So.....Ms. Yonamina, as you will see, is one of the most bad-ass, fierce and loving people you'll ever come across. She has given her genius, endless energy and skill to teaching at Roosevelt High School in Portland, a school facing gentrification, oppressive pedagogy, systemic discrimination and racism in Oregon in a Trump White House. Her loyal colleagues approached me to talk to her students and create a video to include in her portfolio as a candidate for the national Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching.
One woman's Idea to bring fat girls together unlocks transformation for Members of Pudge PDX. This short documentary gives a glimpse into the reality of being 'fat' in our society, and offers an insight into 'Lifting the weight off, and not the body weight."
This story highlights the incredible work of Eliana within the YWCA CORH program. As a survivor, she is fierce in getting families what they need to heal. The Portland YWCA supports five residential housing for survivors of domestic violence and their families. These communities of healing and restoration support each other in restoring their families safety, security and promising futures.
Roosevelt High School's Gear UP program needed a video that showcases the breadth and depth of the growing Engineering Program headed by Randy Scott. The making of pinball machines from scratch was the perfect project to illustrate the balance of technical and creative skills RHS students learn in Mr. Scott's class.
"Japanese Waitress" official Music video
This one is for all the ladies in the service industry. Maria Maita's song tells a story women tell day after day, capturing a raw feminine narrative with her guitar tone and rich vocals.
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Portland Kora Project
Wil Dudley's living room/practice space offered this beautiful light for the first recording of the Project's debut tracks. The space was transformed with precise, hypnotic instrumentation.
Annamieka is a Portland, Oregon painter. Documenting her artistic process, layer over layer, was an experience in intuitive and free-form creation. As an artist and a healer, she needed a video that captured the spirit of how to paint from a place of wonder.
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Painting saved Carrie Schmidt's life. Now, her home is full of flowers, giant painted canvases of the fully bloomed. Flowers pour out of her hands and onto anything she can paint. As an artist, she stays connected to her community of women, offering hope and holding a beacon. This video is a conceptual documentary of the transformation from darkness to bloom.