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.
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.