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ROSHANAK AMELI-TEHRANI Producer

PARIS BUSTILLOS Filmmaker

KEITH CARTER Animator

JOHN CECCHI Producer

KARIM CHROBOG
Founder, Tangier Pictures and 18th Street Films

KIRK FRASER Director

HAILE GERIMA Filmmaker

JOHN HENSHAW Founder, Gorilla Film Festival

ERIK HUEY Entertainment lawyer and writer/producer

NOEL“SONNY”IZON Filmmaker

MATT KATZIVE VP, Communications,
Discovery Studios
JEFF KRULIK. Filmmaker

KALI MCIVER Producer

JASON MOJICA Filmmaker

NICK PANAGAPOULOUS
President, Brainbox Productions

ALEX PACHECO Filmmaker

TODD ROHAL Writer/director

ANDY SHALLAL Bus Boys and Poets owner and film activist

SKY SITNEY Director of Programming, SILVERDOCS

SAMMY STEWART Producer

OLIVIA WILDE Washington born, L.A.-based actress

TIM WILSON Owner and Creative Visual Director, Cyberstorm
WAR CHILD UNDER THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF BERLIN
B Y K A R I M C H R O B O G A N D A F S H I N M O L AV I
A couple of months ago, an email trickled through the web to our film company, 18th Street Films, that said “...your film has been selected for the Berlin International Film Festival.” We were delighted. After all, the Berlinale – which takes place from February 7 - 17 – is one of the leading festivals on the international film festival calendar. It was a tremendous vote of confidence for War Child, a documentary about the tumultuous and ultimately hopeful life of Emmanuel Jal, a former Sudanese child soldier turned hip-hop star with a message of peace. The film was three years in the making and was shot all over South Sudan (including its oil fields), the Nairobi slums, and the refugee camps on the Kenya/Sudan border as well as in New York, New Orleans, and Washington.
From left: Director Karim Chrobog, Emmanuel Jal, Rick Boden, Afshin Molavi, and Nels Bangerter at the premiere of War Child at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival.
There was little time for celebration, however, because we were deep in the middle of a final edit. Over the next two months, we crashed until we had a final cut, movie posters, and flyers. A few days before the festival, we flew to Berlin, high-definition tapes in hand.
On February 10, the red carpet was rolled out. Dozens of friends and family from Washington and around the world had flown in. Cameras flashed. The 600-seat Babylon Theater was packed; people sat in the aisles. The lights dimmed. The movie played. People laughed, cried, and cheered. Ninety-four minutes later, the film received a standing ovation. Once the bright lights had gone down, it was time to get down to business. We worked the booths at the European Film Market, the gathering point of buyers, sellers, distributors and agents. This is the less glamorous side of film-making but nevertheless a key ingredient of the festival. More festivals are to follow this year and hopefully one will come near you.
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