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Jobs for G.I.s

Film | 2015 | 1:24:00

STORY Jobs for G.I.s documents the struggles vets face finding a job when they separate from the military. Set in Los Angeles, which has the…

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Lebanon: Rabih’s Fishing Business

Short | 2014 | 03:46

This is the story of Rabih, who struggles to make a living as a fisherman before buying a new boat and building his business. And…

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Azerbaijan: Corporate Governance

Short | 2011 | 09:49

This is the story of a donor, a banker, a businessman, a regulator, a journalist, and a professor -- all who've contributed to improving the corporate governance…

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Kenya: Kinote’s Story (in Japanese)

Short | 2013 | 03:58

This is the story of Kinote, who almost gives up farming before learning profitable coffee production. And the company Ecom SMS, which is providing training…

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By Afghans, for Afghans: Point of View (Noor Seddiq)

Short | 2014 | 02:39

This is the story of Noor Seddiq, an Afghan national who after 25 years living in the U.S. has returned to help rebuild the country.…

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Como é Tua Experiência .ORG? AfroReggae (Português)

Short | 2013 | 01:14

This is the story of Grupo Cultural AfroReggae, a Brazilian nonprofit that fights for social transformation through art and culture. And the story of the…

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Mexico: Delfino’s Story

Short | 2013 | 04:16

This is the story of Delfino, who goes from being evicted to owning his first house. And the company Vinte, which is building affordable housing…

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Zimbabwe: Precious’ story

Short | 2011 | 04:14

This is the story of the brave and incredibly resourceful Precious Ncube.  And the story of Catholic Relief Services and its humanitarian arm benefiting HIV…

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Short Films

A Global Portfolio

Dorst MediaWorks' specialty is producing videos for international development organizations. These stories feature beneficiaries and show how projects improve their lives. They illustrate development results, raise awareness, or mobilize funds. Topics include: health, agriculture, governance, the environment, gender, microfinance, and education. Dorst has directed and produced on five continents, filming in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, the Philippines, Senegal, and Zimbabwe. Clients include: USAID and its implementers, the World Bank Group and its partners, and international nonprofits. Award-winning films, emphatic storytelling, global reach—celebrating how sustainable development transforms lives.

Documentary filmmaker

Steve Dorst

I am a documentary filmmaker based in Washington, D.C. My feature documentary films include Jobs For GIs (2015), Shattered Sky (2012), and Volcanic Sprint (2007). You can watch them on DirecTV, PBS, iTunes, Hulu, and Amazon. I’ve produced dozens of short documentary films for international development organizations …

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Flying the Phantom 4 in Senegal: Nine Reflections from the Trip

 

I flew the DJI Phantom 4 in Dakar, Senegal last week. Over a mosque, through a statue, hovering near curious children. It was a great experience and really elevated the production values of my short film. Since I just bought the Phantom 4 last month and this was my first project using it, I wanted to share nine reflections from the trip.

 

1. Cinematic, yes

Bottom line, aerial shots take it to the next level. I’ve filmed in a lot of places in a lot of conditions, but I got truly excited

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