From “Born From Blood:” How to Pan

KIGALI, Rwanda, 26 July 2014 — I traveled really light on this trip to Rwanda, carrying only my iPhone and no other gear. No tripod. So it was nice to know how to make a fairly steady pan when I saw the opportunity. I visited a community project in the Rwandan capital, shooting my central […]

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“Through Their Eyes” to COMMFFEST Film Festival

WASHINGTON, DC, 23 July 2014 — My wife, Esther, and I are pleased to announce that our film, “Through Their Eyes,” has been accepted to compete in the 8th Annual COMMFFEST Global Community Film Festival. Our one-hour documentary follows six American University students in the AU Abroad program studying in Cuba in Fall 2011.   […]

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Cool Interview on Making Videos that Rock

TBILISI, Georgia, 22 May 2014 — This is a brief interview by George Gogua, a young practitioner of backpack journalism in the Georgian capital. Click HERE or to listen.  

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Hello Suriname: “Seize the Power of Filmmaking”

PARAMARIBO, Suriname, 6 May 2014 – After breakfast with U.S. Ambassador to Suriname Jay Anania and a handful of local journalists. I’m here for a week of workshops, presentations and interviews with local journalists, students and others. The central theme of the visit is the power of filmmaking with hand-held digital cameras and distribution over […]

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International Video Journalism Workshop Ends

WASHINGTON, DC, 23 February 2014 — Check out the group photo at the end of our Video Journalism Workshop this past weekend. We had a diverse, international group. From left is Bruce Jones, Jerry Gardiner from Liberia, Will Hoffinger, Mariana Alvarez Joyal from Venezuela, me, Zar Sarmast from Afghanistan, my wife Esther from Cuba, David […]

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Where Has All the (Our) Money Gone?

  KABUL, Afghanistan, 7 January 2014 — This is a brief clip I shot in a refugee camp in Kabul. According to a camp spokeswoman, the camp houses about 1,500 people from across Afghanistan who have fled the war. She said some of the refugees have been here for as long as 12 years. No […]

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