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Amir’s Iraq

Marie-Hélène Carleton & Micah Garen

In 2003, filmmaking duo Micah Garen and Marie-Hélène Carleton of Four Corners Media went to...

Marie-Hélène Carleton

Marie-Hélène Carleton is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer and writer. She is currently completing her first feature-length documentary film about the destruction of culture in Iraq as a result of the war, and the passionate efforts to protect the archaeological sites from looters. The film is being executive produced by Oscar winner Alex Gibney and produced by the Oscar-winning team, Wider Film Projects. Her short films have appeared online for The New York Times, Newsweek and the Financial Times. Her three part online documentary for the Financial Times was a 2009 Webby Honoree.

She is co-author of the critically acclaimed memoir American Hostage, published by Simon and Schuster in 2005. A CBS Sunday Morning segment about her and her partner Micah Garen's experience and film work in Iraq was an Emmy nominee. A co-founder of the media production company Four Corners Media, she is a graduate of Johns Hopkins and has been award fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation. She was selected to participate in the inaugural 2011 Film Independent Documentary Lab in LA, as well as the 2009 IFP Documentary Film Lab.

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Micah Garen

Micah Garen is a writer, documentary filmmaker and photographer who has worked in conflict zones around the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, southern Lebanon and Egypt. His writing and photography have been published in Vanity Fair, the New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, The Financial Times Magazine and The Associated Press, among others.

His documentary film work has appeared in the New York Times, BBC, FT, APTN, PBS, and Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. His critically acclaimed first book, American Hostage, a memoir about his time as a hostage in Iraq in 2004, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2005. He is currently in post-production on three feature-length documentaries; The Road to Nasiriyah, a film about the looting of archaeological sites in southern Iraq, Pashtunistan, a film about the war in southern Afghanistan, and a film about the Egyptian revolution.

Micah Garen has received fellowships from writing and film from the MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, The Independent Film Project, and Film Independent. Micah Garen founded Four Corners Media with his partner Marie-Hélène Carleton in 2000. He lives in Brooklyn with Marie-Hélène and their dog Zeugma.

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