This is a project I worked on to commemorate the grand opening of Cuba's embassy in Washington D.C. - the first time there has been an active Cuban embassy in the United States in 54 years. The video, set to La Flaca by Jarabe de Palo, shows the buzz generated by news crews, celebrations on the sidewalks, protests in the streets, interviews with Cubans in attendance, the first flag raising, and a revolutionary garbage man.
A mini-documentary made for Music 270 that explores the tensions of the intent to attend a music festival. Coachella has a unique ability to bring people together from all over the world, but is it the music or the experience that brings them there? A fun and at-all-times spontaneous peek at the musings of two strangers who met on holiday in Australia and by chance - or by music - found one another a year later at the Empire Polo Grounds in Palm Springs, California.
Vanussa and her husband took over Georgetown Hairstyling, a barbershop that stood here for more than a hundred years. Our story reveals the personal history and a typical day of a hairstylist: how she came to America, began her new life and how she is today.
Showcase Showdown Spring 2015 winner!
This documentary explores film as a medium while focusing on Art Shares of Georgetown student performances.
The American Veterans of today's military live within a dual identity: that of soldier and civilian. They exist within a middle narrative of these two identities, facing not only the invisible wounds of war, but also the realities of civilian life. Taking a close look at the lives and memories of three contemporary Veterans, How Can I Tell You About War reveals the complexities of identifying as an American Veteran.
We hope that our film is able to bring more attention and a larger discussion around what needs to be done for Veterans in this country, and the struggles that they face. We also hope that it honors the lives of John, Kevin, and Isa by telling their stories and allowing them to represent their generation of soldiers whose stories are still in the shadows.
Jerome is an MMA fighter. He's vivacious, resilient and tenacious. While he is only a few years shy from forty, which is when many fighters slow down, Jerome has decided to train for a fight in Thailand so he can "smash people". This a small insight into his fighting life.
"To Be Dunbar" examines the nation’s first public high school for African Americans, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, a site of academic excellence in DC until desegregation. The film examines several key turning points in the school's history and the consequences of these changes for the local community and for public education in DC. Johnathan Carrington, a current Georgetown student who graduated from Dunbar, is featured as a main character along with other alumni who speak to the identity of Dunbar, its past prominence, its recent challenges, and the possibilities of its new campus.
A short film on the unique hair journeys of several of Georgetown's African-American women.
This is an experimental documentary that explores the challenges our society poses to artists, specifically musicians. Value art, and remember to be grateful for it.
Dominican painter Jeankarlos Cruz talks about his most recent art project, a series of informal meet ups with New Jersey-based artists combining live music, painting and other expressive forms.
The documentary focuses on Cruz’s new project of bringing together local community artists in a series of informal meet ups where various expressive forms, such as live music, painting and poetry, come together. Cruz briefly talks about how young artists face difficulties in pursuing their talents professionally and how they seek independence from jobs they aren’t passionate about but that they need to maintain for financial reasons. Cruz ends by meditating on the end objective of his project in inviting attendees to both think and act as spectators and performers respectively: his intent is to make them achieve a place of “clarity”, “inspiration” or “enlightenment”, as he puts it, by uniting the physical and the mental, the tangible and the intangible, through the arts.
I think the very subject matter that the documentary explores and one of my main motivations in creating it are directly related to the "Ideologies of Exclusion" Unit in our class, and that is to give more visibility to minority groups pursuing art through new perspectives.
Showcase Showdown Spring 2014 winner!
I made this documentary for my Intro to Video class with Professor Bocci, Spring of 2014. I'm also currently a member of the breakdancing team on campus and I thought it'd be nice if we were able to get our name out there with this project. Most of it was shot on an XA10 with a Sennheiser shotgun mic for audio.
“Capedal” is a documentary exploring Washington, D.C. off the tourist path and onto the cycling path. With 56 miles of bike lanes and 137 Bikeshare stations, Washington, D.C. holds a place among the most bike-friendly cities in the world. From forested trails running alongside the Potomac to busy urban streets in the shadow of the Hill, “Capedal” joins six D.C. cyclists in the areas they love most.
Showcase Showdown Fall 2013 winner!
This documentary shows my quest to find mountain biking trails in the Washington DC area. It also documents whether it is possible to have an authentic mountain biking experience in an urban setting like Washington DC.
Do you remember playing with dirt in your childhood? And what do you think about dirt now? As we grow up, we tend to ignore the existence of dirt. For some people, however, dirt plays an important role in their lives. This film observes what dirt creates and brings to them.
MSFS students and administrators spent 11 days traveling through Saudi Arabia during March of 2013. This film follows the experience of three students before, during, and after their visit, as they react to the Saudi education system, government, and culture.
I created this short documentary video regarding gender inequalities for my Global Inequalities final last semester. I produced the video using Gelardin New Media Center equipment.
This documentary video is about students learning Chinese at Georgetown. It is based on the question of "why do you learn Chinese", featuring interviews with students and faculty as well as activities going on inside and outside the class.
This documentary tells the story of the history and current day status of Georgetown ROTC through shadowing one of its top cadets. It also simultaneously documents the legacy of the Vietnam War at Georgetown, and the evolution of perspective between the protests once held on the main lawns against ROTC and the presence of the traveling Vietnam War Memorial this past Fall, The Wall that Heals.
Creating this documentary was one of the most rewarding experiences I've had at Georgetown. It took hours upon hours of hard work through early mornings shooting footage to late nights editing, but was worth every minute for the final product. Learning how to use Final Cut Pro was also an invaluable experience.
The project is an examiniaton of how space is related to sound. It feature three bands talking about their practice space and the limitations that arise.
"I started a personal project called 'Harmless Colors' to create simple colorful sentences on white walls of different public corridors. They are harmless because they are made by removable sticky notes, and I hope these simple sentences like 'and spring comes', 'how are you today', and 'be happy' could bring some colors to strangers' life. Also hope this tiny documentary could create some little good moods for audience."
A 10 minute documentary of the Georgetown men's rugby team that I filmed over the course of the season as my final project for my film minor capstone.
I broke my jaw in October of 2012, thus ending my rugby career. I still wanted to have a place on the team and give others a sense about what it means for those who are part of the organization.
Amir Kamergi found himself in the midst of a revolution. The 23 year old Fulbright scholar, who lived his entire life under the oppressive regime of Tunisia's President, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, witnessed his country transform overnight. It all started with a single act of desperation - Mohamed Bouazizi, an educated Tunisian man who was forced to be a street vendor to support his family, set himself on fire in protest of the totalitarian government. That day, something awoke in Tunisia. Amir went from being an ordinary student to a passionate political activist. This documentary explores the personal story of the triumphs and tragedies that come with revolution.
Markets are all about interactions. Since the 1930s, Union Market has served its customers faithfully through the changing political, economic, and social climates of D.C. and the United States in general. The rich history of this market is now in jeopardy, as developers work to develop the property to accommodate the district's still-changing landscape. Should this development be halted to preserve the authenticity of this market, or is the redevelopment of the market necessary as a representation of the constant change necessary in Washington D.C. and in America?
On any given day in the District, strangers come together on a metro train with nothing between them but space. While most riders do their best not to make eye contact, a portion of the Red Line offers plenty to observe out the window. Known for its high incidence and history of graffiti, the Red Line metro route has attracted countless writers over the years looking to get up and get their name out. But, what draws them there and what do commuters think of their anonymous works of art?
Using interviews with graffiti writers and red line riders, See Something, Say Something explores the indirect dialogue that graffiti creates. Equal parts craft and confusion, art form and illegal act, red line graffiti embodies all the contradictions of the capital city. As a vital sign of the District's changing pulse, the red line metro is as much a way to understanding D.C. as a way through it.
This short documentary explores how innovations in communications technology have changed how soldiers communicate with family and loved-ones, and how the same innovations create new challenges for the armed forces. The piece was created with a mixture of found footage, images and interviews.
"Does a street musician stand out from the chaos of the street or add to it? Do the unpredictable sights and noises around him compliment his music or obscure it? These are some of the questions that this ten-minute documentary about local musician Perry King attempts to raise. In addition to many other performances around the city, Perry plays nearly every Sunday afternoon in Columbia Heights. He graciously allowed me to film him throughout the spring semester, and my project quickly turned into an exploration of his relationship with his environment, the ever-bustling D.C. streets."
The video explores the controversial role and identity of Mary Magdalene by comparing the opinions of different religious ministers. Kipp and I interviewed three ministers (two Catholic and one Lutheran) in order to complete our study and understanding of the life of Mary Magdalene for our final project.
Students in the Advanced Video Production Class in the Journalism program put together a collection of short, news-style pieces. The students put in many, many weeks of hard work and had extensive video production and editing training.