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Ann Torrance Davidson
Thu 4 Nov 2010Link

To Grace Lee ~ I rented 'The Grace Lee Project' on iTunes. Wonderful!
And great that you are doing an update with Grace Lee Boggs.
Q. Will you get a piece of my $3.99 (Canadian)? I gather more would have gone to you had I purchased the DVD through WMM, but I'm not working at the moment and am trying, in general, not to own too much stuff. Really loved the film.


Doug Block
Thu 4 Nov 2010Link

In reply to Grace Lee's post on Tue 2 Nov 2010 :

Thanks, Grace. I'd love to see you at one of the showings. I'll be sending out an email to LA D-Worders with more details, hopefully by end of day.


Mariam Jobrani
Mon 8 Nov 2010Link

Hi everyone!

My name is Mariam. I've always wanted to join, but have always been too busy! I've been working in non-fiction television (reality/docs) for the last 14 years -mostly producing for other people. I did manage to direct/produce 2 of my own shorts: With Us or Against Us and The Fighting Cholitas. I now have some time to really explore this site and to connect with other like-minded folks.


Cristina Mis
Mon 8 Nov 2010Link

Hi Doug,

Thank you for hosting the Symposia at the DOC NYC. It was very informative and interesting – please keep up posted on other events where you'll be attending.

Thank you

Cristina Mis


Doug Block
Mon 8 Nov 2010Link

It was my pleasure, Cristina. A warm welcome to you and Mariam. You should both apply for professional status , which will give you access to all the discussion topics.

Edited Mon 8 Nov 2010 by Doug Block

David Weissman
Mon 8 Nov 2010Link

Greetings – David Weissman here.

I produced and co-directed (with Bill Weber) THE COCKETTES, which was a 2002 Sundance film, and recipient of the LA Film Critics Award for Best Documentary of 2002.

I have a newly completed film WE WERE HERE which is about the coming of AIDS to San Francisco in the early 1980s. WE WERE HERE has already been invited to Berlin, and I'm sure like many others here, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Sundance.

I've been a (mostly) San Francisco based filmmaker for a LONG time.

Edited Mon 8 Nov 2010 by David Weissman

Doug Block
Mon 8 Nov 2010Link

Thanks for introducing yourself, David. Heard so many great things about THE COCKETTES at the time, but it somehow slipped by me. Time to put it on my Netflix queue.

Edited Mon 8 Nov 2010 by Doug Block

Marj Safinia
Tue 9 Nov 2010Link

Way behind on hellos here but just wanted to say that Mariam is one of the finest human beings I know and I'm so glad she found her way here!


David Weissman
Tue 9 Nov 2010Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Mon 8 Nov 2010 :

Thanks Doug. I don't know where you're located, but maybe you can rent it at your local video store!


Doug Block
Tue 9 Nov 2010Link

They're all gone with the wind, David. And I'm talking NYC.


Linda Blackaby
Tue 9 Nov 2010Link

Oh, THE COCKETTES is really wonderful, it made me laugh a lot. I hope you can see it Doug.
WE WERE HERE is wonderful in a different way; I laughed sometimes through my tears, and I am still thinking about its lessons.


Mark Weldy
Wed 10 Nov 2010Link

Hello all,my name is Mark Weldy.

I dont have any projects completed unless you count HS A/V club.I am pursuing the idea of a off grid/survival mini/multiple doc for publishing on the web and to DVD.Just trying to get some insight from experienced people here as this site was highly recommended to me.

Look forward to chatting with you guys and gaining some needed knowledge.

Thanks,Mark.W


Ariel Saturay
Wed 10 Nov 2010Link

Hello, i am ariel saturay and member of kodao productions. Kodao is an indigenous term from our local tribe meaning a knotted rattan string that served as the Philippines’ first calendar. But instead of days, the knot represents a particular community event making Kodao a unique calendar. A chronicle of events instead of a list of days. And just like the unique calendar we named ourselves after, we chronicle in multimedia, the Filipino people as they make history. check out www.kodao.org


David Weissman
Wed 10 Nov 2010Link

In reply to Linda Blackaby's post on Tue 9 Nov 2010 :

thanks, Linda!


Ben Kempas
Wed 10 Nov 2010Link

Mark and Ariel, welcome to The D-Word.

Ariel, you should apply to become a full member. It's free but not automatic.


Jack Hunter Cohen
Tue 16 Nov 2010Link

Hello Everyone: I'm Jack and I discovered this web community just last week after seeing Doug and his film at the Laemmle here. Beautiful and brave work.
Doug, I kept thinking how lucky the three of you are to have each other. And, yeah, it's clear who the kids are in the title.
I'm working on my second film at the moment and I'm thankful to have this community as a resource. All the best to you and your family from a fellow Islander.


Doug Block
Tue 16 Nov 2010Link

Thanks, Jack. Appreciate the kind words. And very glad you found your way to The D-Word. I think you'll like it here.


Ryan Steven Green
Tue 16 Nov 2010Link

Just got hip to D-Word last night after the Doc U event at Cinefamily. Thanks, Marj! Incidentally--and I said as much to her last night--I so appreciated how Marj handled the panel. Very linear and easy to follow discussion, one panelist at a time. Everybody got their turn and was able to fully state their point of view on distributing your documentary.


Marj Safinia
Tue 16 Nov 2010Link

Hi Ryan. Well done for joining up! As I said last night, D-Word is the single smartest resource when trying to get your doc done and out there. Jump right in!

BTW, thought of a VW doc I saw last year you might be interested in checking out: http://www.pbs.org/itvs/globalvoices/beetle.html


Magela Crosignani
Thu 18 Nov 2010Link

Hi everyone, my name is Magela and Im originally from Uruguay but have been living in the US for almost 10 years now. Im a cinematographer working both in fiction films and documentaries, I fell in love with documentaries while studying at nyu with George Stoney, an amazing professor and human being, and Im excited to join this fine community of people.


sheila malkind
Fri 19 Nov 2010Link

Hi. I am the director of the Legacy Film Series (www.legacyfilmseries.com), presenting films celebrating older adults at various venues, and renting the films to various organizations. Also the director of the Legacy Film FEstival on Aging (www.legacyfilmfestivalonaging.org) slated for presentation in March 2011. I am also looking for Tina Flemmerer, who has a nice film Leslie Day, City Naturalist, that I would like to represent.
Love documentaries, so if anyone has one on the subject of aging, please contact me.


Doug Block
Fri 19 Nov 2010Link

Welcome, Sheila. I'll be contacting you about 51 Birch Street for the Legacy Film Series.


Will Rand Sampson
Sun 21 Nov 2010Link

Hey D-Word. I've got a doc project in mind. Tell me what ya'll think: Whenever people talk about New Orleans they say, "it's such a wonderful city. The music is great, the food is great, and the culture . . ." That's all true, but it doesn't capture why this city is important. New Orleans is magic. For real. A primordial groove seeps down all the streets. Even the buzzing locusts and the dripping drain pipes keep a rhythm. New Orleans moves you, whoever you are.
But this is a city in crises. The wetlands are sinking at the rate of one football field every 38 minutes. Without the wetlands, we have no protection from hurricanes. In order to save this city, a lot of money and time needs to be spent on rebuilding the wetlands. This isn't happening nearly as quickly as it needs to be.
Many films have been made on this topic, the most recent being the Big Uneasy. But most of what's been done focuses on the political problems and the higher-up people in charge.
I would like to make a mood-doc, akin to Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus, about the feeling of New Orleans. I want to give people around the country a sense of why this city is a cultural epicenter, why it's vital to our American identity, and why it's so wierd wild and wonderful.
If anybody wants to help or contribute ideas, let me know.


Ralph Watkins
Sat 27 Nov 2010Link

I am a professor by training but I have been working on my camera skills for years. I have written five books and I as start my sixth book I will no longer simply write. I am putting my documentary skills to work as this new book will be packaged with a documentary. I love making films and I have been doing this for years but now I am committing my life to the documentary form as a teaching tool (for me and my students). As I embark on this adventure I want to swim with documentary film makers who know of the waters I am about to explore more deeply.


Doug Block
Sun 28 Nov 2010Link

Welcome Ralph. Feel free to register for full member status here to gain access to all 50 discussion topics.

Welcome, as well, Will. Good luck with your project.


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