Thursday April 16th, 2015

“Afghan Dreams” Screens at Pitt Law School

WASHINGTON, DC, 16 April 2015 — Our documentary about four young Afghan women competing in the world’s most important contest of international law will screen at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law on Wednesday 29 April.

 

Monday April 13th, 2015

20% Discount for Vets at June Video Workshop

WASHINGTON, DC, 13 April 2015 — All veterans are eligible for a 20 percent discount on the June 4-7 Video Workshop With Bill Gentile in Washington, DC.

For details, click here: http://videojournalismworkshops.com/live

Don’t miss this four-day immersion in the craft of visual storytelling. You will 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.

Contact me with questions: billgentile@billgentile.com

Bill Gentile

 

Sunday April 12th, 2015

At June 4-7 Video Workshop: Arrive Early. Stay Late.

WASHINGTON, DC, 12 April 2015 — “Arrive early. Stay late.”

That’s what I told the audience at the recent screening of “Afghan Dreams.” Arrive early. Stay late.

I was given that advice decades ago by photojournalist Alon Reininger, whom I’ve known since working alongside him in Central America. That’s when you get the best stuff, I remember him saying. And he was right.

Sure enough, during our final shoot in Hong Kong, during the last interview on the last day of our “production” stage of “Afghan Dreams,” I asked one of our characters, Duniya, if she had anything else to say. And she talked about how her father, on his deathbed, extracted from her a promise to become a lawyer, and how it changed her life. It turned out to be the most powerful moment of the film.

This is the kind of stuff I teach in my Video Workshops. Lessons that I’ve picked up over decades of work in the field, from Central America to West Africa, from the Arctic Circle to Afghanistan, from Cuba to Chad. Join us for the June 4-7 Video Workshop in Washington, DC. For further details, see http://videojournalismworkshops.com/live.

To see the trailer for “Afghan Dreams,” see https://vimeo.com/117954962.

Best regards,

Bill Gentile

 

Sunday April 12th, 2015

“Afghan Dreams” Screening Packs Auditorium

WASHINGTON, DC, 12 APRIL 2015 — The screening on 8 April of “Afghan Dreams” at American University’s School of Communication was something beyond “special.” One member of the audience called it, “an inspiring and compelling documentary (event) about empowering women in Afghanistan. A wonderful story of perseverance, commitment and overcoming cultural and political barriers to become role models to younger women in Afghanistan. Actually getting to interact and speak with three of the girls on Skype followed by an interesting and insightful panel completely topped it off. Congratulations to all the team of ‘Afghan Dreams,’ so happy and proud to witness it.”

Actually, I think the Skype session with three of the four main characters in the film was as exciting as the film itself. Despite the power blackout in Kabul during the event, the three young women used their cell phones to connect — somewhat intermittently — with us. It was a measure of the everyday difficulties that Afghans live with as a matter of routine.

As I pointed out to the audience and to my students, events like these are the most gratifying component of what filmmakers do. One event at a time, one person at a time, one mindset at a time, we inform. We influence. We change things for the better.

I’m including some of the memorable images of the evening.

Best,

Bill Gentile

Sunday April 5th, 2015

Register Today for June 4-7 Video Workshop

WASHINGTON, DC, 5 April 2015 — Register now for June 4-7 Video Workshop With Bill Gentile in Washington, DC.

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.

For more details, click videojournalismworkshops.com/live

Best regards,

Bill Gentile

Saturday April 4th, 2015

Registration Open for June Video Workshop

WASHINGTON, DC, 4 April 2015 — Registration now is open for the June 4-7 Video Workshop in Washington, DC.

During this four-day immersion in the video storytelling language, you 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.
For more details, click here: http://videojournalismworkshops.com/live

We look forward to seeing you in June.

Best regards,

Bill Gentile

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