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Doug Block
Tue 24 Feb 2009Link

... and Tristan and Steven. Welcome to you all. So you know, Steven, you and Whitney each need to register as inidivuals if you decide you want to become full members .


Amy Kaye
Wed 25 Feb 2009Link

Top of the mornin' to you all from Dublin!
I am a full time media student originally from South Africa. I am specialising in documentary making and am currently in post-production on my first short documentary about Judaism in Dublin. I am very excited to have found this forum – hope to hear from you soon!
Cheers!
Amy


Shima Razavi
Wed 25 Feb 2009Link

Hi everyone,

I am a budding documentary director/producer/entrepreneur. Recently I've decided to focus my career towards (mostly made for TV) educational/informative/socially relevant documentaries. I would like to create my own production company that develops and produces programming for the likes of NatGeo, Travel, History Channels, etc... I have no idea where to get started!! I would really appreciate any insight from anyone in this field.
thanks!


Thomas Lennon
Wed 25 Feb 2009Link

Hi I'm Tom Lennon (Thomas Lennon in writing, as in credits.) I've already had an introduction of sorts – Doug Block said, "Tom Lennon is a good friend, and a D-word member who never posts." Fair enough. But I want to get the D-word habit, because I'm stunned by how vigorous and helpful the conversation is. I've been a documentary filmmaker for a long time – started out indie, then to ABC News in the eighties when people like Marcel Ophuls were there, Alan and Susan Raymond – then out on my own, where I did a lot of work for Frontline and the American Experience that I was v. proud of. In the last five years, I've had one foot in documentary, and the other in ...what to call it... public service media, I guess – Ruby Yang and I did a lot of AIDS awareness spots in China, the first such campaigns ever aired in China. I want to keep a foot in both worlds if I can...that's me. Looking forward to ducking in and out of this conversation.


James Longley
Wed 25 Feb 2009Link

Thomas and Ruby also took home an Oscar for their work in China, as he humbly fails to mention.


Andy Schocken
Wed 25 Feb 2009Link

Welcome, Amy, Shima, and Tom! Tom, I believe we had a few drinks together a few years ago at the Bohemian beer garden. Maybe once the weather warms up a bit, we should revisit that idea...


Doug Block
Thu 26 Feb 2009Link

Yes, welcome Amy and Shima. And Tom, what can I say? Winning an Oscar is certainly quite an accomplishment. And getting you to finally post on the D-Word is perhaps my finest accomplishment. Welcome aboard, matey!


Erica Ginsberg
Thu 26 Feb 2009Link

Welcome to all the new members and enthusiasts.

Amy, I did a study year abroad at Trinity a long time ago and it was the only time where I ever really connected to my faith of birth – perhaps because it was the only time where I felt like such an obvious minority. Look forward to hearing more about your documentary and knowing more about the state of Judaism in Dublin today.


James Longley
Thu 26 Feb 2009Link

Tom – whatever happened with your film, "Tongzhi in Love"? I saw a screener of it last fall and thought it was a complete knockout. Has it been playing festivals?


Steven P. Kennedy
Fri 27 Feb 2009Link

Hi, I'm Steve Kennedy and I've got a small problem. I'm pitching a fire safety & environmental video in Santa Cruz, California and there's one Steve Kennedy who works for a County Supervisor as an aide and another Steve Kennedy who works in the data communications department at UC Santa Cruz. I think both of these guys live in Soquel. I got the feeling the town ain't big enough for all three of us.....so whaddya think I call myself "Hollywood" Kennedy so people get the picture? Your flaming comments are welcome in the GuestBook at
http://www.canonbal.org . Wish me luck on my funding proposals and keep the cameras rolling.


Ben Kempas
Fri 27 Feb 2009Link

Steven "Picture" Kennedy?


Doug Block
Fri 27 Feb 2009Link

John F?


Joe Moulins
Fri 27 Feb 2009Link

Steve Kennedy, Your Video Remedy?


Thomas Lennon
Sat 28 Feb 2009Link

James, Doug, Andy: Thanks for those greetings and all those good words. I'm actually writing from True/False FF, where "Tongzhi in Love" is playing. We were short-listed for the Academy Awards, so we had a v. good shot at a nomination (8 films on the shortlist) but we didn't make the cut. now we're sending around to FF. The 30 minute length makes that hard. I love that length – as a viewer, I love watching shorter work, esp for documentary – but to market it is really tough.


Doug Block
Sat 28 Feb 2009Link

Market it? You pick up the phone and say "Sheila darling, how are ya?"


Jack Trau
Sun 1 Mar 2009Link

hi my name is Jack and i am living in israel and going to try to work on ideas for making docs here and about this area. i hope it all works out and hope to make a doc on skydiving as well.


Robin Das
Sun 1 Mar 2009Link

Hi,
I am an Independent Filmmaker seeking co producer for my projects.
you can find my work at
http://youtube.com/robinfilmmaker
http://robindasichapore.blogspot.com


Ben Kempas
Sun 1 Mar 2009Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Jack and Robin.


Doug Block
Sun 1 Mar 2009Link

Ditto. Good to have you both here.


Brett Story
Mon 2 Mar 2009Link

Hi everyone,
My name is Brett Story, I'm a documentary filmmaker and journalist recently relocated to brooklyn from montreal. I'm currently working on a film about the paralysis of petrochemical workers in an industrial city south of Toronto in response to a major epidemic of cancers – a study, really, in post-industrialization and alienation.... I'm also working on a series of experimental super8 docs about cities. some of them are up at www.brettstory.blip.tv. anyway, great to be here, and looking forward to getting to know the forum....


Jenn Cherry
Wed 4 Mar 2009Link

Hi,
My name is Jennifer Cherry. I teach writing and use videography/photography as an escape from reading student papers. I've decided to stop gazing longingly at all the documentaries being made by others and try to make a short one of my own. I've secured permission from my kids' school and parents to follow the track team this season. I'm kicking around some ideas as to what I want to focus on, so hopefully I'll get it figured out soon--the season begins tomorrow! Most likely, I'll be flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants this go around. I'm sure I'll be asking lots of questions as I get further into this little venture.


Doug Block
Wed 4 Mar 2009Link

welcome to the d-word, brett and jenn. glad you found us.


Craig Mcgillivray
Wed 4 Mar 2009Link

hi,
I used to lurk out here a lot,but never really had much to contribute, cause I wasn't working on a movie, and jeez, the regulars here can answer pretty much any question that gets posed. I've been off in the wilderness for a year or so and now I'm working on two movies at once. They are both about music. One is half in the can, the other is a collaboration about a defunct punk band with hundreds of fans that I'm organising over a popular social networking site. The second one is really snowballing out of conrol as I type.
So my days are shooting interviews and using the crap out of he razor tool in FCP, scrambling to pay rent in the bay area, and now spending time with you fine folks here on the d-word.


Doug Block
Thu 5 Mar 2009Link

hey, we're all scraping by in here, craig. glad to see you come out of the lurker's darkness and into the light of day.


Juergen Czwienk
Fri 6 Mar 2009Link

hi,
I am a new member and hopefully this will be a inspiring forum for me.
Greetings from Wiesbaden


Doug Block
Fri 6 Mar 2009Link

Greetings back at you, Juergen. Welcome to the always-inspiring D-Word.


Erica Ginsberg
Fri 6 Mar 2009Link

Welcome all. Love the photo, Craig.


Ben Kempas
Fri 6 Mar 2009Link

Hi Jürgen, funny, I was in Wiesbaden just four days ago, at Bewegte Zeiten. Do you know them?

Anyway, it's nice to see the "Reelisors" slowly trickling in... Welcome!


Juergen Czwienk
Sat 7 Mar 2009Link

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Fri 6 Mar 2009 :

Hallo Ben. Ich habe von Bewegte Zeiten gehört, aber auch Wiesbaden ist nicht so ganz klein. Ich arbeit seit einigen Jahren mit einem Studio in Mainz zusammen, denn dort kann ich so lange schneiden, wie es nötig ist. Derzeit bereiten wir uns auf den Umzug in eine Scheune vor, damit alles etwas gemütlicher wird. Bon weekend JC


Faraz Mohammad
Sun 8 Mar 2009Link

Hi, My name is Faraz Mohammed, I am very new to Documentary film making. and I have recently moved to India from NY and I will be in India for few months. I am looking to meet with some documentary film makers and get some experience. I will appreciate it if anyone can introduce me to people working making documentaries in the Indian subcontinent.


Juergen Czwienk
Sun 8 Mar 2009Link

In reply to Faraz Mohammed's post on Sun 8 Mar 2009 :

Sorry, but Inda is not on my screen. I only will have a film in Jaipur for the film festival in july. Juergen


Ben Kempas
Mon 9 Mar 2009Link

Juergen – If you're referring to the post right before yours, there's no need to use the "in reply to" line. We only do that when linking to earlier posts. Everything else is an ongoing conversation.

Faraz – Welcome. You can connect to other Enthusiasts and Members of The D-Word by using the People link on the top of the page, and then searching for India.


Michelle Ferrari
Mon 9 Mar 2009Link

Hello to all. I'm an NYC-based filmmaker, currently making the leap from writing and story editing to directing, and ever so slightly nervous about it. I confess that I generally tend toward the Luddite and non-virtual, but a good friend of mine, who is an active and zealous member, told me D-Word "rocks" – and after trolling around a bit, I'm inclined to agree with him. Looking forward to getting to know you.


Doug Block
Mon 9 Mar 2009Link

Same here, Michelle. We do tend to have a fair share of F2F's in NYC, often built around the Stranger Than Fiction series on Tuesday nights at the IFC Theater. So speak up if you're thinking of going and I'm sure more than a few members will be happy to interact with you non-virtually. In the meantime, welcome aboard.

Edited Mon 9 Mar 2009 by Doug Block

Nick Verbitsky
Wed 11 Mar 2009Link

Hi guys,

I'm working on a feature length doc on the collapse of Bear Stearns and am in post-production on 2 TV docs focusing on male vics of domestic violence as well as an investigative piece on Polygamy. Along w/my little brother, I run Blue Chip Films in CT.


Mark Kendall
Wed 11 Mar 2009Link

Hey everyone,

I'm usually more of a reader than a poster when it comes to "virtual" communities, but this site seems really awesome. So, in the spirit of full disclosure, I'm a documentary filmmaker currently based in Nashville, TN. I started shooting docs while living abroad in Bolivia during my time in graduate school, and my first film about a network of indigenous filmmakers there had some successes on the festival circuit so I've managed to keep my momentum and continue pursuing stories that interest me. I was the personal videographer for Wynonna Judd for a while, and now I'm doing some work with the Nashville Film Festival. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all better, and maybe even crossing the digital divide...


Nicola Lees
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

Hi
I've worked in factual TV for 10 years, mainly specializing in developing science/history/lifestyle programmes for channels in the UK and USA. I'm now running TV Mole, which is a website dedicated to helping people originate, develop and pitch their non-fiction shows.


Ben Kempas
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

Nicola – welcome to The D-Word, and please see my comments on TV Mole (great name!) in our Discovery Campus: Docu Series discussion. And please turn yourself into a Member already, will you? :-)

Mark – great to have you on board. I guess I'll see you in April during the Nashville Film Festival then? (Nashville deserves all the credit for making Al Gore watch my film...)


Ben Kempas
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

Oh, and Nick, I didn't mean to overlook you (maybe you should upload a picture, haha). Welcome to The D-Word.


Annette Strauch
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

I grew up in the middle of Germany. The fall of the Berlin wall was one of my most memorable experiences 20 years ago because I lived close to the border in the west.

I come from the cherry area around Witzenhausen / lovely cherry-blossom in the spring!

"We perceive what we want to perceive" – it depends which pair of glasses we are wearing, as the German saying goes!

I love colourful cupcakes, latte macchiato (medium) with spoon-firm froth, bara-brith, lamb in Wales with mint sauce and good quality tea (Sahnetee). I love web 2.0 and my iPodtouch with good podcasts like audiobooks.

I believe in skills: you cannot have studied history only really – and then work in marketing or so. I was taught good quality work and education was too a high standard. I am interested in – and have studied psychology and neurolinguistic programming (discover your own potential!).

I support Nordic-Walking and Mountain-Walking in Wales.

I set up a good exhibition in my favourite Library, the SUB in Göttingen: http://www.sub.uni-goettingen.de/archiv/ausstell/2008/wales.html.

I belonged to the German Society when I lived in Cardiff.

I love Cardiff, London, Glastonbury – languages, cultures. I love the sun! I never mean to do any harm. People cannot take criticism sometimes – but it is their problem. I have experienced this in Wales (with some national institutions unfortunately). Trust is important – the chemistry has to be good and relentless honesty is important. I need – like every person – someone who tells me that some of my ideas is rubbish. I appreciate it – better than agreeing all the time – this has nothing to do with being rude (guerrilla marketing principal also).

Achievement means a lot to me – but not getting stressed. I never got certain jobs b'cause I am no "arse-licker"; a word and meaning I learnt in Wales. I have been into blogs for a while now, bookmarking / tagging, brand monitoring (MINI), content aggregation, crowdsourcing / voting (Starbucks), discussion boards and forums, vents and meetups, microblogging, video, photosharing, podcasting, presentation sharing, PR, ratings and reviews (Qype). I work to get sponsorship.

Combining culture with IT – this is my interest. I belive just IT is nothing, it is just technology – you still want to read the classics and books that are kept in the libraries. If you don't – I do ;-). I like the art of giving and helping! About me – in one sentence: Very happy!

Some Links: http://www.mrdgallery.com/
http://www.wiki-goettingen.de/index.php?title=Annette_Strauch

N.B.: Mark and I are interested in professional film-making (we have good equipment). Wales offers great locations. You can film here very well.
Photography and film-making go very well together. I have studied Visual Anthropology (Georg-August Uni Göttingen) when I chose the subject "Europäische Ethnologie" in which I have a degree.

Edited Thu 12 Mar 2009 by Annette Strauch

George Kachadorian
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

My name is George Kachadorian and I've beem working for nearly a decade on my latest feature documentary "SHOOTING BEAUTY"– selected to kick off the 2009 Full Frame Film Festival. Also playing in April at IFP/Phoenix Film Fest and IFFBoston.

Check out the brief trailer at our facebook page to see what I've been doing up here in my little NH studio...:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=71146290201


Doug Block
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

Greetings to all the new Members. George, much congrats on having your premiere be the Full Frame premiere, that's pretty awesome! Now be sure to take the next step and sign up for full membership . Annette, now that's an awesome introduction!


Tina Flemmerer
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

George,

I just saw the trailer to your film, it is amazing. I can't wait to see it. Are there any plans for the film to come to New York anytime soon?


Mark Kendall
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

Thanks Ben...I'll be there all week, so we'll definitely cross paths. Congrats on your film.


Sean Flynn
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

Great trailer George, and I love the tagline "Everyone deserves a shot." Hope to catch you and the film at IFF Boston!


Joshka Wessels
Fri 13 Mar 2009Link

Dear all, my name is Joshka Wessels, I am a eco-documentary maker based in the Netherlands. My background is in visual anthropology and geography (yes, I have a PhD in that...)I have been a member of D-Word since 2007 when I was based in the UK but just didn't get round to properly introduce myself! I have been working a lot on climate change, water and middle east issues lately. Attached is a list of broadcasts and screening in 2009 of 5 different films I made. You can see my showreel on my youtube channel www.youtube.com/joshkawessels

Have fun !


Ben Kempas
Fri 13 Mar 2009Link

Welcome, Joshka. Pretty cool list!


Joshka Wessels
Fri 13 Mar 2009Link

thanks, Ben


Doug Block
Fri 13 Mar 2009Link

Glad to have you finally posting, Joshka. Though now I can see why, you've been quite a busy boy. Much congrats.


Joshka Wessels
Fri 13 Mar 2009Link

hi doug, thanks, busy girl you mean...I know confusing hey, Joshka can be both....:)


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