Hey John, Great to meet you. I came to make KUJIRA because I thought the whaling controversy was very complex and interesting but had only seen very one-sided presentations of it. I thought it'd be interesting to go into it with no bias and see what people had to say.
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Hey Doug– looking forward to your appearing at Making Media in June...in the meantime, just so you know, I am currently producing a film about oil, the classic film LOUISIANA STORY and my family called OIL IN THE FAMILY. You can see the trailer here: http://oilfilms.com
Hey D-Word World,
I am Television and Film student/graduate looking to create a documentary from scratch in the next few months. I am open to any suggestions on how to start the research process. Got a story cooking and can't wait to get it out on film. If anyone wants a mentee I am looking for a mentor.
Hi D-Word friends,
I'm an independent documentary producer, have been working for my own company Ambrica Productions for nearly 25 years making films for PBS, and have helped raise over $7 million. Now in this down economy I'm hiring myself out for development work. If anyone needs help developing concepts, doing pre-interviews or interviews, writing proposals, working with advisors, budgeting and planning films, etc, I'd love to hear from you! I'm also looking forward to reading what others are doing.
Thanks Ben! Now to figure out how to make the most of this community.
It's simple, Kathryn. You basically give up making docs and read back posts for the next few years. Meanwhile, welcome to both you and Shyla.
Jon, looking forward to the Making Media Conference, too. Hope to see you there.
Hi D word colleagues!
I am Luciano, documentary filmmaker based in LA. I am also a cinematographer, my latest film, RiseUp, is having it's north american premiere this weekend at HotDocs, exciting! I am glad to join in and hope to be having great discussions here in the near future. If you like Reggae music, then you'll love RiseUp, you can check it out at www.riseupmovie.com
All the best!
In reply to Jeremy Weinstein's post on Thu 30 Apr 2009 :
Jeremy, interesting idea, I l'll look at your site and see what you're working on. I've also been developing the idea of employing a wiki element in producing documentaries – to a certain extent. Will look forward to talking with you more about this.
I thought I'd formally introduce myself, even though I already know many of you through the doc community.
First my confession: I joined D-Word a few years back, but guiltily never really got that involved. Instead, my childhood friend and the director of the first film I produced "Miss GULAG" (Maria Yatskova) held the D-Word reins for both of us. Anyways, this time around – I plan to get more active!
So my intro: I produced Miss GULAG (www.MissGULAG.com) while working a full-time job in management consulting (advising Fortune 100 companies on their business strategies). I realized I couldn't do both jobs without losing my mind, so after 7 years in business, I left it for the more lucrative world of documentary film (yes, that's a joke – the "lucrative" part, that is). Anyways, since the transition, I've been working on a personal documentary about my family (that is currently on hiatus) and more officially, I'm the Executive Director of a weekly NY documentary screening series called Stranger Than Fiction (http://STFdocs.com – we actually just got a topic on D-Word – see http://www.d-word.com/topics/show/156?read=new). That's all for me!
I've been lurking here for too long so I might as well get on with it. I'm an editor, most recently finishing Doug Pray's advertising feature doc, 'Art & Copy' – we've been doing the rounds of festivals since Sundance and we just screened last night at Stranger Than Fiction at the IFC in NYC. That was a brief six hours in NY! While we're busy supporting that film, I'm onto my next feature doc, which is about the life and times of Roger Corman (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1185371/). It's a pleasure to be a member here and I look forward to becoming more involved. Best to you all, look forward to chatting.
Welcome officially, Raphaela and Philip. Glad to see you coming out of the shadows!
Ditto, great to have you both aboard. And congrats on the success of Art & Copy, Philip. Wish I could have made the STF screening the other night.
For those of you living on Mars, the lovely and charming Raphaela is Thom Powers' better half. It's funny but Stranger Than Fiction has become such a NYC institution that I would have sworn you've been an active D-Word participant all along.
Philip – Congrats on a great film! The audiences really enjoyed it at STF the other night.
Thank you for the official welcome, Doug & Marj! Yes, I've been a participant, but more of a lazy lurker since between Thom and Maria, I always knew what was going on. Bit the tides are changing!
Hi Philip. Great to see you here. Looks like the STF screening went great.
Thanks all! It's good to be here, and many thanks for all the kind comments. I'm looking forward to getting to know the place and the people. And thanks to Jason for introducing me here!
In reply to Raphaela Neihausen's post on Thu 7 May 2009 :
I never thought I'd see the day! Welcome doll-face! :)
Hi, I am an author, journalist and artist, born in Austria, coming from a background of marketing, graphic design, journalism and photography (mostly in Vienna), and I have “turned filmmaker” to take advantage of more modern tools of story-telling. I have worked in all areas of the media business, from reporter over art-director, ad-exec, layouter to editor-in-chief, and I have traveled the world publishing feature reports about exotic themes. I am an experienced copywriter and conceptionist for advertising, commercial campaigns, music videos, promotional videos and documentary films. My early works as an independent filmmaker are documentaries about interesting people. I have been working in all facets of video production and have made a few short film.
The last three years I spent making an epic documentary about Hawaii, and I am seeking preview and fundraising screening venues for my film – which was made completely out of pocket, and all I need now is to be able to pay for clearances.
My film is the ultimate educational-cultural gem about Hawaii, so factual that it has the hardest time getting funding. Why? Because my 56 speakers and 10 Hawaiian narrators tell Hawaii’s story how it really was, detached from the usual bias. And not everyone is happy about having to revise their pre-conceived ideas about “the good guys and the bad guys”, about “paradise” and the contrary … and it all has been existing in the Hawaiian islands for millennia.
Here is the online trailer of my film "Native Of Owhyhee" (390 min., widescreen, that I wrote, produced, directed and edited): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2VTzh5CZdg .
"Native Of Owhyhee" – WGA.reg. 1170301 © Jo Danieli 2008 – in post-production/seeking distribution/completion funding
Feature documentary, 390 minutes, widescreen;
The epic historical documentary "Native Of Owhyhee" tells the story how Hawaii turned from an ancient "pagan" society into one of the most literate Christian nations in the world of the 1800s. It is the story of tribal cults and sacrifices, of legendary magical ways of living predating the era of the settlement of Polynesia, of indigenous traditions in the islands through the eras, and it features the intersection of cultures in Hawaii as well as the fate of several young Hawaiian sailors and a Prince who played historical key-roles in the era of greatest changes shortly after Western contact, together with the pioneer American Christian missionaries. The film features 56 speakers from Hawaii and New England and ten native Hawaiian narrators, over 1000 historical images, historical film-clips and great original Hawaiian and New England music.
I am not much of a chatter, but I’d appreciate referrals to screening venues and / or sponsors who want to help me to make this film public to honor the many people who are sharing their expert “mana’o” (“knowledge”) in our film.
One “kupuna” (Hawaiian elder) who speaks in the film, passed away, and this makes me very sad. His wish was, however, after seeing an early version of the docu, that it be shared with the world. And I am working on that one and would appreciate your help. I’d share the preview screener with anyone interested and/or a two hours content-clips DVD.
My reel is available.
I’d love to make my next documentaries, but currently, I have to try and find a way to survive economically after spending literally all I had on my Hawaii docu – just BECAUSE people (especially sponsors-to-be) were so incredibly nasty about facts that matter and tried to force me to adjust historical facts to their ideas of history and their political and religious agendas. To threaten me is the best way to keep me on track, though – that’s why “Native Of Owhyhee” is “pono”: It means, it’s right and pure and genuine and honors all people involved in the intersection of cultures as it has been going on in Hawaii and in the Pacific for thousands of years.
Do I have Polynesian/Pacific ancestry? Maybe. This doesn’t matter. The world should be an open space for humans, and to me, race or nationality are only words.
One of the speakers in my film says the ultimate truth about it all:
“Spirit is universial, it’s not racial.”
And that’s the motto of my film.
I hope, many people will get to see it. Of course I’ll share the rights with people helping me to get it out there.
With “hula” being still such a trendy dance, it’s needless to say, that Japan alone with it’s thousands of hula-schools, is waiting for my film that actually explains Hawaiian culture to the people who wish to honor it by dancing a Hawaiian dance (saying “dance the hula” would mean “dance the dance”) …
I am not online all that often, so if you would like to communicate with me about my film – please, just email.
Thanks for your attention.
Aloha nui loa!
Jo, I would suggest joining IFP and then entering your film into the IFP Market, now called Independent Film Week. Deadline is May 21 so there is time, albeit a rush.
Go to http://www.ifp.org
for more info
Good work on the Oil In The Family trailer. It looks great visually and it really give hints of an intereting way to look at a very big picture through the intimate lens of a family story. I am working on a trailer for a story out of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Hope it comes out good.
My name is JJ, I have directed 2 docs about Poland and WW2, but most recently have directed a comedy mockumentary about indie filmmaking called "Low Budget" (we can't afford a tagline..) You can see the first few parts of the film at:
I'd love to get some advice on promoting and marketing an indie film. You can see clips from my docs at:
By the way, great job on the hawaii doc Jo! Mahalo.
Hey there D-Worders,
My name is Mike Seely. I've been a member for a few years, but finally making a concerted effort to be more digitally involved here ("long time listener, first time caller").
I'm a filmmaker/ cinematographer based in San Francisco, but right now living in Lodz, Poland for a few months. I'm just finishing up editing a half-hour film about an innovative Ecuadorian doctor and his efforts to provide health care in rural areas (the title is in working-title limbo, so I'll give another shout when it's finalized).
Before the website for the curent film is up, you can check out some of my past work here:
and here's a shorter version of the Ecuador piece I produced for Frontline World's website:
I'm spending a lot of time here in Poland over the next couple of years, so would love to connect with other documentarians living and working in Europe. Next year I plan to make three shorts docs in different styles as part of a fulbright grant project on the Polish documentary tradition.
By the way, I'll be heading to Planete Doc Review Festival and INPUT in Warsaw this week if anyone will be there.
Looking forward to participating!
Thanks for coming out of the darkness, Mike. Next time you post (hopefully, soon) you might want to update your Current Location (in the box above every post) with your, um, current location.
"We know stuff about TV, that I don't know Canada will EVER know." Funny stuff, JJ.
Charmed, charmed, charmed. I don't often Introduce Myself, but I feel compelled (mostly by the little message reminding me to every time I log in to D-Word). I'm a feature documentary editor. I apprenticed with the editor of "WORDPLAY," assisting him on a lovely film called "SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED" (SXSW 2008), before moving on to edit "FOOD FIGHT" (which won the 2008 IDA Audience Award). I have worked on 2008 Sundance audience favorite "I.O.U.S.A.," and current Kirby Dick release "OUTRAGE." Most recently I was Lead Editor on one of the most serious and thought-provoking projects I've worked on, "THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS DOCUMENTARY," which will air on Nickelodeon sometime in July, to the delight of... all your children and college-aged nieces and nephews.
However, aside from the CV, I think the more relevant and useful information in an Introduction would be: I love chocolate, watching great movies, reading engrossing books, other people's cats, the Bach Cello Suites, most Impressionists, and the Internet Archive.
I am currently looking for my next project, so if anyone is looking for an editor and wants to talk, please let me know!
All the best,
Welcome Miranda. Care to share which Impressionists you don't care for?
LOL. Very sharp. Although I was using "most" as a sort of disclaimer (what if they discover a new Impressionist I don't like?), I can honestly say that I'm not entirely won over by Bazille. ;)
You look very glamorous, Miranda, especially for someone who toils away for long hours in dark, dank edit rooms. Very nice to have you aboard the good ship, D-Word. Hope you'll spend way too much of your time here.
I have just joined the D-Word after meeting many delightful D-worders at Hot Docs. I am a producer/production manager based in Montreal.
I have worked on many docs since I started working in this crazy industry 3 years ago. I am an active member of DOC (Documentary Organization of Canada) and I am in the middle of organizing the Film Blitz 2880 (a 48 hour filmmaking competition... see classifieds for more info). Before breaking into the production side of things I worked a few years as a gaffer/best boy electric. I am one of those weird people that has no desire whatsoever to direct. I enjoy helping directors making their visions come true by filing out forms, making budgets and financial structures, talking to broadcasters, etc.
On a more personal note, I am Venezuelan born, with Argentine parents and Eastern European roots. I play the violin in a great orchestra.
I look forward to virtually meeting you soon and maybe even face to face.
In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Thu 14 May 2009 :
Hey Ben, I play with the Orchestra Philharmonia Mundi di Montreal. We have a concert coming up in Montreal May 30th, an all russian program including Borodin's 2nd Symphony... but maybe I should have put that on the shameless promotion part of the website, or maybe another website altogether.
Ah, getting used to our topic regime already? :-)
Sounds great! Good luck for the gig.
Hello, everyone. I'm an independent filmmaker born in Mexico, raised in the US, and living in Shanghai, China for the last seven years. I've been making documentary shorts for a couple years now, and they have been growing in scale with the eventual goal of making feature-length projects. I just finished a 25-minute film, Up from the Underground, about an independent Shanghai rock band (viewable on my site at http://www.daedalumfilms.com/films-up-from-the-underground-documentary-short.php). I am also nearly done shooting my next half-hour piece, Human Flesh Search Engine, about a fascinating Chinese Internet phenomenon by the same name.
I look forward to being a more active member here on The D-Word. Anyone interested in China stories for an international audience feel free to give me a shout.
'ello 'ello to all!
my name is ben detalle, and im am currently in the daunting/exciting (guess that depends on the days) process of editing my first documentary short. its called "der kindergarten",shot it here in berlin, about a group of kids in an integration kindergarten. basically it deals with themes of learning in young children and how they grow within their surroundings.
im very excited to communicate with you all, and hopefully learn from some of your experiences.
if ever any of you are in berlin, drop me a line!
all the best,
After a few years writing/producing mostly a series of local oral history shorts and museum installation videos, I am back pushing that big rock called the long format documentary up that hill. I just returned from a seven-day shoot in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and am cutting a works-in-progress trailer.
I live on an island, where most of my friends are carpenters or house painters or some other job that caters to the idle rich. So it is easy to get isolated from other people who have chosen to chase stories. looking forward to some back and forth.
Shouldered Oar Films
Welcome, Luis, Ben and John. Not to get all vampire-like or anything but great to have a transfusion of new blood here.
Hello – from the U. K.! We are aquainted with the amazing Fernanda Rossi+ that is what has brought us here to D WORD. Still finding my way about+ keen to participate in Fernanda' s online seminar. Nice to meet you all here.
By the way, the photo. is of my business partner+ the Director of our debut doc. about HIV/ AIDS 'VOICES': www.voices-hivaids.com – check the trailer in the DOCUMENTARY section!
Well, Simon, Fernanda's topic is now open so be among the first to fire away with your questions or comments.
Looking forward to getting to know the D-Word community and after hearing about the late night fun at Full Frame this year... meeting other D-Worders in the future! I just wish I had joined years ago. Now that I've done some festival and many grassroots screenings of my documentary film LOVE LIVED ON DEATH ROW (I directed/edited/produced), I'm now hoping that some of you can give me guidance and advice as I venture into national and foreign markets & DVD sales.
I'm a 2005 graduate of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University certificate program and soon after started production on LOVE LIVED. I laugh that it's hi-jacked my life the last few years, but it's also led to amazing experiences and meeting so many remarkable people. You can see a trailer & more about the film at www.lovelivedondeathrow.com. It's about forgiveness, healing, restorative justice and the capital punishment system. I also program a local film series and I'm always looking for regional work (NC connections is the theme.)
Thanks for such a great forum,
Great to have you here, Linda. Forget Full Frame, it's late night fun 24/7 here at The D-Word. After years of hanging out on death row, I bet you could use a little fun, too.
Hello everybody, just found this forum and totally love it!!!
I am a feature film editor working in L.A., Moving in to directing & producing my own films.
Born in Mexico city,citizen of the world, happy to finally have somebody to ask questions too.
Good luck and a lovely day to everybody
oh yea: you can see some of my work @ www.adriansalinas.com
Welcome, Adrian. From my informal calculation, you posted from LA around 5:30am your time. Very impressive. You already understand that The D-Word is either the first or last thing you should do every day (or both!)
Anyway, good luck with your rise to mogulhood and glad to have you aboard.
I teach documentary production at Indiana University and recently completed my first feature length doc "My Vietnam Your Iraq" that tells the stories of nine families with a parent that served in Vietnam and a child that served in Iraq. www.myvietnamyouriraq.com
Welcome, Ron. Feel free to sign up for full membership here. You certainly qualify.
Looks like you've acquired quite a bit of teaching experience along the way, Ron. What drew you to make the Vietnam/Iraq project?
I'm a Vietnam veteran and when the war in Iraq started it brought back memories of my military service.