Not My President

This is an observational film of the peaceful protest of more than a thousand Seattleites who marched through the city the day after Donald Trump won the presidential election. Thousands of people in cities across the nation took to the streets, a sign to Trump and to the world, that the next administration will have…

RAINIER

Lauren and I wanted to play with a few new things in video so we took our cameras with us camping at Mount Rainier National Park.. Something we usually avoid because we typically treat the outdoors as our break from filmmaking. It turned out to be a lot of fun and a relief to throw…

36 Hours: Paris

Think Left Bank, and the Latin Quarter and the Eiffel Tower spring to mind. The Right Bank, which is twice the size, has no clear identity. There are, in fact, many Right Banks. I’m pleased to share the another episode of 36 Hours, a video travel series for The New York Times. Read the written article here. Role Cinematographer Full…

36 Hours: Pittsburgh

Beyond Pittsburgh’s pretty downtown, transformation and momentum reign, with former industrial areas giving way to restaurants, shops and art venues. I’m pleased to share the another episode of 36 Hours, a video travel series, that I’ve been filming for The New York Times. Read the written article here. Role Cinematographer Full Credits Producer: Fritzie Andrade Cinematography: Jessey Dearing and Andrew Hida Sound: Louie Alfaro…

36 Hours: Savannah

Yes, there are lots of live oaks and lovely squares, but Savannah also has a lively bar scene, innovative restaurants and a rich, storied past. I’m pleased to share the another episode of 36 Hours, a video travel series, that I’ve been filming for The New York Times. Read the written article here. Role Cinematographer Full Credits Producer: Fritzie Andrade Cinematography: Jessey Dearing…

36 Hours: San Luis Obispo

Wine, California cuisine and the great outdoors await visitors to bucolic San Luis Obispo County. I’m pleased to share the another episode of 36 Hours, a video travel series, that I’ve been filming for The New York Times. Read the written article here. Role Cinematographer Full Credits Producer: Fritzie Andrade Cinematography: Jessey Dearing and Max Cantor Sound: Louie Alfaro Editor: Will Lloyd

36 Hours: Key West

Ernest Hemingway’s favorite pastimes — catching big fish, eating well and drinking hard — still define the island’s appeal, with the added attractions of countless water sports and gorgeous sunsets. I’m pleased to share the another episode of 36 Hours, a video travel series, that I’ve been filming for The New York Times. Read the written article here. Role Cinematographer Full Credits…

36 Hours: Palm Beach

Palm Beach may be known for its extravagant mansions, tony retailers and fancy nightspots, but it also has its own brand of small-town charm. I’m pleased to share the another episode of 36 Hours, a video travel series, that I’ve been filming for The New York Times. Read the written article here. Role Cinematographer Full Credits Producer: Fritzie Andrade Cinematography: Jessey Dearing…

36 Hours: Koreatown

As the most densely packed part of Los Angeles, Koreatown is also one of the city’s most strollable, with Art Deco buildings, palm-lined streets and East-meets-West restaurants. I’m pleased to share the first of several films that I’ve been shooting with The New York Times on a video travel series called 36 Hours that began last…

The James Irvine Leadership Awards

I’m happy to share four stories I worked on in December for The James Irvine Leadership Awards. The awards recognize and support individuals who are advancing innovative and effective solutions to significant issues in California. This years winners are working to stop child sex trafficking, provide college education to inmates at San Quentin, close the education gap for Latino parents…

Migration west

After spending three years in New York, I recently moved to Seattle with my partner, Lauren Frohne. The journey west was a long one involving multiple trips between Seattle and Brooklyn and a 10-day Southwest camping and hiking trip in the middle of driving cross-country. Though we officially moved Nov. 1, 2014, I have only spent about…

great california road trip #6

After a long day driving down cloudy route 395 the sun began setting low enough to shine under the clouds. Lauren and I saw a beautiful streak of light painted horizontally across the mountains to our East. As we were driving through Bishop, California, I excitedly turned down a side street and sped towards the…

Here is New York #8 – 09.14.2013

Lauren and I usually try to celebrate our birthdays by traveling somewhere nearby. For her birthday last September, we drove to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. We brought our bikes and stayed at an AirBnB. I’ve spent my whole life around large bodies of water, but the sheer volume of water flowing over the…

James Irvine Leadership Awards

This is Talking Eyes Media’s fifth year producing the leadership award videos for The James Irvine Foundation. These are documentary-style profiles of these winners and their organizations. We spent two days doing all the main interviews and then two days in the field with each subject. Two of winners from this year are posted below….

great california road trip #4

We took a slight detour off of highway 395 to visit the ghost town of Bodie. After driving down about 13 miles of dirt road we reached the abandoned town that is now minimally maintained by some sort of state parks organization. From what I gather, the town experienced a couple of fires, and circa…

great california road trip #3

We began one of our longer days of driving when we left Lake Tahoe. We drove south down Highway 395, which runs along the eastern side of the Sierras in the valley and high desert. The highway is surrounded by constantly changing landscapes and high mountains. You could spend weeks on this route and not…

great california road trip #2

After visiting Napa Valley, we drove east on some backroads until we hit Interstate 80. We switched to Highway 50 and made our way into the Sierras, eventually landing in South Lake Tahoe. The terrain in California can change so quickly. The following day we went for a long hike aiming for Maggies Peak. We…

Here is New York #5 – 06.08.2013

After shooting a roll of film with a recently acquired Yashica T4, I quickly learned that the corner pharmacy and 1 hour photo stores have largely shut down. Some still offer to process it, but they ship it out to who-knows-where with a 7-10 day turn around. Luckily, in New York, there are still a few…

great california road trip #1

Lauren and I took a vacation road trip around a large portion of California last year.  I brought my Hasselblad, which I basically abandoned after graduating from photography school in 2008, and stocked up on some Kodak 100VS film. I’ve always enjoyed the film experience because it forces me to slow down and demands a different attention…

Here is New York #4 – 06.09.2013

I went with my girlfriend, Lauren, to the Upper West Side this afternoon to have lunch with her family. We photographed Juliana (Lauren’s cousin’s daughter) after her first communion at  Riverside park in the upper west side. I brought my Hasselblad with a polaroid back and took a portrait of her. We gave the prints…

Kisumu, Kenya

  I recently traveled to Kisumu, Kenya, to film part of a client documentary project with my employer, Talking Eyes Media. The project highlights an effective program aimed at fostering friendly dynamics between the police force and sex workers. The program has helped sex workers feel comfortable reaching out to police when a crime has…

Massachusetts Incarceration

I worked on this story while I was at The Boston Globe. I toured four different prison facilities with reporter, David Abel, to see a supervised view of the Massachusetts prison system. I say supervised because our tour was carefully guided by a public relations representative who was present during all interviews and all locations. We…

Spilling Over update…

Last August, Lauren and I traveled to Venice to film a few days and catch up with the Arnesen’s for our documentary, Spilling Over. It was a fairly successful trip. We were able to interview David, Kindra’s husband, and I went fishing with him. Read more about the trip in this post on our film’s…

Miles and miles

View Miles and miles in a larger map After 40 days on the road, it’s time to head home and begin editing content. Between one story based in two towns more than 1,000 miles apart and another about the BP oil spill in the Gulf, I’ve been home a total of nine days since May…

Medicare, Medicaid and Disability

My documentary project on health care has picked up some pace and I am working with three people in the Charlotte and Monroe area currently. They all have very interesting, sad and disturbing stories about their struggle surviving major health injuries. Vernadine has a prosthetic leg and is more than 100,000 dollars in debt. Keith…

Anti-Health Care Protests

I’ve been working more in Charlotte on my project about health care. I’ve been narrowing my focus on the have-nots of health care, meaning those who are either under or uninsured. Most of my focus is on government programs, such as Medicaid and Medicare, and I would like to show where the programs are failing,…

Being Concise

As journalists we are taught to be concise in our storytelling. Our goal is to explain a story as quickly and wholly, or accurately, as possible. I’m reading Noam Chomsky’s Propaganda and the Public Mind, a series of interviews of Chomsky by David Barsamian. Chomsky talks about being criticized for not being concise: The point…

N.C. Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic

I’m working on a project about health care for my documentary course. I’ve been trying to cover a broad range of topics and one is dental. Dental is often not included in health coverage and is very expensive. People go for years neglecting their dental hygiene even though dental pain can be one of the…

F/22 and Snow

We had a project titled F/22 where we had to photograph 22 things based on a list of 22 words. Here are some of the photos I came out with and the word we were to photograph.Blue 4 a.m. Body art The Letter E Fear From the Hip (not looking through viewfinder) Gross Love Self…