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John Burgan
Mon 10 May 2010Link

You're welcome Jana. You've definitely got an interesting venture going on there in Prague.


Joe Standley
Mon 10 May 2010Link

A good day to all. Glad to be here & looking forward to the journey.
Best, J

Edited Mon 10 May 2010 by Joe Standley

Beat Oswald
Tue 18 May 2010Link

Me and my friend just got back from greenland where we were filming for our first documentary. Before that, we did snowboard movies. so we met this guy from australia, murray fredericks (great guy, check out his work) and he told us about the d-word. great that such a thing exists and i am looking forward to profit and contribute to and from it..

check us out on mmpfilms.ch and read you around, thanks

Edited Tue 18 May 2010 by Beat Oswald

Doug Block
Tue 18 May 2010Link

Greetings, Joe and Beat. Glad to have you with us here.


JJ Garvine
Tue 18 May 2010Link

Hi everyone! We met Mr. Block at a screening of Racing Dreams last week at the IFC Center. We directed a documentary titled KEEPING THE PEACE. (www.keepingthepeacefilm.com) We're happy to be part of the D-Word community!

JJ & Tai


Doug Block
Tue 18 May 2010Link

Mr. Block, who's he? Geez, making a guy feel old. Anyway, howdy JJ, welcome to The D-Word. So you know, you and Tai will need to register separately. One of our few rules here, besides the golden rule.


JJ Garvine
Tue 18 May 2010Link

Hi Doug! Didnt mean to make you feel old. lol. Sure, I'll tell Tai to register on his own as well. He's not online at all times like me :) Thanks for welcoming me to the D-List! Happy to be part of it.


bharat onkar nerkar
Wed 19 May 2010Link

Hi! This is bharat nerkar. I am basically a director- cameraman and a graduate from the Film and Telivision institute of india,pune. I teach also to the students of TELEVISION PRODUCTION at the above institute.My interest is in making documentaries on various socio-political, environmental subjects.I WANT TO INTERACT WITH VARIOUS DOCU FILM MAKERS.Thanks and with best regards--bharat nerkar.


Doug Block
Wed 19 May 2010Link

Great to have you here, Bharat. Welcome.


Alex Block
Wed 19 May 2010Link

My name is Alex Block. I am recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where I studied film. I've been working in the documentary field for almost 2 years now and I've recently embarked on a multimedia documentary about homelessness and the justice system, shot entirely on the Canon 5d Mark II.


Doug Block
Thu 20 May 2010Link

Hey Alex, great name you have there. Welcome to The D-Word.


Ian Slattery
Fri 21 May 2010Link

Hi folks!

I'm a filmmaker and media strategist with interest and experience in making documentary videos for social change.

I'm currently Associate Producer at Luna Productions in Berkeley, CA (www.lunaproductions.com). I look forward to connecting with folks here for advice, support, and potential collaboration!


Doug Block
Fri 21 May 2010Link

Welcome, Ian. You might want to go one step further and register for full membership here. It will give you access to all 50 discussion topics and it's free free free.


Shelley Alexa Somerville
Sat 22 May 2010Link

Hiyas, everyone...

I'm a strategist in the field of large-scale social change, bringing about community, city and regional change around the world in partnership with nonprofits, businesses, governments and the media.

For example, I shaped the global strategy for Save the Children USA, the Vision for the City of Melbourne and the Mass Privatization Program for Poland.

These days I serve social enterprises – mainly in the fields of health, education and human rights – helping them go national, and sometimes international, with great impact.

My most recent work has been with documentary producers, and those who develop social action campaigns to turn messages into movements.

I look forward to connecting with folks here who work to create a better world.


Doug Block
Sat 22 May 2010Link

Welcome, Shelley. A lot of people will definitely want to hear more from you, so feel free to leap right into the discussions.


Rob Henry
Tue 25 May 2010Link

Heya,
Names Rob, I'm a first time documentarian film-maker and currently working on an independent feature project which I'm stupidly excited about.
I'd been fortunate enough to stumble across a digital video camera in 2008, and which then basically took over my entire life, haha. I've learn an incredible amount in the time since, with regards to filming techniques, editing software and basically just my own style, and where my heart lies I guess.
With this transpiring into the construction of a feature length film and with learning something valuable every step of the way, it's really quite hard to express verbally (or in text) just how amazing this entire experience has been, and is!!
Anyways, I have a few questions to ask the forum in coming weeks, and I figured a forum such as this would probably have other individuals sharing a similar passion.

FYI – I currently shoot with the CanonA1, edit FCP 6
I also recently acquired a nice Super 8 which I can't wait to explore.
I'm based in Australia.

Look forward to chatting,
RbH


Dennis Lankes
Wed 26 May 2010Link

Hello everyone -

I am part of a very small team that specializes in LIVE streaming. This week we are broadcasting an hour long interview series with 6 documentary film makers. We would love to have as much participation in the Q&A as possible. Let me know if this is something that you would be interested in participating in. Glad to be a part of the D-word community. Thanks for having me.

Edited Wed 26 May 2010 by Dennis Lankes

Sahand Sahebdivani
Fri 28 May 2010Link

Hi Dennis, very welcome to have you here. I suspect people need a bit more information about the project. What it's for, who's participating? Those kind of questions.


steve fagan
Fri 28 May 2010Link

hey , steve fagan here . first post . my surf doc -AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 WAVES is done. www.80waves.ca


Sarah Christine Bolton
Tue 1 Jun 2010Link

Hello. My name is Sarah Christine Bolton and I'm working on a documentary about artists in Berlin, Germany. You can find more info on our (very basic but informative) website: www.childrenofthewall.com.

The director/filmmaker, Eric Swartz, had the idea for this project more than three years ago. He has years of experience making films, documentaries and commercials. It's my first official film project, but so far, we've had great success with it, including two trips to Berlin, a trailer, publicity, etc.

Looking forward to learning more as we go along!


Doug Block
Tue 1 Jun 2010Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Sarah. Great to have you here. And best of luck with your first official doc. Welcome, and congrats, to Steve, as well.

Edited Tue 1 Jun 2010 by Doug Block

Mariette Peeters
Fri 4 Jun 2010Link

Hi. My name is Mariette Peeters, I have completed a couple of documentary shorts as well as a couple of promotional videos for non-profits. I'm currently editing a short I shot and wrote about Buddhist pilgrimage in India, it's a very personal film that is taking me a long time to finish. I also create video content for the global health non-profit where my work.


Doug Block
Fri 4 Jun 2010Link

Nice to have you here, Mariette. Feel free to register for full membership to get access to all the discussion topics.


Linda Wasson
Fri 4 Jun 2010Link

Hi Everyone! I'm excited to hear about this group and look forward to joining in the discussions. I came to documentary film from documentary photography and am now pursuing an MFA in filmmaking. My most recent (short) is Yes We Can! which was done in cooperation with the California Film Institute in San Rafael, California. It's about the Digital Storytelling Workshop which teaches filmmaking to at-risk young people selected from social service agencies. I really enjoyed doing it and consider it a true example of guerrilla filmmaking!


Doug Block
Sat 5 Jun 2010Link

Guerillas totally welcome here, Linda.


John Burgan
Sat 5 Jun 2010Link

The crossover from doc photography is really interesting, Linda. I


Jo-Anne Velin
Sat 5 Jun 2010Link

not only doc photography – google Documentary Forum Berlin June 2010.


Michelle Cove
Tue 8 Jun 2010Link

Hey, all. Thank you for existing. Am a first-time filmmaker, with a background in writing/editing magazines and books. So I've been living in unfamiliar creative territory for the past three years but having the time of my life (well, barring that pesky fundraising). My feature-length doc is Seeking Happily Ever After: One generation's struggle to redefine the fairytale (www.seekinghappilyeverafter.com) and am working w/ Kerry David (producer of "My Date with Drew"). Screened at the Calif Indep Film Festival in April and will screen at the Action-On Film Festival in Pasadena this July. Have submitted to about a dozen more and am waiting to hear. All festival advice/tips welcome as I learn the strange and complicated system! I look forward to d-word conversations.


Doug Block
Tue 8 Jun 2010Link

Welcome, Michelle. You might want to register for full membership here for access to all the discussion topics (including festivals).


Laurie Little
Wed 9 Jun 2010Link

Thank you to D-Word and members for bringing me into the fold with many great colleagues and old friends. I'm looking forward to exchanging info with the group. I'm working on two film on the subject of disabilities and teach a class at Columbia College Chicago; Documenting Social Injustice. I'm a freelance colorist and creative producer and direct and produce as an independent filmmaker. My latest film "Disability Pride Parade" is a PSA and is on Youtube. We are currently working on a new twenty minute film about the disability community in Chicago as part of a Split Pillow Chicago 360 project. I'm also working on a film about Hollywood's representations of disabilities. Good luck on all your projects! Laurie Little www.LuministFilms.com


Juliette Richey
Thu 10 Jun 2010Link

Hello D-Word!
Glad to find you.

I wanted to post a wonderful event that is coming up next week in NYC! Use Discount Code (DWORD2) to get a $5 discount of the ticket price.

indieSocial presents

Filmmakers Get Social
Community,screenings and discussion

JUNE 16th, 7:30PM
@ The Roger Smith Hotel
Prepping your Doc with funding: Navigating non-profits, fiscal sponsorship, and raising funds using social media

Get Tickets here: http://www.indiesocial.us

THE EVENT

Join us for a short film screening, cocktail hour and panel discussion on how independent documentary filmmakers are navigating the non- profits, and using social and emerging media to fundraise their projects.

Your $20 contribution gets you the following:

* A great night in the Starlight Loft of the Roger Smith Hotel
* A screening of short films, including Transposition, Summer Snapshot, and The Promise Land
* Participate in a panel discussion and learn about the non profit space, fiscal sponsorship and utilizing social media as a fundraising tool to create projects and promote careers.
* Get social! – A chance to network with other indies and social media enthusiasts.
* A chance to do good! The event is a fundraiser for the dual movie/soundtrack dvd for Transposition.

The event is 21+

THE PANELIST

Juliana Steele- Program Specialist, Fiscal Sponsorship, Fractured Atlas
Juliana joined the Fractured Atlas staff in June 2008 and is the Program Specialist for Fiscal Sponsorship. She received her Master's degree from Pratt Institute in Arts & Cultural Management, and also holds a BA in Art History from Boston University. She spent four years managing the historic Byrd Theatre in Richmond, Virginia, and wrote her thesis on its transition from a commercial venture to a preservation nonprofit. In New York, she was the Programming Coordinator at The Tank, a nonprofit space for new and emerging arts in TriBeCa. In her spare time she pedals around Brooklyn on her bicycle and has aspirations of being a better cook.

Nell Constantinople- NatGeo Films/ Summer Snapshot Producer- Kickstarter Campaign Case Study
Nell began her film career at Northwestern University, after which she moved to Santiago, Chile to work on both feature and documentary films, including the 2006 feature, “Manzanas Verdes,” an official selection at the Valdivia International Film Festival. She moved to Portland, OR in 2007 to produce a documentary series for Gesundheit! Institute, a health care non profit founded by Patch Adams. Nell has shot all over the world, from the streets of Moscow to deep in the Amazon jungle. She has worked as a director, producer and sound mixer for a variety of independent productions and now works for National Geographic Cinema Ventures in Film Distribution. Nell has a B.A. in Art History from Northwestern University.

Rose Vincelli- Program Manager, Independent Feature Project
Rose Vincelli is the Program Manager for the Independent Feature Project (IFP.org), specifically focusing on curating and producing the Independent Filmmaker Labs, an immersive workshop assisting first-time Documentary and Narrative feature directors with distribution and exhibition strategies. From 2005-07 Rose was a programmer for the SILVERDOCS Documentary Festival, helping to grow the festival in its inaugural years and working primarily to curate the Shorts Competition. Rose has helped to produce the experimental short No One Wants to Eat The Parsley (dir. Sharon Mooney), along with her own short films Sonogram, a personal documentary and Y, a silent horror and finalist of the Attack of the 50’ Reels Super8 film contest. She lives and cooks in Brooklyn.

(Check back for additional Panelists and films!)

The Films:

The Promise Land
The Promise Land is a conversation with Mike Kintop, an experienced connoisseur of memorabilia. A tour of his sci-fi collection is an entree to the tales of his rich life. Everyone has a story, but not many are this interesting.

(Filmmaker Sharon Mooney-is a Chicago-based video artist who hails from Richmond, Virginia. Her neo-realistic work in documentary portrait, narrative and animation has screened internationally in a variety of festivals and galleries. She holds an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from The School of Visual Arts in New York City and has taught at DCTV, SVA, and University of Cincinnati, Raymond Walters College. She currently is an educational multimedia producer and teaches in the Digital Cinema program at DePaul) University.

Restoration
A glimpse of a stained glass factory near the Gownas Canal in Brooklyn, NY.

Summer Snapshot
Summer Snapshot, shot in the summer of 2009, is a short essay film recreating a sun-soaked summer day with a group of friends who load up in a wood-panel Wagoneer, drive along winding forest roads, hike a secret trail, and spend an afternoon skinny-dipping, strumming guitars, tossing a frisbee, and circling a campfire. Summer Snapshot is about the carefree in-the-moment living between youth and adulthood. It is a reflection on golden memories as we grow older. Shot in super-8 film and Polaroids, edited in HD, it evokes a warm, ephemeral mood.

Transposition
Transposition is a portrait of Jeff Richey, environmental specialist by day and jazz musician by night. Explore the intertwining lives of one man trying to sustain his living and make his art in Denton, Texas for the past 35 years.


Ole Bendtzen
Mon 14 Jun 2010Link

Hello everyone!

My name is Ole Bendtzen.
I am very happy to be a new member of the D-word! And I look so much forward participating in all the exciting disussions about our wonderfull business :)

A little bit about me..
I have a Mastersdegree in Film from the University of Copenhagen and I have been working in both fiction and documenatries for the last 10 years. I recently finished the film "Football is God" – a documentary about faith and football. If you are interested... check out the trailer on www.footballisgod.dk

I am very, very happy to be a new member and look forward talking to all of you!!

Best regards,
Ole


Doug Block
Mon 14 Jun 2010Link

Great to have you joining us, Ole, and congrats on finishing Football is God. Just in time for a certain football event, I can't help but notice.


John Burgan
Mon 14 Jun 2010Link

Sorry about the result today Ole :-(


Ole Bendtzen
Mon 14 Jun 2010Link

Thank you, John.. well, at least Denmark scored.
Unfortunately it was in our own goal :(

Yes, I know, Doug. It could seem like we timed "Football is God" for the World Cup 2010. However, the project was never planned for this event. We started out four years ago making a pilot. We pitched at IDFA and slowly the project developed, creatively and financially. In many ways – and on a more spiritual level – the film is not about football at all, at least not to me – but nothing is to be revealed here.. you will have to see it :-)


Doug Block
Mon 14 Jun 2010Link

Looking forward to that, Ole. Any plans yet for festival showings or a broadcast in the U.S.?


Sahand Sahebdivani
Tue 15 Jun 2010Link

These Dutch, they give so much to documentary makers, only to crush their dreams on the football-field. ;-)

Welcome, Ole!


Adebayo ariyo
Wed 16 Jun 2010Link

Hello all. Im Bayo Ariyo from Nigeria.
Its a pleasure to be 'home at last' because ive been looking for a networking site for
documentary pros, one that's truly dedicated to the art but i guess my luck tarried.
Anyways here I am and its looking like this is it already.

I hope to find multilinguist documentary crew here. Enough said, let me take a look around


John Burgan
Wed 16 Jun 2010Link

You're very welcome, Bayo. Where are you planning to shoot?


Adebayo ariyo
Thu 17 Jun 2010Link

Thanks John, just wrapped some jobs for UNDP, USAID
I'll soon be shooting series of docus to try change the bad impression that my country is suffering because of a few bad boys.

There are lots of good people and places in Nigeria and it should be said. None one is saying much and it worrisome to some of us.
I'll be shooting mostly in Nigeria but im hoping to translate/subtitle in different languages for international distribution. I'll need extra hands at that stage. Im a multilinguist, a language enthusiast

Ive never done international co-pro before but im hoping to clinch one soon. Ive been warned of the attending stress but then, whats life without adventure?


Daniel Hornberger
Mon 21 Jun 2010Link

Hey, all! I just completed a 13-month project entitled Rink Rats, a documentary that focuses on the now-closed Western Berks Street Hockey Rink in Berks County, PA. The rink operated for over thirty years and had a major impact on thousands of people. The rink opened just after the Philadelphia Flyers won their second Stanley Cup, and since there were no ice rinks in the area, kids flocked to street hockey (the correct term is dekhockey). Now that the popularity of inline hockey has grown, and several ice rinks have been built, street hockey has dwindled and the old dekhockey players are just that...old. I sat down with over thirty owners, managers, referees, and players and put together a look back at those thirty years. A brief bio: I graduated from Temple U. in 1984 with a degree in Communications; worked for the US Tennis Association for 4 1/2 years as their AV Coordinator; ventured into teaching high school English; finally decided to dedicate myself to this project and had a wonderful (sometimes very frustrating) time doing it. Thanks to the D-Word for being such a great resource.


ozair rao
Thu 24 Jun 2010Link

Hello Everyone... My name is Ozair and i am an indie documentary filmmaker. I will be traveling to Malaysia and Bangkok and would love to meet similar mindsets.. as for a bit about me.. here goes...

An MA in Mass Communications from Karachi University and presently enrolled in an online Alternate New York Film School Certification. I graduated from Curtin University of Technology, with a degree in Business Information Technology. Unlike a typical new graduate, I attended college and worked in the fields of Event Management, Marketing, ERP, Telecom, Sales, SAP Consultancy, Photography, PR, Information Technology, Production and Direction. Alongside, I enhanced my formal education, combing IT, Technical and Communication skills with my artistic school of thought, adding to my combination of skills.

Technically Sound, having hands on experience in Photography, Videography, Direction, Script Writing, Content Management, Lighting, Editing and Post Production, Visual Jocking, Online Video Hosting,Distribution and Analysis, Vlogging, Online Recording, Screen Captures & Webcasting.

My creative input is infected with the addiction of the following art forms of media domination:

Direction
Promotional / Marketing Videos
Documentary Filmmaking
Online Productions
Corporate Videos
Production Management
Charity Videos
Visual Artistry
Editing & Post Production
Online Media Management & Consultancy
Photography
Wedding Documentaries
Music Videos
Commercials / IDs / Public Service Message
Change Maker
Social Catalyst

A little of what i have done so far, which i can put online is:

http://ozairrao.com
http://youtube.com/ozairrao

Looking forward to finding the people who would understand why i left being a SAP Consultant and walked in to make documentaries. :)


Doug Block
Thu 24 Jun 2010Link

Bayo, Danielle, Ozair, welcome one and all to The D-Word!


ozair rao
Thu 24 Jun 2010Link

Thank you Doug


Rob Henry
Fri 25 Jun 2010Link

You certainly keep yourself busy Ozair. Welcome and best of luck!


ozair rao
Fri 25 Jun 2010Link

Hey Rob, Its easy to List down things... i take it as a hobby.. although got fired from the first channel i was offered a job as a producer / director / Host in... as they couldn't control me like they controlled everyone else.. and then after i made a documentary on an earth quake that took place in Balochistan, Pakistan revealing everything and no one was willing to air it, i pretty much revolted against the local media .. so here i am :)


Doug Bocaz-Larson
Fri 25 Jun 2010Link

Hello... I am an award winning short documentary filmmaker and educator. My wife and I finished our first full length documentary about a wildlife park where the keepers have developed amazing relationships with the animals (and each other). We'd love feedback and have doc online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZf5WMplJhQ


Peter Johnsen
Sat 26 Jun 2010Link

Hi, I am Peter Berulf

I have been taking courses in documentary production in Silver Spring, MD, and made a couple of shorts in the process. I am going to travel around the northern hemisphere to document the diversity within the Family salmonidae (salmon and trout) and the diversity in the communities, people, and cultures that are invested in the species. I hope to make a film about this but still need someone to work with (if not I just do the travel, film, and post shorts on Youtube)


Ben Kempas
Tue 29 Jun 2010Link

Welcome Doug and Peter.

Peter, we need to talk. I made a film called UPSTREAM BATTLE...

PS: Now, is your name Berulf or Johnsen?

Edited Tue 29 Jun 2010 by Ben Kempas

Ole Bendtzen
Tue 29 Jun 2010Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 15 Jun 2010 :

Sorry for my late replay Doug!
I have been away from my computer. Yes, sometimes that is a good thing :)

No plans yet.. we have postponed the plans for festivals screenings until september due to vaccation at The Danish Filminstitut. However, the film has been sent to Nordisk Panorama, Sheffield and Leipzig.
In regards to to broadcast DR sales are handling all international sale on the film, so far the U.S. is not on the list, unfortunately :(


Richard Cortez
Thu 1 Jul 2010Link

Hi everyone,
I just found out about this site. I look forward to getting to know as many of you as I can learning as much as I can from this site.


Doug Block
Fri 2 Jul 2010Link

Good to have you here, Richard.


Tatiana Fioratti
Fri 2 Jul 2010Link

Hello,

I am an independent Brazilian
film producer and am currently participating on a documentary
project which will involve 31 world cup countries in 31 days.

I am looking for a cameraman, with enough skills to handle a handycam
camcorder, to make some shootings on the 5th July in Slovenia (Lubjlana) and July 11th in Germany (Munich)
based on a script to be provided in advance.
We are still estimating the duration of shootings in each day,
but believe that will take approximately 3 to
4 hours p.d. This person will use my own equipment (camcorder Sony
XR550, full HD), which will be handed to you for shootings at the
time and place of shootings.

I would kindly ask you to let us know if you are interested in
providing one cameraman for us or, if not, if you have a contact
that is willing to render such services for us. I appreciate your
prompt response and estimated costs as we have an urgent need on
establishing a camera man in Germany.

We have a limited production budget so our
payment proposal is no more than 80,00EUR
plus the transportation costs for these hours of work.

We need a prompt response on this, please let us know if you are
interesting or could help us somehow.Please reply to the email addresses copied below

Many thanks and kind regards,

Tatiana Fioratti
tfioratti@uol.com.br
+ 55 11 8585 5995

Márcio Lemos
marciolemoratti@hotmail.com
+55 11 86836889


Vincent Fahy
Sat 3 Jul 2010Link

Hi all,
I left Boston after 14 years in 2008 and moved back home to Ireland. I had some great opportunities in the US and gained my foothold in the corporate and documentary video arenas before shifting sideways a bit and running the media dept. in a university.
None of the projects I've worked on have ever been "my own", as although I may have directed and edited them, there was a company "feel" (read sappy) that had to be instilled in them.
Although I earn my crust making corporate video, the thoughts of doc videos are what fire me up. I have two projects I hope to shoot between now and winter. Of course, costs are tight as we are in a recession so they'll definitely have a guerrilla bent. I'll shoot on a Canon 5D MKII as that is what I have for my stills work. It comes with constraints, but when you have plenty of time you can work around them :)
When it comes to funding and distribution, I'm somewhat at a loss, so I hope to learn from people here and hopefully bring something to the table as well.
As an aside: Peter and Ben – my masters thesis was on fisheries conservation (from an EU policy standpoint) and I've done additional research on salmon conservation so if you think I could help, give me a shout.


Doug Block
Sat 3 Jul 2010Link

Welcome, Vincent. Feel free to register as a professional member (as opposed to an "enthusiast"). It will give you access to far more of our discussion topics.


Vincent Fahy
Sat 3 Jul 2010Link

Thanks Doug – I'll do that now.


Fleur Mollo
Mon 5 Jul 2010Link

Hello,
Very happy to be here and pleased with the football results :)
(im dutch)
I am currently working on a film about humanity, life and energy/ quantum mechanics. I am still quite open and researching.
this site is great :)


Doug Block
Mon 5 Jul 2010Link

Thanks, Fleur, and welcome. You too should register for full membership.


Kimber Smith
Tue 6 Jul 2010Link

Greetings, All.

I view the arts as a form diplomacy. I received a BA in international relations and anthropology from tufts university and spent a year at the university of paris. I returned to my home town of los angeles for graduate school. I received a masters of public policy from USC as a woodrow wilson public policy and international affaires (ppia) fellow. At usc i created a concentration in arts and entertainment policy by adding courses from the school of cinema/tv and annenberg school of communication. i've worked in the entertainment industry at major studios and with legendary filmmakers for over a decade. i also chair the tufts entertainment and media alumni group which i helped form and co-founded and continue to produce the pt barnum awards for excellence in entertainment which honors prominent alumni in the entertainment industry (e.g. steve tisch, producer, FORREST GUMP; cary granat, founder, walden media).

i am currently the director of community engagement and strategic partnerships for the documentary feature THUNDER SOUL which has wowed audiences in the USA and abroad. the film has won audience awards at sxsw (where it premiered), dallas international, hot docs, and the los angeles film festival. the film is currently being shopped for distribution and i am contributing to the process by bringing industry and community players to the table. i am also currently developing a project which i am submitting to some labs. so, i am concurrently in the development and distribution phases of amazing projects and can use fellowship and advise to do both projects the justice they deserve.

thank you for creating this space and welcoming me to it.


Doug Block
Wed 7 Jul 2010Link

Great to have you with us, Kimber. I see no one has forewarned you about the cultish nature of our little forum here. Simply draw blood from your finger, smudge it on your computer screen by your member profile, spin 3 times in your chair and shout "D-Word is my heart" all the while.

Sorry, it's been a long day here in 100 degree heat. Any friend of Marj's is a friend of ours.


Kimber Smith
Wed 7 Jul 2010Link

Thanks, Doug!

D-Word is my heart! D-Word is my heart! D-Word is my heart!

woah. dizzy.


Doug Block
Wed 7 Jul 2010Link

You catch on fast, Kimber. Now put an image of yourself up where that smudge mark is (cleaning your screen is optional).

I'd be curious to know more about what kind of strategic partnerships you're working on with THUNDER SOUL. Maybe best to answer in our Marketing and Distribution topic, though.


Marj Safinia
Wed 7 Jul 2010Link

Yay. Glad Kimber has joined our motley crew. She's a gem. So ya'll be nice to her.


Matt Marxteyn
Wed 7 Jul 2010Link

How is everyone doing today?


Michal Goldman
Wed 7 Jul 2010Link

In reply to nishant pagare's post on Thu 10 Jul 2008 :
Hi Nishant. I am Michal Goldman – haven't "introduced myself" yet but I'm starting to work on a documentary in a small village in West Bengal outside of Murshidabad – it's about a boy who started his own informal school – and I want to work with an Indian crew. Do you know any camerapeople who really love to shoot hand-held and are good at it? Steady, in-focus, sensitive to the unfolding moment? Do you know anyone like that who lives in Kolkata/speaks Bangla? I like your website by the way!


Suzanne Summerlin Tzuanos
Fri 9 Jul 2010Link

Hey everyone... I'm producing a documentary called Coexist (www.coexistdocumentary.org) about the reconciliation process in Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 Genocide there. I'm looking for information about self-distributing to schools, anyone with information on how to successfully sell a film to schools, please let me know and you will earn my undying gratitude. That may not sound like much, but it is, promise.


John Burgan
Fri 9 Jul 2010Link

[Host advice: Suzanne – no need to double post at The D-Word we read al the posts. I've erased the duplicate in the mentoring topic]


Emile Guertin
Fri 9 Jul 2010Link

In reply to Magee Clegg's post on Fri 21 Aug 2009 :

Hey Magee, I often shoot in the Philippines... would love to know more about your shoot.


Ben Kempas
Sat 10 Jul 2010Link

Tatiana – I'm currently in Munich but fully booked tomorrow. However, if you still need someone, I should be able to connect you to the right person. Get in touch.


Fatima Geza Abdollahyan
Sun 11 Jul 2010Link

Hi everyone, I'm Fatima from Munich. I just graduated from the Munich Filmschool with my doc film KICK IN IRAN. Munich is my home for the last 13 years, though my parents are from Iran, a place I travel to quite a lot. So, if anyone needs information or advice concerning shooting in that region let me know.

By the way, I'll be in Los Angeles for two months (August/September) and I am still looking for an affordable place to stay, maybe with someone from the industry who has a spare room?! Thanks for any advice! Fati


Doug Block
Sun 11 Jul 2010Link

Great to have you find us, Fati. We have a number of LA-based members, including our fabulous Iranian-born co-host, Marj Safinia. So hopefully a lead will come through soon.


Pierre-Yves Lochon
Sun 11 Jul 2010Link

EADN (Europe Asia Doc Network) is a new platform to develop cooperation between Europe and Asia in the field of documentary production, financing and distribution

This group has been created by doc makers from Europe and Asia. This group is coordinated by Sinapses Asia.

Over 60 doc makers have already joined EADN from 17 countries : Australia, Bangladesh, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovenia, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, Vietnam.

before the launch of its own website, you can join EADN Join us

On facebook
Group : http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=133635909991897&v=wall
Page : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Europe-Asia-Documentary-Network-EADN/128935210477595?v=wall#!

And Linkedin group : http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3170066


John Burgan
Sun 11 Jul 2010Link

Good to have you here, Pierre-Yves (I think everyone is busy recovering from the football this evening).

When does the EADN website launch? In the meantime, check out our International Co-Pros Topic


Mike Ambs
Mon 12 Jul 2010Link

Hello, my name is Mike Ambs. I currently live in ypsilanti. I love to film things and tell stories. And read on the subway. I'm pretty sure blue whales are my power animal.

I'm working on a feature film called for thousands of miles

By day i freelance for companies including: nbc, smashface productions, mrc, and next new networks.


Adam J. Segal
Tue 13 Jul 2010Link

Hi, my name is Adam Segal. This is my 11th year working in public relations/media relations. I founded my own independent PR firm www.The2050Group.com in the Washington, DC / Silver Spring area four years ago and since that time I have had the pleasure and honor of working with many accomplished filmmakers and supporting the remarkable work of Chicken & Egg Pictures, among many other projects. Doug Block suggested I introduce myself here. I hope in a small way to provide some contributions to this impressive community. Thanks for welcoming me.


Doug Block
Tue 13 Jul 2010Link

Great to have you here, Adam, and glad to see you're posting.

I was introduced to Adam at Silverdocs by Wendy Ettinger of Chicken & Egg, who raved about him (out of his earshot). I can't think of a better recommendation. In talking with Adam, he mentioned he does general PR but his specialty is social issue films and in hooking filmmakers up with national organizations out of the DC area.

Edited Tue 13 Jul 2010 by Doug Block

Nicole McCuaig
Wed 14 Jul 2010Link

Hi.
I’ve been making docos in Australia for the past fifteen years. I’ve followed a family of boxers, a heart transplant recipient, a fantastic group of war veterans from the states who visited Aus in ww2, a group of police who investigate cattle duffers (thieves), some renegade downhill skateboarders to name a few.
Last year I went to china twice to follow two giant pandas to Australia – although the story was a little light I enjoyed following the people aspect – the negotiation between the vets, zookeepers and officials of the two countries – a great experience personally.

Now I’ve embarked on the scary project of my first child – 14 weeks old – eeak.
Looking forward to reading more from you all – this is an impressive bunch of people.


Doug Block
Wed 14 Jul 2010Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Nicole. And much congrats. Looks like the Doc Maker as Homemaker topic might be right up your alley. Or maybe you should just pour yourself a drink now that you can again.


Nicole McCuaig
Wed 14 Jul 2010Link

Thanks Doug – the drink option sounds great!


David Dewhurst
Fri 16 Jul 2010Link

Hi,
My name is David Dewhurst and I have been in the still photography business since leaving college in England back in the early seventies. I specialize in cars, motorcycles and planes and I'm based in the Los Angeles area. For the last six years I have also been shooting PR b-roll for many of the major car companies. Now I have the chance to produce a one-hour documentary on one of those companies with an insiders perspective of the troubles they face. It's a throw-him-in-at-the-deep-end project that seems extremely daunting t me. I'm sure I'll be coming back with all sorts of questions. Luckily I seem to have found a very knowledgeable group that appears to have most of the answers. I look forward to the discussions.


Doug Block
Fri 16 Jul 2010Link

Welcome, David. Don't worry, I'm sure we'll just come back to you with questions like, "So, what digital still camera do you recommend for under $500?"


Corine Dhondee
Sat 17 Jul 2010Link

Hi everyone. Great to be here. I'm hoping I can get your support. My recent doc is called The Queen's Suite. I'm currently raising the finishing funds on Kickstarter. One comment on the doc is, 'The vid on Kickstarter is the most inspiring thing I have seen in all my adult life." Please view Kickstarter. I've organised lots of great gifts from acknowledgments, online downloads, DVDs, photos, lunch with the UK's leading doc exec producer, a recording session at Premises Studios, one to one sessions in doc filmmaking and camera plus more. Pledges start from $3 (£2). It's taken 18 months to make and it was done so without funding. It now needs funds for the online, dub and release of archive. We have until the end of August to raise the funds. http://kck.st/cbGGo1


Doug Block
Sun 18 Jul 2010Link

Welcome, Corine. No need to double post on The D-Word, it's one of the few rules we have here. This topic is more for telling us about yourself rather than pitching for your project (which you did well in the Classifieds topic). That said, good luck with raising the funds to finish.


Ben Kempas
Sun 18 Jul 2010Link

In reply to Fatima Geza Abdollahyan's post on Sun 11 Jul 2010 :

A late but special welcome to Fati. (She's too modest to mention that KICK IN IRAN kicked off at Sundance.)


Ann Husaini
Mon 19 Jul 2010Link

Hi all,
My name is Ann Husaini and I'm a freelance editor and post-production manager for documentary based in New York. I worked on a couple of great docs in years past that had good festival lives and were both selected for Whitney Biennials, ALMA and CARNIVAL ROOTS. One was about the healing of a mother-daughter relationship that had been scarred by mental illness and sexual abuse, and the other about Carnival in Trinidad. (Let me also mention that Meg Reticker, who is awesome, finished CARNIVAL when I went off to film school.) I went to Columbia for an MFA in film, directed many narrative shorts, and I've done a lot of reality tv in the past to pay for that lovely education! Right now I'm working on a couple of probono music doc projects. One's cutting a fundraising trailer about amazing jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and the other's a co-editing a doc about 80's band/conceptual artists Devo. In the future I'd love to do human-rights oriented doc work too, and to teach teens and young adults about filmmaking. So if people need help with either, do feel free to approach me. I'm really looking forward to meeting the community on this site and I'll definitely look out on the board for ways I can help others. I hope to enjoy being a part of things here for many years to come!


Jason Perdue
Mon 19 Jul 2010Link

Yay! Devo doc.


Doug Block
Mon 19 Jul 2010Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Ann. The best way to be a part of things here is to register for professional membership, which gives you full access to all the discussion topics.


Nicole McCuaig
Mon 19 Jul 2010Link

Hey Ann impressive history but I also zoomed in on the Devo project – would love to see a Devo doco.


Steve Kosareff
Tue 20 Jul 2010Link

I am in the midst of writing a business plan for investors and a international sales agent, just having finished the first draft of a budget for my film project, "TV MAN: THE SEARCH FOR THE LAST INDEPENDENT DEALER." The sample plans I've come across are either geared towards the non-profit sector or, if profit focused, appear to have more information than I believe is necessary for my project. Has anyone come across a good for-profit documentary business plan?


Robert Goodman
Tue 20 Jul 2010Link

that isn't fiction? docs that make a profit are rare happy accidents.


Peter Brauer
Wed 21 Jul 2010Link

Listen to Robert. I asked a similar question 3 years ago. He gave a similar answer. I chose to ignore him. I have been kicking myself ever since. Anyone who gives you money should be looking for a tax deduction, because a profit will probably never come.

Edited Wed 21 Jul 2010 by Peter Brauer

Steve Kosareff
Wed 21 Jul 2010Link

In the business plan draft I'm working on I've also included a fiscal sponsor fee in the budget and refer to it in the plan to allow the film's supporters to either make tax deductible donations or investments. I will have the final draft of the plan reviewed by experienced advisers, but feedback from this blog's readers will be helpful. Has anyone else used a similar hybrid plan to raise funds and, if so, what were the results?


Robert Goodman
Wed 21 Jul 2010Link

you can't solict donations for a profit making enterprise. There's no way for the donor to take a tax deduction and that ends a lot of them.


jd redjade
Mon 26 Jul 2010Link

hello all,
my name is jd and i am an american living in budapest hungary – i recently bought a canon legria/vixia hfs100 to make mini-documentaries or a political nature. You can see my progress in learning the little camera at http://vimeo.com/redjade

there are many many ideas i have for such mini-docus, but step by step i will get there :-)

cheers,
jd


Rich West
Tue 27 Jul 2010Link

Just did a show of original music bookended by a Gesualdo piece and a Rahsaan Roland Kirk tune in South Pasadena. Have done a bit of soundtrack music for a couple of documentaries and I really enjoyed it. Someone told me to check this site out so here I is.


Yogesh CU
Wed 28 Jul 2010Link

I am a 'creative' from India with a quest for learning and acquiring knowledge about creative expression and zeal to contribute to the art of STORY.TELLING, by utilizing my skills and expertise to the fullest.


Ana Santos
Wed 28 Jul 2010Link

I'm a passionately social artist and documentary filmmaker that believes the best way to make a difference is to go out of our "established" ways of seeing and experiencing the world. I agree with Wade Davis that story telling and content that offer broader perspectives can create a difference. History has not been written, we make history with the choices and the stories we choose to tell. I'm the product of TED and Herzog, to me, if you have lived the world in a way, you would try to try to tell our story. I worked for TV and entertainment for more than 10 years, and I'm refusing my self to continue to produce garbage and meaningless programming.


Jason DeBose
Wed 28 Jul 2010Link

Greetings from Helsinki, I'm a California-born photographer based in Helsinki. Tomorrow I'll begin a 3-country journey that will land me at The Lemesos International Documentary Film Festival in Cyprus. There, a project I'm producing based in New York, entitled THE MUSIC NEVER DIES

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il6msr2ZuHc
(our trailer)

has been chosen to be a part of Docs Talk Cyprus, a 2-day pitch forum held within the festival. I'm three planes away, but am definitely looking forward to the project getting to take some meetings – we're now pulling for a co-production as we are ~40% funded with a budget of ~$250k.


Doug Block
Wed 28 Jul 2010Link

JD, Rich, Yogesh, Ana and Jason, a warm welcome to you all. You're coming here so fast and furious it's hard to keep up with the greetings.


John Burgan
Thu 29 Jul 2010Link

In reply to yogesh 's post on Wed 28 Jul 2010 :

What Doug said. Hey Yogesh, be sure to fill in your profile with your full name – D-Worders like to know who they're talking to.


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