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Doug Block
Mon 23 Feb 2015Link

Great to have you here, Cristina.  Welcome.  That's one stunning poster - just awesome!  Look forward to hearing about the new project as it develops. 

Bill Jackson
Mon 23 Feb 2015Link

Welcome, Cristina!

Qian Zhao
Tue 24 Feb 2015Link

Hi I'm Qian Zhao. or Vicky. I'm here to look for a movie maker who may intersted in my story. I apologize if this wasn't the right place to post in advance.

I'm 30 years old Chinese woman. I was born and raised in mainland China till 28 years old. I moved to Unit States 2 years ago due to job transfer. I had a pretty easy life in china as single child. Unlike most of the new Chinese immigration, I came here all by myself with no money. I learned to fit in local community, order food, drive, load dishwasher, go to gym and make doctor appointment etc... I met my boyfriend Joe ,who is a boston-er.We are dealing with the difference everyday, like habit,,attitude on international event, food, living style, value, family. china and america etc. We are planning a trip to China to visit my parents in April. This will be Joe's first Asian trip. I think my experience and our daily life as long as the trip can be an interesting story for both Chinese and American young people. If you were intersted , please contact me here or by email 

looking forward to hear from you


Donny Rowles
Thu 26 Feb 2015Link

Hi - I'm a former local news journalist and producer and have been producing mostly corporate content for the past several years. I live in Rochester, MN - and I'm working on a documentary about a basketball player who nearly died, but survived miraculously. I've got a big question related to how to approach working with a funder who may want a separate "version" of the documentary I'm working on - for their own promotional purposes. Here's the question in case someone has some thoughts from here - and if anyone has a recommendation for where I should post this if you could let me know, that would be great. I see there are lots of topics that have been "archived" and it looks like  maybe those are dead forums that we can't add to? Sorry for my clue-lessness.

Here's my question: 

Hello. I’m in post-production on a documentary and am trying to find a funder to pay $24K to fund the post-production of it. I’ve got about $8K invested in money into the doc – and a lot more than that in time/sweat equity.

This is the first doc I’ve sought funding for, and I think I may soon get funding to finish it, – likely from an organization that will require a finished piece (or pieces) culled from the doc material – that THEY could use - meaning – I think the organization will want their “own version” of the documentary in exchange for the $24K.

I’d like to produce it – and am open to creating multiple pieces if that’s what it takes – one for the organization to use as a promotional tool for themselves – and one that I produce in  an effort to sell.

Here’s my question – as a doc filmmaker – would you not want to create two pieces – one for the funder, and then one that I’m in full control of – because then you’ve got two versions of the story out there – and that makes your documentary inherently less valuable?

For other doc filmmakers out there – do you advise against doing this – and finding ONLY funders who will sponsor your production and don’t expect anything but their name on the documentary in return for their sponsorship?



Ron Calhoun
Sun 1 Mar 2015Link

Hello, I'm Ron Calhoun. I am currently in pre-production on a heroin awareness project.
One of my websites,

Doug Block
Sun 1 Mar 2015Link

Welcome, Qian, Donny and Roan.  Donny, your question is better asked in the Mentoring Room. This topic is more for just introducing yourself.  Qian, this is an okay place to post what you wrote, but not many professional members hang out here.  You might be better served re-posting it in the Public Classifieds topic.

Thomas James
Mon 2 Mar 2015Link

Hey guys

My name is Thomas and I am a first-time filmmaker, literally in the top of the first inning.  I was pointed in the direction of this forum by friends in the industry to find other folks and learn from those who have walked in my shoes.  Everyone was a first-timer at some point, right?  I have a day-job in finance, but have felt that there is an issue out there and brewing in my head that I HAVE to bring to life.  I want to figure this out on my own and, to be completely honest, I don't really know what I don't know yet.   I'm New York-based with a topic that will likely be DC-centric so I'm committed to making this happen over the next 18 months.  I know there will be blood, sweat, tears, high points and low points but I'm committed the journey.

I'm open to any/all suggestions on "getting myself up the curve" and am quite sure I'll be a frequent flyer in the "Mentor" room.

I just wanted to introduce myself and look forward to hearing from you,



Andy Schocken
Mon 2 Mar 2015Link

Welcome, Thomas.  My first piece of advice is don't quit your day job.

Natasha Mottola
Tue 3 Mar 2015Link

An exciting place to be Thomas! Welcome. (I second Andy's suggestion). Stay Brave.

Thomas James
Tue 3 Mar 2015Link

Haha...thanks.  Yeah, with 4 kids and some overhead, quitting the day job isn't an option.  Yet.

Erica Ginsberg
Tue 3 Mar 2015Link

DC-centric. I'm intrigued. Tell us more in the Works-in-Progress, Thomas.

Casey Elliott
Wed 4 Mar 2015Link

Hello All!

New member here! I'm so excited to be joining this community! I'm an LA-based associate producer and researcher with 8 years experience working in reality and variety television, and a long-time lover of documentaries! I'd love the opportunity to work on a historical documentary project, and am hoping to make connections through The D-Word. I'm a history nerd, genuinely love doing research, and am hoping to expand on my research skills through work in this field. 

Personally - I was born and raised in Oxford, Ohio and am a proud graduate of the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). I love to travel, am a big football and college basketball fan, and am a frequent TV Binge-watcher (currently loving Twin Peaks!). 

Nice to meet you all!

Doug Block
Wed 4 Mar 2015Link

Welcome, Casey.  Good to have you here and hope it leads to the connections you're looking for.

Yep, Twin Peaks is great!

Casey Elliott
Wed 4 Mar 2015Link

Thanks Doug! I find myself wondering after every episode how this was on TV in the nineties! So ahead of its time! But that's David Lynch for you. And of course, I'm constantly craving pie and coffee these days.... :-) 

Doug Block
Thu 5 Mar 2015Link

Get ready for more pie and coffee. They announced recently that they'll be doing a new 9-season episode of Twin Peaks for Showtime next year.

Melinda McKee
Thu 5 Mar 2015Link

Hey all, looking forward to being part of this community (thanks Eric for letting me know about The D-Word!).

I'm a former marketing/comm director who now works in my dream field of music supervision -- I own Sierra Music Supervision, based in the Southeast US but open to working with folks from all over. I enjoy helping documentary & indie filmmakers understand how the music licensing process works, so that they don't get caught in a bind with music rights or have to settle for music they don't love. My fav documentaries are Man On Wire and any film about the art of dance....and I also watch a lottt of TV (it's research! ;-P).

I'm currently looking for a special doc or indie film to take on as a passion project, so if you know a filmmaker who could use help figuring out the music end of things, feel free to have them contact me for consideration.


Melinda McKee
Founder/Chief Consultant, Sierra Music Supervision

Casey Elliott
Thu 5 Mar 2015Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Thu 5 Mar 2015: In reply to Doug Block's post on Thu 5 Mar 2015:

Yes! I'm so excited for that! Agent Cooper is BACK! :-)

Doug Block
Thu 5 Mar 2015Link

Welcome, Peter and Melinda.  Always helps to learn more about how music licensing works.  

Edited Thu 5 Mar 2015 by Erica Ginsberg

Christine Knowlton
Sat 7 Mar 2015Link

Greetings fellow filmmakers! Finally I have joined the D-Word and happy to be part of this vibrant commuiity. Thank you Doug for creating this forum.

My documentary Sense The Wind follows 4 blind sailors. It is an uplifting film that challenges stereotypes of those disabled and impaired. We are scheduled for post in a couple of weeks, as I struggle to fundraise to cover these critical costs to finsih a quality film. Stressful and scary. Wish me luck!

I am also proud to be an Advocacy Consultant with CreativeFuture, a non-profit arts organization mobilizing the creative community to stand up for the value of our work, the right to be fairly compensated and control the distribution of our digital media, which means fighting rampant piracy.

CreativeFuture's tireless Executive Director, Ruth Vitale, was recently featured in a Globe and Mail article.

Add your voice and join our organization. No dues or subscriptions, just your voice is required. Every individual, every company and oganization matters. To learn more about this critical issue and what is being done, go to, Together we can make positive change and continue to be able to afford making films that we truly care about.


Christine Knowlton

Director/ Produer

CreativeFuture Advocacy Consultant




Hillevi Loven
Tue 17 Mar 2015Link

Hello D word-

Happy spring!

Happy to join you all - so thankful for community!

I am a NYC producer, director, photographer - about to launch my first doc feature on the fest circuit.

Deep Run is the coming of age story of an Evangelical trangender boy growing up in rural NC,

EP Susan Sarandon


Enjoy the temp today! Bests- Hillevi Loven

Edited Tue 17 Mar 2015 by Hillevi Loven

Doug Block
Tue 17 Mar 2015Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Hillevi, and congrats on getting your debut film out there into the world.  Very exciting time.  Btw, no need to sign your name - it's posted automatically above every post. Oh, and a photo is always nice.

And a belated welcome and greetings to Christine.  Good to have you aboard.

John Haas
Fri 20 Mar 2015Link

Hello everyone! My name is John Haas. I'm just starting out in documentary filmmaking and am based in Phoenix, AZ(although I plan to move to Los Angeles within the year).

I am putting the final touches on my first piece, a short doc about a Homeless Respite Center here in Phoenix and am midway through filming another short piece on a violence prevention organization for youth in the Phoenix school districts. Soon I'll begin pre-production on my first feature, and assuming everything pans out I think it'll be a very interesting project with the potential to affect a lot of people.

So basically, I view documentaries as the way I'll be able to impact the world the most during my lifetime and hope to meet and work with others who view it as such through here! Thanks!


I am finishing up a degree in film production so I've experience filling many different positions on many sets(through school and freelance) as well as experience editing with Premiere, FCP, and AVID and I'm always looking to apply those skills towards projects and topics that will positively affect the world. Let me know if you are in AZ or CA and need help!

Andy Schocken
Sat 21 Mar 2015Link

Welcome to the d-word, Christine, Hillevi, and John!

Jennifer Paley
Tue 24 Mar 2015Link

My name is Jennifer Paley and I live and work in Los Angeles - I am from New York and attended Harvard and NYU -- my hobbies include tennis, yoga, biking, hiking and piano. I am currently making a documentary. 

Edited Tue 24 Mar 2015 by Jennifer Paley

Doug Block
Tue 24 Mar 2015Link

Good to have you here, Jennifer.  Welcome.  You might want to consider registering as a professional member to have access to all the discussions here. 

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