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Welcome to The D-Word! Stop in and sign the guest book - let us know a little (or a lot) about yourself.

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Ryan Oliver Hansen
Wed 16 Dec 2009Link

Hello friends--
I'm in my fifth year of living in Cameroon, West Africa. I'm a documentary filmmaker turned full-time volunteer. But it's time to reach new horizons with our documentary "Green Eyes in Africa." It's a ready-to go project with almost all of the work done. I consider what we have a "rough draft." I just need a production company who would like to take it and make it bigger/better and incorporate the rest of the story. Then move on to distribution. The story is unbelievable. has the trailer, etc. I hope to find people who want to make this happen...our website is and my email is

Doug Block
Wed 16 Dec 2009Link

Welcome, Pete, and congrats on your funding! Leslie and Ryan, a warm welcome, as well. You both should register for full membership here, which will give you access to all the discussion topics. And best of luck with your projects.

Bryan Donnell
Thu 17 Dec 2009Link

Hello –

So far I have been primarily a DP almost exclusively for docs, including a feature that's premiering in Sundance this year ("Countdown to Zero" for Participant). Have been involved with Doculink since it was just an idea, and have heard about this place for a long time, but for some reason am only now joining in! Seems great though and I look forward to mingling, especially as I'm moving into a place of producing as well. Thanks!


Doug Block
Thu 17 Dec 2009Link

Welcome, Bryan, and congrats on Sundance. Hope you get to go and see it with an audience on the big screen – nothing like it. You, too, should sign up for full membership here. It's easy and free.

Stephanie M. Brown
Mon 21 Dec 2009Link

Hi there,

I heard about D-Word from a director while chatting with him at his premiere and signed up the next day. A month later, I'm finally introducing myself.

I'm an aspiring doc filmmaker in the Washington DC metro area. A former Air Force and DOD producer-director, I earned a Master's certificate from the Institute for Documentary Filmmaking at George Washington University under award-winning filmmaker Nina Gilden Seavey. I also have an MA in video production. Last year, I produced my first short doc (17 mins) from script to screen, "DC LSIC: A Little Justice Goes A Long Way," for DC non-profit legal aid agency and law clinic DC Law Students in Court. You can view it on my Web site at If anyone views it, I'd love some feedback.

I've been wanting to produce another doc, but have lost my momentum since I haven't been able to find a topic that excites me. Life has gotten in the way as well. Am hoping associating with other doc filmmakers will inspire me. In the meantime, I'm a freelance Final Cut Pro editor and taking some home improvement classes at my local community college for fun.

Tom Dziedzic
Mon 21 Dec 2009Link

Stephanie, Please feel free to network with other DC area documentary filmmakers at DOCS IN PROGRESS based in Silver Spring, Maryland. We're a supportive and welcoming group.

Simin Fallahzadeh Tehrani
Mon 21 Dec 2009Link

Simin Fallahzadeh Tehrani
Born in 1959,Tehran-Iran.Graduated from Television and Cinema Univercity.Worked for twenty years at Iranian Television broadcasting
company as an animation cinematographer.and documentary fimmaker
My last documentary(2009)is about Alzheimer disease,and several women
who are afflicted to Alzheimer.I want to know if i can take part to your Newport beach Film Festival 2010?

John Burgan
Mon 21 Dec 2009Link

Hi there Simin – with your background, feel free to apply to become a full member

Not sure that the Newport Beach Festival is big on docs, to be honest – do you have a particular reason for wanting to apply there?

Edited Mon 21 Dec 2009 by John Burgan

Stephanie M. Brown
Mon 21 Dec 2009Link

In reply to Tom Dziedzic's post on Mon 21 Dec 2009 :

Tom, thanks. I've heard of the group (and WIFV of which I'm a listserv lurking member). My Doc Center class project was shown there a couple years ago. A new year is coming, so I'm reaching out in the hopes of expanding my horizons and becoming more active. I'll definitely become more active with DIP. Again, thanks!

Doug Block
Tue 22 Dec 2009Link

A warm welcome to Stephanie and Simin. Don't let a little thing called life ever get in the way of your doc work, Stephanie ;-)

Marco Della Coletta
Tue 22 Dec 2009Link

Hello guys,
nice to finally have the time to introduce myself... Excuse me for the delay, but I was lost in an edit when I first signed up!
I'm Marco Della Coletta and I'm an Italian/Dutch filmmaker based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I'm also a partner of Godmother Films, a creative production company that tries to focus on documentary and socially relevant advertising. In the past 2 years, among other stuff we produced one of the shorts of the "Why Democracy?" series: Interferenze (about Italian television pirates).
About a month ago, I met some of you during the Idfa dinner at the Mezrab, here in Amsterdam... I must say you looked like you are a very interesting bunch of people and I'm really looking forward to join the conversation and get to know more of you online.
PS. If you like you can see most of our work on

Doug Block
Tue 22 Dec 2009Link

Welcome, Marco. We're actually far more interesting online than in person, so hope we'll correct your initial impression ;-) Feel free to register for full membership here to really find out.

Jo-Anne Velin
Tue 22 Dec 2009Link

Speak for yourself, Doug :-P.
Marco, they are all fabulously interesting in person...

Sat 26 Dec 2009Link Tag

I make documentary films on various themes for propagating the message of sustainable innovations that leads to sustainable development.

Two documentary films directed by me have participated in two International Festivals in 2009 organized by the Government of West Bengal.

The documentary on sustainable effort of tribal women in social forestry titled Tribal women, afforestation and sustainability was selected for screening in the Short & Documentary films Section of 15th Kolkata Film Festival.

Earlier, the documentary on establishing the first Small & Medium Forest Enterprise in India titled Artistic approach was selected for 8th International Social Communication Cinema Conference 2009.

Briar March
Sat 26 Dec 2009Link

Hi fellow filmmakers. I just arrived in San Francisco a few months ago and hoping to connect with other documentary filmmakers in the Bay Area. I would also love to get involved with any documentary film events in the city if there are any, or help to organize some of my own. Cheers!

John Burgan
Sat 26 Dec 2009Link

Welcome Susanta and Briar. There are quite a few Bay Area D-Worders, check the member database.

James LeBrecht
Sun 27 Dec 2009Link

Hi Everyone. I'm a post production sound designer/mixer, located in the Bay Area. I have a company, Berkeley Sound Artists and we specialize in post sound for documentaries. I'm looking forward to being part of the community and hope I can be of help.

My thanks to Alex da Silva (Ready! Set! Bag! and Runners High) for introducing me to y'all. Jim

Doug Block
Mon 28 Dec 2009Link

Welcome, James. And Susanta and Briar, as well. Nice to have y'all on board.

Alexandar Tomov - junior
Wed 30 Dec 2009Link

Hi everybody. My name is Alexandar Tomov – junior, from Bulgaria and i am inceptive director and writer who is looking for realization abroad.
Tomovjunior is an alternative site on cinema and literature.

Doug Block
Thu 31 Dec 2009Link

Glad that you found us, Alexandar. Welcome. Feel free to register for full membership here.

Julia Welbourne
Mon 4 Jan 2010Link

In reply to Howard Shack's post on Tue 24 Nov 2009 :

better late than never to thank howard for the shout out.

let's f2f again soon!

Thomas C. Gass
Tue 5 Jan 2010Link

Hello D-Word Community!

My name is Thomas C. Gass and I have always been fascinated by music, voices and languages. After graduation in "Music and Performing Arts" in Germany as well as several years of practical work as actor and musician, I started to concentrate more and more on voice acting and directing.

This involves productions as voice over artist for cinema-, television- and radio commercials, off-voice narration, radio plays, Podcasts, CD- und DVD-productions, internet applications, multimedia productions, as well as text doctoring, direction of voice recording and dubbing.

Thanks to my own SaVoA accredited digital recording studio with ISDN (all available codecs), SourceConnect and Phonepatch I'm availabled worldwide for VO recordings in German or English if you're in need of a "German accent" ;-)

I look forward to hearing from you.


Doug Block
Tue 5 Jan 2010Link

Welcome aboard, Thomas.

Vasilios Sfinarolakis
Wed 6 Jan 2010Link

Hello Everyone!

I signed up to the D-word a little while ago, and have been silently scouring the many posts and pages ... Now it is finally time to introduce myself proper.

My name is Vasilios Sfinarolakis and I'm a documentary filmmaker/photojournalist living in the New England/Mid Atlantic area... At the risk of eliminating a boring description of myself, I'll simply tell you why I am here, with the hopes that I get to know some of you through conversation and dialogue.

I am all about documenting 'things' thought whatever means most appropriate ... visual, oral, written word, etc. I am struck by an imperative to record things I find important, especially fading cultures/societies, things seemingly mundane, the world at large...
I am also compelled to travel to conflict zones and document the happening going on there ... especially underrepresented issues (but I never discriminate).

One of my ultimate goals in this journey as a storyteller is to go into war zones and tell those stories...

I've worked for Ken Burns and the Discover Channel and am beginning to branch out with other talented and motivated individuals to peruse personal projects.

I am currently working on a documentary with journalist Annabel Symington on the Guarani Aquifer (in South America). We just launched our website yesterday and we're extremely excited to get this project off the ground. You can get to the project as well as the team better by clicking the following link, and you'll see the grass-roots approach we're taking to this project.

I have several other projects that I'm simultaneously working on; an ongoing reportage on Native Indians in New Mexico, and am currently developing a documentary on low-income housing and poverty in Connecticut. I am also willing to consult and collaborate with other individuals if you think I would be a good fit for your team, or vise versa.

Ok, I think this is long winded enough! I look forward to your feedback and being a healthy part of this great community.


Doug Block
Wed 6 Jan 2010Link

Good to have you finally posting, Vasilios. And best of luck with your many projects.

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