I am trained as a journalist and have worked as a documentary short filmmaker and as a freelance reporter.
I spent two and a half years working for the national public television studio, TVR1, in my home town, Cluj-Napoca, in Romania. The program I worked for, Garantat 100%, had a social-entertainment agenda to highlight Romanian local talent and cultural richness, in the context of increasing migration to Western European countries and the USA. The program was broadcast on TVR1 and TVR2 (the second national public television channel at the time), as well as on TVRInternational. During my time with the program, it received the 2002 UNITER Prize for Best Entertainment Show on Romanian Television, in competition with many other public and commercial television programs.
I created 53 short films for Garantat 100%. I was responsible for all elements of film-making, both creative and production processes – from idea generation, to production, and post-production. In the course of two and a half years, I traveled extensively across the country, meeting and interviewing people from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Some of my favorite experiences include meeting a trainer of birds of prey; a team of young adults dedicated to nature and the environment who navigate the rivers on homemade plastic bottle rafts; a stunt performer accustomed to jumping through glass and fire; a retired school teacher who collects, paints, and sells stones to help with her retirement costs; an 80-year-old man convinced he understands science better than scientists themselves; an 8-year-old dedicated to singing and becoming the next Pavarotti; and a stained-glass painter and restoration artist.
In addition to my television work, I was a part-time freelance journalist writing features for the largest daily newspaper, Adevarul de Cluj, in my metropolitan town.