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Eric Maierson

Director, Former Staff and Producer

Eric Maierson is a writer, producer, and editor.

He’s worked at MediaStorm since 2006, where he’s collaborated with some of the world’s greatest photographers.

Eric is the recipient of two Emmy Awards, the Alfred I. Dupont Award, as well as numerous accolades from Pictures of the Year International and NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism competitions.

Additionally, he helped develop and produce the Peabody Award–winning show "A Walk in Your Shoes" and served as head writer for VH1’s hit series "Where Are They Now?" His short films have played at film festivals across the country and his writing has appeared in Playboy magazine and the McSweeney’s book Mountain Man Dance Moves.

Eric writes extensively for the MediaStorm blog in addition to fthef.com, a blog about fear and creativity.

He graduated from Ithaca College and received his M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston.

The Distance Between Us by MediaStorm

Nick has Cerebral Palsy. At 35, he still lives with his parents. His twin brother Chris feels a chronic guilt for being capable in ways that Nick isn’t. As Nick take his first steps towards independence, is the family ready for the change?

The Last Move by MediaStorm

Michael Thomasson has devoted his life to video games. It’s been his passion and his obsession for more than three decades. He owns over 11,000 unique game titles for more than 100 different systems.

Life After Water by MediaStorm

California’s Central Valley produces more than half of America’s produce. But the summer of 2015 marked the fourth year of a monumental drought.

Travel Anonymous by Jeff Hutchens

Ulaanbaatar. N'Djamena. Ankara. Kyoto. Manaus. Kolkata. Pittsburgh. Once you leave, no one knows you were there.

A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan by Seamus Murphy

Based on 14 trips to Afghanistan between 1994 and 2010, A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan is the work of photojournalist Seamus Murphy. His work chronicles a people caught time and again in political turmoil, struggling to find their way.

Undesired by Walter Astrada

In India, all women must confront the cultural pressure to bear a son. The consequences of this preference is a disregard for the lives of women and girls. From birth until death they face a constant threat of violence.

Airsick by Lucas Oleniuk

Created with 20,000 photographs and a haunting soundtrack, Airsick plays out like an unsettling dream. Photographer Lucas Oleniuk examines our addiction to fossil fuel - and its consequences.

Three Women by Eric Maierson

Three Women is a short film about women in pain, struggling to make sense of their lives. It is a series of stories reduced to their emotional essence. This is a fictional piece but one that is also true.

Driftless: Stories from Iowa by Danny Wilcox Frazier

Once at the center of the U.S. economy, the family farm now drifts at its edges. In Iowa, old-time farmers try to hang on to their way of life, while their young push out to find their futures elsewhere. Driftless tells their stories.

Rape of a Nation by Marcus Bleasdale

The Democratic Republic of Congo sits atop one of the world's most vast deposits of diamonds and gold; yet it is also home to the world's most deadly war. In Rape of a Nation, photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale explores the connection.

Love in the First Person by Matt Eich and Melissa Eich

At twenty, photojournalist Matt Eich has maturity dropped in his lap: his world-class career takes off, just as his girlfriend becomes pregnant. Together they document their budding lives, as they grapple with some very grown-up choices.

Finding the Way Home by Brenda Ann Kenneally

Two years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana, photojournalist Brenda Ann Kenneally returns to find those who are headed home. Amid jobs lost, communities scattered, and houses destroyed, what does it take to rebuild a life?

Black Market by Patrick Brown

The sale of bear paws, crocodile hearts, and other rare animal parts form the world's third-largest illegal market. Black Market explores the human passions and ancient beliefs that drive the trade and threaten its most endangered species.

The Party by Eric Maierson

A lonely middle-aged man and a teenaged girl find themselves alone together at a party, where the chance to speak honestly to each other is too tempting to resist. Eric Maierson's short film explores what happens next.

BLOODLINE by Kristen Ashburn

BLOODLINE: AIDS and Family is Kristen Ashburn's intimate portrait of African mothers, fathers and children being crushed by AIDS. Ashburn's work connects us to these people deeply; we learn that only through such connection is hope possible.

Iraqi Kurdistan by Ed Kashi

Since the fall of Saddam Hussein, Iraq has been a landscape of bloodshed and chaos. Yet in the northern region of Kurdistan, people now live stable lives. Iraqi Kurdistan takes us into daily life there, and celebrates the beauty of peace.

Kingsley's Crossing by Olivier Jobard

Kingsley's Crossing is the story of one man's dream to leave the poverty of life in Africa for the promised land of Europe. We walk in his shoes, as photojournalist Olivier Jobard accompanies Kingsley on his uncertain and perilous journey.

Never Coming Home by Andrew Lichtenstein, Zachary Barr and Tim Klimowicz

For each of the more than four thousand U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, there is an American family undone by grief. Never Coming Home takes us inside these families, to meet the people and sift through the emotions that are left behind.

Guardians of the Forest for Global Environment Facility

At one time forests dominated Earth’s landmass. Today, less than half of forests remain. Deforestation is a real issue affecting not only our environment, but our survival as a species.

Japan's Disposable Workers for Pulitzer Center

Japan’s Disposable Workers examines the country’s employment crisis: from suicide caused by overworking, to temporary workers forced by economics to live in internet cafes, and the elderly who wander a town in search of shelter and food.

Girls of Gashora for Harbers Studios and Rwanda Girls Initiative

Gashora Girls School in Rwanda educates the country’s most talented girls in science and technology, preparing them for college, and empowering them to become future leaders. In 2013, they graduated their pioneer class.

480 votes for Harbers Studios, CARE and Ripple Effect Images

Lourdes Pilco is a middle-aged woman who’s spent most of her life working backbreaking jobs for little money. With the help of CARE, Lourdes was able to send her children to school while setting a new standard for women in her community.

Bit by Bit for Harbers Studios, Heifer International and Ripple Effect Images

Elizabeth grew up in Peru. All she wanted in life was to attend school. But like so many in her community, she was prohibited by her parents. Bit by Bit is the story of a woman unwilling to be marginalized.

In This House for Harbers Studios, Heifer International and Ripple Effect Images

Sofía first fled her family farm because there was never enough food, then her physically abusive husband. Sofia lived house-to-house for almost a decade. With the assistance of Heifer International, she finally built a house of her own.

2013 ICP Infinity Awards: Special Presentation - Jeff Bridges for Harbers Studios and International Center of Photography

Jeff Bridges is an Academy Award-winning actor. He is also an accomplished photographer. He's been taking pictures on the set of his movies for more than 30 years, capturing intimate and surprising behind-the-scenes moments.

2013 Recipient for the ICP Trustee Award: Pat Schoenfeld for Harbers Studios and International Center of Photography

Pat Schoenfeld, 2013 ICP Trustees Award recipient and last remaining member of ICP's original staff, shares stories from ICP's earliest days and reflects on her continued involvement--though in a different capacity--nearly 40 years later.

I Know Where I’m Going for International Committee of the Red Cross

Southern Yemen is a battlefield. I Know Where I’m Going follows ICRC representative Hussein Saleh as he works to ensure that the organization can provide aid to the victims of the conflicts that grip this dangerous and volatile region.

Finding Balance for United Nations Forum on Forests

Forests are an integral part of our lives and our future. But unless we can see them as more than an environmental issue, their future may be in jeopardy.

The Gulf Spill for Oil Spill Commission

On April 20, 2010 an explosion tore through the Deepwater Horizon, an oil rig operating in the Gulf of Mexico. It was, by any standard, a catastrophe.

Crisis Guide: Pakistan for Council on Foreign Relations

Pakistan's stability is of great consequence to regional and international security. Crisis Guide: Pakistan examines the roots of its challenges, what it means for the region and the world, and explores some plausible futures for the country.

Snowbound for FotoFest

Snowbound explores the mystery of a winter landscape. This journey may lead one to discover a sense of peace in an often uncharted world.

The Bride Price for International Center for Research on Women

In many countries, girls as young as eight are forced into marriage by their families, culture and economic situation. This practice destroys their chance at education leading to tragic results.

Surviving the Tsunami for International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Thomson Reuters Foundation

Combining imagery by Reuters photojournalists with eyewitness testimony and interactive graphics, Surviving the Tsunami reveals the strength of the human spirit in the face of catastrophe.

Crisis Guide: The Global Economy for Council on Foreign Relations

Crisis Guide: The Global Economy explores how the 2008 financial crisis came about and what it might mean for business and international affairs in decades to come.

Global Governance Monitor for Council on Foreign Relations

The Global Governance Monitor tracks, maps, and evaluages multilateral efforts to address today's global challenges.

The power of 10,000 for Starbucks

The power of 10,000 shows the impact 10,000 Starbucks Partners had on New Orleans when they visited the city in 2008 for five days of community volunteer work and leadership training.

Condition: Critical for Médecins Sans Frontières

Life isn't just hard in eastern Congo: this region is in critical condition. And things aren't getting any better. Condition: Critical tells the stories of the people affected by this long-raging war.

Crisis Guide: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict for Council on Foreign Relations

Crisis Guide: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict integrates a comprehensive array of audio, video, imagery, and text, to offers an in-depth look at the history of the conflict and its geopolitical repercussions.

A Change of Heart for National Geographic

A Change of Heart tells the story of one man's total artificial heart transplant. This multimedia piece, with images by Robert Clark, is one element of National Geographic's comprehensive feature project entitled Mending Broken Hearts.

Coney Island Jay by Thomas McDade, Claire Molloy, Annette Porter, Ingrid Styrkestad, Suzanne Arden and Annemor Larsen

Jay Singer has been in love with one Brooklyn neighborhood his entire life. He grew up there, pined for it when he was forced to leave and returned when he couldn’t stand to be away. “Coney Island Jay” really loves Coney Island.

The American-Made Benny by Marcin Szczepanski, Markel Redondo and Bill Johnson

Benny is a “certified” garbologist. He collects what others throw away. Benny is also at war with his family. Here is a man sharing a house with his wife but living as a stranger. This is a household on the edge.

Remember These Days by Frederic Menou, Galen Clarke and Marian Liu

For Walter Backerman, seltzer is more than a drink. It’s the embodiment of his family. As a third generation seltzer man, he follows the same route as his grandfather. But after 90 years of business, Walter may be the last seltzer man.

Broken Lines by Martine Fougeron, Richard Kendall, Frank de Ruiter and Simon Schorno

Joe Soll has spent half of his life searching for his birth parents, in the process he uncovered a mystery that’s haunted him for years.

A Thousand More by Kristina Budelis, Piotr Malecki and Jeff Rhode

A family is determined to give their disabled son a whole and vital life. In the midst of a great burden, one small child – with a seemingly endless supply of love – is the blessing that holds a family together.

Take Care by Gillian Laub, Elena Ghanotakis, Henrik Björnsson and Laura Varma

Virginia Gandee's brilliant red hair and dozen tattoos belie the reality of this 22-year-old's life. Inside her family's Staten Island trailer her caregiving goes far beyond the love she has for her daughter.

Family Kocktail by Deanne Fitzmaurice, Doug Grant and Stan Alcorn

Kryssy Kocktail grew up in troubled family and, as an adult, followed the mythic path of joining the circus. Amid the lights and energy of the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, she has found something that she never dreamed would be hers.

Hold Out by Zachary Barr, Uma Sanghvi, Jeff Hutchens and Nacho Corbella

One evening, David Sheets read a story about a new basketball arena proposed for his neighborhood. Then he realized the plans were drawn right over his house. Hold Out is the story of a few neighbors who haven't been very easily dislodged.

Beautiful Noise by Morag Livingstone, Mareile Paley and Kimberley Porteous

Evelyna's petite dancer's frame holds a bursting creative soul, which drove her from her home in Germany to a year of creativity in New York. 14 years later she longs to return to Europe, but her newest creations won't fit in her suitcase.

An Apollo Legend by Ricky Montalvo, Bernadette Tuazon and Evan Vucci

One night a week, the stage at the Apollo Theater is an amateur's battleground, where performers have competed for stardom since 1934. Today, the legend of Ella Fitzgerald lives on in the hearts of those who pray for their own big break.

Roots in the Garden by Carolyn Cole and Pia Sawhney

A beloved Italian-American enclave suffers the impersonal tide of gentrification, as committed old-timers struggle to hang-on. In Roots in the Garden, we get a personal glimpse of what it means to watch your neighborhood fade away.