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The Reservoir

AMBRIDGE RESERVOIR, Pennsylvania — The Ambridge Reservoir was built in the 1950s to accommodate the water needs of nearby towns and villages in southwestern Pennsylvania, one of them being the town of the same name. Incorporated in 1905, Ambridge takes its name from the industry and the company upon which its inhabitants once thrived – […]

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My Mother Told Me: Go to War

NEW YORK, NY, 1983 — I waited to tell my mother during her visit to New York City. So I took her out to dinner on the last dying breath of my credit card, wanting to keep the intensity and the drama of the discussion within the accepted parameters of a restaurant full of people. […]

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LA MONTANA, Nicaragua, 1980s — The mountains of northern Nicaragua enjoy a mystique all their own. Nicaraguans refer to them not in the plural, “the mountains,” but in the singular, “La Montaña,” or “The Mountain,” as if the rugged backbone of the country were a single entity, one special realm apart from, but still within, Nicaragua. […]

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The Simón Bolívar Battalion

Excerpted from the memoir sub-titled, “A True Story of War, Love and Rock & Roll” Lt. Francisco Noel Talavera (L) is a 19-year-old from the northern mountain city of Jinotega. He has a bad complexion and the habit of spitting through the gap in his two front teeth. He also happens to be the commander of […]

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FREELANCERS at Newseum

WASHINGTON, DC, 28 November 2019 — We are delighted to announce the screening on Saturday 14 December 2019 of my documentary film, FREELANCERS: Mexico, at the Newseum in our nation’s capital. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with the filmmakers, and other professional journalists familiar with the challenges facing freelance […]

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Journeyman Pictures distributes FREELANCERS

WASHINGTON, DC, 23 August 2019 — The pilot episode of what we hope will be a documentary film series, FREELANCERS with Bill Gentile, is being released on multiple platforms by the London-based distributor, Journeyman Pictures. This is a major step forward in our mission to explain what real journalists really do to bring us information […]

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