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Presenting documentary filmmaker Todd Brown

Phnom Penh: A Waltz Through High Water from Todd Brown on Vimeo.

Who are you and what is your profession?
My name is Todd Brown, and I create short documentaries for Non Profit Organizations in Cambodia and Southeast Asia.

Can you tell us a little about your background and upbringing?
I am 34 years old, I have been working with images since I started shooting photographs at the age of 10. I studied communication arts (film, tv, and radio) in college and then went on to study the history of international relations as a post grad degree. I was born and raised in Los Angeles.

What inspired you to be a filmmaker?
My inspiration for film came from growing up and watching all the movies I possibly could. From a young age I was enamored with the moving image for both fiction and non fiction. As a non fiction filmmaker now, I see it as a way to share true stories and give people an idea of what life is like in other parts of the world.

Who are your heroes?
My hero is Gandhi.

What story do you want to tell on 10.10.10?
On 10.10.10 I am going to tell the story of Pchum Benh, It is a holiday in Cambodia where the people pay tribute to their ancestors.

Why is this important to you?
This is important to me because it is a very interesting Cambodian Holiday that represents how the Cambodians look at life on this earth.

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Comment by jacqueline van Meygaarden on October 10, 2010 at 4:39pm
Hi Todd. I used to live in Phnom Penh and your film brought back many memories! In the rainy season, we experienced the same amazing scenes, (but yet, everyday for the locals). I am a filmmaker from South Africa.
Comment by Winnie Hiu Sum Wong on October 5, 2010 at 4:29pm
Todd, great to see you'll be participating. Two of my classmates and I are collaborating on a project that day (to submit) as our midterm for an Advanced Short Form Production class. Excited to see what you'll contribute, as I know it will look, sound, and feel incredible. Happy shooting!
Comment by John Rinker on October 4, 2010 at 3:30pm

Just watched your 'Waltz Through High Water'. Very nice work! Very lyrical. I am living in Yangon, Myanmar and so many of the images seem familiar. Looking forward to seeing your stuff from Pchum Benh. Cheers. John


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