Unsettled: The Exide Story

"We are a dumping ground." 

Residents of southeast L.A. County rejoiced this year at news that a battery recycling plant that had long emitted lead, arsenic and other dangerous pollutants would be closed. Just a few months after the announcement by the U.S. attorney’s office, soil testing revealed the mess left behind by decades of pollution from the Exide Technologies plant.

California regulators now believe as many as 10,000 homes across half a dozen communities could be contaminated with poisonous lead. They are ramping up a massive cleanup that could take years and cost hundreds of millions of dollars. 

Role: co-director, camera, editor

Age and the Universe

At the NoHo Senior Arts Colony, it's never too late to be creative. Angela McEwan, a resident of the NoHo Senior Arts Colony, shares a poem she wrote in the colony's poetry class for senior citizens.

Role: camera

"Over Water Under Fire" Trailer

Over Water Under Fire is an interactive web documentary about the Colorado River, showing how we change the river, and how the river changes us. Through a seamless combination of video, motion graphics and text, Over Water Under Fire follows the story of the Colorado River and a group of wounded Army Rangers. The project was produced in the summer of 2013 for the award-winning Powering A Nation website. I acted as a videographer and lead editor.

Over Water Under Fire has since won a Gold Medal for Large Group Multimedia Project in the 68th College Photographer of the Year awards, received an Honorable Mention for NPPA's Best of Photojournalism Multimedia Package, and was a finalist in the SXSW Interactive Awards.

Role: Head of video and editing, camera 

Last of the Horses

The end of summer 2013 marked the end of an era. After 75 years of horse racing in Los Angeles and after decades of declining attendance, Hollywood Park shut its doors after the last race of the season.

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Helping Auguste Hear

When Sophie Gareau and Christophe Majkowski found out that their three-year-old son Auguste was born deaf, they tried every treatment available in Canada, with no success. After learning of the auditory brain stem implant, a recent option in the United States, Sophie and Christophe brought Auguste to Los Angeles with the hope of giving their son the chance to hear.

Role: director, camera, editor