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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.


John Burgan
Mon 14 Jun 2010Link

Sorry about the result today Ole :-(


Ole Bendtzen
Mon 14 Jun 2010Link

Thank you, John.. well, at least Denmark scored.
Unfortunately it was in our own goal :(

Yes, I know, Doug. It could seem like we timed "Football is God" for the World Cup 2010. However, the project was never planned for this event. We started out four years ago making a pilot. We pitched at IDFA and slowly the project developed, creatively and financially. In many ways – and on a more spiritual level – the film is not about football at all, at least not to me – but nothing is to be revealed here.. you will have to see it :-)


Doug Block
Tue 15 Jun 2010Link

Looking forward to that, Ole. Any plans yet for festival showings or a broadcast in the U.S.?


Sahand Sahebdivani
Tue 15 Jun 2010Link

These Dutch, they give so much to documentary makers, only to crush their dreams on the football-field. ;-)

Welcome, Ole!


Adebayo ariyo
Wed 16 Jun 2010Link

Hello all. Im Bayo Ariyo from Nigeria.
Its a pleasure to be 'home at last' because ive been looking for a networking site for
documentary pros, one that's truly dedicated to the art but i guess my luck tarried.
Anyways here I am and its looking like this is it already.

I hope to find multilinguist documentary crew here. Enough said, let me take a look around


John Burgan
Wed 16 Jun 2010Link

You're very welcome, Bayo. Where are you planning to shoot?


Adebayo ariyo
Thu 17 Jun 2010Link

Thanks John, just wrapped some jobs for UNDP, USAID
I'll soon be shooting series of docus to try change the bad impression that my country is suffering because of a few bad boys.

There are lots of good people and places in Nigeria and it should be said. None one is saying much and it worrisome to some of us.
I'll be shooting mostly in Nigeria but im hoping to translate/subtitle in different languages for international distribution. I'll need extra hands at that stage. Im a multilinguist, a language enthusiast

Ive never done international co-pro before but im hoping to clinch one soon. Ive been warned of the attending stress but then, whats life without adventure?


Daniel Hornberger
Mon 21 Jun 2010Link

Hey, all! I just completed a 13-month project entitled Rink Rats, a documentary that focuses on the now-closed Western Berks Street Hockey Rink in Berks County, PA. The rink operated for over thirty years and had a major impact on thousands of people. The rink opened just after the Philadelphia Flyers won their second Stanley Cup, and since there were no ice rinks in the area, kids flocked to street hockey (the correct term is dekhockey). Now that the popularity of inline hockey has grown, and several ice rinks have been built, street hockey has dwindled and the old dekhockey players are just that...old. I sat down with over thirty owners, managers, referees, and players and put together a look back at those thirty years. A brief bio: I graduated from Temple U. in 1984 with a degree in Communications; worked for the US Tennis Association for 4 1/2 years as their AV Coordinator; ventured into teaching high school English; finally decided to dedicate myself to this project and had a wonderful (sometimes very frustrating) time doing it. Thanks to the D-Word for being such a great resource.


ozair rao
Thu 24 Jun 2010Link

Hello Everyone... My name is Ozair and i am an indie documentary filmmaker. I will be traveling to Malaysia and Bangkok and would love to meet similar mindsets.. as for a bit about me.. here goes...

An MA in Mass Communications from Karachi University and presently enrolled in an online Alternate New York Film School Certification. I graduated from Curtin University of Technology, with a degree in Business Information Technology. Unlike a typical new graduate, I attended college and worked in the fields of Event Management, Marketing, ERP, Telecom, Sales, SAP Consultancy, Photography, PR, Information Technology, Production and Direction. Alongside, I enhanced my formal education, combing IT, Technical and Communication skills with my artistic school of thought, adding to my combination of skills.

Technically Sound, having hands on experience in Photography, Videography, Direction, Script Writing, Content Management, Lighting, Editing and Post Production, Visual Jocking, Online Video Hosting,Distribution and Analysis, Vlogging, Online Recording, Screen Captures & Webcasting.

My creative input is infected with the addiction of the following art forms of media domination:

Direction
Promotional / Marketing Videos
Documentary Filmmaking
Online Productions
Corporate Videos
Production Management
Charity Videos
Visual Artistry
Editing & Post Production
Online Media Management & Consultancy
Photography
Wedding Documentaries
Music Videos
Commercials / IDs / Public Service Message
Change Maker
Social Catalyst

A little of what i have done so far, which i can put online is:

http://ozairrao.com
http://youtube.com/ozairrao

Looking forward to finding the people who would understand why i left being a SAP Consultant and walked in to make documentaries. :)


Doug Block
Thu 24 Jun 2010Link

Bayo, Danielle, Ozair, welcome one and all to The D-Word!


ozair rao
Thu 24 Jun 2010Link

Thank you Doug


Rob Henry
Fri 25 Jun 2010Link

You certainly keep yourself busy Ozair. Welcome and best of luck!


ozair rao
Fri 25 Jun 2010Link

Hey Rob, Its easy to List down things... i take it as a hobby.. although got fired from the first channel i was offered a job as a producer / director / Host in... as they couldn't control me like they controlled everyone else.. and then after i made a documentary on an earth quake that took place in Balochistan, Pakistan revealing everything and no one was willing to air it, i pretty much revolted against the local media .. so here i am :)


Doug Bocaz-Larson
Fri 25 Jun 2010Link

Hello... I am an award winning short documentary filmmaker and educator. My wife and I finished our first full length documentary about a wildlife park where the keepers have developed amazing relationships with the animals (and each other). We'd love feedback and have doc online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZf5WMplJhQ


Peter Johnsen
Sat 26 Jun 2010Link

Hi, I am Peter Berulf

I have been taking courses in documentary production in Silver Spring, MD, and made a couple of shorts in the process. I am going to travel around the northern hemisphere to document the diversity within the Family salmonidae (salmon and trout) and the diversity in the communities, people, and cultures that are invested in the species. I hope to make a film about this but still need someone to work with (if not I just do the travel, film, and post shorts on Youtube)


Ben Kempas
Tue 29 Jun 2010Link

Welcome Doug and Peter.

Peter, we need to talk. I made a film called UPSTREAM BATTLE...

PS: Now, is your name Berulf or Johnsen?

Edited Tue 29 Jun 2010 by Ben Kempas

Ole Bendtzen
Tue 29 Jun 2010Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 15 Jun 2010 :

Sorry for my late replay Doug!
I have been away from my computer. Yes, sometimes that is a good thing :)

No plans yet.. we have postponed the plans for festivals screenings until september due to vaccation at The Danish Filminstitut. However, the film has been sent to Nordisk Panorama, Sheffield and Leipzig.
In regards to to broadcast DR sales are handling all international sale on the film, so far the U.S. is not on the list, unfortunately :(


Richard Cortez
Fri 2 Jul 2010Link

Hi everyone,
I just found out about this site. I look forward to getting to know as many of you as I can learning as much as I can from this site.


Doug Block
Fri 2 Jul 2010Link

Good to have you here, Richard.


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