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Heath Cozens
Sat 7 Jul 2012Link

Thanks John!

Adam Stafford
Sun 8 Jul 2012Link

Hi folks, my name is Adam Stafford, a few years ago I directed a short called The Shutdown, which was quite well received. Since then I've been a bit erstwhile from the film community, making a new short (see My Films) that's taken me literally 3 years to get funding for and some busy musical projects. But I'm here to re-engage with the Doc Community. Thanks.

Doug Block
Sun 8 Jul 2012Link

Good to have you here, Adam. Welcome back to filmmaking, in general, and welcome to The D-Word.

Adam Stafford
Sun 8 Jul 2012Link

Thanks for the welcome Doug, it's good to be back!

John Burgan
Sun 8 Jul 2012Link

Really liked The Shutdown when it was screened at Silverdocs back in 2009. Welcome back, Adam.

Edited Sun 8 Jul 2012 by John Burgan

Adam Stafford
Sun 8 Jul 2012Link

Thanks John, yeah it has taken me a while to follow it up, but I have finally! (you can view the trailer for No Hope For Men Below here: I hope to make it back to Silverdocs next year, it was such a warm, friendly and encouraging festival.

Raymund Gerard C. Cruz
Mon 9 Jul 2012Link

In reply to Heath Cozens's post on Fri 6 Jul 2012 :

Hey Heath. That sounds like a fascinating project.

Japan has such an interesting combat sport history (ranging from Sumo to Pride FC). Somewhat like a religion to them. And kudos for sheding light to an unfamiliar combat industry in such a kinetic culture.

Good luck on that one!

Rebecca Rolnick
Tue 10 Jul 2012Link

Hi D-sters,

I just joined and am so excited to be a part of the community! I have been working on a documentary for two years and it has been an incredible journey. It's about a little Iraqi girl who, after being struck by a roadside bomb, came to the US for reconstructive surgery five years ago and has yet to return. It has been compelling to watch her story unfold – feel free to check out our website and drop us a note! Looking forward to discovering all that D-word has to offer ...

- Becky

Doug Block
Tue 10 Jul 2012Link

We're happy to have you here, Becky. Welcome aboard and best of luck with your film. Sounds very compelling.

Heath Cozens
Thu 12 Jul 2012Link

In reply to Raymund Gerard C. Cruz's post on Mon 9 Jul 2012 :

Thank you, Raymund for the encouraging words.

Doglegs is an NPO – and serves as a hobby for some members, something of a raison d'etre for others. Not an industry by any means. But as you say, there's a certain Japanese appreciation for the martial arts – fighting as a means to prove yourself – they are seen as wholesome and pure, and have quasi religious aspects, as well.

Doglegs Superhandicapped Pro-wrestling is much more down and dirty, homemade – almost like a cross between performance art and MMA. But there's a strength of spirit and purpose that I do think echos the ethos of classical Japanese fighting styles.

Anyway, I'll be sure to post about it in depth once I get more familiar with my way around the boards. Very much looking forward to sharing and being a part of this community.

Raymund Gerard C. Cruz
Thu 12 Jul 2012Link

In reply to Heath Cozens's post on Thu 12 Jul 2012 :

Very intriguing! Asians do have an attachment to spirituality. To us, life goes on like a ritual. My wife and I share with you the same fascination with japan, only more in theater. She will be in Kyoto to study Noh theater for a month starting next week. Anyways, looking forward to seeing your wonderful project.

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Doug Block
Thu 12 Jul 2012Link

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Danielle Beverly
Thu 12 Jul 2012Link

Adam, great to see you back! Look forward to raising a glass at a film festival this year to celebrate your new film, which I know will be wonderful.

Raymund Gerard C. Cruz
Fri 13 Jul 2012Link

In reply to Dennis Connors's post on Mon 25 Jun 2012 :

Hey Dennis,

Good to have you here. Don't worry about age. Some of my favorite filmmakers started working late. John Cassavetes, Abbas Kiarostami, Kidlat Tahimik, Robert Bresson, and Rob Nilsson became active late in their mid-30 to late 40's. In art, age is just a number. :)

The D-word will get you going.

Edited Fri 13 Jul 2012 by Raymund Gerard C. Cruz

Joshua Guerci
Wed 18 Jul 2012Link

I'm a verite shooter working on a documentary about communities rebuilding from natural disaster. I'm currently in Bay St Louis Mississippi but we've also been to Alabama and Louisiana.

We have a Kickstarter up:

Any feedback would be appreciated. So give me your most brutal hello and tell me what you really think of it!

David Liebling
Fri 27 Jul 2012Link

Hi Everyone!
My name is David Liebling. I have worked mostly in live sports production for the past few years, with a long hiatus in Asia where I was teaching english and traveling.
While I was in South Korea I started shooting for a documentary I'd like to produce 'the right way.' Meaning that I'd like to figure out what I'm doing as far as pre-production and distribution to give my project the best possible chance at success.
I'll be lurking this site, searching for answers regarding budgeting, planning, distribution, financing, and all the other aspects of documentary making that are currently baffling to me. Any nudges in the right direction would be much appreciated!
I hope I can give as well at some point.

Louis Mole
Fri 27 Jul 2012Link

Hello everyone!
My name is Louis Mole. I am a young aspiring documentary filmmaker from England. I have almost completed a one year documentary filmmaking course and I am now looking for employment, starting in November. I have made a number of short documentary films, and I am predominantly interested in social issue documentaries. I have made films on subjects such as homelessness, mental illness and newly released prisoners learning to reconnect with their children. Thank you for having me!

Alyssa Bolsey
Mon 30 Jul 2012Link

My name is Alyssa Bolsey and I'm currently directing a feature Swiss/US documentary about the film pioneer/inventor of the Bolex camera. If you're interested in checking out the development teaser it can be viewed on vimeo.

A young filmmaker myself, working in an international co-production has proven to be challenging but rewarding in the lessons learned. I look forward to learning more from d-word member's experiences as well as contributing all that I can in the process!

Tarryn Lee Crossman
Tue 31 Jul 2012Link

In reply to Brian Murphy's post on Sun 4 Nov 2007 :
Hi Brian. My name is Tarryn Crossman. I have been working in the TV industry in South Africa (Africa as a whole) for like 8 years and now I am producing my first independent documentary. The film lives between South Africa and Canada. I am looking for a journalist in canada, who might want to help me access some information on the ground. If you have any suggestions I'd really appreciate it. Here is a link to the trailer (although the film has changed somewhat since this was made)

Edited Tue 31 Jul 2012 by Tarryn Lee Crossman

Bill Jackson
Tue 31 Jul 2012Link

In reply to Alyssa Bolsey's post on Mon 30 Jul 2012 :

It looks like an interesting film. Good luck!

Doug Block
Tue 31 Jul 2012Link

Joshua, David, Louis and Alyssa, a warm welcome to The D-Word! Good to have you here with us.

Alex Dionne
Wed 1 Aug 2012Link

Hi, My name is Alexandria Dionne, everyone calls me Alex. I'm a producer and production manager on a doc film called 10x10: Educate Girls, Change the World ( It's a film about girls education in developing countries. I'm based in LA, but spent many years in NY, working on various docs there. This is a great site. I'm very happy to be a part of this community.

Doug Block
Fri 3 Aug 2012Link

And we're happy to have you joining us, Alex. Welcome.

Stephen Robinson
Mon 6 Aug 2012Link

Hey everyone, my name is Stephen Robinson, and I'm a young filmmaker working for a company called Ark Media based in Brooklyn, NY. I have my own nascent production company, and my first project is nearing its final stages. It's a short doc using footage that I shot while in Gaza, Israel and the West Bank back in 2009, and I hope to develop a feature length documentary about the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. I went to my first D-Word event last night through the Scottish Documentary Institute, and really enjoyed "Cutting Loose." Looking forward to participating in these forums!

Ben Singer
Mon 6 Aug 2012Link

Hola D-Worders.

I'm a budding filmmaker, with a background in TV news production and print journalism. I graduated from doc studies at the New School this spring and completed my first 20-minute short: "Keepers of the Flock" on NYC's pigeon-obsessed subcultures. Currently looking for ways to get my film out there, and working as an editor and researcher on several projects.

I made it out to the excellent screenings and meet-up yesterday, and met some great people. I definitely plan to get more involved online – and in the real world – with this community.

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