One of my favorite weekends of the year exceeded my expectations. Again. I have never been to another film festival so I can’t say for sure, but I have heard from many people that True/False is the best film festival experience in the world. I like to think it is not too big but not too small. There are always more things to do than I have time for but I still end up running into the same people around throughout the three-day whirlwind.
In preparation for Valentine’s Day, I have been working for the last month on a story about a couple with Down syndrome. Reporter Amy Trent approached me with the idea and, after the first day of shooting, I decided it was worth pursuing as an audio slideshow.
I owe a sincere thanks to the Overstreet and Little families for allowing us in and trusting us with Nathan and Christy’s story. Please turn your audio up and click below to play. Amy’s wonderful article is here.
I was invited by charity: water‘s multimedia director, and my good friend, Mo Scarpelli, to help photograph the organization’s annual charity: ball fundraiser in New York City a few weeks ago. Happy to help and even happier for an excuse visit friends in Brooklyn, I hopped on the Amtrak and braced myself for a fast-paced weekend in the city.
When the guests started to arrive on Monday evening, seven photographers and I did slow circles around the event space for almost five hours, taking photos of everything and everyone. All told, the event raised 2.5M by the time the lights came on at 11. My camera didn’t come along to the after party (for better or for worse…) but here are some shots from the gala, held at the 69th Regiment Armory building in Manhattan. More info and photos on their blog.
I’ve missed Columbia, Mo. Derek Jenkins extended an offer for me to join the “friendly paparazzi” and photograph throughout the weekend. It was absolutely a whirlwind of people, food, music and great films. I was happy to shoot alongside Mo Scarpelli, Mallory Taulbee, Taylor Glascock, Ashley Jenkins and Jarred Donalson.