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Graeme Orr
Wed 1 Apr 2009Link

Hello Everyone,
My name is Graeme Orr and I was born in England, grew up in Australia and now live in Canada. I am finishing of my first feature length documentary at the moment. I am very glad to have found this site. I live in a kind of creative bubble. Been working hard on my doc which I am producing, directing, writing, shooting and editing on my own. I love the art forma nd have a subject I am very passionate about.

My film, 'Road to Nirvana' is about how a chance meeting with a humanitarian has changed my life for ever. It was kind of lost. Knowing only that I wanted to learn more about the world and had dreams of using my passion for Documentaries to somehow positively impact the world. Then I was shooting for the local news one day and had to interview a man who builds schools and orpahanges all over the world and bring medical aid to those in need. He still holds down a full-time job and helps his wife run a business. At first I didn't know what to expect but the more time I spent with him I realised he was the answer to a lot of my personal neds aswell as proffessional ones. We travelled to Kenya, Egypt, India, Nepal and Sudan on crazy adventures to see some of the poorest people on the planet. It didn't take long for me to realise how spoit the western world is. I came back from each trip a little different. With a new perspective. I knew I had to make this into a feature and get as many people as possible to see it. I was extremely fortuate and now I feel it is my duty to spread AShid (my subject) message. 'In helping others lies the true significance of living'.

The drama and arch of the story revolves around Ashid's realization that he isn't getting any younger and after 30 years he needs to find some way of making his society survive after he is gone. After being a humble man who did very little self promotion he now realizes he must bring a new generation into the mix so when he is gone it won't all fall away. That is were I come in. Together we are taking his message to the world from the point of view of some one who at first had no really understanding of what he was talking about to now dedicating what has been 2 years of my life on fulfilling what I believe to be my duty or calling if you like.

WOW!! I really can rant on about this project.

Long story short (kind of) .. that's what I am doing at the moment. We have one shoot left in Cambodia and possibly another in The Dominican Republic. I'll be at Hot Docs in Toronto at the end of the month trying to learn the pitching process and aiming to meet the people who can help get this story out to the world.

I look forward to interacting with fellow passionate documentary filmmakers here at The D-Word. I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions for you all. I also look forward to researching some of your films so I can pick your brains even more about specifics. This site is just what I need. Wish I had found it sooner.

Graeme


Doug Block
Wed 1 Apr 2009Link

Great to have you here, Graeme. Like with Ariel, feel free to sign up for full membership here ...


Regan Brashear
Wed 1 Apr 2009Link

Thanks, Doug. I'll be sure to check it out.


Doug Block
Wed 1 Apr 2009Link

Regan, it's really great to have enthusiastic, fresh young blood infusing The D-Word. So jump right in to any forum without hesitating. We'll all be the better for it. And that goes for everyone who's registered recently or lurking out there in the dark. We simply don't exist without your posts. No questions too unenlightened. No sharing of experience we don't welcome wholeheartedly.


Regan Brashear
Wed 1 Apr 2009Link

Thanks for sharing that, Doug, (I especially liked that part about being referred to as a "young" blood). =)

It can seem intimidating to chime in with questions and thoughts sometimes, but I'll give it a go! I'm sure I'll have lots of unenlightened quandaries to pose along the way that may, if nothing else, amuse the wiser, more experienced ones among us. Maybe they'll take pity on me and share some insights...? ;)

Thanks to Mikal Jakubal for getting me on here!


Christopher Wong
Thu 2 Apr 2009Link

hey regan, you must know Renee Tajima-Peña pretty well, yes? she's my Executive Producer for my film WHATEVER IT TAKES. Renee was a big help to me (and continues to be) – hopefully, you've been able to get some good documentary instruction from her...


Regan Brashear
Thu 2 Apr 2009Link

Hi Chris, That's great Renee is your Executive Producer. I did get to know Renee well and learned a great deal from her. What a fabulous woman and gifted filmmaker/storyteller! Your film sounds really interesting, by the way. Sounds like an incredible journey making it too.


Mike Thomas
Thu 2 Apr 2009Link

Hi everyone. I'm really pleased to have found this site and looking forward to connecting with other documentary filmmakers.

I'm fairly new to the industry, having been thrown in at the deep end on a project in Thailand about AIDS orphans. The children are from a small rural village and are preparing to take part in an opera in Bangkok. They are being taught by an American composer and musician and filming has been on-going for the last 18 months.

My biggest concern at the moment is to do with releases. I know there is plenty of information available on the subject but it isn't always very clear. I have full permission to film the children, but there are obviously countless other adults appearing throughout the film. I understand that everyone who is interviewed must sign a release. What I'm less sure about is other people who appear in the shot.

When I speak to Americans they always say that everyone should sign a release. It's obviously easy to say than to carry out. Europeans seems to be less strict and concentrate on those being interviewed. I know that Thailand is not a litigious society compared to America – is this a factor a distributor or broadcaster will take into account if people haven't signed?

We're all looking forward to the big performance in July and then we can start to edit.

Hope to get to know you guys!!

Mike


Doug Block
Thu 2 Apr 2009Link

Welcome, Mike. I'm no lawyer but I'd mainly be concerned with people you've interviewed and those who are featured fairly prominently in a scene (which is usually a judgement call). If they speak at all I try to get a release. If they're just in the background I don't worry too much, though you might later have the occasional broadcaster who'll want a face blurred.


Matthew Duelka
Fri 3 Apr 2009Link

Hello mates,

My name is Matt, and I'm a young documentary filmmaker almost out of college and just looking to start working my way into the networks a little more. I've already worked in La on a couple of feature docs, and I've also created some short pieces over the past 2 years, so I have some experience. Basically just looking to see who's out there and who wants to be friendly enough to say hi, and maybe give me some advice . Always need advice.

Nice to meet all of you.


Doug Block
Fri 3 Apr 2009Link

Greetings, Matt. Since you're now a member with access to the various discussion topics, try and be more specific about what advice you need and post in the appropriate area. But before you do, you should check out back posts or use the search engine. Chances are whatever question you have has been asked many times before.

My guess is you probably have all sorts of advice to give us, as well, so don't hesitate to jump in with it when you can.

Edited Fri 3 Apr 2009 by Doug Block

Mikal Jakubal
Fri 3 Apr 2009Link

Hi Regan, good to see you here. Don't make yourself so scarce when you're in HoHum County!

Yeah, I'd second Doug's advice about back posts. When I joined, I systematically read all the back posts in the topics most relevant to where we're at with our film. Time well spent. Not to say I don't still constantly ask redundant or obvious questions...


Tatiana Massara de Almeida Bispo
Fri 3 Apr 2009Link

Hi everyone I´m Tati from São Paulo, Brazil...

Can´t say i am a documentarist yet...I consider myself an artist, because i have always worked in the fields of arts, graduated as an architect, worked as an architect, landscape designer, dj,jewellery designer, photography... but I believe the right field for me is documentary...
As i always been concerned with social issues, justice or the lack of it, my parents believed i was going to be lawyer, but as i don´t believe in law i would never be a lawyer...Maybe i tough architect could help this social issues but i realise that´s probably not the best way...

I believe documentaries can open people eyes for so many things, it´s a great communication instrument...

Last year i did a short course in documentaries and did my first doc, which came out pretty good, it´s about the distance between folk culture and academic culture...

I realise i can be really good and happy in this field, as i love meeting others cultures and different people point of view, i also love to do research,to know human psycology, antropology and travel...

Just couldn´t find people that are just like me that have this some motives so i´ve been working on my own just researching my next documentary topic which will be about Catholic Church-The Sacred or Profane, i would like to aproach abortion ...

I would love to hear from you guys...
I also plan to study documentary in Melbourne Australia or maybe New York, next year.

Hope to make some contacts in this site
Cheers :)
Tati


Doug Block
Fri 3 Apr 2009Link

Hi Tatiana, very glad that you discovered us here. You might want to check out this place if you hope to study documentary in NY next year. I know the people involved in running the program and I think it's going to be awesome. And lots of our members are from NYC, too, so great opportunities to meet other working doc filmmakers. Hey, including me!

Edited Fri 3 Apr 2009 by Doug Block

Benjamin Kegan
Fri 3 Apr 2009Link

Hi Everyone,

So I'm new to D-word. I learned about the site from Christopher Wong (shout out for his amazing doc, Whatever It Takes). As if the internet isn't distracting enough I can tell that there will be many hours spent exploring here, which frankly I'm thrilled about.

A bit about myself. My name's Ben. I'm a student at Whitman College and will be graduating in May. This is quite exciting, but also a bit nerve racking. Very soon after graduation I will be moving to either LA or NY so people's thoughts of the doc scene in either city would be much appreciated and very much listened to (as well as any advice for young eager filmmakers).

As far as film goes, I recently made a short doc called TEAM TALIBAN. It will be playing in Tribeca at the end of april, so if you're in NY or know people who would be interested in seeing it here's the website. www.teamtalibanfilm.com

Well, I guess that's all for now. I hope to upload a photo to replace the default one, and I look forward to getting to know everyone and exploring d-word!

Ben


Christopher Wong
Fri 3 Apr 2009Link

welcome ben! may you waste countless hours here along with the rest of us documentary fools.

(although you didn't win at AFI Dallas either, i can honestly say that TEAM TALIBAN was definitely the best doc short i saw there! and there were quite a few excellent ones playing...)


Regan Brashear
Fri 3 Apr 2009Link

Hey Mikal!
I'll actually be up in Humboldt next week helping Scott with some Trees Foundation work. Not sure if we'll be staying in SoHum or Arcata, but I'll check in if I'm in your 'hood.


Doug Block
Sat 4 Apr 2009Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Ben, and congrats on your success with the short. Can't speak for LA but between the weekly Stranger Than Fiction series and the monthly DocuClub screenings, I'd say NYC has a pretty thriving doc scene.


John Chalus
Sun 5 Apr 2009Link

Hi, I'm John and I found out about this site from Snagfilms.com. I am 57 years old. Have teaching Special Education for 3+ years. Married 29 years. Two grown sons and 5 grandkids. Former US Navy SEAl and Vietnam veteran. I am struggling to learn how to play the bass guitar.Nice to meet you all.


John Chalus
Sun 5 Apr 2009Link

I meant that I had been teaching for 30+ years on that last post.


Doug Block
Sun 5 Apr 2009Link

Very glad you found and snagged us, John. Do you simply enjoy documentaries or are you trying to make one?

Edited Sun 5 Apr 2009 by Doug Block

Henry Warnakulasuriya
Mon 6 Apr 2009Link

Hi everyone,

I'm really pleased to have found this site and I think I will get the chance for connecting with other documentary filmmakers.

I'm new to D-word. I learned about the site from Marjan Safinia, whome I met at Pangeaday International Film festival at Los Angalese in May 2008.

I'm really excited to connect with other documentary filmmakers and and look forward to learning from and connecting with you all!

If I say about my self. My name is Henry. I live in Sri Lanka, a country just lying underneath of India in world map. I am a script writer and director of Documentaries, Short films and educational video programmes.
I am an author of books in the fields of Short stories, Children stories, Novels, Translations and Film Criticism.

My filmography is as follows.

Documentary
1. Thimbirigeyaka Kathawa (Story of a Labour Room)-1992 13:50
2. A Cradle of Technology -In the Hanthana Valley -1993 21:00
3. Didulambara (Shining Sky)-2005 19:25
4. Theenduwata Pera (Befor the Decision)-2005 12:00
5. Pathadumbara Pawasata Nimavak (End to the Thirsty)-2008 06:30
6. Vistas of an Illustrious Career-2008 11:10
Short Film
1. Madiyam Sevaneli (Mid Sun Shadows) -Supervision Director-2006 07:00
2. Nonimi Gamana (Endless Journey)-2008 10:00

Feature Film
1. Me Mage Sandai (This is My Moon) -Assistant Director-2001

These days I am in the process of preparing for production of a documentary on Catchment protection and water pollution.

I feel this is enough for the time being. You will get to know more about me during future discussions.
Hope to get to know each other.

Henry


Doug Block
Mon 6 Apr 2009Link

Welcome, Henry. That's quite an impressive filmmography. Hope you'll feel free to leap right into the discussions here.

By the way, no need to sign your name at the end of your posts. It's added automatically at the top of every post.


James Billy Hill
Mon 6 Apr 2009Link

Hi, I'm James Billy Hill. Yes, that is Billy, not William. True Appalachian heritage in that name. I am a documentary film maker and aspiring screenwriter.

I went to Film School at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington. I have been working in the local film industry since 2006 in various capacities and doing side projects in the mean time.

Last year I finished a short documentary about an Autistic man in Davidson North Carolina, titled: "Richard"
I am currently working on a feature documentary film titled "Troubled Waters." It is about Arsenic poisoning in a small town in Northern Argentina. We have been in production on it for the last three years and with fingers crossed and funding to come we will have it ready for release by late September 2009.

I am still early in my career and hope to glean from the collective wisdom of everyone here and I am excited about this new resource.

I heard about it from a Q and A session with Gary Hustwit at Full Frame last weekend. Full Frame was wonderful.

Thanks....


Doug Block
Mon 6 Apr 2009Link

Welcome, James. I suppose being a Billy Hill is better than being a Hill Billy. (Alright, I couldn't resist – bet you haven't heard that one before.) Glad you found out about us from Gary, we're happy to have you aboard.


Marj Safinia
Mon 6 Apr 2009Link

Welcome Henry! Glad you joined!


John Chalus
Mon 6 Apr 2009Link

Doug, John Chalus here. I have never made a documentary.I do enjoy watching them.


Doug Block
Mon 6 Apr 2009Link

That's fine, John. Good to have an enthusiastic Enthusiast.


Juan Manuel Leguizamon
Tue 7 Apr 2009Link Tag

Hi everyone… I have been a member for a year and I apologize for not presenting myself before.

My name is Juan Leguizamón; I am a Film Editor.
I was born in Argentina but I lived seven years in Barcelona before moving to New York last year.
A week ago I finished my last work called “Dreaming Nicaragua”, a feature length documentary directed by Marcelo Bukin about the life and dreams of five kids in Nicaragua. The film was shown last year at IDFA as a working progress.

In 2006 the film “Angel’s Fire” won as Best Documentary Short Subject at the IDA Awards, also James Longley's "Iraq in Fragments” earned top honors for Feature Length Documentary! (I fell desolate I was working and I couldn’t go… But hey!... that’s life in the dark room).

If someone is interested in working with a reasonable man, obsessed by details and with good sense of humor fell free to contact me. More info at my web: http://www.juanleguizamon.com

I hope to be able to give something back to this great community.
Thanks to all.
Juan.


Tatiana Petrone
Wed 8 Apr 2009Link

I am the festival manager for the American Conservation Film Festival in Shepherdstown, WV.


Jason Perdue
Wed 8 Apr 2009Link

Welcome Tatiana. Glad to have some more festival people here. I'm the Program Director of the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. When is your festival?


Dharma Apparasu
Wed 8 Apr 2009Link

Hi I am Dharma I would like to submit a proposal to PBS very interesting subject, I shall be producing the 13 one-hour series. I looking for some one who has some experience in writing proposals or where can i find some one.
I planning to going into documentary production.


James Billy Hill
Wed 8 Apr 2009Link

A nickname of mine when I was little was "backwards Hill Billy"
Yeah....
In reply to Doug Block's post on Mon 6 Apr 2009 :


James Billy Hill
Wed 8 Apr 2009Link

Juan,

I have been looking for a Bilengual editor for my current documentary project especially one from Argentina since the doc concerns Argentina. Post would begin in late July-August. Email me some more contact info, I would love to talk with you if you are available.

email: billyhillproductions@gmail.com

In reply to Juan Manuel Leguizamon's post on Tue 7 Apr 2009 21:48 UTC :


Andrés Livov
Wed 8 Apr 2009Link

Bienvenido Juan, desde Montreal!


Doug Block
Wed 8 Apr 2009Link

Welcome Juan, Tatiana and Dharma. Glad to have you all here.


Beth Humpert Dunn
Wed 8 Apr 2009Link

Hi, my name is Beth and I live near the Smoky Mountains in the Knoxville, Tennessee area. Good to be connected with all of you doc film folks. I kind of got involved accidentally in doc films, when I visited Russia and got an idea for a story about a little town surrounded by a fence (a nuclear city with the last plutonium-producing reactor slated for closure since the end of the Cold War), but I have always loved docs. When I lived in Southern California, I got a global view of the entertainment industry, since I worked in film distribution, for which I am grateful. The internet has changed things so vastly, that now, as i consider options for distribution, I am seriously considering some kind of alternative way to get my film to a niche audience, rather than go a more traditional route, that aims more broadly. I have many questions, and look forward to hearing from some of you to discover your experiences with this wonderful art and craft we call doc film!


Erica Ginsberg
Wed 8 Apr 2009Link

Welcome everybody. Beth, long time no talk. How's the film coming?


Beth Humpert Dunn
Wed 8 Apr 2009Link

Hi Erica, good to hear from you! You remember I was going to screen a trailer with Docs In Progress last fall, but instead stayed in TN to tend to an elderly friend in a health crisis. In retrospect, I think it was not only a good choice for the sake of my friend, but for the film too. During that season last fall, after having failed to get an ITVS grant with a local PBS Lincs partner, I took the generous feedback from ITVS and applied it to the story. Coupled with some other creative and business input, I am looking at making several stories out of a complex one, to simplify and enhance both the personal and political layers. Thanks for asking! How are things with you?


Sarah Sweet
Wed 8 Apr 2009Link

Hi! My name is Sarah Sweet, I am currently a student of The Evergreen State College (Tacoma Campus) and concentrating on film for my degree. I will be graduating this June and pursuing my MFA in film at The Academy of Art University. I have done short films all through school... really since High school, then in a certification program through a technical college and now at Evergreen where I have really started focusing on documentary. I really enjoy editing, and this is where I feel I do my best work but I seem to be a one- woman crew quite often. Good to meet everyone!


Doug Block
Wed 8 Apr 2009Link

Beth, Sarah, welcome to The D-Word, glad you found us. Sarah, highly recommend you look over some of our archived discussions. Especially the Editing discussion with Kate Amend. Beth, feel free to apply for full membership for working doc professionals.


Stephanie Foerster
Thu 9 Apr 2009Link

Hello! I'm really pleased to have found out about the D-word (thanks Erica G.). I write, shoot and produce documentaries, and when pressed, will edit ;) My work covers a pretty wide range of subjects, from a Nigerian bank setting up shop in post-war Liberia, to a documentary about the largest off-court bocce tournament in the US. In short, I love to tell a good story, no matter the location or topic. You can see some of my work at http://www.watchstepfilms.com. I look forward to meeting other members!


Juan Manuel Leguizamon
Thu 9 Apr 2009Link

Hola Andrés, como estas?

Hello Doug and James. Actually, hello to everybody!!
It's impressive how many people we are.

James, you been in the Northwest of Argentina, what do you thing? It's a country of extremes contrast, isn't it? It’s very sad. To much corruption and ignorance among politicians… probably I’m not telling you anything new.
I’ll send you an e-mail.


Doug Block
Thu 9 Apr 2009Link

Welcome, Stephanie and Juan Manuel. You make a good point JM, has anyone else noticed how many new members we're getting these days? Nice to have such a great influx of talent. Happy procrastinating.


Tom Dziedzic
Thu 9 Apr 2009Link

Hello all,
I just joined D-Word this week after my colleague and friend Erica Ginsberg told me how much she enjoys the discussions here. I live in Falls Church, VA, in the Washington, D.C., metro area. I'm a freelance scriptwriter, director and producer.

My current film is entitled Redemption Stone-The Life and Times of Tom Lewis (http://www.redemptionstone.net). A quick history of the project: the film was selected for the IFP Market in 2007; I locked the edit in January 2008; it screened at several festivals last year, won two Best Doc awards and then was nominated by IDA for Best Short Film (http://www.documentary.org/awards08); this year the film continues on the festival circuit.

I'm interested in all sorts of topics including creative challenges, the festival circuit and fundraising. I've been involved with film and video production a long time and I enjoy sharing what I've learned along the road with others as well as seeing other filmmakers succeed.

All the best
Tom Dz.


Melissa Fowler
Thu 9 Apr 2009Link

Hey All:

My name is Melissa Fowler and I am new to the list.
Happy to be here. I am based in NYC. I am a multimedia event producer,
an artist (film and photography) and aspiring musician (guitar and bass).

I produce an annual shorts showcase called Reel Venus Film Festival and
am launching a new lectures series called Double Visions.

www.reelvenus.com

looking forward to being more active on the list. :-)

warm regards,
Melissa Fowler


Doug Block
Thu 9 Apr 2009Link

Phew, like I said...

Welcome, Tom and Melissa. No need for you to sign your names to posts, they're done automatically on top of each. And so you know, Melissa, The D-Word isn't a list, which implies a listserve where you're emailed a collection of posts. It's an online discussion forum where you log in online to get to the various posts. Easy to get confused, I know.

Edited Thu 9 Apr 2009 by Doug Block

Melissa Fowler
Thu 9 Apr 2009Link

Hi Doug:

I apologize for referring to the D-Word as a list.
It's just habit from being involved in lots of different
online activity (lsits and communities) in various formats.
thanks for the clarification.

all in all, I am glad to be joining the online discussion
forum. Grateful to have discovered it. :-)


Doug Block
Thu 9 Apr 2009Link

Just think of us as your home even when you're not away from home ;-) Anyway, glad you found us, Melissa. Hope you'll leap right into the discussions.


Michael Angus
Thu 9 Apr 2009Link

Hi All
My name is Michael Angus. Most know me as Mick. I heard about this site at the "State of the Docs" panel discussion during the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Gary Hustwit called for a show of hands from the audience as to who were members and I hadn't heard of D-Word.
That's all changed now! Nice to be in touch with a community of other doco makers.
I have made three films. The Fight Game, Ooldea and SALT. SALT was screening at Full Frame (which was a great festival I thought).
Thanks for the heads up Gary!


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