Pleasure Zones - June 2013: An exhibition of photography and a video installation, I will be showing work with two other photographers and a painter in University of Newcastle, Australia. We are artists and professors from England, New Zealand, and US, who will be touring this show with this exhibition being the start of this traveling show.
Book chapter published: "Creating Student Activists Through Community Participatory Documentaries" was published as part of Activist Art in Social Justice Pedagogy, Beyerbach, Barbara and Davis, R. Deborah, ed. Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
The heart of human experience is the basis of my work, whether I am producing a digital video piece, shooting still photography, writing or performing. Connecting with the people being represented is vital.
I am an independent video producer, director, editor, director of photography, still photographer, performer/musician, and writer. As a digital filmmaker, I specialize in social issue and art documentaries, promotional, training, and live performing arts programs. SIMPLE STORIES, RICH CHARACTERS, VISUAL TONE POEMS Story and character development is paramount and I am typically involved in all aspects of the production, especially writing, editing, and producing/directing. And although I have a strong background with digital effects and DVE equipment and software, my style is straightforward and clean, letting the image, words and sound weave the story and reveal the characters with very little manipulation of the image. In some projects my aim is to give a feeling sense of the experience process rather than a cognitive sense of the event, a visual poetic tone poem. PROCESS REFLECTED IN THE END RESULT The process of producing a project is of equal importance to me as the final project itself. My interest is also to imbue the piece with the quality of the process of producing it. For example, in a project about a women's circle, the process of making the program was collaborative and mirrored the process of "circle" discussed by the women in the piece. As we were shooting, the crew became a concentric circle of its own, a circle within a circle.
Another part of the process for me is the growth and deepening that the subjects, crew members, and I garner as we create a new work together. In a project I produced with an all student crew about truancy, some of the most powerful work came from the "aha" moments by the crew, the cast (interviewees) and myself as we came to understand our lives and actions better through our interactions with one another and the project.
THE WORLD AS A GLOBAL COMMUNITY I have traveled extensively throughout China, Southeast Asia, Nepal, Europe, Greece, Turkey, Central and South America, as well as the US, documenting with digital video and photography. I hope to give a sense of the world as a beautiful, diverse rich tapestry where we call can live in celebration of our differences as well as peacefully in our commonalities. ART WITHIN ART EXPRESSING THE HUMAN SPIRIT Music and poetry inform much of my digital filmmaking. The rhythm and harmonics of both music and poetry are an important aspect to all my creative work. Though it might seem that poetry and vocal performance have no real bearing on digital filmmaking, I find that the merging of these artistic expressions in my work makes my creative output richer, and a fuller experience of the human spirit.