Documentary

Life is full of interesting experiences, interesting people with unique experiences, skills and personalities, unique places and communities and more. I have found it inevitable to create multiple documentaries on things I’ve found meaningful or interesting. Here are some of the documentaries I have created.

Deep Roots II

“Deep Roots II” (25 min or 5 min version) focuses on the use of art on farms to spread the message of the importance of local urban farming and being conscious of how to support your community through collaboration…

Deep Roots 2 – Days and Nights on the Farm” was premiered at The Bainbridge Club on December 1, 2012. “Deep Roots II – Days and Nights on the Farm” is a documentary about an event that took place on October 6th and 7th. Deep Roots II was a multi-media art installation by Meei Ling in collaboration with Weavers Way’s Mort Brooks Memorial Farm and their Farm Festival and in conjunction with the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) and lighting designer Jackson Kay.

Deep Roots I

Deep Roots”  5:46 minutes
This is video covering the “Deep Roots” art installation by Meei Ling Ng in collaboration with Michaelann Velicky. “Deep Roots” was a part of the Turtle Artisan’s Tour on May 5th and 6th , 2012. Meei Ling Ng is my neighbor and she contacted me to see if I could do a five minute video of this installation and I gladly agreed to do so after learning what it was all about. “Deep Roots” was about using art to share the knowledge of sustainable living and farming in an urban environment. Their mission is perfectly worded: “… to bring awareness to the interconnectedness of all elements in our ecological and social communities.” This idea is parallel to the mission and vision of Ponder Tree, and therefore, covering “Deep Roots” to produce a 5-minute video was my pleasure.

"Kids These Days"

Documenting ‘Kids These Days’” 4 min.

This is the trailer to the documentation of “Kids These Days”. “Kids These Days” was an art gallery exhibit by creative adolescents that took place on August 31st through September 2nd, 2012 at Indy Hall, 22 North 3rd St (1st floor) Phila. PA 19106. I hope you enjoy the trailer and watch the rest of the playlist, which will consist of six interviews and five performances.

Aretes Mexicanos

Aretes Mexicanos” 4:07 minutes
This is a documentary about my love for Mexican earrings and an interview of a lady who makes them. Ever since I came to Philadelphia, a lot of people have asked me about them and this has inspired me to buy them and distribute them. And to keep in mind the time and energy that went to this, I would like for you to meet Martha. This was shot in Mexico City, at El Bazar del Sabado during my 2011-2012 winter break and was thankfully able to turn this personal project into an assignment for my FMA class.

Mi Casa es tu Casa

Mi Casa es Tu Casa”  7:37 minutes
This is one of the documentaries I made while in the Documentary History Project for Youth (DHPY) Scribe internship. I started this paid internship at the end of my high school senior year (summer 2011) through to the first weeks of Temple University (fall 2011). This project is the one I spent the most time on and the one that is closest to my heart. It is about me moving on with college while leaving my mom behind, struggling to keep Cafe con Chocolate, our family restaurant, open. I finished this on November 2011 and screened it at the DHPY 2011 Premiere “City of Sound”. A few months later in March, my mom closed Cafe con Chocolate momentarily, and now it has been reopened with new management since May 5th, 2012. At the reopening there was a mariachi singer, “Marco – El Gallo de Mexico” and a group of Aztec Dancers, called “Cenzontle Cuicatl”. Soon I will be done editing the photos and videos I took of this grand reopening and will be posting them online! The DHPY Scribe internship was the first long term media production experience I ever had and it is where Final Cut Pro 7 was first introduced to me.

Tides of Change “Tides of Change” 7:54 minutes
This is the second documentary I made while in the DHPY Scribe internship. At the time, Occupy Philly protests were taking place and I made an effort to document as much of it as I could to then make a historical comparison of these protests to the Anti-Vietnam War protests that also took place in Philadelphia in the late 1960′s. By doing this I would show some similarities I found in the sounds, locations and actions. I also researched for all of the Anti-Vietnam War content, which was provided by The Temple Archives. I completed this video on November 2011 and it was also screened at the DHPY 2011 Premiere.

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