-Word to my attention. I look forward to meeting some of you at the Alibi Room get-together this Friday evening.


Andy Schocken
Tue 24 Nov 2009Link

2nd best bald Jewish cinematographer to come out of Seattle in a long time. Seriously.


Marj Safinia
Tue 24 Nov 2009Link

Welcome Howard. Funny, Andy :)


S.Tavaris Belle
Tue 24 Nov 2009Link

I how are you doing? My name is Shazard; I’m originally from the Bahamas but currently attending graduate school in Florida. At this time I’m pursing a Masters of Business Administration with one more class to go before I graduate. I’m interested the field of documentary filmmaking but I don’t have any experience. I purchased the book Directing the Documentary by Michael Rabiger, it’s my intention to teach myself how to make or go about making such films. It probably will take me a while to get the hang of things, but from now I plan to do a lot of reading and will purchase equipment later to get my feet wet. It look as if the website is full of professionals, so I don’t know exactly where someone like me would fit in. I hope to interact with the members on my journey to one day complete the documentary projects that I envision.

P.S I came across the website through the book Directing the Documentary By Michael Rabiger, which I recently purchased


Doug Block
Tue 24 Nov 2009Link

Greetings, Howard and Shazard. Welcome to The D-Word!


Rob Bralver
Sat 28 Nov 2009Link

Hi Everyone,

New to the site and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Rob, and I recently started up a documentary production company with some friends called Gatling Pictures, based in Los Angeles.

Our first project is "SANDMAN: At Your Service" – about Mark Sandman, the late lead singer of the band "Morphine." Please watch our new promotional featurette at www.gatlingpicturesinc.com (or here: http://vimeo.com/7804512) and let me know what you think!

We're new to the field and welcome all words of wisdom and criticism.

Thanks,
Rob


Doug Block
Sun 29 Nov 2009Link

Good to have you aboard the good ship D-Word, Rob. Welcome and all best with your project.


Jill Woodward
Sun 29 Nov 2009Link

good luck with your film Rob. I'm a big Morphine fan, so my interest is piqued.


Sonja Henrici
Tue 1 Dec 2009Link

Hi All

Sonja here from Scottish Documentary Institute. Thought I was registered ages ago but have just reinstated myself.

We are a research centre for documentary at Edinburgh College of Art, and run training and production initiatives such as Bridging the Gap and Interdoc, and produce short and feature documentaries.

www.scottishdocinstitute.com for more info
You can watch our films at www.docscene.org

If you're coming through Edinburgh at any point, please say hello!


Doug Block
Tue 1 Dec 2009Link

Welcome (back), Sonja! Good to see you here again – well, a photo would help ;-) Hope all's been well.


Joy-Marie Scott
Tue 1 Dec 2009Link

Hi Sonja, welcome! Do make sure your filmmakers know about the International Call production fund. There's a deadline coming up in February. If you have any questions, send me an email.


Christopher Reed
Wed 2 Dec 2009Link

Hello everyone,

I am the new Online Project Coordinator at reelisor.com, the MEDIA sponsored social networking site for European documentary professionals. If you have any suggestions or questions for the site, please let me know.

We are beginning another round of programming and so some new features are slated for the next few months. Training Initiatives and Festivals will be able to manage their own information, and Funding Groups will be able to create their own funding guides. We are also looking to improve our wiki (http://wiki.reelisor.com/) so if you teach a documentary class and are a looking for a good assignment for your students please get in touch me.

I am also going to be chronicling some things that I think will be useful for the documentary community on a site here (http://themadmaster.blogspot.com). Guides, news, etc. Maybe interviews too. We will see.

Looking forward to getting to know the community a bit better,
Christopher


Doug Block
Wed 2 Dec 2009Link

Welcome, Christopher. We don't encourage double posts, but feel free to re-post your note about the wiki in the Teaching Docs topic. Good luck with all your reelisor initiatives, they sound great.


M Beatrix Mugishagwe
Wed 2 Dec 2009Link

Hello everyone!
I am Beatrix Mugishagwe, a producer/director from Tanzania. Currently I am producing a series called Unsung Heroines – African Female Leaders.
I am excited to join you since being in this business in my part of the world it can be real lonely.


Carlo Brescia
Thu 3 Dec 2009Link

Hi everyone!
I am currently producing an ethnographic doc in the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. Last June I filmed a short doc about a skater in Berlin and in 2007 I wrote and produced a series of 4 short documentaries about families living at different altitudes in the Andes. I also produce other types of cultural products like magazines, photo books and music.
Hope to learn more about filmmaking and share the little I know in this community.
Best best.


Doug Block
Thu 3 Dec 2009Link

Welcome, Beatrix and Carlo. Feel free to register for full membership here, which will give you access to all of our discussion topics. It's where the pros hang out. And it's free.


Kate Barden Maloney
Fri 4 Dec 2009Link Tag

Hi everyone,

I'm new to the site and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Kate, I recently moved to the Seattle area from NYC. I specialize in rights and clearances. If anyone ever needs and advice regarding licensing of 3rd party content (music, images, footage, etc...) please drop me a line.

I'm looking forward to being a part of the D-Word world!

Cheers,
Kate


Marj Safinia
Fri 4 Dec 2009Link

Welcome, Kate. There must be an echo in here :)


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