Chris Hondros was one of the best conflict photographers of his generation, having covered practically every major world event of his adult life. Beginning with the war in Kosovo in 1999, Hondros served as witness to more than a decade of strife and conflict before he was killed in combat in Libya in April 2011. But Hondros was so much more than a highly-respected and award-winning photographer. In this feature length documentary, his friends and colleagues portray a man of unusual depth and sensitivity, whose passion for his craft continues to influence people around the world. Whether through his images, his friendship, or his humanity, his touch can still be felt in ways that are inspiring and unexpected.
The film was directed by Hondros’ childhood friend, award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist and nonfiction author Greg Campbell and co-written with Jenny Golden. The film was executive produced by Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker through their company Nine Stories alongside Bold Films’ Michel Litvak and Gary Michael Walters. Stephen A. Castleton also executive produced and Jamie Lee Curtis co-executive produced. Additionally, Campbell, Geoff McLean, Mike Shum and Academy Award-winner Daniel Junge were Producers.
“We’re thrilled that after years of supporting Greg’s vision to realize Chris’ story and the incredible reception at numerous film festivals, this poignant documentary has found a home at Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures,” shared Gyllenhaal.
“I’m thrilled to be able to share Chris Hondros’ story with the world through this partnership with ESMP,” said Campbell. “Chris’ ability to find and showcase the shared human experience of those who were caught up in the major world events of his time is especially important and meaningful today, as the world continues to struggle through conflict and strife. Now more than ever, his belief in the power of photojournalism — and the human connection it can inspire — is one that should be shared with the world.”
“No one knew better than Chris Hondros that great risk often comes great reward and no one paid a higher price in that vein,” said Freestyle Digital Media Acquisitions Director Rachel Koehler. “It’s a rare honor to collaborate with such an acclaimed filmmaking team on such a meaningful story.”