Sometimes I make films.

Other times I build websites and do other stuff. Here are some of my favorite personal projects. You can subscribe to get notified when I have a new project to share.

 

Once upon a time I resurrected a long lost opera

When I discovered that my great grandfather left behind a long lost opera that had never been performed, I was curious what the opera sounded like.

So I did what any naive person would do-- decided to put on the world premiere of the show, called Andina! I also made a funny documentary film about the whole adventure.

Visit the website for The Way to Andina

 

I made a documentary film about affordable housing activists

While the city of Chicago was feverishly trying to submit a doomed Olympics bid, my co-producer Tristan Hanson and I were embedded with a group of affordable housing activists opposing the games.

When the city's attempt to bring the Olympics to Chicago fell apart we had cameras rolling on the activists trained by then-President Barack Obama (who wanted the games badly).

Visit the website for Blueprint for Bronzeville

 

An Incomplete List of Things We Left Behind on the Moon

I made a super short documentary from old NASA footage about all the objects humans left behind on the moon when we visited it 3 times in the 1970s.

From flags to hammers to poop bags, this humorous listicle-film has played at various film festivals and been viewed on YouTube over 10,000 times. It even was featured on the Washington Post website.

Visit the website for Lunar Litter

 

Documenting a historic hospital in its closing days

While news trucks were parked outside, I had the only camera guy that was allowed into Michael Reese Hospital in its final days.

The historic Jewish hospital was crumbling apart due to a variety of factors including Medicaid reimbursement rate cuts and poor management from its parent company. I ended up making a limited scope documentary out of my footage, about what the hospital's legacy meant to a mother and a daughter-- both nurses.

Visit the website for Waiting for Michael

 

History happened here

When the US National Archives in Washington, DC put out a call for photographers to revisit the locations of historical photographs in their archives, I thought it would be a fun project to participate in.

A few of my photos taken in Chicago were eventually selected by the National Archives to be featured in a booklet of postcards sold at their gift shop.

Check out the photos


What's next?

I'm working on some neat things that I can't talk about yet but if you sign up you can be the first to know about new projects.