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FILMMAKER Q&A
NEW ENGLAND SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS


Q: How and why did you form your own company?

A: After working in television news for nearly ten years, mostly as a promotions producer and editor, I decided to start a documentary film company with two other television professionals who are also my two closest friends in the world. Working in television news had taught us all one thing, news stations don’t have the air time or manpower to work on longer format storytelling and those longer, more compelling stories are the ones that interested us. We worked for a couple of months putting a business plan together, and doing all the proper paperwork to form the company. Then we were lucky enough to find two investors willing to make an initial investment and then we just started shooting.

Q: What is Dungby Productions’ mission statement?

A: Dungby Productions Incorporated is a documentary film company which makes films highlighting social, economic and contemporary issues throughout the world. In doing so, the filmmakers hope to give the disadvantaged a voice, the policymakers a new mission, and the community a more peaceful and prosperous place to live.

Q: Tell us what type of projects you’ve done

A: Our first completed documentary was a short film on the ancient art of threading, titled “OUCH!”. We filmed it in the Indian section of Chicago, and entered it into a handful of film festivals. We were accepted into the 2005 South Asian International Film Festival in New York City.

Q: Where has life taken you since 1995?

A: On the professional side, I started as a part-time studio cameraman at WVII-TV in Bangor while still at NESB and completing my internship. While there I did every job from director to producer to commercial and promotion production. I’ve worked at television stations in Maine, South Carolina, Vermont and Michigan. I have won various awards for my work including a Telly Award while in Vermont. I currently live in Chicago.

Q: Tell us about your current projects

A: I am in Amman, Jordan with one of my filmmaking business partners on a Fulbright grant she won to make a film on the Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan. We are profiling older 1948 refugees from camps all around Jordan in an attempt to preserve their history and their stories of being forced from their home and into a refugee Camp. While here, we also shot a short film on a group of Muslim women working in a village in the middle of the desert. We were also able to travel to India while over here and work on two more projects. One is a work in progress film on HIV/AIDS street children in India and while there we also did another short documentary about an elephant and its trainer and the art of the “elephant bath”. We are thinking it’s a perfect short documentary to enter into film festivals. But our main project and what will be our first full-length documentary is a film on the Maine Troop Greeters out of Bangor, titled “The Human Toll”. Seventy Five percent of all troops heading to and from Iraq must fly through Bangor’s airport. A dedicated group of veterans and elderly have put their politics aside and made a committed effort to never let these soldiers and marines experience the anger and hate that many past soldiers faced returning from the Vietnam War. So they make sure no flight leaving or arriving goes ungreeted. Our objective as filmmakers is to document the stories of those that are staring at death and relying on complete strangers to help them through their fears. Filled with stories told from soldiers who have just taken their first steps on U.S. soil after months in battle, we have captured the essence of the war and the final stages of life from those that have experienced it firsthand. We have been filming in Bangor off and on for over a year now and have filmed over 180 hours of footage. It has been an experience and a joy each time we are there filming, and it makes me happy knowing our first full-length film is shot in Bangor.