I am a filmmaker, photographer and visual artist based in Oakland, CA. I enjoy people-watching by Lake Merritt, eating kale and fighting the man.
Documentary video shooting and editing, old school photo chemistry/digital photography, organization and a little bit about working for oneself
Expanding my skill set (motion graphics, here I come!), schmoozing and business management/growth
There are a million ways to shoot a wedding.
My parents for teaching me to be independent, work hard and live sustainably. They also gave me a happy childhood playing in the woods with my sisters.
Cleaning. It's actually not a secret.
I tend to only do weddings if people have a secret password. But I know I could and would shoot a lot more weddings if I moved to a smaller place where corporate/nonprofit work may be nonexistent.
My childhood landline phone number, which my parents don't even have anymore. :(
How to load a dishwasher right.
Christie’s CreativeMornings activity
When a company gives you a million dollars like that, man, they want your soul. They want your soul, and that hurts. I don't know if anybody's ever been in that situation where somebody's asking for your soul, I couldn't do it. I want to do it! Shit yeah, let's give up the soul, here! And they're like, "that soul sucks."
Ariel Waldman Making the Universe Your Medium
Whatever field you’re in, you’ve got to find the scariest [makes fun bleeping noise]’ing thing in your area of profession, and then do it. I mean the scariest thing. The thing like “Nguuuh, I better not touch that!” Touch that, grab it, get on it, and then you can go beyond it.
We have to allow this death to come and also know that this rebirth is inevitable. It’s inevitable. Your success is inevitable, your victory is inevitable. Don’t get caught up in appearances. Because the people that programmed you into appearances, are the ones that fucked up the plan in the first place! With what they could touch, with all of their things, with what they could measure, they had it all figured out. And look at the state of the planet.
But if we are so disconnected…and all we see are the laws that they say they want to pass, the walls that they say they want to build, the leaders that they are putting into power, the wars, if all we get focused on is what we can see, we’ve missed it. Because we have to understand that despite what you see, something else is happening underneath the surface. That there is something else being born, that there is something else is going to emerge, but you don’t get to watch it grow! So how do you navigate that? How do you navigate this reality of knowing something is bubbling, we can all feel it in our bodies, but none of know what it’s gonna look like when we get through the other side.
And we’re in this dark time…but the cycle of life, the sun rises everyday and it goes back to darkness. You were born in the light and then you go back to the earth into the dark. After food is done and life is going back to its compostable state, it goes back to the dark. That is the natural cycle, the only thing that can happen after darkness is light. The only thing!
When you’re not grounded and rooted in something, the biggest feeling that you feel is fear. And I think that this is such an interesting concept because we live in a society that is terrified, terrified of darkness. Terrified of what they can’t see, define, measure, hold, terrified of what’s not tangible. So we live in a society that has spent thousands and thousands of years creating more tangible things. Every single one of us in this room has too much stuff in our homes, too much stuff in our closets, too many tangible things on the planet. So many tangible things that now we’re destroying the planet with all of our things…we’re contaminating life with all of our things. We can’t move to the heart place…but that’s where all the life comes, that’s where all the magic happens.
There’s so much to learn. In the limited time we have together, I urge to you seek each other out...and learn these stories. Because, if it wasn’t for this, I would probably hate my brothers, but I don’t. I love my family and I would do anything for them, and I treat my community like my family as well. That self-examination is so critical, especially right now.
Aisha Fukushima Love Work
Fantastic Negrito Robot vs. Anti-robot
Adam Rosendahl Invite Imagination
Lauren Nagel Don't be an AssClown, just Tell the Story
Robert Alton Harris was going to be the first guy killed in the gas chamber in 25 years in San Quentin. And for his last super he wanted Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pepsi. So my friend did a sketch and he painted in acrylic, I painted in spray paint…and then we put it up in downtown San Francisco. So is this graffiti? ‘Cuz here’s this really iconographic painting still life image. Or is it graffiti ‘cuz my friend is working in acrylics? Or is it graffiti ‘cuz we’re starting to show our stuff in galleries…and here it is outside?
I met this guy who was a lot like me…and he’s like, “You know what, man, you do a lot of stuff outside, I want to do stuff outside.” And I said, “You know what? For me, because I’m starting to use all these colors, it’s getting so technical I can’t do it in the middle of the night. I’m thinking about doing these panels and then mounting them outside.”
“Graffiti” comes from the Latin word “graphīre” which means “to scratch.” You can go to see where Alexander the Great conquered and all the way through Europe down to North Africa, everywhere he went he put his name. Tagging is not a new thing.
I came at what they called the Golden Era of graffiti in Oakland. In Fruitvale were these tracks that were about 2 miles long that people from all over the world would come paint at. Here is 1988,this is a picture of me, it has this text on it that says, “The world is my canvas, the canvas is my message, the message is my theory, the theory is my life.” That was me trying to be deep when I was 19.
For young girls [children’s media] 80% of the time a career is presented to them, the career is "princess." It’s not really a great aspiration. You can’t go to "princess school" and it doesn’t seem like many real princesses are happy. I don't really want that for my daughter.
If a career is central to a protagonist’s story line, 80% of the time that person is male.
George Zisiadis Take Your Ideas Seriously
Francisco Sanchez Writin' a Hidden Art