Archive: Documentary Video

In Assignment, I Saw Myself and My Son

I'm always up for helping out a colleague, but I hesitated when asked to help produce a story on teenagers growing up without their fathers - afraid the story was too personal to cover. I haven't lived with my 5-year-old son in three years. He currently lives in Italy, so we don't see each other as much as I would like. There's one long stint - about two months - in summer, two weeks for Christmas, and around 10 days for his birthday in March.

By Pierre Kattar | January 12, 2007; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

Bill Cosby and Me

Bill Cosby doesn't like my video. When I first heard that he "attacked" the piece at a forum on black youth in D.C. last summer, I was shocked and a little perplexed. I mean, c'mon he's famous, a comedic genius and played Dr. Huxtable on TV. So why would he bother commenting and with such apparent anger? His problem was apparently that he thought the video (which asks folks to define what it means to be a black man) neglected to include any mention of the important role of family and fatherhood as part of being a black man. It is a point he's been hammering home to mixed reactions from black audiences for at least the past several years.

By Ben de la Cruz | December 15, 2006; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (10)

Mexico Rocks It

One of the most fun video experiences I have had this year had to do with coverage of Mexico's elections. When I heard about a Mexican nonprofit organization's first attempt at its own "Rock the Vote" campaign, I was definitely interested in covering it. I used to live on the Texas-Mexico border, where I would hear interesting "Rock en Espanol" on Mexican airwaves. I wanted to see what some of those bands were up to and how they were getting involved politically.

By Christina Pino-Marina | December 15, 2006; 08:15 AM ET | Comments (1)

In Michigan, the Unemployed Seek Help

Michigan is the epicenter of American manufacturing, but cutbacks at the Big Three are pushing the economy into a tailspin. For this assignment, I hung out at one of the state unemployment offices for a few days and listened to people who'd just lost their jobs talk about how bleak the situation really is.

By John W. Poole | December 15, 2006; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Weather Factor

Not a drop of rain had fallen on the greater Washington area in more than two months when this video was produced. Gardens everywhere were drying up. Plants were dying out. Gardening Editor Adrian Higgins and I decided to help out by showing people how to spruce up a garden during the stifling drought.

By Pierre Kattar | December 15, 2006; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Welcome to Behind the Lens

Since 1998, a team of videojournalists, multimedia editors and designers have been creating a new form of visual journalism using the strengths of video and interactive media to tell stories on the Web. In doing this, we are deliberately trying to create a new model of storytelling harkening back to what Marshall McLuhan once described as an "acoustic space" that had more in common with cave paintings and oral storytelling tradition than the linear narrative forms that have flowed from text in the last 500 years.

By Ju-Don Roberts | December 15, 2006; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

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