Apr 20, 2017
Rachel Bracker and I made a video about North by Northeast Community Health Center's Cuts and Checks program run by Sharetta Butcher. Check it out.
Oct 12, 2016
I've been a fan of Living Cully for a while now so I was thrilled to have a chance to help tell their story. Learn about their innovative anti-displacement work in NE Portland. Here's the video:
Oct 9, 2016
A short we made for Metro screened this weekend at the New Urbanism Film Festival. As part of that, We Are Moving Stories included an interview with me about the film and why it was made. You can read it here!
Sep 7, 2016
Delighted to announce that a video we made for Metro with Executive Producer Craig Beebe will be featured in the New Urbanism Film Festival in LA in early October!!
Here's a description of the short:
Check out the festival here.
Mar 4, 2016
The trailer for Graphic Means is out! Directed by my friend Briar Levit and shot by me (interviews and other new looking b-roll). We travelled all around (including London, NYC, SF) to talk to these folks about graphic design from the 1950s to the 1990s and into the computer era. I hadn't seen anything since we wrapped last year and it's super cool! Check it out. Go Briar!
Learn more about the project here.
Nov 16, 2015
This Wednesday, the Urban League of Portland will debut the State of Black Oregon video in partnership with the YWCA and a screening of Black Girl in Suburbia. Hearts+Sparks shot, edited and co-produced the piece. Learn more about the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1639678432978029/
Oct 12, 2015
I'm loving my job as I am heading out to construction sites all around time to document the tradeswomen building our city. Above, laborer Vanessa Enos out at Nike.
Oct 2, 2015
Last Friday, I went out on the first of several shoots for Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. to document tradeswomen for every apprenticeable construction trade. We started with Val Black, pictured above and moved on to cement mason, Olivia McKavery, but we also ran into two former students of mine, Kadence Jimenez and Johnetta Abraham! And then I saw Guillermo from a recent video for Portland Youthbuilders!
Sometimes I miss being out on a big jobsite as a carpenter even though that was now, a very long time ago. No need for me when you have young whippersnappers like Val Black on the job!
Sep 3, 2015
Last Spring, Hearts+Sparks was awarded a three-year contract for on call video services for Metro. This is a really big deal to me. I knew that when I submitted my 12 page proposal to compete against others for the award, but I really didn't think I'd get it. I thought it would be good practice, but I got it! I'm only in my third year as a business and to be awarded a contract like this not only boosts my business economically with additional work, but it also brings credibility to my work.
On top of that, I was pretty excited to find out that this was the first video I would get to make working with them. It's about SE 82nd and Division and features four individuals talking about their hopes and concerns for where they live and work. We got to meet these thoughtful individuals, shoot around the neighborhood and even do a time lapse from the roof of the Jade/APANO Multicultural Space! I learned a lot about what's happening out there and am excited to share this with you.
Click the link to learn more about our city and watch the video: www.oregonmetro.gov/82division
Aug 29, 2015
Photos from last week's shoot for the Urban League. This is actually at the end of the day when Tameka Taylor successfully convinced Emanuel Price to do some voiceover for us. He was perfect for us. Thanks, Emanuel!
The film will be released this fall. More soon.
Aug 12, 2015
Who doesn't love a good time lapse? Bonus if you get to climb on top of a roof at sunrise.
Here's a photo of Cassie Cohn helping out on a shoot for Metro this morning. Can you find her on top of the APANO building?
A video recently completed for Oregon Humanities about two journalists, Putsata Reang and Kim Nguyen (a writer and photographer respectively), who returned to their homelands to help document the state of free speech in SE Asia. I knew these women were brave and passionate about their work, but I didn't know until we sat down, about the experiences they had endured just to come to the states. To me, this made their return that much more moving and inspiring.
You can watch the video here over on the Oregon Humanities page. The video was made as a companion to the Fix issue of the Oregon Humanities magazine.
Check out the latest update on Graphic Means' Kickstarter page and read about our trek from London to New Hampshire to New York City! It's been a privilege to be director of photography on this project and meet such passionate folks. Inner design geek: unlocked!
Here's a bonus photo of me eating Turkish food at a market in Dalston, London:
Aug 6, 2015
We wrapped up more interviews with various graphic designers of note in London, stopped for an interview with Frank Romano in New Hampshire and are now shooting in New York City. See more of what we've been up to on the Graphic Means Instagram here: https://instagram.com/graphicmeans/
You'll find a variety of images from our stop in the Museum of Printing as well.
Learn more about the feature documentary here: http://www.graphicmeans.com
Jul 31, 2015
May 2, 2015
This weekend, Director Briar Levit and I are down in the bay area interviewing design leaders about graphic design in the computer era. We attended the TYPO conference yesterday and today head north to interview two more folks.
The feature documentary, Graphic Means, has been underway since late Fall 2014 and explores the craft of design and the tools of the trade. As those tools evolved from physical instruments to computer software, what changed? What was lost? What was gained?
It's been fascinating to hear the thoughts of Briar's interviewees on the matter as I think the conversation while ostensibly about design, really hits at human relationships with the computer in general. Though as a non-designer, hearing all the design-speak has been intriguing as well.
Yesterday, we got to interview Tobias Frere-Jones, a famous type-designer who among other things, brought the font Gotham to life. The Hearts+Sparks logo, designed by Briar actually uses this font though it's (much more) famous use is the Obama campaign! Here's a photo of Briar (and me in the mirror) interviewing Mr. Frere-Jones--something that perhaps she never dreamed she'd get to do. We were very fortunate to spot him and have him agree to sit down to talk.
Apr 10, 2015
Last night, Portland Women's Crisis Line (PWCL) had their annual fundraiser and they featured the story of Charlene who tells of her struggle with domestic abuse and how she was able to basically recreate herself with the help of PWCL. It was really an honor to tell her story and to help raise money for this invaluable organization.
Hearts+Sparks has made their fundraising video for three years in a row now.
Apr 9, 2015
Last month, I got to help out Kelly Kend with a short shoot for her documentary, Yeah Maybe No. The film is a feature documentary about consent, but focuses, uniquely, on the experience of a young male who experienced sexual violence. Learn more about the film here: http://kellykend.com
Apr 1, 2015
With 20 hours still to go, the feature documentary directed by Briar Levit, Graphic Means, has been funded! Hearts+Sparks will be filming which includes traveling to California, Washington and London among other locales! We are sooooo excited to bring this bit of history of graphic design to the big screen!
Mar 28, 2015
Briar Levit's feature documentary about the history of graphic design production is moving quickly toward it's Kickstarter goal of $25,000. I can tell you after having shot our initial interviews that the film promises to be a fascinating glimpse into what it was before computers took over the industry. We'll be traveling to Washington, California, and London (to name a few spots) to capture critical voices and tell this story.
Please support if you can!
Click to head over to Kickstarter and support:
Mar 25, 2015
A series of videos I made for the Laborers union last year was just released. They are part of an amazing new website and will help create greater access to living wage jobs by providing an online orientation. A couple of my pics from the Tilikum Crossing bridge construction (like the one above) also appear. It was so much fun to travel around and shoot this series out in the field.
The first in the series can be found on this page: http://www.oregonlaborers.com/apply/
A pic from last weekend's shoot with Emanuel Price, Executive Director of S.C.A.F.E., a non-profit he started to help reduce recidivism rates in Portland. Emanuel is one of a handful of folks we'll be interviewing to help bring the Urban League's State of Black Oregon to a wider audience through video. The video will serve as a companion piece to the hefty report which presents a statewide report on the condition of African Americans in Oregon.
Mar 12, 2015
Graphic Means, the upcoming feature length film covering the history of graphic design from paste up to pdf's gave us a mention over on their site:
I continue to be psyched to be a part of this project. Please check out the Kickstarter if you can:
Link to donate: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/graphicmeans/graphic-means-a-history-of-graphic-design-producti?ref=nav_search
Dec 13, 2014
Dec 10, 2014
Production has begun on a feature documentary called "Graphic Means" and directed by Briar Levit. Right now, we're shooting initial interviews to be able to make a trailer to then raise funds.
I toy around with design applications like Photoshop and InDesign, but it's been interesting learning about the transition from paste up to digital design from people whose lives were focused on design. Looking forward to more shoots.
Oct 27, 2014
Production began late last week on a new feature documentary by director Briar Levit. The doc will be shot over the next year with Dawn as Director of Photography. Hearts+Sparks is excited to be on on board. Go here to learn more about the project: http://www.graphicmeans.com
May 28, 2014
Phew! I has been a crazy busy week wrapping up three projects that I've been working on over time. The biggest project I've been working on has been a creating images for a nutrition training for the Bureau of Labor. It encompassed 90 photos and 6 videos and took months to complete, but it's finally done. None of the images will appear online, but hundreds of people will see them through their apprenticeship programs.
The video above is a sample of what was involved...
Dec 2, 2013
Sep 27, 2013
I worked with Kina Voelz and Gabe Rosen, co-owners of Biwa restaurant to create this video that explains their new 5% "health and wellness" charge that is used to provide health insurance and living wages to their staff. It's a unique approach to a longstanding problem within the restaurant industry and it was a pleasure to get to tell this story.
Watch the video here: http://heartsandsparksproductions.com/biwa-restaurants-solution-to-healthcare-
May 14, 2013
Just wrapped up a new video for the electricians training center to help inform applicants about what it's really like to be an apprentice. I interviewed four different apprentices at different locations in the Portland area and got them to talk about the realities of the job.
On two of these shoots, I had an assistant and the rest I did by myself serving as sound woman, cinematographer, and director. Having a small crew makes me highly portable--especially on a construction site.
Music by James Jones
Apr 17, 2013
In February, I got to go out to Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon to shoot video of apprentice lineworkers in training. I interviewed them about the application process and their experience with apprenticeship to help demystify the various ways folks get in the program while at the same time showing diversity in the trade.
I collaborated closely with NW Line JATC staff to make sure it was the video they wanted. Here's the result of our labor.