December 8th, 2012
The Tiziano Project, the non-profit journalism program I worked with earlier this year in Israel and the West Bank, has been nominated for an American Giving Award in the “Heroes and Leaders” category. Some of my work as photographer, videographer and student mentor with The Tiziano Project can be found here: Stories from the Holyland.
We just wrapped the first season of “Catfish: The TV Show“, which is now airing on MTV, and has quickly become one of their most successful shows. Working with RelativityReal’s amazing Story Department, I had a variety of responsibilities that helped to create the overall “look” of the show, including photography, videography, and motion-graphics work.
December 4th, 2012
Gawker Media’s popular tech blog, Gizmodo, chose my Instragram-enhanced iPhone photo, LA Skylight, as the winner of their 32 Amazing Photos Taken On Phones shooting challenge. I caught this particular lightplosion on a morning hike through Griffith Park in Los Angeles. Here are Five Well-Lit Moments in Los Angeles in November.
November 18, 2012
Good friend, and ridiculously talented street artist, Shai Dahan, was invited to deliver a keynote at TEDxGöteborg. In his talk, The Language of Street Art, Shai talks about our journey into the conflict-driven region of the West Bank to to create a mural on the wall seperating Bethlehem from Jerusalem. The piece was created for our upcoming documentary, “Art On The Seam.”
In this photo series, Sage Mears cosplays herself from the upcoming prequel to the popular video game franchise, Devil May Cry. Sage plays Kat, a new character in the series described as a “medium and a gifted psychic who can see into Limbo, the demon realm, but not directly interact with it in the way that Dante does.” Which pretty much sums up Sage too.
This shot of the sun setting on a rainy day in Los Feliz, “Light In The Storm,” found its way to three publications within the span of just a couple days. The Los Angeles Times featured it in their L.A. Now section. The LA branch of Curbed, a popular national architecture blog, featured it in their morning roundup. And the LA cultural and tourism website, Experience LA, made it their photo of the week.
In 1988, my folks rented the movie “Vibes,” starring Jeff Goldblum and Cyndi Lauper as physics, hired to use their powers to find ancient Inca gold. You won’t be blamed for not knowing this film, but those mystical images of Inca-terraced ancient ruins wrapped impossibly around the tops of steep and cloudy mountain peaks have been a magnet for me since. And I finally made the pilgrimage.
Me and the production department at the YourSay Show climbed Mt. Fuji, explored teddy bear love, and conquered the desert with the bikini gardener. The team followed me through some fun and interesting projects, as I participated as the first subject for the alpha version of their web-based project that merged social-gaming with a reality show spin. Click here for the videos.
“Video Portrait: West Bank” Featured In PBS’ Idea Lab
June 13, 2012
“Video Portrait: West Bank,” a brief glimpse of the world I saw in Ramallah and Bethlehem, was featured in the PBS sponsored MediaShift Idea Lab. Scenes of Palestinian public life – the streets, markets, mosques, and the wall that keeps it all in, are patched together to local hip-hop artist’s, Shadia Mansour’s track, “Assalamu Alaikum.”
Huffington Post Travel Features “Jerusalem’s Holy Sites In 60 Seconds” Video
June 7, 2012
One of the videos I produced in Jerusalem, “Jerusalem’s Holy Sites In 60 Seconds,” an un-boring look at the holiest city on earth, was featured in Huffington Post Travel today. After watching several, much longer documentaries on the subject, I challenged myself to try to do it in a lot less time. So there’s a whole lot of history crammed into a few winded soundbites. Try not to blink.
New Media, Better World: Working In The Holyland With The Tiziano Project
January – May, 2012
The year began living and working with The Tiziano Project in Israel and the West Bank. The Tiziano Project provides community members in conflict, post-conflict, and underreported regions with the equipment, training, and affiliations necessary to report their stories and improve their lives. My roll was as a student mentor in photo and video journalism, and to create a series of pieces about the region. Some of my work during that time can be found here: Stories from the Holyland.