The D-Word Community ( www.d-word.com ), an international online collective of documentary filmmakers, is slated to launch their premiere collaborative project, â€œEssays on Documentary,â€ on June 20th, in partnership with Docuweb ( www.docuweb.org ), a leading documentary streaming site.
The first of several web-based ventures planned by the group, â€œEssays on Documentaryâ€ was developed, produced and will now be exhibited exclusively online. The project showcases eight thought-provoking short films that explore the art and meaning of non-fiction filmmaking from the perspectives of professionals working in the doc trenches. From Carlos Gomezâ€™s magical realist portrait of a documentary filmmaker in earthquake-ravaged Columbia (“Seeds”) to Jill Chamberlainâ€™s hilarious account of self-financing her docs (“Living on Borrowed Time”), the films reflect the wide-ranging styles and distinctive voices of the global documentary community.
The D-Word Community was established in 1999 by veteran documentary filmmaker Doug Block and writer Dan Richards as a virtual meeting ground and discussion forum for documentary professionals from around the world. Since its inception, over 250 members have registered from 14 countries.
â€œNothing Iâ€™ve done professionally has been as rewarding as hosting these discussions,â€ says Emmy and Peabody award-winner Block, who is a supervising producer of â€œEssays on Documentary,â€ and has contributed one of the shorts (“VeritÃ©”). â€œWeâ€™re connecting isolated filmmakers across geographical boundaries and creating a genuine sense of documentary community. Wanting to work together was the logical next step.â€
â€œEssays on Documentaryâ€ will be streamed online by the San Francisco-based Docuweb for a one-year period. The site will direct viewers to a dedicated D-Word discussion forum where they can question, debate and interact directly with the participating filmmakers and each other.
For more information contact Doug Block at firstname.lastname@example.org or [ 212-777-5422. ] A VHS viewing copy of â€œEssays on â€œDocumentaryâ€ is available upon request.