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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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Dino Reyes
Tue 23 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

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 (, 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.


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


Ben Kempas
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

Welcome on board!

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

Doug Block
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

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

Yasmin Fedda
Thu 25 Mar 2010Link

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
Thu 25 Mar 2010Link

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

Deirdre Haj
Thu 25 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...

Doug Block
Thu 25 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 Thu 25 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

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.

Ruchi Mital
Sat 27 Mar 2010Link

Hello everyone,

My name is Ruchi, I love documentary, I want to make documentaries. I'm a student in the Media Studies program at The New School here in NYC and now, happy to be a part of this community. I found you through the strange, but usual, confluence of things. At a talk at school the other day, two filmmakers mentioned Doug Block's 51 Birch Street, and I thought, I'd like to see that. Then the next day I got an email about a screening of the film in my neighborhood. A click on a link, and here I am.

I recently completed a short doc entitled Making the City that showed at the US Super 8 Film and DV Festival. If anyone is interested:

Doug Block
Sat 27 Mar 2010Link

Wow, Ruchi, and here I am. Life sure is strange. Hope I'll get to meet you at the screening on Sunday (if not you can always rent 51 Birch on Netflix). But welcome to The D-Word, regardless.

Edited Sat 27 Mar 2010 by Doug Block

Patrick Inhofer
Sun 28 Mar 2010Link

Hi D-Word'ers,

I just signed up. It's great finding this community. After surfing through several of the forums I'm blown away by the quality of the discussions and the good solid advice being passed around.

While I do have a doc on the back burner – I'm a post-production guy who does a lot of work with documentarians. Doc work is my most satisfying work... and often the most challenging.

I run my own boutique post house in NYC, specializing in Final Cut Studio workflows. I am also the President of The Moving Pictures Collective of NYC ( ), which is 501c3 and a D/B/A of the NY FCP User Group. Its mission is educating digital filmmakers through monthly meetings and educational events.

Since I'm a vendor-type guy as it relates to docs, I'll cut short the details of my business life and just say: Thanks for having me! I look forward to helping out when I can. And I'm sure I'll have some questions for all of you!



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Doug Block
Sun 28 Mar 2010Link

Good to have you here, Patrick. Glad you found us. Feel free to jump right into the discussions.

Nigel Hulett
Sun 28 Mar 2010Link

Hi everyone,

I'm a filmmaker from Zimbabwe and I've been in the industry for almost 5 years. I've been researching two docs for about a year now both focusing on our capital city, Harare – one on water and the other on garbage/waste management, both hot topics here. We hope to start shooting in the next couple of weeks.

It's really exciting to find such an incredible resource on the web – thanks so much to all of you D-Worders who make it happen.


Ben Kempas
Sun 28 Mar 2010Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Patrick and Nigel.

Nigel, you might want to connect to our other man in Harare.

John Burgan
Sun 28 Mar 2010Link

Welcome to Nigel and Patrick. I remember your posts at Creative Cow, Patrick, your expertise is welcomed. As Ben says, you're our second member in Zimbabwe, Nigel, so go out and spread the D-Word!

The hidden section? Oh yes...

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Marian Evans
Sun 28 Mar 2010Link

Good day to all, I am fuelled! Is that the way I should begin? I have written a book and script which tells true accounts of the wrongs within the justice system. There has been a great deal of interest in hearing this story. Now I am searching for direction as to how to get this very important film out there. After reading many of the posts, I am confident that forum will help me acquire knowledge that will guide me.

...and for now, I thank you


Doug Block
Sun 28 Mar 2010Link

No rules on how to begin, Marian. Good day is as good as any ;-)

Is your script for a fiction film or doc? Is it finished?

Simon de Swardt
Mon 29 Mar 2010Link

In reply to Nigel Hulett's post on Sun 28 Mar 2010 :

Hello Nigel!!

(I didn't even tell him about D-word, I swear. I was keeping this secret all to myself.)

Nice work with Mana by the way – Nigel is quietly going about saving our most beautiful National Park from being destroyed.

And he lent me a spare battery and some filters for my recent trip to Mozambique.

And he organised the Age of Stupid screening here.

And other good stuff.

D-word rules!

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