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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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Andrea Feder
Thu 14 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,

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 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,

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
Mon 18 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.

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