Salt Water is my thesis film from USC.
It’s been selected to screen in nine festivals, in five countries, and recently won the audience award at the Los Angeles Lift-Off festival.
Waves For Water - Puerto Rico
While working on a shoot with the production company Farm League, I went to Todos Santos, an island off the coast of Baja to document the work of non-profit Save the Waves. They were cleaning up the island after a fishing boat shipwrecked on the fabled point break, resulting in devastating amounts of debris and pollution. It was there that I met Otto Flores, pro surfer and Puerto Rican native, who works with Waves for Water, another non-profit whose goal it is to provide clean water to anyone who needs it. They had been a huge player in the disaster response immediately after Hurricane Maria in September 2017. I couldn’t believe that just weeks after his own island home had been so heavily hit, Otto was out there cleaning this island too. He described to me the work that W4W does, and it moved me so much that I needed to learn more.
Conveniently, I was going to be in Puerto Rico soon-thereafter as my 40 day sailing passage in the Caribbean initiated there. We agreed to link up, so I flew out a few days before my shipmates and drove around the island with Otto, seeing the remains of the storm four months later. In two days, I shot enough footage to cut together a small piece which has screened at the Patagonia Film Festival and Save the Waves Film Festival.
It is immensely inspiring for me to be around people in this community who feel responsible enough to be the change.
First Flush is a short I wanted to make for sometime. In 2018, LA had gone one of the longest periods of time without rain, contributing to the worst air quality the city had seen in decades. I was tracking the forecast for rain closely, and once it finally happened, missed all my classes at school to follow the flow of urban runoff down the Los Angeles river, all the way to the ocean.
The issue of urban runoff is an outrageous one. Annually, 3 billion tons of trash make their way from the concrete-covered streets and sidewalks of major cities like Los Angeles straight to the ocean. An estimated tens of billions of gallons of freshwater — our most precious and sacred resource — becomes poisonous the moment it hits pavement, and is lost to sea.
Reducing our waste and picking up what’s already there is something everyone can and should be doing. No question. And implementing infrastructure that can better capture stormwater is a no-brainer, something I refuse to believe we don’t have the technology or resources for in 2018 — not when we sent people to the moon 50 years ago.
Rhythm & Blues
Wait Three Days to Surf After It Rains
The World Has Enough Ordinary
Producing reel with Lukas Dong Films.