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CUBA SLOWLY BEGINS TO RELAX
STATE CONTROLS ON COMMERCE

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During his fall 2011 semester in Cuba with a group of American University (AU) students, Bill Gentile produced this piece for USA Today.

Cuba loosens restrictions on private enterprise, a decidedly capitalistic change in which the communist rulers have relaxed state control of business to generate jobs and kick-start the economy.






CUBA'S (ROCKY) LOVE AFFAIR
WITH THE HARLEY-DAVIDSON

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During his fall 2011 semester in Cuba with a group of American University (AU) students, Bill Gentile produced this piece for Time Magazine.

Cuba loosens restrictions on private enterprise, a decidedly capitalistic change in which the communist rulers have relaxed state control of business to generate jobs and kick-start the economy.






READING WHILE THEY ROLL:
CUBA'S CIGAR FACTORY TRADITION

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During his fall 2011 semester in Cuba with a group of American University (AU) students, Bill Gentile produced this piece for Time Magazine on a cigar "reader" at the largest cigar factory in Cuba. Gentile's wife, Esther, edited the story.





THE WHITE HOUSE:
INSIDE AMERICA’S MOST FAMOUS HOME
December 2008

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Bill Gentile worked as “Documentary Consultant” on this full-length documentary, the centerpiece of an unprecedented, weeklong C-SPAN production about the White House, the residence of America’s chief executive. C-SPAN was granted exclusive access to areas never before filmed for broadcast. The program first aired on 14 December 2008. See http://www.whitehouse.c-span.org/

(Credit: Documentary Consultant.)



TYLER HICKS IN AFGHANISTAN
2008

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While embedded with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24thMEU) in Afghanistan in 2008, I made a brief video of New York Times Photojournalist Tyler Hicks as he prepared and then transmitted images from one of the most unforgiving locales on earth to the Times photo desk in New York. At the time I met Tyler, I was working on a piece in Afghanistan's Helmand River Valley, along the border with Pakistan, for NOW on PBS. (Titled, "Afghanistan: The Forgotten War," the piece was nominated for a national Emmy Award.) I think the video of Tyler illustrates the technology that has revolutionized the craft of visual journalism. More importantly, it gives viewers a sense of how professional, articulate and dedicated some of the practitioners of our craft can be. Tyler Hicks is an extraordinarily talented photojournalist and a role model for all who want to devote themselves to the craft. Tyler, along with three other New York Times employees, recently was abducted and later released by Libyan forces who captured them while the journalists were covering events in that north African country.

(Credit: Producer/Camera.)



NURSES NEEDED
NOW on PBS - October 2008

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Bill Gentile produced and helped shoot this story about the critical shortage of nurses in the United States. You can see the piece in its entirety at the NOW on PBS web site. See http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/442/index.html.

(Credit: Producer/Camera.)



AFGHANISTAN: THE FORGOTTEN WAR
Released 2008

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Bill Gentile was embedded with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province along the border with Pakistan during a major operation in May-June 2008. See the piece at http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/428/index.html.

(Credit: Correspondent, producer, videographer, writer, narrator.)




UNDERGROUND YOGA
Released 2008

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Bill Gentile and his wife, Esther, traveled in the spring of 2007 to the Greek island of Lesvos, where they filmed a three-week yoga workshop by Victor van Kooten and Angela Farmer. In addition to the one-hour documentary, “Underground Yoga” includes a series of instructive “asanas,” plus interviews with Victor, Angela and their students. See http://undergroundyogathemovie.com.

(Bill Gentile credit: Video journalist, producer, director.)
(Esther Gentile credit: Video journalist, producer, editor.)




SECRET OPS
Court TV, 2007

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Bill Gentile follows SWAT teams on high-risk missions in and around Atlanta, GA.

(Credit: Video journalist, field producer.)





SWAT USA
Court TV, 2006

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In this action-packed series, Bill Gentile follows SWAT teams in and around Atlanta, GA, as they conduct high-risk operations against dangerous criminals.

(Credit: Video journalist, field producer.)





DATELINE AFGHANISTAN:
REPORTING THE FORGOTTEN WAR, 2006

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This one-hour documentary explains and explores the work of foreign correspondents covering the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.

(Credit: Video journalist, producer, field producer, writer, narrator.)





NOTHING FOR GRANTED:
A MARINE'S JOURNEY
MHz, 2005

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In this 30-minute documentary, Bill Gentile follows a young Marine from the mean streets of Iskandariya, about 50 miles south of Baghdad, to rejoin his family in the village of Boudin, Maine.

(Credit: Video journalist, field producer.)




TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW
NOW With David Brancaccio, PBS, 2005

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Gentile traveled to Iraq to document the lives of a single platoon of U.S. Marines, of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

(Credit: Video journalist, field producer, writer, narrator.)




ECHOES OF WAR
NOW With Bill Moyers, PBS, 2003

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Bill Gentile returns to Nicaragua, where he lived and covered the 1979 Sandinista Revolution as well as the U.S.-financed Contra War against the Sandinistas, to document the lives of Nicaraguans he photographed in his book, Nicaragua.

(Credit: Video journalist, field producer, writer, narrator.)





DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS
National Geographic Television, 2002

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Bill Gentile spent two months in West Africa, where he contracted malaria, documenting the work of physicians and nurses working with the prestigious Doctors Without Borders.

(Credit: Video journalist, field producer.)





DISTANT NEIGHBORS
NOW With Bill Moyers, PBS, 2002

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Bill Gentile and longtime Newsweek Magazine correspondent Joe Contreras visited Havana to document economic ties between Cuba and the United States as relations between the two nations slowly began to thaw despite decades of the failed U.S. trade embargo against the Caribbean island nation.

(Credit: Video journalist, field producer, co-writer.)





DIVING THE VOLCANO
National Geographic Television, 1999

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Bill Gentile traveled with a five-country team of scientists to the Arctic Circle off the coast of Norway to explore underwater volcanos and their effect on global warming. For six weeks he filmed the scientists, who used the Russian mini-subs MIR-I and MIR-II, to dive to the ocean floor. These are the same two Russian subs used in the filming of the Hollywood film, "Titanic."

(Credit: Video journalist, field producer.)





SURVIVING THE SAHARA
National Geographic Television, 1998

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Bill Gentile and the National Geographic reporter - photographer team spent nearly two months in the Sahara Desert documenting life in this spectacular part of the world, until anti-government guerrillas forced their departure from the north African nation.

(Credit: Video journalist, field producer.)





THE WEAPON
ABC Nightline with Forrest Sawyer, 1997

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Bill Gentile and producer Joanne Levine won the Robert F. Kennedy Award, Honorable Mention, for this powerful story about rape during the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. The story helped to prompt the first prosecutions for rape as a war crime at the International Criminal Tribunal at The Hague.

(Credit: Video journalist, co-writer.)





THE VOICE OF HOPE

ABC Nightline with Ted Koppel, 1996

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Bill Gentile and producer Joanne Levine visited Burundi to document the work of the Washington, D.C.-based group, Search for Common Ground, which operated a radio production center employing journalists of the often-warring Tutsi and Hutu ethnic groups.

(Credit: Video journalist, co-writer, narrator.)





TRAUMA: LIFE IN THE ER

The Learning Channel, 1996

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After having worked on the pilot of the highly successful “Trauma” series, Bill Gentile worked on many of the episodes that followed. The “Knife and Gun Club,” shot at Denver General Hospital, was one of the most dramatic.

(Credit: Video journalist.)





CHAIN GANG

Video News International, 1996

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Shortly after the state of Alabama renewed the practice of chaining prisoners in groups of five, Bill Gentile spent nearly a week at the penitentiary documenting the controversial program.

(Credit: Video journalist, field producer, narrator.)