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.
Jan 17, 2017
I somehow missed posting this, but in the fall of 2016, I made a video for the Women's Foundation of Oregon announcing the release of the first comprehensive report on Women and Girls. It's called Count Her In and it's vital to creating change in our state. Please watch and help support WFO's work.
For 2017, I'll be working with them on a series of 8 videos that highlight our most urgent concerns, the 8 That Can't Wait. Stay tuned.
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:
Jul 22, 2016
I'm a former board member at North by Northeast Community Health Center so it shouldn't be a surprise that I support and strongly believe in their work. I just made this video for their recent fundraising campaign. Please watch:
The above is a photo taken yesterday while filming with Living Cully, one of about seven projects I am working on. They are all at different stages of production with varying deadlines so I'm keeping up. Most of all, I love feeling connected to my community and seeing what people are doing out in the world. Below is a photo from the Girls Build shoot today and then one from a music video shoot for The Cabin Project.
Apr 13, 2016
Throughout this month, I'll be travelling with the Women's Foundation of Oregon around the state to hear and document the concerns of women and girls in side the story booth/WFO RV! Their goal is to create a report on the state of women and girls. I was really surprised to find out that no such thing exists already and it makes me that much more excited about being part of the tour. Later in the year, I'll help create a series of ten videos that highlight critical concerns and issues.
Last week we were in Newport and Bend. This week we're in Central and Southern Oregon. Later in the month it's Umatilla and Eastern Oregon. It's really an honor to sit with women in the booth and just listen as they share their stories. Looking forward to more and to the full report which will come out later this year.
While I'm out in the RV, WFO staff, led by Emily Evans, creates opportunities for women to record and give feedback in small groups. Here are some photos I took from the same event in Newport.
Here's an article about the tour: http://www.pdxmonthly.com/articles/2016/3/30/the-women-s-foundation-is-coming-to-town-and-wants-your-stories
Apr 12, 2016
A week and a half ago, I presented a clip of Sista in the Brotherhood as the recipient of the Lilla Jewel Artist Award at the MRG Foundation's Justice Within Reach event. It was a glorious night where hundreds of people invested in making our community better come together for a night of art, dinner, dancing and fundraising. I put together a speech telling my story of going from carpenter to carpentry trainer at a non-profit to now, filmmaker. I was nervous initially to get on the stage in front of so many, but it was amazing to be in the company of such a generous audience. The best part was hearing how they connected with the film. It was a beautiful night and I'm still very humbled to be connected to the foundation and their important work.
Above: Me, on stage at the Portland Art Museum at Justice Within Reach.
Mar 29, 2016
Photo from last week's shoot with Oregon Community Health Workers! Busy week!
Nov 23, 2015
A video we made a while back to help Portland Women's Crisis Line raise money at one of their events, is currently being included on a piece on Charlene, a woman who experiened domestic abuse and courageously pulled her life back together with the help of that organization.
You can read about Charlene's incredible story here. Scroll down to see our video under Resources.
Oct 9, 2015
Excited to work with Oregon Community Health Workers again. This time it was to help explain their Warriors of Wellness program. I learned a lot about the value of culturally specific programming in healthcare! Watch and discover how community health workers fill the gap!
Oct 5, 2015
Over the weekend, we had a shoot for OHSU's PUSH young worker safety training. The videos are meant to be both educational and as you can tell, a bit comedic. Fun shoot over at Cherry Sprout Produce!
Sep 8, 2015
I'm a former board member at Bitch Media so when they need a video, I'm happy to oblige. They're one of my favorite local (and national) non-profits.
We did some shooting over at Lewis and Clark to make this promo for their Bitch on Campus program that brings speakers to campuses across the country to talk about a feminist response to pop culture.
Here's the video:
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.
I am working on a fundraising video for Portland Youth Builders. Part of the video will feature artist Emilee Booher making a portrait of two PYB grads as they talk about their transformative experiences with the program. It's cool to be able to add a visual element like this that can help lift their story.
Learn more here:
Aug 24, 2015
About two years ago I made a video for Oregon Community Health Workers or ORCHWA to help explain who they are and what they do. At the time, I wasn't familiar with their work. At all. But the more I learned and continued to work with them (on two more videos right now), the more convinced I was that they are an essential part of the chain of people that provide healthcare to our community. A lot of times, these folks are the front line for health, helping to connect specific communities to the often monolithic systems that provide support to us as a whole.
Above is a photo of Zeenia Junkeer and Celia Higueras from our shoot last week. Celia and I interviewed a number of CHWs to talk about their work.
It's going to be a long time before anyone sees the results of the shoot, but it was so fun to go out to the middle school camp where young girls are learning about construction, math and more. When I used to teach at Oregon Tradeswomen, I helped out with this program during its first year.
It's an incredible thing to see these young girls pick up a hammer and skilsaw and build! It's not obvious to a lot of people that young girls could do this work, but it becomes obvious to the girls by the end of the camp. Amazing.
Aug 12, 2015
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.
Jun 3, 2015
A quick pic from the shoot with Oregon Humanities last week. Video about Kim Nguyen and Putsata Reang's trip to research and report on freedom of expression in SE Asia for InterNews coming soon!
May 19, 2015
Got to make a video for the Women's Foundation of Oregon. This was a little unusual in that we were tasked with making a short video after visiting three organizations for an hour each. We arrived, found our location, interviewed some folks, grabbed some b-roll and then set off to the next in the course of one morning. Phew!
Video turned out great and the best part for me was just getting to know the work of these organizations. You could really tell that their work is important and valued by the folks they each serve and it was an honor to peek behind the scenes and hear from empassioned staff about the work they do. Kudos to WFO for supporting this kind of impact--especially for women--in our community.
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.
Dec 11, 2014
It's the season for giving and as a board member for North by Northeast Community Health Center, I volunteered to make a video for them to help promote the important work they do in our community. Watch and learn about outreach worker Rosetta Forbes who literally takes her work to the streets! Bonus: she sings!
Nov 24, 2014
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Jan 30, 2014
Last night, I got to shoot a video for Portland Women's Crisis Line and their annual Safety in Numbers event for the second year in a row. They wanted to try a different approach that would give their supporters a chance to learn more about the work they do. I don't want to say too much, but the shoot went really well. Above, is a photo of one of their volunteers, Michelle.
Thanks to Kelly Kend for helping out on sound.
More coming soon!
Jan 4, 2014
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Dec 3, 2013
In spring of this year, I approached staff at Bitch Media and pitched the idea of a music video that celebrated both the mission and the people behind the organization, a hybrid non-profit messaging/music video that would entertain and delight as much as it would make people want to donate.
We put together a plan, accepted the generous offer of A Severe Joy to create and donate the use of a catchy song and months later, we were ready to shoot. Staff worked with Heidi Dyer to master their dance numbers. Props were donated and built. The script was fine-tuned and José Ayerve of A Severe Joy flew into participate. We shot over a weekend and had a blast. I joked that I had been secretly hired by the ED, Julie Falk, to run the staff through a team-building exercise and this was it. Soooo much fun to work together to create it.
The video makes light of the plight of non-profits that must fundraise constantly in order to garner the financial support they need to do this work. Bitch's average donation is $8 so it takes a lot of support-garnering to finance their mission in creating empowered and feminist response to pop culture. Plus, their audience loves pop culture so why not create a piece of it themselves.
It's a bit of an experiment to attempt to raise money this way. There is a certain formula that is traditionally used and this isn't it, but so far so good. It looks like people genuinely want to celebrate the organization by supporting it financially. Stay tuned!
Nov 30, 2013
Hearts+Sparks was approached by an upcoming organization (seeking non-profit status) that teaches kids about nutrition and food by growing it right on their schoolyarrd. They have a unique sustainable model where they can bring capacity, supplementary education, and in the long run, delicious food for the kids!
We shot this video over the summer when the kids weren't there so Hearts+Sparks was asked to take their existing footage of the kids and combine it with new interview footage to tell their story. Please support Schoolyard Farms!!!
Oct 31, 2013
Hearts+Sparks spent the past weekend on a three day shoot with the staff of Bitch Media and the dance musician extraordinaire A Severe Joy. Can't say too much, but it was a blast to run around the office and fire up the fog machine. Stay tuned!
Jul 28, 2013
Last week, I wrapped up a series of videos for Oregon Humanities and videos to introduce the community to The Conversation Project, a series of humanities-based public discussions on provocative issues and ideas.
I love working for an organization that's committed to inspiring creative and critical thinking within the community. Good stuff.
Go here to learn more and check out one of the eight videos below.
Jul 13, 2013
For the past four months or so I've been working to complete a video series for the American Psychology-Law Society's Minority Affairs Committee. The idea was to create a series of videos that would introduce diverse students to the field. We shot for a day at their national conference held in Portland, Oregon and then spent the next few months using those interviews and footage to make eleven videos that would help students learn more. It was a great group of people to work with as we tackled this large project!
Mar 7, 2013
Hearts+Sparks just wrapped up work on a video for Portland Community Reinvestment Initiative for their big Dancing with the Stars Portland gala event happening Saturday, March 23, 2013. The video which will be featured at the event, is an upclose look at Rachel Allen and her family as they participated in PCRI's valuable community programs to first get into affordable housing at a time when they needed it most and ultimately, to fulfill their dream of owning a home.
As a NE Portlander, I truly appreciate the organization's work in providing a affordable housing and a means for low income residents to stay in their neighborhood.
Above is a still from the video as Rachel tells us about her journey.