A video commissioned by youTHink by Sharwell. youTHink is an innovative arts and education program offered by Sharewell in Los Angeles, California. youTHink uses the power of art to foster critical thinking about local and global contemporary issues, empowering youth to find and use their voices to take action for positive social change.

A documentary video commissioned by youTHink, an innovative youth empowerment program that uses art to foster neighborhood-based social change.

This audio slideshow shares music and images from the Messiah Project, a performance by current and formerly homeless people and professional musicians in Los Angeles, California. Here, they perform Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” in the notorious Skid Row neighborhood of Los Angeles. Roughly 82,000 people are homeless in Los Angeles county on any given day. The story of this unexpected musical partnership offers a nuanced glimpse into homelessness in Los Angeles and the therapeutic power of music. Photos, audio recording, and editing by me. Music by Urban Voices Project and Street Symphony.

Syringe exchanges offer not only clean needles to drug users, but connect people to treatment services, overdose-prevention drugs, and a supportive community. Distributing needles for drug use is illegal in North Carolina, so exchanges must operate illegally. Part of a video series commissioned by the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition to educate the public on harm reduction efforts in the South.

The U.S. is experiencing an epidemic of heroin and opioid pill overdose. I interviewed overdose survivors, substance use counselors, policymakers, and faith leaders who are organizing their communities and saving lives. Part of a video series commissioned by the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition to educate the public on harm reduction efforts in the South.

A commissioned video for The Busy Bee, a personal chef and catering company in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The business is owned and operated by Nancy Whiteley, an expert chef, author, and advocate.