My film school was several years spent in the streets of West Oakland following homeless shopping cart recyclers for the documentary "Dogtown Redemption." I'd go out with the camera all day and all night alone with each recycler and learned to shoot on the fly as a one-man-band: no crew, no lights, just me and the subject. I learned to go deep with this verite style of filmmaking and it's what I love to do.
Since then I've shot in a wide variety of places for a range of projects: from Cambodian baseball to students with disabilities in China, from a South African AIDS orphanage to Untouchable caste colonies in Southern India, from concert halls to dumpsters, from Alaskan recovery programs to the streets of Oakland, from a cross-country journey with a conspiracy theorist to a a sail around the San Francisco Bay on a replica of a Chinese fishing boat. I love immersing myself in a world and telling stories through the camera lens with a compassionate eye on the human experience.
To see samples of my work listed below, please check out my Portfolio section.
Dogtown Redemption: Cinematographer
Eat Bitter, Taste Sweet (work-in-progress): Additional Camera
Moving Truth (working title - work-in-progress): Camera (with Jim Choi)
Untitled Cambodian Baseball film (work-in-progress): Additional Camera
Insight Garden Project: Camera
Touching the Untouchable: Camera
Don’t Lose Your Soul: Additional Camera
The Time That Land Forgot: Additional Camera
0-Viewpoint: Camera (with Jim Choi)
Red Thread: Camera (with Jim Choi)
ShadowBoxing (with Andie Webb)
Asian Chefs at Glide Memorial Church: Additional Camera
Community Education Services: Camera (with Jim Choi)
Teach Breathe Learn (trailer)
Truth Is I'm A Liar (Roger Perry music video)
Farmer’s Market (A-Natural music video)
The Making of 0-Viewpoint: (with Jim Choi)
The Making of Lure (with Jim Choi)
East Bay Meditation Center presents Angela Davis & Jon Kabat Zinn in Conversation
Teach Breathe Learn Book Launch
WWII 442nd Congressional Awards for Japanese American Veterans at the Capitol