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MBABAZI Aime Philbert
Thu 24 May 2012Link

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


Adam Maurer
Thu 24 May 2012Link

Hey all!

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!

Best,
Adam


jakob Frank
Thu 24 May 2012Link

Hi everyone!

Glad to be here, I was recently the director of photography on my first feature doc, "Just Like Being There."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk8yZoSauOU

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.


Carla Sanchez
Thu 24 May 2012Link

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/

Thanks everybody,
Carla

Edited Thu 24 May 2012 by Carla Sanchez

Ben Blair
Fri 25 May 2012Link

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.

Ben
www.journeytomajizuwa.com


raymond bell
Sat 26 May 2012Link

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


Doug Block
Sat 26 May 2012Link

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.


Doug Block
Sat 26 May 2012Link

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.


Ben Blair
Sat 26 May 2012Link

Thanks Doug!


Kiley Kraskouskas
Sun 27 May 2012Link

Hello,
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.


Doug Block
Sun 27 May 2012Link

Welcome, Kiley. Be sure to register for professional membership here so you'll have full access to our 50 discussion topics.


Rob Rooy
Sun 27 May 2012Link

Kiley, welcome! Hope we meet soon; maybe at Silverdocs?


Anna Kelaidi
Tue 29 May 2012Link

Hello everyone!
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!


John Burgan
Tue 29 May 2012Link

Welcome Kiley and Anna. Anna, your background suggests you know quite a bit about documentary – tell us about your current area of study


Anna Kelaidi
Tue 29 May 2012Link

Hello John!
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!)


John Burgan
Tue 29 May 2012Link

This is exactly the place to tell us! Where are you doing your PhD?


Anna Kelaidi
Tue 29 May 2012Link

At Aristoteleion university in Thessaloniki, Greece, in the school of fine arts.


Kiley Kraskouskas
Tue 29 May 2012Link

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 :


Dave Melonakos
Tue 29 May 2012Link

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:

fuzzypigproductions.com

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).


John Gyovai
Tue 29 May 2012Link

In reply to Kiley Kraskouskas's post on Sun 27 May 2012 :

Welcome Kiley.

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.
John


Doug Block
Tue 29 May 2012Link

In reply to Dave Melonakos's post on Tue 29 May 2012 :

Good to have you here, Dave. Funny but my next film (112 Weddings) is based on my work as a p/t wedding videographer over the past 20 years. So I guess you're heading down the right path :-)

Edited Tue 29 May 2012 by Doug Block

Kiley Kraskouskas
Wed 30 May 2012Link

Hey John,
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 :


Justin Ervin
Thu 31 May 2012Link

Hi Everybody!

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!

https://vimeo.com/justinervin/videos


Justin Ervin
Thu 31 May 2012Link

Special shout-out to Doug Block! Thanks a lot, sir. I appreciate your encouragement!


Doug Block
Thu 31 May 2012Link

A pleasure to have you here, Justin. Someone do yourself a big favor and hire this dude.


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