"In accordance with the suggestions of Father Boyle,community support. Spending money on police protection and suppression of youth are not the most effective methods to help teen gang members in the long term. Providing them with community support and jobs is the only way to help gang members become responsible law abiding adults. Without this help, many of these youth may not have the chance to become a productive and worthwhile adult member of society."
A few hours of my journey from West Hollywood to Downtown Los Angeles in the spring (2014).
In the studio w/ Councilmember Bernard Parks, Council District 8, and Dr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson on The Hutchinson Report on KPFK, as they react to breaking news about Donald Sterling and the Clippers.
B roll of me starting my One Day in LA
Sunrise over Angeles Crest Mountains
Selects Reel of LAMP communities photography and art auction at the
Chris speaks while driving L.A.
A discussion with Jeff as he drives L.A.
Moon shot before sunrise over Los Angeles. Korean-Americans hiking, California sage dancing in the morning wind.
This is an interview with Metro Deputy Executive Officer, Jenna Hornstock, at Union Station as she reveals Metro's Master Plan for Union Station as a true transportation hub and destination for all.
One of many television production crews around L.A. on April 26th, "Eye on L.A." shoots its show host Tina Malave delivering lines on the Santa Monica Pier.
On the night of her 27th birthday, we follow Sandra Jara (La Madre), a nightlife photographer and undocumented immigrant from Peru at La Cita Bar. La Cita is an ecclectic Downtown LA bar and nightclub where the future of LA gathers...a mix of hipsters, professionals, downtown loft dwellers, eastsiders (mostly young, mostly Latino). La Madre and Ricky Garay, La Cita promoter and DJ, take us into their vibrant slice of LA and share their thoughts about some of the cities challenges.
The Cultivating Connection Project is a performance art experiment where the eye gaze exercise (two people connect only through eye contact for a certain amount of time) is collectively performed by a group in a public space. In a world where 24/7 connectivity has cheapened human connection, the project looks to reintroduce it by exploring the experiences of the performers and the public audience when the performers engage in the most simple yet radical form of human connection: eye contact.
Just a bit of melancholy morning B-roll in my dorm room, mixed with some behind the scenes of an evening body paint student photo shoot, all soothed over with an amateur voice over. :)
An interview with a youth from Youth Speak Collective at the Festival of Readers at Los Angeles Mission College in Sylmar, CA
March to end sex trafficking. Artists working to inspire and organize change in LA.
Interviews with artists who live at the Brewery, the biggest artist colony in the world, as they open their doors for the biannual artwalk.
My footage displays how the tradition of composting is upheld in the Silver Lake community. Though technology has advanced dramatically since human beings first started building cities, there are some traditions which hold strong. At the end of the Silver Lake Farmer's Market, volunteers from the Micheltorena Elementary School and Community Garden collect compostable food/beverage scraps in two wheelbarrows. They bring the wheelbarrows three blocks back to the garden, where the contents are composted into fertilizer or used to feed the chickens. I wanted to share the beauty in two independent projects working together to help their community obtain healthy produce as well as recycle for the future.
The MOM Ridaz are a bicycle club based in Echo Park and today is their 6 year anniversary.
In 1978, Margaret Shokneth, loaned Don Ray and Bill Thomas some photos she had taken in 1928 -- photos of the devastation caused by the collapse of the St. Francis Dam north of Saugus. She had lost her mother, sister and other family members in California's second worst disaster. When Ray and Thomas tried to return the photos to her, she was no longer at the address she gave us. Now, 36 years later, Don Ray, Bill Thomas and The Endangered History Project, Inc., returned the photos to Mrs. Shokneth's great-grandson on the steps of the house they had live in together when he was a child. We accompanied Ryan Quinn to the site of the infamous dam and to the community in which his own great-great-grandmother and other relatives had perished.
The non-profit group Help the Children teamed up with another non-profit group, American G.I. Forum and with Home Depot to provide home improvement supplies to veterans and active-duty service personnel. This took place in the city of Bell, California. It's one of several such giveaways these non-profits have organized over the past six months. Volunteers from Help the Children, alongside different veterans organization have organized them in Bell, Santa Clarita and Colton, California. Don Ray, executive director of The Endangered History project, a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization volunteered to videotape interviews with organizers, official and veterans and then edit them into this "One Day in Los Angeles" video. Veterans and service members were able to go home with as many as four items from the donated merchandise -- more if they went through the line a second time.
Burbank Farmer's Market patron talks about why he enjoys the benefits of locally produced food