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Film Annex #16: Soccer in Afghanistan

Before I post a double-header worth of pictures this week, check out my new Film Annex article covering the up and coming Afghani soccer league.

On a personal note: I am in the middle of a crazy time in my life. I am trying to produce a 6 episode series coming up here in the next few months (for more info, check out, so if I’m not as prompt with my posts/drawings, that’s why. So allow me to apologize for that in advance–it will be an irregular football season this year, but I will get the coverage out as quickly as I can, I promise.

Anyway–Film Annex! Soccer! Check it out.

See the full article here.


Film Annex #14: Eva Hoffman

Yes, okay…the Packers lost. I will be the first to admit this is a very, very, very, VERY sad way to begin the season. BUT…maybe, just MAYBE…it’s not the worst thing in the world for us at this stage?

More on that later in the week. But now, first things first. My latest article is up on Film Annex, covering an interview with Eva Hoffman, an employee of the Center f International and Intercultural Communication at the Technical University of Berlin. Watch her share her experience teaching in an Afghan school, hear her thoughts on the differences between German and Afghanistan students, and learn her perspective on Film Annex’s initiatives in Afghanistan. It’s worth a look.

See the full article here.

FA Article #12: PubMatic

Article 12, huh? This marks my third “ending” to my contract (originally it was for 4 articles and I’ve been renewed twice). Here’s hoping for a fourth!

This week, I’m covering the interview conducted with Kirk McDonald, founded of the digital ad management company PubMatic. He’s very well-spoken, charitable, and of the interviews I’ve covered, he has probably the most to say about the Afghan Development Project. It was really a joy to watch.

Read my blog on Film Annex to find out more.


COMING THIS WEEK: a blast from my past. We’re talking, like, 1992. Curious? Stay tuned.

FA Article 11: Sam French and Development Pictures

Oh man…I am REALLY letting this stuff slide, huh? I can’t help it, though. New job + trip home + + 100 degree weather + peanut butter chocolate Rice Krispy squares= total lack of motivation. If it makes you feel any better, this is not the only thing I’ve let slip lately (though that makes ME feel a bit worse…)

Oh well. It’s July. Nothing gets done in July.

This week for Film Annex I stumbled upon a really cool interview with Sam French, founder of Development Pictures in Kabul. This is the company that produced Buzkashi Boys, one of the first narrative short films to be shot entirely in Afghanistan. He also talks about the previous total destruction of the Afghan film industry, the role of social media in rebuilding a prosperous country, and, of course, his view on Film Annex’s Afghan Development Project. A cool guy, a great interview–I really recommend you take a look.

Read my blog on Film Annex to find out more.

Film Annex Article #6: Francesco Rulli and the ADP

So, I started out trying to write an article on Citadel, the co-founding organization of the Afghan Development Project (you remember–from last time). While I was searching, I stumbled upon this interview with Film Annex founder Francesco Rulli. It is a 9-minute piece of him talking about his motivation behind the Afghan Development Project, GIVE, and a number of other ideas that I’ve been covering in my articles over the past few weeks. He’s a very good speaker, a very cool and forward-thinking businessman, and even though 9 minutes is a long time out of your day to spend watching a web video, I would say it is at least worth watching part of it.

Rulli Speaks on the Afghan Development Project (Full article, as well as links to videos and more information, is available on my Film Annex page.)

Thanks for reading!