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.
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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!)
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Hi; every body ;
i 'm moloy from INDIA;very glad to meet you here.
I'm now working as an assistant film director with the most eminent indian film maker; BUDDHADEB DASGUPTA. But you all know that in INDIA its very difficult to be an independent film maker . i've completed the research work for two of my ducomentaries .
my first project is about the children who lived on footpath of calcutta;but they all have a very pain full history; and the causes are very socio-economical.........
and my second project is on MEDICINE;how the people of INDIA are cheated by those multinational medicinal companies.......
i've approach to many people and tried to make my dream true' but i faild. so i'm requesting you to give me some suggestions for it (i.e:how do i find producers.....). thanking you; moloy
My name is Marcus Rosentrater. I am working on working on movies. My keen interest in non-fiction is finding the place where truth and fiction crossover to derive a separate truth unreachable from either end. I am primarily an editor, but have co-directed 3 short docs with Gideon C. Kennedy. Our last of which is premiering at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam this Friday (Nov. 20th 2009 20:15). http://clandestine-movie.com/ I'm looking forward to connecting to an international non-fiction filmaking community.
Good day fellow documentarians,
My name is Martin Touhey and my company Sleepyeyed Films LLC is currently in pre-production of a documentary about the legendary video game Dragon's Lair. I've joined the D-Word in order to expand my contacts and hopefully gain some insight to how people are getting their projects funded and noticed. I look forward to sharing ideas and getting to know other filmmakers.
Hi! This is Almudena Carracedo, I'm officially introducing myself here!
I am a Spanish filmmaker who was based in Los Angeles until two months ago, and now happily based in Brooklyn. I recently directed Made in L.A. (www.MadeinLA.com) which was my first feature doc and ended up wining an Emmy. After 2 and 1/2 years of intense and rewarding outreach and community engagement my partner Robert Bahar (also D-worder) and I are slowly wrapping up the project and moving onto new things.
Happy to be here in D-word, finally, and to be in touch with this community!
Welcome all and an especially huge welcome and hug to Almudena! So glad you decided to sign up! LA is sorry to have lost you guys.
Thanks Marj!!! We miss you all in LA... but I'm sure we'll be seeing you quite often anyway :)
Ditto Marj. Welcome to Martin, Marcus and the very youthful-looking Moloy (Yogesh, we'll welcome you more warmly when you actually choose to introduce yourself.)
And a roll out the red carpet welcome to Almudena, who we're thrilled to have as an actual member and not just a friend. Good to have you all here.
hi I'm moloy chakraborty from India. I'm working as an assistant film director with BUDDHADEB DASGUPTA; the eminent film maker from India. As you know that it is very difficult to make my own film in India; I ‘m requesting for some suggestions from you. I ‘m a science graduate from Calcutta university and working in this field from last seven years only as an assistant and till I believe that I can make my dream true.
I’ve completed the full research work of two of my documentary films and now looking for some funding for these .
My first project is about “THE STREET CHILDREN” who live in the footpath of Calcutta but they all have a very painful history; which is very socio-economical. The usual documentaries about this matter mostly end in showing that they live in an exile & we all have to help them. But most important causes are not revealed or hided. I’ve found that in most cases state and its laws are very responsible for this. They never can imagine even about sufficient food. Medical; education; etc are simply a dream to them……… ………………………….
My second project is about ENVIORNMENT &WATER LAND (POND). There are too many housing projects which are developing by destroying the water lands and greens which has an impact on temperature; average rain; as well as on public health……………………………………….
I’m sorry for bothering you in this way but desperately I want to make my dream true though I know it’s very difficult . I’m writing you for your kind suggestions and help. I’ll be very glad if you reply me.
In reply to Marj Safinia's post on Mon 16 Nov 2009 23:50 UTC :
Marj, glad you enjoyed it! When I showed the film at the detention ctr. last month, the new crop of girls LOVED Whitney too. She's doing pretty well, actually– set to start city college classes in January. And Rosa's working two jobs and looking at going to school next year. Crazy proud of both of them.
My name is Jason Reid and I am a documentary filmmaker from Seattle. I completed 2 feature documentaries in 2009.
The first film is called Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai (http://2rfilm.com/manzou). Myself and three other American friends, along with a 23 yr-old Chinese guide/translator, bicycled over 1,000 miles from Beijing to Shanghai (without permits or support vehicles). Our bicycle trip and the documentary serve as a vehicle to explore the environmental, economic and sociological issues facing China today. The film intersperses the experiences of our team with the opinions of residents, expats, and academics.
My second film is called Sonicsgate (http://sonicsgate.org), exposing the truth behind how Seattle lost the SuperSonics NBA basektball team following a heated legal battle in 2008. We had two sold out screenings in Seattle last month, followed up by an extremely successful internet release. In the first month, nearly 60,000 people have watched it online. The full 2 hour film is streaming for free at http://sonicsgate.org. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Also, you can take a look at my d-word profile at the link below.
Looking forward to networking with other filmmakers here.
hey Jason -
glad you made your way here – i did hear about sonicsgate – supercurious to hear how you guys came to the decision that you'd give the movie away online.
i hadn't heard about 'man zou' yet. are there any screenings coming up?
Jason, Riley, potential Seattle F2F on Monday... would be great to see/meet you and chew the fat. ?
Good evening, everyone. I'm Sara Westrate Barnes and I'm a documentary transcriptionist. I know many of you, but am joining d-word for the first time. I've been a documentary transcriptionist since my sister (hi Beth!) sent me a machine and my first job about 12 years ago.
Some of the films I've been proud to work on are: 51 Birch Street, The Kids Grow Up, A Family Undertaking, e2 series (PBS), Out in the Silence, Vagina Monologues, Raymond Scott: Onto Something, Blueprint America, Terra Antarctica, Whatever It Takes, Promised Land, Lemon, Wait For Me, and Ruth Gruber-The Movie.
I also have several private clients in the medical field and do regular work for Spike TV and NOVA.
Thanks for reading and take care!
Would love to chat about Sonicsgate sometime. We decided to release the movie for free so as many people as possible would be able to watch it. While not a great financial plan, I wouldn't have done it any other way. It has been a great way to get the word out about the film.
Also, I looked at your site and was interested in the Wonderland film you did. Looks cool. Check out the website for my film Man Zou (http://2rfilm.com/manzou) if you haven't already.
Also, Lenville...would like to meet up sometime as well. This week is looking kind of busy, but sometime soon for sure. Let's stay in touch
Greetings, Jason, and a big hello and hug to Sara, who I've been working with for years. Sister of d-goddess Beth.
...so seattle is something like the 24th most populated city in the country behind places like columbus, memphis, el paso, charlotte, jacksonville, and detroit.
so based on d-word demographics, it seem that something like one third of the city of seattle must be documentary filmmakers. it's incredible, really.