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Doug Block
Sat 13 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.


Pete Smith
Sat 13 Feb 2010Link Tag

We are an independent record label not a big bad corporation out to sue you for file sharing, we WANT you to spread our music around. If you are looking for quality creative commons music for your productions why not visit our website and take a listen. If you have a limited budget and we believe in what you are doing we may be able to offer certain tracks for free in return for publicity.


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
Sun 14 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
Sun 14 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
Tue 16 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 Tue 16 Feb 2010 by Onkar Mukherjee

Doug Block
Tue 16 Feb 2010Link

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


shereen talaat
Tue 16 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
Tue 16 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
Tue 16 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
Tue 16 Feb 2010Link

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


Ryan Ferguson
Tue 16 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
Wed 17 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
Wed 17 Feb 2010Link

Hi there from the Tribeca Cinemas Presents: Doc Series 2010!

From the team behind the Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Cinemas Presents: Doc Series is an exciting new series of interesting, innovative and thought-provoking documentary films. Join us every other Monday night at Tribeca Cinemas for another must-see film.

This bi-weekly series represents a powerful and varied mix of overlooked gems, out-of-print and cult classics, niche audience favorites, and seminal works that have helped to shape the non-fiction film landscape.

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.

2.22.10: Dark Days

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
Wed 17 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.


Pliers Sanderson
Thu 18 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
Sat 20 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
Tue 23 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
Tue 23 Feb 2010Link

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

Edited Tue 23 Feb 2010 by Doug Block

Chip Grabow
Tue 23 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
Tue 23 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
Wed 24 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
Wed 24 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.


Amy Do
Tue 2 Mar 2010Link

Hello everyone. I'm a videographer/editor. My professional background involves shooting/editing footage of George Lucas for the behind-the-scenes docs for the Star Wars franchise at Lucasfilm Ltd. for 2 years, and then shortly after that I worked for a small division of FOX producing similar behind-the-scenes and news content for the videogame industry at IGN Entertainment (ign.com). I recently finished my first feature-length documentary, Rabbit Fever (www.rabbitfever.com). I'm so glad to have found this forum!


Doug Block
Wed 3 Mar 2010Link

Welcome, Amy. Congrats on finishing your doc. Feel free to register for full membership here, which will give you access to all the discussion topics (50, as opposed to 5).


Hashem Selph
Wed 3 Mar 2010Link

Hi all – I just finished working as production coordinator on Participant Media's doc "Countdown to Zero" and looking to connect with more fellow doc filmmakers. After going to Sundance this year, i was VERY impressed with the quality of docs being produced these days (and proud to contribute to it in my own small way). I'm also a DP, and recently shot a feature doc about the effects of music programs on academic achievement in the LA public schools. I look forward to participating in the discussions here and learning/sharing more.


Doug Block
Wed 3 Mar 2010Link

Great to have you here, Hashem. Welcome to The D-Word!


Ellen Brodsky
Thu 4 Mar 2010Link

Hi everyone- Film is a second career, and though I've been working at it for ten years – still have LOTS to learn!! I just finished the short "Only One Boss" which will premier at Aspen Shortsfest in April. I co-produced "At Home in Utopia" which was broadcast on INdependent Lens on PBS in 2009 and I co-directed "Dental Farmer" which played at Black Maria Film Festival and Chlotrudis and others in 2001. I am looking for a distributor for "Only One Boss" a nine-minute film about relationships and power sharing. It stars a couple of kids who fight and make up and fight again at ages 2, 3, and 12. I would love to meet others who make short films. Glad the D-word is here.


Doug Block
Thu 4 Mar 2010Link

And we're glad to have you here, Ellen. Welcome aboard and good luck with your short.


Steve Buchta
Thu 4 Mar 2010Link

Hello everyone or as the Rolling Stones would put it: "Please allow me to introduce myself..." :)

I am the new Online Editor at reelisor.com, the MEDIA sponsored social networking site for European documentary professionals – that is represented at the D-Word with its own reelisor topic -> http://www.d-word.com/topics/show/151-reelisor?read=new

I'm looking forward to getting in touch with all the reelisor users as well as other documentary film professionals!

Edited Thu 4 Mar 2010 by Steve Buchta

John Burgan
Thu 4 Mar 2010Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Steve. There is an even easier way to link to another Topic – click on the blue link "Help with Formatting" to the bottom right of the window where you type and you can scroll down a list of all possible Topics including reelisor

You also should sign up as a Full Member of The D-Word


Steve Buchta
Thu 4 Mar 2010Link

Thanks for the advise. :)
I'm just starting to check out all the opportunities the D-Word offers.

I especially like the approach not to divide discussions into too many different threads, but to present them in on steady stream of posts. That feels more natural, like a personal talk.


Lindsey Pearce
Tue 9 Mar 2010Link

Hello I heard about this site from one of my professors. I figured I would check it out. Hope to learn a lot! Thanks!


Jeremy Weinstein
Tue 9 Mar 2010Link

Just an update on the Docummunity project I mentioned here about a year ago – well it now has a blog that talks about collaborative media and documentary with the hope of building a small but dedicated group of filmmakers who are interested in the idea of a collaborative documentary. The link is http://docummunity.wordpress.com/ comments about anything and everything are welcomed!!


Doug Block
Wed 10 Mar 2010Link

Welcome, Lindsey and welcome back, Jeremy. Helpful stuff on your blog, well done.


Dustin Grella
Thu 11 Mar 2010Link

Hey all! I was just at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival and every conversation was d-word this and d-word that. I thought people were trying to talk about something without letting me know what it was, The 'D' Word... Over the course of the weekend I figured it out though, and my paranoia passed.


Christopher Wong
Thu 11 Mar 2010Link

welcome, dustin! really enjoyed your film (PRAYERS FOR PEACE) at the Sebastopol Film Fest. beautifully animated, simply narrated, with a powerfully emotional ending. jury award well deserved!

(btw, make sure you apply for full membership with the D-Word so that you get access to all the other topics...)


Anna Rodgers
Thu 11 Mar 2010Link

So Dustin joined the cult ;) Yipeee! Loved your film too. Absolutely beautiful. You should put info on it up on the films page here.


Doug Block
Thu 11 Mar 2010Link

Welcome, Dustin. By all means apply for full membership here . Then we dance in a circle and suck your blood.


Jason Perdue
Thu 11 Mar 2010Link

Dustin, great to see you here. You will be talking mysteriously about the D-word soon enough too.


Ron Osgood
Thu 11 Mar 2010Link

Dustin – I'm looking forward to seeing more of your animation and keeping in touch via D-Word


Erica Ginsberg
Thu 11 Mar 2010Link

Hey Dustin, good to see you in D-Word and glad to see your film is continuing its festival run. Congrats on another well-deserved award.


Jason Hutt
Fri 12 Mar 2010Link

Hi everyone! I'm very excited to finally be a member of The D-Word. I've made 2 documentary features to date, "Orthodox Stance" (2008) & "Breezewood, Pennsylvania" (2004), and am in production on a third film. I'm looking forward to interacting with this inspired and talented community of filmmakers!


Doug Block
Fri 12 Mar 2010Link

Glad to have you here, Jason. Finally. We've had people working on you for years now ;-)


Daniel Morfesis
Fri 12 Mar 2010Link

Hello! I am a documentary Editor (who also does Assistant Editor work) recently finished work as an AE on the documentary 'Countdown to Zero'. Our team was lucky enough to have the film play at this year's Sundance Festival. I was very excited by the documentaries I was able to catch at the festival!

I'm looking forward to joining a community of other documentary professionals!!


Doug Block
Fri 12 Mar 2010Link

And we're happy to have you here with us, Daniel. Congrats on Countdown, and feel free to dive right into the conversations here.


Leonard Lopez
Sat 13 Mar 2010Link

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Hitomi Lei
Sat 13 Mar 2010Link

Hey all! This is a great doc community...glad to be here!


John Burgan
Sat 13 Mar 2010Link

Welcome Hitomi and Leonard. Always good to hear of reliable transcription services


Ted Nieters
Sat 13 Mar 2010Link

Hola, I'm a long-time watcher first time poster here on d-word. Just wanted to take a second to introduce myself to all in hopes of joining the conversation more often and making some new friends. I'm a visual journalist who works with Polaris Images covering the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. I'm currently living in the Gaza Strip where I'm working on a long-term project about daily life, which consists of still images, audio, & video.

Salam

Ted


Leonard Lopez
Sun 14 Mar 2010Link

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Leonard here, Yes we do understand and appreciate the work you are doing in a very HOT and VOLATILE spot in the world.

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TED TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN I am attaching a pdf for your reference,aLSO, GIVEN BELOW IS A BRIEF ABOUT US.

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As is the case with numerous of our existing Media companies ( TV Documentaries, commercials, journalist celeb interviews, Film producing companies etc;) who have found us to be very cheerfully cheap Cost Effectively backed up by an awesome TAT both Regular (Two to three business working days)and Rush. Here are a few of our Media/Film companies using or have used our transcription service, with whom we are in Contractual agreement backed up with a NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement) for confidentiality.

1.       Canvas Films.

2.       Transformer films.

3.       Fora tv.

4.       City Lights.

5.       Mostly Magic.

6.       Expo TV.

7.       Lion TV.

8.       Jillian Tucker-----Independent for Plum TV

9.       Dan Woods----For Clarity Films.

10.   Racing Horse Productions----Rebecca Cohen.

11.  UNICEF.

12.  Institute For Inclusion. (NON Profit Organization)

13.   Deaf Independent  Living Association.

14.    Media Policy Center
           
15.   M Creative Group, Inc.
            
16.   Current tv
          

Our general quote is US $60 to US$70 per hour of audio recording (Category 'A') Depending on the audio quality for a Regular TAT of two to three business working days, if in any event you are in a rush; the RUSH TAT delivery is within 24hours for 1Hour of audio recording with an additional charge of 30%. All transcription work undertaken requires a payment of 40% upfront.

We accept payment by PayPal, Google check out or Bank cheque.

We have a unique way of starting our association with A NO CHARGE TRIAL OFFER OF 5 TO 7 MINUTES of your audio/video recording which you can upload by logging on to  http://transcriptionstar.com/freetrial.html which is then sent back for your quality feed back and go ahead and this comes with A NO OBLIGATION STAMP. We will commence the remaining transcription only on receiving your go ahead e-mail. for more info do please accept our invitation to visit us at our website given below.

Looking forward to hearing from you at the earliest,

Thanks and Regards,
Leonard Lopez.
Toll free---877 323 4707
              714 782 7013

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e-mail------leonard@transcriptionstar.com
             steve@transcriptionstar.com
              
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In reply to Ted Nieters's post on Sat 13 Mar 2010 :


John Burgan
Sun 14 Mar 2010Link

Hey Leonard – go easy on the sales pitch. You already listed your services a couple of posts ago, so it's not necessary to repeat. Double posts are redundant at The D-Word.

Please don't post there now, but in future, put ads like these in Public Classifieds – thanks.

Edited Sun 14 Mar 2010 by John Burgan

Leonard Lopez
Sun 14 Mar 2010Link

Thank you John, this is the type of advice and guidance I was hoping and looking forward to. I guess we have broken the ice with our non-verbal protocol

Will follow your advice.

Regards.
Leonard.In reply to John Burgan's post on Sat 13 Mar 2010 :


Leonard Lopez
Sun 14 Mar 2010Link

Hi Hitomi,

Sure is nice to have you on board with us, do please settle in and make yourself comfortable for this pleasant journey along with friends.

Welcome Hitomi.

Leonard.HiIn reply to Hitomi Lei's post on Sat 13 Mar 2010 :


Hitomi Lei
Sun 14 Mar 2010Link

Thanks Leonard =)


Daniel Sharon
Sun 14 Mar 2010Link

Hi all,
I wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions for me. I absolutely love documentary film and am trying to put myself in a position to learn more about this passion. However, I work full time to pay the bills and the jobs / internships I have found conflict with my Monday through Friday work schedule. How can I find something with a flexible schedule that will allow to pursue my dream without going broke?


John Gyovai
Sun 14 Mar 2010Link

Just plan on going broke, makes life easier.

NYC has lots of opportunities. Take money off the table and give your time, work your way up, meet some people and find your place. Try http://www.ifp.org and make some friends on d-word. Doc people drop the egos at the door and are generally pretty great people. Welcome!


Jason Perdue
Sun 14 Mar 2010Link

But if anyone can answer his question, I'm all ears... And already broke.


Tom Dziedzic
Mon 15 Mar 2010Link

I prefer to not call it "broke" but "financially challenged,"


Erica Ginsberg
Mon 15 Mar 2010Link

In reply to Daniel Sharon's post on Sat 13 Mar 2010 :

Daniel, I have a suggestion for you in the Mentoring Room. Want to keep this topic strict to introductions only. Follow me there.


Dino Reyes
Mon 15 Mar 2010Link

Hi everyone! Whew! I'm here... My name is Dino Reyes and on occasion, when I'm inspired, I make films. I'm completely self taught and started making films when I was 8 years old. I have directed theater, shot a few shorts & music videos and I am getting close to completing my largest documentary project to date, Andy Paris: Bubblegum King.

I look forward to digitally mingling with such an impressive cast of film professionals and I hope to learn and share knowledge on the best way to help get a doc out there into the world.

Best,
Dino


Doug Block
Mon 15 Mar 2010Link

Greetings, Dino. Nice to have you here with us.


Karen Torres
Tue 16 Mar 2010Link

Hey film makers. I'm an "enthusiast" now but with the hope of ultimately becoming more. I'm attempting to produce my first documentary so sorry if I don't have much to add yet but I'm excited to learn from you all.


Doug Block
Tue 16 Mar 2010Link

Hey Karen, great to see you made it here. Now you have to take the next step and register for full membership ...

Might amuse you to know I posted my Packer speech in the Doc Bar & Grill last week and it got quite the reaction. For D-Worders who hang out in virtual bars, Karen is the one who hired me to give the speech.


Christopher Wong
Tue 16 Mar 2010Link

oh, so then she owns the rights to your fart story...


Ellen Brodsky
Tue 16 Mar 2010Link

In reply to Ted Nieters's post on Sat 13 Mar 2010 : Hi Ted, Have you bumped in Dunya Alwan who is one of the founders of Birthright Unplugged? She and I co-produced a short doc years ago before she started this non-profit which brings North Americans on tour of the occupation in the West Bank. They also take Palestinian refugees on tours of their ancestral villages and holy sites. SHe has done some work on a doc as well.


Caitlin Brown
Thu 18 Mar 2010Link

Hi all, I'm a recent graduate of NYU's journalism school where my studies focused on documentary film. I just finished a thirty minute short about a day care facility that's housed in a home for the elderly. I'm applying to festivals now and learning as I go.


Doug Block
Thu 18 Mar 2010Link

Nice to have you here, Caitlin, and welcome to The D-Word. And to the real world, I guess.


Ted Nieters
Thu 18 Mar 2010Link

In reply to Ellen Brodsky's post on Mon 15 Mar 2010 :

Ellen, no I haven't. She lives in the West Bank? Birthright Unplugged sounds very interesting and I'd love to talk to her more so if you could please send me her contact info that would be great. Maybe I could get together with her next time I'm on the other side. Thanks


Alex Beckstead
Thu 18 Mar 2010Link

Hi all. Just referred to this community by another member. I'm a San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on public television and in various film festivals. Mostly I just get more excited about the possibilities of a great story and the process of putting it together than I get discouraged by everything else that goes along with this beloved process. Hoping to maintain that.

Looking forward to digging through what's been said here, and contributing where I can ...


Doug Block
Thu 18 Mar 2010Link

Welcome aboard, Alex. I see that it was the great Eddie Marritz who told you about us. Can't get a better reference than that.


Michael Leclair
Thu 18 Mar 2010Link

Hi everyone,
Just found you guys and looking forward to learning from you and offering my advice. First question – I've got a bunch of old b & w photos that I'm planning to use in my next documentary. Any suggestions as to how best to scan these to my hard drive and at what ppi for best quality?


Ellen Brodsky
Thu 18 Mar 2010Link

In reply to Ted Nieters's post on Wed 17 Mar 2010 :
Here's the website: http://www.birthrightunplugged.org/ She spends several months each year in the West Bank. Take care


Ben Kempas
Sun 21 Mar 2010Link

Michael – Welcome to The D-Word. This topic is really for introductions, so I'll keep the answer brief:

As higher resolution means better results but considerably longer processing times, requirements for scanning really depend on the size of the original photos and the magnification to which you wish to electronically "zoom" into them later on. So my recommendation would be to do a test run of the whole process with just a few photos scanned with various resolutions, and you'll see what you need.

More questions? Enthusiasts can post them in our Mentoring Room .


Wade Kimbrough
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

Hi Everyone!!

I am an aspiring filmmaker who just found out about this site from a fellow member. I am really interested in new models for marketing, distribution, financing, micro-financing, crowdsourcing, social media, transmedia, and all other aspects of film that are rapidly changing due to the internet. I understand that what I have just mentioned encapsulates much more than just documentary filmmaking, however, it has really been the documentary filmmakers who have been most successful at this (i.e. Robert Greenwald, Sandi Dubowski, etc. etc.).

I am hoping to find some great information on these forums about these topics. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Specifically, I am interested in marketing/promoting videos on YouTube. I recently created a video for a non-profit for which we acquired sponsorship based on the amount of views that we get. The more views=the more donated.

While this video is not a documentary I think it illustrates (along with Pink Glove Dance) a form of altruistic advertising or in essence the most micro way in which to finance a project. Specifically, by donating time people can fund a cause/film.

Here is a link to the project that I just launched: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSkgWJvFeY8

If it is not ok that I posted this because it is not a Doc. Please flag/remove my post and I will post again without the link.

Once again any feedback on promoting/marketing YouTube videos would be greatly appreciated!!!!

Thanks.


Ben Kempas
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

Wade, there's plenty to wade through here (sorry, couldn't resist) especially in the Archived Topics (featuring Dubowski etc.) – you could read for weeks on end.

Can't watch your clip right now but it's perfectly acceptable to post a non-documentary link. Our regime isn't that tough. :-)

And welcome to The D-Word! So, who else is lurking out there?

Edited Wed 24 Mar 2010 by Ben Kempas

Doug Block
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

Welcome, Wade. If you don't mind making your way down to NYC, there are two events in the next two weeks you might be interested in: The Conversation and DIY Days .

Edited Wed 24 Mar 2010 by Doug Block

Dino Reyes
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

Hi Doug, those two are very cool events. Thanks for posting...


Christa Boarini
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

Hello folks,

As a newbie I will start with my name, Christa Boarini, my location, New York, and my deal: I am a filmmaker working on my fist feature documentary, The View From Bellas Luces http://www.theviewfrombellasluces.com

This community came very highly recommended to me by panelists in at a doc seminar and this is the first thing I am doing upon getting home.


William Kerig
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

Hi All,

I'm pleased to have found you.

I'm currently working on several projects that are in the early stages while also in the final throes of distribution of The Edge of Never (www.edgeofneverfilm.com), a feature doc that is playing on Showtime right now. The film is based on a book I wrote of the same name.

We finished it in Sept. 2009, bought an old Airstream bus and hit the road with it. We did 45 shows from coast to coast (we rented the theaters, bought the advertising, did the PR, and charged at the door) over the course of three months. During that time we sold US pay TV rights to Showtime. We're working on getting onto iTunes, etc. with Distribber (Adam C. recommended this forum), have representation for foreign TV (beginning at MIPDOC and MIPTV), and are seeking a bricks and mortar distributor.

Though I've been involved with other projects – the last one, Steep, was sold to Sony Pictures Classics – this is the first where we've tried the hybrid distribution model. It's been a trial and error so far, but it beats the hell out of the all-rights deal.

Looking to learn from others about the many things that I don't know about, and if I do know anything useful, to share it.

Cheers,
BK


Ben Kempas
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Christa and William.

Bill, what a great approach to distribution! See you in our Business Topics.

Edited Wed 24 Mar 2010 by Ben Kempas

Thomas Papapetros
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

Hi everybody,

I'm a film editor, editing (&loving) mostly documentary films, because i think its the greatest editing challenge you can get. I'm glad to have found this site with so many colleagues and film professionals, and i will contribute where i can.

All the best

Thomas


Ben Kempas
Thu 25 Mar 2010Link

Welcome on board!

(Thomas is a bit modest and doesn't mention he edited BURMA VJ.)


Doug Block
Thu 25 Mar 2010Link

The extraordinarily well edited, Burma VJ, I should add. Welcome, Thomas, and Bill and Christa, too.


Yasmin Fedda
Thu 25 Mar 2010Link

Hello!
I have just joined D-Word which came highly recommended by a friend. I make doc's and I organise film festivals so I'm super exited about joining, learning and adding in from my experiences!


Doug Block
Fri 26 Mar 2010Link

Great having you here, Yasmin. Get thee to the Festivals topic right away. You'll find it super interesting.


Deirdre Haj
Fri 26 Mar 2010Link

I'm the new Executive Director at Full Frame! We kick off two weeks from today with DA Pennebaker and Chris Hedgedus' US Premeire of "King fo Pastry"!
Come down to Durham for the best docs and a great fun festival! April 8-11...
www.fullframefest.org


Doug Block
Fri 26 Mar 2010Link

Great to have you here, Deirdre. We've put up a special Full Frame topic for those attending (there's a whole bunch of us) and those wanting to attend virtually. So feel free to drop in and post there, as well.

On a personal note, can't wait to be there and meet you.

Edited Fri 26 Mar 2010 by Doug Block

Stephen Miller
Fri 26 Mar 2010Link

I have made a series of documentaries involving public nudity, including Mardi Gras, Key West Fantasy Fest, and Biker Rallies. Always looking for ideas on how to improve my work and find a market for it. I recently self-published a book, "WildLife – Naked Outdoors" available on Blurb.com


John Burgan
Fri 26 Mar 2010Link

You're welcome at The D-Word, Stephen, whatever the state of your attire.


Christopher Wong
Fri 26 Mar 2010Link

as far as finding a market for it, HBO and Showtime love nudity... in fact, their "premium subscribers" demand it. that's what one of their CE's told me one time.


Doug Block
Fri 26 Mar 2010Link

I certainly demand it.


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