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Durrin Productions, Inc.Off-site link is an award-winning Washington, D.C., film and video company.  Since 1974 the firm's production arm has created films and videos independently.  These films have been broadcast on PBS, BBC, and Discovery channels. 

Currently in production, BOMBS IN OUR BACKYARD, the story of what happens when residents of an affluent Washington, D.C. neighborhood wake up to find they are living on top of poisons and chemical weapons from World War II.

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Ginny Durrin

Ginny Durrin

Ginny Durrin
Producer/Director/Co-writer

Durrin has received national and international recognition for her distinctive social issue documentaries, including a nomination for an Academy Award for PROMISES TO KEEP, which aired on PBS.  This film profiled Washington, D.C. homeless advocate Mitch Snyder.

Broadcast credits for Durrin include: POISONS AND PLAGUES for the series AVOIDING ARMAGEDDON for Turner/PBS; The Great Books Series GULLIVER’S TRAVELS and WALDEN for TLC; DAUGHTERS OF TIME, HARD WORK, WORKER TO WORKER and CAN’T TAKE NO MORE on PBS.

Her independent films have appeared nationally in prime time on PBS, and have been broadcast on foreign outlets, including the BBC. Her films have been shown at the Edinburgh, Sydney, Melbourne, Shanghai, London, Leipzig, and Munich film festivals.

Durrin has traveled and filmed internationally in such diverse places as Kurdistan, Iraq, England, Ireland, Japan and Honduras. She began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer, serving in Bogota, Colombia as an educational television producer-director.  After the Peace Corps, she sailed around the world for a year on a 138’ Barquentine.
She lives in Washington, D.C., where she raised her two daughters.

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Barbara Burst

Barbara Burst

Barbara Burst
Editor

Burst is an award-winning editor based in Washington, D.C. who edits documentaries and features for independent producers and clients such as PBS, History Channel, CNN, TLC, Discovery, and National Geographic.

Amongst her credits are ten episodes of the Learning Channel’s Great Booksseries.  In 1998, the series received the prestigious Governor’s Award, an Emmy for overall programming excellence, and the episode FREUD’S INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS was nominated for a Best Documentary Editing Emmy. In 2004, she edited VOYAGER: INTERSTELLAR MISSION & MESSAGE which received a nomination for an Emmy for Best Documentary.

Burst is also an occasional adjunct professor at American University, where she teaches editing theory.  During her early career, she worked for a number of companies in Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. as an assistant film editor, videographer, and graphic artist. She studied dramatic literature and liberal arts at Boston University and graduated with honors from New York University’s film school.

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Phylis Geller

Phylis Geller

Phylis Geller
Co-Writer

Geller is an award-winning producer and media executive. She has overseen programs in all genres, including history, science, drama, performance and children’s programs. Currently Geller is President of Norman Star Media. She is producing and directing a documentary on coal mining, and acting as Executive Producer for a PBS special on depression.

Other recent projects include: THE APPALACHIANS a three-part series for PBS; KOREAN WAR STORIES, a PBS special which won the national Emmy award for Best Historical Documentary; COSMIC JOURNEY: THE VOYAGER INTERSTELLAR MISSION AND MESSAGE, for A&E, which was nominated for the national Emmy as Best Science Documentary. Geller has also produced numerous PBS pledge specials with finance expert Suze Orman, two of which were nominated for national Emmys.

Geller has served as senior vice president of production at three PBS producing centers: KCET/ Hollywood; WETA in Washington, D.C.; and Maryland Public Television. She was also Head of Special Projects for Mandalay Media Arts in Los Angeles. She began her career at Thirteen/WNET, New York, on the series THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE, THEATER IN AMERICA AND GREAT PERFORMANCES.

Geller is a graduate of Smith College. She is married to Frederick Pollack, poet and adjunct professor at George Washington University.

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Reuben Aaronson

Reuben Aaronson

Reuben Aaronson
Director of Photography

Aaronson is a cinematographer for film and television whose distinctive work now spans over thirty years.  Aaronson has traveled the world to shoot and direct award-winning films about the human experience.  His work has been consistently recognized for its beauty and sensitivity.

Aaronson’s work appears regularly on PBS stations including NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SPECIALS, NOVA, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and AMERICAN MASTERS.  Fluent in Spanish, he recently completed shooting a two hour special about Mexico for the Discovery series ATLAS.  

Aaronson, originally from Washington, D.C., lives with his wife in Los Angeles. 

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Mike Green
Composer

Greene is a television and film composer based in Los Angeles who has scored music for over 20 series, including SLEEPER CELL, MAXIMUM EXPOSURE, UNEXPLAINED MYSTERIES, OPRAH and BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY, for which he won an Emmy. He also composed the theme for BIZ KIDS, a new educational series debuting January 2008 on PBS.

In addition to composing for TV and film, Mike has produced records for artists such as David Bowie, Cypress Hill, The Pointer Sisters, Kid Frost and A.L.T. 

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Lynne Mcintyre
Production Manager and Senior Associate Producer

McIntyre works from Washington, D.C. as a freelance production manager and associate producer focusing on international and public affairs projects.

Her career began in London, England where she worked at the NBC News Bureau.  She later joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s bureau in Washington, DC, producing stories for the English Radio division. In 1997 McIntyre joined the Peace Corps and went to Guinea to teach English. From Guinea, she moved to Cape Town, South Africa, where she coordinated film shoots for multi-national advertising campaigns. 

McIntyre worked as a researcher and production coordinator at CineNova Productions on several award-winning documentary series, including NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ADVENTURES and WOMEN ADVENTURERS for The History Channel.  Since returning to Washington, D.C., McIntyre has worked with documentary producers, including Steve York, Ricki Green and Ginny Durrin.

McIntyre holds degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University, and has served on the Board of Women in Film & Video.

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