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Amidst THE POLITICAL FOG 

The Consortium's Washington DC chapter unites the video journalists of our country's capital. VCDC gatherings are sponsored by entities both big and small—from editorial institutions like NPR to local production companies like GoodFight Media—to present themed evenings throughout the city for our members. We screen feature excerpts from our award-winning independent voices as well as shorts from journalists whose outlets call Washington home: National Geographic, Vox, the Atlantic, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, and beyond.

Not a member but want to see about attending one the inspiring evenings put on by our team? Just ask.

Inquiries: dc [at] videoconsortium.com

 
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THE TEAM

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GABRIELLA GARCIA-PARDO

Director, Gatherings

Gabriella is a Colombian-American documentary cinematographer and producer drawn to stories of home, identity, and hope. She produced short-form documentaries on staff at National Geographic, filmed over 150 musicians on NPR’s music team, and designed an intensive summer film program for high school students at Yale. Although focused on collaborations with independent filmmakers, Gabriella has contributed to projects for Showtime, Netflix, Moxie Pictures, and TIME, among others. She is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design and led horseback treks in Pucón, Chile before moving to D.C. in 2013.

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Nadine Ajaka

Programmer

Nadine is the Senior Producer for Video Platforms at The Washington Post. Previously, she was video curator and associate producer at The Atlantic where she featured more than 300 short films from independent filmmakers on theatlantic.com. She’s a former Fulbright scholar and a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

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KATHRYN CARLSON

Programmer

Kathryn is a documentary filmmaker based in DC, currently working as DP for the female-owned documentary production company, SideXSide Studios. She spent four years as a video producer for National Geographic Magazine and now films short documentaries and doc series across the globe. Drawn to stories that detail the human condition, she has covered female empowerment, human rights and the joyously quirky.

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Swikar Patel

Partnerships

Swikar is a video journalist based in Washington DC. He believes that empathy is his strongest skill. He's currently the Senior Video Producer at Education Week, where he has been documenting the nation's education policies and issues for the last five years. His work can also be seen on the PBS NewsHour.

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MAYA SUGARMAN

Outreach

Maya is video editor of The Lily, a publication of The Washington Post that elevates stories critical to the lives of women. She launched The Lily's first weekly show, “When Used Correctly,” an entertaining and informative show about contraception. She co-directs Voices, the Asian American Journalists Association's training fellowship for minority student journalists. Before joining The Post, she was a visual journalist at KPCC, a national public radio affiliate in Los Angeles. She's been an adjunct instructor at the USC Annenberg School for Journalism and worked at newspapers throughout California. She studied art at UCLA.

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Colin Marshall

Operations

Colin is a Video Producer on staff at National Public Radio in Washington, DC, producing the organization's first ever multi-platform radio/video series, Jazz Night in America. His work, ranging from long-form concert films to short-form documentaries, has received multiple Vimeo Staff Picks, a Webby Award, and a Peabody nomination. Above all, Colin is most interested in telling stories that appeal to the universal human condition. His affinities: iced coffee, mountains, and jam band music.

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Ray Whitehouse

Community Coordinator

Ray is a filmmaker and journalist with an interest in American history, politics and sports. He holds an M.A. in visual journalism from UNC Chapel Hill and a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University.

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Mariah Doran

Partnerships Coordinator

Mariah is a documentary film producer based just outside DC in Takoma Park, MD. She currently works at Skiff Mountain Films as one of the producers of College Behind Bars, a series that follows students in the Bard Prison Initiative as they earn college degrees in prison. The film is directed by Lynn Novick and will air on PBS in 2019. Previously, Mariah worked for many years in NYC at Florentine Films, Ken Burns’ production company, on a range of projects but primarily on The Vietnam War, an epic series about the history and meaning of the conflict. She was born and raised in Florida and holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Florida.