Music Changes Everything is a documentary currently in production that aims to develop a deeper understanding of how an intensive discipline in the arts can shape the trajectory of a child's life. These diaries are vignettes of the children's lives, adventures and performances filmed and created during the production phase of the documentary.
All videos are filmed, recorded, and edited by yours truly.
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Meet Iona. This Artemis-in-training and ventriloquist of cats has an overflowing and contagious excitement for life, music and friendship (boys excluded.)
BRAVO JOURNAL #7: Luis
Meet Luis. When he loves a song, he learns to play it on any instrument he can get his hands on. Currently, Pachelbel's Canon in D is the lucky muse to this gentle and lyrical heart.
BRAVO JOURNAL #6: ODE TO FUR
What happens when a few musicians from BRAVO Youth Orchestras and some fur balls from Oregon Humane Society get together? A symphonic celebration of slobber, that's what.
BRAVO JOURNAL #5: Benedicte
Meet Benedicte and her parents. At just nine years old, Benedicte and her gracious, smiling heart are already making this world a brighter place.
BRAVO JOURNAL #4: Adajion
Meet Adajion. King of vibrato. Devotee of the cello and mom.
A special thank you to world class cellist Alban Gerhardt for sharing a stand with Adajion in the concert footage and being an inspiration to all the tiny musicians.
BRAVO JOURNAL #3: Stanford Thompson Visits Bravo
Stanford Thompson is a musician and educator who is passionate about using music for social action and serves as the Founder and Artistic Director for the El Sistema-inspired program, Play On, Philly! and the Chairman of El Sistema USA. Last month, Stanford observed Portland's program Bravo and shared his tireless dedication and insight with us all...as well as a few of his mad trumpet skills.
BRAVO JOURNAL #2: Brent
Meet Brent. He's a bass player, poet, philosopher and an advocate for peace. It's going to be a great pleasure following Brent on his journey through Bravo and beyond.
BRAVO JOURNAL #1: Bravo's Youth Orchestra opens for the Oregon Symphony Waterfront Concert
Bravo students brave the crowds and the heat as they open for Oregon Symphony's Waterfront Concert.
FUR IS ABOUT TO FLY
What happens when a few musicians from Bravo Youth Orchestras and some fur balls from Oregon Humane Society get together? Here is a teaser of what's to come.
short film - 9 (trailer)
writer, directer, producer
BEST OREGON SHORT FILM - Portland International Film Festival - February 2014 OFFICIAL SELECTION - Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival - March 2014 OFFICIAL SELECTION - Dances With Films - Hollywood, CA - June 2014 OFFICIAL SELECTION - Salento International Film Festival - Salento - Italy - June 2014 OFFICIAL SELECTION - NW Film Forum - Local Sightings Festival - Seattle, WA - October 2014 OFFICIAL SELECTION - San Fransisco Dance Film Festival - San Fransisco, CA - November 2014
Standing on the threshold between innocence and experience, a young ballerina glimpses a hidden truth about her future as she teeters between light and dark, order and chaos. 9 is a coming of age tale about the mysterious and sometimes frightening initiations that usher us into our becoming.
9 - OFFICIAL TRAILER
If given a super power, my choice is clear: invisibility. Rather than flying or lifting a bus, I would prefer to quietly sit unnoticed and watch the solitary lives of people unfold. Or in some cases, unravel. At the end of the day when the blinds are drawn and we're alone, there is a quiet shedding of conditioning that lays exposed the vulnerable throat of our psyches. When alone in the sanctuaries of our homes, we become our true selves, unfettered by outward appearances and socially acceptable behavior. This series pushes back against psychological analysis and embraces the absurd, quirky sensuous and tragic worlds of our multifaceted existence. Home Alone is an invitation to become invisible and step inside the homes of strangers to observe, laugh, blush and ultimately witness ourselves.
me and death
Taxidermy frightens yet draws me near. This is a self-portrait series that explores this tension and invites an intimacy with the more fuzzy and colorful palettes of death.
While watching lifeguards perform rescue drills at a neighborhood pool, a woman faces her own need to be saved.
film concept photos
While a film is still in its early stages of development, one of my favorite tasks is to conceptualize scenes and create still images that capture the overall mood and color of the film as well as the arresting, cinematic moments that the characters inhabit.
In this fictitious landscape, a family gathers together to share their hues of mourning and celebration. Born from the darker mysteries of time past, they are familiar with the brevity of headstones and the infallible weight of spirit. So for a day, they join the invisible circus to comfort the deceased, caretake wonder, and revisit their own mortality.