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Issar Shulman
Wed 14 Jan 2009Link

good to see you Hilla!we will meet soon


Ben Kempas
Thu 15 Jan 2009Link

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Please welcome a new addition to the team of Hosts of The D-Word:

Marj Safinia.


Marj Safinia
Thu 15 Jan 2009Link

Thanks, Ben.

For those of you who don't know me I'm a long time member and contributor to The D-Word, although I don't post so often in the Public Topics. That will be changing :)

I'm also a filmmaker based in Los Angeles, having passed through New York, London and Tehran on my way here. I'm all about building community, which is one of the reasons I love documentary work, and so I'm thrilled to be welcomed as a new co-host in my favorite community of all.

I'm currently working on a new project, The Department of Expansion with fellow D-Worder and uber-DP, Nick Higgins and his amazingly talented producer/director wife Kristina.

Finally, I've just joined the Board of Directors of the International Documentary Association, so I'm looking forward to creating stronger ties between this community and the IDA in the months to come.

Big thanks to Doug, Ben and John for inviting me to join them as a co-host, and welcome to all our newer members and enthusiasts!


John Burgan
Thu 15 Jan 2009Link

Marj is a bundle of energy, a truly world citizen, a talented filmmaker, an inveterate networker, seems to have several projects on the go at any one time and still has oodles of karma and good humour to spare. We're delighted to have her join us as our Co-Host. Welcome, Marj!


Yung Chang
Sat 17 Jan 2009Link

Hello everyone! My name is Yung Chang. I made a film called Up The Yangtze. I'm a brand-new member here. The great Doug Block came to speak to us at the Canadian Film Center where I'm doing a residency. Thank you Doug for bringing me into this D-world. Also, Ben Kempas and I went searching for whales in Reykjavik in September but to no avail. Our tickets are good for a year. Next year right, Ben? I look forward to meeting, discussing and consuming.


Christopher Wong
Sat 17 Jan 2009Link

welcome, Yung! great to have you in the D-Word community... absolutely loved UP THE YANGTZE and it totally deserves all the acclaim it has received. personally, i especially appreciate a fellow asian american filmmaker getting notice in a world often devoid of non-white docmakers.


Doug Block
Sat 17 Jan 2009Link

So great that you made it to The D-Word, Yung. Hope you'll hang out here and post often. It was a privilege to meet you and talk to the group. The irony of being asked to share my insights and experiences with other filmmakers is that I probably learn a great deal more from the interaction than they do.

Be sure to let folks here know more about your current project, The Fruit Hunters, in the Works in Progress topic. It's a fascinating idea and I'm sure we can be helpful. Meanwhile, can't wait to see Up The Yangtze which I've heard only great things about.

Edited Sat 17 Jan 2009 by Doug Block

James Longley
Sat 17 Jan 2009Link

Welcome, Yung! I saw UP THE YANGTZE last year at the Varsity Theater in Seattle and was very impressed by it. Great to have you in The D-word.


Marj Safinia
Sat 17 Jan 2009Link

Welcome indeed. UP THE YANGTZE was breathtakingly beautiful. Good to have you here.


Ben Kempas
Sat 17 Jan 2009Link

A big welcome to the great dam builders from the great dam removers!

And yes, we'll need to claim those whale-watching vouchers. I hear Iceland is rather cheap these days...?


Sasha Andrews
Sun 18 Jan 2009Link

Hi

I'm a photographer retraining as doc director & looking forward to learning from this forum

Sasha


Doug Block
Sun 18 Jan 2009Link

Welcome, Sasha.


James McNally
Sun 18 Jan 2009Link

Hey Yung, nice to see you here! I didn't know Ben was in Reykjavik at that time as well. Ben, I hope you got to experience Yung's mad DJ skillz. My wife and I went whale watching as well and didn't see a thing, but seeing as she was seasick, I'm not sure we'll do the freebie. :)

By the way, Yung is a true gentleman, helping my wife and I get a lift home from a far-flung screening (a three-hour silent epic completely in Icelandic, no less!)


David Mcilvride
Sun 18 Jan 2009Link

Wecome Yung .. always nice to have another Canuck in the room.


Robin Das
Tue 20 Jan 2009Link

His Excellency DALAI LAMA had seen my film in the eyes of FREE SPRIT FILM FESTIVAL 2008. you don't miss it.log on to-www.Glimz.net
Go to documentary section, you can see the film :MAN,FREEDOM & GOD
38minute duration.


Roxana Ion
Tue 20 Jan 2009Link

Hello everyone. I have a question for doc fans: Have you ever heard about a company named CINE TV BERLIN? I am looking for a documentary produced by them around 1984, "Saxons in Transylvania" or "Transylvania's Saxons". I'm trying to find this film for a while so every information is really important for me. Thank you in advance.


John Burgan
Tue 20 Jan 2009Link

Maybe you should post this (with the original German title) to the German Association of Documentary Producers AGDOK


Thomas Righetti
Tue 20 Jan 2009Link

Hello! I'm new to this community, but looking forward to check out all features!! By the way, I do work at this: www.zeligfilm.it – and more specifically at this: www.esodoc.eu
see ya, t.


John Burgan
Tue 20 Jan 2009Link

Thomas, feel free to sign up as a Full Member

BTW I think one of my former students is still at Zelig, Francesca Scalisi!


Roxana Ion
Tue 20 Jan 2009Link

In reply to John Burgan's post on Tue 20 Jan 2009 :
Thank you for this information,John. I'll try to AGDOK.


Ian Campbell
Tue 20 Jan 2009Link

Hi all. I was referred here off another group, Doculink. I'm a director of photography who's been dabbling in docs for awhile now. I'm currently trying to figure out what to do with a travel show that I have just completed, www.iancampbelldp.com/NativeDestinations. I have 3 1/2 hr episodes ready to go but since my experience has been in production I have no connections with cable networks or any other types of distribution. I'd greatly appreciate any feedback or help with getting some sort of rep or agent.
That was a long winded intro but thanks for reading and I look forward to meeting people here.


Nigel Walker
Wed 21 Jan 2009Link

Ian, you might want to offer the clips as Quicktimes, as Flash only files are not as accessible.


Alexandra Lescaze
Wed 21 Jan 2009Link

Dear D-word members,

I am a documentary filmmaker AND the Executive Director of the Sidney Hillman Foundation which has been giving out prestigious journalism awards for 50 years. Broadcast is a (relatively) new category so I am trying to nourish it and hope that some of you fellow documentary filmmakers will submit. Criteria is your film must be about a social or economic justice issue and have been broadcast in 2008!

Please see our website: www.hillmanfoundation.org for more information and to see judges and past winners

thanks!
Alexandra


Alexandra Lescaze
Wed 21 Jan 2009Link

PS postmark deadline is January 31!


Marcia Pacheco
Wed 21 Jan 2009Link

Hi to all!

I'm a new member here in the D word and a new documentary filmmaker too. I mean really new! I'm finishing my masters degree in mass communication and my thesis project is a documentary on photography: My first child. I've made a living as a photographer and photography professor for the last few years which makes this new stage an extremely exciting one.


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