Human Rights

Born This Way Wins Outfest Grand Jury award for Best Documentary

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“For its elegant camera work, sound design, and narrative structure, its quietly beautiful depiction of the textures of its subjects’ daily lives, and its achievement in articulating contradictions while maintaining a sense of hope, the 2013 Outfest Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Film goes to Born This Way.” –Outfest Documentary Jury

How I Really Spent 2012

I’ve been out of touch for a while because I haven’t been able to talk about the film I’ve been making. Deb Tullmann and I have been shooting a feature-length documentary in Cameroon with an underground gay and lesbian center. Homosexuality is punishable there by up to 5 years in prison. To protect everybody’s safety (including ours), we couldn’t reveal what we were really doing until we finished shooting and knew that we did not have to return to Cameroon. We started in June of 2011, and three shooting trips and months of fundraising and editing later, we are nearly finished with the rough cut. We’re working on a website where we will have lots more information. More on that soon. . .

Health Care and Solar Energy in Burundi

 

I just finished a short piece on solar energy and health care in East Africa. I shot it at a health center in a small village in Burundi, the tiny country directly south of Rwanda. It was an amazing trip. The clinic is situated far from the electrical grid, but an American non-profit called the Solar Electric Light Fund installed a solar energy system that completely powers the clinic. The piece gives a little glimpse into that process, and into life in Burundi (which is consistently ranked among the 5 poorest countries in the world by everyone who does that kind of ranking).

To watch it, click here.