Film

The Long Night

The Long Night weaves together the stories of seven people whose lives are forever changed by domestic minor sex trafficking.

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L.E.A.D.

A conversation between a recovering addict, Seattle cop, 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 diversion program treating addiction as a public health issue by connecting addicts to treatment services.

Its success brought the attention of the White House who invited LEAD organizers to share the program with police chiefs, prosecutors, social workers and policy makers from across the country.

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VIGNETTES FROM THE LONG NIGHT

Vignettes from the filming of The Long Night, my award-winning feature length documentary on grassroots efforts to address domestic minor sex trafficking.

Watch the film at: thelongnightmovie.com

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TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA

On April 27, 2011, Tuscaloosa was ravaged by a tornado that cut through the heart of the city. A year later, the city was still rebuilding in the wake of the storm. “Tuscaloosa Forward” sought to join neighborhoods once divided by economic class and a car-centric design.

A local art teacher won a Tully’s Coffee $100,000 partnership grant with the Seattle-based non profit Pomegranate Center, bringing Tully’s and Pomegranate to Tuscaloosa to create a community gathering place.

From an initial public meeting in December, 2011, to a 10 day build in June, 2012, the community worked together to create the Alberta Gathering Place. The amphitheater, made with volunteer labor and nearly all donated or salvaged materials, anchors one end of a greenbelt pathway meant to revitalize the city of Tuscaloosa as it rebuilds.

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I’M GOING

A story about family, love, and strength in the face of adversity. Family and friends gather from across the country to celebrate my aunt Carol’s 60th birthday in April of 2010.

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PRISON PHOTOGRAPHY ON THE ROAD

With an eye toward prison reform, writer and academic Pete Brook analyzes prison photography from behind his desk. After three years, he decided it was time to get out, on the road, and meet the people he’d written about. Especially the prisoners.

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EBAY: THIS IS HOW I SHOP

A corporate video from a ten day shoot to tell the story about the convergence of online and offline shopping for eBay and PayPal. The video introduced eBay CEO John Donahoe for Analyst’s Day, a presentation to investors projecting the company’s performance for the next few years.

This was a quickly designed and rapidly executed project; I provided visual and creative direction, managed a second shooter, shot stills and video, was with the client on-site every day of shoot, and gave creative guidance to the editor.

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SASQUATCH OR BUST

This is a story about a love for music and the strength of friendship. Sasquatch is a three-day music festival in eastern Washington, just 2.5 hours from Seattle. Thousands travel to the Gorge Amphitheater for the live bands, to camp on the grass, and celebrate with friends.

Spike Kane grew up immersed in the world of live music, witnessing the rise of bands such as The Clash and Echo and the Bunnymen. Many of his old friends in Liverpool are still musicians. For the last five years, Spike was unable to go to shows or even appreciate the music so vital to his existence.

Spike returned to the Gorge in June, 2010, with the help of his friends to once again participate in a music festival.

With much thanks to photographers Ellen van Bodegom and Mark McNulty, whom I’ve never met, but who contributed their Echo and the Bunnymen images for this project.

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SREY NETH

Srey Neth is a young Cambodian victim of human trafficking. In this story she speaks of her experience transitioning from victim to survivor. At 14 she was sold by her mother to a pimp for $300; a week later he sold her virginity for the same price then he forced her to serve 10-20 men per night afterwards. Her refusal was met with beatings or electrocution. Srey Neth was later rescued by police and a non governmental organization. During her recovery, which unsurprisingly has taken more than five years, she was diagnosed with HIV.

This is not just a story about the darkness in humanity. Srey Neth is a victim who has found her voice and become a survivor; I see her as a figurative Cambodia, her home country. It is culturally permissive of human trafficking after struggling through thirty years of genocide, occupation, and civil war. From a trauma and victimization standpoint, Cambodian society is still finding the voice it needs to end the exploitation.

Srey Neth has been given guidance and the opportunity to find her own path. She has learned forgiveness, found self worth, received an education, worked hard to succeed, and been given life through anti-retroviral drugs. Many in Cambodia do not have this option; Srey Neth knows this and hopes that her story of pain and healing can help. It is why she is now working in the same slum where she was sold, to help the younger children find their voice and avoid the victimization she faced. Her story is one of hope and an example for those working in the field of anti-human trafficking. Her story is also a parallel to my incomplete project on the transition Cambodia, the country, is making from victim to survivor.

Music:
“Go Slow,” by ndcv
“Potts,” by ndcv

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Crisis Guide: Pakistan

CRISIS GUIDE, PAKISTAN

Producer for Cinematic Overview on the Crisis Guide to Pakistan for the Council on Foreign Relations.
Nominated for an Emmy.

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OLD FRIENDS

This is the love story of Andrea and Matt. Over the years, with much laughter, they became best of friends. Instead of scripted vows at their wedding, they asked for a video that captured who they are and what they mean to each other. It was one of the highlights of the evening.

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