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Manuela Corbari
Tue 29 Sep 2009Link

Hi all,
I'm a documentary editor and do almost everything else that's needed in a small production company in the rugged coast of Connemara in Ireland.
Just discovered the website, well done.
I'm about to go to Medimed Documentary Market, in Spain in October with a documentary I edited.. Just wondering if anybody has been to past editions and could give me any feedback and advice on how to make the best out of this event.
Thanks for your time
Best
Manuela


Julian Samboma
Tue 29 Sep 2009Link

Oops! Sorry guys, the first link in my earlier post does not work.
Please try this one, http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/news/watch/v19140232dPKkyM6H#
Cheers


Doug Block
Tue 29 Sep 2009Link

Welcome, Julian and Manuela. Feel free to sign up for professional status here, which will give you access to many more discussions topics.


Lori H. Ersolmaz
Thu 1 Oct 2009Link

Hi everyone,

I heard Doug speak at IFP last week and wanted to see what the D-word was all about. I make grassroots docs to help make policy change in NJ.


Doug Block
Fri 2 Oct 2009Link

Howdy and welcome, Lori. So why is someone making grassroots docs for policy change going to a panel on personal docmaking, huh huh? ;-)

Edited Fri 2 Oct 2009 by Doug Block

Lori H. Ersolmaz
Fri 2 Oct 2009Link

I signed up for the day, so was there for that panel as well. I'm actually interested in all kinds of documentaries and personal essays are interesting to me from a sociological standpoint. I however, believe that real change only happens through legislative change. Perhaps at least one can measure the change in some way... I'm really enjoying the topic dialog with Pat Aufderheide about the Honest Truths report.

Edited Fri 2 Oct 2009 by Lori H. Ersolmaz

Julia Welbourne
Fri 2 Oct 2009Link

Dear D-word Nation,
Hello, My name is Julia Welbourne and I'm a freelance producer/editor who just recently moved from NYC to Seattle. I'm happy to have finally joined D-word at the advice of many!

I've worked on a number of feature docs over the last several years, wearing the many obligatory hats of documentary work. From development and coordinating to post management and editing.

Coming from the east, my Pacific Northwest network is small yet and I'm interested in not only developing some projects of my own, but in collaborating and networking with other local filmmakers.

Please feel encouraged to check out my profile for a more detailed bio- especially if you are in the PAC/Seattle area!

Thanks, and so glad to be here.
:D


Ryan Ferguson
Fri 2 Oct 2009Link

the sausage fest just got a whole lot... uh... less sausagy


Doug Block
Sat 3 Oct 2009Link

Welcome, Julia. FYI, Ryan is referring to the predominance of male, um, members in the Seattle area. They're clearly excited, and perhaps a wee threatened, by the diversity you bring to the area.


Marth Christensen
Sun 4 Oct 2009Link

Julia,
Seattle Face 2 Face event is at 7:00 p.m., tomorrow, Sunday at the Village Inn down by Pike Place.
Check the F2F postings.


Julia Welbourne
Sun 4 Oct 2009Link

Thanks so much Marth-
I'll definitely be there!

And thanks also for the welcome Doug and thanks Ryan, I think.

;)
-Julia


Kevin Railsback
Sun 4 Oct 2009Link

Hello Everyone,

Visited this site now and then but never really had the time to be as involved as I'd like.

My passion is nature and wildlife but I've embarked on a doc about a local professional dance team. So I'm sure I'm going to need loads of advice in order to pull of something that's not in my normal comfort zone.


Beth Toni Kruvant
Sun 4 Oct 2009Link

Hi Doug,
It just came to me that 31 Birch St is like Hamlet. Has any one ever told you that?
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Doug Block
Mon 5 Oct 2009Link

Actually, you're the first, Beth. But I'll assume it's a compliment, so thanks.

FYI, it's 51 Birch Street. 31 Birch would have been the Seiferts, and while I'm sure there was a fascinating story there, it will forever remain hidden from public view.

Anyway, a warm welcome to both you and Kevin.


Beth Toni Kruvant
Mon 5 Oct 2009Link

Hi Doug,
yes I remembered it was 51 as I headed out the door and did wonder who was at 31, but its just the beginning of Hamlet, not the tragic ending as you may have got, I thought about it after seeing Jude Law talk about his role on charlie rose- what a weird connection.................
good luck on your new film, I saw the trailer at IFP and cried.


Ryan Ferguson
Mon 5 Oct 2009Link

In reply to Julia Welbourne's post on Sun 4 Oct 2009 :

yeah, i meant it as a welcome of sorts... based on my d-word perceptions alone, i figured women didn't actually live in seattle. truly shocking revelation to find out there's actually 266,919 (as of 2005) women in seattle... who knew?


Doug Block
Mon 5 Oct 2009Link

In reply to Beth Toni Kruvant's post on Mon 5 Oct 2009 :

Yes, quite often women see Jude Law and think of me.


Jean McEwan
Mon 5 Oct 2009Link

hi all,

I'm based in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. I'm a filmmaker who is making a short documentary with some young people aged 13 – 14, about a project called "The Bradford Tea Party" which is bringing six groups of older people from different cultural backgrounds together to make ceramics and textiles celebrating their customs and cultures. I made my own first doc only this year. I'm excited and a bit nervous! A lot of responsibility involved in mentoring the young people through the project and I'm hoping they have a good experience. Good to meet you all.


Nick Verbitsky
Mon 5 Oct 2009Link

Welcome all you newbies, you are now in w/ a very helpful and interesting group!


Julia Welbourne
Mon 5 Oct 2009Link

In reply to Ryan Ferguson's post on Mon 5 Oct 2009 :

Changing the Seattle scene, one less sausage at a time.


Patrice Williams
Tue 6 Oct 2009Link

HI, I'm Patrice and the founder of the Going Green Film Festival. Wanted to reach as many doc filmmakers as possible and let them know that we are looking for their "green films." If your film was created using green techniques, or if your subject is about the environment/third world issues, or you feature alternative transportation in your film, then you qualify. Please visit our website at www.GoingGreenFilmFestival.com for more details. Twitter @goinggreenfest


Jehan Harney
Tue 6 Oct 2009Link

Hello D-Word fellows... I am finally introducing myself now even though I have been a member since my D-Word F2F pitch in Washington in June. James L, thanks for encouraging me to be more active on the D-Word scene. I am an Egyptian-American TV journalist & filmmaker. I can't imagine doing anything professionally enjoyable more than making documentaries. This year, I quit my stressful TV news job to work full-time on my ITVS-funded film on the plight of Iraqi refugees. I love making interfaith and social justice films where I feel I can make a difference. I hope I can be active in your discussions and to make many filmmaker friends... www.JehanHarney.com


Doug Block
Tue 6 Oct 2009Link

Welcome and thanks for finally posting, Jehan. Great to have you taking part in the discussions.


John Burgan
Tue 6 Oct 2009Link

In reply to Patrice Williams's post on Tue 6 Oct 2009 :

Nice idea for a festival Patrice, but rather disappointing to see that only US citizens are eligible for the Grand Prize...what's the thinking behind this?


Erica Ginsberg
Tue 6 Oct 2009Link

Welcome at last Jehan.


Marj Safinia
Tue 6 Oct 2009Link

Ditto :)


spenser noh
Tue 6 Oct 2009Link

Hey guys,
New member here. I represent Woody Pak, a composer for documentaries. You can check out his work at woodypak.com. Let me know any of you would like some more information on him! Thanks.

~spenser


Sydnye White
Wed 7 Oct 2009Link

Hello all:
I just signed up and happy to be here! I am a documentary and tv producer in the Washington, DC area looking to network and share knowledge. My web site is www.docsandtv.com where I sell a How-To CD about fundraisng for documentary productions. I've also started blogging on that site.
Thanks!


Fred Grace
Wed 7 Oct 2009Link

Hello,
Nice to be here, I'm a Documentary filmmaker from London. I've made a load of short docs and am embarking upon my first feature with my partner.
I also run a Documentary night in London aimed at making bigger networks of filmmakers who can all collaborate in a happy shinny way. If you're a Doc filmmmaker in London get in touch.
Take care
Fred


Stephanie Riggs
Wed 7 Oct 2009Link

Hello All,

I've heard many good things about D-word. Looking forward to connecting with you all...
My projects can be found online at www.sunchaserent.com

All the best,
Stephanie


Nick Verbitsky
Wed 7 Oct 2009Link

Welcome Stephanie, Sydnye, Spencer and Fred....Poor Fred, HIS name doesn't start w/an 'S'. Chin up, buddy....


Fred Grace
Thu 8 Oct 2009Link

I'm trying to hold it together, but to be honest its tough, real tough.


Sydnye White
Thu 8 Oct 2009Link

Thanks Nick on behalf of all the new "S" members and Fred who we'll claim too!


Nick Verbitsky
Thu 8 Oct 2009Link

In reply to Fred Grace's post on Thu 8 Oct 2009 :

You Brits are tough, Fred. I have no doubt you'll come out whole on the other side...Even Syndye has been gracious enough to claim you.


Nassim Assefi
Fri 9 Oct 2009Link

Hi, All! James Longley introduced me to this site. We share two things in common--we're both from Seattle and we're both drawn to "post-conflict" parts of the world (in my case, Afghanistan). I'm a doctor and novelist by profession, but have just secured funding to make my first documentary film about midwives in Afghanistan. I will be producing the film, and have assembled a wonderful crew--director Havana Marking (of AFGHAN STAR fame), cinematographer Bree Fitzgerald (of National Geographic), Executive Producers Holly Morris (of Adventure Divas)and Mike Lerner (of Roast Beef)– so I am in good hands despite my lack of experience. Scouting will hopefully begin in a few weeks once I sort out some legal, editorial, and financial issues. If anyone has experience trying to make an independent film with USAID funding, please let me know! We don't have a website yet for OPERATION MIDWIFE--A LABOR OF LOVE ON THE AFGHAN FRONTLINES, but you can learn more about my novels and global health work at nassimassefi.com Looking forward to "meeting" or at least interacting with you. Cheers, Nassim


Doug Block
Sat 10 Oct 2009Link

Welcome, Nassim. Normally, we don't encourage people to register for full membership until they've had more professional doc experience. But any friend of James is a friend of ours. So do sign up and we'll happily follow your progress and help where we can. Best of luck with what sounds like a terrific project.


Jo-Anne Velin
Sat 10 Oct 2009Link

Hi Nassim, when you are fully in, please follow to Works in Progress topic.


Nassim Assefi
Sat 10 Oct 2009Link

Thanks, Jo-Anne and Doug. I'd be honored to be a full member, though I do lack the experience. Best wishes, Nassim


Andrew Garrison
Sat 10 Oct 2009Link

Hi, Doug- I'm finally back. Does this print my name? It is Andy Garrison here. Got a few projects in the works. The previously completed documentary is THIRD WARD TX. Webpage is www.ThirdWardTx.com. Self-distributing with New Day. The New Day URL is http://www.newday.com/films/ThirdWardTX.html.
One current project is about a choreographer who collaborates with non-dancers to make performances. I spent the past year shooting Allison Orr working with the City of Austin's Solid Waste Services
Division. You can see a sketch of a scene idea on Youtube at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2u01-xZl6Q.
More later,
Andy


Doug Block
Sat 10 Oct 2009Link

Welcome back, Andy. Yes, it does print your name automatically above every post, so no need to sign at the bottom, either. Glad to see you've been so busy (as if that's an excuse not to be posting regularly!).


Jason Perdue
Sun 11 Oct 2009Link

Hi Andy. Glad to see you here. Was hoping to see your new film in Sebastopol, but haven't seen anything yet. Hope all is well in Austin.


Martin Mc Cann
Mon 12 Oct 2009Link

Hi All, Currently shooting my first Documentary "Over the Hill Gang" A true life story about a group of elderly gentlemen who served together in the Irish Army Reserve(FCA). Most of them retired in the 1980's. To gain membership of the "Over the Hill Gang" One had to be an Artillery Soldier and possess one or more of a certain set of skills.... Singing, Reciting Tales and Myths; Poetry and Rhymes or play a musical instrument.


John Burgan
Mon 12 Oct 2009Link

Like the sound of that, Martin. If only all armies insisted on these skills...

Edited Mon 12 Oct 2009 by John Burgan

Arlo J Pignotti
Mon 12 Oct 2009Link

Hello everyone! My name is Arlo Pignotti. I just joined because I love to transcribe documentary film. If anyone needs their interviews transcribed into Word, let me know and I can walk you through on how to convert your videos to MP3 and upload it to my web site where I can start sending back transcripts via email right away. Find out more at www.AJProcessing.Com. Thank you!

Edited Mon 12 Oct 2009 by Arlo J Pignotti

Cynthia Jeannette Gomez
Mon 12 Oct 2009Link

Greetings all: I'm Cynthia Jeannette, doc filmmaker from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Current film project is in Production, "Land Water People Time". An early edit is screening at the Santa Fe Film Festival December 2-6th. This film is in collaboration with the Northern New Mexico Heritage Area and the National Parks Service -more at www.PipestoneProductions.com. I'm an all around independent filmmaker/producer, behind the scenes photographer and videographer and FCP editor. Produced the epk for NALIP LPA 2008 & 2009 for the past two years www.nalip.org. Also a NALIP LPA Doc Fellow in 2009. Great people, excellent academy.


Michael Gregory
Tue 13 Oct 2009Link

Howdy. I'm Michael Gregory from Kansas City. I am working on my very first documentary, a short video for my church. My favorite thing about the process so far is just learning – I've gone through a score of books already and I look forward to learning as I progress. So far my favorite documentaries are "American Movie", "Enron", "This American Life", and the first few minutes of "Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?".


Jacqueline Olive
Tue 13 Oct 2009Link

Hi, I'm a multi-media producer living in Berkeley, CA. I'm currently developing a documentary film and producing a few small projects. Just started freelancing and thrilled to see others in the independent film community. Glad the D-Word exists.


Andy Schocken
Tue 13 Oct 2009Link

Welcome Arlo, Cynthia, Michael and Jacqueline! Michael, you should check out Michael Rabiger's Directing the Documentary – it's usually considered the go-to book for learning documentary filmmaking.


Juliet Snowden
Tue 13 Oct 2009Link

Hi All,

I'm so glad to be here because I am in the middle of post on a documentary I shot ten years ago. Yes, you heard right – ten years!

I am a professional screenwriter by trade (KNOWING, BOOGEYMAN and the upcoming POLTERGEIST remake) and a lover of documentaries.

Hope to learn a lot from you D-Word folks.

Best,
Juliet

Edited Tue 13 Oct 2009 by Juliet Snowden

James Allen Smith
Tue 13 Oct 2009Link

Hi there,

I'm James, I just completed work on my feature doc FLOORED which is premiering this month at the Austin Film Festival. FLOORED follows 4 characters from the financial canyons of Chicago over a 3 year period as they struggle with big changes in their business and feel the impact of our economic crisis head on.

My friend Chris baron who did a lot of the shooting on the flick introduced me to this community.

Here's a link to the website for FLOORED http://FLOOREDmovie.com

I'm looking forward to great discussions and learning from the group!

Take care,
James.


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