Fate of the Machinery

Fate of the Machinery explores the complicated process of using family wealth to change the systems from which one benefits. It consists of an installation of three components: archival ephemera, a publication, and videos. The ephemera installation component exposes my own family’s accumulation of wealth. My family owned an industrial auction business from 1951-2002, liquidating the assets of factories, in …

Oil and Water

In Oil + Water, Shanna Merola and I combined our photographic work from the water struggle in Detroit and Flint, Standing Rock, the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, New Orleans post-Katrina and the Bakken Shale fracking boom in North Dakota. The resulting body of work makes connections between extractive industries, militarization of police, political unrest and the resistance work of frontline …

Detroit Minds Dying

  Detroit Minds Dying 2014 –  2018| Interactive Documentary, Online Database and 1 hour film Director + Creative Producer + D.P. + Editor + Impact Strategist During the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy, to satisfy water department creditors, the city’s water department began to cut off the water to people who were past due on water bills. The residents facing shutoffs …

Women in Bakken

In 2012 and 2013, an oil boom took place in the Bakken Shale Formation in North Dakota, due to technological advances in hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The area was crawling with men working 100 hour weeks, earning up to $120,000 per year, living in trailer parks (called “man camps) where rent cost nearly as much as a New York City apartment. I …

Here’s to Flint

Here’s to Flint American Civil Liberties Union | 2016 | 43 minutes + four 5-minute shorts Director + D.P. + Editor In early 2015, when local and national news outlets had turned a blind eye, I began working with the ACLU, investigative journalist Curt Guyette, and a coalition of grassroots organizations to draw attention to lead contamination in Flint’s water. …

Structural Flaws

\ Structural Flaws ACLU of Michigan | 2015 | Photoessay and Media Slideshow Photojournalist In 2015, the ACLU of Michigan hired me as a journalist and documentary photographer to investigate the ways capital expenditure costs overburden Michigan school districts. During the course of the project, I visited seven districts (five among the lowest taxable value per pupil, and two among …

Take tha House Back

Take tha House back Detroit Recordings | 2015 | Music Video Music video for Will See’s hip-hop song about Detroiters fighting foreclosures and evictions Screenings: Cucalorus Film Festival, 2017 Allied Media Conference, 2016 Awards and Honors: Best Hip Hop Video, American Music Video Festival, 2017