This is the first video from Seattle reggae singer Danny Ital. With a dancehall riddim from Seattle’s own Dynasty Productions, he sings about the birth of the Rastafari movement following the coronation of Haile Selassie the First in 1930. The song and the video both make references to scripture and to the life of His […]Read more "Danny Ital “Live Saint” Music Video"
In 2009, I had the pleasure of working on a little independent Seattle film called “The Details”, but it certainly wasn’t as little as the other independent films I’ve been a part of. This film featured stars like Spiderman’s Tobey Maguire, along with Elizabeth Banks, Ray Liotta, Laura Linney, Dennis Haysbert, and Kerry Washington. Writer/Director […]Read more "The Details – Now In Theaters"
Our preview screening for True Born African was a huge success! Thanks to all who came out on a rainy Thursday night to enjoy the film. We had Winston “Flames” Jarrett in the house, hanging out with his fans and answering all their burning questions. We also had Selecta Raiford playing a selection of classic […]Read more "True Born African – Preview Screening Success!"
Some footage from the upcoming documentary, “True Born African” Winston ‘Flames’ Jarrett Gladstone Grant of the Maytones Byron George Whyte of the original Itals (1960s) & The youth of Jamestown, JA Singing ‘Rocksteady’Read more "Rocksteady"
It has been 2 years since Winston “Flames” Jarrett and I set out on the quest to make a documentary about his life. The journey has brought me a lot closer to him and his wife Patsy, it’s also taken me to Jamaica to see the places Winston grew up and meet some of his […]Read more "“True Born African” Screening Party"
Wow! This summer has been very busy, but I can’t complain. Production is treating me well. The sunny season started with some animated Microsoft web videos for Piranha Productions. This stuff was very different, using still photos to animate human-based characters in a 3-D world of cardboard cutouts. Cool ideas from the genius Mark Mirabile. […]Read more "End of Summer Update"
Here’s a picture of director Jacob Aaron Estes and actor Dennis Haysbert at a SIFF screening of “The Details”. This was the sixth feature for me. After working on six feature films, it was the first time I saw one of them on the big screen. So much fun to see my name in the […]Read more "Keep Your Eyes Peeled For “The Details”"
cryp·to·zo·ol·o·gy [krip-toh-zoh-ol-uh-jee] noun The study of evidence tending to substantiate the existence of, or the search for, creatures whose reported existence is unproved, as the Abominable Snowman or the Loch Ness monster. This is also the name of a video I worked on for Piranha Productions and Brooks Running Shoes in the spring. Our story […]Read more "Cryptozoology"
For the past few months, I’ve been moonlighting as a camera operator at Empty Sea Studios. Empty Sea is a folk and acoustic music venue in Phinney Ridge that seats a very intimate little crowd, but also webcasts live over the internet to viewers all around the world. On the following three clips, I ran […]Read more "Live Shows at Empty Sea Studios"
The original “Emmanuel B”, conscious reggae singer from Portmore, Jamaica. He is the son of Elbert Stewart, harmony singer from crucial Studio One rocksteady/reggae trio The Cables. As a Nyahbinghi Rastafari, Emmanuel B makes culture reggae music with a positive message: let us all come together to put an end to war and injustice by […]Read more "New Music Video for Emmanuel B"
The Reaper is an underground rapper originally from Detroit and now residing in Everett, Washington. This video for the song “No Way” draws a sharp contrast between the harsh economic realities suffered by most young Americans and the big talk offered by politicians. The gritty images take their cue from angst-fueled lyrics that both lament […]Read more "NEW VIDEO “The Reaper – No Way”"
Thanks to all of our generous contributors, the Kickstarter campaign for True Born African: The Story of Winston Jarrett was a success! We reached 101% of our funding goal as of 6pm Thursday the 15th of March. If you didn’t get a chance to contribute to this, but would still like to support the film, […]Read more "Kickstarter Project Succeeds!"
“Though one of Seattle’s smallest music venues, Empty Sea Studios has built an unmatched reputation in the past three years for uncompromising sound, a lineup of national and international artists, and a music-focused experience. It’s no wonder that most shows sell out the venue’s 40-seat capacity.” This is an excerpt of last week’s press release […]Read more "Empty Sea Studios Webcasts"
This week, I had the pleasure of putting together a shoot for LSI Corporation at the always-excellent Microsoft Production Studios. We shot an interview with Microsoft’s John Loveall, who discussed storage devices. Great client, great talent, great crew. Here’s a photo:Read more "LSI Corp. Shoot at Microsoft"
Earlier this year I worked as testimonial producer on a project for the Tanda Zap, a blue-light device that eliminates acne. We profiled a dozen real people who used the Zap and got real results. The agency was Cesari Direct and my boss was creative director/executive producer Richard Martin. The other stars of this show were […]Read more "Tanda Zap Testimonials"
I served as Production Assistant on this web commercial a couple years back. The spot was featured on Best Week Ever, made it into the New York Times, and NPR called it “brilliant and awful”. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. Here’s the original video on YouTube: Click here for the […]Read more "Microsoft Songsmith Commercial"
One of my wife’s friends is a modern dancer and she’s been rehearsing like crazy for a big show in December. The show’s creator and choreographer, Shirley Jenkins, asked me to record a video of the performance. Last week, I made her a short preview video for Kickstarter so that she can raise some money […]Read more "Dance Jenkins Dance"
Things are getting very busy around here. Now that my wife and I have our first child, the natural drive to work hard is taking over. It feels like I haven’t had a full night’s sleep in months. I’m up early, at the office working with the interns, off to a client’s office, home for […]Read more "My First Commercial Directing Gig"
I’m proud to announce that I am now an official Microsoft V-dash. Thanks to John Moffitt at Mighty Media Studios for bringing me into the fold. Mighty Media What does it mean? Aside from my new privileges at Microsoft, it should also mean a lot more corporate video work for me in Redmond. With access […]Read more "I am now a Microsoft vendor!"
This is a short cooking video I put together on a low budget for my friend Johnny Casimir. We’re planning to do more cooking videos like this in the future. Johnny is a caterer with Eloi: Taste of the Caribbean. His company services major events and festivals like the Bite of Seattle, Taste of Tacoma, […]Read more "Eloi: Taste of the Caribbean"
In March of 2008, Microsoft debuted the Microsoft Small Business Summit. From Microsoft Studios in Redmond, several days of live programming streamed over the internet to millions of viewers around the world. The focus of the program was entrepreneurship, especially the issues faced by small business owners. We saw high-profile guest speakers, roundtable discussions, and […]Read more "The Microsoft Small Business Summits"
BizKid$ is one of Seattle’s only locally produced network TV shows. Another hit from the team that brought you Almost Live and Bill Ne the Science Guy. Biz Kids I had the pleasure of working on the Grip and Lighting crew during the second season of BizKid$. I actually appeared in one episode! To watch […]Read more "Check out BizKid$ on PBS"
As seniors in the Entrepreneurship program at the University of Washington Business School (now Foster School of Business), we were required to operate small student businesses in a limited time frame. My team decided to start a film distribution company specializing in short films. I served as the Executive Producer of the first Red Ocean […]Read more "Red Ocean Films"
In the summer of 2005, the University of Washington tried something new. This was the summer of the first full immersion feature filmmaking course, presented by the Digital Art and Experimental Media (DXarts) program. I had the pleasure of serving as Assistant Director on the film, which was titled, “At The Back Of The North […]Read more "At The Back Of The North Wind"