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Eric Laws
Wed 6 Apr 2011Link

Hello, I'm new to D-Word world. Nice to meet everyone! Lily Keber (Director of Bayou Maharajah) introduced me to this site. I'm currently recording sound for her project. I also just finished working with Gary Hustwit (Director of Helvetica) & Luke Geissbuhler (DP of Borat) in New Orleans. Very cool guys. I've recorded professional audio/video of hundreds of famous individuals from all walks of life, all over the globe. I am looking forward to recording the artist Lil' Wayne next week. If your production comes to New Orleans look me up! I also love to travel:) www.ericlaws.com

Edited Fri 8 Apr 2011 by Ben Kempas

Doug Block
Wed 6 Apr 2011Link

In reply to Paul von Stoetzel's post on Wed 6 Apr 2011 :

Welcome, Paul! So you know, Resurrect Dead, the film I showed the clip of that I'm exec producing, will be showing at MSPIFF. The director, Jon Foy, who's also a D-Word member, will be coming.

Greetings to you, too, Eric. Feel free to register as a Professional member.


Jason Thomas Spencer
Mon 11 Apr 2011Link

Hi D-Worders,

My name is Jason Thomas Spencer. I've been on the site for a few months reading a lot of very helpful posts and figured it's about time to introduce myself. I've been an editor in NY for about 5 years and am making the leap this summer with my wife into our first feature length documentary. I'm looking forward to being a part of this community. Thanks to Doug for the forum!

Best,
-Jason
spencer4email@gmail.com


Doug Block
Mon 11 Apr 2011Link

Good to have you here, Jason. Lots of luck with your film.


Erum Azeez
Mon 11 Apr 2011Link

Hello! I'm Erum, the production assistant for a documentary to be filmed in Africa this summer. I'm curious about renting equipment over purchasing. I am aware I can purchased equipment via this site, and wanted to know the experiences people have using this forum.

Looking forward to navigating the D-word!


Rahul Chadha
Mon 11 Apr 2011Link

Hi everyone. I actually registered a few years ago but am just now discovering what a great resource and community Doug has built here. I'm a print journalist and aspiring (and self-taught) filmmaker. In the past two years I've participated in both the Third World Newsreel production workshop and the UnionDocs collaborative project; discovered Bill Nichols, Dziga Vertov, and Walter Murch; and made a short that was screened at the Documentary Fortnight program. But I'm most proud of serving as the volunteer editor of the film "A Future For Meher," which was made by nonprofessional volunteers and so far has helped raise more than $3,500 for the medical care and educational fund of an impoverished girl in New Delhi. I also recently became the blogger for the Stranger Than Fiction film series programmed by Thom Powers. (Doug, I heard you speak at the Resurrect Dead screening a few weeks ago.)I look forward to conversing with you all.


Doug Block
Mon 11 Apr 2011Link

Welcome, Erum and Rahul. Great job you're doing with the blog, Rahul. Look forward to meeting you at one of the upcoming STF screenings.


Italo Baudo
Tue 12 Apr 2011Link

Hello everyone! My name is Italo Baudo, from Wishaw in Scotland.
I am new to the D- World, as well as to anything related to film making, especially in the computerised era of documentary filmaking.
I studied animation and handled a traditional 16mm camera some 40 years ago and since then I was working as an Illustrator and Graphic Designer.
The seed of Documentary Film making has been planted and stayed dormant for all those years though. Now, gradually, I would like to explore the field and see which educational material I can find to start reading first, and experimenting afterward and try out a short documentary film (1 to 3 min. long) to publish in You Tube and see how it goes. Thank you for reading!


Doug Block
Tue 12 Apr 2011Link

Good to have you back in the fold, Italo. Welcome.


Rodrigo Dorfman
Tue 12 Apr 2011Link

Greetings everyone,

I was introduced to this site by my friend Deirdre Haj from Full Frame where I'm having the world premiere of my latest film One Night in Kernersville – a jazz doc/poem! I'm a filmmaker, screenwriter, ethnographer, multimedia documentary producer and father of two lovely daughters. I've had the pleasure of filming all over the world and working with NGO's making advocacy documentaries for them. I know quite a lot about Mystical Islam and have done some groundbreaking work on the Gnawa in Morocco (http://www.gnawastories.com). I am currently working on 20 (yes that's twenty!) ten minute documentaries of 20 members of the Latino Community Credit Union in NC highlighting financial empowerment. I've worked with the BBC, HBO and Salma Hayek doing narrative screenplays and nothing, truly nothing compares to working in the field and collaborating with people who struggle and still retain their dignity. It reminds me why our work matters.

I speak french and spanish fluently and I look forward to interacting with filmmakers from all over the world and sharing their experiences. You can find some of my work here http://www.melloweb.com . Peace


Doug Block
Tue 12 Apr 2011Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Rodrigo. Any friend of Deirdre's is certainly a friend of ours. Lots of D-Word members going to Full Frame so check out the F2F and Festival topics and hopefully you'll make new friends.


Juliana Piccillo
Wed 13 Apr 2011Link

Hi Everyone,
I'm Juliana Piccillo, filmmaker, writer and activist – sex work is my cause. Planning to bust through the shorts ceiling with a feature length doc and I'm so incredibly excited to find this community!


Stephanie Frederic
Wed 13 Apr 2011Link

Hola!

My name is Stephanie Frederic. I'm a director/producer/writer based in Los Angeles.

I'm a firm believer that – a laptop and a dream can take you anywhere. As a former TV news reporter, I've been telling stories all my life. If there's one thing I know, I was born to do just this. I own FGW Productions (www.fgwproductions.com) and we are visual storytellers.

Some of the docs I have produced included, "Rwanda Rising," "From Darkness to Light – The Donnie McClurkin Story," and "Planet LA."

I'm here to help and to learn.

Feel free to reach out. I'd love to know more about you and my new doc family.

Steph


Doug Block
Wed 13 Apr 2011Link

Juliana and Stephanie, how nice to have you both find us. A warm welcome to The D-Word.

Edited Wed 13 Apr 2011 by Doug Block

Christina Katsiadakis
Wed 13 Apr 2011Link

Hello. My name is Christina. I am a new at this. Two days ago I started shooting my first documentary and I am excited, stressed and hoping for the best. It is called G30 and it is following the life of 30something people in Greece during these times of financial hardship. We are hoping for a positive message out of this documentary! Let's see what happens!


Niam Itani
Wed 13 Apr 2011Link

wow, Christina. 30 characters are surely a big number :) Good luck!

Welcome to everybody x


Doug Block
Wed 13 Apr 2011Link

Welcome, Christina, and best of luck with your project.


Jason Perdue
Wed 13 Apr 2011Link

I think 30-something refers to their age, not the number of them. I could be wrong.


Doug Block
Wed 13 Apr 2011Link

I think the :) indicates Niam was kidding, Jason. Of course, I could be wrong, too.


Jason Perdue
Thu 14 Apr 2011Link

Oh the subtleties of online language. :{


Ben Kempas
Thu 14 Apr 2011Link

While we're starting a petition to demand an explanation from Christina, let's see who else is lurking out there...

The next D-Worder to introduce themselves will get a drink from me (if we ever meet in person).


Niam Itani
Fri 15 Apr 2011Link

I think she means 30something people. Still waiting for Christina!


Ben Kempas
Fri 15 Apr 2011Link

Seems like people are scared of drinking with me...


John Burgan
Sat 16 Apr 2011Link

Hello. I'm John and I'll have a drink with you.


Ben Kempas
Sun 17 Apr 2011Link

Thanks! But co-hosts are excluded from the offer...


James Longley
Sun 17 Apr 2011Link

The last time I was in a bar with Ben I also didn't feel like drinking. Something strange. I guess it's like being confronted with a cautionary tale of where a life of excess can lead ...


Ben Kempas
Sun 17 Apr 2011Link

Thanks for making me look like an alcoholic in a public topic, James...

You take over with trying to get the lurkers out of the shadows, please.


Jo-Anne Velin
Sun 17 Apr 2011Link

What if the topic had a less public reach? I'll vouch that you are not an alcoholic in a public topic, Ben, and we can all juice with Kurt any old time.


Christina Katsiadakis
Mon 18 Apr 2011Link

Hi everyone! Sorry for the delay!
Yes, 30 something refers to age. Our characters are 10, which is a much more reasonable number, I guess!
Our generation of 30 something here in Greece has a difficult task. We grew up believing that things will only get better, at least on the financial front. Unfortunately, for the last few years the financial situation is grim and no one can be sure what will come out of it. In a country run mostly my 50 or 60 something old politicians, who have more than their share for the current situation and still try to convince us that they also have the solution, we decided it was time for our generation to speak up. Because at 30 we are no longer kids, that's for sure. Let's hope we get our message across!


Niam Itani
Mon 18 Apr 2011Link

Good luck Christina! Sounds like an interesting project for a just cause.

You don't want to make a revolution like the Arabs are doing? ;)


Ben Kempas
Mon 18 Apr 2011Link

Christina, I happen to have a number of friends in Greece all of whom are in their 30-somethings, and I my feeling is that you're telling a very important story here.


Christina Katsiadakis
Wed 20 Apr 2011Link

Thank you very much guys! Let's hope it works out well! I'll keep you posted.
Niam, I am not sure Greece is ready for a revolution yet! What we need is a major change in our way of thinking! Hopefully in a few months I will be able to say that at least young people have started that process.


Stephen Troy
Sun 24 Apr 2011Link

Hello! My name is Stephen Troy, I'm a young filmmaker who recently created his first feature, a documentary titled Dale and the Duds. Now, as I prepare to sell it and send it to festivals, I am faced with many many questions that I cannot find answers to. Mostly about legal issues. This is a problem that I must deal with! So I have signed up for this site, hoping to get some answers.

My website is: www.RotNproductions.com

You can view some of my older short work online.


John Burgan
Sun 24 Apr 2011Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Stephen. Rights issues are best addressed in our Legal Corner


Franco Consales
Mon 25 Apr 2011Link

In reply to Blaire Johnson's post on Thu 3 Mar 2011 :

Hi Blaire I checked your website it is absolutely very interesting, nice project... if I can collaborate... just let me know how


Ernst Gossner
Mon 25 Apr 2011Link

Hi. Am new here. We are finishing up GLOBAL WARNING. A filmmaker's journey into war. We are looking for a sales agent who can help us with it. Any leads kindly appreciated.

Why are societies predisposed to war? And why are completely unrelated wars fatally similar in their making? These questions are on Global Warning's agenda as director Ernst Gossner inquires into his native Tirol's own last war – the war between Austria and Italy on top of Tirol's mountains a hundred years ago. What at first seems like just one more episode of WWI slowly reveals its relevance towards present events, and the grand tragedy of war in general.


Pete Gleeson
Thu 28 Apr 2011Link

Hi folks. Well I'm sitting in my Toronto hotel on the eve of Hot Docs 2011 – what better time to introduce myself to D-word!

I'm an "emerging" filmmaker (I hope!) from Australia with an interest in all things doco – but especially the observational format. If anyone is interested is seeing a very short example of my work, come along and see my film!

It's called "Something To Tell You" and is screening with "Open Secret" 9:30pm Tue May 3 at Cumberland Cinema 3 & 11am Thu May 5 at Isabel Bader Theatre.

The film is about a guy (Gary) who has struck up a relationship with a woman he likes on an internet dating site. As the time for them to meet draws near, he must reveal to her that he has a severe physical disability.

If you want to catch me during the festival to discuss the film or for a beverage, my cell number (till May 9 only) is 647.961.8639

(I'm here by myself – can you tell?)

While much of my work has been connected to disability in some way, I am
interested in all social/human themes and am currently developing projects with themes such as JOURNEY (our attraction to remote journeys and the conscious/subconscious reason people undertake them at particular times in their lives), and the WORKPLACE (the tussle between the personal/workplace "self" in an age of corporate compliance).

I'm also working on a medium-length observational film about disability and romance (an extension of my HotDocs short) which is due for completion later in the year.

For all those at HotDocs, good luck – hope to see you 'round. For all those who aren't – I hope to see you (virtually) 'round soon!

Pete Gleeson
rawandcookedmedia.com.au


ELGIN SMITH
Thu 28 Apr 2011Link

Hello all,

I signed up for the D-Word a couple months ago, but never had a chance to introduce myself.... so, here goes. I am a filmmaker based in Missoula, Montana – I recently returned to Montana after 10 years in NYC working with a number of great people, many of whom are probably here on the D-Word.

My company is called BACKTRACK films, and we are pursuing some new ideas for documentaries out here in the West. We also do commercial work (gasp!), and are also working towards some narrative fiction (double gasp!). But my background and first love is documentary, so need to fret.

If anyone is ever out my way and needs any production help, please let me know. As many documentary filmmakers, I have had a hand in all aspects of filmmaking. You can view our portfolio on our website at www.backtrackfilms.com, or email me at elgin(at)backtrackfilms.com.

Glad to be on board, and look forward to listening to all the other expertise out there on the forums.

best,
elgin


Doug Block
Thu 28 Apr 2011Link

Glad to have you finally pipe up, Elgin. Keep it coming. And if only someone would hire me to direct commercials (gasp!).

Edited Thu 28 Apr 2011 by Doug Block

Doug Block
Thu 28 Apr 2011Link

And a warm welcome to Ernst and Pete, as well.


Roselly Torres
Thu 28 Apr 2011Link

Hi. My name is Roselly Torres and I've been working in independent film distribution for ten years. Currently I work at Third World Newsreel and I am responsible for acquiring documentary films made by or about people of color. If you wish to submit your film for educational distribution, please email distribution [at] twn.org.


Doug Block
Thu 28 Apr 2011Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Roselly. We love people who acquire docs!


Roselly Torres
Fri 29 Apr 2011Link

Thanks Doug!


Ling Lee
Sat 30 Apr 2011Link

Hello everyone,

I just recently graduated from the National Film & Television School, UK in Documentary Directing but have been working as an editor for about 5 years now. One of the biggest projects I have edited is The Edge of Dreaming by Amy Hardie (one of producers is Doug Block).

Now I am sending my documentary Miles Apart out to festivals which I shot in China and developing a new chinese documentary about a chinese investigative journalist.
Because of my Chinese Malaysian origin I always wanted to connect myself with my chinese roots which has been tricky as a born German. So last year I went for the first time to China to make this film about a rural family that is effected by the industrialization and I really fell in love with this country.

Am happy to be part of this group and am looking forward to chat about more things with you!


John Burgan
Sat 30 Apr 2011Link

Welcome Ling. That's quite a journey of discovery, we're glad it has led you to The D-Word.


Doug Block
Sat 30 Apr 2011Link

Fantastic to have you here, Ling. I can't tell you the number of compliments we've received for The Edge of Dreaming, and it's in no small measure due to your efforts. Looking forward to your new film.


Niam Itani
Sun 1 May 2011Link

Welcome, Ling and Roselly! Enjoy the ride :)


Michael B. McGee
Tue 3 May 2011Link

Hello folks,
I'm an emerging, non-union Director of Photography / Camera Operator with over 10 years of experience working on national TV commercials, music videos, and feature narrative films. My years of working in still photography gave me an extensive understanding of lighting and composition which I've segued into my cinematography. Although, I have no experience in non-fiction storytelling, I am extremely passionate about documenting the truth. As Federico Fellini once said,"My fantasy is to make something REAL". So, please feel free to contact me whether or not your next project calls for a Director of Photography and/or Camera Operator.

I look forward to meeting and hopefully working with all of you.

Thanks,
Mike


Doug Block
Tue 3 May 2011Link

welcome to the d-word, michael.


Avijit Mukul Kishore
Thu 5 May 2011Link

Hello!

I have been a member of D word for a while but haven't really been using it much. Hope to interact much more in future! I am a film maker and cinematographer based in Mumbai, India and I can say that I almost specialise in working in documentary, non-fiction film and video art work, besides doing a mix of other jobs as a technician or for livelihood!

Mukul


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