2017 Video WorkshopsBelow is a list of confirmed video workshops at the 2017 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar:
Jamie Francis grew up along a tiny dirt road deep in The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. He graduated from The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a BA in 1984, the first in his family to attend college.
Francis has been Director of Photography at Blue Chalk Media for the past three years where he was worked on films for National Geographic TV, TBrand Studio, Bloomberg, NBC Universal, The New York Times, Discovery Education, The Weather Channel and others.
Before Blue Chalk, Francis worked for more than two decades at newspapers; mostly as a photographer but also writing a regular column for two papers.
While working at The St. Petersburg Times in Florida, Francis covered news events throughout the world traveling to more than 45 countries. The experience reinforced the mantra for Francis that there is no education like travel. Earlier this year, on an assignment for National Geographic TV to Antartica, Francis reached his seventh continent.
Deborah Acosta is a filmmaker at the New York Times. She specializes in innovative forms of documentary production, that's often live, interactive, and participatory. Much of her work incorporates crowdsourcing and audience input, to help her reach higher truths in her reporting.
Brent Foster is a Canadian born director and filmmaker focusing on storytelling content for brands and editorial clients. Foster worked for the LA Times and freelanced for The New York Times and TIME.com prior to moving into directing commercials and creating content for companies and brands such as DJI, The NBA, Gatorade, and Nike.
Outside of his paying work, Foster has been pursuing a passion project called "While I'm Here, The Legacy Project" which tells the stories of people in their older years who are doing extraordinary things around the world. This self-funded passion project was recently shortlisted for the Young Director's Award and The Saatchi & Saatchi New Director's Showcase in Cannes.
Foster is represented by Holiday Films in Toronto, Canada.
Matt Sloane is a three-time Emmy Award nominated international news producer and founder of Atlanta Drone Group. Matt will speak on the use of drones in news gathering and films tv production. Atlanta Drone Group’s clients include National Geographic, The Weather Channel, NASA, Netflix, CNN, CBS, AMC and ESPN. His website is https://www.atldrone.com.