good luck with your film Rob. I'm a big Morphine fan, so my interest is piqued.
Introduce Yourself: Sign In Here First
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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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.
If you're coming through Edinburgh at any point, please say hello!
Welcome (back), Sonja! Good to see you here again – well, a photo would help ;-) Hope all's been well.
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.
I am the new Online Project Coordinator at reelisor.com, 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 (http://wiki.reelisor.com/) 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 (http://themadmaster.blogspot.com). Guides, news, etc. Maybe interviews too. We will see.
Looking forward to getting to know the community a bit better,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Nice to have you here, Kate, and to offer the benefit of your knowledge. Hope you'll participate on other topics, as well.
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!
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.
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
We're happy he's here, too, Mitch. Now encourage him to register as a full member.
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 (email@example.com) if interested.
And, nice to meet everyone! This looks like a really great website for documentary makers!
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...
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.
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.
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 http://MonopolyDocumentary.com or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MonopolyDoc
I'm Bob Czepiel (pronunced SeePeal). I have produced 4 local historica documentaries. The most recent, The Kate: Old Saybrook's Crown Jewel,
the new theater for the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center.
I'm not a filmmaker who found a subject, but am a subject who became a filmmaker – to tell the world about the crop circle phenomenon. My new film is "What On Earth? Inside the Crop Circle Mystery." My fundamental interest is in the consciousness expanding awakening going on, and the circles could create the biggest shift ever in how humanity perceives itself. If we knew we were being visited by another intelligence, we would be one humanity in relation to 'the other,"' and, given how dangerous we have become to one another, as someone in the film says, "That could be what saves this civilization." Am doing DIY marketing, with an internet official launch a couple of weeks ago. This is the marketing site to which we are directing traffic: http://CropCircleMovie.com. This is the film website – http://www.WhatOnEarthTheMovie.com – a trippy, beautiful source of info about the film and the circles, but not as hard hitting to sell DVDs as the site we created for that purpose.
I've been lurking around reading the posts for a while, I think its about time I introduced myself as well:).
I'm Mridula Bhatia, a first time documentary filmmaker staying in Seattle. I've just finished editing my first film -The Mountaineers. Its a thirty minute long film about three women cancer survivors who try and climb Mount Adams. Its been a long, fun though isolating experience to do this on my own. Now that its done, I am at a loose end planning the next step for the film.
I'm looking for some guidance and to learn. Thanks Doug, for having this forum.
Our pleasure, Mridula. Great to have you here. Feel free to sign up for full membership ...
My colleague at ITVS, Joy Marie Scott, encouraged me to sign up. I am a production executive for Cup Rock Entertainment based in Austin Texas and also do Program development and production consulting work for ITVS International and for American Public Television.
Hi, I'm Ormuzd Alves, photographer starting a career in filmaking, just finished my post-graduation course in Cinema, video and photography in Brazil.
I've known about the d-word forever and have finally joined at the urging of my neighbor justine jacob ("runner's high," "ready,set,bag!").
my latest project "the waiting room" was just funded at open call by ITVS.
looking forward to being a part of the community here.
Welcome aboard, Pete. Very interested to see a social media/documentary hybrid. You can keep us posted in Multi-Platform Projects
I am a novelist (Bittersweet; Tuttle Publishing) and memoirist (Daughter of Heaven: A Memoir with Earthly Recipes; Arcade Publishing) living in New York City.
Recently, I was blessed a wealth of visual and aural material about four Chinese-American sisters who became a jazz vocal quartet and performed on the Broadway stage and Hollywood screen during the 30s and 40s. So the book I was planning to write about them has become a documentary film instead. As a first-time filmmaker, I have completed videotaped interviews of the four sisters and a rough cut.
Now I am hoping to receive some advice about how I might go about obtaining rights, permissions, licensing for a number of songs and archival film clips that are part and parcel of my 1-hour film – as well as learn what the fees would be.
Looking forward to being part of your community, and thank you for this wonderful forum,
I'm in my fifth year of living in Cameroon, West Africa. I'm a documentary filmmaker turned full-time volunteer. But it's time to reach new horizons with our documentary "Green Eyes in Africa." It's a ready-to go project with almost all of the work done. I consider what we have a "rough draft." I just need a production company who would like to take it and make it bigger/better and incorporate the rest of the story. Then move on to distribution. The story is unbelievable. www.youtube.com/GreenEyesinAfrica has the trailer, etc. I hope to find people who want to make this happen...our website is www.GreenEyesinAfrica.org and my email is RyaninNev@aol.com.
Welcome, Pete, and congrats on your funding! Leslie and Ryan, a warm welcome, as well. You both should register for full membership here, which will give you access to all the discussion topics. And best of luck with your projects.
So far I have been primarily a DP almost exclusively for docs, including a feature that's premiering in Sundance this year ("Countdown to Zero" for Participant). Have been involved with Doculink since it was just an idea, and have heard about this place for a long time, but for some reason am only now joining in! Seems great though and I look forward to mingling, especially as I'm moving into a place of producing as well. Thanks!
Welcome, Bryan, and congrats on Sundance. Hope you get to go and see it with an audience on the big screen – nothing like it. You, too, should sign up for full membership here. It's easy and free.
I heard about D-Word from a director while chatting with him at his premiere and signed up the next day. A month later, I'm finally introducing myself.
I'm an aspiring doc filmmaker in the Washington DC metro area. A former Air Force and DOD producer-director, I earned a Master's certificate from the Institute for Documentary Filmmaking at George Washington University under award-winning filmmaker Nina Gilden Seavey. I also have an MA in video production. Last year, I produced my first short doc (17 mins) from script to screen, "DC LSIC: A Little Justice Goes A Long Way," for DC non-profit legal aid agency and law clinic DC Law Students in Court. You can view it on my Web site at www.amicusmedia.net. If anyone views it, I'd love some feedback.
I've been wanting to produce another doc, but have lost my momentum since I haven't been able to find a topic that excites me. Life has gotten in the way as well. Am hoping associating with other doc filmmakers will inspire me. In the meantime, I'm a freelance Final Cut Pro editor and taking some home improvement classes at my local community college for fun.
Stephanie, Please feel free to network with other DC area documentary filmmakers at DOCS IN PROGRESS based in Silver Spring, Maryland. We're a supportive and welcoming group.
Simin Fallahzadeh Tehrani
Born in 1959,Tehran-Iran.Graduated from Television and Cinema Univercity.Worked for twenty years at Iranian Television broadcasting
company as an animation cinematographer.and documentary fimmaker
My last documentary(2009)is about Alzheimer disease,and several women
who are afflicted to Alzheimer.I want to know if i can take part to your Newport beach Film Festival 2010?
In reply to Tom Dziedzic's post on Mon 21 Dec 2009 :
Tom, thanks. I've heard of the group (and WIFV of which I'm a listserv lurking member). My Doc Center class project was shown there a couple years ago. A new year is coming, so I'm reaching out in the hopes of expanding my horizons and becoming more active. I'll definitely become more active with DIP. Again, thanks!
A warm welcome to Stephanie and Simin. Don't let a little thing called life ever get in the way of your doc work, Stephanie ;-)
nice to finally have the time to introduce myself... Excuse me for the delay, but I was lost in an edit when I first signed up!
I'm Marco Della Coletta and I'm an Italian/Dutch filmmaker based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I'm also a partner of Godmother Films, a creative production company that tries to focus on documentary and socially relevant advertising. In the past 2 years, among other stuff we produced one of the shorts of the "Why Democracy?" series: Interferenze (about Italian television pirates).
About a month ago, I met some of you during the Idfa dinner at the Mezrab, here in Amsterdam... I must say you looked like you are a very interesting bunch of people and I'm really looking forward to join the conversation and get to know more of you online.
PS. If you like you can see most of our work on www.godmotherfilms.com
Welcome, Marco. We're actually far more interesting online than in person, so hope we'll correct your initial impression ;-) Feel free to register for full membership here to really find out.
Speak for yourself, Doug :-P.
Marco, they are all fabulously interesting in person...
I make documentary films on various themes for propagating the message of sustainable innovations that leads to sustainable development.
Two documentary films directed by me have participated in two International Festivals in 2009 organized by the Government of West Bengal.
The documentary on sustainable effort of tribal women in social forestry titled Tribal women, afforestation and sustainability was selected for screening in the Short & Documentary films Section of 15th Kolkata Film Festival.
Earlier, the documentary on establishing the first Small & Medium Forest Enterprise in India titled Artistic approach was selected for 8th International Social Communication Cinema Conference 2009.