“Backpack Documentary Expedition: Nicaragua” Winds Down

TICUANTEPE, Nicaragua, 30 June 2011 — Paloma Jackson interviews Steve McCurdy at the Enramadas community center in Ticuantepe, Nicaragua, as she winds down the production component of our “Backpack Documentary Expedition: Nicaragua.” Paloma was one of two participants in the Expedition. McCurdy and some 30 other U.S.-based volunteers associated with Bridges to Community helped build […]

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“Backpack Documentary Expedition: Nicaragua” Meets U.S. Volunteers

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, 25 June 2011 — Paloma Jackson (far left) and Martha Dodge (with yellow cap) interview members of Bridges to Community at Managua’s international airport as they wait for the arrival of U.S.-based volunteers who will build houses next week in the town of Ticuantepe. Paloma and Martha are in Nicaragua to participate in […]

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Backpack Journalist Gets to the Roots of “Concrete Tomato”

WASHINGTON, DC, 12 June 2011 — Daniel Sadicario teaches English at the prestigious MICDS in St. Louis, Missouri. He, and the institution for which he works, understand the power and the promise of visual communication. A grant obtained through MICDS enabled Dan to attend my 2-5 June 2011 Backpack Journalism Workshop in Washington, DC, and […]

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Backpack Journalist Explores Iraq Aftermath

WASHINGTON, DC, 9 June 2011 — In this powerful, deeply personal film, Sam Slosberg examines the struggle of one man whose brother, a Marine Corps sergeant, returned from Iraq with multiple ailments that eventually claimed his life and forever changed the lives of his extended family. Sam was a participant in my 2-5 June 2011 […]

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Photographer’s Skills Transfer to Backpack Journalism

WASHINGTON, DC, 8 June 2011 — Tara Kocourek made this film during my 2-5 June 2011 Backpack Journalism Workshop in Washington, DC. Tara’s background as still photographer is evident in this piece, a quiet examination of one artist’s quest for creative self. She used an HDSLR with separate recorder to ensure powerful images and professional […]

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Backpack Journalist Meets Rich and Famous at Ben’s Chili Bowl

WASHINGTON, DC, 3 June 2011 — Check out Lee Poston (right) a participant in my Backpack Journalism Workshop, who ran into Joe Montegna while shooting a documentary at the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl in the nation’s capital. Lee says Joe was “incredibly gracious, warm and friendly — and hungry.” (Photo courtesy of Joe Montegna Family.)

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