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FREELANCERS to Baltimore: “Thank You!”

BALTIMORE, MD, 2 December 2017 — Our Team sets up for the screening of the rough cut for FREELANCERS with Bill Gentile at El Bufalo Tequila Bar & Kitchen. From left are Doyle Cowart, me (Bill Gentile) Matt Cipollone and Danielle Criss. Missing from the core team is Esther Gentile who, I believe, made this […]

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FREELANCERS and Human Nature

WASHINGTON, DC, Day 23 of 40 — Freelance foreign correspondent David Agren uses a cell phone to make images of fireworks at the city of Tultepec, just north of Mexico City. David is one of the characters in my upcoming documentary series, FREELANCERS, about the new generation of journalists filling the void left by mainstream […]

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FREELANCERS, Independence and Risk

WASHINGTON, DC, Day 17 of 40 — Dominic Bracco II is freelance photojournalist — and more. Dominic is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work in the city of Juarez, where the drug war earned the city it’s reputation as one of the most violent in the world. In March 2017 I visited Dominic at […]

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FREELANCERS and “fixers”

WASHINGTON, DC, Day 15 of 40 — Milton Martinez Estrada (R) is a quintessential journalism “fixer” based in the Mexican border city of Nogales. A correspondent for the Mexican magazine Proceso, he also provides logistical support, arranges interviews and advises visiting journalists on where they can safely work – and where they cannot. Milton’s services […]

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FREELANCERS, War Room, Team

WASHINGTON, DC, Day 10 of 40 — Still asleep, the War Room is strewn with remnants of our struggle to fund post-production of our documentary series, “FREELANCERS.” Computers, charts, calendars listing goals and deadlines, strategy, offensive and counter-offensive. It all takes place here. We scored a significant victory yesterday: We hit the 25 percent mark […]

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Freelancing, Then. And Now.

WASHINGTON, DC, Day 8 of 40 — This is what “freelancing” looked like in the 1980s. No body armor. No helmet. And moving with great freedom among combatants on each side of the conflict. We enjoyed relative immunity from intentional violence. I stress “relative immunity” from “intentional” violence. Too many of my friends and colleagues […]

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