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Ann Torrance Davidson
Thu 4 Nov 2010Link

To Grace Lee ~ I rented 'The Grace Lee Project' on iTunes. Wonderful!
And great that you are doing an update with Grace Lee Boggs.
Q. Will you get a piece of my $3.99 (Canadian)? I gather more would have gone to you had I purchased the DVD through WMM, but I'm not working at the moment and am trying, in general, not to own too much stuff. Really loved the film.


Doug Block
Thu 4 Nov 2010Link

In reply to Grace Lee's post on Tue 2 Nov 2010 :

Thanks, Grace. I'd love to see you at one of the showings. I'll be sending out an email to LA D-Worders with more details, hopefully by end of day.


Mariam Jobrani
Sun 7 Nov 2010Link

Hi everyone!

My name is Mariam. I've always wanted to join, but have always been too busy! I've been working in non-fiction television (reality/docs) for the last 14 years -mostly producing for other people. I did manage to direct/produce 2 of my own shorts: With Us or Against Us and The Fighting Cholitas. I now have some time to really explore this site and to connect with other like-minded folks.


Cristina Mis
Sun 7 Nov 2010Link

Hi Doug,

Thank you for hosting the Symposia at the DOC NYC. It was very informative and interesting – please keep up posted on other events where you'll be attending.

Thank you

Cristina Mis


Doug Block
Sun 7 Nov 2010Link

It was my pleasure, Cristina. A warm welcome to you and Mariam. You should both apply for professional status , which will give you access to all the discussion topics.

Edited Sun 7 Nov 2010 by Doug Block

David Weissman
Mon 8 Nov 2010Link

Greetings – David Weissman here.

I produced and co-directed (with Bill Weber) THE COCKETTES, which was a 2002 Sundance film, and recipient of the LA Film Critics Award for Best Documentary of 2002.

I have a newly completed film WE WERE HERE which is about the coming of AIDS to San Francisco in the early 1980s. WE WERE HERE has already been invited to Berlin, and I'm sure like many others here, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Sundance.

I've been a (mostly) San Francisco based filmmaker for a LONG time.

Edited Mon 8 Nov 2010 by David Weissman

Doug Block
Mon 8 Nov 2010Link

Thanks for introducing yourself, David. Heard so many great things about THE COCKETTES at the time, but it somehow slipped by me. Time to put it on my Netflix queue.

Edited Mon 8 Nov 2010 by Doug Block

Marj Safinia
Mon 8 Nov 2010Link

Way behind on hellos here but just wanted to say that Mariam is one of the finest human beings I know and I'm so glad she found her way here!


David Weissman
Mon 8 Nov 2010Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Mon 8 Nov 2010 :

Thanks Doug. I don't know where you're located, but maybe you can rent it at your local video store!


Doug Block
Mon 8 Nov 2010Link

They're all gone with the wind, David. And I'm talking NYC.


Linda Blackaby
Tue 9 Nov 2010Link

Oh, THE COCKETTES is really wonderful, it made me laugh a lot. I hope you can see it Doug.
WE WERE HERE is wonderful in a different way; I laughed sometimes through my tears, and I am still thinking about its lessons.


Mark Weldy
Tue 9 Nov 2010Link

Hello all,my name is Mark Weldy.

I dont have any projects completed unless you count HS A/V club.I am pursuing the idea of a off grid/survival mini/multiple doc for publishing on the web and to DVD.Just trying to get some insight from experienced people here as this site was highly recommended to me.

Look forward to chatting with you guys and gaining some needed knowledge.

Thanks,Mark.W


Ariel Saturay
Tue 9 Nov 2010Link

Hello, i am ariel saturay and member of kodao productions. Kodao is an indigenous term from our local tribe meaning a knotted rattan string that served as the Philippines’ first calendar. But instead of days, the knot represents a particular community event making Kodao a unique calendar. A chronicle of events instead of a list of days. And just like the unique calendar we named ourselves after, we chronicle in multimedia, the Filipino people as they make history. check out www.kodao.org


David Weissman
Wed 10 Nov 2010Link

In reply to Linda Blackaby's post on Tue 9 Nov 2010 :

thanks, Linda!


Ben Kempas
Wed 10 Nov 2010Link

Mark and Ariel, welcome to The D-Word.

Ariel, you should apply to become a full member. It's free but not automatic.


Jack Hunter Cohen
Mon 15 Nov 2010Link

Hello Everyone: I'm Jack and I discovered this web community just last week after seeing Doug and his film at the Laemmle here. Beautiful and brave work.
Doug, I kept thinking how lucky the three of you are to have each other. And, yeah, it's clear who the kids are in the title.
I'm working on my second film at the moment and I'm thankful to have this community as a resource. All the best to you and your family from a fellow Islander.


Doug Block
Mon 15 Nov 2010Link

Thanks, Jack. Appreciate the kind words. And very glad you found your way to The D-Word. I think you'll like it here.


Ryan Steven Green
Tue 16 Nov 2010Link

Just got hip to D-Word last night after the Doc U event at Cinefamily. Thanks, Marj! Incidentally--and I said as much to her last night--I so appreciated how Marj handled the panel. Very linear and easy to follow discussion, one panelist at a time. Everybody got their turn and was able to fully state their point of view on distributing your documentary.


Marj Safinia
Tue 16 Nov 2010Link

Hi Ryan. Well done for joining up! As I said last night, D-Word is the single smartest resource when trying to get your doc done and out there. Jump right in!

BTW, thought of a VW doc I saw last year you might be interested in checking out: http://www.pbs.org/itvs/globalvoices/beetle.html


Magela Crosignani
Thu 18 Nov 2010Link

Hi everyone, my name is Magela and Im originally from Uruguay but have been living in the US for almost 10 years now. Im a cinematographer working both in fiction films and documentaries, I fell in love with documentaries while studying at nyu with George Stoney, an amazing professor and human being, and Im excited to join this fine community of people.


sheila malkind
Fri 19 Nov 2010Link

Hi. I am the director of the Legacy Film Series (www.legacyfilmseries.com), presenting films celebrating older adults at various venues, and renting the films to various organizations. Also the director of the Legacy Film FEstival on Aging (www.legacyfilmfestivalonaging.org) slated for presentation in March 2011. I am also looking for Tina Flemmerer, who has a nice film Leslie Day, City Naturalist, that I would like to represent.
Love documentaries, so if anyone has one on the subject of aging, please contact me.


Doug Block
Fri 19 Nov 2010Link

Welcome, Sheila. I'll be contacting you about 51 Birch Street for the Legacy Film Series.


Will Rand Sampson
Sun 21 Nov 2010Link

Hey D-Word. I've got a doc project in mind. Tell me what ya'll think: Whenever people talk about New Orleans they say, "it's such a wonderful city. The music is great, the food is great, and the culture . . ." That's all true, but it doesn't capture why this city is important. New Orleans is magic. For real. A primordial groove seeps down all the streets. Even the buzzing locusts and the dripping drain pipes keep a rhythm. New Orleans moves you, whoever you are.
But this is a city in crises. The wetlands are sinking at the rate of one football field every 38 minutes. Without the wetlands, we have no protection from hurricanes. In order to save this city, a lot of money and time needs to be spent on rebuilding the wetlands. This isn't happening nearly as quickly as it needs to be.
Many films have been made on this topic, the most recent being the Big Uneasy. But most of what's been done focuses on the political problems and the higher-up people in charge.
I would like to make a mood-doc, akin to Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus, about the feeling of New Orleans. I want to give people around the country a sense of why this city is a cultural epicenter, why it's vital to our American identity, and why it's so wierd wild and wonderful.
If anybody wants to help or contribute ideas, let me know.


Ralph Watkins
Sat 27 Nov 2010Link

I am a professor by training but I have been working on my camera skills for years. I have written five books and I as start my sixth book I will no longer simply write. I am putting my documentary skills to work as this new book will be packaged with a documentary. I love making films and I have been doing this for years but now I am committing my life to the documentary form as a teaching tool (for me and my students). As I embark on this adventure I want to swim with documentary film makers who know of the waters I am about to explore more deeply.


Doug Block
Sat 27 Nov 2010Link

Welcome Ralph. Feel free to register for full member status here to gain access to all 50 discussion topics.

Welcome, as well, Will. Good luck with your project.


Marina Lutz
Mon 29 Nov 2010Link

Hi Doug. I am a first time doc filmmaker with a short called The Marina Experiment. I'm having a bit of trouble understanding how to navigate this forum – the information I need ASAP is about getting an educational license for my 18 minute film so I can sell it for more money to libraries. Specifically, a public library just purchased my film at my retail price and would like to amend this right away. I don't know what I need or where to get it. Please help!


Doug Block
Mon 29 Nov 2010Link

Marina, I've moved the follow-up discussion to the Marketing and Distribution topic. I'll reply to you there.

(Marth, I removed your post from here and moved it to M&D, as well, because the Introduce Yourself topic is public and will show up in Google searches. Be very careful about giving out email addresses and cell phone numbers in this topic everyone!)

Edited Mon 29 Nov 2010 by Doug Block

Eric Morgret
Mon 29 Nov 2010Link

Hello, I am an editor, director, producer of short films and a feature.

Several years ago I sat in line with Star Wars fans for three weeks and created the documentary "The Big Line". My current project is working with Marth on "Walk Right In" the Yale summer high school movie.

Here are some more tidbits from a bio that I have used in the past:
Eric Morgret is co-owner of Maelstrom Productions. With this company he has directed/edited several shorts and the feature film: “Strange Aeons”. As he crawls around in the nether regions of Seattle film he is working on several different projects. Eric is the Festival Director and Head of Programming for the Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival, a genre film festival in its 3rd year. MIFFF brings the best genre films to the SIFF Cinema in Seattle.


Cory Kelley
Mon 29 Nov 2010Link

Hello, I have been lurking around here and would really like to get involved with this community. I am documentary director with a feature currently in post. I could really use the support that seems available in this community. Any pointers on where or how to get involved? My films website is www.glacierdocumentary.com.

Thanks


Doug Block
Mon 29 Nov 2010Link

Just keep posting away, Cory. That's all any of us involved people do.

Eric, welcome, as well, and feel free to register for full membership.


Niam Itani
Mon 29 Nov 2010Link

Hello everybody.
I figured I'll re-introduce myself and see if I still qualify to stay in D-Word :)
I am a Screenwriter & Filmmaker newly relocated to Beirut, Lebanon.
I worked for 5 years at Al Jazeera Network in Doha, Qatar and at the same time was completing my MFA in Screenwriting at Hollins University in Virginia, USA.
I am now back to unemployment, or freedom, or independent filmmaking :) Just got me a Canon 7D and a MacBook Pro to try and keep up with short doc production along my narrative career.
I'm a member of D-word since 2004 (?) probably but I was busy for a while and now I am intending to tune in regularly to benefit from al the great things I learned – and can definitely still learn- from this home.
Peace all around :)


Sahand Sahebdivani
Tue 30 Nov 2010Link

Welcome back Niam!


Neil Orman
Tue 30 Nov 2010Link

Hi everyone,
I'm a new member and interested in opportunities to help people with their projects. Let me tell you a bit more and if you're interested please contact me at orman.neil@gmail.com.
I'm a recent NYU grad film grad and here is a link to some of my doc work:
http://www.vimeo.com/16894051
I've done both camera and some sound before, and I won a short doc contest last year called Madrid Dares You that was covered in the NY Daily News:
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2009/12/14/2009-12-14_in_a_ny_minute_a_film_shoot_in_madrid.html
In addition to being a filmmaker I was a journalist for 10 years, so I have lots of applicable skills.
I've worked exclusively on student projects before so I'm most interested in helping people at the 'professional' level (or pretty close), people who have made documentaries before that have been distributed or broadcast, and are savvy about the nuances of getting projects funded. I'm glad to work for free right now to get the experience. I'd particularly like to become more technically proficient with the nuances of doing docs with tiny or no crews, such as how to do camera, sound and lightning all by yourself.
Much appreciated either way, and thanks for having a Web site like this.
Neil


Doug Block
Tue 30 Nov 2010Link

Welcome, Neil, and great to have you back, Niam.


Charles Lamont
Wed 1 Dec 2010Link

Hello Everybody
I am working on my first documentary. I am eager to pick your brains on lots of topics like funding and labor. I currently work at one of the three televison networks in New York.
Charlie


Charles Lamont
Wed 1 Dec 2010Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 25 Nov 2008 : Doug
I don't know whether you remember me but I had the pleasure to work along side you for a very short period of time. You were finishing 51 Birch Street. (brillant) I knew nothing then and I know just a little more now. I have started a documentary on the 'undocumented Irish in New York' and I have a trailer and treatment. I look forward to reading more on this website.
Thanks
Charlie


Doug Block
Wed 1 Dec 2010Link

Thanks, Charles. I remember you well and greatly appreciated your help on 51 Birch. Glad to see you made your way here and best of luck with your doc.

Edited Wed 1 Dec 2010 by Doug Block

stephanie wang-breal
Wed 1 Dec 2010Link

Hi, I'm Stephanie Wang-Breal, the filmmaker behind Wo Ai Ni Mommy (I Love You, Mommy). I am consulting producing on another film that I think would do well at the Hotdocs Pitch forum. anyone pitch their film there? did it result in any pre-sales/ or funding? and is it just plain worth the costs? looking forward to being part of this online doc community.


Doug Block
Wed 1 Dec 2010Link

Hey, Stephanie, great to have you posting here. However, this is the topic for people to introduce themselves. I'll repost your questions in the Finding Funding topic.


nadia hakim
Thu 2 Dec 2010Link

Hello to all of you,

I am a sociologist and I have been researching on immigration and youth here in Barcelona, for about 3 years now. This has implied a lot of workfield in different public spaces on peripheral neighbourghoods. This adds to my interest in visual culture and in documentary practice, I have attended to some courses on technical matters ("experimenting with documentary") and also visual anthropology. Some days ago, I met, together with a colleague, a group of enthusiastic young men from Dominican Republic, who started to produce short films about "street-stories". We proposed to them to help on technical matters (lend them a better camera, script development), and at the same time we learn a lot from them and film the process of making this short film they want to present to a local competition (ending the 20th of december). We all want to continue with the experience after the competition ends, offering to them formation on script development, and they allow us to keep filming the process, with the idea of making a doc on their experience in a context such as the society, and the neighbourghood they live in.

It would be great if I could learn from the experience of others who have underwent these kind of processes... as well as sharing what I have learnt from the sociological (or anthropological) ethnography practice, "participational observation", etc.

Thanks!


Niam Itani
Fri 3 Dec 2010Link

Welcome Stephanie and Nadia :)


Christina Daniels
Sun 5 Dec 2010Link

Hello everyone at D-Word! My name's Christina and I specialize in making feature documentary films about Brazil. I grew up in Brazil, now live in London, and am interested in bringing contemporary stories about Brazil to a large international audience. You may have seen Only When I Dance, a feature about two teenage ballet dancers from Rio's most violent favelas that make it to the highest eschelons of the international world of ballet, which I co-produced. I'm new to this site and am looking forward to meeting others here with a passion for international feature docs (and maybe even some clues as to how to make a living out of them?!) as well as a great mutual exchange of info and help all round. All the best from snowy London!


Bob Prichard
Sun 5 Dec 2010Link

I specialize in analyzing sports mechanics (how an athlete moves) with frame-by-frame video analysis. My Olympic athletes have won 44 Gold Medals and have set 11 World Records. You can see examples of our analyses on our YouTube channel 'somaxperformance'. I joined because I will be producing a documentary on our project to break the 2-hour mark in the marathon--currently thought to be impossible. We will also be needing videographers to record during race day, and I thought that this forum would be a good way to find local talent.


Sahand Sahebdivani
Sun 5 Dec 2010Link

Welcome Christina and Bob!

My dad was an athlete in the 60ies (100 meters, 200 meters, high jump) and marvels how technology is helping athletes these days. Good luck with your project.


Doug Block
Sun 5 Dec 2010Link

How to make a living from docs, Christina? Get thee to the Our Daily Bread topic.

Good to have both you and Bob with us.


Andrew Green
Tue 7 Dec 2010Link

Hello D-Word,

I am Andrew with Green Solutions. We are a US West and East coast DVD, CD, Blu-ray and Eco Friendly packaging company. We've been in business for almost 14 years. I have worked with hundreds of independent producers over the years. While self distributing can be difficult, I believe we have the ability to help. We work with a web fulfillment company in CA, who can set up your shopping cart, credit card merchant account (giving you complete control of the finances) and handle the drop shipping to your customers. Even if we don't do your work, I am dedicated to the Documentary Producer and will answer any questions related to authoring, packaging, replication, duplication, printing, credit card processing and fulfillment. I'm here to help.


Doug Block
Tue 7 Dec 2010Link

Great, Andrew. I'm sure there are a ton of members here who would love to pick your brain about such matters. We talk about self-distribution all the time in the Marketing and Distribution topic, so feel free to hang out there.


Jeremiah Glazer
Wed 8 Dec 2010Link

Hello D-Word!
My good friend Joshua Z. Weinstein recommended I check out this site and I'm excited to join such a supportive and knowledgeable online community. I'm an aspiring editor with three years of experience assisting on features and shorts (including 2010 SXSW-nominated "Dirty Pictures"). I'm currently looking for my next project so if anyone is interested in hiring an intelligent, experienced, and friendly AE feel free to e-mail me at jeremiah.glazer@gmail.com. You can see a few videos I edited here: http://vimeo.com/jeremiahglazer. Thanks!


David Piperni
Wed 8 Dec 2010Link

Office Share Available! 1 to 3 desks avail in office in historic Cable Building at corner of Broadway & Houston, downtown Manhattan (aka Angelika Film Theater Bldg; aka Crate & Barrel Bldg). 24/7 access building, lot of light, best n'hood. Anyone interested or know anyone interested, please contact me directly! (dpiperni@cargofilm-releasing.com) Thank you!


Larry Paros
Thu 9 Dec 2010Link

Hi,
My name is Larry Paros and I'm new here. I've just directed and produced a film called "Walk Right In." It's the perfect counterpoint to "Waiting for Superman" and "The Race to Nowhere," but we don't have the resources or contacts to get the word out. Help!


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