About the Filmmakers

Ken Kobre

Producer, Videojournalist

Ken Kobré heads the photojournalism program at San Francisco State University. His former students, who include winners of the Pulitzer Prize, World Press Awards, and many other prestigious honors, work on staff and as freelancers for publications and media outlets around the world.

Ken’s textbook,“Photojournalism: The Professionals’ Approach,” published by Focal Press-Elsevier, has been the widest-selling text on photojournalism in the world since 1980. It is now in its sixth edition.

He is also a co-author of the 7th and 8th editions of “Photography” (Prentice Hall) the world’s leading basic photography textbook. His other books include “How to Photograph Friends and Strangers,” published by Curtin & London.

He is the inventor of the Lightscoop, a universally acclaimed camera accessory that instantly and inexpensively  improves pop-up flash photographs.

He has worked widely in developing countries including Malaysia, Thailand, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Egypt and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He also has taught numerous workshops on photography including one in the Czech Republic for photojournalists from the former Eastern Bloc.

Ken is a past winner of the respected Robin F. Garland Educator Award from the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and for four years directed the University of Missouri/NPPA Pictures of the Year Awards.

He is also editor-in-chief and publisher of Kobreguide to the Web’s Best Videojournalism.

His new textbook, “Videojournalism: Multimedia Storytelling,” published by Focal Press/Elsevier, is now available on Amazon.

His documentaries include:

2010    Deadline Every Second (60 min), Producer/Videojournalist

2007    Inside Sports Illustrated  (60 min), Director/Producer

2006    Naked Ambition: An R-Rated Look at an X-Rated Industry (126 min), Videographer

2002    Shooting Stars: Assignment Cannes Film Festival (30 min), Director/Producer

John Hewitt

Co-Producer, Editor

John Hewitt has been producing, editing and shooting documentaries for four decades. His films have been shown on PBS and commercial television and in film festivals throughout the United States.

His credits include: America’s Chemical Angels, the story of drug treatments for childhood ADHD; Landmines of the Heart, a probe into political reconciliation in Cambodia; A Passion for Horses, one woman’s drive to raise championship horses; Staying Lost (and found) in Bahia, exposing the tension between ex-pats and Mexicans in one small village; The Summers of the Amigos, exploring both sides of the work of international community development programs; and Tremors in Guzman, uncovering political unrest in a central Mexican city.

He taught documentary production at San Francisco State University and his textbook: Documentary Filmmaking: A Contemporary Field Guide (Oxford University Press, 2009), co-authored with University of California professor and documentarian Gustavo Vazquez, is used in universities throughout the United States.

John Hewitt is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University.

His documentaries include:

2010     Deadline Every Second (60 min), Co-producer and Editor.

2005    Smokestack Lightnin’:The Life of Howlin’ Wolf  (60 min), DP &  Director. Slated for PBS.

1999     Landmines of the Heart: Cambodia’s Struggle for Reconciliation (60 min), Co-director, co-producer, writer and editor. For PBS Plus, KQED.