Tuesday March 31st, 2015

“Afghan Dreams” Screens at American University

WASHINGTON, DC, 31 March 2015 — Our new film about four Afghan law students — all young women — who overcome all odds to compete in an international competition on legal arbitration will screen on Wednesday 8 April at American University’s School of Communication.

Join us for “Afghan Dreams,” a story about determination and grit that takes place in Afghanistan, Qatar and Hong Kong.

The film is preceded by a reception and followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and some protagonists.

 

Monday March 30th, 2015

“Freelancers at Risk” at American University

WASHINGTON, DC, 29 March 2015 — We had an overflow attendance at yesterday’s event, “Freelancers at Risk,” at American University’s School of Communication. In this first image above, from left to right, are Michael Scott Moore, Berlin-based journalist kidnapped by Somali pirates while researching a book on piracy and held hostage 2 years, 8 months before his release in September 2014; Allison Shelley, independent documentary photographer and multimedia journalist whose work has been featured in Time, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, among others; Jason Motlagh, writer, photographer and filmmaker covering issues from human rights and labor issues to conflict zones for outlets including The Washington Post, Economist and al Jazeera; and myself as moderator at the lectern.

The two images at bottom show, from left to right, David Rohde, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Thomson Reuters investigative reporter, and Pulitzer Center Board member; Hannah Allam, national correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers covering foreign affairs and the State Department and formerly the chain’s Baghdad bureau chief; and Frank Smyth, founder and executive director of Global Journalist Security and a senior advisor for journalist security at the Committee to Protect Journalists. This second panel was moderated by Jon Sawyer, executive director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, at the lectern.

The two-hour event was all about how freelance journalists can keep themselves safe and healthy while working overseas.

(Photos by Esther Gentile)

 

 

 

 

Monday March 23rd, 2015

March 31 Deadline AU-Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellowships

WASHINGTON, DC, 23 March 2015 — There are only eight days left before the deadline, at midnight on Tuesday 31 March, to apply for the AU-Pulitzer Center Overseas Reporting Fellowships.

This is a tremendous opportunity for American University, for the School of Communication and for all of our students. The fellowships are worth $2,500.00 each. AU and the Pulitzer Center will select two students for international reporting projects of their choice involving an under-reported systemic issue. One student will be selected from SOC, with a second student to be selected from the university at large.

AU’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) is a contributing partner to this initiative. One of the fellows will focus on subject matter related to the Center’s work on religion and Latin American affairs.

For more details, see http://www.american.edu/…/j…/Pulitzer-Center-Fellowships.cfm. Also see http://pulitzercenter.org/campus-consortium.

Our hope is to promote the global exchange of information and the use of visual communication to make ours a better world.

 

Saturday March 21st, 2015

Return to Nicaragua: Photos to Video (in Spanish)

WASHINGTON, DC, 21 March 2015 — This is an interview with Carlos Fernando Chamorro on his weekly program, “Esta Semana.” It covers my transition from still photojournalist to video journalist. And it’s in Spanish.

Click HERE to watch the interview.

Bill Gentile

 

 

Monday March 16th, 2015

March 29 Panel on Freelancers at Risk

WASHINGTON, DC, 16 March 2015 — Don’t miss the March 29 panel discussion with veteran freelance correspondents, and media managers, discussing how to manage risk when working overseas.

This event is sponsored by American University’s School of Communication and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

The event is free and open to the public.

RSVP here: bit.ly/FreelanceSafetyAU

Please feel free to contact me with questions: billgentile@billgentile.com

 

Wednesday March 4th, 2015

“Afghan Dreams” Screens at Commerce

WASHINGTON, DC, 3 MARCH 2015 — We conducted a screening of our film, “Afghan Dreams,” at the U.S. Department of Commerce. The film documents four Afghan law students, all female, as they defy all odds to compete in an international competition of commercial law in Hong Kong. The team was trained by lawyers working at the Department of Commerce.

We followed up the screening with a panel discussion. Many of the questions dealt with the challenges the young women faced by challenging cultural rules regarding study and travel. It’s been a deeply gratifying journey.

The film is a co-production with American University’s School of Communication.

To my right (on the left side of the picture) is Steve Gardner, of the Department of Commerce.

(Photos by Karen Krugman)

 

 

 

 

Monday February 9th, 2015

10 Days to Register for March 5-8 Video Workshop

WASHINGTON, DC, 9 February 2015 — Register today for the March 5-8 Video Workshop in Washington, DC. Registration ends at midnight on Wednesday 18 February.

Get a jump on the competition with new skills. Learn to:

- Articulate story ideas.
- Capture powerful images and clean sound.
- Recognize and cultivate dramatic story arcs.
- Conduct compelling, in-depth interviews.
- Write powerful treatments and scripts.
- Narrate stories.
- Edit for maximum impact.

 

Saturday February 7th, 2015

Another Look at “No Fire Zone”

WASHINGTON, DC, 7 February 2015 — Ann Peters, Director of Development and Outreach at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, made this image during our screening and panel discussion this week of “No Fire Zone,” about war crimes by the Sri Lankan army during a 2009 offensive against Tamil rebels.

UK filmmaker Callum Macrae showed the latest version of his award-winning documentary to a full house at American University’s School of Communication.

On the far left is Juan Méndez, professor of Human Rights Law in Residence, Washington College of Law. Since November 2010, Méndez has been the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. In the center is Carolyn Gallaher, associate professor, School of International Service. Gallaher focuses on two distinct research areas—organized violence by non-state actors and urban politics. I moderated the discussion from the podium.

In a wide-ranging discussion with the crowd, Callum talked about how he collected and sifted through hundreds of hours of footage of the offensive to patch together an extraordinarily powerful documentary, and how he verified the veracity of that footage.

 

Friday February 6th, 2015

“No Fire Zone” Draws Packed, Diverse Crowd

WASHINGTON, DC, 4 February 2015 — UK filmmaker Callum Macrae addresses a packed house at American University’s School of Communication after the screening of “No Fire Zone,” his award-winning documentary on human rights abuses during the 2009 campaign by the Sri Lankan military against Tamil rebels.

On the far left is Juan Méndez, professor of Human Rights Law in Residence, Washington College of Law. Since November 2010, Méndez has been the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. In the center is Carolyn Gallaher, associate professor, School of International Service. Gallaher focuses on two distinct research areas—organized violence by non-state actors and urban politics. I moderated the discussion from the podium.

In a wide-ranging discussion with the crowd, Callum talked about how he collected and sifted through hundreds of hours of footage of the offensive to patch together an extraordinarily powerful documentary, and how he verified the veracity of that footage.

Monday February 2nd, 2015

WEDNESDAY 6:30 pm: Filmmaking and the Fog of War

WASHINGTON, DC, 2 February 2015 — Please join us this Wednesday evening for the screening of “No Fire Zone,” about human rights abuses during the 2009 offensive by the Sri Lankan military against the Tamil population. UK filmmaker Callum Macrae will share the innovative ways he garnered and continues to use footage to help pave the way to justice for thousands of civilians killed, wounded and missing during the final days of the Sri Lankan war.

Joining us for a panel discussion after the screening will be Carolyn Gallaher, Associate Professor at the School of International Service (SIS), and Juan E. Méndez, a Professor of Human Rights Law In Residence at the Washington College of Law (WCL).

Best regards,

Bill Gentile