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John D. Williams
Mon 11 Mar 2002Link
Welcome to Dominic and Jennifer!


Doug Block
Mon 11 Mar 2002Link
Jennifer, read up on grants for docmakers. Going the grant route is
probably best for first-timers if you have a social issue your
exploring. Otherwise, you probably have to get it off the ground out
of your own pocket.

Joel Bach
Fri 22 Mar 2002Link
Hello everybody,
My dear friend Sarah George, who some of you know, finally kicked me in
the butt hard enough to get me involved in The D-Word, and I'm glad she
did. This looks like quite an interesting place to convene, share
ideas, collaborate, commiserate.
I'm a TV doc producer living in New York. Recently, my company, which
was contracted by MSNBC to produce bios and specials, let go 95% of its
employees, including myself. So I join the ranks of the unemployed.
I look forward to seeing what y'all are up to.
Thanks,
Joel Bach

Doug Block
Fri 22 Mar 2002Link
Hey Joel, I think you meant to post this in the private D-Word
Community. To do that, go to www.d-word.com and click on "members
log-in".

Doug Block
Fri 22 Mar 2002Link
Doesn't mean it isn't nice to have you here, too :-)

Robert Goodman
Fri 22 Mar 2002Link
yes - this space needs some activity too. Perhaps a billboard on the
Verazano?

Doug Block
Fri 22 Mar 2002Link
Or we could just chat a while, RG...

Robert Goodman
Mon 25 Mar 2002Link
sure thing. A private conversation in the public forum.

So - SPC is even slower to make decisions than I'd heard. Two weeks
and counting to schedule a screening.

I'm going to be in NY on 5/18 for WIF chapter - doing a moderator
thing.

Michelle Byrd
Mon 8 Apr 2002Link
Just signing on. Michelle Byrd, Exec Director, IFP/New York. Looking
forward to joining the group.

Doug Block
Tue 9 Apr 2002Link
Glad you were able to navigate your way in here, Michelle. We're
simplifying the registration process and should have it up and running
by Thursday when the Virtual Doc Conference press release goes out.
Folks will just need to go to: www.d-word.com/register.

Jayasri Majumdar Hart
Thu 11 Apr 2002Link
Hi, fellow documentarians!

This is one of the best things the International Documentary
Association got me into. I signed up for the International Marketing
of Docs cyber-conference at the end of the month, but am going to be
staying on, I think. Some will recognize my first name as being from
India; the second was acquired through marriage--which brought me to
Los Angeles. For those who want to know more, let me include my
website URL. http://home.earthlink.net/~jayasrihart.

Expect to run into some old friends and make some new ones!

Doug Block
Thu 11 Apr 2002Link
Hi Jayasri, thanks for posting. I'd welcome you, and any other
documentary professionals to join our private D-Word Community. For
more info, go to: www.d-word.com/community.

David Brown
Thu 11 Apr 2002Link
Hi folks, I just joined. I'm a docmaker from San Francisco who's
been producing and directing social and environmental issue docs since
1971. I also teach documentary filmmaking at City College of San
Francisco. My most recent doc, SURFING FOR LIFE, profiles older
surfers in their 70s, 80s and 90s. You can check our web site at
www.surfingforlife.com. I look forward to being in touch and learning
from y'all (Texas friends). Kindly, David L.

Doug Block
Fri 12 Apr 2002Link
Welcome, David. Feel free to fill out a Personal Profile so we can
find out more about you and your work (by clicking on your username).
To do so, click on the Settings button at the top right of the page.

Hans Pfleiderer
Fri 12 Apr 2002Link
I need support ,sales ideas and possible collaboration to
complete a documentary which is on its way already.
Let me introduce you to my project.:

MOONWATCHER - The Documentary
MOONWATCHER is a 90-minute documentary made for
theatrical release and adapted for the television format.
Space. Time. Nature. Technology. Art. Destiny…
After four painstaking years of production, Stanley Kubrick’s
"2001, A Space Odyssey" finally hit the screen in April 1968. This
extraordinary spell-binding tale of human evolution and destiny
evokes the great mystery of mankind’s existential search, and
his ultimate quest for self-realization.
2001’s ‘Dawn-of-Man sequence’, featured the alpha-ape
character of "Moonwatcher", the creation of performer/artist, Dan
Richter, "Moonwatcher" and his tribe are doomed to extinction.
Then, he picks up a bone, uses it as a tool and ultimately crafts it
into a weapon of destruction.
The pivotal sequence remains one of the most lurid and
provoking visual metaphors in cinematic history.
Artist Dan Richter collaborated with some of the most influential
and creative minds of the day. Andy Warhol, Arthur C. Clarke,
John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Allen Ginsberg and Kubrick himself
were among his peer group. These writers, artists and
performers used their art as a vehicle to strike at the very core of
the status quo.
In MOONWATCHER Dan Richter plays host to a vibrant
examination of the post-world war years of the 1960’s, the age of
radical query, and the role of artists in stretching accepted
paradigms that challenged and transformed ideas, we travel
through the decades of discovery, pop culture, space travel,
globalization of corporate monoliths, capitalism, consumerism
and the vanished enemies behind the iron curtain.
Re-think the human condition as you are invited into the
nature-drenched environment of science fiction author Arthur C.
Clarke and the urban world of avant garde artist and musician,
Yoko Ono.
MOONWATCHER - The Documentary, explores the artistic legacy
of Kubrick’s profound commentary, and of those artists whose
creative output defined their generation and future perspectives.
As the catalysts for true examination their expressions reveal
profound insights as to our ultimate purpose on earth.
Hans Pfleiderer
DIRECTOR / PRODUCER

Tracy Heather Strain
Fri 12 Apr 2002Link
Hi. I have finally visited and remain excited about participating.
I'm currently a Boston-based filmmaker, and the producer of the
recently-completed ADRIFT, a lyrical film about an Irish-American
cameraman and his late father's expectations for success. I'm
finally back to work on SWEET DREAMS: THE DONUT MOVIE. Later, Tracy

Doug Block
Sat 13 Apr 2002Link
Welcome, Hans. Tracy, I remember quite well meeting you at the IFP
Market. Hope our paths will cross again soon. In the meantime, happy
to get together here.

Mike Allan
Sun 14 Apr 2002Link
Hello again all - I say "again" as I was a member briefly when the
forums were located elsewhere. Since then I have completed my first
documentary - (last spring) the history of my daughter's school as
seen through the eyes of three former principals and several former
students from the 1920's until the 70's. I'm gearing up for HOT DOCS
here in Toronto, so once again as it becomes spring, my mind begins
to wander to documentary thoughts. I'm putting together a couple of
projects which I am hoping will get done this summer. In the meantime
I've also become the editor of a print magazine for the video
production industry here in Canada on a part time basis. As well as I
am still working at a post facility. Not going to leave the post
facility as they have been very supportive of my foray into doc
making and also of HOT DOCS (we are a sponsor for the second year in
a row). I'm really looking forward to HOT DOCS this year and I hope
some of you make it up. If anyone is coming up to TO let's hook up!

Ben Kempas
Sun 14 Apr 2002Link
Welcome back, Mike. I've added you to the members list of our private
forum {LINK NOT IMPORTED}.

Sorry for the erased postings, I couldn't get the link to work ...
it's too early here. :-)

Roger Sewhcomar
Sun 14 Apr 2002Link
I'm an experienced documentary and dramatic film maker. i am looking
for advice on a series of documentaries for TV networks in the US. I
have a foreign distributor but this programme is about Transsexuals
and their personal lives. Who in the US would be the best channel to
approach.

Ben Kempas
Sun 14 Apr 2002Link
Welcome to The D-Word Forums, Robert. Sorry I can't answer your
question, I'm one of the Euros in here. In our private forum for
documentary professionals, {LINK NOT IMPORTED}, we have dedicated
topics about distribution. Check out www.d-word.com/community for
access. Membership is free.

Doug Block
Mon 15 Apr 2002Link
Roger, HBO just loves transsexuals. In fact, anything with "sex"
somewhere in the subject matter ;-) It might be appropriate for POV,
on PBS, too.

Ben Kempas
Mon 15 Apr 2002Link
Hm. Why did I call him Robert? As if we didn't have enough Roberts in
here already!
I am sorry, Roger.

Marcia Raymond
Mon 15 Apr 2002Link
Hello. I'm new here, and, I'm still exploring the site...
I produce/direct documentaries: two on lupus
[one on PBS, the other
being pitched to Lifetime], and a doc on NY
women art dealers for A&E Networks...
other projects in the works as well.

Ben Kempas
Mon 15 Apr 2002Link
A late-night welcome from Munich, Marcia!

If you like the taste of The D-Word Forums, you will be delighted to
join {LINK NOT IMPORTED} as well. How to? www.d-word.com/join

Doug Block
Tue 16 Apr 2002Link
Ben, perhaps you could place a header on the top right (opposite The
D-Word Forums logo): JOIN THE D-WORD COMMUNITY (link to d-
word.com/community)

I tried but got confused with stuff that's already there (but isn't
showing).

Isn't it fascinating what D-Word co-hosts say to each other when no
one's around? ;-)

Ben Kempas
Tue 16 Apr 2002Link
I thought I had already done something like that and you had erased it ...

Ben Kempas
Tue 16 Apr 2002Link
Hah! It only was an HTML mistake, here it is again. I added a "join"
line to it.

Susan Levitas
Tue 16 Apr 2002Link
I'm a documentary producer/director based in New Orleans. I'm also
the Vice-President for Programming for the New Orleans Film Festival.
This year, we have introduced a special category for documentary
submissions in our competitive division. We will select several to
screen at the festival and we'll award a jury prize for best
documentary. I really want to increase our documentary presence. So,
send us your stuff! Download our application at
neworleansfilmfest.com The early deadline is June 1, 2002 and the
final deadline is July 1, 2002. Our fest runs October 10-17, 2002 and
we treat filmmakers very well!

Ben Kempas
Tue 16 Apr 2002Link
Welcome to The D-Word Forums, Susan!

Doug Block
Tue 16 Apr 2002Link
Thanks for letting us know, Susan. Ben or I will be sure to post
this annoucement in our Documentary Festivals topic in The D-Word
Community.

Wish my new film was ready to submit. Love your city. Love that
Cafe du Monde.

Ben Kempas
Tue 16 Apr 2002Link
Same thought at the same time, Doug! I already posted it there.

Great to see how this place is filling up. Is it the buzz about our
upcoming Virtual Doc Conference with Jan Roefekamp of Films Transit?
Tell us, what made you newbies aware of The D-Word Forums?

Judson Davis
Thu 18 Apr 2002Link
Greetings......I'm a 42 year-old documentary filmmaker from Los
Angeles, one who is happy to be aboard to tap into the experiences
and insights of others in the field.....

Doug Block
Thu 18 Apr 2002Link
Nice to have you here, Judson. Care to either fill out a Personal
Profile (click on Settings button on the top right) or tell us a bit
more about yourself?

Sami Kallinen
Thu 18 Apr 2002Link Tag
Hello. Im a finnish documentary filmmaker based in amsterdam and who
recently took the leap from print journalism into films. Currently
working on a portrait of an 'insane' and completely isolated juggler -
an urban hermit here in Amsterdam who has just finished coding his own
operative system for pc.
Also researching for a piece about an artist who is building - together
with Technical University of Delft - a mobile art center to be shipped
around the globe from the deserts of Egypt to Greenland to Surinam.
Read about D-Word in an old Dox issue...

Ben Kempas
Thu 18 Apr 2002Link
Welcome to everyone! Sorry for my ignorance, but is "Sami" a female or
male name?

Sami Kallinen
Thu 18 Apr 2002Link
Oh, don't be sorry... Should have indicated it myself. "Sami" is a male
name.

Doug Block
Thu 18 Apr 2002Link
Welcome, Sami. I urge you to join our very international D-Word
Community: www.d-word.com/community. Currently 400+ members from 22
countries. Finland would make it 23 ;-)

Robert Salmaggi
Fri 19 Apr 2002Link
As a former agent for music, film and television, I am now a
producers rep. I look forward to learning more about the market for
documentaries and becomming involved with documentary filmmakers here
in the US and in the international community.

Doug Block
Fri 19 Apr 2002Link
Welcome, Robert. Care to share what films you've repped for?

Noam Shalev
Sat 20 Apr 2002Link
Hi,
I'm a documentary director/producer living in Israel, and I run
Highlight Films, that produces documentaries for the European &
American markets and documentary series for National Geographic.
These days we produce two one-hour long doumentaries about last year
of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, filmed from both sides of the
conflict.

Doug Block
Sat 20 Apr 2002Link
Great to have you with us here, Noam. I may sound like a broken
record, but we'd love to have you join our private community for doc
professionals. Just email me your username and password:
d-word@d-word.com

Randall Blair
Mon 22 Apr 2002Link
Hi. I'm a professor of film and video at american univesity in
washington DC. I produce and edit docs as well as short narrative
films and a bunch of stuff for nonprofits. A lot of my doc work has
been in eastern europe, mainly the czech republic. I just finished a
four part series for pbs video on learning disabilities. I teach
producing, directing and scriptwriting for our undergrad and graduate
students. I found your site through a mention on the mediarights site.

Doug Block
Mon 22 Apr 2002Link
Great to have you here, Randall. Thanks for posting.

Whippo Harrison
Mon 22 Apr 2002Link
Hi, I'm a student of Visual Anthropology at CSU-Fullerton. My aim is
to bring anthropological theory to documentary films. Two other
students and myself have founded a little production company to do
subject-centered docs. We have only finished one and would
appreciate advice on just about anything from anyone. How's that for
open to suggestions?
(heard about this salon from IFP)

Doug Block
Mon 22 Apr 2002Link
Welcome, Whippo. Love that name!

Ahmed Saeed
Tue 23 Apr 2002Link
Hello i am new here and i am making my first doco.. about music in
contemperory music in the republic of maldives..... i am currently
doing my research thats how i got here. looks like a great
place...will check back in soon see yous

Doug Block
Tue 23 Apr 2002Link
Good luck with your film, Ahmed. Music docos actually do relatively
well in the international marketplace, so there's cause for optimism.

Check back in often.

Lonna Malmsheimer
Tue 23 Apr 2002Link
Hi
I am a professor of American Studies and Community Studies at
Dickinson College and have co-produced and edited three docs so far.
I am interested in all aspects of video production.

Doug Block
Tue 23 Apr 2002Link
Welcome, Lonna.

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