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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.
A documentary video commissioned by youTHink to share their arts-based youth empowerment programs. Across Los Angeles neighborhoods, youth express important issues to them through creating original dances, podcasts, and films.
Promotional 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.
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. This video was commissioned by the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition in 2015 as part of a series on harm reduction efforts in the South.
The U.S. is experiencing an epidemic of heroin and prescription pill overdose. I interviewed overdose survivors, substance abuse counselors, policymakers, doctors, and faith leaders who are organizing their communities and saving lives. This video was commissioned by the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition in 2015 as part of a series on harm reduction efforts in the South.