OFF THE RAILS Website Launch

31 Dec

I’m excited to launch – the official website of my documentary film OFF THE RAILS. The film tells the remarkable true story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome, whose overwhelming love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating New York City bus drivers and subway conductors and driving their routes. I designed the website along with Aviad Cohen. The film will begin playing in film festivals in spring 2016. Check the film’s website for updates.


Project Frog: Building Affordable Green Schools

31 Mar

Last month I shot and edited a short video (Click HERE to view) for Project Frog, showcasing the company’s latest construction project – a new state-of-the-art building for El Sol Science & Arts Academy, a charter school in Santa Ana, California. Project Frog specializes in building low-cost, energy-efficient buildings for schools, hospitals and retail sites. The video includes interviews with El Sol’s executive director Monique Daviss and Marijke Smit, VP of Education at Project Frog.

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USC Hybrid High School

11 Nov

Last month USC’s Rossier School of Education hired me to produce a promotional video (click HERE to watch) for USC’s Hybrid High School – a new public charter school open by lottery to residents of the entire state of California, based in downtown Los Angeles. The school recently began its second year in operation and plans to expand its hybrid learning model across the nation. Blending interviews with students, teachers, parents and administrators, this video highlights the school’s multigenerational change and college prep missions with the aim of recruiting the state’s top students and teachers. Documentary filmmaker Shapour Daneshmand of Decoupage Films assisted on the shoot, while USC Rossier’s assistant dean Barbara Goen served as executive producer.

Math Instructor Jackie Jaron

Math Instructor Jackie Jaron

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Alissa Chingala, Blended Learning Instructor

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‘Searching for Sugar Man’ Wins Academy Award for Best Documentary

24 Feb

Tonight Searching for Sugar Man won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the 85th annual Academy Awards. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of shooting an interview with the film’s star Sixto Rodriguez and its director Malik Bendjelloul. Click HERE to watch Rodriguez’s interview and HERE for Malik Bendjelloul’s interview. The Hollywood Reporter‘s lead awards analyst Scott Feinberg conducted the interview while Emily Rifkin served as B camera operator.


‘Searching for Sugar Man’ director Malik Bendjelloul


‘Searching for Sugar Man’ director Malik Bendjelloul


‘Searching for Sugar Man’ star Sixto Rodriguez


‘Searching for Sugar Man’ star Sixto Rodriguez

Anatomy of a Startup

7 Dec

Yesterday, USC featured my latest video on its homepage (Click HERE to watch). The video tells the story of TINT, a tech startup comprised of five recent USC graduates who turned down cushy corporate jobs to start their own company. Tint is a social networking aggregator that allows users to update their twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and Linkedin pages from one platform and display these updates in a widget on their personal websites. Tint recently received a $350,000 from Bill Gross’ tech startup incubator, Idealab.

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Kyle Negrete: USC Punter Giving Back to the Community

19 Nov

This week, I finished shooting and editing a short video (click HERE to watch) for the PAC-12 Network, spotlighting the mentoring relationship between USC Trojans punter Kyle Negrete and Joel Anderson, a young man with Autism. The PAC-12 Network is a nationally televised sports channel available in over 48 million homes. Kyle’s mentoring is just one of the many ways he has given back to those in need. Kyle has also volunteered in Nigeria, Haiti, and volunteers regularly at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. For his efforts, Kyle was awarded a spot on this year’s AllState Good Works Team, an elite group of college athletes who excel in both sports and in community service.

Profiling The World’s Greenest Greenhouse

28 Jul

Last week I shot and edited another video (click HERE to watch) for Future360, an online news magazine focused exclusively on clean tech companies. The video highlights the innovative practices of Houweling’s Tomatoes, a sustainable tomato farm based in Camarillo, California. The family-run farm grows its vine-ripened tomatoes completely under glass using renewable energy, water conservation, recycling, and land use efficiency 24 times greater than conventional field farms.

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Interviewing Howeling’s President & CEO Casey Houweling, with host Sarah Backhouse (top right), me (bottom-right), and production assistant Christine O’Leary (bottom-left).

Vine-ripened yellow tomatoes.

Roger George of GE Energy in front of Houweling’s 8.8 megawatt cogeneration facility