Multimedia Musings of a Documentary Filmmaker & Video Producer

I recently came back from Turkey where I documented the Startup Turkey Conference and budding culture of entrepreneurship in the region. This video highlights many interesting speakers who shared their insights about the developing economy, highlights about this gathering, and how the growing popularity of startups will affect the economic growth of the region.

Today I was searching the web for design inspiration for my personal portfolio, Fly Bird Pictures. I came across the breathtaking sketches of Mark Powell, who uses a ball point pen to make these elaborate drawings on top of old newspapers, envelopes and maps.
Each bird carries a very specific kind of presence and medicine in the spirit realm, and I find it powerful and inspiring to curate my work with animal spirit headings.
Owl medicine, for example, can help a person to extract secrets, to see that which is hidden in the darkness. A Raven’s spirit is creative and playful, and when a Raven is present, magic and synchronicity is sure to ensue. Overall, it is important, as a documentarian, to take the bird’s eye view, as well as swoop in and get close. So my work today has been in flushing out more of the details in the curation of these pages.
I played around with this one image, adding my portfolio name, and here’s what I came up with. I’m hoping this will result in a collaboration with Mark.

Today I was searching the web for design inspiration for my personal portfolio, Fly Bird Pictures. I came across the breathtaking sketches of Mark Powell, who uses a ball point pen to make these elaborate drawings on top of old newspapers, envelopes and maps.

Each bird carries a very specific kind of presence and medicine in the spirit realm, and I find it powerful and inspiring to curate my work with animal spirit headings.

Owl medicine, for example, can help a person to extract secrets, to see that which is hidden in the darkness. A Raven’s spirit is creative and playful, and when a Raven is present, magic and synchronicity is sure to ensue. Overall, it is important, as a documentarian, to take the bird’s eye view, as well as swoop in and get close. So my work today has been in flushing out more of the details in the curation of these pages.

I played around with this one image, adding my portfolio name, and here’s what I came up with. I’m hoping this will result in a collaboration with Mark.

The faces of Dia De Los Muertos, in the Mission, San Francisco 2013.
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The faces of Dia De Los Muertos, in the Mission, San Francisco 2013.
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The faces of Dia De Los Muertos, in the Mission, San Francisco 2013.
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The faces of Dia De Los Muertos, in the Mission, San Francisco 2013.
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The faces of Dia De Los Muertos, in the Mission, San Francisco 2013.
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The faces of Dia De Los Muertos, in the Mission, San Francisco 2013.
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The faces of Dia De Los Muertos, in the Mission, San Francisco 2013.
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The faces of Dia De Los Muertos, in the Mission, San Francisco 2013.
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The faces of Dia De Los Muertos, in the Mission, San Francisco 2013.
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The faces of Dia De Los Muertos, in the Mission, San Francisco 2013.
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The faces of Dia De Los Muertos, in the Mission, San Francisco 2013.

"Consciousness is accepting your reality" - Ida Resi, High Priestess of Bali

Bali is an island with a very strong spiritual undercurrent. You can feel the energy swirling around you, and the more you tune in, the more you receive the spirits’ teachings.
Hitch is the subject of a new documentary I am filming, and the film is about his Fearwalk into Spirit Partner.  He’s been doing Fearwalks all his life, and this is the most intense once yet, he says.  
We traveled to visit Ida Resi, Bali’s only High Priestess. You can read about her unusual story here. Once you set foot on this land and notice how attune it’s inhabitants are to the spirits who dwell here, you’ll see that this is a totally plausible miracle.
Hitch sat facing her and opened up about the past year in which he’s been continuously visited by his spirit partner, a mystery woman who comes to him during his meditations and teaches him about love.
"Where is she to be found?" he asks, telling her he’s also been receiving messages about her and about love from the water spirit.
"You have a long journey ahead of you," explained Ida Ressi. She then communicated to him through mudras and sanskrit that what he’s channeling is the earth’s feminine flow, and the messages about his love/spirit partner will come in more strongly one he opens to them experientially….

Bali is an island with a very strong spiritual undercurrent. You can feel the energy swirling around you, and the more you tune in, the more you receive the spirits’ teachings.

Hitch is the subject of a new documentary I am filming, and the film is about his Fearwalk into Spirit Partner.  He’s been doing Fearwalks all his life, and this is the most intense once yet, he says.  

We traveled to visit Ida Resi, Bali’s only High Priestess. You can read about her unusual story here. Once you set foot on this land and notice how attune it’s inhabitants are to the spirits who dwell here, you’ll see that this is a totally plausible miracle.

Hitch sat facing her and opened up about the past year in which he’s been continuously visited by his spirit partner, a mystery woman who comes to him during his meditations and teaches him about love.

"Where is she to be found?" he asks, telling her he’s also been receiving messages about her and about love from the water spirit.

"You have a long journey ahead of you," explained Ida Ressi. She then communicated to him through mudras and sanskrit that what he’s channeling is the earth’s feminine flow, and the messages about his love/spirit partner will come in more strongly one he opens to them experientially….

In pre-production for live visuals at #penetralia, #spideroak & #SilentCircle’s kickoff event for #RSAConference!

In pre-production for live visuals at #penetralia, #spideroak & #SilentCircle’s kickoff event for #RSAConference!

Shooting a video today at #Stanford for the REVS program

Shooting a video today at #Stanford for the REVS program

Here’s why Daniel Ellsberg supports this documentary - 
Our civil liberties are under threat.
 
 Daniel Ellsberg and Brigitta Jonsdottir, - parliamentarian,
poet, internet freedom activist, single mother of three 
and the heroine of our film - were plaintiffs, together with 5 others,
in a
critical legal victory that just yesterday ruled:
 
Indefinite detention in the United States, as a part of the
National Defense Authorization Act, (NDAA) is UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
 
Without their actions it would have been “legal” to indefinitely detain a WikiLeaks activist (like Birgitta) or even a journalist who interviewed her —— without charges or trial.
Daniel Ellsberg wants to see this story, and ALL 
the stories of Birgitta’s amazing life and campaigns
told to the widest audience possible.
 
This is information that the public needs to know!
 
That’s where you come in - please
join our Indiegogo crowd-funding drive today!
 
Contribute to The Mouse That Roared and 
help us complete the next phase of filming of our documentary.
 
Share our Indiegogo page with all of your friends
who care about civil liberties and an open internet.

 

The Man in the Moon (Taken with Instagram)

The Man in the Moon (Taken with Instagram)

"Collecting is a wonderful illness" - Simon de Pury


I am posting this piece because of how inspired I am by the simple and elegant cinematography. Attention to detail makes a world of difference, even in a short interview.

Laura Poitras on making films post 9/11, being detained 40 + times at the US border, and the direction the US is heading.

Here’s a video I helped shoot about how to make Masala Chai.

Project conceived & edited by Eric Slatkin of High Beam Media.

Yum!

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