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Alexandar Tomov - junior
Wed 30 Dec 2009Link

Hi everybody. My name is Alexandar Tomov – junior, from Bulgaria and i am inceptive director and writer who is looking for realization abroad.
MY SITE:
http://tomovjunior.webs.com/
Tomovjunior is an alternative site on cinema and literature.


Doug Block
Wed 30 Dec 2009Link

Glad that you found us, Alexandar. Welcome. Feel free to register for full membership here.


Julia Welbourne
Sun 3 Jan 2010Link

In reply to Howard Shack's post on Tue 24 Nov 2009 :

better late than never to thank howard for the shout out.

let's f2f again soon!


Thomas C. Gass
Tue 5 Jan 2010Link

Hello D-Word Community!

My name is Thomas C. Gass and I have always been fascinated by music, voices and languages. After graduation in "Music and Performing Arts" in Germany as well as several years of practical work as actor and musician, I started to concentrate more and more on voice acting and directing.

This involves productions as voice over artist for cinema-, television- and radio commercials, off-voice narration, radio plays, Podcasts, CD- und DVD-productions, internet applications, multimedia productions, as well as text doctoring, direction of voice recording and dubbing.

Thanks to my own SaVoA accredited digital recording studio with ISDN (all available codecs), SourceConnect and Phonepatch I'm availabled worldwide for VO recordings in German or English if you're in need of a "German accent" ;-)

www.thomascgass.ch

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thomas


Doug Block
Tue 5 Jan 2010Link

Welcome aboard, Thomas.


Vasilios Sfinarolakis
Wed 6 Jan 2010Link

Hello Everyone!

I signed up to the D-word a little while ago, and have been silently scouring the many posts and pages ... Now it is finally time to introduce myself proper.

My name is Vasilios Sfinarolakis and I'm a documentary filmmaker/photojournalist living in the New England/Mid Atlantic area... At the risk of eliminating a boring description of myself, I'll simply tell you why I am here, with the hopes that I get to know some of you through conversation and dialogue.

I am all about documenting 'things' thought whatever means most appropriate ... visual, oral, written word, etc. I am struck by an imperative to record things I find important, especially fading cultures/societies, things seemingly mundane, the world at large...
I am also compelled to travel to conflict zones and document the happening going on there ... especially underrepresented issues (but I never discriminate).

One of my ultimate goals in this journey as a storyteller is to go into war zones and tell those stories...

I've worked for Ken Burns and the Discover Channel and am beginning to branch out with other talented and motivated individuals to peruse personal projects.

I am currently working on a documentary with journalist Annabel Symington on the Guarani Aquifer (in South America). We just launched our website yesterday and we're extremely excited to get this project off the ground. You can get to the project as well as the team better by clicking the following link, and you'll see the grass-roots approach we're taking to this project.

http://TheGuaraniProject.com

I have several other projects that I'm simultaneously working on; an ongoing reportage on Native Indians in New Mexico, and am currently developing a documentary on low-income housing and poverty in Connecticut. I am also willing to consult and collaborate with other individuals if you think I would be a good fit for your team, or vise versa.

Ok, I think this is long winded enough! I look forward to your feedback and being a healthy part of this great community.

Cheers,
Vasilios
http://vasofoto.com


Doug Block
Wed 6 Jan 2010Link

Good to have you finally posting, Vasilios. And best of luck with your many projects.


khuram Javed
Fri 8 Jan 2010Link

Dear All,
My name id Khuram Javed & i have 11 years experiience in television industry.I am working as documentary producer in a Pakistan top most channel "Geo News".
I produced several programmes relating to current affairs and documentariwes on different social issues and also on some personalities of Pakistan and also on Wild Life documentaries those i have been produced their names are following

1-Indus Blind Dolphin
2-Quad-e-Azam(Founder of Pakistan)
3-Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan(A weel know Qawal of Pakistan)
4-Waheed Murad(A well know Film star of Pakistan resemble to Elvis Presley)


khuram Javed
Fri 8 Jan 2010Link

its me Khuram Javed recently join this network for sharing and exploring more about documentaries and the art of Making documentaries.


Doug Block
Fri 8 Jan 2010Link

Great to have you joining us here, Khuram. A warm welcome.


khuram Javed
Fri 8 Jan 2010Link

Its amazing site and search engine .I realy appreciate the team of d-word.I hope that i will fulfil my craetive satisfection and find professionals those really share with me the latest topics aboot PAKISTAN LATEST development againt war on terrorism i can help all members those who really want to produce a documentary on PAKISTAN .


Susan Harris
Sat 9 Jan 2010Link

I'm a garden writer venturing into telling stories with video (my first, amateurish attempts are on Youtube under "GardenerSusan"). Have upgraded my camera, am learning Premiere Elements 8, and am enrolled in a Doc Production course at Docs in Progress in Silver Spring, MD.

Ultimately my goal is to produce short videos of the Gardens of Washington D.C. Month by Month of sufficient quality to find sponsors in the tourism business or elsewhere.


Doug Block
Sun 10 Jan 2010Link

Welcome, Susan. Sounds like you're taking all the right steps. Good luck with reaching your goal.


Randy Lee
Sun 10 Jan 2010Link

Hello all,

My name is Randy Lee I am 24 and in the process of starting a Video Production company focusing on Documentaries. I've edited one feature-length doc before, (Mark My Words, which the producer is currently submitting to festivals), and have worked on others in a variety of capacities. I also have 3 years experience working for a Video Production Company in Madison, WI, and I am looking for a place for resources to make sure that I am on the right track to help change the world. I'm a shooter / editor / tech guy, and really need to either find producers to work with, or else pick up yet another set up skills and start producing, too...


Doug Block
Sun 10 Jan 2010Link

This is a good place to do that, Randy. Feel free to register for full membership if you want access to all the discussion topics.


Jan Selby
Tue 12 Jan 2010Link

Hello, My name is Jan Selby. I am a former independent marketing consultant who has turned away from the traditional life to make my way as a documentary producer and director. I co-founded a documentary video production company in 2007 (Darn Good Documentaries) in St. Paul, MN, USA. In this company, I am primarily a producer. I'm also working on learning to edit using FCP. I recently directed my first short doc (A CIRCLE AND THREE LINES about the history of the peace symbol) which has been accepted at three film festivals so far in 2010. My goal is to continue to learn about all aspects of documentary filmmaking. I'm glad to offer members my experience in marketing and entreprenuership.


Jo-Anne Velin
Wed 13 Jan 2010Link

What a great topic for a short, Jan. Can one see this on-line anywhere (legally)? Welcome.


Sahand Sahebdivani
Wed 13 Jan 2010Link

Hi Jan, welcome. It's funny, when you wrote a circle and three lines the first thing that came to my mind was the anarchist symbol. I guess I should hang around less with squatters.


Jason Perdue
Wed 13 Jan 2010Link

Welcome Jan. A CIRCLE AND THREE LINES will be screening in Sebastopol in March.


Chris Daliendo
Wed 13 Jan 2010Link

Hey guys, my name is Chris (or Christian) and I'm trying to get into documentary film making after I got my degree in Film from USC. I most recently saw Mai Iskander's, "Garbage Dreams" at the IFC Center in Manhattan and thought it was a spectacular film! I'm glad it got the DGA nomination yesterday! Has anyone else seen it?


Jason Perdue
Wed 13 Jan 2010Link

GARBAGE DREAMS will also be playing Sebastopol in March. And yes, it's spectacular.


Naziha Syed Ali
Thu 14 Jan 2010Link

Hello everyone! I turned my hand to documentaries a little late in my journalism career during which I worked for many years as editor and reporter at a news magazine. After doing a masters in TV journalism from the University of London, I switched to electronic media (although my love of writing has found an outlet in scripting).

I've produced several documentaries, including The Miseducation of Pakistan ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOImnAOkjWs and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnGpHGNJuiA ). A couple of others I'd like to mention are one about the courtesans of Lahore (a city in Pakistan) and another on the social stigma that HIV/AIDs patients have to deal with. I've also worked for a year with Channel Four News (UK) as their stringer in Pakistan, producing and reporting on stories from the country.

Most recently, I've been working with Hemal Trivedi, a US-based director, on another documentary about education in Pakistan and how it can foster attitudes that will go far towards countering the extremist threat in the region.

I am particularly keen on networking with film-makers interested in working in Pakistan.


Doug Block
Thu 14 Jan 2010Link

Welcome, Naziha, Chris and Jan. Naziha, you've come to the right place in terms of filmmakers working in Pakistan. Once you register to become a full member , which we hope you'll do, take a look in the International Co-Productions topic.

Edited Thu 14 Jan 2010 by Doug Block

Hemal Trivedi
Thu 14 Jan 2010Link

Welcome Naziha. She worked helped me out with my recent shoot in Pakistan. She is great storyteller, a great writer and must a I say a superb person to work with. Also, she is really well connected and she really helped me get access to places I would have never managed to get into myself. We had wonderful time in Pakistan.


Ankit Bapna
Sat 16 Jan 2010Link

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John Burgan
Sat 16 Jan 2010Link

Good to have you aboard the D-Word.

Only one proviso: as clearly stated on our registration page, membership is only open to individuals, not couples, groups, collectives, companies, institutions or other plural entities. We have very few rules, but this is one of them. D-Word is a "real-name" community – our members like to know who they are dealing with, so "Wise Guy" is not appropriate.

Of course you can continue to use wiseguyent as your username, you just need to update your profile by adding your name and surname.

We're sure you'll understand – look forward to seeing you online.

Edited Sat 16 Jan 2010 by John Burgan

vamshi krishna
Thu 21 Jan 2010Link

hi all,
this is vamshi krishna
i'm intrested in making documentaries.
i'm new for making them.

pl advice or guide me in this regard.


John Burgan
Thu 21 Jan 2010Link

What interests you in documentaries, Vamshi?

You might wish to check out Documentaries: And How to Make Them by Andy Glynne


khuram Javed
Thu 21 Jan 2010Link

Warmly welcome in D-word -Good luck for ur better future.
In reply to Jan Selby's post on Wed 13 Jan 2010 :


Sue Swinburne
Fri 22 Jan 2010Link

Hi Everyone,

I've posted a couple of times, but now realise I haven't introduced myself. Sorry!

I was an AP/Producer on docs mostly for Channel 4 in the UK for a while before returning to Australia seven years ago. Two children (and a stint in teaching) later, I'm getting back into filmmaking – now as a director/producer.

Having said that, my most recent outing was as AP on friend and neighbour Mick Angus' film Salt. At the moment I'm working on a project about ordinary folk who are long distance runners and the reasons why they run. I'll be sure to shamelessly self-promote when the time comes!

I really enjoy reading all your posts – thanks to all of you for your generosity with your experience and knowledge.


Jan Selby
Fri 22 Jan 2010Link

In reply to Jo-Anne Velin's post on Wed 13 Jan 2010 :

Hi Jo-Anne, It's not online since I'm in the film festival world right now, but I did just upload a trailer on my website: www.acircleandthreelines.com. It will be screening at these festivals so far: Big Sky, Peace on Earth, Sebastopol and Heart of Gold. I'm very excited!

Edited Fri 22 Jan 2010 by Jan Selby

Sean Michael Beyer
Fri 22 Jan 2010Link

Greetings...

My name is Sean Michael Beyer and I come from the narrative side of filmmaking, having directed & produced numerous short films, music videos and two feature films. My only documentary experience until now, has been a few behind-the-scenes "making of" featurettes you often see as DVD special features.

Yesterday, I began production on a passion project of mine, currently entitled "In Search of My Father". I'm 46 y/o and have never met my real / biological father and plan to document the journey of finding him and hopefully becoming a part of each other's lives. I also plan to interview my family and friends and talk about growing up without a legitimate father figure in my life.

How's that for spilling my guts right out of the shoot! :)


Doug Block
Fri 22 Jan 2010Link

Pretty good, Sean. You're off to a flying start. Given all your pro experience, feel free to register for full membership here and get access to all the discussion topics.


Sean Michael Beyer
Fri 22 Jan 2010Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Fri 22 Jan 2010 :

Thanks so much Doug. I will do that.

Cheers!


Jo-Anne Velin
Fri 22 Jan 2010Link

In reply to Sean Michael Beyer's post on Fri 22 Jan 2010 :

Hi Sean – What a journey. You may appreciate, in that case, a film called Memory of Berlin. I don't know how to get a copy, but I know someone in D-Word who may...


Karen Elizabeth Price
Fri 22 Jan 2010Link

There's also "In Search of our Fathers" by Marco Williams which you may know.


Tom McGlinn
Sat 23 Jan 2010Link

I've been shooting most anything that goes on in this small town for years for three local channels and after attending a lot Maine Media Workshops decided to try to concentrate on short docs.


Doug Block
Sat 23 Jan 2010Link

Good luck with that, Tom. Welcome.


Tom McGlinn
Sat 23 Jan 2010Link

Thanks a lot, Doug. I've just been having a look around and I'm glad I'm here.


Warren Gentry
Wed 27 Jan 2010Link

Hello Everyone,
My name is Warren Gentry and I live in Raleigh, NC. Here is the short bio that I posted. It probably serves as the best introduction for me. Nice to be here!

I have been in filmmaking for over 30 years and have photographed several feature length documentaries. A few of these films have been awarded regional Emmys. I mainly make my living doing short promotional and informational videos for non-profits, corporations and educational institutions. But as time goes by I find more and more that my interest lie in the long form documentary. I have a couple of projects I am working on now and would like to learn something about the art and craft of finding funding for such endeavors. In addition I have traveled to over twenty-five countries documenting indigenous lifestyles and humanitarian efforts to assist these indigenous peoples.

Here is a partial list of films I have photographed.

"February One": The story of the 4 college students that fired up the civil rights movement in 1960. http://www.februaryonedocumentary.com/

"Alamance": A docudrama recreating the first local skirmish between the Queens army and local farmers in North Carolina that was a precursor to the Revolutionary War.

"Melungeon Voices": The story of a mysterious group of mixed race people living in Appalachia. http://www.melungeonvoices.com/


Doug Block
Wed 27 Jan 2010Link

Welcome, Warren. Glad you found us and good luck with finding $$$. You might want to look through our archives for special discussions we've had about it. And, of course, there's the ongoing Finding Funding topic.


Tomás Corredor
Thu 28 Jan 2010Link

Letf Brooklyn and working again in my country (Colombia)... Hope to show you soon some images of this crazy colombian reality.


John Yaworsky
Fri 29 Jan 2010Link

Hello,
Filmmaker here near Chicago, mainly indie features and docs. Always have a couple films going. I teach Digital Cinema at DePaul and I am Board President of Living Earth Television (letv.org). We are always looking for docs to show internationally. Contact me anytime.


Marj Safinia
Fri 29 Jan 2010Link

Welcome John. You should apply for full membership so you can take advantage of the good stuff.


Charlotte Cook
Sun 31 Jan 2010Link

Hi everyone,

Yeesh, I'm really not good at writing things like this about myself. Just got back from Sundance and the jet lag is hitting me hard. Well, current work-wise I run a documentary screening programme in London, it's only of the only places that regularly show documentaries in London and we have just over 100 screenings a year, which works out at about 2 a week. I love it, just screened Mugabe and the White African today. It was fantastic with a really lively Q&A.

I worked in feature-doc commissioning for two years before this, and I miss it a lot. Graduated from a Masters degree in Documentary Filmmaking about 3 years ago and have continued working on a project I started there which is more a practice exercise than anything but we'll see what happens. I also write for The Documentary Blog, which I really enjoy.

Glad to have joined up, have been meaning to do it for ages and not sure why it took me so long.


Doug Block
Sun 31 Jan 2010Link

Doesn't matter why, Charlotte, you're here and that's all that matters. Now that we have you in our clutches there's no escaping, kiss your free time goodbye. Blog? Screenings? You'll find they have little meaning anymore. It's all D-Word, all the time.

Or not, whatever. Either way, good to have you aboard at last.


John Burgan
Mon 1 Feb 2010Link

In reply to Charlotte Cook's post on Sun 31 Jan 2010 :

Welcome Charlotte. Where did you do your MA in Doc (or was it MFA)?


Charlotte Cook
Mon 1 Feb 2010Link

Hi,

Doug – I got the sense I may lose some time to this. Losing time to talking about docs is never a bad thing.

John – I did my MA at Royal Holloway, University of London. It was excellent.


Piers Sanderson
Wed 3 Feb 2010Link

Hi,

My name is Piers Sanderson, I'm British but live on the east coast of Italy and flit between here and my base in London for meetings and the occasional piece of non doc work.
I graduated from the National Film & Television School in the UK with an MA in documentary direction in 2007. I've had 2 short films in festivals around the world from Sydney to Cambodia, made a TV doc for Channel 4 in the UK and have just finished my first feature doc which gets its US premier at San Fransisco Indie Fest this month then European premier in Thessaloniki in March.
Currently i am trying to get funding for my next feature which is ready to go and have been accepted on to the 2010 European Master School Campus to develop a film for next year, which i am very excited about.


John Burgan
Wed 3 Feb 2010Link

Good to have you here, Piers. I was at the NFTS twenty years or so ago, how is the course these days?


Piers Sanderson
Wed 3 Feb 2010Link

The course was fantastic. 2 years of making any film you want, what an opportunity! If only it was that simple now. I think there is still quite a gap between the way film school shapes you and what you experience in the real world, but that's possibly no bad thing.


Julie Drizin
Wed 3 Feb 2010Link

Hello everyone. Glad to be joining you. I'm a longtime public radio producer who is currently working as the Talent Manager for the public radio makers quest (MQ2) a project of the Association of Independents in Radio, Inc. MQ2 was a CPB-funded initiative to spark cross-platform producer-led innovation that would lead public radio to become public media. AIR is a membership organization for producers, editors, freelancers, audio artists, etc. As we prepare what we hope will be a new RFP, I'm reaching out to expand the circle of people who know about our work. We're offering a Webinar through the National Center on Media Engagement next week (mediaengage.org). Also, you can read my blog or watch an 8-minute video about last year's ground-breaking projects at http://www.mq2.org

Julie Drizin
Twitter @AIRMQ2
Blog: mq2.org


John Burgan
Wed 3 Feb 2010Link

In reply to Piers Sanderson's post on Wed 3 Feb 2010 :

So what are you up to in Italy, Piers?


Doug Block
Wed 3 Feb 2010Link

Welcome, Julie and Piers. Great to have you both here with us.


Piers Sanderson
Thu 4 Feb 2010Link

Doc wise not much John as there is not much in the way of funding in Italy (i am here for family reasons). I'm traveling between here and the UK where i'm working with a production company based in London and North Wales (I grew up in Wales). Film Agency Wales have just funded the trailer for my next feature and i am hoping to get the full funding in place soon. We have a 2nd meeting with ZDF Arte in Berlin next week and strong interest from A&E in the US.


Niall McKay
Fri 5 Feb 2010Link

Hi Everyone
My name is Niall McKay. I am from Ireland but live in the SF Bay Area where we have a production company called the Media Factory. We do am mix of docs for PBS, films for non-profits, and dramas. Currently we are working on a film about the Filipino Farmworker Movement called the Delano Manongs. I've just finished a personal film called the Bass Player for RTE Television in Ireland. Nice to meet ya'll
Niall


Doug Block
Fri 5 Feb 2010Link

Nice to meet you, too, Niall. Welcome to The D-Word!


Belinda Bonazzi
Fri 5 Feb 2010Link

Hi All

My name is Belinda and I live in NY. Decided to join the documentary-making world a couple of weeks ago and heard this is a great source of information so here I am! :)

Talk to you soon!


Christopher Wong
Sat 6 Feb 2010Link

In reply to Niall McKay's post on Sat 6 Feb 2010 :

hi niall... i remember reviewing your project as a member of the CAAM Open Call committee. even though you didn't end up getting funding in the past cycle, i have to say that i really liked what i saw from your work-in-progress sample. and i usually don't really get interested in historical docs. so, i hope you are still doing well with it!


Lukasz Kulec
Sat 6 Feb 2010Link

Hi All,

My name is Lukasz and I live in Edinburgh. I am polish and I came here to study photography and film. Still exploring the field of film and finding that documentary is something I enjoy the most. At the moment working on a project about the boy with Duchenne Muscular Distrophy.
I joined D-World to explore more.


Niall McKay
Sat 6 Feb 2010Link

In reply to Christopher Wong's post on Sat 6 Feb 2010 :

Thanks Christopher. Nice to meet you. CAAM has been really good to us. Actually, I really liked "Whatever it takes".
cheers Niall

Edited Sat 6 Feb 2010 by Niall McKay

Doug Block
Sat 6 Feb 2010Link

Welcome, Belinda and Lukasz.


Alessandro Gallo
Wed 10 Feb 2010Link

In reply to Piers Sanderson's post on Thu 4 Feb 2010 :

Hi Piers,
my name is Alessandro,i am italian and i live in Shanghai since four years. i am a documentaries lover and i'd love to make one too.i am a shooter and im filming quite interesting stuff these days here.may i know your email address?? i'd like to ask you some suggestion about finding support from Italy. do you speak italian ?
thank you for now


Doug Block
Wed 10 Feb 2010Link

Greetings, Alessandro. Feel free to sign up to become a full member here.


Cory Fisher
Thu 11 Feb 2010Link

Hi, I'm Cory. For the past four years I've worked as a field producer and researcher for the filmmaker Michael Moore (I worked on SICKO and CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY). I'm now interested in making my own documentary and would like to learn more aspects of doc filmmaking from the ground up.


Piers Sanderson
Thu 11 Feb 2010Link

In reply to Alessandro's post my email address is on my profile please feel free to get in contact. Non parlo molto Italiano ma mia moglia è Italiana è può tradurre se necessario.


Rachel Mills
Thu 11 Feb 2010Link

Hi,

I'm currently taking Thom Powers' class at NYU and learned of d-word from him. So far, and I'm sure it's not going to change, it's a great class!

I run The Edit Center in Manhattan where we teach editing (FCP). In short: we partner with filmmakers to have their films go through the class – where the students assemble a rough cut of the filmmakers' film. If interested, you can check out more at www.theeditcenter.com

Personally, I've just come on to produce a film about Paul Liebrandt – the youngest chef to receive 3 stars from the NY Times. It's my first full fledged producing gig so I'm looking forward to talking to other doc filmmakers here. I'm sure I'll have many questions in the coming weeks.

Nice to meet everyone!


Doug Block
Fri 12 Feb 2010Link

Cory and Rachel, great to have you here with us. Be sure to register for full membership in order to have access to all the discussion topics. Enthusiasts only see about 5 of the 50 we have in all.


Sophy VSivaraman
Fri 12 Feb 2010Link

HELLO ALL ,
Iam Sophy from Mumbai, India setting up a not for profit company for Distributing international documentaries in India and co producing documentries that are picked up at Docedge which is a pitching forum in Kolkotta India..Iam working on a documentaries awarness movement in India to create shelf space in stores for documentaries in retail stores to increase viewership.,to finally get a theatrical release for a documentary and have it on a television channel .. looking forward to interacting with your'l

thank you

sophy


Doug Block
Fri 12 Feb 2010Link

Same here, Sophy. Welcome to The D-Word. You certainly qualify so feel free to click on the link in the post above yours to become a full member.


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Sat 13 Feb 2010Link Tag

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Fabrizio Fantini
Sat 13 Feb 2010Link

Hi Sophy,
my Company of video and documentaries production in HD looking for international co-production....
have a look www.ladamasognatrice.it
see you on line

Chiara


Johanna Samuel
Sat 13 Feb 2010Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Sat 13 Feb 2010 :

Dear Doug, Am new to D-word! I was wondering if you had a contact email for Nina Chaudry at Wide Angle? Are you coming to Hot Docs this year? Johanna


Katie Cameron
Sat 13 Feb 2010Link

I am a senior at Elon University (North Carolina) majoring in Media Arts and Entertainment: Cinema. I am having a blast in a class called Producing the Documentary, working my way through Michael Rabiger's book "Directing the Documentary" (which is where I found out about this website). I'm just beginning to work on a short doc called "Contrary Movement" about contra dancing, filmed around Asheville, NC. I would appreciate any help/advice/networking you can give!


Doug Block
Sat 13 Feb 2010Link

Welcome, Johanna and Katie. Johanna, no, don't have Nina's email address (someone else here hopefully does). Yes, I'll be at Hot Docs this year. Hope to see you there.


João Romão
Mon 15 Feb 2010Link

I'm an economist and former journalist and just finished my third documentary for the portuguese television: "Neighbors – Turkey: Europe and Beyond" will be screened next wednesday (February, 17) at RTP 2. You can see a trailer here:
http://www.vimeo.com/7958927


Onkar Mukherjee
Mon 15 Feb 2010Link

Hi All,
My name is Onkar and I am from India. I am a Geologist by profession. I am here because I have always been interested in creative pursuits and although I never really thought I could myself ever be a film-maker, would like to give it a try all the same! Nice to meet you all!

Edited Mon 15 Feb 2010 by Onkar Mukherjee

Doug Block
Mon 15 Feb 2010Link

Greetings to João and Onkar. Glad you found us and hope you'll participate in the discussions.


shereen talaat
Mon 15 Feb 2010Link

Nice to meet you
We are freelance filmmakers from Egypt and Morocco working in documentary , drama, programs and ads. Also we are correspondents journalists, researchers and writers
We also have a a non profit company called 'African Shot' for production and development through media, aim to get attached more to the African identity but we are still looking for funds

So I want to introduce myself to you in order to get to know each other more.and hop to coop soon
Thanks a lot


Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
Mon 15 Feb 2010Link

I'm based in San Francisco, recent long-form docs include Special Circumstances (Voces on PBS, 2009) and New Muslim Cool (POV, 2009).


Doug Block
Mon 15 Feb 2010Link

Wow, such great doc makers flooding in here! Welcome aboard, Shereen and Jennifer. Shereen, feel free to register here to get full access to all the discussions. "Enthusiasts" see only about 10% of them.


Jason Perdue
Mon 15 Feb 2010Link

Hi Jennifer, I saw New Muslim Cool at SFIFF last year. Great job. Welcome to D-Word.


Ryan Ferguson
Mon 15 Feb 2010Link

yeah welcome jennifer. i saw new muslim cool on POV and liked a lot as well.

also, danielle b. posted a great video of you a while back at some sort of seminar or screening. your insight on developing relationships with your characters was fascinating. definitely an issue we are all fine tuning.


Jennifer Kirmse
Tue 16 Feb 2010Link

Hello, I'm Jennifer. I've been working on a documentary about my sister for the last 10 years. She is developmentally disabled and a fascinating subject. Right now we're collaborating on a video blog to foster discussion and interest in the project. I've worked in Film, Comedy and Video Games since graduating from UCLA. Some of the films that inspire me: Genghis Blues, The Sound and the Fury, Fast, Cheap and Out of Control, The Cruise.


Alessandro Gallo
Tue 16 Feb 2010Link

In reply to Piers Sanderson's post on Thu 11 Feb 2010 21:16 UTC : i din't find any other email address, i wrote you on @highonhope does that work? thank you


Doug Block
Tue 16 Feb 2010Link

Welcome, Jennifer. How have you been supporting yourself all these years? Do you do other doc work for pay? Or do you have, like, a real job?


Ben Dorf
Tue 16 Feb 2010Link

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While dealing with a wide variety of subjects, each film has both connected with its core audience and resonated with a broader audience that isn’t always associated with traditional documentary film. In short, Tribeca Cinemas Presents: Doc Series is here to bring you the must-sees of documentary cinema.

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3.8.10: Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

3.22.10: Nerdcore Rising

Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and students with a valid ID and can be purchased online.

All TC Doc Series screenings start at 7:30 pm at Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street (at Laight, one block south of Canal).

Share a cocktail with your fellow doc lovers before or after each screening in the Tribeca Cinemas bar!

We look forward to seeing you at the movies.


John Burgan
Tue 16 Feb 2010Link

Tribeca Cinemas / Ben Dorf – you are welcome to post here, but please note that you are only able to join The D-Word as an individual using your own, "real world" name. Tribeca Cinemas is fine as a username, but you still have to include your full name (not initials) in your profile.


Piers Sanderson
Wed 17 Feb 2010Link

In response to Alessandro http://www.d-word.com/topics/show/97?post=201031 i have sent you an email so you now have my address.


James Cornelio
Fri 19 Feb 2010Link

Hi All:

I have joined D-Word as an “Enthusiast” because, frankly, I have an idea for a Documentary film, and a (small) amount of seed money should I find a filmmaker with a shared vision. My idea was born from a life which, for the past several years at least, has been dramatic. I started my search for a filmmaker at the top, by contacting academy award nominees/winners from the past several years. That effort bought me almost an hour on the phone with Ross Kauffman (an award winner) and a request for my book from two others who had been nominated. This is the (form of the) email which generated that interest:

"I am a former Manhattan attorney and a registered sex offender. Through a book I wrote about my crime [SEE 1 AND 2 AND 3 and other efforts, I am attempting to offer a perspective on this highly-charged issue which I believe society ignores to its detriment. The roadblocks have been enormous.

As a documentary filmmaker who explores social issues, if there were an approach for a film on sex offending which is worthy and unique, would you spend a few moments of your time? If you would, I’d love the opportunity to share with you some thoughts I’ve developed as a result of life experiences I never dreamed possible."

Though not impossible that I’ll “get the call” from one of them, I didn’t need to be told that their options are vast. So, I figured I’d be proactive again and post this to see if any filmmakers who’d like to be nominated for an academy award may be interested. There’s a lot more story to tell. Even if not, suggestions on how to contact a filmmaker who may be would be appreciated.

Jim Cornelio


Chip Grabow
Mon 22 Feb 2010Link

Hi all

I'm thrilled to have discovered The D-Word via Doculink.

I am a longtime fan of the doc form. But after an initial foray into doc work after college, I took a 20 year detour into public radio, working as a producer for NPR News. I am excited to get back to my original goal and am now actively seeking to apply my journalism and storytelling skills to the doc world, specifically editing.

I am a recent grad of the Tech Center's Art of Editing class (Hi Rachel!) and loved working on the doc project there, Sally Rowe's film about New York chef, Paul Liebrandt.

I am now seeking editing projects in the LA area. I hope to meet and share info with more of the D-Word members. Thanks!

Chip Grabow


Doug Block
Mon 22 Feb 2010Link

Welcome, Chip and Jim. Good to have you find your way here.

Edited Mon 22 Feb 2010 by Doug Block

Chip Grabow
Mon 22 Feb 2010Link

Thanks Doug. And a correction – I meant to write, "I am a recent grad of The Edit Center's Art of Editing class in NYC." Hi to all TECAlums on the D-Word.


David Herman
Mon 22 Feb 2010Link

why do I feel that James will not be around for long? James, maybe it's different in a lawyers' world (shan't speak for the other world you claim membership in) but people are not highly appreciative of someone coming into a club and claiming to want to speak only to those who might have won the top award in the industry or offering others the chance to do so with your help. Here we tend to respect and honour all our members and their achievements and take an interest in one another without first checking their claims to fame. And, of course, I speak only for myself.


Emily Sheskin
Tue 23 Feb 2010Link

Hey all – just wanted to introduce myself, I'm an editor who is always looking to collaborate with other documentary filmmakers. Feel free to send me a message to see examples of my work and I look forward to being part of this community


James Cornelio
Tue 23 Feb 2010Link

Sorry, David, no disrespect intended (I can assure you I'm probably one of the last people in the world who'd go around disrespecting others). My intention was simply to underscore how inspired and motivated I am in wanting to undertake what I believe to be a worthy project. And, of course, ANY interest by ANY body else in one's ideas helps to keep that inspiration going. Obviously when that interest comes from someone who has already shown some ability to pick and choose topics that others appreciate, then that particular person's interest adds just a little more "juice" (if you will) to one's own energy.

I continue in my desire to collaborate with anyone who, as I said before, may share a similar vision and have the expertise that I lack.


Matt Marxteyn
Tue 2 Mar 2010Link

Hi all, I'm a festival director and video editor that began as a editor's apprentice prepping 35mm dailies, a job no longer needed – spent several times with celluloid clapboards, tails and background on my floor. Began the film festival circuit as the assistant director of the WC Film Fest and I am now the festival director of the Red Rock Film Festival of Zion Canyon.
Hi Jason!! See you Friday at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival.


John Burgan
Tue 2 Mar 2010Link

Matt – no need to double post at the D-Word; such is the nature of our site we see all the Topics.


Matt Marxteyn
Tue 2 Mar 2010Link

Thanks John! I saw "Introduce yourself" again and thought whaa?


Doug Block
Tue 2 Mar 2010Link

Just to trip you up, Matt ;-) Welcome to The D-Word. Always nice to have another festival head on board here.


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