If there was an app for it, I had to use it. That was the gimmick for a whole week living in Silicon Valley. The result? That the price of convenience really costs.
A graffiti artist in East Palo Alto explores how his art has impacted himself, others and the community.
Filmed on 16mm film with a Bolex.
Drivers for Silicon Valley’s biggest car sharing company contemplate how they work and live through their smartphones.
Tony Monroe rides his horse every day through the gang-ridden neighborhoods of Fresno in the hope of being a presence for change. A film by Dane Christensen and Aria Swarr. Produced in the Stanford Documentary Film & Video M.F.A. Program. Copyright 2016 Dane Christensen and Aria Swarr.
In an oceanfront city of two million people, fiberglass resin is illegal for private use. The price of a dated surfboard is three times the monthly salary. And if you venture 50 yards from shore, you can met with severe penalties. Yet, in La Habana exists a vibrant wave-riding community unlike any other in the world. And it’s continuing into its second generation.
The broader Western view of Cuba, specifically the South Florida context, expresses the country in constant comparisons: how it was, how it could, how it will. It is a tremendous effort to see the beauty and complexity of an existence as it truly is, outside comparison to a past, present, or even projected future.
Calle 70 La Habana has no producers, no journalist visas, no budget, no sponsors and no fixers. It follows the unique Cuban surf culture to experience what life is like for the surfista Cubano. It’s singular objective is to let the viewer see a Cuban way of life for what it is.
Inocente, a veteran 82-year-old hammock maker, comes from Playa Grande, Mexico––a village of only 40 people. This place is beyond remote. And in his simple palapa, it takes him four days to make each double-weaved hammock he sells. I jumped at the opportunity to capture a story about a characteristic man from a village only a handful of people know about. The beach, the sun and the people were incredible.
I shot this video this Summer while living in Denmark for six weeks. I became quickly intrigued by the Danes' connection with nature. Copenhagen prides itself in its green mentality and passionate focus to bring nature to the city. The video is a compilation of Danish countryside and cityscape juxtaposed to the sounds of both environments. Our society has an increasingly more complex relationship with nature. Are we losing our connection of nature or are we redefining it? Is it redefining us?
New Yorkers never stop. But do they ever slow down?
Denmark has a deep connection with the Vikings. Every year, in the town of Frederikssund, people gather together, dress up as Vikings, and perform a Viking play. I interviewed several of them and what I learned was remarkable. Some participate for the comraderie, others because they grew up going to the play, and a few participate because they believe in the Norse gods.
San Cristóbal is a vibrant, beautiful, and unique city in the Mayan heartland. It is where Escalera's offices are located, but most of all, it is our home and community.
Students at Lone Peak High School raised nearly $40,000 to build a middle school for students in Chojolhó, Mexico––a village of only 300 people. They lived with the villagers for three days and their experienced was unparalleled. The students smiled, played and worked with the villagers. And the new middle school is going to change the lives of students in Chojolhó for generations. Way to go Lone Peak!
Not all kids have school. Millions of kids don't have school because of problems we can fix. Those kids deserve different, so we're different. Different means we put students at the center. It means we're not satisfied until a program is proven to work for them. Charity as usual won't end the school shortage, but charity thought differently will. Different thinks big, takes risks and proves impact. Kids without school deserve different, so we're different. In twenty years, everyone has school, and everyone who want to, goes. Those born in poverty see they weren't born to be poor. They see they have choice, and they're choosing change. The world still has millions of problems but billions of former students are tackling them. We are Escalera. We will end the school shortage in our lifetime.
Five days with my siblings in a cabin in the woods with no internet.