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FREELANCERS, Indiegogo and a Full-Time Job

WASHINGTON, DC, Day 4 of 40 – They warned me about this stage of my FREELANCERS project. Post-production. Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. It’s a full-time job that keeps me running from predawn to late at night. But I want to get this story out, so I’m OK with the long hours. My story – my documentary […]

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Early Days as FREELANCER

WASHINGTON, DC, Day 3 of 40 — Look closely at the caption on this photo. Toward the end you will see “lg/William Gentile” The “lg” are the initials of the person who wrote this caption. The “William Gentile” is, of course, is my real, formal, name. Now I use the abbreviated form of “Bill” on […]

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Closing In on “FREELANCERS”

MEXICO CITY, 8 March 2017 — A masked participant proceeds down the Avenida de la Reforma, a principle avenue in the Mexican capital, in a march for women’s rights. American University graduate student and Teaching Assistant Matt Cipollone made this image (taken from the video he shot) when we traveled to Mexico to shoot “FREELANCERS […]

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“Freelancers: The Open Road” and Where It Began

WASHINGTON, DC, 24 October 2017 — I’m working on the rough cut of my documentary, “Freelancers: The Open Road,” and can’t help but think of where it all began. It was 40 years ago that I finished course work in graduate school and went to Mexico for an internship at the Mexico City News, and […]

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Fire on the Mountain

HUAYTAPALLANA, Peru, 21 June 2017 – Peruvians gather on a ridge overlooking the glacier and lake below to celebrate the Andean New Year. In recent years the glacier has lost much of its mass, which scientists believe is the result of global climate change. The depletion of the ice means the depletion of an important […]

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Backpack Journalism, Religion and Climate Change

LIMA, Peru, 16 June 2017 — This morning’s view from my hotel window in the Peruvian capital where I arrived last night. I’m on assignment for American University’s (AU) Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS). I’ll be heading for Huancayo tomorrow, and then to the glacier at Huaytapallana to make a short film […]

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