FILMOGRAPHY

 

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Inside Yemen (July 19, 2017) Director of Photography, Sound. Produced by Michelle Mizner and Sara Obeidat. FRONTLINE filmmaker Martin Smith and his team were the only foreign journalists given permission to enter Yemen, the country that’s home to what the United Nations recently called the “largest humanitarian crisis” in the world. Inside Yemen is a rare, up-close look at the consequences of two-plus years of airstrikes on the country by a Saudi-Arabia led coalition that has received weapons and tactical assistance from the United States. (PBS FRONTLINE)

 

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Confronting ISIS (October 11, 2016) Director of Photography, Sound. Produced by Martin Smith and Linda Hirsch. FRONTLINE investigates the U.S.-led efforts to degrade and destroy ISIS. Reporting from the front lines of the battle in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Turkey, this two-hour film examines the successes, failures, and challenges of the fight, as ISIS loses ground in the region but strikes out abroad. (PBS FRONTLINE)

 

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ART21:Art in the Twenty-First Century (September 16, 2016) Director of Photography – Los Angeles episode. Directed by Deborah Dickson. The series provides unparalleled access to the most innovative artists of our time, revealing how artists engage the culture around them and how art allows viewers to see the world in new ways. The artists’ lives and works engage universal experiences that anyone can relate to: resistance, pleasure, mortality, and the hope for a better tomorrow. (PBS) 

 

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A Subprime Education (September 13, 2016) Director of Photography.  Produced by Marcela Gavira. For-profit colleges have often been advertised as the best option for low-income students who can’t afford a more traditional four-year degree. But for years, for-profits had charged students nearly five times as much as community colleges, while getting the bulk of their revenue, up to 90 percent, from student loans and grants — often from the federal government. (PBS FRONTLINE)

 

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Inside Assad’s Syria (October 25, 2015) Director of Photography. Produced by Martin Smith. For weeks, the world’s eyes have been fixed on the tens of thousands of refugees fleeing war-torn Syria for Europe. But what is life like for those left behind? Correspondent Martin Smith goes Inside Assad’s Syria to report from government-controlled areas as war rages, with on-the-ground reporting and firsthand accounts from Syrians caught in the crisis. (PBS FRONTLINE)

 

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The Dead Unknown (October 19, 2015) Director of Photography. By Michael I Schiller and G.W. Schulz.  There are at least 80,000 reported missing people on any given day in the United States. At the same time, there are more than 10,000 unidentified bodies in morgues and cemeteries across the country. (Center for Investigative Reporting/Reveal) – Emmy Award for NEW APPROACHES: CURRENT NEWS COVERAGE, 2016; WORLDFEST HOUSTON Independent Short Subject-Films & Video – Documentary 

 

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Obama at War (May 26, 2015) Camera. Produced by Martin Smith.  When President Barack Obama took office in 2008, he had campaigned on ending the war in Iraq and keeping the U.S. out of new military conflicts. But Obama now finds himself exactly where he didn’t want to be: trying to defeat a brutal terrorist group in Iraq and Syria without dragging America into a prolonged regional conflict. (PBS FRONTLINE) 

 

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Life in Baghdad (March 11, 2015) Director of Photography.  A short film, narrated by FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith, that offers a rare and surprising glimpse into the everyday lives of ordinary young Iraqis who are trying to find moments to laugh, celebrate, and even flirt amid the chaos of war in Iraq. “It’s not the sort of footage we’re used to seeing from Iraq,” says Martin Smith. Read more here. (PBS FRONTLINE) 

 

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The Rise of ISIS (Oct. 28, 2014) Director of Photography. Produced by Martin Smith.  An in-depth investigation of the brutal terrorist group’s ascent.  The film traces how ISIS gained strength in Syria, how they’re funded, how they operate, and how, city by city, from Ramadi to Fallujah to Mosul, ISIS swept across Iraq — seizing territory, recording and broadcasting mass executions, and drawing recruits from an estimated 80 countries. (PBS FRONTLINE) 

 

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Rue des Elephants (in production) Producer, Director of Photography. Directed by Todd McGrain. Against the backdrop of a violent civil conflict, Rue des Elephants captures two critical years in the lives of one of the last wild herds of Forest Elephants. When 26 elephants are killed by rebels determined to turn ivory into weapons of war, an American biologist, a Bantu eco-guard, and a security contractor face dramatically different futures bound by the realities of affluence, nationality, poverty and race. (Theatrical) 

 

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China Pork (Sept. 12, 2014) Director of Photography.  Produced by Amanda Pike.  In 2014, a Chinese company bought America’s largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods. The $4.7 billion deal is the biggest Chinese acquisition of a U.S. company to date. Nathan Halverson from the Center for Investigative Reporting looks into the Chinese government’s role in the takeover. (PBS Newshour/Center for Investigative Reporting) – Emmy Award for OUTSTANDING BUSINESS REPORTING, 2015 

 

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Surveillance Raises Privacy Concerns (April 26, 2014) Director of Photography. Produced by Amanda Pike. A report from the Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED delves into a wide-scale surveillance system being developed for police forces. How can the trade off between safety and privacy be negotiated as technology gets more and more sophisticated? (PBS Newshour/Center for Investigative Reporting)

 

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Hunger in the Valley of Plenty (2013) Producer, Cinematographer. Reported by Sasha Khokha and Natasha Del Toro. California’s San Joaquin Valley is the country’s most productive farm belt: its fertile orchards and fields generate most of the nation’s fresh fruit and nuts. Yet for the people who work and live near these farms, access to healthy and fresh food can be a daily struggle. (KQED/Center for Investigative Reporting) – Emmy Award for CURRENT AFFAIRS PROGRAM/SPECIAL, 2014

 

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Eccentric Orbit (working title – in production) Director of Photography.  When does fiction end and reality begin? From award-winning director Deborah Dickson comes a meditation on romantic love.  Eccentric Orbit will make you remember your first kiss, the delirium of falling in love, the intensity, pain and suffering associated with passion, jealousy, and the bitter-sweetness of reconnecting with a former lover. (Theatrical)

 

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The Return (2013) Director of Photography.  Directed by Adam Zucker. Realizing you’re different, part of a rich but virtually erased history—what to do with that information? How do you integrate it into your life and relationships? Where do you turn for a community when one barely exists? In Poland today, these questions are made manifest as young Poles are discovering Jewish roots and grappling with how to make meaning of it all. (Theatrical)

 

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Stop Torture in Healthcare campaign (2011) Co-Director, Co-Cinematography, Editor.  A series of three short documentary films, 50 Milligrams is Not Enough, They Took My Choice Away, and Violence is Not The Solution, for a campaign to raise awareness of torture in health care in Ukraine, Namibia and Cambodia.  The co-director and co-cinematographer was Bob Sacha. (Open Society Foundations)

 

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Lost Bird Project (2011) Co-Producer, Director of Photography.  Directed by Deborah Dickson.  A story of artist Todd McGrain’s quest to memorialize the extinction of five North American birds, Passenger Pigeon, Carolina Parakeet, Labrador Duck, Heath Hen and Great Auk, by placing large bronze sculptures in the locations where the birds were last see alive in the wild. Best Cinematography, Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, Chagrin, Ohio

 

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Obama’s War (2009)  Additional Photography.  Produced by Marcela Gaviria and Martin Smith.  Correspondent Martin Smith travels across Afghanistan and Pakistan to see first-hand how the president’s new strategy is taking shape, delivering vivid, on-the-ground reporting from this eight-year-old war’s many fronts. (PBS FRONTLINE) Overseas Press Club, Edward R. Murrow Award, Best TV Documentary on International Affairs

 

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Life in Limbo (2009) Co-Producer, Director of Photography.  Directed by Sakae Ishikawa.  A film about the residents of Hasankeyf, a two thousand year-old village threatened by floodwaters from the last major dam to be constructed on the Tigris River in southeastern Turkey as part of the country’s efforts to control its rivers. Jury Award for Cinematography, Archaeological Film Festival, 2010

 

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Witnesses to a Secret War (2008) Co-Producer, Director of Photography.  Directed by Deborah Dickson. Edited by Sakae Ishikawa.  The story of America’s secret war in Laos told by the Hmong soldiers and their families who were recruited by the CIA to fight the proxy war in the 60’s and 70’s until the Communist takeover.  The film follows a family from the last refugee camp in Thailand to their new home in Minneapolis, MN. (PBS)

 

Budapest to Berlin: on the road with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (2007) Director of Photography.  Directed and produced by Emily Goldberg. The film looks behind the scenes of Minnesota’s famed orchestra on its European tour.  (PBS)

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Greensboro: Closer to the Truth (2007) Director of Photography.  Directed and produced by Adam Zucker. The documentary film chronicles the murders of five members of the Communist Workers Party by the Ku Klux Klan in 1979 and the struggle of Greensboro to reconcile after the first-ever Truth and Reconciliation Commission is convened in the United States.  (PBS)

 

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Return of the Taliban (2006) Co-producer, Director of Photography. Produced by Martin Smith. After the fall of the Taliban, experts warned of a scenario in which the movement would escape Afghanistan and set up new command centers in neighboring Pakistan. The film is a rare look inside the secret sanctuary that is off limits to U.S. troops. (PBS FRONTLINE)

 

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Home Front (2006) Director of Photography. Directed by Richard Hankin. A feature documentary film about how Sargent Jeremy Feldbusch, a U.S. soldier blinded in the early days of the Iraq war tries to adjust to his wounds after returning home to Pennsylvania.  (SHOWTIME)

 

 

Private Warriors (2005) Cinematographer. Produced by Marcela Gaviria and Martin Smith. A critical look at private contractors, the second largest force in Iraq, servicing U.S. military bases, protecting U.S. diplomats and providing needed logistics that historically were provided by the military. (PBS FRONTLINE)

 

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Beyond Baghdad (2004) Director of Photography, Field Producer.  Produced by Martin Smith and Marcela Gaviria.  During a five-week journey from the Kurdish north through the Sunni Triangle to the Shiite south, the film takes a hard look at the social and political reality beyond the political corridors of Baghdad. (PBS FRONTLINE)

 

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Truth, War and Consequences (2003) Reporter, Field Producer, Director of Photography. The 90-minute documentary film examines what went wrong in the planning for the postwar occupation of Iraq and what is at stake for both the U.S. and for Iraqis. (PBS FRONTLINE) Silver Baton, Alfred I. duPont Award for Excellence in Journalism

 

 

Iraq War (2003) Reporter, Producer, Director of Photography, Editor.  Produced a series of reports as an un-embedded journalist on the invasion of Iraq from the battlefield as U.S. forces advanced toward Baghdad. (PBS Lehrer Newshour / The New York Times)

In Search of Al Qaeda (2002) Field Producer, Reporter, Director of Photography, Second Editor. An hour-long documentary film that follows the trail of the terrorist organization through the Middle East and South Asia. (PBS FRONTLINE)

Behind Enemy Lines (2002) Field producer, Cinematographer.  An hour-long documentary film about the most dangerous missions conducted during World War II. (BBC) Award of Excellence, Royal Television Society, London

Women of Courage (2002) Producer, Director of Photography. First in a series of stories about women of outstanding achievement around the world such as Jamila Mujahed, the first woman to re-appear on television after the fall of the Taliban in Kabul. (Oxygen Television)

Saudi Time Bomb? (2001) Field Producer, Cinematographer. A documentary film about the growing tensions between America and its Arabian ally after Sept. 11, 2001.  (PBS FRONTLINE) Gold Baton, Alfred I. duPont Award for Excellence in Journalism