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?".
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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.
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.
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.
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!
Well this is my first post. I have undergone quite a transition in the last eight months – going from running a indie film support agency in Canberra to move into my own thing.
In this regard I am currently developing two major projects: one focusing upon a non-narrative based doco and the other a 4 part factual science series.
At the moment I am building the business plans for both. And it is slow creeping work. So any advice on the business plan side of things would be very much appreciated.
Given I had worked in supporting Indies I feel comfortable with my knowledge yet just a tad insecure with applying it on my own projects. I am now on the other side of the fence – so to speak. So, on a final note it is great to meet you all. I look forward to forging some great links and friendships.
Kindest, Stavros from Aussie land.
In reply to Juliet Snowden's post on Tue 13 Oct 2009 :
do you do coverages as a writer? Or, edit?
So many great new people here, it's hard to single them out. But a warm welcome to one and all.
Juliet, curious about your ten-year project. Care to share more in the Works In Progress topic?
To Stavros – I do not do coverage or edit. For legal reasons, I do not read other people's scripts. Sorry.
Wow. Was there a discount at the door? So many new additions overnight! Welcome all and a special welcome to Juliet who I lured here promising her the answer to all her D-Questions. Glad you made it :)
Doug – When my doc trailer is complete, I'll post it on D-Word. That is... if this is the forum for that sort of thing. Still trying to navigate through the plethora of information here!
Yes, absolutely, Juliet. You can easily post videos in any of our topics here. But (whenever you're ready) the Works In Progress topic is the best place to get feedback for a trailer. Would just be interesting to hear what it's about, that's all.
I'm a Documentary filmmaker living in Washington, New York and Munich at various times of the year. I'm a great cameraman (http://brightscreenproductions.com/clips/migration_usa.wmv) and I spend a lot of my time editing docs for people in Munich (http://brightscreenproductions.com/clips/berchtesgaden.wmv). I'm working on a film about German POWs right now and volunteer for DC-360 doing their lighting and camerawork, TD and directing (http://brightscreenproductions.com/clips/DC360_Promo.wmv). I'm at www.Millmanfilm.com
I'm a documentary filmmaker and writer in Boston, MA, and I'm working on my latest project, The Skin Quilt Project, check out the website below for more details:
I just discovered this wonderful site! I am a filmmaker/producer working on several projects on Latin Music in Mexico and Cuba. I will soon post my trailer, and would love your comments.
First post. I'm a composer looking for interesting projects to score. Currently working on "County Jail" for Discovery but work on all kinds of films in all styles. Here are links to my sites:
thanks for looking and I'm enjoying exploring the site.
Greetings! I'm the Director of Programming at the Ashland Independent Film Festival in Ashland, Oregon. Lots of familiar faces here – some with films that we have screened at the AIFF in the past, and many that we have not – yet – but may have the opportunity to in the future!
A little about me: After film school at NYU back in the '80s, I moved to San Francisco and worked as a freelance editor. Did a lot of commercial and corporate productions to pay the bills, but my true love was documentary film. Last doc I worked on was VOICES FROM INSIDE directed by Karina Epperlein, and I was cutting the fundraising trailer for a film I hoped to edit, Eric Slade's HOPE ALONG THE WIND: THE LIFE OF HARRY HAY when my first child was born and changed my plans a bit... many years ago and I have not been back to editing since.
Switched gears, and moved to the lovely town of Ashland, OR. 2010 will mark my 5th festival programming for the AIFF. We have great audiences here. We screen films of all lengths and genres but I must say that Ashland loves docs! Our festival dates are April 8-12, 2010 and we are currently accepting submissions. Lots of information for filmmakers at www.ashlandfilm.org.
So before I veer too much into shameless self-promotion, I will say bye for now, and thanks for this wonderful forum!
Welcome, Joanne. When I grow up I want to move to some lovely town and program an indie film festival, too. And I want to be paid a fortune to do it, of course! Anyway, great to have you here with us.
Ditto to Michael, Cynthia, Lauren, Roland and, sheesh, I can barely keep up.
I’m a filmmaker from Iran, I was vice president of Iranian Documentary Filmmaker Association(IRDFA) ….I live in Los Angeles CA ….
I have made so many documentaries (and also Fiction series) in Iran, Afghanistan and a number of European TV channeles.
I have made a web series for French Arte TV called: les chroniques d’Iran (chronicles from Iran): http://www.arte.tv/fr/Comprendre-le-monde/arte-reportage/2630384.html
…. And my last documentary is an independent 60 minutes feature called: “Doomsday Machine”, This Documentary deals with the mentally disabled war veterans in one of the permanent sanatoriums in Tehran. One of them “Mahmood” is under the illusion that he has built a “doomsday machine” which can destroy the world by pressing a button.
My website (www.smoradian.com) is under construction but My resume is available at the following address:
I recently joined to D-Word …. Thanks for this forum
Nice to have you aboard, Soudabeh. You wouldn't happen to have heard about us via this Marj person, perhaps (our co-host with the most)?
unfortunately I didn't know Marjan before coming LA ... nice to know her ...
and nice to know you ... I read about you and your works
My name is Irina Vodar, I am a filmmaker from Russia based in NY. My last project, Miss GULAG (www.missgulag.com writer/ producer) enjoyed a World Premier at the 57th Berlin Film Fest and was sold to broadcasters worldwide. My partners on the project Raphaela Neihausen of STF fame and Maria Yatskova are already prominent members of D-word.
I'm working on a personal documentary on commercial surrogacy in India. From micro (my personal story) to macro (supply and demand for babies in the year 2010)- this is a ballancing act of perceverance, stamina and hope.
I'm calling on all doc filmmakers BASED IN INDIA or filmmakers who have SHOT IN INDIA to reveal thyselves to me! I'm looking for practical advice and crew references. The first shoot is going to be scheduled as early as December/January this year.
all the best! looking forward to hearing from you!
Greetings back, Irina. So you know, no need to double post on The D-Word. Most everyone surfs from topic to topic so they will get seen. Meanwhile, congrats on Miss Gulag, and for working with two of the loveliest partners on the planet.
Dear Doug and Marj,
Thank you for kind words of welcome. And for your compliments on my tastes. :)
A big welcome to two familiar faces: Joanne Feinberg and Irina Vodar! Glad to see you both made it to D-Word.
Welcome, Irina/Joanne/Stavros/Juliet et al....Nice to have you aboard!
Feel I ought to reintroduce myself as I've been away for months. Doc maker based in Edinburgh many years out working for Edinburgh International Film Festival. Now trying to get an Indian based doc together (I too would like to connect with Indian or Pakistan based filmmakers) and doing quite a lot around history and oral history.
Welcome back, Mary. So you know, being away for months is hardly grounds for a reintroduction, you can simply pick up again with your posts. But nice to know you don't leave us for long.
Looks like we might need to organise a d-word f2f in India.
Mary, drop me a line if you have questions about India or Pakistan. I may be able to help you.
I am Aliya, a documentary filmmaker and more officially, an Executive Producer with a Pakistani news channel. Am based in London these days, but mainly work with issues on identity, religion and gender issues, in Pakistan and with the Pakistani diaspora here in the UK. Do let me know if anyone needs an leads to working in and about Pakistan. Have been working there for seven years or so.
And, voila, you're now a Member. That's how fast we make things happen around here ;-) Hope you'll jump right into the discussions.
Wow, away from The D-Word for a few days, and so many new people. A very special welcome to Joanne Feinberg!
I'm Maria, a producer for controversial independent film company Pie 'n' Mash Films. We started making fictional black comedies but swiftly developed into documentary film.
My partner, award winning film director Bill Maloney, came forward recently as a victim of institutional abuse. A group of 22 men approached Bill and Pie 'n' Mash films to tell their story of horrific abuse and torture a the hands of a senior prison officer back in the 70s. Only four years ago at the same centre the youngest suicide victim in a UK child prison 'Adam Rickwood' was found beaten black and blue with a broken nose and a broken wrist hanging by his trainer laces. His family do not believe it was suicide.
It's a tough subject with tough content. The major broadcast networks will no doubt refuse to air the documentary so I'm looking for all alternative outlets to get our victims stories told.
Anyway! After that somber introduction I thought I'd say 'Hi' to all, it's ok, I'm not all doom and gloom and look forward to connecting with some of you on the site.
Hi. My name is Kevin and I am an up and coming filmmaker. I graduated New York Film Academy a few years ago and I LOVE shooting film and video. I look forward to connecting to some of you here and helping with and getting some assistance on projects.
Hans Bosscher started as director’s assistant and was later production leader at the Zuidelijk Toneel Globe. He then founded the Frascatitheater in Amsterdam and started his own production company to support his theatre. Gradually, the work of the production company shifted to television and film. Bosscher has produced many national and international documentaries, corporate films and commercials. He also spent some time working as a consultant for Endemol Germany and Endemol Sport, after which he spent a few years producing and directing documentaries for Dutch and foreign broadcasting stations, including Discovery International, National Geographic, NHK and PBS. One of these productions yielded awards in the United States and France. Bosscher currently works as a consultant, editor in chief and director for various Dutch broadcasting stations and government agencies.
Well, we certainly welcome Hans, and will welcome him even more warmly when he decides to post in the first person. Come on out and play with us, Hans.
Hi, my name is Chihiro and I work on a crossmedia project empowering media dialogue between makers and doc fans. It's called MoochMe and will be launched at IDFA 2009 at Cinema De Munt. The idea: Promote your own & take one home!
Additionally I've directed and edited a couple of short docs for the Buddhist Broadcast here in Holland and wish to develop myself in this field in the coming years.
Favorite docs: The Planet & Surplus editted by Johan Soderberg! War on democracy, The Corporation and looking forward to seeing "Age of Stupid" & "Soundtrack for a revolution" at IDFA this year. I saw a little preview at the IDFA CLUB evening.
Looking forward to connecting, learning & sharing doc insights and news. Total newby here so have to snoop around a bit
Hello everyone (or Doug, as it were). I'm Evan, and I'm a filmmaker.
Currently working on my second documentary, my third feature length film, Winter in Kenmare. The story is about a small town in southwestern Ireland, and how it is preparing to face the difficult times ahead, both seasonally and globally.
I've plenty to do, but I'm glad to have found this site, as I hope to pick your brains for inspiration and practical ideas. And I hope to serve as a resource for those who need some advice as well.
Welcome, Chihiro. You and Hans should register as Members here, since you both easily qualify. We'll be having a large contingent of D-Word members attending IDFA next month, so will be nice to add some locals to our group.
Good to have you aboard, Evan, and good luck with the next film.
Hey Doug : ) Thanks for the invite, will do. Very excited about this years IDFA going by the previews I've seen and the many projects around it taking place. I'll be fully immersed in it working and checking out new work.
Looking forward to host people in Amsterdam.
Well, I'll have two films there. My own (The Kids Grow Up) and another personal doc that I'm producing (The Edge of Dreaming). So be on the lookout and look forward to seeing you there.
And, btw, what's Nebraska doing in the Netherlands?
Hi everyone, I joined d-word a short while ago and forgot to introduce myself! I'm an editor/producer (does anyone use "preditor" anymore?) with a journalism background and attempting the transition to documentary. I edited "Trail of Feathers: the Missile Dick Chicks Take on America", a feature doc which needs finishing funds before it will be distributed. http://trailoffeathers.blogspot.com/2009/04/blog-post.html
I'm also working on a short doc I filmed in Greece this summer about a dance performance with non-dancer immigrants who are dealing with racism and other problems. (shades of an earlier post from Austin TX)
And all this talk of IDFA makes me sad! I was living in Amsterdam for a while until late 2008, and I attended IDFA 3 years straight, first as a volunteer, then journalist, and finally participant ("Trail" was in Docs for Sale last year). But I won't be going this year. :(
Glad you finally posted an intro, Jill. Now you just need to sign up as a full member, too. You'll be shocked at how much of The D-Word you've been missing.
In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Mon 19 Oct 2009 : Thanks Ben! Good to be here – finally!
Hi there!I would like to introduce the new video camera training center my company (Mediakite-news production outlet) is launching.Mediakite has 10 years experience with major networks such as PBS, CNN, BBC, RAI etc.Mediakite's school is the only school in NYC attached to a real production company. We are offering video camera, lighting and final cut pro courses.for more info and online registration: www.mediakite.com/training
Well, I just signed up to this site. Saw it mentioned in an article.
Um, a little about myself. I left Pittsburgh, PA. and moved to NYC about a month and a half ago to accomplish my goal of making a self funded feature film. I am documenting the entire process on my blog. I am looking to use Social Media and tools alike to market my journey as an independent filmmaker and in the end of it all, self distribute my film. Should be interesting!
Hi, my name is Phil Yisrael. I'm living in Amsterdam. I was born in Sydney, Australia – moved to Israel in 2002 and then met a girl in Amsterdam, married her and yada yada yada. I'm currently studying film making at SAE Amsterdam and have racked up a few projects as director, editor, cinematographer. I have just bought the new Canon 7D and am very excited about filming with it. I am determined to produce quality documentaries, with good stories and technically sharp pieces. I look forward to learning from and meeting new people who share this love of documentary making.
I am a student studying at the University of the Arts, London. I've just signed up because I'm working on a short documentary for uni and in the very early planning stages of another documentary I am making outside of class. Just wanted to say hi really and possibly meet some like minded people!
Hope you're all well
In reply to Hans Bosscher's post on Tue 20 Oct 2009 :
Hi Hans, I wonder if you could guide me in the right direction when it comes to pitching my idea for a documentary about a Dutch sporting team (not professional) that is travelling to the Middle East to compete against local teams. I think the subject will have high interest in The Netherlands and even internationally.
I hope to hear from you.
Phil, I would consider volunteering at IDFA which is a good networking opportunity and chance to see a lot of great docs in exchange for your labor (it's a pretty big time commitment. I have heard that if you volunteer for IDFA's pitching forum you can get a front row seat into that process pitching for commissioning editors.
Welcome to The D-Word Matthew, Phillip and Terri. Good luck with your various projects.
In reply to Kevin McGill's post on Mon 19 Oct 2009 :
Welcome, Kevin. I'm just up the road from you in Norwalk, CT....
You guys'll be happy to know the sneak peak of Chihiro's Mooch-Me project premiered in the New Mezrab.
I am new to the doc world, but loving it! I am currently in development on a feature length music doc and looking for a producing partner, so if anyone has any advice, my ears are open!
Hi everyone, I joined d-word a few days ago and now introduce myself! I'm an italian producer/director and I work with my partner Chiara on my company LaDamaSognatrice_audiovisual productions in HD.
On 2009 I working for a new documentary in high definition and I looking for a french coproduction.
See you on line.
Great to have you here, Fabrizio. Thanks for introducing yourself. And a big welcome to Jillian and Leo, as well.
Hello, I'm a USC CNTV grad (and later BU grad) who worked a long time at various PBS stations (with some side forays into commercial and cable)around the US. Currently I'm doing an independent doc on the creation of the first and only classical ballet company in Spain in over 20 years: Corella Ballet Castilla y Leon. After 5 trips to Spain I now hav 80hrs of HD footage, and need to finish the film SOON! But like everyone these days, no job, income, or funding (beyond "moi") is making it hard. The trailer in online, (doing well) but not much else yet.
Hello, I'm based in Edinburgh, Scotland. I'm a versatile documentary researcher, production manager, prize-winning producer and self-shooting director with many years experience in factual programming. I have over 36 broadcast and cinema credits, and eight broadcast commissions from self-originated proposals.
See my CV at: www.stuartbrown.info
Welcome, Stuart and Gerri. You should both register immediately for full membership here, which will give you access to all the discussion topics (no worries, it's still free).
Greetings. My husband Mark and I are Documentary Filmmakers currently living in Atlanta. We just got back from an amazing video journey in Costa Rica and you can check out some of our video on our website
Hi! My name is Aimie Burns – and I am currently working on my first documentary film. It is called Stealing the Light and will be apart of a series called Peace Through Education. www.peacethrougheducationfilm.com . Please feel free to check it out, and send me any comments/ feedback.
I am located in Asheville, NC.
Looking forward to "meeting" you :)
Hello! I'm Robin Bradford, a filmmaker from San Francisco. I'm a writer/director and have kept very busy the past couple of years with two exciting projects, both feature-length documentary films. Please see my website for additional information: www.brightlinefilms.com I'm looking to connect with other documentarians for networking, information sharing, support and friendship.
Hello D-Worders! Good to be amongst doc film comrades.
If you're into synthesizers, all things sound and the post millennial global music underground, you might like our new film coming out in 2010.
I'm interested in guerrilla promo/publicity/marketing and would very much appreciate any wisdom...or just some good ideas :) We were contacted by ppl from Levi's and Diesel and honestly I'm looking for some sage advice. It seems our films featured artists and labels are of interest to these types of "youth brand" companies, many of the artists music has been featured in films,tv shows, commercials etc.
We just showed a sneak preview at the Anthology Film Archives in NYC during the CMJ and got a buzz started. it'd be nice to know what to say to these corporate folks and the appropriate way to speak to or approach these kinds of ppl/co's. srry for the long intro. Thanks
you can watch the trailer here
Hi, my name is Maggie Noble, and I've been working in doc editing since the days of 16mm. Remember film? I've done a lot of work for National Geographic TV, Discovery Channel, History Channel, A&E, that sort of thing, as well as independent docs. Right now I've just finished cutting three hours of a history series, and am on the loose once again! Just looking to make some new contacts, and see what's going on out there.
Welcome, Brian and Margaret. Maggie, have you applied for full membership yet? It's free but not automatic.
Hi everyone! I’m Erin, an amateur documentary filmmaker based in Boston. I recently moved from New York where I was interning at Jigsaw Productions and Four Corners Media. I run my own freelance video production and post-production service, which has proved quite successful thus far, but am hoping to transition from the scattered nature of freelance projects to a career in feature-length documentary. I love the storytelling process and believe that documentary offers a unique outlet for knowledge that makes it one of the most important tools for education in the 21st century. I look forward to learning from and participating in the D-Word community.
I am a cinematographer who is based in Berlin. I like working abroad and have workingexperience in India, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Poland, Spain and USA. I have experience In shooting on Film and Video, HD-Video aswell. I am looking for new contacts, interesting Projekts, and interesting discussions.
You can see my vita and showreels on www.wolfgangbusch.com .
There is also a trailer of the documentary "The ledgend of Shiva and Parvati"
Welcome aboard, Wolfgang. Feel free to plunge right into the discussion topics here.
My name is Christie Strong and I'm a filmmaker currently fundraising for my first doc feature 'Bombshell: The Life of Maria Stinger.' I'm very excited to join a doc-minded community, where I can learn from others and share some of my own adventures :) My website is www.StrongFeatures.com and I'm located in Miami, FL.
Erin, please don't feel ignored. Of course we're welcoming you as well!
My name is Kellie and I'm a college student in Valdosta, Georgia. My major is International Documentary Production, and I'm loving every minute of it!! I've been in love with video and media since I helped my brother film a project when I was 14. I realize I'm still wet behind the ears and have a lot to learn, which is why I am very excited I found this website!! I'm fully open to discussions, advice, and of course making new contacts in this industry.
My name is Sergio I live in London and work internationally, my background is in music composition for film. Two years ago I founded Big Bang Lab, a cultural-social enterprise working across Film, Music and Heritage to achieve social change in communities. After a project in Delhi (www.delhi-citysymphony.com) I am looking for production companies to commission the making of documentaries of our projects with young people and the cities.
First I need to pitch to commissioners and get the money!
To learn more about my vision
Welcome, Sergio, and good luck getting that money. It's quite a noble vision you have there. And welcome, as well, to Kellie and, of course, Erin. Sorry to have overlooked you initially.
And thanks again to Michael Rabiger, whose classic book on Directing The Documentary continues to send new folks to The D-Word.
My name is Jill.
During a hiatus from directing my first documentary, "STRIPPED"... (Okay, after my first one, I said I'd never make another one and got sucked into it again) I actually learned how to shoot and edit and started my own production company www.shootingninjas.com. Currently am finishing a film about female boxers, depression and post traumatic stress disorder, called "Fighting It." I am looking forward to connecting with other doc filmmakers and finding some community here.
Great to have you here, Jill. Remember our meeting at DocuClub many years ago, glad to see you've stuck it out.
(Reminder to self: don't say anything even remotely nasty to Jill... ever!)
Hi everyone, my name is Patricia. I'm a documentary filmmaker from Holland, based in Rio de Janeiro. Last year I finished my first doc here. Right now I'm trying to get financing for a new project in a women's prison in Rio. We hope to start shooting in March 2010. If you'd like to know more: www.faveladocumentary.com
I'm looking forward to connecting with fellow filmmakers here.
Greetings, Patricia, and a warm welcome to The D-Word. Best of luck with your film, too.
How is everyone doing?
My name is Stefani, and I'm an MFA documentary studies student at Hofstra University. Right now I'm trying to spread the word about the program to prospective students and supporters as a graduate assistant under Skip Blumberg. I'm also a novice at film making so learning about more about the doc industry is a must. Hello!
My name is Steve and I love making documentaries. :) I'm a former student of the Academy of Art in San Francisco, CA. Recently, I just finished my debut short film, The Sundowner. I'm excited to develop future projects with my producing partner, we're very open minded and willing to help collaborate. Nice to meet you all!
Kristof again (after a while on d-word again) – I am currently studying at the National FIlm+Television School in UK for the 2 year MA Documentary Direction. Currently I am preparing my subject for this MA
dissertation to be written next year. I am thinking of making a paper about personal documentaries and their influence on the family/relatives. Etc (I just started off) and I might like to interview you about it.
Would that be possible, by skype for example? Just let me know, it is not urgent. regards, Kristof
In the hidden section, my details:
Welcome back, Kristof. Feel free to email me about setting up a skype intv, but won't have time until I'm back from IDFA.
The sidebar is nagging me to introduce myself, which I clumsily forgot to do when I joined last year. It's GREAT to be here and have input from such a distinguished group of pro doc makers. I recently completed a feature-length doc, GIRLS ON THE WALL, which was a co-production with ITVS (great experience working with them). It just premiered in the city where it was shot, at the Chicago International FF, winning a Special Mention jury prize. The site for the film is www.girlsonthewallmovie.com
In the past I've produced and directed many hours of factual programming for A&E, Discovery, MTV, and am excited to bring what I've learned the hard way on the indie doc trail to new television projects.
Thanks to the hosts for providing this great space.
Hi Heather, and officially welcome. I enjoyed your film. Especially Whitney. What a great character. How's she doing?
Congrats on your award, Heather, and thanks for finally outing yourself. Come back often, ok? We've had more than enough silent Heather, especially given all you have to offer. (And love seeing you doing karioke!)