My younger brother and I grew up, seeing ourselves as ethnically 100% Greek. The minor caveat, that our grandparents were all were born in Asia Minor in the late 1800s, present-day Turkey, and grew up as citizens of the Ottoman Empire was a nuance we did not grasp.
For this project, I enlisted my brother’s help. He is a financial officer for a Fortune 500 company and an extensively read amateur historian of Hellenism. When I mentioned my interest in this topic as a possible documentary subject, he agreed to help in any way possible. Then he gave me a copy of 40-year-old hand written notes. As a teen still living at home, when I was in college, he had interviewed family members and gathered oral histories from elders now long deceased. I had no idea. You will see his contributions throughout.
I am a Professor of Communication at Eastern Connecticut State University. I have produced, directed and written over 100 productions while on staff of PBS affiliates and for national grant projects and as an independent producer. My projects have won national and regional awards for documentary work including a Southeast Regional Emmy and the Broadcast Education Association's (BEA) Best in Show in the Faculty Documentary category. The Eastern student documentary "The Child Left Behind" that I supervised, won first place in the short student documentary category in the 2011 BEA Media Festival. Additionally, I have help create documentary and educational videos for Eastern's Center for Early Childhood Education that have won Telly Awards in 2009, 2010 and 2013. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Television from Boston University, a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Connecticut, and a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the University of Florida.
'Map of Ottoman Empire in 1914', URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/photo/map-ottoman-empire-1914, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 14-Aug-2014