The Living in Limbo site features short documentary videos and articles about Iraqi refugees displaced in Jordan and Syria. As the executive producer of the project I developed, pitched and secured the funding. In addition to shooting, editing and producing, I developed the branding concept. Parts of Living in Limbo have been featured on PBS, UNHCR, CNN Anderson Cooper and Huffinton Post.
Monthly Archives: April 2011
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As senior field producer I researched, pitched and developed the story structure for each documentary. In pre-production I developed the script outlines, shot lists, location schedules, researched the content and subject, managed meetings and approvals by senior producers, travel logistis and wrote the interview questions. During production, I supervised and directed the cinematographer, interviewed the subjects and managed the legal release forms. During post-production, I wrote the scripts and directed the editor until the documentary was approved by senior producers and published. Several episodes were in various phases of production simultaneously. The series required long hours, national travel, team work and the ability to work independently and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
I developed, pitched and produced Rites of Passage, a weekly youth-centered television program. At the start of each season, I would facilitate a workshop with the young women and we would discuss the issues they were facing and narrow down our themes for the coming season. I taught the participants basic video production, editing and journalism skills. I supervised field correspondents, editors and videographers while guiding them through the post-production phase. I managed studio production and was the technical director of the four camera studio shoots.
With little funding and a lot of passion, we were able to produce 18 episodes with over 40 young women. Each episode had a studio segment, a special field feature, a dancer segment, poetry section and local shero section. Several participants went on to be the first in their families to attend college. In addition, the episodes were used as advocacy tools with local government. Episodes covered a variety of issues: Date rape, suicide and depression, representation of women in the media, college prep, dating violence, bullying etc… The program was available in over 400,000 homes in the Bay area.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees featured my short documentary as part of their media outreach for World Refugee Day 2010. I documented Iraqi refugee children living in Syria who participated in a cross cultural web project with American children. Upon returning to the United States, I documented the American children who attended the Ross school in East Hampton about how the project affected them.
World Refugee Day articles published on Huffington Post and CNN:
My role as the broadcast media consultant was to spearhead a strategic broadcast outreach campaign and secure journalist’s interest in the child farm labor report, bill and video Human Rights Watch was launching. Excerpts of the documentary were made available for broadcast outlets. The report was published in tandem with a legislative bill to close the gap in child labor regulations. I was able to secure dozens of print, blog and broadcast outlets in covering the story.
Articles about Afghan women I published on CNN and Huffington Post.