I'm a freelance video journalist based in Kabul, Afghanistan.
I learned about the D-Word through reading an article about the very talented James Longley.
Some of my work can be seen here (short demo reel)
It's great to be part of this community, and I look forward to connecting with people and seeing new work!
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I'm a freelance video journalist based in Kabul, Afghanistan.
I'm BUHORO filmmaker from Rwanda, Am currently working on my documentary projects.
It's very excited to be here with all of you and i hope together we will make great stuff in this world of documentary films.
Thanks a lot.
A warm welcome, Elissa and Buhoro. Elissa, we saved you the trouble by upgrading you to "professional" status. Figured anyone who shoots with a combat helmet on deserves it.
In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 23 May 2012 :
Thank you, Doug– I've seen trailer for The Kids Grow Up and 51 Birch Street, but yet to see both films in entirety and very much want to. Both look really compelling. Great to be a part of this community with so many talented people like yourself!
In reply to Rob Rooy's post on Wed 23 May 2012 :
Thank you, Rob. Really wish I could find To Our Credit over here!
In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 23 May 2012 :
(Regarding the combat helmet) Haha! Indeed Doug!
Welcome Elissa, I will view your work when I get home. VIMEO is blocked off in my office. There are tons of talented doc filmmakers that are part of the D-word, and we welcome one more (with a bad-ass headwear too)!
Hoping to see more interesting works from Kabul. Keep making them!
Welcome Elissa, Buhoro, and all the Mzungus from Rwanda. Great to have you here on The D-Word :)
I'm MBABAZI, a freelance filmmaker from Rwanda, I'm attending James Longley's workshop which is almost ending in Kigali, I leran a lot and I'm ready to put it in practice in my upcoming projets, as learning never end, I hope I'll keep learnin from this website
It's nice to be here. I stumbled in on this website while checking out an article about the Hot-docs pitch forum. This looks like a great site to discuss and debate docs and all of the methods and practices that come along with it. Hope you are all well, and working on exciting projects! I've been working on a documentary for the past 4 years. It chronicles two school years at a small charter school that teaches refugee children alongside local American kids. You can check out the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/31798296
Looking forward to the discussion!
Glad to be here, I was recently the director of photography on my first feature doc, "Just Like Being There."
It was my first taste of documentary film-making and what else can I say but I am addicted. Hoping to soon be able to film many more documentaries!
Looking forward to chatting it up with everyone on the message boards.
Hello D-Word Community,
I am a big fan of your work Doug Block, I love your style of pitching. Can I take you with me to La Rochelle, France to pitch our project "Incurable Diseases" Is it a Business? @TheSunnySideOfTheDoc ??? Hehehe...
Doug and everybody in this community, I am the Creator and Director of this Documentary www.IncurableDiseasesBiz.com and would love your feedback on it: http://www.cubanhat.tv/incurable-diseases-is-it-a-business/
D-Word community we would love your support of our film, can you please go to this link, watch the 3 Mins Video and Vote for us? "Incurable Diseases" Is it a Business? http://www.cubanhat.tv/incurable-diseases-is-it-a-business/
Hi everyone. I'm a filmmaker living in LA, but about to head out to Malawi, Africa for a year to film my first doc. I recently met the very talented Nick Higgins who tipped me off about this site. Looking forward to digging in and learning as much as I can from everyone. Looks like a great community.
Hello everyone, Im Raymond Bell the founder and Administrator of the HOPE Project a career training program for socially and economically disadvantaged young people in DC. I'm not a filmmaker I'm looking for a filmmaker to help us with a documentary about this amazing program that has become a movement in DC. The unemployment rate in the area we recruit our students is 30% on paper but actually much higher, the program is only 3 years old and has been nicknamed the Harvard of the Hood, by young people because of the success of the graduates. we really need a professional to help with this project. We have footage since we started and pictures. The website is hopeprojectdc.org, here is the most recent news story about the program. http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/05/raymond-bell-and-h-o-p-e-project-help-students-succeed-75551.html
if there is a talented student in the DMV please contact us, we really need some help. We want to shed some light on the lack of quality job training in the country and celebrate the success of the HOPE Project students.
email is raybelljr [at] gmail [dot] com
Adam, Jakob, Carla and Ben, great to have you all joining us at The D-Word. A warm welcome to you all.
Great program, Raymond. Hope you find the help you need here.
In reply to Carla Sanchez's post on Thu 24 May 2012 :
Best offer I've had all week, Carla :-) Feel free to whisk me away to France, for sure.
My name is Kiley Kraskouskas, I am documentary filmmaker living and working in Washington, D.C. Right now, I am in post production on the documentary, Essakane Film, which is the story of the Taureg music festival, The Festival in the Desert, and the rebellion that ended it. We began the project with a Kickstarter campaign that funded most of our three-week shoot in Mali in 2011 and continue to fundraise while also scripting and rough cutting as our story continues to change!
I love documentary films and doc filmmakers, so I am not sure why its taken me so long to join the d-word, but I am happy to be here. In addition to this film, I also the co-founder of Thinking Forward Media, where I consult and teach on crowd funding, (my other passion) proposal writing and budgeting for films.
Recently I became a board member of Docs in Progress and love their mission and the community that surrounds it.
Welcome, Kiley. Be sure to register for professional membership here so you'll have full access to our 50 discussion topics.
my name is Anna Kelaidi, photographer and beginner in the art of documentary. I live and work in Athens, Greece. I am happy to join your community, and I am sure I am going to learn a lot of this encounter!
Welcome Kiley and Anna. Anna, your background suggests you know quite a bit about documentary – tell us about your current area of study
Currently I do a research on greek documentary filmmakers. I want to find out about the reasons that made -or make- docs, about their personal stories that lead to their personal "truth" and view of life. I am interested in the filmmaker's intimate thoughts and feelings that push him/her to create a documentary film.
Hmmm, what else? All in all this is my field of work right now :) (I hope I didnt took advantage of the space here in the "introduce yourself" topic!)
This is exactly the place to tell us! Where are you doing your PhD?
At Aristoteleion university in Thessaloniki, Greece, in the school of fine arts.
Thanks, Doug. I just updated my profile. Great to be here. Rob – I will be at Silver Docs all week, hope to see you there. I will definitely be at the Docs in Progress Open House on the 22nd.
In reply to Doug Block's post on Sun 27 May 2012 :
I happened to find this website last week and have thoroughly enjoyed reading the posts of D-Word documentary filmmakers. The same week, I found a copy of Doug Block's latest documentary, "The Kids Grow Up" at our local library and totally related to the interaction with his daughter before she started her university studies. In April, I attended the 2012 Full Frame Film Festival in Durham, NC. with the panel discussion that included Doug, Ross McElwee and Alan Berliner and was impressed with the great filmmaking that can be done about an individual's family.
In recent years, my part-time film making, has trended towards event documentaries in my community. For the last two years, I documented the local high school marching band in their pre-season practices, performing at football games and at the their competitions. This has led to opportunities to film weddings and, of course, I'm always the uncle who doesn't put the video camera down at family events (everyone always enjoys the finished product).
My on-line blog contains links to some/portions of the films I've completed:
My other passion is watching documentary films. I have a list of all of the nominees for the Academy Awards Best Documentary Feature films since the 1940's and have been methodically watching each of these that I have been able to locate. I especially enjoy watching the filmmaker's commentary (when included on the DVD).
In reply to Kiley Kraskouskas's post on Sun 27 May 2012 :
Nice to quickly meet at Docs in Progress a couple of weeks ago. I stepped inside to buy a boom pole off Tessa and say hi to Erica. I mentioned to Erica that I was looking for a project with some non profit money I had. We exchanged cards. You did not mention Tinariwen when we met, just a festival in the desert. Of course I love those guys and just caught them at the 9:30 club!
Look forward to the screening on the 7th.
I remember meeting you at DIP. Would be great to meet in person again, thank you so much for coming to the screening!
Yes, Tinariwen's story is a big part of our film, although they did not attend the festival the year we filmed due to the death of Ibrahim's son right before the festival started. However, we caught up with them on their tour last summer. They are playing at the Howard Theatre on June 14 and we will definitely be there and hopefully interviewing them again, so we should coordinate.
Hope your project is going well!
In reply to John Gyovai's post on Wed 30 May 2012 :
My name is Justin. I'm really looking forward to getting to know you all. I'm a cinematographer and filmmaker in NYC and currently at work on a couple of projects that I look forward to sharing with you all sometime soon! If you wanna check out some of my past stuff at the Vimeo link below, please consider yourself invited.
All the best!
Special shout-out to Doug Block! Thanks a lot, sir. I appreciate your encouragement!
A pleasure to have you here, Justin. Someone do yourself a big favor and hire this dude.
Justin, I just visited your Vimeo page, have marked some of your videos to watch later (i.e. soon).
In reply to Justin Ervin's post on Sun 3 Jun 2012 :
Is Missed Connections the same that played last year at WSFF? (methinks)
Hi Niam. Nope, I didn't enter it into any festivals. I'd love to see the one you're speaking of.
Their film links from last year aren't working anymore, but this is a one liner I found about the film:
“Missed Connections,” by Mary Robertson — On Craigslist’s “Missed Connections” forum, those who regret their timidity make appeals to the Ones Who Got Away.
Wow! Very similar indeed... Now I REALLY want to see it. :)
My name is Mike Byhoff and I am working for a start-up that will be producing documentaries, as well as reaching out to people across the world and paying them to shoot short (4-10 minute) documentaries around the world.
I heard about this place at the Vimeofest Awards this past weekend, and it seems like an awesome resource.
I'm wondering what the best way is to go about finding the right kind of documentary filmmakers to make pieces for this new site?
i'm not sure if you have access to the 'people' tab above (because you are an enthusiast instead of professional right now), but you can find filmmakers by location using that tool... and if the moderators grant you 'professional' status, you'll have access to the 'professional classifieds' where you can post about opportunities that your group is presenting to filmmakers... both are good options.
Thanks Riley. I applied for professional status yesterday, but since our website is in closed Beta I had to show some projects we're working on by uploading to YouTube. I hope I can get a lot of people some good, meaningful work with fair pay.
My name is Bob. I am a retired computer specialist who enjoys video and still photography as a hobby. I also enjoy watching movies and documentaries and reading about how they are made. I have uploaded a few Youtube videos on my hobbies of astro-photography and microscopy. I'm also an amateur musician and record music with a friend about once a week.
Bob and Michael, welcome to The D-Word.
Michael, you've got an interesting venture – D-Worders certainly appreciate meaningful work with fair pay! You're very welcome to post in the Professional Classifieds and to reach a wider audience the Public Classifieds as well. However please note that we do not approve of systematic mining of the database – not saying you would do this, but just to warn that D-Worders are allergic to unsolicited emails!
Hey there, everybody! I am finally working on my first ever documentary, it's about the economic and environmental status of the Binghamton Ny area, why it is how it is and where it's going. I set up a blog and a twitter as a sort of documentation of how someone with no real experience struggles through learning the Pre/Production/post production process on their first try. check it out http://krhallagan.blogspot.com/ and I set up a Twitter account if you're interested but don't want to read so much @K_R_Hallagan
Check it out! it's an exciting time for me :p
have a great day everybody!
Welcome to The D-Word, Kevin, and good luck with the project.
Hi I am Nadeem, a model/presenter. I love travelling and delving in different cultures. My ultimate dream is to present and produce off the wall quirky documentaries where I am unveiling some amazing unique places & cultures. It will be like a kaleidescope. I want the viewer to become so entised in the programme that they feel they have been on the journey with me and experienced the exhilerating ride!!! Would love to connect with like-minded individuals and anyone who can help me turn my dream into reality. Look most forward to hearing from you.
Hi, I'm Charles Rich. I'm working on my first documentary film with the barest of equipment at hand. I have no training/education in the craft, so this will be a from-the-ground-up project. I will be blogging my progress (and trips and stumbles) along the way, which I'll post a link to shortly. Besides establishing an online presence beyond an FB account, I'm mining the web for any information/support I can get in the process. It's great to be a part of D-Word, and Thanks for simply being here.
Silverline Production First Documentary
On The Ropes
As Sharad prepares for his next brawl he becomes distracted to hear the information regarding his fathers sickness. This crucial time ignites family and friends to support eachother even when times are tough.