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Doug Block
Tue 20 Oct 2009Link

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.


Joanne Feinberg
Wed 21 Oct 2009Link

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Mon 19 Oct 2009 : Thanks Ben! Good to be here – finally!


Francesco Malatesta
Wed 21 Oct 2009Link

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


Matthew Fuller
Thu 22 Oct 2009Link

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!

Edited Thu 22 Oct 2009 by Matthew Fuller

Phillip David Yisrael
Fri 23 Oct 2009Link

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.


Vera Moonpig
Fri 23 Oct 2009Link

Hello folks,

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

Edited Fri 23 Oct 2009 by Vera Moonpig

Phillip David Yisrael
Fri 23 Oct 2009Link

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.
pdy3103@gmail.com


Jill Woodward
Fri 23 Oct 2009Link

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.


Doug Block
Fri 23 Oct 2009Link

Welcome to The D-Word Matthew, Phillip and Terri. Good luck with your various projects.


Nick Verbitsky
Fri 23 Oct 2009Link

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....


Sahand Sahebdivani
Sat 24 Oct 2009Link

You guys'll be happy to know the sneak peak of Chihiro's Mooch-Me project premiered in the New Mezrab.


Jillian Glantz
Sun 25 Oct 2009Link

Hello Everyone!

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!

Jillian


Leo Tafuri
Mon 26 Oct 2009Link

Hi there guys!!
God save the doc!!!
Hug fou everyone!!


Fabrizio Fantini
Mon 26 Oct 2009Link

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.
www.ladamasognatrice.it


Doug Block
Mon 26 Oct 2009Link

Great to have you here, Fabrizio. Thanks for introducing yourself. And a big welcome to Jillian and Leo, as well.


Gerri L. Gagnon
Tue 27 Oct 2009Link

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.


Stuart Brown
Tue 27 Oct 2009Link

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


Doug Block
Tue 27 Oct 2009Link

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).


Amy Jackson
Wed 28 Oct 2009Link

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
at http://wwww.karmalizedpictures.com


Aimie Burns
Fri 30 Oct 2009Link

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 :)


Robin Bradford
Sat 31 Oct 2009Link

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.


Doug Block
Sat 31 Oct 2009Link

Welcome Robin, Aimie and Amy. Good to have you all here with us.


Brian Parsons
Sat 31 Oct 2009Link

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

http://www.d-word.com/documentary/45-In-Search-Of-Sound


Margaret Noble
Sat 31 Oct 2009Link

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.


Ben Kempas
Sun 1 Nov 2009Link

Welcome, Brian and Margaret. Maggie, have you applied for full membership yet? It's free but not automatic.


Erin Finicane
Mon 2 Nov 2009Link

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.


Wolfgang Busch
Tue 3 Nov 2009Link

Hello everyone,

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"


Doug Block
Tue 3 Nov 2009Link

Welcome aboard, Wolfgang. Feel free to plunge right into the discussion topics here.


Christie Strong
Tue 3 Nov 2009Link

Hi everybody,

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.


Doug Block
Tue 3 Nov 2009Link

Hi, Christie. Bombshell sounds quite interesting, and I especially like the personal angle. Good luck with that. Feel free to register for full membership here, which will give you access to many more discussion topics.

Edited Tue 3 Nov 2009 by Doug Block

Ben Kempas
Tue 3 Nov 2009Link

Erin, please don't feel ignored. Of course we're welcoming you as well!


Kellie McClune
Wed 4 Nov 2009Link

Hi everyone!
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.


Sergio Lopez Figueroa
Wed 4 Nov 2009Link

Hello,
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
www.labforculture.org/en/moderators/lidia-varbanova/highlights/57988

or visit any of these websites
http://www.bigbang-lab.com
http://www.vimeo.com/bigbanglab

Edited Wed 4 Nov 2009 by Sergio Lopez Figueroa

Doug Block
Wed 4 Nov 2009Link

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.


Jill Morley
Wed 4 Nov 2009Link

Hello!

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.


Doug Block
Wed 4 Nov 2009Link

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!)


patricia maresch
Sat 7 Nov 2009Link

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.


Doug Block
Sat 7 Nov 2009Link

Greetings, Patricia, and a warm welcome to The D-Word. Best of luck with your film, too.


Stefani Saintonge
Thu 12 Nov 2009Link

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!


Ben Kempas
Sat 14 Nov 2009Link

Welcome, Enthusiast Stefani!


Steve Christolos
Sat 14 Nov 2009Link

Hi everyone!

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!


Ben Kempas
Sat 14 Nov 2009Link

Welcome, Enthusiast Steve!


Kristof Bilsen
Sun 15 Nov 2009Link

Hi Doug,

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:

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Edited Sun 15 Nov 2009 by Kristof Bilsen

Doug Block
Sun 15 Nov 2009Link

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.


Heather Ross
Mon 16 Nov 2009Link

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.


John Burgan
Mon 16 Nov 2009Link

You're welcome, Heather – better late than never...


Marj Safinia
Mon 16 Nov 2009Link

Hi Heather, and officially welcome. I enjoyed your film. Especially Whitney. What a great character. How's she doing?


Doug Block
Tue 17 Nov 2009Link

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!)


Yogesh Jagam
Tue 17 Nov 2009Link

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You are invited to the Film Festival : Humanity Explored –

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visit now www.cultureunplugged.com

watch, vote and spread the buzz in your community, on your social networks, in your blogs.

Engage & Explore.
Visit the festival now.

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on Behalf of,
Culture Unplugged Festival Team

www.cultureunplugged.com
Promote Films. Promote Consciousness.


moloy chakraborty
Wed 18 Nov 2009Link

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


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