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Doug Block
Mon 4 May 2009Link

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.


Luciano Blotta
Tue 5 May 2009Link

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!
Luciano.


Gregory Rossi
Wed 6 May 2009Link

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.


Raphaela Neihausen
Thu 7 May 2009Link

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!

Edited Thu 7 May 2009 by Raphaela Neihausen

Philip Owens
Thu 7 May 2009Link

Hi all,

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.


Marj Safinia
Thu 7 May 2009Link

Welcome officially, Raphaela and Philip. Glad to see you coming out of the shadows!


Doug Block
Thu 7 May 2009Link

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.

Edited Thu 7 May 2009 by Doug Block

Raphaela Neihausen
Thu 7 May 2009Link

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!


Jason Perdue
Thu 7 May 2009Link

Hi Philip. Great to see you here. Looks like the STF screening went great.


Philip Owens
Fri 8 May 2009Link

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!


Maria Yatskova-Ibrahimova
Fri 8 May 2009Link

In reply to Raphaela Neihausen's post on Thu 7 May 2009 :

I never thought I'd see the day! Welcome doll-face! :)


Jo Danieli
Fri 8 May 2009Link

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 .

The synopsis:
"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.

Jodanieli2@hawaii.rr.com or jodanieli@hotmail.com

Thanks for your attention.
Aloha nui loa!


Tom Dziedzic
Fri 8 May 2009Link

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


John Stanton
Sun 10 May 2009Link

John,

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.


Jedrzej Jonasz
Sun 10 May 2009Link

Hi everyone,

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:

http://www.LowBudgetComedy.com

I'd love to get some advice on promoting and marketing an indie film. You can see clips from my docs at:

http://www.CapitalJFilms.com

By the way, great job on the hawaii doc Jo! Mahalo.

-JJ


Doug Block
Mon 11 May 2009Link

Welcome, Jo and JJ. Funny tag line, JJ.


Mike Seely
Mon 11 May 2009Link

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:
www.open-signal.com
and here's a shorter version of the Ecuador piece I produced for Frontline World's website:
http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/rough/2007/06/ecuador_health.html

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!
Mike Seely


Doug Block
Mon 11 May 2009Link

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.


Sahand Sahebdivani
Wed 13 May 2009Link

"We know stuff about TV, that I don't know Canada will EVER know." Funny stuff, JJ.


Miranda Yousef
Wed 13 May 2009Link

Hello everybody,

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,
- Miranda


Erica Ginsberg
Wed 13 May 2009Link

Welcome Miranda. Care to share which Impressionists you don't care for?


Miranda Yousef
Wed 13 May 2009Link

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. ;)

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bazille_Summer_Scene.jpg


Doug Block
Wed 13 May 2009Link

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.


Andrea Feder
Wed 13 May 2009Link

Hello everyone,

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.

Cordially yours,
Andrea


Ben Kempas
Thu 14 May 2009Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Andrea! Which orchestra?


Doug Block
Thu 14 May 2009Link

Greetings, Andrea. Nice to have you joining us.


Andrea Feder
Fri 15 May 2009Link

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.


Ben Kempas
Fri 15 May 2009Link

Ah, getting used to our topic regime already? :-)

Sounds great! Good luck for the gig.


Luis Tapia
Sun 17 May 2009Link Tag

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.


John Burgan
Sun 17 May 2009Link

Good to have you here with us, Luis. That's quite an odyssey you've made.

There are a few D-Worders in China, including a handful in Shanghai. You can hook up with them using the D-Word Member database – use the advanced search to narrow down the location.

Edited Sun 17 May 2009 by John Burgan

Ben Detalle
Sun 17 May 2009Link

'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,
ben


John Stanton
Sun 17 May 2009Link

Hey everybody,

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.

John Stanton
Shouldered Oar Films


Doug Block
Sun 17 May 2009Link

Welcome, Luis, Ben and John. Not to get all vampire-like or anything but great to have a transfusion of new blood here.


Simon Constable
Mon 18 May 2009Link

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.


Simon Constable
Mon 18 May 2009Link

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!


Doug Block
Mon 18 May 2009Link

Well, Simon, Fernanda's topic is now open so be among the first to fire away with your questions or comments.


Linda Booker
Mon 18 May 2009Link

Hi Ya'll
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,
Linda


Doug Block
Mon 18 May 2009Link

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.


Adrian Salinas
Tue 19 May 2009Link

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

A

oh yea: you can see some of my work @ www.adriansalinas.com

; )

Edited Tue 19 May 2009 by Adrian Salinas

Doug Block
Tue 19 May 2009Link

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.

Edited Tue 19 May 2009 by Doug Block

Ron Osgood
Tue 19 May 2009Link

Hello everyone,

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

Ron Osgood
www.iu.edu/~videoz


Doug Block
Tue 19 May 2009Link

Welcome, Ron. Feel free to sign up for full membership here. You certainly qualify.


John Burgan
Tue 19 May 2009Link

Looks like you've acquired quite a bit of teaching experience along the way, Ron. What drew you to make the Vietnam/Iraq project?


Ron Osgood
Tue 19 May 2009Link

I'm a Vietnam veteran and when the war in Iraq started it brought back memories of my military service.


John Burgan
Wed 20 May 2009Link

Sounds like a very strong motivation to make the film.


Shlomo Hazan
Wed 20 May 2009Link

Hello,

I am Shlomo Hazan, from Israel, a filmmaker (directing, editing, producing, waterboying) and an editing teacher.
After some casual swimming beside the "good ship D-Word", as Doug said above, it is time for me to climb aboard and join the fun.
Glad to be here.


Ben Kempas
Wed 20 May 2009Link

Climbing aboard? We hope you're not a pirate! (Too much about them in the news recently, I guess.)

Welcome on our ship, Water Boy! :-)


Georgi James
Wed 20 May 2009Link

Hello all. I'm a publisher and now hopefully a film maker as well.

I have traveled the world writing and interviewing people + places + stories over many years and now would like to capture some of the same on film.

My first of a short series will be filmed in Edinburgh, August/September,

I appreciate D-Word... it's been great reading the posts and I look forward to being a part of this community.

Cheers G.


Ben Kempas
Wed 20 May 2009Link

Welcome to the rapidly-growing group of D-Word Enthusiasts! (And I love Edinburgh!)


Doug Block
Wed 20 May 2009Link

Me, too! Welcome, Georgi and Shlomo.


Jennifer MacDonald
Thu 21 May 2009Link

Hi! I'm a recent college grad and currently work as a reporter for the CBS/NBC affiliate in Northern California. I want to start a career in the documentary film industry. I love my job telling people's stories everyday but I want to tell longer stories with bigger themes. I'm moving back home to Los Angeles as soon as I get a job so if anyone knows of anything please tell me! Thanks!


John Burgan
Thu 21 May 2009Link

Unlike fiction film & TV, I'm not sure that documentary is an industry anywhere, Jennifer, but if you love it enough, it might well become a life-long addiction! Good luck with your endeavours.


Doug Block
Thu 21 May 2009Link

Think of it as a very serious, very expensive hobby. Glad you googled and found us, though, Jennifer.


Jason Osder
Thu 21 May 2009Link

It kind-of depends on how you define documentary also.

I would say that there is a non-fiction television industry here in DC, but only a fraction of this production (IMO) can truly be called documentary.

Of course, lots of people have day jobs in the industry than hustle (and borrow equipment from employers) to do their own doc projects.


John Burgan
Thu 21 May 2009Link

Let's not forget the "factual entertainment" industry


Jason Osder
Thu 21 May 2009Link

Nor reality television, corporate video, and weddings.

All legit ways to build your skills and pay the bills.


Jennifer MacDonald
Thu 21 May 2009Link

Oh ok. That makes sense because a lot of the postings on craigslist are non-paid and short durations. I guess I'm having a hard time figuring out if I should leave my stable job to pursue jobs in TV and film in Los Angeles (my hometown). Documentary would be my number one love.. It's scary to go into the unknown!

Edited Thu 21 May 2009 by Jennifer MacDonald

Steven Gray
Sat 23 May 2009Link

Hi there. Director of Photography, studied with Mr Burgan at the NFTS way back in the late 80's/early 90's, and have been lucky since graduating to have been shooting docs since then. Given the way the broadcast industry is at the moment, not sure if i will be able to continue making a living from docs, hence trying to move into drama.

Edited Sat 23 May 2009 by Steven Gray

John Burgan
Sat 23 May 2009Link

The venerable Mr Gray! Good to see you here, mate. Let's have a drink in London next month sometime and catch up on the last, er, 17 years or so...


Jonathan Bland
Mon 25 May 2009Link

Hi Folks,
Great to see a forum like this :)
I just thought I'd take a moment to say hi and see if there are any doc filmmakers living/ working in Mumbai.
I'm from Canada but have lived/ worked/ adventured in India/ Asia for half of the last 15 years. I work as a D.P. and am currently developing a project here in Mumbai.


Doug Block
Mon 25 May 2009Link

Jonathan you can always hit the People link at the top of every page and do an "advanced search" by city and country.


Dan Gasiewski
Tue 26 May 2009Link

A national competition seeking the best videos, photographs, and stories describing how individuals, families and communities are managing during these hard times.

One of the unexpected outcomes of the Great Depression was a decade of creative outpouring that covered the U.S. map. Under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), thousands of artists fanned across the country documenting the experiences of everyday Americans as they worked to maintain their families, their communities, and their way of life in the face of a national economic crisis.

Now, as Americans are again experiencing financial hardship and uncertainty, First Person Arts invites artists to document how this generation of Americans is coping.

Inspired by the artists of the WPA, who documented the experiences of Americans in every part of the country, First Person Arts is asking artists to help craft the first draft of the history of our era by capturing, in photographs, on video, or in writing, the stories of America and its people during these difficult times.

Our goal is to gather stories from all 50 states.

Artists:
We are looking for short memoirs and essays, documentary films, and photographs that depict Americans from all walks of life. We are especially interested in stories that are unique to your family, your community, your town, your region – that capture the idiosyncratic things that are happening where you live – the slices of life that, taken together, will give us a First Person picture of America in 2009 – the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful.

Guidelines:
Writing submissions – up to 2,500 words.
Film and video submissions – up to five minutes, excluding credits.
Photography submissions – may include up to five photographs, with or without accompanying text of up to 100 words per image.

Submission deadline: June 30, 2009

Finalists in each category (writing, film, and photography) will be featured on the First Person Arts website (www.firstpersonarts.org) and at the First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art, November 4-8, 2009. First place winners in each genre will be invited to Philadelphia to participate in the festival. A cash prize will be awarded to the best story overall.

Competition website: www.hardtimes.firstpersonarts.org


Doug Block
Tue 26 May 2009Link

Dan, better that you submit something like this in the Classifieds topic. This is for personal (or, one might say, first person) intros.


Giovanni Paolo Autran
Wed 27 May 2009Link

Hi D-Makers,

I am very pleased to see such a supportive network available on line. Last night was my first Stranger Than Fiction screening – yet another rewarding organization (hi doug). I look forward to learning and sharing.

Cheers,
Giovanni

my website:
www.nomadic-films.com


Doug Block
Wed 27 May 2009Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Giovanni. Was good meeting you last night.


Anne Checler
Wed 27 May 2009Link

Hello,

I am happy to have joined the community. I look forward to visiting the site daily!
I am a documentary film editor with over 10 years of experience. I enjoy working on social/historical/human rights-related documentaries and am looking for new editing opportunities.
You may check my work at http://web.mac.com/achecler.

A native French-speaker, I also speak Spanish and Portuguese and when I am not putting stories together in the dark, I play drums in a Brazilian percussion ensemble...


Jon Foy
Wed 27 May 2009Link

Hey folks,

Thanks for having me aboard. I'm at rough cut stage with my debut feature doc, "Resurrect Dead". Just joining up to do my legal homework. Wow, after perusing for the last hour I'm wishing I had joined far earlier – could have saved me a lot of headache. I'm still figuring out how to fine-tune word searches around here. Cheers.


Doug Block
Wed 27 May 2009Link

Welcome, Anne and Jon. Good to have you joining us. Anne, I used to play (badly, but who could hear?) in a Brazilian percussion ensemble a few years ago. Absolutely loved it!


Adam Chapnick
Wed 27 May 2009Link

Hello everyone,

I'm thrilled to finally be a part of this community! I'm a longtime doc marketer and distributor, a big social media evangelist, an IDA board member, and a dad.

I'm very excited about my new service that's now in beta, that gets indie films on iTunes for a flat fee without needing a traditional distribution deal, without surrendering rights, and without giving up any rev-share (it's at www.Distribber.com). I'm so grateful that people are already offering feedback here. I invite and welcome all thoughts, positive, negative or otherwise!

For the record, I also can spin a basketball on one finger almost indefinitely and juggle a soccer ball with only my head.


Marj Safinia
Wed 27 May 2009Link

Welcome, Adam. Glad to have you on board. Adam and I spend far too much time together in various IDA meetings and I can tell you that he's completely genuine when he asks for honest feedback, so I hope folks will jump in. Adam, the party's already started in Marketing and Distribution


Doug Block
Wed 27 May 2009Link

Great to have you here, Adam. Hope you'll leap right into the discussions.


Mark Barroso
Thu 28 May 2009Link

In reply to Adam Chapnick's post on Thu 28 May 2009 :

Spinning a basketball on my finger has always been a great mystery to me since junior high school. I tried and tried and never could get it. The guys who could were always the coolest cats around. What's the secret? If I fly to LA will you teach me? My life would then be complete.


Maureen Marovitch
Thu 28 May 2009Link

A colleague recently enthused to me how singing up for the D Word had changed her life and I had to join. With that endorsement, how could I not?! I've been researching, writing and directing (and occasionally co-producing) documentaries and non-fiction television since 1994. My partner and I co-own Picture This Productions (www.picturethis.ca) These days we are developing some one off documentary films and limited doc series, while also working on corporate projects and even the occasional fiction piece. I'm coming back slowly to the world of documentary activism and social engagement after five years of trying to balance just getting a basic level of work accomplished while raising two toddlers. It felt- and sometimes still does- like there are never enough hours in the day for it all, but I was finding that I really missed being part of the bigger documentary community. That all said, I am so looking forward to reading through some back posts and connecting up with the amazing people around the world I see listed on this site!


Ben Kempas
Thu 28 May 2009Link

Welcome, Maureen. Yes, there are never enough hours in the day, and it's getting worse now that you're adding The D-Word to your daily routines...


Doug Block
Thu 28 May 2009Link

Just remember your priorities, Maureen, and you'll be okay. D-Word first, kids second...


Maureen Marovitch
Thu 28 May 2009Link

Right. Got that straight. Now if I can just get them to write up funding applications for me, this time thing would all balance out. Oh wait- first they have to learn how to write...

Thanks for the welcome!


Jo-Anne Velin
Thu 28 May 2009Link

watch the f2f topic in about 3 weeks, Maureen.


Maureen Marovitch
Fri 29 May 2009Link

Will do- thanks, Jo-Anne.


Niam Itani
Fri 29 May 2009Link

Welcome!!


Dan Gasiewski
Fri 29 May 2009Link

Thanks sy about that Doug.


Fed Sanchez
Sun 31 May 2009Link

Hi there. I come from a photographic background, and I'm working on my first doc right now. I heard about this forum from a workshop I was taking this past week at SIFT, in Ottawa. I am based in Toronto.


Doug Block
Sun 31 May 2009Link

Welcome, Fed. Good luck with your doc.


Michael Anderson
Sun 31 May 2009Link

Greetings. Coming from the world of sound design for EA, including scoring, in game documentary footage and cut scenes. (Medal of Honor series). Fascinated by cross platform media and documentary styles.


Ryan Ferguson
Mon 1 Jun 2009Link

hi michael – first off, WELCOME (and to you others too!)... please check out my recent posts in the 'multi-platform project' thread. definitely interested in your take.


Marth Christensen
Mon 1 Jun 2009Link

Hi,
I'm a retired Boeing engineering manager (and horror filmmaker) up to my eyeballs right now helping Larry Paros make a feature documentary. “Walk Right In” is the story of an experimental summer high school where kids from poverty backgrounds nationwide assembled on the campus of the Yale Divinity School in the summer of 1968 and tackled some of the most difficult issues facing the country — race, diversity, and identity. See the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-E6IBeWVBc
We have a 90 minute rought cut we are screening at a reunion at Yale on 6 June. Marth Christensen, www.yshs.org


Doug Block
Mon 1 Jun 2009Link

Nice to see "horror filmmaker" and "eyeballs" in the same sentence, Marth. Welcome to The D-Word and to the world of docs.

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Ben Kempas
Mon 1 Jun 2009Link

Worrying to see "Boeing engineering" and "horror filmmaker" in the same sentence... although I guess today is more about Airbus horror...

Anyway, welcome to The D-Word!!!


Josh Dinner
Mon 1 Jun 2009Link

Hello!

I am Josh, age 25, living in Los Angeles, CA! I found my way to this board via the USC School of Cinematic Arts Online Community. I am an alumni. Greetings!

www.EarthrisePictures.com
www.TracersTables.com
www.YouTube.com/TracersTables


Khemarak Tor
Mon 1 Jun 2009Link

Hi Everyone!

I've been researching books about Documentary film making and it has led me to this website. I've had a huge interest for this genre for quite awhile but had not ever tapped into it the way I would imagine how an enthusiast would. Thereby, I'm now taking those steps to learning as much as possible. Hopefully, I can pickup significant knowledge, tips, and the sorts from everyone here. Thanks!


Gilly Mathieson
Tue 2 Jun 2009Link

Hi Everyone,

The D-Word has been very insipirational site for me as I prepare to pitch a documentary proposal..

I feel a little bit of a fraud as I am currently not a documentary film-maker but a television journalist. I began working as a journalist in 1994 but became a producer/director and made documentaries for Channel 4. I moved from documentaries back to journalism in 1999 because of job security and an offer of a BBC staff job which was too good to turn down. Ten years on, four children later, I am still reporting at BBC Scotland but have ditched the crew and editor and now work as a video journalist. I report for our flagship current affairs programme, The Politics Show. Over three days I have to find a story and make a five to nine minute film and arrange a discussion to follow. I film with a Z1 and edit on Avid. My stories are all character led and take me across the world. I was one of the first reporters at BBC Scotland to train as a video journalist in 2002 and have loved the transition despite the huge workload.

For me, the last six years have been about honing my film making and story telling skills so that I can go back to making documentaries when the kids are at school and there are fewer demands from me as a parent.

For 8 years I have been dreaming about making a documentary series set in the Canadian Arctic and I am now finally preparing to pitch the idea to BBC Scotland and BBC Four. In 2001, I spent two months living in the Canadian Arctic and made a series of radios features. It was then that I met my key characters and since I have been building up my relationship with them and knowledge of the area and people. I am now planning to go back in May 2010 armed with my camera. Well that's if they buy the idea!

Now that the proposal is almost in place, I need to think about whether I should be trying to get on a BBC course to use a more advanced camera than the Z1. I'm proposing to self shoot as the budget will mostly be eaten up by travel and staff costs, so there is no room to bring an ap/sound person. There's a lot I have to learn and find out about..so many questions..so I am so happy to have found the d-word..

If anyone ever needs any Scottish contacts/interviews/footage etc, I'd be more than happy to help out as a favour. Or if you're bringing your film to one of our festivals in Edinburgh get in touch. We're only a few minutes walk from the Filmhouse and if you're stuck for a place to say we may be able to help out.


Nick Verbitsky
Tue 2 Jun 2009Link

In reply to Gilly Mathieson's post on Tue 2 Jun 2009 :

Good luck Gilly, and welcome! Pls keep us informed about your progress...


Doug Block
Tue 2 Jun 2009Link

Thanks for introducing yourself, Gilly, and great to have you among us. Wish you'd posted last year, I was in Edinburgh for a mentorship program with the Scottish Documentary Council (if I remember their name correctly) and I screened 51 Birch Street at the Filmhouse. I've also been working with Edinburgh-based filmmaker Amy Hardie as producer on her upcoming personal doc. Do you know her? It's really extraordinary, just saw the latest cut yesterday and I'm very excited.

Anyway, hopefully we'll meet up next time I'm there. Good luck with your project, in the meantime.


Yocheved Sidof
Tue 2 Jun 2009Link

Hi
Im currently directing/ editing my first feature length documentary film. Hit a point where I realize that even though I've spent the past eights years editing promo length films, editing feature length is a whole other animal!! So after about a year and a half shooting, logging, cutting trailers, trying to piece together scenes, I still feel completely unorganized! But the stuff is so compelling and Im confidant we have a great film, the question is how to proceed... Do we write a script? How to we organize tapes? Should we get a mentor? Etc... So I'm here to meet other doc makers and learn a thing or two! Looking forward!


Doug Block
Tue 2 Jun 2009Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Yocheved. You might want to take a look at back posts in the Editing and Post-Production topic (or do a search). We've had a number of discussions about how to go about organizing tons of footage.

I also highly recommend you get in touch with a consultant like Fernanda Rossi, who is NY-based and just led an info-packed, week-long discussion of story structure here, which is now archived.

Edited Tue 2 Jun 2009 by Doug Block

Gilly Mathieson
Tue 2 Jun 2009Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 2 Jun 2009 :

Thanks Doug. It would be lovely to meet up when you're next over in Edinburgh. I've not yet met Amy but know her by reputation and the documentary institute she founded a few years ago. I'll look forward to watching her new film when it comes out. The SDI has some fantastic masterclasses many of which are on-line. James Longley was there only last month but unfortunately I couldn't make it as I was filming out of Edinburgh for a few days.


Molly McKinley
Sat 6 Jun 2009Link

Hello. I've been an editor for 14 years in New York City and have just JUST moved to Santa Fe, NM (still waiting for my furniture to get here). I've worked on tons of doc projects for T.V. For the past couple of years I've been working on a reality/docusoap ("Flip This House" for A&E) and I thought I was bringing remote work with me -- an offshoot of that show -- but found out Friday that the plug had been pulled on the show a couple of months into production. So here I am without gainful employment, and wondering where to start (short of taking a job at Trader Joe's). Anyone have any ideas about how to go about getting post production work in Santa Fe? Gov. Bill Richardson has put in place an amazing tax rebate for filmmakers and it has spurred a ton of film production, but the post hasn't arrived as far as I can tell. I'm here with my little Avid setup and my highspeed internet and would be thrilled to work remotely from my new adobe home!

Anyway, nice to be here (on the d-word and in Santa Fe).

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Doug Block
Sat 6 Jun 2009Link

Welcome, Molly. Why don't you contact the NM Office of Motion Pictures and see if they can hook you up with any local film outfits? And maybe hang notices in the cool coffee shops in town?


Jessica Krauss
Mon 8 Jun 2009Link

Hi Everyone,
I never had in mind to become a filmmaker or work for TV branch at all, as I am studied lawyer... but when I accidentally took part in a production for a documentary for German TV I was hooked. So far I was involved as co-author, author or producer in ten non-fiction productions and made my experience mostly on the German market. But since beginning of the year I am working for a production company who wants to extend their experience to internationally co-productions – a lot to do and learn here for me! With D-Word I'd like get in touch with others filmmakers, authors and producers etc and simply share the love for documentaries.
Nice to be here!
Sunny greetings from Berlin, Germany


Doug Block
Mon 8 Jun 2009Link

Great to have you with us, Jessica. Hope you'll leap right into the discussions.


Rob Rooy
Mon 8 Jun 2009Link

Greetings, all:

Just a quick note to introduce myself. I'm an independent filmmaker based about an hour outside Washington, D.C. I've spent much of my career as a First Assistant Director in the Hollywood film industry – but early on, began also to create small movies for nonprofit organizations involved in global anti-poverty work – especially in the area of microfinance. Gradually, over a twenty-year stretch, the emphasis shifted to where I no longer do any A.D. work, and I've branched out into full-fledged documentary work. I'm working on a number of projects, but the most germane one to share is one in which I'm spending time periodically with a sixteen-year-old boy with autism. His story in poignant, his obstacles large, and his strength of character impressive – and, the biggest challenge as I move forward is how to shape a multi-faceted story. I anticipate that in the future, I'll want to seek more concrete advice; for now, I'm just saying hi. I'm going to share this project at the upcoming F2F session attached to Silverdocs next week – so perhaps I'll meet some of you there.


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