“Independent” is a far cry from how these projects get made… but for a quick reference, these are projects exploring my vision for stories outside of my work with clients. One feeds the other. I am in production on my fourth feature documentary and keep my wheels turning with short projects throughout the year.
BOXERS: Seven Women. One Team.
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An all-female amateur boxing team are putting in their mouth guards and changing the face of boxing. As they train to compete in the world’s largest international boxing tournament, they find friendship and teamwork, but also have to face issues of violence, fear, and competition. At a time when women are told not to fight, these boxers step into the ring ready to face more than just some crosses and uppercuts — they must also confront questions of inner strength, personal drive, and societal prejudice. Training six days a week is a team that includes a schoolteacher, a social worker, and a special education assistant, all focused on going to a tournament where women are scarce, and the chance of success isn’t a given. One boxer’s family emergency, and another boxer’s recognition of the sport’s physical dangers, threaten to break the team’s cohesion, and force them to take a deeper look at pain, power, and risk. BOXERS is the test of seven women forging their own story about the love of boxing, one round at a time.
Institution College or Government
Nonprofit, k-12 school
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Moving in a Mirror
A story of an Israeli peace activist connecting with the world one reflection at a time. Behind the headlines on CNN and the BBC, everyday people decide the world we live in. Ronni Shendar is an activist from West Jerusalem during the second Intifada (Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation) in October of 2000. The grand-daughter of a German Zionist and out of the Israeli Military she meets a Palestinian photojournalist and a German DJ. Contradictions and relationships weave together a story of personal change.
Three youth and a home video camera capture the story of a youth organization at a moment in time when the mission of “for and by youth” dreamed up by adults, became a traumatic disillusionment for youth. Witness forges an organizational history from the perspective of the youth affected by the ideals and theoretical concepts of youth empowerment. Witness serves as a warning to adults to think deeply about the promises they make to young people.
College, Institution or Government
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