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

Saturday January 31st, 2015

Video Workshop Registration Ends 18 February

WASHINGTON, DC, 31 January 2015 — Registration for the March 5-8 Video Workshop in Washington, DC, ends at midnight of Wednesday 18 February.

See http://videojournalismworkshops.com/live for details.

At our four-day immersions into the visual storytelling language, 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.

Seating is limited so don’t wait. Register now at http://videojournalismworkshops.com/live

See you there!

Bill Gentile

 

Sunday January 25th, 2015

Learn To Make Videos That Rock!

WASHINGTON, DC, 25 January 2015 — Registrations now are being accepted for our Video Workshop on 5-8 March 2015.

Space is limited and participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

During this four-day immersion in the visual storytelling language, 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.

For details, see http://videojournalismworkshops.com/live

We look forward to seeing you.

Saturday January 24th, 2015

What Comes in the ONLINE Course?

http://www.videojournalismworkshops.com Learn about what is included in the Online Video Workshop with Bill Gentile. Bill Gentile and Bruce Jones take you through the 14 videos for this online course

Join us for the Online Video Journalism Workshop and learn how to make compelling video documentaries. In this course we’ve molded the acclaimed, real-life Video Journalism Workshop by Emmy Award winning journalist Bill Gentile into 14 compelling and informative videos to reveal the secrets of making video documentaries.

• 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.

To learn more about the Online Video Workshop please visit
http://www.videojournalismworkshops.com

Or join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VideoJournalismWorkshops

Best regards,

Bill Gentile

- See more at: http://videojournalismworkshops.com/blog/#sthash.lG8KNLRN.dpuf

Saturday January 24th, 2015

Turn Your Film Into a Campaign at American University

WASHINGTON, DC, 24 January 2015 — What to do with your film once it’s finished?

In conjunction with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, American University’s School of Communication is hosting award-winning British filmmaker Callum Macrae for a screening of his film, “No Fire Zone.” After the screening, Macrae will discuss how he’s turned the film into a campaign to create awareness about some of the worst human rights violations of our time.

(AU recently became a member of the Pulitzer Center’s Campus Consortium. See http://www.american.edu/soc/news/International-Reporting-Fellowships-to-Flow-from-Pulitzer-Center-Partnerhsip.cfm)

Macrae’s film examines the Sri Lankan civil war and the government’s final assault against Tamil Tigers. His investigation into atrocities against civilians during this assault, and his ability to weave what he uncovered into the film, resonates with students, faculty and filmmakers across a wide spectrum of interests. Besides the film’s subject matter, Macrae’s effort to raise awareness of those atrocities addresses the debate surrounding international relations, traditional journalism vs. “advocacy” or “campaigning” journalism, and other compelling points of discussion.

See http://pulitzercenter.org/projects/sri-lanka-kilinochchi-civil-war-human-rights-justice-tamil-tigers for Callum’s Pulitzer Center-supported project page for additional details.

On the evening of Wednesday 4 February, Macrae is scheduled to show his film in the SOC’s Forman Theater and to participate in a panel discussion. For specifics on the event, see http://pulitzercenter.org/event/american-university-callum-macrae-no-fire-zone-sri-lanka-civil-war-crimes-civilian-casualties.

Please join us for light food and refreshments before the event, which is free and open to the public

For questions, contact me at billgentile@billgentile.com.

Best regards,

Bill Gentile

 

 

Sunday January 11th, 2015

What Camera Do You Use to Make Videos?

WASHINGTON, DC, 11 January 2015 — It’s one of the questions that I most often get from students: “What camera do you use?”

And the answer is always the same: “It depends.” Take a look at this video, which attempts to answer the question in a more specific manner. Click HERE to watch.

These are the kinds of things that I teach in my Video Workshops. By the way, we now are accepting registration for our next LIVE workshop, on March 5-8. Click HERE for details.

For information about the ONLINE version, click HERE.

Thanks for your attention and best regards,

Bill Gentile