Co-Hosting The D-Word -
a Worldwide Documentary Community
The D-Word hosts ongoing discussions about the art, craft, business, and social impact of documentary film. Our Public Topics are open to all. Professionals can access a wide range of private discussions in our Business, Creative, Social, and Technical Topics. The D-Word has become the leading online community for more than 3400 documentary professionals and some 4600 registered enthusiasts from around the world. Since 2002, Ben Kempas has been running The D-Word together with founder Doug Block in New York. In recent years, they were joined by co-hosts John Burgan in Newport (Wales) and Marj Safinia in Los Angeles.
Writing for DOX, Published by the
European Documentary Network
From 2003 to 2009, Ben Kempas was a reporter for DOX magazine, writing about documentary films and visiting industry events in Europe and North America.
> Sample article: »Selling Silence« in DOX (PDF)
Being a Journalist
Ben is a member of the Bavarian Association of Journalists (BJV) which is the largest contributor to the German Association of Journalists (DJV). Their official press card, unlike others, is widely recognised.
Debating, Judging, and Teaching
With more than 15 years of documentary experience, expressive.tv's Ben Kempas has participated in many panel discussions sometimes as moderator, sometimes as panelist at industry events in Munich (Dok.Fest), Missoula (Big Sky), Reykjavik (RIFF and Nordisk Panorama), Thessaloniki (TDF) and Washington D.C. (Silverdocs).
He served on international documentary juries at film festivals in Belfast, in Kosovo, and in Santa Cruz.
Ben has lectured on editing, filmmaking, and networking at various institutions including the University of Film and Television (HFF), the Mediadesign Akademie in Munich, and the European Media Event in Brussels.
For regular updates, we use Facebook which also generates an automated Twitter feed.
To date, we've shot in the following countries:
United States (with jounalist visa)