Bill Gentile with American troops while shooting a documentary in Afghanistan, 2005. Photo by Tomas Munita.

We are now at an extraordinary juncture in the history of mankind, technology and communication. Ordinary citizens wield the power to communicate instantly, globally and in a language, the visual language, that supersedes both the written and the spoken word. This visual language knows no frontiers. It needs no translation. It is contingent on no corporate support. It is the most powerful cultural tool of our time. Backpack journalism is the embodiment of this visual language. It is the embodiment of this power. The Backpack Journalism Workshop With Bill Gentile enables you to harness that power to document and to change the world you live in. In a four-day, intensive workshop at the campus of Mary Institute-Country Day School, St. Louis, MO, Bill Gentile draws upon three decades of field experience to teach you the full range of skills for effective visual storytelling, from story conception to shooting to scriptwriting, narrating and editing a crafted story.

You will learn:
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To articulate your story idea To use filmmaking equipment to effectively capture images and sound. To recognize and to cultivate dramatic story arcs. To conduct proper, in-depth interviews. To write powerful treatments and scripts. To narrate your story. To edit with Final Cut Pro for maximum effect.

Who should attend?
The Backpack Journalism Workshop With Bill Gentile is for beginners with some experience as well as more seasoned practitioners who want to sharpen their skills and acquire new ones. We welcome photojournalists making the transition to film and video. Print journalists seeking to expand their skills will find the workshops particularly useful. Broadcast journalists accustomed to the technology and techniques preceding today’s hand-held digital cameras will find that the newer equipment delivers a more immediate, intimate version of visual communication than their predecessors. Students, teachers, video journalists, documentarians, filmmakers and storytellers who want to expand their skill set and learn from one of the pioneers in the field also will benefit from the Workshops. You must be at least 18 years old to attend.

Bill Gentile with students & assistants at the December 2009 Backpack Journalism Workshop.

Bill Gentile: Journalist and Filmmaker
Bill Gentile is an independent journalist and documentary filmmaker teaching at American University in Washington, DC. His career spans three decades, five continents and nearly every facet of journalism and mass communication, most especially visual communication, or visual storytelling. He is a pioneer of what is referred to as “backpack journalism,” or “backpack documentary.” And today he is one of the craft’s noted practitioners. Gentile began in 1977 as reporter for the Mexico City News and correspondent for United Press International (UPI) based in Mexico City. He spent two years as editor on UPI’s Foreign Desk in New York, then moved to Nicaragua and became Newsweek Magazine’s Contract Photographer for Latin America and the Caribbean. His book of photographs, “Nicaragua,” won the Overseas Press Club Award for Excellence. Gentile is featured in two award-winning documentaries about international journalism in Nicaragua, “The World Is Watching,” and “The World Stopped Watching.”

Registration and Accommodation Details
The four-day workshop, which runs from about 9 am to 9 pm each day, is only available to a limited number of participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register Before April 1: $1495 Register After April 1: $1895 Call 314-995314 -995 -7375 For More Info

Register before April 1, 2010 to receive a $400 discount!
Hotel accommodations are available at a discounted rate from the Drury Inn & Suites, Creve Coeur. Rooms include free breakfast, evening appetizers, and adult beverages.

To register or for more information, contact Institute314-995Mary Institute- Country Day School at 314 -995 -7375 or visit us online at http://micdssummerpd2010.wikispaces.com/

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