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Michael Fagans
Tue 3 Feb 2009Link

Thanks Doug.

David, apparently I did not pay the photographer enough.

Used to live right near Kingston, Ontario and climb at the Shawanagunks. The cool part about Cali is now I can get to Yosemite and just visited Galen Rowell's gallery in Bishop.


Evan Schlossberg
Wed 4 Feb 2009Link

Hi all,

I'm a new doc film maker who just completed Thom Powers' documentary production class at NYU. There I not only had the pleasure of having Doug Block as a guest lecturer but I also learned of The Stranger than Fiction series where I recently saw Upstream Battle by Ben Kampas, so it seemed only natural to come and sign up for D-Word next.

Right now I'm working on my first doc about the little known but widespread influence of two men who in 1991 made a series of predictions about major social trends and events to come (specifically including events such as the current financial crisis) which have since turned out to be surprisingly prophetic. At the time they published their predictions, Newt Gingrich called their book "an intellectual tour de force" and Al Gore called it "the most stimulating and politically relevant book on American history that I have ever read” and sent a copy of it to every member of congress. (I’m really looking forward to explaining this more and getting as much feedback as possible in the Works in Progress section here.)

While working on that I’m trying to earn a living as an assistant editor Avid/FCP (I own my own Avid system) and also trying to earn extra money by doing transcription by voice with Dragon Naturally Speaking dictation software. It’s not something I want to be doing full time but it’s so much faster than regular transcription that when I used it recently during an internship on an Obama documentary everyone there told me it was so much faster and better that there would really be a good market for it in doc films.

Anyway, I hope this intro wasn’t too long but I'm looking forward to meeting some really interesting people here and getting some great feedback and advice on making docs.

Cheers!

Evan Schlossberg


Ben Kempas
Wed 4 Feb 2009Link

Thanks for coming to the STF screening and welcome to The D-Word, Even. (I will spell your name like this until you get my surname right.) ;-)


Doug Block
Wed 4 Feb 2009Link

Good to have you here, Evan. Congrats on surviving your course with that notoriously ruthless taskmaster, T Powers.


Evan Schlossberg
Wed 4 Feb 2009Link

D'oh! Sorry about the typo Mr. Kempas. And yes it was rough suffering under our friend Thom's vicious whip all semester so thanks for the sympathy Doug.

And thank you both for the welcome!


Ben Kempas
Wed 4 Feb 2009Link

I forgive you. I don't know what it is, people either make me a "Kampas" or "Kempers". But somehow they never make me "Kampers". :-)


James Longley
Wed 4 Feb 2009Link

or "Happy Kampers"


Yixi Villar
Thu 5 Feb 2009Link

Hello everyone.. My name is Yixi Villar and my partner and I are looking to fund our documentary, "Life In The Balance" . It highlights the work of two cutting edge doctors and their patients. These doctros are changing the face of cancer treatment in America, they are saving the lives of people who have been sent home to die at the hands of doctors from some of the leading cancer centers in America.   
We are looking to raise $100,000. For a number of the grants out there we need to have a non-profit status, does anyone know of any grants that don't have that criteria?
Please help, Thank you

Edited Thu 5 Feb 2009 by Yixi Villar

Marj Safinia
Thu 5 Feb 2009Link

Yixi, welcome. The traditional workaround is to find a fiscal sponsor, an organization that has non-profit 501(c)3 status that agrees to collect funds you raise in exchange for a percentage that they take for themselves. This allows you to pursue grants that require non-profit status, usually for about 5%-6% of what you raise. There are a number of organization that offer it, include the IDA or Public Media Inc. or IFP New York


Laura Kissel
Fri 6 Feb 2009Link Tag

Hello out there,

I'm currently living in Shanghai, China and at work on a documentary about cotton and globalization. I'd like to meet any D-word folks and documentary filmmakers who are living/working in Shanghai or nearby provinces (Chinese or expats of all stripes). I'm building up my network here and would like to know more filmmakers, film venues, etc.


Doug Block
Fri 6 Feb 2009Link

Welcome, Laura. I have a good friend (she's Chinese) doing doc work but she's in Beijing, so not sure if that's helpful. If you want to get in touch anyway we can take this to email.


Anne Goodfriend
Fri 6 Feb 2009Link

Hi I am a young filmmaker; new on the scene and looking to investigate these types of community sites as an outlet for... anything really. Just want to gain experience and learn from others...


Doug Block
Fri 6 Feb 2009Link

Glad you discovered us, Anne. Great to have you here.


Laura Kissel
Fri 6 Feb 2009Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Fri 6 Feb 2009 :

That'd be great, Doug. Your friend may have suggestions about Shanghai– people, places, etc. I'll also travel to Beijing this spring. Will you email me details?

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Michael Barnitt
Fri 6 Feb 2009Link

I am happy to find you guys, it looks like an interesting site. I'll be glad to answer any sound questions you might have.


Doug Block
Sat 7 Feb 2009Link

Welcome, Michael. Hope to see a lot of you in our Sound and Music topic. Laura, I'll be in touch soon.


Carl Thelin
Sat 7 Feb 2009Link

Laura Kissel encouraged me to sign up. I'm a Shanghai-based Shooter-Director, working on a hodgepodge of documentaries, TV commercials, and corporate image films.


Thomas Rigler
Sun 8 Feb 2009Link

Hi, Marj Safinia encouraged me to join...
I'm a TV and new media producer with strong ties to the documentary community and serve on the board of the IDA. Just helped rebuild documentary.org there.


Doug Block
Sun 8 Feb 2009Link

Welcome Carl and Thomas, but you're only halfway there. Feel free to sign up for full membership to get access to all of our discussion topics.


Anita Womack-Weidner
Sun 8 Feb 2009Link

Hi,

I'm Anita Womack, a documentary producer in Brooklyn, NY. I heard about you guys from Doculink.


Rob Jackson
Sun 8 Feb 2009Link

Hi,
I'm Rob Jackson and I've been bitten by the documentary bug. My first and only project to date is "Tracking Patagonia," a doc shot in Patagonia that is currently in post-production (I'm associate producer and co-cinematographer.) To keep it short, I'm here to learn, share and be an active part of the documentary world! Looking forward to it...!


Jennie Stenhouse
Sun 8 Feb 2009Link

Hi Everyone My name is Jennie Stenhouse and all though I come from a Computer science background I have found my self and my calling in documentary film. I am currently working my first job in the industry as an editor, camera chick and production assistant but long to do my own films ( I have a couple of my own projects i am tinkering away on ) . I found the sight through docu-link I to am looking forward to learning sharing and being an active member of the community.


Nilankur Das
Sun 8 Feb 2009Link

Hello, this is nilankur, work in a new media studio www.cultureunplugged.com We provide online space to showcase, promote and cross pollinate ideas of film makers of SE Asia, Middle East and Africa. Hope to have a meaningful alliance with like minded friends/Film Makers.


Gerard Laplante
Mon 9 Feb 2009Link

Hello, this is Gerry and I am currently working on my first doc, about an extraordinary self-taught artist from Birmingham Alabama. I learned about the d-word through doculink, and look forward to participating in the community.


John Burgan
Mon 9 Feb 2009Link

It's a documentary avalanche! Welcome one and all.


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