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Doug Block
Tue 27 Apr 2010Link

The later has always worked for me, Mathea. And joining The D-Word as a professional member will help, too. You'll get a slew of mentors.


Lauren Henderson
Wed 28 Apr 2010Link

Hello! I'm a writer/filmmaker from Los Angeles currently working on a documentary about life with my service dog. I've logged about eight million hours of tape and I'm just about ready to begin editing. Wishing you all the best and thanks to Doug Block for sharing this site with me! It's great!


John Burgan
Wed 28 Apr 2010Link

Good luck with the eight million hours, Lauren!


David Herman
Wed 28 Apr 2010Link

Any friend of Doug's deserves it.


Doug Block
Wed 28 Apr 2010Link

Hi Lauren, glad you followed up and registered. Now go all the way and sign up for professional membership here. When you do, check out the Face 2 Face topic, since there will be a small gathering of D-Word members in L.A. tomorrow night who you'll definitely want to meet. Service dogs especially welcome!

While you're at it, fill in your profile a bit more when you can.


Lauren Henderson
Thu 29 Apr 2010Link

I am now officially a professional! And today I'm up to nine million hours of tape. Double win!


Douglas Blush
Thu 29 Apr 2010Link

Hello all...Doug Blush here, editor of WORDPLAY, IOUSA, OUTRAGE and others. Directing a feature doc with my wife on bipolar condition for later this year, and proudly premiering FREAKONOMICS Friday April 30th at Tribeca (I edited the Eugene Jarecki segment). Glad to be aboard!


Doug Block
Thu 29 Apr 2010Link

Glad to have you, Doug. Some nice credits you bring along, too. Curious to hear more about your own film (in the Works in Progress topic) if you care to share.


Alice Crowe-Bell
Thu 29 Apr 2010Link

Hello all
I'm working on a documentary film in Rocklkand. Will be filming next week. Getting tired of trekking to NYC to rent cameras. Does anyone know of any local avenues to rent , buy or borrow cameras?


Matt Groff
Fri 30 Apr 2010Link

Hey everyone. I'm Matt Groff, a writer-producer-director working in New York. I premiered my debut feature doc, U.N. Me, at IDFA last November (wonderful festival) and done some follow up festivals along the way. Looking forward to connecting on issues surrounding doc production and promotion.


Doug Block
Fri 30 Apr 2010Link

Welcome, Alice and Matt. Alice, you're better off asking questions like that in the Classifieds topics.


Seth Shire
Wed 5 May 2010Link

Hi Everyone. I am Seth Shire, a post production supervisor and film critic with a special interest in documentaries. I look forward to discussing all aspects of documentary filmmaking from the technical to what's new and exciting in all of your work. Speaking of which Doug Blush I was at the "Freakonomics" screening at Tribeca on April 30. Nice job. In fact I have an article on my blog in which I mention it – www.unpaidfilmcritic.wordpress.com.


Doug Block
Thu 6 May 2010Link

Great to have you here, Seth. If there's any justice in the world, you should definitely be called The Paid Film Critic very soon!


Seth Shire
Thu 6 May 2010Link

Thanks Doug.


Jeff Bush
Sun 9 May 2010Link

Hello everyone
I am Jeff Bush. I work at The Wall Street Journal as a multimedia producer. I shoot and edit video stories that the print reports write as well as do a little of my own reporting. Even though I have been shooting and editing for the past 15 years or so, I have always been in more or less ENG.

I want to expand my skills by volunteering to work on a documentary in a more extreme environment. I want to learn some of the practical skills when it comes to shooting in less than ideal locations.


Doug Block
Sun 9 May 2010Link

Hi, Jeff. Welcome to The D-Word.


Jana Kadrevis
Mon 10 May 2010Link

Hi everyone, I'm a website editor with the Prague-based Institute of Documentary Film... Hoping to make a lot of you interested in documentary developments in Central and Eastern Europe. Please visit our portal www.dokweb.net for articles, interviews, trailers, and more...


John Burgan
Mon 10 May 2010Link

You're welcome Jana. You've definitely got an interesting venture going on there in Prague.


Joe Standley
Mon 10 May 2010Link

A good day to all. Glad to be here & looking forward to the journey.
Best, J

Edited Mon 10 May 2010 by Joe Standley

Beat Oswald
Tue 18 May 2010Link

Me and my friend just got back from greenland where we were filming for our first documentary. Before that, we did snowboard movies. so we met this guy from australia, murray fredericks (great guy, check out his work) and he told us about the d-word. great that such a thing exists and i am looking forward to profit and contribute to and from it..

check us out on mmpfilms.ch and read you around, thanks

Edited Tue 18 May 2010 by Beat Oswald

Doug Block
Tue 18 May 2010Link

Greetings, Joe and Beat. Glad to have you with us here.


JJ Garvine
Tue 18 May 2010Link

Hi everyone! We met Mr. Block at a screening of Racing Dreams last week at the IFC Center. We directed a documentary titled KEEPING THE PEACE. (www.keepingthepeacefilm.com) We're happy to be part of the D-Word community!

JJ & Tai


Doug Block
Tue 18 May 2010Link

Mr. Block, who's he? Geez, making a guy feel old. Anyway, howdy JJ, welcome to The D-Word. So you know, you and Tai will need to register separately. One of our few rules here, besides the golden rule.


JJ Garvine
Tue 18 May 2010Link

Hi Doug! Didnt mean to make you feel old. lol. Sure, I'll tell Tai to register on his own as well. He's not online at all times like me :) Thanks for welcoming me to the D-List! Happy to be part of it.


bharat onkar nerkar
Wed 19 May 2010Link

Hi! This is bharat nerkar. I am basically a director- cameraman and a graduate from the Film and Telivision institute of india,pune. I teach also to the students of TELEVISION PRODUCTION at the above institute.My interest is in making documentaries on various socio-political, environmental subjects.I WANT TO INTERACT WITH VARIOUS DOCU FILM MAKERS.Thanks and with best regards--bharat nerkar.


Doug Block
Wed 19 May 2010Link

Great to have you here, Bharat. Welcome.


Alex Block
Wed 19 May 2010Link

My name is Alex Block. I am recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where I studied film. I've been working in the documentary field for almost 2 years now and I've recently embarked on a multimedia documentary about homelessness and the justice system, shot entirely on the Canon 5d Mark II.


Doug Block
Thu 20 May 2010Link

Hey Alex, great name you have there. Welcome to The D-Word.


Ian Slattery
Fri 21 May 2010Link

Hi folks!

I'm a filmmaker and media strategist with interest and experience in making documentary videos for social change.

I'm currently Associate Producer at Luna Productions in Berkeley, CA (www.lunaproductions.com). I look forward to connecting with folks here for advice, support, and potential collaboration!


Doug Block
Fri 21 May 2010Link

Welcome, Ian. You might want to go one step further and register for full membership here. It will give you access to all 50 discussion topics and it's free free free.


Shelley Alexa Somerville
Sat 22 May 2010Link

Hiyas, everyone...

I'm a strategist in the field of large-scale social change, bringing about community, city and regional change around the world in partnership with nonprofits, businesses, governments and the media.

For example, I shaped the global strategy for Save the Children USA, the Vision for the City of Melbourne and the Mass Privatization Program for Poland.

These days I serve social enterprises – mainly in the fields of health, education and human rights – helping them go national, and sometimes international, with great impact.

My most recent work has been with documentary producers, and those who develop social action campaigns to turn messages into movements.

I look forward to connecting with folks here who work to create a better world.


Doug Block
Sat 22 May 2010Link

Welcome, Shelley. A lot of people will definitely want to hear more from you, so feel free to leap right into the discussions.


Rob Henry
Tue 25 May 2010Link

Heya,
Names Rob, I'm a first time documentarian film-maker and currently working on an independent feature project which I'm stupidly excited about.
I'd been fortunate enough to stumble across a digital video camera in 2008, and which then basically took over my entire life, haha. I've learn an incredible amount in the time since, with regards to filming techniques, editing software and basically just my own style, and where my heart lies I guess.
With this transpiring into the construction of a feature length film and with learning something valuable every step of the way, it's really quite hard to express verbally (or in text) just how amazing this entire experience has been, and is!!
Anyways, I have a few questions to ask the forum in coming weeks, and I figured a forum such as this would probably have other individuals sharing a similar passion.

FYI – I currently shoot with the CanonA1, edit FCP 6
I also recently acquired a nice Super 8 which I can't wait to explore.
I'm based in Australia.

Look forward to chatting,
RbH


Dennis Lankes
Wed 26 May 2010Link

Hello everyone -

I am part of a very small team that specializes in LIVE streaming. This week we are broadcasting an hour long interview series with 6 documentary film makers. We would love to have as much participation in the Q&A as possible. Let me know if this is something that you would be interested in participating in. Glad to be a part of the D-word community. Thanks for having me.

Edited Wed 26 May 2010 by Dennis Lankes

Sahand Sahebdivani
Fri 28 May 2010Link

Hi Dennis, very welcome to have you here. I suspect people need a bit more information about the project. What it's for, who's participating? Those kind of questions.


steve fagan
Fri 28 May 2010Link

hey , steve fagan here . first post . my surf doc -AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 WAVES is done. www.80waves.ca


Sarah Christine Bolton
Tue 1 Jun 2010Link

Hello. My name is Sarah Christine Bolton and I'm working on a documentary about artists in Berlin, Germany. You can find more info on our (very basic but informative) website: www.childrenofthewall.com.

The director/filmmaker, Eric Swartz, had the idea for this project more than three years ago. He has years of experience making films, documentaries and commercials. It's my first official film project, but so far, we've had great success with it, including two trips to Berlin, a trailer, publicity, etc.

Looking forward to learning more as we go along!


Doug Block
Tue 1 Jun 2010Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Sarah. Great to have you here. And best of luck with your first official doc. Welcome, and congrats, to Steve, as well.

Edited Tue 1 Jun 2010 by Doug Block

Mariette Peeters
Fri 4 Jun 2010Link

Hi. My name is Mariette Peeters, I have completed a couple of documentary shorts as well as a couple of promotional videos for non-profits. I'm currently editing a short I shot and wrote about Buddhist pilgrimage in India, it's a very personal film that is taking me a long time to finish. I also create video content for the global health non-profit where my work.


Doug Block
Fri 4 Jun 2010Link

Nice to have you here, Mariette. Feel free to register for full membership to get access to all the discussion topics.


Linda Wasson
Fri 4 Jun 2010Link

Hi Everyone! I'm excited to hear about this group and look forward to joining in the discussions. I came to documentary film from documentary photography and am now pursuing an MFA in filmmaking. My most recent (short) is Yes We Can! which was done in cooperation with the California Film Institute in San Rafael, California. It's about the Digital Storytelling Workshop which teaches filmmaking to at-risk young people selected from social service agencies. I really enjoyed doing it and consider it a true example of guerrilla filmmaking!


Doug Block
Sat 5 Jun 2010Link

Guerillas totally welcome here, Linda.


John Burgan
Sat 5 Jun 2010Link

The crossover from doc photography is really interesting, Linda. I


Jo-Anne Velin
Sat 5 Jun 2010Link

not only doc photography – google Documentary Forum Berlin June 2010.


Michelle Cove
Tue 8 Jun 2010Link

Hey, all. Thank you for existing. Am a first-time filmmaker, with a background in writing/editing magazines and books. So I've been living in unfamiliar creative territory for the past three years but having the time of my life (well, barring that pesky fundraising). My feature-length doc is Seeking Happily Ever After: One generation's struggle to redefine the fairytale (www.seekinghappilyeverafter.com) and am working w/ Kerry David (producer of "My Date with Drew"). Screened at the Calif Indep Film Festival in April and will screen at the Action-On Film Festival in Pasadena this July. Have submitted to about a dozen more and am waiting to hear. All festival advice/tips welcome as I learn the strange and complicated system! I look forward to d-word conversations.


Doug Block
Tue 8 Jun 2010Link

Welcome, Michelle. You might want to register for full membership here for access to all the discussion topics (including festivals).


Laurie Little
Wed 9 Jun 2010Link

Thank you to D-Word and members for bringing me into the fold with many great colleagues and old friends. I'm looking forward to exchanging info with the group. I'm working on two film on the subject of disabilities and teach a class at Columbia College Chicago; Documenting Social Injustice. I'm a freelance colorist and creative producer and direct and produce as an independent filmmaker. My latest film "Disability Pride Parade" is a PSA and is on Youtube. We are currently working on a new twenty minute film about the disability community in Chicago as part of a Split Pillow Chicago 360 project. I'm also working on a film about Hollywood's representations of disabilities. Good luck on all your projects! Laurie Little www.LuministFilms.com


Juliette Richey
Thu 10 Jun 2010Link

Hello D-Word!
Glad to find you.

I wanted to post a wonderful event that is coming up next week in NYC! Use Discount Code (DWORD2) to get a $5 discount of the ticket price.

indieSocial presents

Filmmakers Get Social
Community,screenings and discussion

JUNE 16th, 7:30PM
@ The Roger Smith Hotel
Prepping your Doc with funding: Navigating non-profits, fiscal sponsorship, and raising funds using social media

Get Tickets here: http://www.indiesocial.us

THE EVENT

Join us for a short film screening, cocktail hour and panel discussion on how independent documentary filmmakers are navigating the non- profits, and using social and emerging media to fundraise their projects.

Your $20 contribution gets you the following:

* A great night in the Starlight Loft of the Roger Smith Hotel
* A screening of short films, including Transposition, Summer Snapshot, and The Promise Land
* Participate in a panel discussion and learn about the non profit space, fiscal sponsorship and utilizing social media as a fundraising tool to create projects and promote careers.
* Get social! – A chance to network with other indies and social media enthusiasts.
* A chance to do good! The event is a fundraiser for the dual movie/soundtrack dvd for Transposition.

The event is 21+

THE PANELIST

Juliana Steele- Program Specialist, Fiscal Sponsorship, Fractured Atlas
Juliana joined the Fractured Atlas staff in June 2008 and is the Program Specialist for Fiscal Sponsorship. She received her Master's degree from Pratt Institute in Arts & Cultural Management, and also holds a BA in Art History from Boston University. She spent four years managing the historic Byrd Theatre in Richmond, Virginia, and wrote her thesis on its transition from a commercial venture to a preservation nonprofit. In New York, she was the Programming Coordinator at The Tank, a nonprofit space for new and emerging arts in TriBeCa. In her spare time she pedals around Brooklyn on her bicycle and has aspirations of being a better cook.

Nell Constantinople- NatGeo Films/ Summer Snapshot Producer- Kickstarter Campaign Case Study
Nell began her film career at Northwestern University, after which she moved to Santiago, Chile to work on both feature and documentary films, including the 2006 feature, “Manzanas Verdes,” an official selection at the Valdivia International Film Festival. She moved to Portland, OR in 2007 to produce a documentary series for Gesundheit! Institute, a health care non profit founded by Patch Adams. Nell has shot all over the world, from the streets of Moscow to deep in the Amazon jungle. She has worked as a director, producer and sound mixer for a variety of independent productions and now works for National Geographic Cinema Ventures in Film Distribution. Nell has a B.A. in Art History from Northwestern University.

Rose Vincelli- Program Manager, Independent Feature Project
Rose Vincelli is the Program Manager for the Independent Feature Project (IFP.org), specifically focusing on curating and producing the Independent Filmmaker Labs, an immersive workshop assisting first-time Documentary and Narrative feature directors with distribution and exhibition strategies. From 2005-07 Rose was a programmer for the SILVERDOCS Documentary Festival, helping to grow the festival in its inaugural years and working primarily to curate the Shorts Competition. Rose has helped to produce the experimental short No One Wants to Eat The Parsley (dir. Sharon Mooney), along with her own short films Sonogram, a personal documentary and Y, a silent horror and finalist of the Attack of the 50’ Reels Super8 film contest. She lives and cooks in Brooklyn.

(Check back for additional Panelists and films!)

The Films:

The Promise Land
The Promise Land is a conversation with Mike Kintop, an experienced connoisseur of memorabilia. A tour of his sci-fi collection is an entree to the tales of his rich life. Everyone has a story, but not many are this interesting.

(Filmmaker Sharon Mooney-is a Chicago-based video artist who hails from Richmond, Virginia. Her neo-realistic work in documentary portrait, narrative and animation has screened internationally in a variety of festivals and galleries. She holds an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from The School of Visual Arts in New York City and has taught at DCTV, SVA, and University of Cincinnati, Raymond Walters College. She currently is an educational multimedia producer and teaches in the Digital Cinema program at DePaul) University.

Restoration
A glimpse of a stained glass factory near the Gownas Canal in Brooklyn, NY.

Summer Snapshot
Summer Snapshot, shot in the summer of 2009, is a short essay film recreating a sun-soaked summer day with a group of friends who load up in a wood-panel Wagoneer, drive along winding forest roads, hike a secret trail, and spend an afternoon skinny-dipping, strumming guitars, tossing a frisbee, and circling a campfire. Summer Snapshot is about the carefree in-the-moment living between youth and adulthood. It is a reflection on golden memories as we grow older. Shot in super-8 film and Polaroids, edited in HD, it evokes a warm, ephemeral mood.

Transposition
Transposition is a portrait of Jeff Richey, environmental specialist by day and jazz musician by night. Explore the intertwining lives of one man trying to sustain his living and make his art in Denton, Texas for the past 35 years.


Ole Bendtzen
Mon 14 Jun 2010Link

Hello everyone!

My name is Ole Bendtzen.
I am very happy to be a new member of the D-word! And I look so much forward participating in all the exciting disussions about our wonderfull business :)

A little bit about me..
I have a Mastersdegree in Film from the University of Copenhagen and I have been working in both fiction and documenatries for the last 10 years. I recently finished the film "Football is God" – a documentary about faith and football. If you are interested... check out the trailer on www.footballisgod.dk

I am very, very happy to be a new member and look forward talking to all of you!!

Best regards,
Ole


Doug Block
Mon 14 Jun 2010Link

Great to have you joining us, Ole, and congrats on finishing Football is God. Just in time for a certain football event, I can't help but notice.


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