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Fel Blake
Mon 14 Oct 2002Link
I'm Fel Blake from Sydney, Australia, and I've accidentally started a
documentary production company. I have a slate of three at the
moment, an investor is waving money at me, I have a bit of equipment,
a lot of contacts and I've written scripts/ treatments for two docs,
but that doesn't change the fact that I don't have a clue!
I have a degree in film and work in the development side of the
industry here in Australia, but have little production experience.
I hope to commence production on my first Doc (DV, shooting in the
M.E.) next March.
Thanks for having me at this forum- I look forward to chatting with
you all, and learning from those better informed than myself!
- Fel.

Doug Block
Mon 14 Oct 2002Link
Hi, Fel. Congrats - having an investor waving money at you is FAR
more important than having a clue ;-)

Producing docs is 80% hard work and persistence, 20% good ol' common
sense. I'm sure you'll do just fine, but we're happy to help in
whatever way we can.

I suggest you join The D-Word Community: www.d-word.com/join

Alysa Nahmias
Fri 18 Oct 2002Link
Hi. I'm Alysa Nahmias from New York; currently producing and
directing a doc about the history and architecture of the National
Art Schools in Cuba (see www.ajnafilm.com). I'm a first time
filmmaker happy to be in dialogue with all these experts.

Bette Wanderman
Fri 18 Oct 2002Link
Hola!
Is this Cuba week or something?
I am Bette Wanderman and my film " A CUBAN LEGEND" just finished a
week's run at a theatre in New York. I literally just came back from
the theatre with the spoils which are, 2 movie posters, 3 trailers , 2
DVtapes and the tour de resisitance, a great The New York Times
review!. I hope to find some tips on distribution in other
territories and different media.

Best!
Bette
www.cubanlegends.com

Doug Block
Fri 18 Oct 2002Link
Welcome, Alysa. Nice to have you here. And kudos, Bette, and good
luck with the rest of the run. Hope the Times review opens some
(theater) doors!

Christina Thodt
Mon 21 Oct 2002Link
Hello all,
I'm putting together a proposal for a short on
girls and civic/public expression. Just starting the process actually,
and looking around for good resources/guidance. A workshop leader at
Women Make Movies in NYC recommended this forum, so here I am.
-Christina

Doug Block
Mon 21 Oct 2002Link
Well, you got a good steer, Christina ;-) Welcome to our virtual
corner of the world.

Una Halloran
Wed 23 Oct 2002Link
Hello to everyone on the forum,

I'm organizing a new networking group for NYC producers and directors
(both documentary and narrative film). The group focuses on bringing
together producers and directors in the independent filmmaking
community, with the goal of getting directors together with the right
producers for their project and vice versa. We'll be meeting on a
monthly basis, and our first event is this coming Tuesday, Oct. 29, a
cash bar Happy Hour at the Screening Room, 54 Varick Street, on the
2nd Floor Lounge, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. If you're interested in
attending or would like to be placed on the mailing list for future
events, send me an e-mail at digitalnyc@hotmail.com with info on your
previous or current projects, to facilitate introductions.

Thanks.

Mary Baldwin
Thu 24 Oct 2002Link
i'm a producer with our new doc company in California called
Pacific Rimshot . We have a development slate of several
shows, and I'm looking to meeting other filmmakers and sharing
ideas.

Robert Goodman
Fri 25 Oct 2002Link
doug block or ben should be along any minute to invite you to
join the professional side of this community.

welcome.

Doug Block
Fri 25 Oct 2002Link
Welcome, Una and Mary. I've mentinoned it any number of times, but
anyone with professional documentary experience is welcome to join The
D-Word Community: www.d-word.com/join.

Leslie Bielanski
Fri 25 Oct 2002Link
Hi there all. My name is Leslie Bielanski. I am President of LNB
Productions/IndieSource. I am a documentary filmmaker who started a
production company with my husband in January. We are documentary
producers who also rent digital filmmaking equipment. We were
recently at an IDA conference where we learned about this site. We
are excited to be a part of a this documentary community.

Syeda Abedin
Sat 26 Oct 2002Link
Hi everyone!
My name is Sy, and I am an forth year honours student studying in
Scotland. As part of my degree I am producing and directing a
documentry about Bengali dance. I discover this website by accident
and although most of you guys are halfway around the world, I feel I
can gain something from this site.
Cheers!

Ben Kempas
Sat 26 Oct 2002Link
Welcome to The D-Word, Syeda (and all other newbies!)

Most of us guys are half-way round the world, but there is the
occasional Scot in here (three in total, plus myself counting as
honorary one).

Where in Scotland do you study?

Jayasri Majumdar Hart
Wed 30 Oct 2002Link
Hi Doug--and Syeda!

I was trying to find an appropriate place to thank Doug for the Al
Maysles-Susan Froemke dialogue. A HUGE THANK YOU! After joining
early this year, I'd been too preoccupied with
equipment/funding/paying my rent etc. This reminded me why I was doing
all of the other stuff.

And of course I discover Syeda--a Bengali doing a project on Bengali
dance in Scotland. I am a Bengali from west of the Padma. What kind
of Bengali dance? Write me if you read this.

Doug Block
Thu 31 Oct 2002Link
Thanks, Jayasri. Nice to hear from you again and hope you'll find a
little spare time to join us more often on The D-Word Community.

Lots of people have expressed their appreciation for the conference.
We'll definitely try to do more like it in the future (though Al and
Susan are one-of-a-kind).

Syeda Abedin
Thu 31 Oct 2002Link
Hi Doug and Jayasri!

I am studying in Dundee, a little town about a 30 minutes drive away
from the capital, Edinburgh. As for the Dance documentry, I am
directing a documentry about the bengali community here in dundee,
and the dance school that has arisen from it. I'm looking forward to
producing and directing it, as this is my first major project , and I
will be glad to recieve any comments or tips!

Jayasri Majumdar Hart
Thu 31 Oct 2002Link
I was in Edinburgh many years ago but never made it as far as
Dundee. I look forward to seeing your doc, Syeda. I am sure your
University is putting you in touch with the doc community in the
U.K. You are lucky to have a lot of public support over there. I
have relatives in England and Wales--may be useful when the time
comes for distribution. Have you seen a Canadian doc called "Little
Red Dot" made by a South Asian woman? Not directly related to your
subject, but I just like the tone and style. I know she has a
website for it--see if you can take a look. Keep us posted on your
progress.

Ben Kempas
Thu 31 Oct 2002Link
Dundee 30 minutes away from Edinburgh?? Must be a different Scotland ;-)

Doug Block
Thu 31 Oct 2002Link
Syeda, any time you have a specific question just ask us in The
Mentoring Room. Good luck with your shooting.

David Mowbray
Sat 2 Nov 2002Link
Hi

My name is David Mowbray and I lead two related lives. After a career
as a science/environment journalist for the Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation (CBC) I moved into making and telling stories about
international development issues – especially science and environment
related in the worlds poorest countries. I have made one hour-long
documentary and many shorts. One -- "White Plague" -- was a finalist
in the educational category at the Yorkton festival a few years ago.
So my first life is as a filmmaker with my own small company based in
Canada called Baobab Productions Inc. My second life is as the Head
of Communications and Information at the International Institute of
Tropical Agriculture based in Ibadan, Nigeria, from where I am
writing this note. You can learn more about both my lives at:
www.baobab.net and www.iita.org (but only if you are interested :-))

Regards to all

Doug Block
Sun 3 Nov 2002Link
Hi David. I sound like a broken record, but you (or any of the other
folks who've signed in here and have professional experience in the
doc field) are welcome to join The D-Word Community:
www.d-word.com/join.

This is one of our public Forums, dedicated to special conferences
mainly.

Alfred Santana
Mon 4 Nov 2002Link
hi. my name is al santana. i've been making documentary films on and
off for 20 years. i'm looking for finishing funds for a doc. i'm
currently producing. this sounds like an interesting place to meet new
people.

Doug Block
Tue 5 Nov 2002Link
Yup. Of course, you'll meet a bunch of folks all looking for the same
finishing funds ;-) Welcome anyway, Al.

Hayley Peacock
Fri 15 Nov 2002Link
Hello,
My name is Hayley and I am a film, tv and theatre student from York
in England. I'm currently working on two super 8 films i have shot
and have made other amateur digital doc and drama projcts in the
past. Im really only starting out right now, but feel this site could
be a great way to learn new things from more experienced people and
hopefully meet some likeminded souls. Im actually in the states
right now on student exchange and have been making a doc on P-Town in
Cape Cod, a fascinating corner of earth if you dont know it. I have
posted a question or invitation rather to anyone who knows or has any
opinions on Nick Broomfield's work as I am compliing a
biography/analysis of his work as it is a personal favourite to me.
I would grately appreciate hints on where to research and open
comments and opinions.

Looking forward to conversing soon...
Hayley x

Doug Block
Fri 15 Nov 2002Link
Welcome, Hayley. Google search???

Hayley Peacock
Sat 16 Nov 2002Link
Hi Doug

I'm really interested in getting other filmmaker's opinions on the
self-reflexive controversial (if ones views it as controversial?)
work of Broomfield, his interview sytle, his ethical/unethical
approach....his choice of subjects..
Im not too worried about the facts as I can handle that bit of the
research pretty easily I think.

Thanks Hayley

Robert Goodman
Sun 17 Nov 2002Link
Broomfield's only subject is himself.

Laurie Trombley
Sun 1 Dec 2002Link
Hi everyone,

I just learned about this resource by joining up with DocuClub and
reading the December newsletter. I am very excited that such a forum
exists. My name is Laurie and I have been working on a feature-length
documentary with my partner Nyla for the past 3 1/2 years. It's the
first film for both of us--it's been trial and error; blood, sweat
and tears. We have been working out of pocket (hence, the 3 1/2
years) and are working towards locking picture in early January.
Since this is my first project and I do not have a film background, I
will be using this forum to get some advice and meet some like-minded
people with a passion for film. Cheers!

Laurie

Doug Block
Mon 2 Dec 2002Link
Welcome, Laurie. Hope to see you at the DocuClub screening tonight.
Good luck with your project and feel free to ask questions in the
Mentoring topic.

Laurie Trombley
Mon 2 Dec 2002Link
Thanks for the welcome Doug. I'll introduce myself tonight at the
screening. Looking forward to it.

Chuck Olsen
Tue 3 Dec 2002Link
Hello D-Word! I'm an indie filmmaker in Minneapolis embarking on my first
"real" documentary. I've dipped my foot in short docs and mocks, as well as
arty stuff and comedy. I'm doing a documentary on the subject of BLOGS
(short for web log) tentatively titled Blogumentary. I took a great doc. class
with Minnesota documentarian Melody Gilbert and she turned me on to D-
Word and Home Page, which I reallllllly want to see as it deals with similar
topics. I also work at the PBS station in the Twin Cities, so am fortunate to
have worked around a lot of documentary filmmakers I greatly admire.

I really loved the use of After Effects in "The Kid Stays In the Picture" and am
learning the software. It felt so fresh and fluid. I think the old "pan-and-scan" is
tired and documentary needs to be re-invented, and "TKSITP" shows one
possible path.

Cheers,
Chuck

Oh... my own blog is at http://chuckolsen.blogspot.com

Doug Block
Tue 3 Dec 2002Link
Good luck, Chuck. As the maker of Home Page, I'm curious what your
approach to blogs is. I'm trying to get a DVD release for Home Page,
and I keep telling the distributors that blogging has made the film
totally relevant again. We'll see if they believe...

Chuck Olsen
Tue 3 Dec 2002Link
Thanks Doug. I don't really know my approach yet. I know I want to cover a
good cross-section of personal blogs, political blogs, and community blogs.
How do you make people in front of a computer screen compelling? I'm sure it
will all depend on finding interesting people to talk about their lives and why
they blog, follow them around. I want to be very expressive and stylized with it,
so the aesthetics of each 'vignette' reflects their personality. I'm hoping to
enlist a D.P. friend of mine who can do a much better job of that than I. Home
Page on DVD -- I'd be your first customer!

Doug Block
Wed 4 Dec 2002Link
You got it! ;-)

Chris Walny
Thu 5 Dec 2002Link
Hi all. Just finished directing Detroit's first documentary film
festival - www.detroitdocs.org - and working on big, big plans for
next year! The enthusiasm level in this somewhat culturally starved
town is intense - the festival was an immediate success and seems to
have really energized local filmmakers. Yahoo! Yea for Docs!
Thank you to Michael Green, brilliant Floridian doc-maker, for
turning me on to this interesting forum.

Doc on!

Chris

p.s. Isn't the new Utne format just awesome? I bought 3 extra copies
for friends!

PGawn
Thu 5 Dec 2002Link
pgawn I am. making a coming of age doc about an 18 year old
girl, and her relationship with her transgendered mother. Both
mother and daughter are compelling, animated and dynamic yet
I find myself cautiously filming mostly the banal. I am a still
photographer with some dabbling in super 8 dramatic shorts
that happened to make the festival cicuit. This is my first doc an
I'm shooting it with the support of my post grad film course and
equipment on HD. The pressure to make a TV one hour slick
flick may be stiffling my creative impulse, plus I am working
entirely with a crew of student strangers who don't quite get my
intent or subject. Feedback and thoughts are welcome.

Doug Block
Thu 5 Dec 2002Link
Welcome aboard, Chris and PGawn.

Let's take your issue into The Mentoring Room, PGawn, but why not
work as a one person crew? Or two, at most? Why would you need more?

Steve Mennie
Mon 9 Dec 2002Link
Hello..

Greetings from the depths of South-central British Columbia in
Canada.I'm a newbie in the field of documentary film making having
spent he last 30-odd years as a painter and printmaker. But am
definitely moving into video as a medium and feel that a place such
as this forum will be invaluable as I do so. I promise to keep dumb
questions to an absolute minimum and am mainly interested in
exploring others' views and approaches to the art of documentary
film.

Doug Block
Mon 9 Dec 2002Link
Nice to have you here, Steve. Welcome.

Fil Sibley
Tue 10 Dec 2002Link
Hi fellow doc' lovers, I have been in the doc side of production for
several years, mostly digital productions, I am heavily into two
doc's- one is looking behind the scenes of the passions and souls and
emotions of women in the sport of Auto Racing.......and i've
researched and filmed many experiencers of either visitors and
sightings of crafts in the australia and tasmania area, my approach
is to let us know what the visitors want....I am currently accepting
all financial deposits to the bank account, I love to be paid to tell
compelling stories.....Fil the filmmaker

Doug Block
Wed 11 Dec 2002Link
paid to tell compelling stories... what a concept! me, too! welcome,
fil the filmmaker.

David Griggs
Fri 13 Dec 2002Link
Hello to you all!
I have just informed myself of this site through Docos and hope that
it will prove to be useful and interesting. I have recently finished
my first documentary short 30mins on miniDV. Shot entirely in a
remote community in Lesotho, Africa on the subject of Life and Magic!
I am keen to carry on with the production of high quality
documentaries using new media formats such as DV, pushing the tech to
the max. I think that DV has a lot to offer the film/video market in
production value terms especially as it involves smaller crews and
allows more local/subject participation and training. The challenges
are pretty enormous when takling essentially single person
productions,but the results can be increadibly satisfying. My first
project was filmed for my final work on the Visual Anthroplogy
programme at Manchester University at the Granada Centre for Visual
Anthropology. I am researching a number of film avenues now having
completed the course only 3 weeks ago! I need to keep up the
enthusiasm, especially as I have now found the career path that pulls
together my life strands so far! So, if anyone out there is keen to
explore Social Documentaries using Poetic aesthetics and
Observational approaches then please contact me, lets keep working
informing the audience! davidgriggs@gaia.org.uk

John Holman
Thu 19 Dec 2002Link
Hello!

I am a freelance lighting/ cameraman specializing in
documentary for film and television programmes. I am based in
the UK. Over the last 12 years I have filmed in Africa, Asia, South
America, and Europe.
I am excited to learn of a resource for fellow adventurers to
communicate with! Cheers...

Doug Block
Fri 20 Dec 2002Link
Hi, John. Hope you'll consider joining The D-Word Community, where
the discussions for doc professionals are ongoing:

www.d-word.com/join

Baz Gray
Sun 22 Dec 2002Link
Hello all or part thereof,
I hereby introduce myself as a person of sound mind and body dwelling
among similar sane and satisfied beings.
I live in the flatland of our fair land, the grandest of all lands
where the winters drain your courage to interact.
I write for pleasure and a higher purpose, but I need encouragement
and exposure. Need I say more? My cosmic philosophy will unfold as my
expressions engage the minds of others. May I be welcome?

Duncan Chinnock
Thu 26 Dec 2002Link
Hello all... I'm a fledgling doc maker working on a biographical film of my late
father. He was a writer/editor who died some 20 years ago. I was initially
approaching this as sort of a PBS style biographical film, incorporating photo's
and writing a VO narration that moved chronologically through his life. There
aren't really any living family members or friends to talk to though (besides an
ex-wife and children) so I don't have a lot of stories or biographical info that I
feel I need for this type of program.
I'm sort of re-thinking my approach now and considering doing a much more
personal, impressionistic film that would focus on my own memories and
feelings towards my dad. I'd love to hear any other thoughts or experiences
with biographical films that people have had. Thanks.
Duncan

Yoram Schaffer
Sat 28 Dec 2002Link
hello,
I'm a doc filmmaker from Israel and reached the site while wandering
around in the web, looking for someone to talk to about documentary
filmmaking. Documentary filmmaking in Israel is quite flourishing
through public funding, though we too (as everywhere else in the
world probably) have to fight for our existence as filmmakers. I'll
be happy to hear and read what other filmmakers have to say since I
don't attend int'l festivals and forums very often.
...And excuse my English, it's not my first language

Ben Kempas
Sat 28 Dec 2002Link
Your English is perfect, Yoram. As this is our public forum, please
make sure to check out our private conference for documentary
professionals as well. It's located at {LINK NOT IMPORTED}, and if
you want to join us (yes, it's free, as we are all fighting for our
existence), here's how to do it: www.d-word.com/join !!!

A big welcome to all new visitors at The D-Word.

Jay D Marlow
Tue 31 Dec 2002Link
Hello all,

My name is JD Marlow and I'm an independent documentary film maker.
I learned about this site through www.digitalvideodocumentaries.com,
which is a great site. I have been involved in making films for a
little over 2 years now. The project I'm working on now is a feature
length documentary called "Street Music". My web site has all sorts
of information about it. http://www.streetmusicny.com

I look forward to participating in these forums and meeting all of
you!

-JD

Doug Block
Sat 4 Jan 2003Link
A big welcome to JD, Yoram and Duncan (and happy new year)!

Duncan, I don't have experience with biographical docs but I do with
personal ones. They're very hard to do well and without coming off as
self-indulgent, narcisistic and all the other qualities the Charlie
Kaufman character accuses himself of being in "Adaptation."

Mainly, you need to ask yourself why a personal story about your
father would be compelling to a general audience. And I'd also add
that a little humor goes a long way, no matter how serious the subject
matter. Try not to be overly reverent (even though it's your father).

Jay D Marlow
Sat 4 Jan 2003Link
Doug,

Thanks for the welcome. On the note of personal documentaries,
you're exactly right. I just finished one about my own experience in
my first film festival. It was 25 minutes long and fun to put
together, however for a general audience I don't think it would work
very well. It is tough to make a personal doc suitable for general
audiences to watch. It is a great kick for me and my family, but
difficult for others.

You have to almost pretend like it's not about you, even though it
is. You also must constantly be deciding between what works for
yourself, and what works as a story for an audience. Good Luck!

-JD

Adele Schmidt
Wed 8 Jan 2003Link
Hello all, my name is Adele Schmidt. I am a German
documentary film maker, who lives since 2001 in Washington
D.C. My friend Erica Ginsberg introduced me to d-word and I am
happy, that I finally got here to introduce myself. I hope to start a
productive relationship with you.

I worked as an independent documentary film maker in Mexico
City for six years. I wrote, directed, produced and edited one long
format documentary shot in DV CAM and two short
documentaries in Super 16mm, released in 35mm. My films
focus on social issues: 'Juana's Journey' is about a young
women who lives in the streets of Mexico City. Her mayor conflict
is between being a mother of a three years old and hanging
around with her friends who live in the streets like her. 'Land of
Mennonites' is a long format documentary about the Mennonite
community in Northern Mexico. The mayor conflict here is the
question : What happens, when modernity enters in to a closed
community. 'The universe apart' is a short film about one of the
most famous Mexican painters Francisco Toledo.
In Mexico I was also a lecturer for documentary film making at
the filmschool (CCC) of the National Center of Arts . I loved to be
with the students, develop ideas of the new generation and try to
get the ideas to the screen. Documentary film making is my
passion, I love to discuss new tendencies in documentary film
making as well as to develop new ideas on how to get a
documentary to the audience.

In 2001 I moved to Washington D.C. and I am working now for
Journey Films in Alexandria as an Associate Producer on the
long feature documentary film BONHOEFFER, a film about the
German priest Dietrich Bonhoeffer who resisted the Nazi regime.
I will talk a little bit more about that film in your Sundance section,
because the film will be screened in three churches in Park City
during the Sundance Film Festival.

For now I will stop the introduction on my self and hope to enter
in discussion with you soon.

hasta pronto
bis bald
best wishes
Adele Schmidt

Doug Block
Wed 8 Jan 2003Link
Adele, welcome, but I think you're confusing the public D-Word Forum
with the private D-Word Community, where all the registered members
hang out.

Go to: www.d-word.com and click on the logo for The D-Word Community
("members log-in"). I suggest you re-post your intro above.

Adele Schmidt
Wed 8 Jan 2003Link
Thanks Doug, I would be happy to join the d-word community, but I am
not a memebr yet. So, what do I need to do?

Doug Block
Wed 8 Jan 2003Link
I took care of it, Adele. You're now a member. Look forward to
having you there - especially when we have our week-long online
discussion with the heads of EDN (European Documentary Network)
starting Jan. 27.

Adele Schmidt
Thu 9 Jan 2003Link
Thanks Doug, I am happy to be a member now. I am also a
member of the EDN, and I am looking forward to discuss the
different tendencies of documentary film making in the USA and
Europa.

Duncan Chinnock
Thu 9 Jan 2003Link
Thanks, Doug, for the post and I'm so glad to see that the D-word site is still
going strong. I first started following it as an outgrowth of your "Home Page"
project. Congrats to you and Ben for a helpful and supportive site!
Regarding my biographical film, I see two approaches to it. I can make a film
just for the family that provides a lot of factual information (dates, important
accomplishments & events etc.) Obviously, if the subject is not widely known,
there wouldn't be a broad appeal.
But what if I approached it more thematically? What if it became more of a
personal meditation, with pictures and music, that explored areas of loss,
roots and the foggy outlines of memory and family history? I guess the
success of a project like this would rely on what original thoughts and
observations I could bring to these subjects. And I agree, there MUST be
humor. Thanks again.
Duncan

Therese Shechter
Thu 9 Jan 2003Link
Hi everyone! I'm here because Doug (who always asks the tough questions at seminars and is therefore my hero) told me to join. I met him at Fernanda Rossi's inspiring Doctoring Your Doc workshop. My doc is called "I Was A Teenage Feminist" which is a first-person feature doc about rediscovering and reconnecting to the feminist movement today, whatever the heck it may be. And it's funny, at least I hope it is, but people do seem to laugh when they watch the trailer. I have bigger words to describe the project to potential funders (like socio-political), but you get the idea. This is my first doc, although I have worked on films for others and made some short shorts. I will be at Sundance volunteering at the House of Docs/Filmmakers Lodge so come say hi. t.


Doug Block
Fri 10 Jan 2003Link
Welcome, Therese. I'll be hanging out a lot at House of Docs (Jan
17- 22) so let's be on the lookout for each other.

Stephanie Davy
Fri 10 Jan 2003Link
Hello. I am Stephanie Davy, and I have a habit of thinking I can
do anything- just do it, and learn as you go. It's worked so far-in
the rest of my life, but reading these pages is scaring me.I'm on
Long Island, NY and wqould love to hear from other people who
have done this stuff by the skin of their teeth.
I'm planning on a documentary about 3 sisters who are amazing
musicians who play together, and normal kids from Long Island,
too. I'm planning on doing everything. Am I nuts?

Robert Goodman
Fri 10 Jan 2003Link
yes as you will find out. However, don't let that stop you. A lot of
nutty people (cause you have to be) make docs. I will say that
you'll save yourself a bit of trouble reinventing the wheel if you
connect with a few experienced hands, virtual or real.

Doug Block
Fri 10 Jan 2003Link
Actually, sounds like you already KNOW you're nuts, Stephanie. Which
is healthy. Or, as my daughter would say, "it's a conundrum."

Anyway, welcome to the nuthouse, Stephanie. You're in good company.

Stephanie Davy
Sat 11 Jan 2003Link
Thanks to both of you- any input you have is welcome!

Gioia Marchetti
Tue 14 Jan 2003Link
Hi, I'm Gioia and I work for a production/distribution company of non-
fiction programming in Rome. Glad to hear I can participate to the
forum on Jan. 27 and I look forward to "meeting" many of you on the
web.....
ciao,

Gioia

Ben Kempas
Wed 15 Jan 2003Link
Welcome, Gioia! This place is getting more and more international by
the day. People like you certainly qualify for {LINK NOT IMPORTED}
as well, which is our private forum for professionals. To join us
there, please follow the instructions on www.d-word.com/join.

Henrik Svanberg
Fri 17 Jan 2003Link
Hi,
I'm a doc.filmmaker/photographer working as an independent with some
work run on local PBS.

To Stephanie, You can do it all by yourself but maybe not
simultaneously. It helps to get a pro. on sound or camera. Good
luck. /HS

Erga Netz
Fri 17 Jan 2003Link
Hi there!
Looking forward to meeting you all at the next forum.
I'm a TV documentary producer, and I also develope other projects
such as game show concepts, sitcoms etc.
There's much info on myself, my colleague and our previous, present
and future projects on our web site www.antv.site.nl
See you soon!
Erga

Doug Block
Sat 18 Jan 2003Link
Welcome, Erga and Henrik. Nice to have you join us.

Dani Dion
Tue 21 Jan 2003Link
Therese, are you still kicking around? I checked out your website
today and read your Sundance journal...but you've left it hanging!
It's very funny stuff and I'd love for you to let us know when you've
posted more. It also sounds like your doc is going to be very
interesting, with a definite capacity for humour.

Lisa Russell
Thu 23 Jan 2003Link
I am a former relief worker who has, over the last 3 years, decided
to blend my development experiences and expertise with my keen
interest in sensitively portraying personal stories to address
international issues with a creatively urban appeal.

Currently, I'm producing and directing "Settling in Seattle" which is
a one-hour doc that highlights the stories of four refugee youth from
the Sudan, Kosovo, Vietnam and Iraq who have resettled in the Seattle
area. The film is part of a larger outreach campaign intended to
promote youth participation and the use of film/video, music and
multimedia as a means to educate the public about refugee issues in
the US for World Refugee Day. Politically, the project highlights
the work of the US resettlement program and how deeply it was
affected by the events of September 11th.

I'm hoping to use this forum to get feedback on the production and
promotional process of this film b/c I am already finding it a
challenge to integrate the "pressing needs" of the resettlement
community wihtout sacrificing the artistic merit of the film (meaning
not coming across too journalistic.) I'd appreciate and welcome your
inputs.

For those of you who are interested, more info about the project can
be found at www.refugeeyouthinamerica.com. Also, if you are in New
York, we are having an event on Feb 2nd that you are welcome to
attend. More info about the event is at
www.refugeeyouthinamerica.com/event.html.

Looking forward to challenging discussions with you all...

Doug Block
Thu 23 Jan 2003Link
Welcome, Lisa. For the kind of discussions you want, you should join
The D-Word Community: www.d-word.com/join. No need to email us your
background, since you just posted it.

W Keith Mcmanus
Fri 24 Jan 2003Link
Hello,

I'm a documentary still photographer and filmmaker with over 35 years of experience.
I now live in Western New York [Rochester]
My work has been mostly here in the U.S. with topics ranging from national politics, spring break, rural & small town life to AIDS (PBS doc "Mending Hearts, living with AIDS].

Keith

Doug Block
Fri 24 Jan 2003Link
Howdy, Keith. Make sure you use "autowrap" so you don't get one
looooong sentence.

W Keith Mcmanus
Fri 24 Jan 2003Link
I did...for some reason the auto-wrap was not applied to my post.

Ben Kempas
Fri 24 Jan 2003Link
With some browsers, like Opera, you need to manually tick the "Wrap"
box.

Marina Pereira
Sun 26 Jan 2003Link
Hallo
I've been searching for this kind of forum for quite some time and
was introduced to D-word by David Griggs.
Don't really know what to say to you now besides what's on my
profile so I'll let you check it ^_^

Doug Block
Sun 26 Jan 2003Link
Welcome, Marina. Please read the "reminder" above and join The D-
Word Community: www.d-word.com/join. We'd love to have you.

Connie Bottinelli
Sun 26 Jan 2003Link
Hi Doug, I just sent an e-mail for inclusion in D-Word Community.
The first thing I'll be looking for is assistance on my current
production "Map of the Missing". It's being shot in Bosnia
Herzegovina. I'm looking for a producer, shooter and news footage
source on the ground there to cover what's happening when I'm not
able to get there. Looks like I might find some leads here. Looking
forward to hearing what comes out of the EDN forum. I'm on a mission
to find it on this very active looking site! Best, Connie Bottinelli

Marina Pereira
Mon 27 Jan 2003Link
Already joined in. thanks

Adrian McCarthy
Wed 29 Jan 2003Link
Hi just got word of this today. Im based in Dublin, Ireland. I am
very interested in talking about some good US documentary distributors
who might be into the idea of taking on an Irish doc. Have made a few
award winning docs over here in recent years. Any pointers? thanks
and looking forward to hanging out h

Ben Kempas
Wed 29 Jan 2003Link
Welcome, Adrian. You might want to repeat this question in our
US/Euro conference with EDN that is currently taking place in topic
{LINK NOT IMPORTED}

If you are a professional yourself, don't forget to check out The D-
Word Community as well (see the note in the header of this page) ...

Erica Ginsberg
Wed 29 Jan 2003Link
And tell us more about your project here or there.

Charis Raya
Fri 31 Jan 2003Link
Hello! I'm Charis and I'm getting started in documentary
filmmaking. :-) i'm a student of the University of the Philippines
and I'm starting my thesis next school year. I'm hoping that joining
this forum could help in any way. I really would like to make a
documentary for my thesis, rather than the "safe" narrative like
everyone back here does. So that's pretty much it. Hope to hear from
you. :-)

Doug Block
Fri 31 Jan 2003Link
Welcome, Charis. I'm curious to know how you found The D-Word.
Anyway, glad we can help and feel free to ask questions in The
Mentoring Room topic, as well.

Katie Stack
Thu 6 Feb 2003Link
SILVERDOCS

LIFE
ARE YOU WATCHING?

June 18-22, 2003


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SILVERDOCS FILM FESTIVAL
ANNOUNCES ENTRY DEADLINE MARCH 1, 2003

ENTER ONLINE AT: WWW.SILVERDOCS.COM

JURY CHAIRED BY KAREN COOPER, DIRECTOR OF FILM FORUM


February 5, 2003 (Silver Spring, MD)*SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel
Documentary Festival is now accepting entries for its inaugural edition in the
summer of 2003. Created and sponsored through a unique collaboration
between the American Film Institute and Discovery Communications, Inc.,
SILVERDOCS will establish benchmarks for excellence in the international
documentary field.

Completed films must be submitted for consideration no later than March 1,
2003.

Between June 18 - 22, 2003, SILVERDOCS will celebrate, honor and
showcase approximately 60 films worldwide. The Festival will be held at the
newly restored, state-of-the-art AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in
downtown Silver Spring, MD.

Award-winning independent filmmaker Karen Cooper, Director of Film Forum
in New York, will serve as the chair of the SILVERDOCS Jury.

Renowned as a supporter of innovative world cinema, Cooper has been a
jury member for more than 15 international festivals, including the Sundance
Film Festival, the Napoli Film Festival and the Sarajevo International Film
Festival. She has also worked extensively with the Soros Documentary Fund,
HBO and the National Endowment for the Arts.

*SILVERDOCS is honored to have a person of Karen Cooper*s experience
and stature serve as Jury chair,* noted Nina Seavey, Festival Director. *Her
involvement is an indicator of the level of quality expected at this unique
Festival. Her participation immediately distinguishes SILVERDOCS as a
substantial and significant addition to the Festival calendar in its inaugural
year.*

At the awards ceremony on closing night, the SILVERDOCS jury will present
Sterling Awards to the most exceptional documentaries in competition. An
Audience Award will be given to the film that garners a strong popular vote
among Festival attendees.

SILVERDOCS is unusual as a film festival because of its exclusive focus on
documentaries, coupled with its proximity to Washington, DC. Because of its
location, in the center of news, policy and communication, the Festival is in a
unique position to engage filmmakers, international policymakers, journalists,
issue experts, elected officials and activists to explore and challenge issues
raised by selected documentary films.

Every year, SILVERDOCS will include several program strands covering a
range of concerns.
For 2003, programming strands include:

World View
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Inside Sports

For complete information regarding film eligibility, entry rules or an application
form, go to www.SILVERDOCS.com or contact SILVERDOCS at
301.495.6776, info@silverdocs.com, or via mail at 8633 Colesville Road,
Silver Spring, MD 20910. Submissions must be received by March 1, 2003.

SILVERDOCS is presented by the American Film Institute with the support of
sponsoring partner, Discovery Channel.

AFI is the preeminent organization dedicated to advancing and preserving the
art of film, television and other forms of the moving image. AFI trains the next
generation of filmmakers, coordinates nationwide film preservation efforts and
explores new technologies in moviemaking. AFI also presents the best of film
through the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival (AFI FEST); the AFI
National Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; and the annual
AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor given for a career in film. More
information about AFI can be found by visiting its Web site, located at
www.AFI.com.

Discovery Communications, Inc. is the leading global real-world media and
entertainment company. DCI has grown from its core property, the Discovery
Channel, first launched in the United States in 1985, to current global
operations in more than 155 countries and territories with over 830 million
cumulative subscribers. DCI's 33 networks of distinctive programming
represent 14 entertainment brands including TLC, Animal Planet, Travel
Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery Kids, Discovery Civilization,
The Science Channel, Discovery Wings Channel, Discovery Home & Leisure
and Discovery en Español. DCI's other properties consist of Discovery.com
and 167 Discovery Channel retail stores. DCI also distributes BBC America in
the United States. DCI's ownership consists of four shareholders: Liberty
Media Corporation (NYSE: L), Cox Communications, Inc.(NYSE: COX),
Advance/Newhouse Communications and John S. Hendricks, the Company's
Founder, Chairman and CEO.


# # #


Press Contact:*Katie Stack
***301.495.6739
***kstack@AFI.com

Doug Block
Thu 6 Feb 2003Link
Katie, this is for introducing yourself, not for promoting an event.
We'll make an exception in your case and not delete the post because
SilverDocs director Nina Seavey is a longtime D-Word member.

That said, it promises to be a great festival for docmakers, so good
luck with it.

Advait Bryers
Sat 15 Feb 2003Link
Hi from advaitji. I'm living now in the netherlands two years and
heavily 'in production' of a story of local heros. 'MY' subjects
seem to be 'The search for family' in all of it's variations and 'The
right to decide for oneself'. In england (where i come from) this
manifested as the documentary 'out of site' about travelers and
the rights of individuals to determine their own circumstances,
how they live, where and with who.

My current film is about a group of parents who get together to
share and organise their childcare, despite legal and other
restrictions.

My background is in commercials, digital effects and editing of
short videos, so i'm going to be looking for help and advice with
transfering these skills to longer formats - developing and
working with stories - proposal and script writing - also i'm
interested in how 'I' fit into the work i do - where am 'i' in the films
i make?

ok, enough intro for now - i want to read....

chears
advait

Ben Kempas
Sat 15 Feb 2003Link
Welcome to The D-Word, Advait. You are currently in our public forum
(orange background) which is mainly used for special events. It would
be great if you could introduce yourself in {LINK NOT IMPORTED} as
well, which is our ongoing private conference for documentary
professionals (blue background). Cheers!

Jill Freidberg
Mon 24 Feb 2003Link
I am a documentary filmmaker in Seattle just wrapping up a really
successful grassroots distribution of our feature documentary, This
is What Democracy Looks Like. I am starting production on a
documentary about the Mexican teachers' movement this spring.
Interested in finding Mexican and bilingual (englsih-spanish)
documentarians.

Doug Block
Mon 24 Feb 2003Link
Jill, welcome. I know you just registered for The D-Word Community.
This is the public forum. Not sure if you realize the diff. Anyway,
make sure to re-introduce yourself there:

http://cafe.utne.com/partners/bin/motet?enter+The_D-Word.Community

Tomas Leach
Thu 27 Feb 2003Link
Hi -
I'm a Doc Director in the UK.
I'm just in the final stages of a 25 minute Doc on the Last Mudhorse
Fishermen in the world.
Tried reading through as much backdated postings as i could; it's
all interesting stuff.
Cheers.
Tom

Doug Block
Thu 27 Feb 2003Link
it's even better here, tomas.


Jamal Ross
Tue 4 Mar 2003Link
Hello Everyone,

I stumbled upon this site in my journey for a truly informative forum
for the documentary producer.

Glad to be here...and best wishes to all...

-Jamal

Ben Kempas
Tue 4 Mar 2003Link
Welcome, Jamal! What's your own background then?

Mark Hamilton
Thu 6 Mar 2003Link
Hello all, independent documentary-maker joining from Canada. Mark Hamilton

Doug Block
Thu 6 Mar 2003Link
Welcome, Mark. Having just joined the community, you've introduced
yourself in the wrong conference. This is the public Forum (do Ben
and I sound like broken records?).

Go to: <http://cafe.utne.com/partners/bin/motet?enter+The_D-
Word.Community
>

Ben Kempas
Thu 6 Mar 2003Link
No, Doug, we certainly don't sound like broken records. Neither do
we put up big bold banner announcements telling people where to go,
nor do we explain the difference between The D-Word Forum and The
D-Word Community in our welcome emails to new members. :-)

Manuela Maiguashca
Fri 7 Mar 2003Link
Hello, I'm a UK documentary filmmaker interested in personal docs
that evolve over time. Am shooting one at the moment - a story about
becoming a parent. I'm due in 3 months and filming the labour as well
as the months before and after. I already have a two year old and the
film is a humorous look at how my daughter and the rest of us cope
with the arrival of the new baby. Was very happy to read Ross
McElwees remarks in the Art of the Personal Doc. Also working on
other doco projects - one based in Russia and the secret city of
Sarov.
Look forward to connecting with filmmakers through D-Word!

Ben Kempas
Fri 7 Mar 2003Link
Welcome to The D-Word, Manuela!

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