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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
Mon 9 Feb 2009Link

Hi,

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


Rob Jackson
Mon 9 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
Mon 9 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
Mon 9 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.


Doug Block
Mon 9 Feb 2009Link

Really, it's coming fast and furious, and great to have you all here with us!


Hannah Patterson
Mon 9 Feb 2009Link

Hi all,

I'm a UK-based documentary maker and film journalist. I have been working on a documentary about environmental racism in a community living around oil refineries in Texas independently for 5 years, and recently won Best Short Pitch at BRITDOC festival and money towards completion of the film. Myself and the director (photographer Zed Nelson) are trying to get funding to complete post-production to meet our April deadline so I've gone the IndieGoGo route. If anyone has any great blogger leads from people who'd be interested to know more about the topic, I'd gratefully hear them.

More info on the film and a three minute trailer at:

http://www.indiegogo.com/project/view/1276?iggref=IPJF_TTAG

Thanks
Hannah


John Burgan
Mon 9 Feb 2009Link

Hannah, with your credentials you're welcome to apply for full membership of the D-Word, which will give you access to all the members-only topics.


Joshua Koffman
Mon 9 Feb 2009Link

Hi there- found out about you guys from doculink. I'm a freelance television documentary director/producer/writer (Discovery, Nat Geo, TLC, etc.) who also produces indie docs on the side.


Sarah Switek
Mon 9 Feb 2009Link

Hello, My name is Sarah and I am a senior at Marywood University in Scranton, PA. I am working on a senior project which has developed into a documentary on people living with and/or affected by breast cancer. This will be my first documentary so I am a little unexperienced but I am also very excited. Anyone have any tips?


Doug Block
Mon 9 Feb 2009Link

Um, go to law school?


Doug Block
Mon 9 Feb 2009Link

Ok, just kidding, Sarah. We have so many people flooding the entrance gates here lately I'm getting a bit giddy. A warm welcome to one and all.


Wil Rumps
Tue 10 Feb 2009Link

Hello to everyone, I recently helped shoot my first documentary called “Hobocon”. The documentary is about our adventures as we go to Gencon (The worlds largest gaming convention) and hang with fellow gamers. This is the first doc to cover this culture that is not biased or geared at making fun of the subjects. We are very proud of that fact. We shot the film using high quality consumer level flip out mini-DV cameras. Nerds are a shy lot and we wanted to keep them as comfortable as possible. Sometimes all the proper gear gets in the way of the story. Now that we are in post-production I have been tasked with the job of getting the word out. Dose any one have any tips for me on this? Please check out our trailers on You-tube under “Hobocon”, they are pretty fun to watch.


Sam Proof
Tue 10 Feb 2009Link

Hi I'm SamProof – I'm starting a Documentary about an artist in Los Angeles who currently has no kidneys. He's work is amazing. I've pretty much just started. I'll be blogging about it at http://proofalist.blogspot.com/

I myself have worked the last few years in Reality TV, and have been saving up for a while so right now I'm financing the first stages of this film myself. In fact I'll be the whole crew, director, camera and editor. I've been making videos on youtube (http://youtube.com/samproof) for the past couple of years and building up for this project.

btw if anyone knows where I can find a group release and a contract boiler plate for my main subject please point me int he right direction. (I already have a standard release form)

so that's me. Hi folks.

-SamProof


Doug Block
Tue 10 Feb 2009Link

Welcome Wil and Sam.


Tami Yeager
Tue 10 Feb 2009Link

Hi! My dear friend, the illustrious Danielle Beverly, has been telling me for awhile now that my life will be dramatically improved by getting involved with the Dword. Now's the time! After a few years absorbed by producing my first indie doc called "A Dream in Doubt," I'd love to join the community. "A Dream in Doubt" was funded by ITVS, and had the fortune of airing on Independent Lens last May and was a part of Community Cinema. I'm happy to share any lessons from this experience and others. I've been involved in doc production for over a decade and have worked on lots of types of projects, for various broadcasters and organizations. I also work as a content and outreach consultant at Reframe (Tribeca Film Institute's digital distribution site). I'm developing some ideas for next films, and am thinking of focusing on a short.


Doug Block
Tue 10 Feb 2009Link

Howdy, Tami. Your life will indeed be dramatically improved shortly. Your IQ will increase at least 10 points, your teeth will get whiter and your breasts will, oh never mind. But the good news is The D-Word will be dramatically improved by your presence, too. Welcome aboard.


Tami Yeager
Tue 10 Feb 2009Link

Thanks for the welcome and for putting so much effort into this site. If you weren't behind bars, I believe I could actually test this theory about improved breasts. Alas, I'll have to wait and see how things go.


Christopher Wong
Tue 10 Feb 2009Link

what doug failed to mention is that breast size only increases in D-Word males who sit at the computer all day eating chocolates and fried food...


Tami Yeager
Tue 10 Feb 2009Link

Oh well, I guess the ladies in the house can hope for the IQ boost then! Nice to meet you Christopher.


Joe Moulins
Tue 10 Feb 2009Link

So THAT's what the "D" stands for!

I thought it was a film thingy.


Sam Proof
Wed 11 Feb 2009Link

Thanks for the welcome Doug. Looks like I need find a few days to just absorb this site.


Robin Das
Wed 11 Feb 2009Link

Hi,
I am making a documentary on peace feelings on lord Budha.
http://robindasichapore.blogspot.com can accept on blogs.or you can go to
http://youtube.com/robinfilmmaker


Piero Menor
Wed 11 Feb 2009Link

Hi,
My name is Piero Menor, from Madrid, Spain. I have just moved to NYC to find a position in the industry.
I´ve been working a lot during the last years in different non-proffesional projects including a documentary about my road trip around the USA. I also directed a tv show which was awarded with an Emmy to the Best Student Production.I am willing to work as soon as possible in NYC, and if its something very interesting, its posible even to work for free. Nice to meet you all.


Suree Towfighnia
Wed 11 Feb 2009Link

Greetings documentars,
I'm returning to d-word after a little hiatus and am happy to be among so many hard working professionals. I'm in Chicago now, but coming soon to a city near you.
If anyone is connected to events with social justice entertainment, look me up. I'm working on some things in Chicago, Arizona, California, NY with musicians/artists/activists/filmmakers...and would love to connect with people in other cities.
Also, we have a feature that aired on POV and ran the festival circuit, "Standing Silent Nation", if anyone has any educational outreach connections (university/high schools), we would love to hear from you.
Thanks and hope to connect soon, suree


Doug Block
Wed 11 Feb 2009Link

Greetings back at ya, Suree, and welcome to you, Piero and Robin. Connect away.


Monica Williams
Thu 12 Feb 2009Link

Hello everyone!

I'm re-introducing myself as I've been away for quite some time. I've been busy with some grant writing projects.

I have worked for the last few years developing a film based on the work of philosopher Susan Neiman and have recently finished a full-length film based on an interview with the author as she explains the concepts of her book Evil in Modern Thought. This was made following a request from a philosophy professor looking to teach her work and I'm now adding some finishing touches and hoping to distribute to philosophy professors and students. I am raising funds to make a film for a general audience which will use other philosophers, historians etc. and will focus on the meaning and relevance of Hannah Arendt's phrase "the banality of evil."

I am also beginning work on a film about Detroit's move toward urban gardening. I hope to show this in a larger context by focusing on the global food industry and the benefits of localized food production. I also hope to show some of the universal issues of a post-industrial city undergoing eco-friendly transformations. I will most likely be posting on this film as I have the one above pretty much figured out (at least I like to thing so :-)

I'm looking forward to jumping back into this wonderful community!


Barry Baldwin
Fri 13 Feb 2009Link

Hi to all,

I'm not (yet) a film maker nor work in the industry however I am taking evening courses with the intention of applying to a documentary film program here in Vancouver.


Doug Block
Fri 13 Feb 2009Link

Welcome back, Monica. You've clearly been a busy (and productive) one. Nice to know you'll finally be jumping in and posting. Hope it becomes a nasty habit.

Good luck with your doc studies, Barry.

Edited Fri 13 Feb 2009 by Doug Block

Brendan Cusack
Fri 13 Feb 2009Link

Hello all,

Just wanted to say a quick hello. I was looking up the previous projects of an editor and in googling I came upon the d-word. I can't believe I haven't been here before; this looks amazing!

I am a documentary editor myself having worked on two different socially conscious projects in the past few years. (When I Came Home & Skid Row.) I learned a lot from working on them and can't wait for the next feature length project. Check out the links below if you wish and hello again!

www.whenicamehome.com
www.skidrowthemovie.com


Ben Kempas
Fri 13 Feb 2009Link

Hi Brendan, we're delighted to have you on board.

Having been busy for a couple of days, I've just been swept away by a flood of new members here. What's happening?


John Burgan
Fri 13 Feb 2009Link

I have a feeling our new Co-Host Marj Safinia has been doing some networking and promotion...


Monica Williams
Fri 13 Feb 2009Link

Thanks Doug! I'll be working my way through all of the posts and jumping back in shortly!


Dustan Lewis McBain
Fri 13 Feb 2009Link

Hey guys! i live in montreal canada and i am a new member to D-word, so whats up? im looking forward to sharing ideas with ppl on this site and hope i can gain more info in this field and grow.i am studying in film and would love to work with anybody who is interested in docs, features etc...


Doug Block
Fri 13 Feb 2009Link

welcome, dustan. hope they're teaching you well.


Brendan Cusack
Sat 14 Feb 2009Link

Thanks Ben. I'm just getting acclimated to the site. This is really a cool thing; I love talking to other documentary people. While I was in New York on a project I found myself surrounded by a ton of documentary professionals, but in Los Angeles I'm a little out of the loop. Do you have any advice or particular topics you think I should check out to interact with West Coast doc people?


Brendan Cusack
Sat 14 Feb 2009Link

Oh wow, I just noticed that one of your hosts Doug Block worked on Esther Robinson's film about her uncle Danny and the Warhol factory. Esther was sooooo helpful on a previous project and we worked closely with her and her editor Shannon. I guess it truly is a small world...


Erica Ginsberg
Sat 14 Feb 2009Link

Welcome to all these new faces to D-Word. Look around and stay awhile. And a special shout out to Suree. I was the curator of the Council on Foundations Film Festival last year and your film was one of the selected films. I was very impressed by the degree of outreach you had already achieved with the film to non-traditional audiences and still talk about it with filmmakers who are just starting out. Hope you'll share some of your experiences maybe in the Distribution Topic.


Doug Block
Sat 14 Feb 2009Link

Brendan, good to have you here. Esther is one of my best friends and we go way back – she helped produce my doc Home Page, for which I created a running blog back in 1996 called The D-Word. In late 1999, when the film's distribution life started to peter out, The D-Word took a different turn . Funny how it all works out and, yes, it is a pretty small world.

Edited Sat 14 Feb 2009 by Doug Block

Ben Kempas
Sat 14 Feb 2009Link

Brendan, D-Word Members in L.A. meet all the time. I just got to witness a secret get-together yesterday. The Face 2 Face topic is always a start.


Suree Towfighnia
Sat 14 Feb 2009Link

Thanks for the welcome, all! And to Erica...that's great to hear. We wanted to go to the Council on Foundations, but it was a little difficult to make it, so thanks for the feedback. I'll check out the distribution topic boards and would be happy to share our experiences. We're still working on distribution (mostly university/foreign/small groups now), but I appreciate the thoughts you share (usually it feels like we're working in a little bubble, but your comments remind me of the unseen impact screenings have). Good luck to all, viva documentary!


Nels Bangerter
Mon 16 Feb 2009Link

Hey folks –

I've been lurking for a few months, but I figured it's time to make my membership official... My name is Nels Bangerter, I'm primarily a documentary film editor (freelance) and I just moved from D.C. to New York, so I'm looking to rebuild a little community.

I was the editor of "War Child," which won the Audience Award for features at Tribeca last year, and I just finished working on Joe Wilson & Dean Hamer's documentary "Out in the Silence", which I think might be familiar to D-Word members. And back when I was in Los Angeles (before D.C.) I edited "Cine Manifest," a feature doc about a memo-crazy 1970s San Francisco-based Marxist filmmaking collective that imploded because of overly contentious idealism and rampant "criticism/self-criticism." Hopefully no resemblance to the D-Word...

Thanks for having me.

- Nels


Ben Kempas
Mon 16 Feb 2009Link

How long did the San Francisco collective last? The D-Word has been around for nearly 10 years now. Welcome to the commune!

Edited Mon 16 Feb 2009 by Ben Kempas

Nels Bangerter
Mon 16 Feb 2009Link

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Mon 16 Feb 2009 :

1972 to about 1978 (depends on what you call the end) So the D-Word has it beat. What a relief!


Doug Block
Mon 16 Feb 2009Link

Good to have you aboard our overly idealistic collective of doc fanatics, Nels. Welcome.


Justin Fielding
Tue 17 Feb 2009Link

Hello!

I make documentaries and sad little comedies with a small team called Castparty Productions. I also did an experimental narrative feature last summer, for which I'm in the process of doing a director's cut.

We've begun periodic shoots of a local activist hero, for a doc that may or may not turn out to be feature-length, along with working on a feature-length musical. I guess you could say we're touching all the bases.


Doug Block
Tue 17 Feb 2009Link

Howdy and welcome, Justin. Sounds like you guys are a busy bunch.


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