A sci-fi/documentary film for Lonnie Holley’s epic track “I Snuck Off the Slave Ship.” This collaborative film will premiere at Sundance 2019 as part of the New Frontiers competition.
Shorts Competition: I Snuck Off The Slave Ship
A clip from our pre-production meetings on Snuck Off…
Lonnie Holley - Sometimes I Wanna Dance
We built an old time juke joint in the empty building across from Lonnie’s apartment in SE Atlanta using props and artifacts collected over decades by our producer Matt Arnett. Brittany Nugent, our creative producer, invited the Edeliegba Senior Dance Ensemble to serve as otherworldly spirits. We invited Atlanta rapper and artist Nesha Nycee, who we met on the street one day, and a group of her friends, the film collective Queens on a Mission. @HugginTreez, an artist and neighbor, joined with a few friends. The great keyboardist Mr Eddie Tigner came through with a backing band. Home Grown, a devastatingly excellent diner in ATL, provided food. We basically threw a party, filmed it on miniDV, channeled some Les Blank and Robert Altman, and tried to catch the spirit of the song. It took one very very hot day. Shot for Jagjaguwar for the release of Lonnie Holley’s third studio album MITH, 2018.
Raw Music International
Producer / Director / Cinematographer
A documentary series about underground music in times of change. Featuring films from Burma, Mongolia, Ukraine, Iraq, Kenya, Trinidad, Thailand, Western Sahara, and more. Produced in collaboration with Jacob Russell. Music by Bodikhuu.
A collaboration with Brittany Nugent and Hisham Mayet of Sublime Frequencies. Starring legendary family band Group Doueh. An impressionistic account of a week-long wedding in the Sahara.
Underground Arts, Philadelphia, October 1, 2017
The New School, New York City, October 2, 2017.
Anthology Film Archives, New York City, October 5, 2017.
Multiflora Music Fest, Washington D.C., October 6, 2017.
Speed Cinema and Art Museum, Louisville, February 28, 2018.
Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, September 4, 2018.
Clinton Street Theater, Portland, September 5, 2018.
F.A.M.E. Festival, Paris, November 10, 2017.
Caucasus All Frequency Festival, July 2017.
Sukuma Goes Electric: Kenya
Sukuma Bin Ongaro and Makanga Jazz Band
From the forthcoming documentary about guitar music in western Kenya (see PHOTOS page for more), this clip of the great Sukuma Bin Ongaro and his Makanga Jazz Band playing at home, powered by car batteries. "In this world / Everyone has his own way of living / Who am I without music?"
Celebrating in Heaven: Iowa
A short film about the Burmese community of Waterloo, Iowa.
Sounds from the Steppe: Mongolia
Raw Music International Mongolia for NBC News
A short documentary about music from Ulaanbaatar to some of the most remote parts of Mongolia. Produced with Jacob Russell, edited with Joe Davneport (thumbnail image Jacob Russell)
Chandiman Long Song
Recorded in Khovd Province, Mongolia with Jacob Russell
Must Eat Ah Food: Trinidad
Make It Hapn - Must Eat Ah Food
Director / Editor
Video shot in downtown Port of Spain, Trinidad with Trini rap legend Make It Hapn. Shot by Chicago artist and musician D Gainz. "Every man by right must eat when dey hungry."
BTS photos by Dominic Koo
Nothing Bigger Than Love: Cambodia
Oro preserves music lost and destroyed by the Khmer Rouge. Shot with Brittany Nugent, edited by Joe Davenport.
Golden Era Jam
An impromptu early morning jam by the great Arn Chorn Pond and Seyma Thon, on the banks of the Mekong.
Mountain Music: Burma
Raw Music International: Burma
Raw Music International film for NBC News. Shot and produced with Jacob Russell.
Karen Family Performance
One of the sweetest songs I've ever heard. We met this father-daughter duo in the mountains of Karen state.
Last Day of the Yangon Ferry
A short film for Time, shot and produced with Jacob Russell.