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Welcome to The D-Word! Stop in and sign the guest book - let us know a little (or a lot) about yourself.

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Owen Donovan
Mon 21 May 2012Link

Hello all,
My name is Owen Donovan, I'm a freelance cinematographer working out of Brooklyn. I mainly shoot Music Videos and Narratives but would like to also work on some documentaries. If any of you find yourself in need of a cinematographer please feel free to contact me. Here is a link to my website where you can find my reel and also scene excerpts and music videos from some projects I have photographed. www.OwenDonovanNYC.com
my email is OwenDonovanDOP(at)gmail(dot)com
All the best,

O

Edited Mon 21 May 2012 by Owen Donovan

Doug Block
Tue 22 May 2012Link

Welcome, Owen. Hope The D-Word helps you with your doc work.


Dydine UMUNYANA
Tue 22 May 2012Link

Hello!
@ Raymund Gerard C.Cruz,Doug block and James Longley(my trainer in the workshop)

Thanks for your encouraging am very excited to be with you all in this site and i except to learn more from you in this career we are in altogether,

James am very happy to have in this K-DOX workshop, training us as big you are, ,respect.
thanks at all.


Jean Claude MUHIRE
Tue 22 May 2012Link

Hello all,
my name is Jean claude MUHIRE, and am freelancer filmmaker in Rwanda from Africa and am now working on the project called Rwanda, my nation my life, it's a documentary project of showing the real history of rwanda from the time it started existing up to present.
so i want to contribute that for my country and let people think differently about Rwanda, know what's Rwanda is.

Thanks and looking forward to keep in touch all of you.

MUHIRE

Edited Tue 22 May 2012 by Jean Claude MUHIRE

REMY RYUMGABE
Tue 22 May 2012Link

My name is REMY RYUMUGABE, I'm an independent filmmaker from Rwanda , a small and beautiful country nicknamed Country of thousand hills..Right now I'm co-directing a film called Along the way...also working on my two documentaries

I'm glad to be here


Doug Block
Tue 22 May 2012Link

Jean Claude and Remy, glad to have you joining Dydine here with us at The D-Word. Feel free to leap into the discussions in the various topics.


Odile Uwimbabazi
Tue 22 May 2012Link

Hey,my names are Odile Uwimbabazi a freelance film maker from a country of thousand hills Rwanda,for the last 5 days I had a chance to be with James Longley in a documentary workshop, my dream is being realised in a way of doing documentaries and I hope to learn more from this website.


Doug Block
Tue 22 May 2012Link

Welcome, Odile. You can join your workshop mates and register for professional status here. That way you'll have access to all 50 discussion topics.


Elissa Bogos Mirzaei
Wed 23 May 2012Link

I'm a freelance video journalist based in Kabul, Afghanistan.
I learned about the D-Word through reading an article about the very talented James Longley.
Some of my work can be seen here (short demo reel)
https://vimeo.com/41980764
It's great to be part of this community, and I look forward to connecting with people and seeing new work!


Buhoro Tite
Wed 23 May 2012Link

Dear all!
I'm BUHORO filmmaker from Rwanda, Am currently working on my documentary projects.
It's very excited to be here with all of you and i hope together we will make great stuff in this world of documentary films.

Thanks a lot.
BUHORO


Doug Block
Wed 23 May 2012Link

A warm welcome, Elissa and Buhoro. Elissa, we saved you the trouble by upgrading you to "professional" status. Figured anyone who shoots with a combat helmet on deserves it.


Rob Rooy
Wed 23 May 2012Link

Lovely work, Elissa.


Elissa Bogos Mirzaei
Thu 24 May 2012Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 23 May 2012 :

Thank you, Doug– I've seen trailer for The Kids Grow Up and 51 Birch Street, but yet to see both films in entirety and very much want to. Both look really compelling. Great to be a part of this community with so many talented people like yourself!


Elissa Bogos Mirzaei
Thu 24 May 2012Link

In reply to Rob Rooy's post on Wed 23 May 2012 :

Thank you, Rob. Really wish I could find To Our Credit over here!


Raymund Gerard C. Cruz
Thu 24 May 2012Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 23 May 2012 :

(Regarding the combat helmet) Haha! Indeed Doug!

Welcome Elissa, I will view your work when I get home. VIMEO is blocked off in my office. There are tons of talented doc filmmakers that are part of the D-word, and we welcome one more (with a bad-ass headwear too)!

Hoping to see more interesting works from Kabul. Keep making them!


Niam Itani
Thu 24 May 2012Link

Welcome Elissa, Buhoro, and all the Mzungus from Rwanda. Great to have you here on The D-Word :)


MBABAZI Aime Philbert
Thu 24 May 2012Link

I'm MBABAZI, a freelance filmmaker from Rwanda, I'm attending James Longley's workshop which is almost ending in Kigali, I leran a lot and I'm ready to put it in practice in my upcoming projets, as learning never end, I hope I'll keep learnin from this website


Adam Maurer
Thu 24 May 2012Link

Hey all!

It's nice to be here. I stumbled in on this website while checking out an article about the Hot-docs pitch forum. This looks like a great site to discuss and debate docs and all of the methods and practices that come along with it. Hope you are all well, and working on exciting projects! I've been working on a documentary for the past 4 years. It chronicles two school years at a small charter school that teaches refugee children alongside local American kids. You can check out the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/31798296

Looking forward to the discussion!

Best,
Adam


jakob Frank
Thu 24 May 2012Link

Hi everyone!

Glad to be here, I was recently the director of photography on my first feature doc, "Just Like Being There."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk8yZoSauOU

It was my first taste of documentary film-making and what else can I say but I am addicted. Hoping to soon be able to film many more documentaries!

Looking forward to chatting it up with everyone on the message boards.


Carla Sanchez
Fri 25 May 2012Link

Hello D-Word Community,

I am a big fan of your work Doug Block, I love your style of pitching. Can I take you with me to La Rochelle, France to pitch our project "Incurable Diseases" Is it a Business? @TheSunnySideOfTheDoc ??? Hehehe...

Doug and everybody in this community, I am the Creator and Director of this Documentary www.IncurableDiseasesBiz.com and would love your feedback on it: http://www.cubanhat.tv/incurable-diseases-is-it-a-business/

D-Word community we would love your support of our film, can you please go to this link, watch the 3 Mins Video and Vote for us? "Incurable Diseases" Is it a Business? http://www.cubanhat.tv/incurable-diseases-is-it-a-business/

Thanks everybody,
Carla

Edited Fri 25 May 2012 by Carla Sanchez

Ben Blair
Fri 25 May 2012Link

Hi everyone. I'm a filmmaker living in LA, but about to head out to Malawi, Africa for a year to film my first doc. I recently met the very talented Nick Higgins who tipped me off about this site. Looking forward to digging in and learning as much as I can from everyone. Looks like a great community.

Ben
www.journeytomajizuwa.com


raymond bell
Sat 26 May 2012Link

Hello everyone, Im Raymond Bell the founder and Administrator of the HOPE Project a career training program for socially and economically disadvantaged young people in DC. I'm not a filmmaker I'm looking for a filmmaker to help us with a documentary about this amazing program that has become a movement in DC. The unemployment rate in the area we recruit our students is 30% on paper but actually much higher, the program is only 3 years old and has been nicknamed the Harvard of the Hood, by young people because of the success of the graduates. we really need a professional to help with this project. We have footage since we started and pictures. The website is hopeprojectdc.org, here is the most recent news story about the program. http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/05/raymond-bell-and-h-o-p-e-project-help-students-succeed-75551.html

if there is a talented student in the DMV please contact us, we really need some help. We want to shed some light on the lack of quality job training in the country and celebrate the success of the HOPE Project students.
email is raybelljr [at] gmail [dot] com


Doug Block
Sat 26 May 2012Link

Adam, Jakob, Carla and Ben, great to have you all joining us at The D-Word. A warm welcome to you all.

Great program, Raymond. Hope you find the help you need here.


Doug Block
Sat 26 May 2012Link

In reply to Carla Sanchez's post on Thu 24 May 2012 :

Best offer I've had all week, Carla :-) Feel free to whisk me away to France, for sure.


Ben Blair
Sun 27 May 2012Link

Thanks Doug!


Kiley Kraskouskas
Sun 27 May 2012Link

Hello,
My name is Kiley Kraskouskas, I am documentary filmmaker living and working in Washington, D.C. Right now, I am in post production on the documentary, Essakane Film, which is the story of the Taureg music festival, The Festival in the Desert, and the rebellion that ended it. We began the project with a Kickstarter campaign that funded most of our three-week shoot in Mali in 2011 and continue to fundraise while also scripting and rough cutting as our story continues to change!

I love documentary films and doc filmmakers, so I am not sure why its taken me so long to join the d-word, but I am happy to be here. In addition to this film, I also the co-founder of Thinking Forward Media, where I consult and teach on crowd funding, (my other passion) proposal writing and budgeting for films.

Recently I became a board member of Docs in Progress and love their mission and the community that surrounds it.


Doug Block
Sun 27 May 2012Link

Welcome, Kiley. Be sure to register for professional membership here so you'll have full access to our 50 discussion topics.


Rob Rooy
Sun 27 May 2012Link

Kiley, welcome! Hope we meet soon; maybe at Silverdocs?


Anna Kelaidi
Tue 29 May 2012Link

Hello everyone!
my name is Anna Kelaidi, photographer and beginner in the art of documentary. I live and work in Athens, Greece. I am happy to join your community, and I am sure I am going to learn a lot of this encounter!


John Burgan
Tue 29 May 2012Link

Welcome Kiley and Anna. Anna, your background suggests you know quite a bit about documentary – tell us about your current area of study


Anna Kelaidi
Tue 29 May 2012Link

Hello John!
Currently I do a research on greek documentary filmmakers. I want to find out about the reasons that made -or make- docs, about their personal stories that lead to their personal "truth" and view of life. I am interested in the filmmaker's intimate thoughts and feelings that push him/her to create a documentary film.
Hmmm, what else? All in all this is my field of work right now :) (I hope I didnt took advantage of the space here in the "introduce yourself" topic!)


John Burgan
Tue 29 May 2012Link

This is exactly the place to tell us! Where are you doing your PhD?


Anna Kelaidi
Tue 29 May 2012Link

At Aristoteleion university in Thessaloniki, Greece, in the school of fine arts.


Kiley Kraskouskas
Wed 30 May 2012Link

Thanks, Doug. I just updated my profile. Great to be here. Rob – I will be at Silver Docs all week, hope to see you there. I will definitely be at the Docs in Progress Open House on the 22nd.
In reply to Doug Block's post on Sun 27 May 2012 :


Dave Melonakos
Wed 30 May 2012Link

I happened to find this website last week and have thoroughly enjoyed reading the posts of D-Word documentary filmmakers. The same week, I found a copy of Doug Block's latest documentary, "The Kids Grow Up" at our local library and totally related to the interaction with his daughter before she started her university studies. In April, I attended the 2012 Full Frame Film Festival in Durham, NC. with the panel discussion that included Doug, Ross McElwee and Alan Berliner and was impressed with the great filmmaking that can be done about an individual's family.

In recent years, my part-time film making, has trended towards event documentaries in my community. For the last two years, I documented the local high school marching band in their pre-season practices, performing at football games and at the their competitions. This has led to opportunities to film weddings and, of course, I'm always the uncle who doesn't put the video camera down at family events (everyone always enjoys the finished product).

My on-line blog contains links to some/portions of the films I've completed:

fuzzypigproductions.com

My other passion is watching documentary films. I have a list of all of the nominees for the Academy Awards Best Documentary Feature films since the 1940's and have been methodically watching each of these that I have been able to locate. I especially enjoy watching the filmmaker's commentary (when included on the DVD).


John Gyovai
Wed 30 May 2012Link

In reply to Kiley Kraskouskas's post on Sun 27 May 2012 :

Welcome Kiley.

Nice to quickly meet at Docs in Progress a couple of weeks ago. I stepped inside to buy a boom pole off Tessa and say hi to Erica. I mentioned to Erica that I was looking for a project with some non profit money I had. We exchanged cards. You did not mention Tinariwen when we met, just a festival in the desert. Of course I love those guys and just caught them at the 9:30 club!

Look forward to the screening on the 7th.
John


Doug Block
Wed 30 May 2012Link

In reply to Dave Melonakos's post on Tue 29 May 2012 :

Good to have you here, Dave. Funny but my next film (112 Weddings) is based on my work as a p/t wedding videographer over the past 20 years. So I guess you're heading down the right path :-)

Edited Wed 30 May 2012 by Doug Block

Kiley Kraskouskas
Wed 30 May 2012Link

Hey John,
I remember meeting you at DIP. Would be great to meet in person again, thank you so much for coming to the screening!

Yes, Tinariwen's story is a big part of our film, although they did not attend the festival the year we filmed due to the death of Ibrahim's son right before the festival started. However, we caught up with them on their tour last summer. They are playing at the Howard Theatre on June 14 and we will definitely be there and hopefully interviewing them again, so we should coordinate.

Hope your project is going well!

In reply to John Gyovai's post on Wed 30 May 2012 :


Justin Ervin
Thu 31 May 2012Link

Hi Everybody!

My name is Justin. I'm really looking forward to getting to know you all. I'm a cinematographer and filmmaker in NYC and currently at work on a couple of projects that I look forward to sharing with you all sometime soon! If you wanna check out some of my past stuff at the Vimeo link below, please consider yourself invited.

All the best!

https://vimeo.com/justinervin/videos


Justin Ervin
Thu 31 May 2012Link

Special shout-out to Doug Block! Thanks a lot, sir. I appreciate your encouragement!


Doug Block
Fri 1 Jun 2012Link

A pleasure to have you here, Justin. Someone do yourself a big favor and hire this dude.


Elissa Bogos Mirzaei
Sun 3 Jun 2012Link

Justin, I just visited your Vimeo page, have marked some of your videos to watch later (i.e. soon).


Justin Ervin
Mon 4 Jun 2012Link

Thanks, Elissa! Looking forward to your thoughts.


Niam Itani
Mon 4 Jun 2012Link

In reply to Justin Ervin's post on Sun 3 Jun 2012 :

Is Missed Connections the same that played last year at WSFF? (methinks)


Justin Ervin
Mon 4 Jun 2012Link

Hi Niam. Nope, I didn't enter it into any festivals. I'd love to see the one you're speaking of.


Niam Itani
Wed 6 Jun 2012Link

Their film links from last year aren't working anymore, but this is a one liner I found about the film:

“Missed Connections,” by Mary Robertson — On Craigslist’s “Missed Connections” forum, those who regret their timidity make appeals to the Ones Who Got Away.


Justin Ervin
Thu 7 Jun 2012Link

Wow! Very similar indeed... Now I REALLY want to see it. :)


michael byhoff
Mon 11 Jun 2012Link

Hey all,

My name is Mike Byhoff and I am working for a start-up that will be producing documentaries, as well as reaching out to people across the world and paying them to shoot short (4-10 minute) documentaries around the world.

I heard about this place at the Vimeofest Awards this past weekend, and it seems like an awesome resource.

I'm wondering what the best way is to go about finding the right kind of documentary filmmakers to make pieces for this new site?


Riley Morton
Mon 11 Jun 2012Link

hey Michael-
nice unicorn!

i'm not sure if you have access to the 'people' tab above (because you are an enthusiast instead of professional right now), but you can find filmmakers by location using that tool... and if the moderators grant you 'professional' status, you'll have access to the 'professional classifieds' where you can post about opportunities that your group is presenting to filmmakers... both are good options.


michael byhoff
Tue 12 Jun 2012Link

Thanks Riley. I applied for professional status yesterday, but since our website is in closed Beta I had to show some projects we're working on by uploading to YouTube. I hope I can get a lot of people some good, meaningful work with fair pay.

Edited Tue 12 Jun 2012 by michael byhoff

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