Hi. I'm Marsha Emerman, a documentary writer-researcher, producer-director, and lecturer based in Australia. Born in New Jersey, I've been moving westward since, to Oregon & San Francisco (1973-1989), and to Melbourne where I've lived since 1989. As a dual USA/Australian citizen, I vote in both countries and take part in peace, human rights, feminist, and social justice movements. I studied film at City College & SF State, interned on classics like "Dark Circle" and "The Fall of the I-Hotel", wrote a load of unfunded proposals, and eventually, at age 52, managed to complete my first major film - Children of the Crocodile, a story of East Timor's liberation struggle. It screened nationally on SBS TV in May 2002, on the day that Timor Leste became the world's newest nation.
That film took 3 years to make, with funding from unions, churches, peace groups, and SBS once they saw a rough cut. Filming in East Timor was the highlight - a beautiful country with amazingly resilient people who are still fighting for economic justice (Australia is stealing oil in the Timor sea that they desperately need - see "Time to Draw the Line", a new film by Mandy King & Fabio Cavadini).
My most recent project On the Banks of the Tigris: the hidden story of Iraqi music began with meeting the very talented Iraqi-Australian refugee writer and actor Majid Shokor. That began a 10-year collaboration and roller coaster ride to make a film that faced challenges every step of the way. But happily, we did finish and the feature film has gone on to win awards, including Best Documentary at the Baghdad Int. Film Festival and to screen in festivals, cinemas, and venues around the world.
Please visit our website and have a look at our trailer here: http://www.fruitfulfilms.com.au/films/tigris
Check out our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/OnTheBanksOfTheTigris/
and get in touch if you have any ideas of people, places, and screening opportunities for this story of peace and reconciliation. Thanks! Good luck on all your projects.