The Roma and Open Society

This is an explainer video for the Open Society Foundations which describes the issues and work we do within Roma communities throughout Europe. I traveled to two different Roma settlements in Slovakia in November 2012 to shoot the documentary-style video used in this film.

(Slovakia footage only) Videographer, field producer and interviewer

In-field camera and sound: Lauren Frohne
Studio interviews: Wondros
Editing: Wondros

(If interested, contact me for a longer, not-yet-published video story about the Roma community in Modava nad Bodvou, Slovakia)

Converse: In the studio with Flatbush Zombies & Trash Talk

Converse hired Jessey Dearing and me to take over a series of short “In the Studio” films to accompany the release of the “CONS EP VOL. 1” compilation, which pairs different Converse Rubber Tracks artists to collaborate on songs for the album. We produced the shoot from beginning to end. The song in this video “97.92” is produced by Garrett Stevenson of Trash Talk, with lyrics and vocals by Flatbush Zombies. The track was recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn, NY, and we interviewed the artists and filmed with them in the studio while they made it. Published 2/17/2014

Producer, pre-production, interviewer, studio videographer, editor, animations assistant

Producers: Lauren Frohne and Jessey Dearing
Director of photography and animator: Jessey Dearing
Videographer and editor: Lauren Frohne
Sound recordist: Chris Schneider
Production assistant: Andrew Hida
Illustrator: Benamin

Similarly for Converse Rubber Tracks, this music video was commissioned by Converse for their Rubber Tracks series and produced by my friend and fellow tar heel Sarah Riazati. Our friend Ali Cengiz, also a UNC alum, ran the main camera — a Red Epic — and I was secondary camera angles throughout, shooting with the Canon 5D MarkIII. We shot the whole video in various areas of the amazing former church/current art space Bushwick Church, all in one day very long day. The whole crew was comprised mostly of UNC graduates and was an amazing opportunity for us all to collaborate. I worked with the small pre-production crew to plan out the scense, lighting and camera work in advance of the shoot.

Second camera operator, Pre-production crew

Director: Sarah Riazati
Producer: KFBproductions (Kimberly Sanchez)
Editor: Caitlyn Greene
Effects & Animations: Sarah Riazati
Graphic Designer: Suede Jury
Assistant Director: Anna Feagan
Director of Photography: Ali Cengiz
Additional Camera: Lauren Frohne
Gaffer: Nick Perron-Siegel
Grips: Jessey Dearing, Cath Spangler
Makeup & Styling: Micah Piven
Production Assistants: Blair Mikels, Gabe Turner
Cast: Alaysia Graves, Kendra Schafyya, Corey Washington, Vanessa Williams