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gabriella kessler
Tue 17 Jan 2012Link

Hi everyone,

I'm French-American based between Paris and New York (mostly Paris for the last few years).

I'm going to Houston on the 24th of January for 2 weeks to do a research/trailer trip on a documentary about women who fall in love and marry prisoners who are either on death row or sentenced to life without parole. I am particularly interested in the dichotomy between these love stories and a judiciary system that is not built on rehabilitation or redemption, and does not encourage social reintegration. I am hoping that these love stories will allow for a greater reflection on forgiveness and reinsertion, in contrast to a prison system that is often times built on a vicious and violent cycle from which it is difficult to break.

An integral part of the film will be the weekly radio program called the Prison Show (recently profiled on NPR's All Things Considered), which, as its name indicates, is a radio show that discusses the Texas criminal justice system. It's a fascinating show, which has listeners who call in and leave messages for inmates, hosts and airs weddings by proxy, among general conversations about death row and prisons in Texas.

I'd love to meet any Houston doc filmmakers while I'm in town, or hear about anyone's experiences filming in prisons. Also, I'll probably need a PA for a couple of days work (paid), so if anyone has any advice on any of these fronts, I am open to all suggestions.

Many thanks!
Gabriella

www.gabriellakessler.com


Doug Block
Tue 17 Jan 2012Link

Welcome, Gabriella. You can do an Advanced Search on the top of any page to find D-Word members from Houston. Good luck with the film, sounds like a really fascinating one.


Tehmina Ahmed
Wed 18 Jan 2012Link

Hello, I'm a Producer/Director/Screenwriter based in Karachi, Pakistan.In my other life, I was a print journalist, but I now work full time in documentary film production.
Issues I've worked on include madressa education, the police system in Pakistan, workers and union issues, the environment.
All the best

Tehmina


gabriella kessler
Wed 18 Jan 2012Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 17 Jan 2012 : Thanks for the words of encouragement Doug! Will check it out now.


Niam Itani
Wed 18 Jan 2012Link

In reply to Tehmina Ahmed's post on Wed 18 Jan 2012 :

Welcome to D-word, Tehmina & Gabriella!


Jacob Brady
Wed 18 Jan 2012Link

Hi All,

I'm new here. I am currently making a documentary about a network of controversial adolescent drug abuse programs which I was a member of for five years. We've just released a pitch trailer to try to raise the funding for the project and launched an IndieGoGo campaign. I'm hoping to find some guidance here on how best to run the campaign and make the film as good as possible.

Best,

Jacob


Doug Block
Wed 18 Jan 2012Link

Welcome, Tehmina! Very glad that you found us, and hope you'll feel free to leap right into the discussions.

Welcome, as well, Jacob. You might want to check out this special discussion we held here on Crowdfunding with Jennifer Fox and Katherine Nolfi.


Jacob Brady
Thu 19 Jan 2012Link

Thanks Doug. I read the entire thread yesterday and shared it with the rest of the team working on our film. I found it to be very insightful.


Ajay Brar
Thu 19 Jan 2012Link

Ah I forgot to introduce myself and went straight ahead to the mentoring forum. Anyway,

Hi Everyone,
I'm a writer / director based in Melbourne, Australia. Straight out of film school (Australian Film Television and Radio School) where I majored in directing, I'm currently working on a documentary on the Maoist movement in India and the underlying issues of land, tribal rights, mining and development. There is a rough trailer online at:
http://vimeo.com/31587060
I'm working on getting production support before filming the second part of it. Finally, James Longley's Iraq in Fragments is a strong inspiration and my all time fav documentary.

Best,
Ajay


Jill Woodward
Thu 19 Jan 2012Link

In reply to Jacob McEndollar's post on Thu 19 Jan 2012 :

Jacob, link to your campaign and trailer? (nevermind, I see it in the mentoring page)

Edited Thu 19 Jan 2012 by Jill Woodward

Doug Block
Thu 19 Jan 2012Link

So, Ajay, we can now officially welcome you to The D-Word!

Edited Thu 19 Jan 2012 by Doug Block

Yvonne Apollonio
Fri 20 Jan 2012Link

Hello everyone,

My name is Yvonne Apollonio. I worked in the post production side of advertising for some years, but I stopped when I gave birth to my daughter two years ago. I am now returning to a documentary project that I had put on hold. I am very glad to be part of this community.


Mike O'Connell
Sat 21 Jan 2012Link

Greetings,
I read Ajay's post and realized I've done the same thing, I went straight to the classified topics. I'm based in Pittsboro NC the d word was suggested to me by another filmmaker here in town. I've finished up a new film and am working on two others right now. Look forward to all the great information and support that is here.
Mike


Elliot Sokolov
Mon 23 Jan 2012Link

Greetings, I'm Elliot Sokolov, a composer for film specializing in documentaries. My many credits include scores for the Oscar-nominated documentary "The Restless Conscience" and most recently "Kings Park: Stories From An American Mental Institution". (see the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW_xrbqnWxE ) I love collaborating with documentary makers! Please check out my work at www.elliotsokolov.com


David Herman
Mon 23 Jan 2012Link

Welcome Elliot. Moving trailer, very moving score.


John Burgan
Mon 23 Jan 2012Link

You're all very welcome at The D-Word, Yvonne, Mike and Elliot.


E. Ablorh-Odjidja
Tue 24 Jan 2012Link

My name is E. Ablorh-Odjidja. I am based in the US but have been spending a lot of time (the past three years) in Ghana, Africa, shooting and producing documentaries. My current works are:
1. A New Face for Africa
2. The Asantehene
Both films are in dvd prints now, with trailers on YouTube.


Niam Itani
Wed 25 Jan 2012Link

In reply to Elliot Sokolov's post on Mon 23 Jan 2012 :

Welcome, Elliot & E. A-O :)


Rhonda Moskowitz
Wed 25 Jan 2012Link Tag

In reply to gabriella kessler's post on Tue 17 Jan 2012 : Welcome to the D-Word, Gabriella. Your project sounds compelling. I've filmed inside 5 different prisons in NY and FL, so here's my two cents: All prison officials – kiss ass, kiss ass, kiss ass. In addition, be nice to guards who are jackasses. (You can win an Oscar for this!) Make sure you let the person who grants you access, (public affairs or warden), know it's not your intention to make the prison look bad, (even if it's a hellhole, which most prisons are). Keep this same person informed about what your project is about and how it's evolving. Filmmakers are a bureaucratic pain-in-the-ass for prison officials, and also a security risk. Also, you might want to do a kiss ass interview with the warden if he or she is willing.

Edited Wed 25 Jan 2012 by Rhonda Moskowitz

Cassidy Dimon
Wed 25 Jan 2012Link

Hello! My name is Cassidy and I am producing my first feature length documentary with a wonderful team of journalists and filmmakers. We have an extensive repertoire of journalism, multimedia and short films in the bag but we are venturing into new/scary/exciting territory here! On top of that, we are launching a Kickstarter for post funds shortly, I'm feeling a little frightened but also, very exciting, I hope to have more to post soon! Thanks for this wonderful forum! Website for the film is here: www.barzanthemovie.com. The trailer is rough (too one sided for our liking but we are still in production so its far from finished).


Jill Woodward
Wed 25 Jan 2012Link

Looks very interesting Cassidy. Good luck!


Kevin Spahr
Thu 26 Jan 2012Link

Hi all,
I'm Kevin Spahr and I have completed my first doc and I'm working on completing my distribution deal.

The doc is called "Glen Rock Fae" and it is about the world's largest and longest running fairy festival – yes, fairies – colorful wings, pointy ears, etc.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1740742/


Stacy Jill Calvert
Mon 30 Jan 2012Link

In reply to Ron Osgood's post on Sun 8 Jan 2012 :

I was actually here in the radio/tv department when it was analog! It was a big change when i came back!


Clay Zimmerman
Thu 2 Feb 2012Link

Hi, my name is Clay Zimmerman. clayzimmerman(at)gmail.com

I am a filmmaker and editor wanting to reach out to the documentary community in LA.

I edit non-fiction TV for the most part by day, having done many shows for network and cable,
and in 2004 I edited the award winning doc Gay Republicans. While I research my own projects,
I am on the lookout for a good doc to get involved in later in the year (I have a 2 month old at home right now).

Also wanted to share with the community here on D-word a short experimental doc I made recently:

http://vimeo.com/28912280

Thanks and glad to have found the site!

Edited Thu 2 Feb 2012 by Clay Zimmerman

Shayne Weyker
Fri 3 Feb 2012Link

Hello all,

I live in the Baltimore/DC area of Maryland. I switched careers from academia to video back in 2006, a few years after I finished a dissertation on TV war reporting and public opinion formation (where I taught myself to edit video).

I thought news and documentary video was a cool way to show people how the world worked (or wasn't working). I remembered how great I thought those David Burke technology history shows and the movie "Roger and Me" was.

After a year of production classes (and the NPPA TV News Storyteling workshop) I wound up working instead in event video and, eventually, as a shooter/editor for business school marketing communications office for a few years doing a several mini-doc, promo, and testimonial type pieces, some with a former PBS producer.

I've been freelancing since June 2010 doing some shooting and editing, a little grip work, and a lot of (video and web) software training. I also was one of the volunteer editors who put together those daily packages on the SilverDocs 2011 youtube channel during the festival.

The most "doc" things I've done are that I put together a short piece on youtube called "Athar the Bike-Man" about a guy who manages his OCD and other issues by riding his bike all over town every day. I also recorded a friend's team through three days of a 50-mile fundraising walk for MS and taped several concerts by a band I like.

I am interested in working on professional doc or advocacy projects with a social/political and/or technological focus. Aside from my production and post skills I'm a good researcher in those areas.

I've long been thinking about starting a project that follows several badly injured war vets through months of physical therapy and would appreciate any tips on how to get the military to permit extended taping in physical therapy and interviews with patients.

I have a decent Sony EX1 kit (six hours of cards, good wireless lav, good tripod, large+small battery, .8x wide adapter, zoom controller, 24" LCD monitor with component in) and will let others shoot using my gear as long as I'm around. I have a very reasonable day rate for DC.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Shayne

weykervideo /at/ gmail /dot/ com
http://weykervideo.com


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