A wise Hungarian director once told me that shooting documentary is necessary for the filmmaker's soul. When so much time and effort is put into creating the fictional reality portrayed on a film set, documentary stands as the control...the reset. The world is filled with incredible tales--it's about finding those stories and depicting them in ways that capture our hearts and minds. Documentary work, for me, is a breath of fresh air--it's an art form that is inspired and reliant on the human spirit.
Check out a few of my pieces below - more work coming soon, so stay tuned!
Embarking on their fifth European tour, the University of Northern Iowa Wind Symphony is headed to northern Italy. For many of the musicians of the renowned collegiate music ensemble, this would be their first time overseas. From performances in spectacular basilicas to conducting seminars with some of Italy's best conductors, Bravi! The Italian Tour takes an in-depth look at the trip of a lifetime--ten Italian cities in just over a week. Amongst the delicious food, stunning architecture, and thunderous crowds, the students discover the emotional bond between themselves, their conductor, and their music. When introduced to a non-English speaking conductor at their conducting seminar, the ensemble experiences first hand the communicative and emotional power of music that transcends all other languages.
This is the story of friendship and hospitality, of adventure and performance, and the unifying power of music.
To learn more about the film, click here.
The bond between children and animals is a touching, powerful connection. For those who ride at ASPIRE, their connections are more than a relationship--it's a form of healing. Serving hundreds of children and families from the Waterloo--Cedar Falls area, the ASPIRE Therapeutic Riding Program assists children who would benefit physically, emotionally, and cognitively from animal-assisted activities. The film follows two ASPIRE success stories, Bobbi and Jeff Porter--a mother and son team working together to preserve the program that changed their own lives.
This film was co-produced with Glenna Goldman and made possible through the University of Northern Iowa Electronic Media Department.
To learn more about ASPIRE, visit their website.