Robert Koenig - President / Creative Director
Robert Koenig, is an award winning producer, director, and editor. Koenig directed the documentary “Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal's Maoist Army”. Koenig has won numerous awards for his work on “Returned”, including the 2008 Artivist Award for Child Advocacy. Most recently, Koenig was on location in Rwanda, where he was producing the documentary film “Coexist”.
Over the past decade, Koenig has lived in Mongolia, Nepal and Rwanda where he produced and directed numerous documentaries focusing on human rights and child advocacy. Koenig’s work has aired on PBS, ABC, CBS, and NBC stations throughout the country. Before founding his own production company, Adventure Production Pictures, Koenig gained valuable experience as a producer and writer while working in the creative service departments of several major market television stations. For the past two years, Robert Koenig has been producing, editing and shooting other non-news television programs, documentaries, commercials and special projects in the Atlanta market and abroad. Robert Koenig is based out of Baltimore, MD, he is originally from Hawley, PA and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. ...more on Robert Koenig...
Harris Bierhoff - Technical Director
As Technical Director, Harris has rapidly developed several key sites that help to promote and encourage support for APP's upcoming projects. Harris brings vast technical expertise in web development, a rich background in business consultation for a broad range of client industries, a keen eye for detail as well as a unique artistic vision all of which have shaped our online presence. Harris' inquisitive nature and his enthusiasm to support the work of Adventure Production Pictures have made him an invaluable asset. Harris is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. ...more on Harris Bierhoff...
Scott Ippolito - Director of Photography
As director of photography, Scott will be in charge of the main camera operation throughout the course of the project on location in Nepal. Scott has an extensive background in photography, cinematography and videography; he has worked a on several feature films and has just returned from shooting a documentary in Sumatra in HD. Scott is a graduate of Emory University where he pursued his love of photography and writing. ...more on Scott Ippolito...
Brandon Kohrt - Director of Research
Brandon Kohrt is a medical anthropologist who is completed his MD/PhD at Emory University in Atlanta, GA in 2009. Kohrt has worked in Nepal since 1996 researching and aiding victims of war. Since 2006 he has directed Transcultural Psychosocial Organization - Nepal's assistance program for former child soldiers. Kohrt is a leading international scholar in the field of child soldiers with recent research publications in Journal of the American Medical Academy (JAMA). In 2005 Kohrt was awarded the Physicians for Human Rights Navin Narayan Award for leadership in health and human rights. ...more on Brandon Kohrt...
Brandon Kohrt, recipient of the 2005 Navin Narayan Award from the Physicians for Human Rights, will graduate with an MD/PhD degree from Emory's Department of Anthropology and the School of Medicine in 2009. He is traveling in Nepal this year to provide clinical care for survivors of torture and conduct medical anthropology research addressing human rights violations in the ongoing conflict between government security forces and Maoists.
"I chose to pursue MD-PhD training at Emory because of this collaborative educational environment combined with the resources of the Emory Institute of Human Rights and other Atlanta-based organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Carter Center, and CARE. My academic and outreach goal is the promotion of health through championing human rights. While traveling abroad during my undergraduate education, I was struck by how the violation of human rights profoundly damages health and overall quality of life. Through my studies in anthropology and medicine at Emory, I hope to find ways to improve the health of populations in need by challenging human rights violations.
Before coming to Emory, my work focused on foreign settings. In Mongolia I studied the mental health consequences of a transitioning economy and the loss of universalized healthcare and employment. Through a Fulbright Fellowship in Nepal, I studied the prevalence of mental health in a rural community and observed the beginnings of human rights violations in the conflict between government security forces and Maoist activists. Since being at Emory I have been able to reach out to the international community in a local context.
Each year more than 700 men, women, and children come to Atlanta seeking political asylum. Many of these people have suffered imprisonment and torture in their home countries. They come to Atlanta and other cities in the United States seeking to start a new life free from fear of persecution. Unfortunately, without documented evidence of their torture or threats to their lives, these individuals are not able to remain in the United States and are often deported.
Physicians, psychologists, and health professionals in other U.S. cities have been able to help asylum seekers by providing medical documentation of the physical and psychological effects of torture. Their evaluations and testimony have allowed survivors of torture to obtain asylum. Prior to 2003, there was no organized group of health professionals providing these services in Atlanta. As a consequence, federal judges approved only three percent of asylum cases. That year, together with Physicians for Human Rights and the Emory Institute of Human Rights, we formed the Atlanta Asylum Network. The health professionals of the Atlanta Asylum Network provide free evaluations and testimony for survivors of torture in Atlanta. Thanks to the work of the Asylum Network, many more individuals are now able to remain in the U.S.
The lessons learned through my involvement with the Asylum Network are the foundation of my doctoral dissertation work with torture survivors in Nepal. To complete my PhD in anthropology, I will be working at the Nepali Center for Victims of Torture. I will spend a year examining the effects of political violence on mental health. Through the research in Nepal and local activities with the Atlanta Asylum Network, I hope to improve the health and human rights of the individuals most in need."
Gordon Ray - Director of Funding
Gordon Ray is the Senior Producer at Public Broadcasting Atlanta. Gordon brings an insider's knowledge of Public Broadcasting to the project, he serves as a story consultant and the director of funding. He's also the award winning producer of several Television shows including "Atlanta Road Trip - A Day Away", "This is Atlanta", and "Atlanta Shorts" as well as several documentaries for Public Broadcasting including "First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image with Rosalynn Carter" and more recently "Atlanta Voices: Memories of World War II". Gordon graduated with a degree in photography back in England and has also studied video production at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, CA.
Prachanda Shrestda - Associate Producer
Prachanda is the newest member Adventure Production Pictures. Prachanda is a Native Nepali Filmmaker who is serving as the Associate Producer on our current project RETURNED. His skills as a writer and translator were invaluable during the course of production. He contributed to the organization of the shooting schedule, hired support staff and acted as our cultural advisor. He is currently the Head Writer and Assistant Director for KTV?s Caf? Kantipur and served as the Chief Assistant Director on "Sanjeevani".
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