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Welcome to The D-Word! Stop in and sign the guest book - let us know a little (or a lot) about yourself.

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Doug Block
Thu 19 Mar 2009Link

A warm welcome to Simone and Adam. Good to have you both here and leaping in.


Ben Kempas
Thu 19 Mar 2009Link

I saw I KNEW IT WAS YOU at Sundance and really liked it. Welcome, Adam!


Riley Morton
Fri 20 Mar 2009Link

SCRAPPLE is a personal fave of mine...


Mark Kendall
Fri 20 Mar 2009Link

Hey Simone...good to see you on here!


Adam Lichtenstein
Fri 20 Mar 2009Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Thu 19 Mar 2009 :

Many thanks, Doug.


Adam Lichtenstein
Fri 20 Mar 2009Link

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Thu 19 Mar 2009 :

That means a lot, Ben. And thanks for having me.


Adam Lichtenstein
Fri 20 Mar 2009Link

In reply to Riley Morton's post on Fri 20 Mar 2009 :

Thanks, Riley. SCRAPPLE's my favorite too.


Ruby Yang
Sun 22 Mar 2009Link

Hi everyone,
This is Ruby Yang from Beijing, my home/work base for the last 5 years. Relocated from San Francisco in 2004, I am still fascinated by Beijing and the rest of China.
Thomas Lennon, my colleague has been telling me about this site. Glad I am now part of this professional community.


Doug Block
Sun 22 Mar 2009Link

Welcome, Ruby! I've known of you through Tom for many years now, so it's great to finally have you joining us here. I guess modesty prevented you from mentioning the documentary short Oscar you and Tom won last year for "The Blood of Yingzhou District", but not me.


James Longley
Sun 22 Mar 2009Link

Hi Ruby – good to see you again, if only virtually.


Athanasios Palos-Papantonopoulos
Sun 22 Mar 2009Link

In reply to Ruby Yang's post on Sun 22 Mar 2009 :
Ruby halo,
please, keep me in mind in case you come along with medical video footage.
Regards
A.Palos


Richard Eisenstein
Mon 23 Mar 2009Link

Hey Documentary community. I am Rick Eisenstein of Los Angeles and I am working on a documentary about the mortgage meltdown leading to the the foreclosure fiasco.


Rob Ferguson
Mon 23 Mar 2009Link

Hello, all!
I'm very new to the documentary production process. I am helping a friend raise money to realize his dream of making a documentary questioning the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Edgar Allan Poe against the backdrop of the socio-economic and political realities of 19th century Baltimore.
He's been working on this for well over a decade now, and has a very detailed and well-thought plan, in addition to some participation arrangements with successful documentary filmmakers, so I am confident in the "bedrock" of the written materials and accounting data upon which I am building our funding strategy.
I am familiar with fundraising for social service agencies, higher education, and the visual arts, but this is my first foray into documentary film and it looks like there are significant aspects of documentary funding that are unique to the discipline.
I've found some solid information online and even a few leads worth pursuing, but would definitely be grateful for any wisdom and advice I could gain from those more experienced than I.
Most notably-what are good ways to get leads/ideas/contact information for organizations that issue grants for documentary films (particularly those focusing more on the American history and/or literature fields)?
Thanks for any guidance anybody should provide!


Lynn Casper
Tue 24 Mar 2009Link

Hello!

I am merely an amateur who is just getting into filmmaking. My real passion lies in Social Media. I am the Social Media Strategist for a nonprofit organization called Working Films. We work with a lot of documentary films and help create audience engagement strategies so that their films can really have an impact on the social issues they are about. I am really interested in seeing how filmmakers are using social media to get the word out about their films and to engage their audience.

Are there any filmmakers here who have been using social media tools in their film campaigns?


James Longley
Tue 24 Mar 2009Link

In reply to Richard Eisenstein's post on Mon 23 Mar 2009 :

Rick – sounds interesting. Just make sure to include a montage of a baby carriage rolling down steps.


Doug Block
Tue 24 Mar 2009Link

Welcome Richard, Rob and Lynn.

Lynn, you might want to browse thru the Marketing and Distribution topic, where a number of filmmakers are discussing social media and networking tools (most lately, Angela Alston).


Jody Hassett
Tue 24 Mar 2009Link

Greetings,

I'm a reformed network news producer who has spent the past 2.5 years shooting in India, Pakistan and W. Africa for a broadcast-length doc called SOLD:Fighting the New Global Slave Trade. It's about three courageous people who defy death threats, carry out daring rescues and challenge powerful interests in the battle to end child slavery in the 21st Century. It's not another film about what's wrong with the world, it's a film about a Christian, a Hindu and a Muslim who are kicking butt and making a difference. (I'm still trying out my loglines ... as you can guess).
Mira Nair has just signed on to be our narrator and we are working with several NGO's on our outreach campaign. I'm navigating the foreign broadcast sales world right now and look forward to the wise counsel of those who have already trod this thorny path ....

Jody Hassett Sanchez


Jody Hassett
Tue 24 Mar 2009Link

Okay, I already screwed up. Was trying to insert that odd picture into member slot. Figured I'd let you guess which one is me. – Jody


Thomas Lennon
Tue 24 Mar 2009Link

far and away the best self-portrait in the dword to date – welcome Jody, and glad to see us spicing things up


Thomas Lennon
Tue 24 Mar 2009Link

and Ruby, greetings across the Pacific


Doug Block
Tue 24 Mar 2009Link

Jody, clearly you're the one humping the column, right? Smart undercover disguise, I say. Good luck with your film, sounds kick-ass, for sure. And welcome to The D-Word.


Jody Hassett
Tue 24 Mar 2009Link

Yeah, that's me. Same outfit I wore while filming in central Pakistan. Got several requests for the head cover.


Brian Lio
Wed 25 Mar 2009Link

Greetings everyone,

My name is Brian Lio, and I am excited to have found a community of so many established documentary filmmakers. I just recently got into this space about a year ago when I founded a small production company with my friends and left a job in marketing to see if we could strike out on our own and make something work. I had not so much as held a camera when this whole thing started, so it has been quite the whirlwind learning process for me along the way.

We have been shooting a weekly documentary reality show called Jet Set Zero that follows the lives of a core cast as they attempt to start from nothing and fund their travels around the world living, working, and interacting locally.

Our goal is to try and tell the stories of what it is like to really live in a culture though personal experiences, and show that it an accessible dream to everyone by having a cast that funds themselves and opening the finances. We have been filming and releasing content for the past 9 months and have been shooting in Seattle, Saigon, Bangkok, Tokyo, and now Seoul. Its been an amazing experience and I am lucky to have a great team to learn from.

I look forward to getting feedback from everyone here and learning about what it takes to make a documentary series really successful. You can check out my work at www.jetsetzero.tv.

-Brian


Doug Block
Wed 25 Mar 2009Link

Hmmm, great content + great promotion = successful series. As long as we don't talk about funding, how's that for a formula, Brian? Anyway, sounds like a great idea and loads of fun (if you're young). Welcome to The D-Word.


Girish Sharma
Wed 25 Mar 2009Link

Hi Everyone,

I am an aspiring filmmaker (is there a word like "aspiring filmmaker"?). I haven't done any productive work yet. I was looking for some guidance to start and do it. Can someone suggest which camera (new or old) we need to making short movies? Any other suggestions for aspiring filmmakers? :)


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