stuff I’ve filmed

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Swings: The Coca Cola Campaign

In 2012 I collaborated with with Coca Cola for an international ad campaign. We filmed in Buenos Aires, hanging swings around the city. The aim of the campaign is to showcase real people from around the world who perform “Random Acts of Kindness.” It was directed by Henry Alex Rubin, who directed the Oscar nominated (Best Documentary) Murderball, and was filmed over the course of about six months in as many countries.

My profile piece:

Here’s English language version of the commercial:

 


Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Swings: Latin America

I collaborated with Coca Cola to create a one day event community throughout Latin America. Simultaneous events were hosted in cities in El Salvador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Dominican Republic and Mexico. Billed as a day of bonding, food, music, swing materials and professional instruction were provided to the community so that they could hang swings in the parks and plazas. I hosted the event in Mexico City and spoke to the crowd, before joining in and installing swings.

 


Thursday, December 1st, 2011

TEDx Brisbane

I was asked to speak at the 2011 TEDx Brisbane on my swing project. [To learn more about TED Talks, go here] Having just returned five days prior from a month of hanging swings in Bolivia, I focused most of my seventeen minute talk on that recent adventure and then wrapped it up by showing five minutes of freshly cut Bolivia footage.


Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Swings: Bolivia

In Bolivia we hung swings at homes for families, in plazas, and most unexpectedly, in dilapidated old swing set frames– none of which had swings when we found them. The project was filmed for what will eventually be a documentary and was funded via Kickstarter. [with Drew Hartley & Stacy Keck]

Here’s a 15 min trial edit of our time there.


Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Forrest Day

(Image: credit Alex Geller, courtesy of forrestday.com)

Bay Area singer/rapper Forrest Day was being interviewed by Caitlin Donohue for The Bay Guardian on the roof of their offices. Drew and I came along to capture the moment for posterity and for the newspaper, but mostly we didn’t want to pass up the chance to attend a private, sunset a cappella session. [with Andrew Hartley]


Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Swings: Bolivia – Kickstarter Proposal

Following a very successful installation in Los Angeles, Andrew Hartley and I sought funding via Kickstarter to spend a month in Bolivia hanging swings and documenting the process. We reached our funding goal very quickly and the trip was a victory by any measure. Work on the documentary is ongoing.


Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Swings: Los Angeles

The Los Angeles chapter of The Awesome Foundation awarded me a $1000 grant to bring my swing installation down to their city. Over one weekend we installed 50 swings across the city and filmed the process. For the foundation’s award party we assembled, on the rooftop, a swing set from beams which I’d constructed ahead of time in San Francisco. [with Andrew Hartley]


Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Swings: San Francisco

We spent one Saturday wandering San Francisco with a backpack of rope and wood planks, installing swings and goading passersby into trying them out. It was an immensely positive experience with tremendous feedback that has completely shaped my approach to interactive and public installations. [with Jarrett Klein and Bob Wall]

 


Friday, June 25th, 2010

Exploring Treasure Island

(Image: a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Dennis Goedegebuure’s photostream.)

We spent a day trying out the new camera (Canon 7D) on Treasure Island; a man-made island joined to Yerba Buena Island. The two bisect the Bay Bridge, situated square between Oakland and San Francisco. The island was created from dredge fill as a venue to host the 1939-40 World’s Fair and later served as a Naval Air Station until 1993. [with Andrew Hartley]



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