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The Fence of the Bear

Directed by John C.P. Goheen

Short Documentary
USA | 31 minutes | 2015

In 2008, a Republic of Georgia separatist movement backed by Russia took place in an area known as South Ossetia. It is regarded as the first war of the 21st century. Russia continues to maintain a stronghold on this region despite international condemnation. Thousands of Georgians remain displaced with many in refugee camps scattered around the country.

With little likelihood of this situation changing any time soon, this film takes a personal look through the eyes of two young Georgian women who seek to learn more about the situation.

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The Fence of the Bear - John Goheen

John C.P. Goheen 
DP, Director, Producer, Educator

John Goheen is a documentary filmmaker, producer and educator based in Chicago, Illinois. He is recognized by his peers as one of the best in the business. Winning more than 300 local, regional, and national awards, John is the first three-time winner of the National Press Photographers Association’s (NPPA) top award, Television News Photographer of the Year and is a recipient of the prestigious Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award.

Goheen is widely recognized for his storytelling skills and for his ability to capture great sound and pictures. His honors, which include 16 Emmy awards, have been granted for all kinds of stories, from spot news and features to sports and documentaries. He has produced over 100 documentaries in his 36 year career.

Goheen has traveled the world to photograph major stories and events. Some of his assignments have included the civil war and famine in Somalia; Desert Storm; the eruption of Mt. St. Helens; the Super Bowl; and the grueling Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska.

Goheen often speaks at workshops and professional seminars. He has consulted with numerous television stations, universities, and the American Forces Radio and Television Network. He has conducted seminars at the Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) annual convention, the Maine Film and Television Workshop and is on the faculty of the NPPA Advanced StoryTellers Workshop. Goheen is a full-time Journalism professor at Loyola University Chicago where he teaches various video production and documentary courses.

Film Information

Director: John C.P. Goheen
Country:  United States
Year: 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 31 minutes


Producer: John C.P. Goheen
Photographer: John C.P. Goheen

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