Hit the Ground Running

This isn't really the place where I give you all of the up-to-the-second news about my life, but I still need to do a better job of keeping my website up to date. As I had mentioned before, I took off to South America for the better part of January and February and just returned about a week ago, so there has been a small amount of re-acclimation, but this seemed like a good time to dedicate myself to getting the website back up and running at full steam.

So. The news. I was sorting through the internet trying to dig up completed versions of some of the videos I had worked on in the past, and I was able to find quite a few good ones which weren't up before. First off is the video that I had the privilege to film at the MLS All-Star game last summer. It centers around Kei Kamara, who tied for "The Golden Boot Award", which is awarded to the highest goal-scorer in the MLS each year, only to lose to Sebastian Giovinco on an assist tie-breaker. Either way, it was an incredible year for Kei and it has been an even more incredible life. Not all of it has been good, but it's a great story to listen to, and that's why he was chosen for an MLS Insider piece which ran on the MLS network channels, the MLS website, and subsequently got picked up by CNN and other news networks. You don't have to be a soccer fan to appreciate everything he has been through, so check it out here!

Next, we have a political ad campaign for Republican Robert Blaha, who is running for Senate out of Colorado Springs. It was a pleasure to work with the entire Blaha family, who didn't blink an eye when it came to inviting an entire film crew into their house. It was also nice to be able to meet a politician in person, when they're just being themselves. In an increasingly erratic political world, it's sometimes hard to say who is telling the truth and who is lying through their teeth, and what they would actually be like when they're relaxing at home, so this gave me a little bit of a glimpse into Robert's life. Now I can safely say: Not all politicians are robots! Haha. 

The next video I found was filmed up in South Dakota with my good friend Wade Yamaguchi of YamoFilms, and it was with an organization that he had been working with a lot: Love, Light and Melody. The video centered around Scott Norby, who won the Stu Wolfer Award from Thomson Reuters, a company which awards the honor to one of their employees, so they can in turn give it back to an organization which they have been working with in the community. Years ago, Scott began working with the Lakota Nation, a native tribe in southern South Dakota, so he returned there with the grant to help spread a little joy by giving the kids gifts, as well as teaching them music, photography and art. It was humbling to head onto the reservation and see how little they had there, yet how happy some of them could be. However, there are still myriad issues that they face every day, and alcoholism and suicide are two shadows which loom large over their land. That's why it was nice to be able to help bring them a little bit of happiness. I was also grateful that Wade allowed me to shoot some second cam on this project so I wasn't always just the guy hidden behind the boompole who had to keep his mouth shut!

That's about it for now. Meanwhile, I've been looking for updates on the 30 For 30 that I worked on a while back, as well as the new season of Tiny House Nation, so I will post any news about those as it comes about.

PLUS! I will be posting pictures that I took in South America as I get done processing them, but it's really quite a grind. It's amazing how many pictures a person can take in a month and a half. But I'll post updates on those as soon as they go online.