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August 22, 2013 10:01 AM
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Project of the Day: Film about Pulitzer Finalist Photographer

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

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"Hondros: A Life in Frames"

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A documentary about the life & career of award-winning war photographer Chris Hondros, who was killed in Libya in 2011.


Elevator Pitch:

Chris Hondros, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, covered practically every major conflict since the late 1990s. Known as much for his compassion and humanity as for his photography, Chris died covering the Arab Spring in Libya. What many don't know about Chris are the behind-the-scenes stories of some of his most famous photographs in which he impacted the lives of his subjects in ways that have nothing to do with a camera. This film retraces his steps around the globe to tell those stories and offer a deeper insight into one of the world's greatest conflict photojournalists.

Production Team:

Director/Producer: Greg Campbell -- Award winning journalist and bestselling author of "Blood Diamonds" (the inspiration for the 2006 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio) and other nonfiction books, Greg Campbell was Chris Hondros's best friend since high school. They worked together in dangerous situations in Kosovo, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, and Greg reported from Chris's side in Libya just a week before Chris was killed.

Producer: Daniel Junge -- Daniel is an Oscar-winning documentary director whose film "Saving Face" won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Short Documentary. "Saving Face" is also nominated for five Emmy Awards. Daniel worked in Liberia with photographer Tim Hetherington, who was killed alongside Chris Hondros in Libya.

Celebrity Advocate -- Golden Globe-winning actress Jamie Lee Curtis was touched by Chris's work in Iraq and deeply affected by his death. She offers narration and financial and moral support, as well as being our biggest cheerleader in Hollywood.

About the Production:

"As Chris's best friend who knew him both professionally and personally, I'm compelled to tell his story in a way that bridges those two aspects of his life. Most people know Chris through his work as a dedicated conflict photographer, but even some of his close friends -- including me -- don't know about the life-changing impacts he had on some of the people he photographed. More than just a tribute, this film is a journey to discover just how far-ranging Chris's impacts were. I feel like everything I've done in my life been in preparation to telling his story." -- Greg Campbell


Current Status:

Pre-production.

For more information and to support this project:

Film Website
Kickstarter Page (campaign already completed and successful)




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100 Comments

  • Laura Solway | March 28, 2014 7:01 PMReply

    Sounds interesting. I would enjoy seeing the film.

  • Laura Solway | March 28, 2014 7:01 PMReply

    Sounds interesting. I would enjoy seeing the film.

  • Laura Solway | March 28, 2014 7:01 PMReply

    Sounds interesting. I would enjoy seeing the film.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:36 PMReply

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Janice Fraley | March 20, 2014 10:35 AMReply

    Chris was a very dedicated photographer who spent his life informing us through pictures. Please make this your film of the year.

  • Janice Fraley | March 20, 2014 10:35 AMReply

    Chris was a very dedicated photographer who spent his life informing us through pictures. Please make this your film of the year.

  • Angela Smoke | March 19, 2014 2:02 PMReply

    Chris' dedicated his life to making sure we were informed through pictures.

    I vote that this film be your film of the year.

  • Angela Smoke | March 19, 2014 2:02 PMReply

    Chris' dedicated his life to making sure we were informed through pictures.

    I vote that this film be your film of the year.

  • Angela Smoke | March 19, 2014 2:02 PMReply

    Chris' dedicated his life to making sure we were informed through pictures.

    I vote that this film be your film of the year.

  • Angela Smoke | March 19, 2014 2:01 PMReply

    Chris' dedicated his life to making sure we were informed through pictures.

    I vote that this film be your film of the year.

  • Angela Smoke | March 19, 2014 2:01 PMReply

    Chris' dedicated his life to making sure we were informed through pictures.

    I vote that this film be your film of the year.

  • Angela Smoke | March 19, 2014 2:01 PMReply

    Chris' dedicated his life to making sure we were informed through pictures.

    I vote that this film be your film of the year.

  • Angela Smoke | March 19, 2014 2:00 PMReply

    Chris' dedicated his life to making sure we were informed through pictures.

    I vote that this film be your film of the year.

  • Debra Murphy | March 19, 2014 12:56 PMReply

    Please put this as a winner for the Tribecca Festival.

    A life is th most anyone could give for their job, so Chris paid the ultimate price. He gave of his soul to his job and not just for personal gain, but to help others see the plight of the world in war torn situations.

  • Debra Murphy | March 19, 2014 12:55 PMReply

    Please put this as a winner for the Tribecca Festival.

    A life is th most anyone could give for their job, so Chris paid the ultimate price. He gave of his soul to his job and not just for personal gain, but to help others see the plight of the world in war torn situations.

  • Debra Murphy | March 19, 2014 12:53 PMReply

    Please put this as a winner for the Tribecca Festival.

    A life is th most anyone could give for their job, so Chris paid the ultimate price. He gave of his soul to his job and not just for personal gain, but to help others see the plight of the world in war torn situations.

  • Debra Murphy | March 19, 2014 12:50 PMReply

    Please put this as a winner for the Tribecca Festival.

    I know of Chris and his life through his brother. so, for us this is personal

  • Debra Murphy | March 19, 2014 12:50 PMReply

    Please put this as a winner for the Tribecca Festival.

    I know of Chris and his life through his brother. so, for us this is personal

  • Debra Murphy | March 19, 2014 12:49 PMReply

    Please put this as a winner.

  • Debra Murphy | March 19, 2014 12:49 PMReply

    Please put this as a winner.

  • Sharon Luba | March 15, 2014 11:28 AMReply

    Beautiful story by a beautiful human being. This movie needs to be in the Tribecca Festival.

  • Sharon Luba | March 15, 2014 11:28 AMReply

    Beautiful story by a beautiful human being. This movie needs to be in the Tribecca Festival.

  • Natalie Marinzel | March 14, 2014 6:37 PMReply

    To be passionate about your career is admirable, to give your life for it is the ultimate gift. This documentary about the life of Chris Hondros, narrated and shared by his best friend, Greg Campbell, should be exalted not only because of Chris' sacrifice, but be acclaimed for the "behind the scenes" intense "living one's dream" that Chris achieved but was abruptly halted by his untimely death. The world should see this documentary for what it is - excellence on so many levels.

  • Natalie Marinzel | March 14, 2014 6:37 PMReply

    To be passionate about your career is admirable, to give your life for it is the ultimate gift. This documentary about the life of Chris Hondros, narrated and shared by his best friend, Greg Campbell, should be exalted not only because of Chris' sacrifice, but be acclaimed for the "behind the scenes" intense "living one's dream" that Chris achieved but was abruptly halted by his untimely death. The world should see this documentary for what it is - excellence on so many levels.

  • Natalie Marinzel | March 14, 2014 6:37 PMReply

    To be passionate about your career is admirable, to give your life for it is the ultimate gift. This documentary about the life of Chris Hondros, narrated and shared by his best friend, Greg Campbell, should be exalted not only because of Chris' sacrifice, but be acclaimed for the "behind the scenes" intense "living one's dream" that Chris achieved but was abruptly halted by his untimely death. The world should see this documentary for what it is - excellence on so many levels.

  • Natalie Marinzel | March 14, 2014 6:37 PMReply

    To be passionate about your career is admirable, to give your life for it is the ultimate gift. This documentary about the life of Chris Hondros, narrated and shared by his best friend, Greg Campbell, should be exalted not only because of Chris' sacrifice, but be acclaimed for the "behind the scenes" intense "living one's dream" that Chris achieved but was abruptly halted by his untimely death. The world should see this documentary for what it is - excellence on so many levels.

  • Natalie Marinzel | March 14, 2014 6:37 PMReply

    To be passionate about your career is admirable, to give your life for it is the ultimate gift. This documentary about the life of Chris Hondros, narrated and shared by his best friend, Greg Campbell, should be exalted not only because of Chris' sacrifice, but be acclaimed for the "behind the scenes" intense "living one's dream" that Chris achieved but was abruptly halted by his untimely death. The world should see this documentary for what it is - excellence on so many levels.

  • Kevin McCloy | March 14, 2014 6:37 PMReply

    Chris touched so many lives in so many deep ways, and this film is the medium by which the world should and can know about him. Please make this your film of the year.

  • Kevin McCloy | March 14, 2014 6:37 PMReply

    Chris touched so many lives in so many deep ways, and this film is the medium by which the world should and can know about him. Please make this your film of the year.

  • Kevin McCloy | March 14, 2014 6:37 PMReply

    Chris touched so many lives in so many deep ways, and this film is the medium by which the world should and can know about him. Please make this your film of the year.

  • Kevin McCloy | March 14, 2014 6:37 PMReply

    Chris touched so many lives in so many deep ways, and this film is the medium by which the world should and can know about him. Please make this your film of the year.

  • Kevin McCloy | March 14, 2014 6:37 PMReply

    Chris touched so many lives in so many deep ways, and this film is the medium by which the world should and can know about him. Please make this your film of the year.

  • Kevin McCloy | March 14, 2014 6:37 PMReply

    Chris touched so many lives in so many deep ways, and this film is the medium by which the world should and can know about him. Please make this your film of the year.

  • Kevin McCloy | March 14, 2014 6:37 PMReply

    Chris touched so many lives in so many deep ways, and this film is the medium by which the world should and can know about him. Please make this your film of the year.

  • Kevin McCloy | March 14, 2014 6:37 PMReply

    Chris touched so many lives in so many deep ways, and this film is the medium by which the world should and can know about him. Please make this your film of the year.

  • Kevin McCloy | March 14, 2014 6:36 PMReply

    Chris touched so many lives in so many deep ways, and this film is the medium by which the world should and can know about him. Please make this your film of the year.

  • Kevin McCloy | March 14, 2014 6:36 PMReply

    Chris touched so many lives in so many deep ways, and this film is the medium by which the world should and can know about him. Please make this your film of the year.

  • Natalie Marinzel | March 14, 2014 6:36 PMReply

    To be passionate about your career is admirable, to give your life for it is the ultimate gift. This documentary about the life of Chris Hondros, narrated and shared by his best friend, Greg Campbell, should be exalted not only because of Chris' sacrifice, but be acclaimed for the "behind the scenes" intense "living one's dream" that Chris achieved but was abruptly halted by his untimely death. The world should see this documentary for what it is - excellence on so many levels.

  • Natalie Marinzel | March 14, 2014 6:36 PMReply

    To be passionate about your career is admirable, to give your life for it is the ultimate gift. This documentary about the life of Chris Hondros, narrated and shared by his best friend, Greg Campbell, should be exalted not only because of Chris' sacrifice, but be acclaimed for the "behind the scenes" intense "living one's dream" that Chris achieved but was abruptly halted by his untimely death. The world should see this documentary for what it is - excellence on so many levels.

  • Byron | March 14, 2014 1:48 PMReply

    Awesome...

  • Byron | March 14, 2014 1:47 PMReply

    Awesome...

  • Byron | March 14, 2014 1:47 PMReply

    Awesome...

  • Byron | March 14, 2014 1:47 PMReply

    Awesome...

  • Byron | March 14, 2014 1:47 PMReply

    Awesome...

  • byron | March 14, 2014 1:47 PMReply

    Awesome

  • byron | March 14, 2014 1:46 PMReply

    Awesome

  • byron | March 14, 2014 1:44 PMReply

    Awesome

  • byron | March 14, 2014 1:44 PMReply

    Awesome

  • byron | March 14, 2014 1:44 PMReply

    Awesome

  • byron | March 14, 2014 1:44 PMReply

    Awesome

  • byron | March 14, 2014 1:44 PMReply

    Awesome

  • byron | March 14, 2014 1:43 PMReply

    Awesome

  • Norman MacAfee | March 14, 2014 10:49 AMReply

    Chris Hondros did what many wanted to do, but few dared. He was an artist but also -- it is hard to find the right term -- a "man of action" is too trivializing, an "activist" too limiting. Let me say that he threw himself into the struggle to see and know and show what was censored. Americans would go along with unjust wars if they didn't know what was going on. But if they were shown the dead and wounded innocents, the little Iraqi girl suddenly orphaned by American soldiers, they would oppose the war.
    --from "About Chris Hondros", Huffington Post, April 22, 2011

  • Norman MacAfee | March 14, 2014 10:49 AMReply

    Chris Hondros did what many wanted to do, but few dared. He was an artist but also -- it is hard to find the right term -- a "man of action" is too trivializing, an "activist" too limiting. Let me say that he threw himself into the struggle to see and know and show what was censored. Americans would go along with unjust wars if they didn't know what was going on. But if they were shown the dead and wounded innocents, the little Iraqi girl suddenly orphaned by American soldiers, they would oppose the war.
    --from "About Chris Hondros", Huffington Post, April 22, 2011

  • Norman MacAfee | March 14, 2014 10:48 AMReply

    Chris Hondros did what many wanted to do, but few dared. He was an artist but also -- it is hard to find the right term -- a "man of action" is too trivializing, an "activist" too limiting. Let me say that he threw himself into the struggle to see and know and show what was censored. Americans would go along with unjust wars if they didn't know what was going on. But if they were shown the dead and wounded innocents, the little Iraqi girl suddenly orphaned by American soldiers, they would oppose the war.
    --from "About Chris Hondros", Huffington Post, April 22, 2011

  • Norman MacAfee | March 14, 2014 10:48 AMReply

    Chris Hondros did what many wanted to do, but few dared. He was an artist but also -- it is hard to find the right term -- a "man of action" is too trivializing, an "activist" too limiting. Let me say that he threw himself into the struggle to see and know and show what was censored. Americans would go along with unjust wars if they didn't know what was going on. But if they were shown the dead and wounded innocents, the little Iraqi girl suddenly orphaned by American soldiers, they would oppose the war.
    --from "About Chris Hondros", Huffington Post, April 22, 2011

  • won kyung Jang | September 6, 2013 5:57 AMReply

    We need to know truths.

  • David Dare Parker | September 6, 2013 1:02 AMReply

    Definitely THE film I want to see.

  • Ana Bianca Marin | August 30, 2013 11:02 PMReply

    They say time heals everything... they never said how much time was needed. We all lost (at least) a friend and a mentor, but hopefully this film can help "translate" some of Hondros' messages of life as a photojournalist and decent human being to those of us who are still touched by it... and I reckon that we are many.

    Thank you so much to all of those involved. Thank you.

  • Frédéric | August 30, 2013 6:51 PMReply

    I hope this project will come to reality.
    It is about a story of humanity.

  • H. H. Genoways | August 30, 2013 5:29 PMReply

    Hondros

  • Lynne Freehill | August 30, 2013 5:18 PMReply

    Hoping to see this documentary

  • Lucy | August 30, 2013 3:58 PMReply

    This looks fantastic, I'd love to see it.

  • hondros | August 29, 2013 11:47 AMReply

    A life too short............We lost an incredible photographer.

  • Michael Schur | August 30, 2013 9:25 PM

    We must keep his story going.

  • Emily layinger | August 30, 2013 4:02 PM

    Pick this movie!!! Best one by far! Beautiful

  • Bob Grannan | August 29, 2013 8:10 AMReply

    Powerful and compelling. Chris was an incredible talent.

  • Temp | August 28, 2013 9:00 PMReply

    Cant wait to see it.

  • Temp | August 28, 2013 8:59 PMReply

    Cant wait to see it.

  • Mary Campbell | August 24, 2013 9:35 AMReply

    This project is so worthwhile and close to so many hearts across the world. Chris was a phenomenal photographer, humanitarian, and friend to people around the globe. He was also a mentor to many fellow photojournalist. His work speaks for itself, in the countless images of human tragedies and triumphs. Please vote for this film!

  • Anna Shum | August 23, 2013 10:31 PMReply

    Can't wait to see this documentary being made!

  • Susan Stimpson | August 23, 2013 9:33 PMReply

    We need more documentaries that perpetuate positive legacies.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:35 PM

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:35 PM

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:35 PM

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.

  • Richard Currin | March 22, 2014 8:35 PM

    Please pick this film and allow Chris's work and legacy to endure.