is a filmmaker with a passion for telling meaningful stories. His unique cross-cultural upbringing sparked his curiosity about the way people view each other and the world around them. As a digital media producer for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Leon's work in documentary filmmaking and online media seeks to unveil the narrative of technical content.
Leon was born in Zagreb before Croatia seceded from Yugoslavia. In 1992, war broke out, and at age 18, Leon began taking TV crews to the front lines for WTN, a British television news network. He came to the United States in 1994, earned a degree in television production from Montgomery College.
In 1998, Leon wrote, produced and directed his first film, Sufis, a fiction film that explored man’s search for soul in modern society. He has been a featured speaker at various special screenings, including at Columbia University, the Woodrow Wilson Center, American University, George Washington University, and Boston College. Leon has also directed a short fiction film, Sufis, and has worked on numerous independent projects as director of photography, editor, and/or graphic designer.
Leon is very active in the documentary community. He was a founding Board Member of Docs In Progress in 2011 and served as its President from 2011 to 2012.
Co-Producer, Cinematography, Sound
has been active in the Washington/Baltimore production community since 1992. A graduate of Montgomery College’s renowned television production program, Rob has worked as an independent producer and freelance audio technician. As an audio technician, Shire’s clients have included local news, Washington news bureaus, nationally syndicated programs, and various documentaries and fiction films produced in the area. Rob's first documentary, Building Humanity: the 1992 Jimmy Carter Work Project was an early portrait of the Habitat for Humanity projects.
It won an award from Montgomery Community Television. He was the Director of Photography on Sufis, his first collaboration with Leon Gerskovic. Rob represented the Crucible of War team at a Producers Pitching Forum at the 2000 Thessaloniki Film Festival, co-sponsored by the European Documentary Network and the Soros Documentary Fund.
Co-Producer, Story Editor, WebContent
is a producer and production consultant based in the Washington DC area. Her production company, CineCitizen Media specializes in documentaries which focus on living history. In addition to this project, she is currently in production on Avenue of Aspirations: 16th Street and Washington. She and Leon Gerskovic co-produced and co-directed Talking Threads, a web documentary produced as part of War and Peace, a collaborative project of the D-Word Community, an online forum of documentarians.
She is also the co-founder of Docs in Progress, an organization devoted to promoting the independent documentary community in Washington DC. In addition to her own productions, Erica has worked on informational and training videos for the U.S. Department of State, where she works for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (formerly the U.S. Information Agency).
One of these videos, Vital Link: the International Visitor Program and You won a Communicator Award of Excellence and has been distributed to embassies worldwide. Erica has also worked on the Washington Jewish Film Festival and as a research assistant on Aviva Kempner’s The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg and Catherine Wyler’s Witness to Hope. She holds an M.A. in Film and Video from American University and a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University. Erica has also studied film in the Czech Republic and political science in Ireland.
Director of Photography, Field Producer
Sandra graduated from the University of Belgrade for Film and Video Productions. In June 2006 Sandra successfully completed a postgraduate course at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, CA, and obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree in cinematography. She worked as a cinematographer at the independent Belgrade TV station B92 and as freelancer for a number of foreign broadcasting stations. Sandra also worked on numerous independent movies, documentaries and freelanced as a cinematographer. Many of her films were awarded international or national prizes. She recently won a national cinematography award. Sandra currently lives in Los Angeles. USA.
is veterans of B-92, the Serbian opposition television station, which was closed down during the latter part of the Milosevic era. Saša Brajovic also graduated from the University of Belgrade with a major in film. He worked on several 16mm shorts and was First Assistant Cameraman for the documentaries Orthodox Christian Fate and Portrait of a Artist.
coordinated our shoot in Brcko and surrounding towns in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is a former law student from Mostar Bosnia who is currently studying with a full scholarship at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Dejan also served as the Special Assistant to the Director of the OSCE in Brcko. There he helped organize the 1996 municipal elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina, helped implement the return of refugees, election results, and the monitoring of human rights.
brings 19 years of editing experience to the project. She is an award-winning Avid editor based in the Washington DC area. Her clients have included PBS, National Geographic, Discovery Communications, BET, Video Action Fund, and the American Red Cross. Recent projects include National Geographic’s Inside Base Camp, an Emmy-award winning series on experts in a variety of fields; The Children We Sacrifice, an independent documentary about women survivors of incest in South Asian communities; and Against the Odds:
The Next Generation, a PBS documentary about the inspirational stories of students who overcame adversity to receive the Horatio Alger National Scholarship. Penny is active with the Washington DC chapter of Women and Film and Video and previously served on their Board, as their Vice President for Programming and the Chairperson of the Image Makers Program, a program to mentor local teenagers in video production.