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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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Pepe Urquijo
Thu 21 Jun 2012Link

Hey D folks,

After making several documentaries independently, I'm really happy to be here but equally ashamed it took me so long to join. I truly hope to make up for lost time and to be of service.

sinseriously yours,
-Pepe


Ala Mohseni
Thu 21 Jun 2012Link

Looking for a very professional videographer to shoot a theatre in Palo Alto, CA next week. If interested please send rates and reel links to: alamohseni72@gmail.com


Doug Block
Thu 21 Jun 2012Link

Welcome, Scott and Pepe. Ala, we welcome you, too, but your post actually belongs in the Classifieds topic. This is just a place to introduce yourself, which we hope you'll do.


Ala Mohseni
Sat 23 Jun 2012Link

Ooops! I didn't know it, thank you Doug for letting me know, I'm gonna replace it to Classifides


Doug Block
Sat 23 Jun 2012Link

No worries, Ala. Good to have you with us here.


Dennis Connors
Mon 25 Jun 2012Link

Hello all. I'm a filmmaking student at a local University, slowly carving my way through its program. I'm apparently considered a "mature" student, being that my classmates are generally younger than my daughter, who is a few years out of college. I learned about this forum from a D-word member just a few days ago, during my visit to the Silverdocs Film Fest. I'd like to thank that person again, but can't recall, this morning, who that was. So, thanks, whoever you are.
My primary filmmaking interest is with docs. I come from a commercial photography background, and decided, when embarking on this journey, that the college classroom, infused with the energy of youthful classmates and the professional experience of its teachers, was a good place to begin. So far, so good. My first doc, "Breaking Boundaries: the Art of Alex Masket", a short film about an artist with severe autism, has made festival rounds (not Silverdocs, sadly, but did get a CINE Golden Eagle) from early 2010 until recently. If interested, it's currently online. Here's the two minute trailer:
https://vimeo.com/14183200
A link to the full version should also be on that page along with a few other learning experiences. Looking forward to discussions & sharing information.


Dennis Connors
Mon 25 Jun 2012Link

Thanks Rob Rooy for alerting me to this forum....had forgotten who done it earlier, my brain finally kicked in ;-)
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Doug Block
Mon 25 Jun 2012Link

However you got here, Dennis, glad you found us. Welcome aboard.


Rob Rooy
Mon 25 Jun 2012Link

Hi, Dennis; glad to see you here!

Edited Mon 25 Jun 2012 by Rob Rooy

Heath Cozens
Fri 6 Jul 2012Link

Hello.

I believe that this is my first posting here – after having been a member for sometime and simply relying on the updates. Time to dive in.

I am a New Zealander, based in Japan for the last 15 or so years (and shortly migrating to the States).

Have worn a few caps thus far – local fixer, editor, video-journalist, cameraman, director. But documentary's where my heart's at.

I'm currently heavily ensconced in making an indie documentary called "Doglegs" – about the underground disabled pro-wrestling scene in Japan.

Hello, one and all!

www.doglegsmovie.com (underconstruction, but should be up in a few days)


Richard Leigh
Fri 6 Jul 2012Link

Hi everyone.

Feeling my way around here, but so far I love what I see – a vibrant online community.

As a not-for-profit distribution organisation promoting quality films, we're always on the lookout for short documentaries that inspire young people in schools to engage in deep learning. I'm happy to provide a list of topics of particular interest.

'Short' means really short, ie. under 11mins, but we have plenty of examples where filmmakers have cut short versions (not trailers) of feature-length work to use as promotion or try-out for larger work.

Get in touch with me at any time – richard at campfire.org.au
or explore the campfire site to see the work we do. Campfire is a passion that grew out of my hobby and love of the documentary form (and graduation from film school back in '97... but that's another story for another day!)

Doug or any host, can you tell me what the most appropriate place to say "we're looking for x, y & z?"

Thanks for hosting a great site!

Richard


John Burgan
Fri 6 Jul 2012Link

Heath & Richard – you've certainly found the right place! Welcome aboard The D-Word


Doug Block
Fri 6 Jul 2012Link

In reply to Richard Leigh's post on Fri 6 Jul 2012 :

Richard, the Public and Professional Classifieds topics are probably your best bet. They're the only topics where we're okay with double posting, too.


Richard Leigh
Sat 7 Jul 2012Link

Thanks John & Doug.
I'll get that public & pro classifieds topic list happening soon.
Again, thanks for the welcome & the service you're doing here :)
Richard


Heath Cozens
Sat 7 Jul 2012Link

Thanks John!


Adam Stafford
Sun 8 Jul 2012Link

Hi folks, my name is Adam Stafford, a few years ago I directed a short called The Shutdown, which was quite well received. Since then I've been a bit erstwhile from the film community, making a new short (see My Films) that's taken me literally 3 years to get funding for and some busy musical projects. But I'm here to re-engage with the Doc Community. Thanks.


Doug Block
Sun 8 Jul 2012Link

Good to have you here, Adam. Welcome back to filmmaking, in general, and welcome to The D-Word.


Adam Stafford
Sun 8 Jul 2012Link

Thanks for the welcome Doug, it's good to be back!


John Burgan
Sun 8 Jul 2012Link

Really liked The Shutdown when it was screened at Silverdocs back in 2009. Welcome back, Adam.

Edited Sun 8 Jul 2012 by John Burgan

Adam Stafford
Sun 8 Jul 2012Link

Thanks John, yeah it has taken me a while to follow it up, but I have finally! (you can view the trailer for No Hope For Men Below here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQo9I4G2ylo). I hope to make it back to Silverdocs next year, it was such a warm, friendly and encouraging festival.


Raymund Gerard C. Cruz
Sun 8 Jul 2012Link

In reply to Heath Cozens's post on Fri 6 Jul 2012 :

Hey Heath. That sounds like a fascinating project.

Japan has such an interesting combat sport history (ranging from Sumo to Pride FC). Somewhat like a religion to them. And kudos for sheding light to an unfamiliar combat industry in such a kinetic culture.

Good luck on that one!


Rebecca Rolnick
Tue 10 Jul 2012Link

Hi D-sters,

I just joined and am so excited to be a part of the community! I have been working on a documentary for two years and it has been an incredible journey. It's about a little Iraqi girl who, after being struck by a roadside bomb, came to the US for reconstructive surgery five years ago and has yet to return. It has been compelling to watch her story unfold – feel free to check out our website and drop us a note! thebeautythatremains.com Looking forward to discovering all that D-word has to offer ...

- Becky


Doug Block
Tue 10 Jul 2012Link

We're happy to have you here, Becky. Welcome aboard and best of luck with your film. Sounds very compelling.


Heath Cozens
Thu 12 Jul 2012Link

In reply to Raymund Gerard C. Cruz's post on Mon 9 Jul 2012 :

Thank you, Raymund for the encouraging words.

Doglegs is an NPO – and serves as a hobby for some members, something of a raison d'etre for others. Not an industry by any means. But as you say, there's a certain Japanese appreciation for the martial arts – fighting as a means to prove yourself – they are seen as wholesome and pure, and have quasi religious aspects, as well.

Doglegs Superhandicapped Pro-wrestling is much more down and dirty, homemade – almost like a cross between performance art and MMA. But there's a strength of spirit and purpose that I do think echos the ethos of classical Japanese fighting styles.

Anyway, I'll be sure to post about it in depth once I get more familiar with my way around the boards. Very much looking forward to sharing and being a part of this community.


Raymund Gerard C. Cruz
Thu 12 Jul 2012Link

In reply to Heath Cozens's post on Thu 12 Jul 2012 :

Very intriguing! Asians do have an attachment to spirituality. To us, life goes on like a ritual. My wife and I share with you the same fascination with japan, only more in theater. She will be in Kyoto to study Noh theater for a month starting next week. Anyways, looking forward to seeing your wonderful project.

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Doug Block
Thu 12 Jul 2012Link

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Danielle Beverly
Thu 12 Jul 2012Link

Adam, great to see you back! Look forward to raising a glass at a film festival this year to celebrate your new film, which I know will be wonderful.


Raymund Gerard C. Cruz
Thu 12 Jul 2012Link

In reply to Dennis Connors's post on Mon 25 Jun 2012 :

Hey Dennis,

Good to have you here. Don't worry about age. Some of my favorite filmmakers started working late. John Cassavetes, Abbas Kiarostami, Kidlat Tahimik, Robert Bresson, and Rob Nilsson became active late in their mid-30 to late 40's. In art, age is just a number. :)

The D-word will get you going.

Edited Thu 12 Jul 2012 by Raymund Gerard C. Cruz

Joshua Guerci
Wed 18 Jul 2012Link

I'm a verite shooter working on a documentary about communities rebuilding from natural disaster. I'm currently in Bay St Louis Mississippi but we've also been to Alabama and Louisiana.

We have a Kickstarter up: http://kck.st/NzV3Y0

Any feedback would be appreciated. So give me your most brutal hello and tell me what you really think of it!


David Liebling
Thu 26 Jul 2012Link

Hi Everyone!
My name is David Liebling. I have worked mostly in live sports production for the past few years, with a long hiatus in Asia where I was teaching english and traveling.
While I was in South Korea I started shooting for a documentary I'd like to produce 'the right way.' Meaning that I'd like to figure out what I'm doing as far as pre-production and distribution to give my project the best possible chance at success.
I'll be lurking this site, searching for answers regarding budgeting, planning, distribution, financing, and all the other aspects of documentary making that are currently baffling to me. Any nudges in the right direction would be much appreciated!
I hope I can give as well at some point.


Louis Mole
Thu 26 Jul 2012Link

Hello everyone!
My name is Louis Mole. I am a young aspiring documentary filmmaker from England. I have almost completed a one year documentary filmmaking course and I am now looking for employment, starting in November. I have made a number of short documentary films, and I am predominantly interested in social issue documentaries. I have made films on subjects such as homelessness, mental illness and newly released prisoners learning to reconnect with their children. Thank you for having me!


Alyssa Bolsey
Mon 30 Jul 2012Link

Hello!
My name is Alyssa Bolsey and I'm currently directing a feature Swiss/US documentary about the film pioneer/inventor of the Bolex camera. If you're interested in checking out the development teaser it can be viewed on vimeo. https://vimeo.com/31740507

A young filmmaker myself, working in an international co-production has proven to be challenging but rewarding in the lessons learned. I look forward to learning more from d-word member's experiences as well as contributing all that I can in the process!


Tarryn Lee Crossman
Tue 31 Jul 2012Link

In reply to Brian Murphy's post on Sun 4 Nov 2007 :
Hi Brian. My name is Tarryn Crossman. I have been working in the TV industry in South Africa (Africa as a whole) for like 8 years and now I am producing my first independent documentary. The film lives between South Africa and Canada. I am looking for a journalist in canada, who might want to help me access some information on the ground. If you have any suggestions I'd really appreciate it. Here is a link to the trailer (although the film has changed somewhat since this was made) https://vimeo.com/43240496

Edited Tue 31 Jul 2012 by Tarryn Lee Crossman

Bill Jackson
Tue 31 Jul 2012Link

In reply to Alyssa Bolsey's post on Mon 30 Jul 2012 :

It looks like an interesting film. Good luck!


Doug Block
Tue 31 Jul 2012Link

Joshua, David, Louis and Alyssa, a warm welcome to The D-Word! Good to have you here with us.


Alex Dionne
Wed 1 Aug 2012Link

Hi, My name is Alexandria Dionne, everyone calls me Alex. I'm a producer and production manager on a doc film called 10x10: Educate Girls, Change the World (10x10act.org). It's a film about girls education in developing countries. I'm based in LA, but spent many years in NY, working on various docs there. This is a great site. I'm very happy to be a part of this community.


Doug Block
Thu 2 Aug 2012Link

And we're happy to have you joining us, Alex. Welcome.


Stephen Robinson
Mon 6 Aug 2012Link

Hey everyone, my name is Stephen Robinson, and I'm a young filmmaker working for a company called Ark Media based in Brooklyn, NY. I have my own nascent production company, and my first project is nearing its final stages. It's a short doc using footage that I shot while in Gaza, Israel and the West Bank back in 2009, and I hope to develop a feature length documentary about the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. I went to my first D-Word event last night through the Scottish Documentary Institute, and really enjoyed "Cutting Loose." Looking forward to participating in these forums!


Ben Singer
Mon 6 Aug 2012Link

Hola D-Worders.

I'm a budding filmmaker, with a background in TV news production and print journalism. I graduated from doc studies at the New School this spring and completed my first 20-minute short: "Keepers of the Flock" on NYC's pigeon-obsessed subcultures. Currently looking for ways to get my film out there, and working as an editor and researcher on several projects.

I made it out to the excellent screenings and meet-up yesterday, and met some great people. I definitely plan to get more involved online – and in the real world – with this community.

https://twitter.com/benFsinger


Kenny Brown
Mon 6 Aug 2012Link

Hi all

I'm just completing a monumental documentary and thought I should introduce myself here. It's about a guy going around the world by human power – no motors, no sails. It was shot over 15 years all over the world, and the resulting footage is now a 2 hour feature film. Happy to answer any questions and sure I'll have a few of my own.

You can see a trailer and more information here:

www.theexpeditionfilm.com

Glad to meet you all.


Andy Schocken
Mon 6 Aug 2012Link

Welcome, Ben and Kenny.

Stephen, great meeting you last night!


Jason Perdue
Mon 6 Aug 2012Link

In reply to Kenny Brown's post on Mon 6 Aug 2012 :
Nice trailer. Good luck with the film.


Stephen Robinson
Mon 6 Aug 2012Link

Andy: You as well. Let's grab a beer in BK sometime soon.

Kenny: Looks like a crazy saga! I want to see it.


Doug Block
Wed 8 Aug 2012Link

Stephen, Ben and Kenny, a warm welcome to you all. Ben, feel free to register as a professional member. It will give you access to all 50 discussion topics.


Nick Weis
Wed 8 Aug 2012Link

Hey everyone!

My name is Nick and I'm a young filmmaker from Louisville, KY. For the last two years I've been working on my first documentary, The Potter's Field. -At face value it's a film about high school students who volunteer to give funeral services for homeless people. The film broadens its scope to explore how other cities dispose of their homeless (i.e. NY and Chicago) where there's an apparent lack of compassion in their methods. Throughout the film, the perspectives of the students are supplemented by homeless citizens who also provide insight into their own potential funerals, and whether or not they think anyone would actually come, or if they even care. The philosophy of the students and teachers is simple, "You come into the world being held and loved, and you should leave the world in the same way."

Here is a recent potential trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7I-9QrZcAc

I can't believe I'm just now finding out about this site, however, I'm excited to be here and I look forward to contributing all that I can!

Edited Wed 8 Aug 2012 by Nick Weis

Nick Weis
Wed 8 Aug 2012Link

In reply to Kenny Brown's post on Mon 6 Aug 2012 :

Kenny, just saw your trailer and... wow! Can't wait to see this! Awesome work.


Simone Nelson
Wed 8 Aug 2012Link

Hi D-List Community:

My name is Simone and I'm glad to be "here."

I bet I know some of you personally as well. I have worked for many film/media support organizations & Festivals in the SF Bay Area, for indie film studios, more recently co-produced a documentary (City of Borders) that premiered at Berlinale and am now working as a producer for filmmaker Tiffany Shlain's Moxie Institute working on the marketing & distribution of the 2011 Sundance premiering feature doc: Connected. (http://www.connectedthefilm.com). I'm currently running our Host A Screening Tour before we launch our DVD/online distribution in early 2013.

I also work as a producing, marketing, PR, distribution consultant and am on the Faculty of a digital filmmaking program at an Art Institute where I teach producing and acting for directors.

Love supporting mediamakers & being part of a supportive community in turn.


Doug Block
Thu 9 Aug 2012Link

Welcome, Nick and Simone. Looks like a great subject, Nick, best of luck with it. Simone, terrific work you've been doing with Tiffany on Connected. Very impressed with the outreach on it.

By the way, we're The D-Word, not D-List. While you can be notified about posts in any topic by email, we're not a listserve but an online discussion forum. Just wanted to make the distinction.


Jason Perdue
Thu 9 Aug 2012Link

Not the first time I've been referred to as D-List.


Jeremy Zerechak
Thu 9 Aug 2012Link

Hello D-Word:

My fair use attorney introduced me to the site (I know, kind of odd). I'm currently in the festival/exhibition circuit and shopping around my second feature "CODE 2600" (code2600.com).

It is so wonderful to see a real documentary community like D-List online. I'm based out of Pittsburgh but I am currently teaching film at OU while on a Masters scholarship. I'm looking forward to spending time on the site and meeting other doc makers.

Edited Thu 9 Aug 2012 by Jeremy Zerechak

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