NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL: EXPLORER

In 2016, I was brought on as a Director of Photography on Season 9 of Explorer, as they re-launched the style and approach of cable television’s longest running documentary series. The season brought me to Indonesia, Italy, the Netherlands, and across the United States covering death ritual culture, nuclear reactors, refugees in Europe and environmental…

GREAT BIG STORY: Hard Ship

Three paralyzed men take up one of sailing’s most grueling challenges—a 750 mile race to Alaska through some of the most treacherous and remote waters on the planet. With no motors allowed and many miles from any help, the competition can be too dangerous for the world’s most fearless sailors. This team is out to…

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…

Starbucks: Upstanders

Upstanders is a Starbucks original series featuring a collection of short stories, films and podcasts sharing the experiences of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to create positive change in their communities.       About the Films In April, I received a call from Joshua Trujillo, former photojournalist and current manager of photo and video for…

UNIVISION: The Frozen Monarchs

Thousands of monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico for the winter each year, to find refuge from the cold weather in the country’s pine forests. In March, a rare snowstorm interrupted their sleep as freezing winds blew the butterflies out of their safe colonies, grouped together in the trees, and deposited many of them across the forest…

MSNBC: Enemies to Allies

In 2013, I traveled to Kenya and Kyrgyzstan to document a surprising approach to HIV prevention that relies on the unlikely bond between police officers and marginalized communities. From those trips, we created two short films. In Kisumu, Kenya’s third largest city, police abuse of sex workers was rampant. Extortion, physical and psychological abuse were…

Bring it to the Table

This is the trailer for the narrative aspect of Bring it to the Table, a project produced by Talking Eyes Media. Bring It to the Table is a participatory online platform, community engagement campaign, and webisode series aimed at bridging political divides and elevating the national conversation. The project is for those who are tired of hyper-partisanship….

Mpala Live

I spent two weeks filming in Laikipia County, Kenya, documenting the research and wildlife at the Mpala Research Centre for Mpala Live!. Within its 200 square km of unfenced landscape, Mpala incorporates cattle ranching, wildlife, and research all in one.  Mpala Live! gives you a round-the-clock look at the lives of elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes, hippos, birds,…

Spilling Over

SPILLING OVER is a documentary that examines the human consequences of America’s often excessive energy use. The story follows the Arnesen family and the town of Venice, Louisiana as they refuse to become casualties of our endless desire for more energy resources. In the wake of the largest oil spill in U.S. history, the people…

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion

A conversation between a recovering addict, a Seattle police officer, and a case manager on their experience as some of the first participants in an innovative harm reduction program. The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is a harm reduction program started in Seattle. Instead of incarcerating low level, repeat drug offenders, LEAD is a pre-booking…

NYTimes: Shirley and the Bodybuilder

Martin Luther King Addo is a two time former Mr. Ghana champion bodybuilder. Shirley Friedman is a 90-year-old native of Brooklyn. This film is about how Addo’s small business gym in Lower Manhattan is bringing confidence and mobility to the elderly community of Southbridge Towers. Read the full story here. Role Director of Photography, Sound, Interview Editor: John M….

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…

NYTimes: A Company Copes With Backlash Against the Raise That Roared

Dan Price, chief of Gravity Payments, raised the annual salary floor for his employees to $70,000. Most responses were positive, but Mr. Price says that even the negative letters were valuable. When I found out I’d have just over an hour and a half for this shoot, I knew I wanted to bring Tim Matsui…

A Prison Without Walls

A Prison without Walls tells the story of prisoners in the MCI-Shirley minimum security prison in Shirley, Mass. I filmed and photographed at multiple prisons with Boston Globe reporter David Abel. This is one of several short multimedia pieces that were edited from the multiple day shoot. Filming and photography by Jessey Dearing. Editing by…

James ‘Whitey’ Bulger: In Plain Sight

While I was interning at The Boston Globe in 2011, James ‘Whitey’ Bulger was arrested in Santa Monica, Calif., after 16 years on the run. Bulger is known as one of the most dangerous and notorious gangsters in Boston and spent more than 10 years on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list. I was sent to Santa…