Who We Are
JoMarie Fecci: A modern nomad, JoMarie Fecci has spent twenty five years roaming the world with a camera as a photojournalist and filmmaker, before returning to New York to become Creative Director at Havas PR (formerly Euro RSCG Worldwide) the North American earned-media and buzz boutique responsible for award-winning campaigns like Sears’ “Heroes at Home,” Wycelf Jean for president of Haiti, One Young World, Amtrak’s “Martina McBride Across America,” and Ford’s “Warriors in Pink” to name a few.
As a photojournalist Fecci covered war and humanitarian crises worldwide. From 1998 through 2001, she focused on the Middle East where she was the first American journalist to spend significant time in Hezbollah-controlled southern Lebanon since the hostage-takings of the mid-1980s. She spent much of the 1990s covering the civil war in ex-Yugoslavia as well as conflicts in West Africa, Latin America and the Caucuses. She has also done extensive work covering the United Nations, the U.S. military, and the special operations forces of many other nations.
In 2001, Fecci began producing and directing her own documentaries. Her first film, PARIS CAFES: SOUL OF THE STREET, chronicled neighborhood life in Parisian cafes. A departure from her typical subject matter, the cafe film was Fecci’s response to the growing gentrification in the city she calls her second home. Returning to familiar ground, Fecci produced and directed documentaries that focused on refugee communities and personal stories of struggle in Europe and Africa.
Fecci has her Master’s in Foreign Service, from Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Foreign Service and has taken part in various United Nations and international relief agencies’ humanitarian missions.
In her free time, Fecci enjoys Jeeping and backcountry exploration. She is a private pilot, and is currently working on her instrument rating.
Isabelle Nikolic: Isabelle Nikolic has been teaching in some of the most difficult Paris suburbs for 10 years. Previously, she spent 15 years as a charge d’assistance for French assurance firms, responding to emergencies, translating and organizing emergency medical care and repatriations for travelers in trouble.
Languages have always been important to her. Nikolic speaks French, English, Serb, Russian and a bit of Spanish. As a child of immigrants in France, she has been traveling her whole life. She would go regularly to Yugoslavia and Greece, by car, bus or train, via Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Austria. The trips were long, and often uncomfortable, but always worth while.
Voyaging far from her home in France remains a great pleasure — seeing and feeling the lives of others, learning to understand their perspective. She enjoys discovering the common points across cultures, but also appreciates exploring the differences.
As a university exchange student, Nikolic experienced the Soviet Union under Gorbachev in 1986-87, then returned to see how life was changing there as the Soviet period came to a close in 1992. That same year, she joined photojournalist JoMarie Fecci covering the Armenian-Azeri war in Nagorno Karabakh. And continued on to Uzbekistan and Kirghistan.
In 2006, Nikolic and Fecci again teamed up on a documentary film project, JUSTICE FOR DARFUR, shooting on location in Chad and Sudan.
Nikolic has lived in New York, and in 2010 set out with Fecci on “The Great American Road Trip,” a six week journey of discovery, exploring the historical and social dimensions of the “road” that so many travelled in search of the “American Dream.”
Nikolic is an avid runner, and has participated in marathons and semi-marathons in the U.S. and France.
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