A documentary film about the life of photojournalist Chris Hondros, two-time Pulitzer finalist who was killed by hostile fire in Libya.
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“The desert takes our men from us, and they don't always return."
— Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
"Hondros: A Life in Frames" is a feature-length documentary film about the extraordinary life and career of my best friend -- Getty Images photojournalist Chris Hondros, who was killed by hostile fire in April 2011 while covering the Arab Spring uprising in Libya.
Just as Chris was so much more than a photographer, this film will be more than just a retrospective of his work covering the world’s conflicts. It will be an around-the-world journey retracing the path of his career through landmark world events as he developed into one of the preeminent photojournalists of our time.
But the film will also illustrate the lesser known, but equally important, impacts Chris had on the lives of those he photographed, impacts that extended well beyond the moments he captured on film.
Chris covered almost every major world conflict since the late 1990s. He was a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and recipient of numerous photojournalism honors, including the prestigious Robert Capa Gold Medal.
For his friends and the people he came into contact with during the course of his work, he was so much more than a list of accomplishments, and that’s what this film is about. It is an exploration, led by me -- Chris’s childhood best friend and fellow journalist Greg Campbell -- to learn about the man behind the lens.
I met Chris when we were freshmen in high school. I was with him when he took some of his first photos as a young novice -- and I worked with him in Libya when he took some of his last as a seasoned professional who was preparing to transition into a new phase of his life.
While the film will explore the thousands of photos taken throughout his career -- documenting conflicts from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Sierra Leone and Angola -- it will linger on landmark moments in his development as both a photographer and as a person. Traveling to Liberia, Iraq and Libya, viewers will learn about the little-known stories behind several of Chris's milestone photos, stories that are new and surprising even to people who were as close to him as I was.
It's one of the reasons I'm doing this film -- to better understand the experiences that made him who he was.
The film will combine never-before-seen archival footage; new material filmed on location in Liberia, Iraq and Libya; and a deep selection of the work that made Chris one of the most revered and renowned photojournalists of his time. The result will be a portrait seen from numerous perspectives -- through the eyes of his colleagues, his friends, and the subjects of his photos.
That’s where this Kickstarter project comes in.
Your generous tax deductible donations will allow our crew to travel to Liberia for the first leg of production, to revisit the Liberian civil war on the 10th anniversary of when Chris took one of his most iconic photos. The image of government soldier Joseph Duo exulting after firing a rocket propelled grenade at rebel soldiers threatening to overrun Monrovia was an instant masterpiece of photojournalism. It captured the conflicting emotions of warfare in singularly artistic fashion and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2003.
What makes the photo truly special, however, is the story behind it, when Chris returned to Liberia to find the man in it. That meeting had a thorough and lasting impact on Duo’s life, and it embodies the humanity that Chris brought to his life and to his work.
Behind-the-lens stories like this, which can be found throughout his career, compose the unique tapestry of Chris’s life and they shed light on who he was as a person.
They deserve to be told. Your generous contribution toward our goal will ensure that they are.
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This project has an ambitious travel schedule, with on-location shoots scheduled for some difficult areas of the world.
But our producers, which include Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Daniel Junge, are familiar with working in troubled countries and we are blessed to have the support of Chris’s wide network of international friends and colleagues to help with logistics and contacts.
The film also has the support of Chris’s family and close friends; the Annenberg Foundation, which has generously supported this project; and Golden Globe-winning actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who is a passionate advocate of this project.
All donations to this important film are tax deductible through our partnership with the nonprofit Denver Film Society.
Any amount of money we collect above our goal will be put toward our next trip, to Iraq -- so please continue to donate and promote this campaign. Every dollar truly does count.
Chris was an exceptional person whose death has been felt in all corners of the world. His legacy -- as a photojournalist, as a humanitarian, and as a friend -- deserves to be celebrated and memorialized.
Your generous contribution to this project will ensure that it is. Thank you for being a part of this important project.
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