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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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S.Tavaris Belle
Tue 24 Nov 2009Link

I how are you doing? My name is Shazard; I’m originally from the Bahamas but currently attending graduate school in Florida. At this time I’m pursing a Masters of Business Administration with one more class to go before I graduate. I’m interested the field of documentary filmmaking but I don’t have any experience. I purchased the book Directing the Documentary by Michael Rabiger, it’s my intention to teach myself how to make or go about making such films. It probably will take me a while to get the hang of things, but from now I plan to do a lot of reading and will purchase equipment later to get my feet wet. It look as if the website is full of professionals, so I don’t know exactly where someone like me would fit in. I hope to interact with the members on my journey to one day complete the documentary projects that I envision.

P.S I came across the website through the book Directing the Documentary By Michael Rabiger, which I recently purchased

Doug Block
Wed 25 Nov 2009Link

Greetings, Howard and Shazard. Welcome to The D-Word!

Rob Bralver
Sun 29 Nov 2009Link

Hi Everyone,

New to the site and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Rob, and I recently started up a documentary production company with some friends called Gatling Pictures, based in Los Angeles.

Our first project is "SANDMAN: At Your Service" – about Mark Sandman, the late lead singer of the band "Morphine." Please watch our new promotional featurette at (or here: and let me know what you think!

We're new to the field and welcome all words of wisdom and criticism.


Doug Block
Mon 30 Nov 2009Link

Good to have you aboard the good ship D-Word, Rob. Welcome and all best with your project.

Jill Woodward
Mon 30 Nov 2009Link

good luck with your film Rob. I'm a big Morphine fan, so my interest is piqued.

Sonja Henrici
Tue 1 Dec 2009Link

Hi All

Sonja here from Scottish Documentary Institute. Thought I was registered ages ago but have just reinstated myself.

We are a research centre for documentary at Edinburgh College of Art, and run training and production initiatives such as Bridging the Gap and Interdoc, and produce short and feature documentaries. for more info
You can watch our films at

If you're coming through Edinburgh at any point, please say hello!

Doug Block
Tue 1 Dec 2009Link

Welcome (back), Sonja! Good to see you here again – well, a photo would help ;-) Hope all's been well.

Joy-Marie Scott
Tue 1 Dec 2009Link

Hi Sonja, welcome! Do make sure your filmmakers know about the International Call production fund. There's a deadline coming up in February. If you have any questions, send me an email.

Christopher Reed
Wed 2 Dec 2009Link

Hello everyone,

I am the new Online Project Coordinator at, the MEDIA sponsored social networking site for European documentary professionals. If you have any suggestions or questions for the site, please let me know.

We are beginning another round of programming and so some new features are slated for the next few months. Training Initiatives and Festivals will be able to manage their own information, and Funding Groups will be able to create their own funding guides. We are also looking to improve our wiki ( so if you teach a documentary class and are a looking for a good assignment for your students please get in touch me.

I am also going to be chronicling some things that I think will be useful for the documentary community on a site here ( Guides, news, etc. Maybe interviews too. We will see.

Looking forward to getting to know the community a bit better,

Doug Block
Wed 2 Dec 2009Link

Welcome, Christopher. We don't encourage double posts, but feel free to re-post your note about the wiki in the Teaching Docs topic. Good luck with all your reelisor initiatives, they sound great.

M Beatrix Mugishagwe
Thu 3 Dec 2009Link

Hello everyone!
I am Beatrix Mugishagwe, a producer/director from Tanzania. Currently I am producing a series called Unsung Heroines – African Female Leaders.
I am excited to join you since being in this business in my part of the world it can be real lonely.

Carlo Brescia
Thu 3 Dec 2009Link

Hi everyone!
I am currently producing an ethnographic doc in the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. Last June I filmed a short doc about a skater in Berlin and in 2007 I wrote and produced a series of 4 short documentaries about families living at different altitudes in the Andes. I also produce other types of cultural products like magazines, photo books and music.
Hope to learn more about filmmaking and share the little I know in this community.
Best best.

Doug Block
Thu 3 Dec 2009Link

Welcome, Beatrix and Carlo. Feel free to register for full membership here, which will give you access to all of our discussion topics. It's where the pros hang out. And it's free.

Kate Barden Maloney
Fri 4 Dec 2009Link Tag

Hi everyone,

I'm new to the site and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Kate, I recently moved to the Seattle area from NYC. I specialize in rights and clearances. If anyone ever needs and advice regarding licensing of 3rd party content (music, images, footage, etc...) please drop me a line.

I'm looking forward to being a part of the D-Word world!


Marj Safinia
Fri 4 Dec 2009Link

Welcome, Kate. There must be an echo in here :)

Doug Block
Fri 4 Dec 2009Link

Nice to have you here, Kate, and to offer the benefit of your knowledge. Hope you'll participate on other topics, as well.

Ashley Sabin
Fri 4 Dec 2009Link

Hello D-Word,
Been meaning to join for a while now and with much urging from Josh Weinstein (Flying on One Engine). Well the day has finally come! I look forward to exploring the site and following conversations. My partner David Redmon and I make documentaries (Mardi Gras: Made in China, Intimidad, Kamp Katrina and Invisible Girlfriend).

A year and a half ago we started the distribution branch of our production company Carnivalesque Films. Carnivalesque Films now distributes all of our productions and also other gems including, Orphans, Manhattan, KS, Holy Modal Rounders: Bound to Lose, The New Year Parade, and Woodpecker.

Looking forward to discussing issues and connecting with other documentary folks!


Doug Block
Fri 4 Dec 2009Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Ashley. Very curious to hear more about your experiences with Carnivalesque. Has it been a huge time suck? Has it been more difficult or more rewarding than you anticipated? Feel free to fill us in more in the Marketing and Distribution topic.

Mitch Teplitsky
Fri 4 Dec 2009Link

In reply to Carlo Brescia's post on Thu 3 Dec 2009 :

Welcome/Buenvenido Carlo – I will be passing through the Cordillera Blanca Sunday! Can I see you or make guest appearance in your movie? (Enroute to Llamellin for the week-long fiesta as seen in that Soy Andina movie). D-WORDERS – Carlo is really talented and prolific, great to have him here

Doug Block
Fri 4 Dec 2009Link

We're happy he's here, too, Mitch. Now encourage him to register as a full member.

J Damon Chang
Sat 5 Dec 2009Link


I'm originally from LA but have spent the last four years in Taiwan where we shot three Asian/US based documentaries. Now, I'm in San Francisco, working on the post production for these films.

We're actually looking for editors or assistant editors (PAID) to work on these right now. They must be bi-lingual and have feature documentary experience.

Please email me ( if interested.

And, nice to meet everyone! This looks like a really great website for documentary makers!

Doug Block
Sun 6 Dec 2009Link

It is, JD. And it's even greater when you sign up as a full member and have access to all the discussion topics. Meanwhile, welcome...

Ben Nimkin
Tue 8 Dec 2009Link

Hello All,
My name is Ben, I am a student at the School of Visual Arts. I am in their new program in the Social Documentary department. Looking forward to meet and work with y'all. Seems like a great crowd. I am living in NYC, so if any of you need a hand I would love to do what I can.

Doug Block
Tue 8 Dec 2009Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Ben. Curious what you think of the SVA program. Heard good things but it would be good to hear from someone directly involved.

Kevin Tostado
Tue 8 Dec 2009Link

Hi There,
I'm Kevin Tostado and I'm currently producing and directing "Under the Boardwalk", a documentary about the game of MONOPOLY, the people who play it, and how it has become a worldwide phenomenon over the last 75 years. You can watch a trailer and find out more about the film at or follow us on Twitter at

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