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Wanna Make Films? Start With Photojournalism!

PARAMARIBO, Suriname, 7 May 2014 – I went out with a group of students today to work on a photo essay of the city’s port area. These are some of the participants. Though only one of the students is practicing video journalism, I teach photojournalism as the foundation of the video and filmmaking craft. In […]

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“Chain Gang.” It’s About Character

PARAMARIBO, Suriname, 6 May 2014 – Participants in my Backpack Video Journalism Workshop watch “Chain Gang” as a tool for learning how to use characters to drive home my lesson on building visual stories. I’m here for a week of workshops, presentations and interviews with local journalists, students and others. The central theme of the […]

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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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Me to Suriname: Make Films

PARAMARIBO, Suriname, 4 May 2014 – The walk on the tarmac from my plane to the airport terminal brought me back to the tropics. The smell of wood fires for cooking. The deep humidity. A cool evening breeze. The sunset. Smelled like Nicaragua. I’m here for a week of workshops, presentations and interviews about the […]

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McClatchy Foreign Correspondent and State of the Craft

WASHINGTON, DC, 16 April 2014 — McClatchy Newspapers foreign correspondent Hannah Allam addresses my Foreign Correspondence class. Allam is the foreign affairs correspondent for McClatchy, covering the State Department and international diplomacy from Washington. She was bureau chief in Baghdad from 2003-2006 and was Middle East bureau chief, based in Cairo, from 2006-20012. Her war […]

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“Through Their Eyes” at Toronto Film Festival

WASHINGTON, DC, 16 April 2014 — My wife, Esther, and I are pleased to announce that our documentary, “Through Their Eyes,” has been nominated to compete in the Documentary Feature category at the Toronto International Film and Video Awards festival. The documentary follows a diverse group of six American University students discovering the forbidden island […]

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