GIDEON’S ARMY follows the personal stories of Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. Backed by mentor Jonathan “Rap” Rapping, a charismatic leader who heads the Southern Public Defender Training Center (now known as Gideon’s Promise) they struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon vs. Wainwright that established the right to counsel, can these courageous lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make “justice for all” a reality?
CREDIT: Additional Editing. I worked with director Dawn Porter early in the process, putting together character selects and scenes from the raw material. as well as shaping the rhythm of storylines with music and b-roll. Above are 3 short clips from the scenes that I prepared, and the below is the HBO trailer.
From their origins during the 1970 Kent State shootings, to their latest album and tours, this is the funny and fascinating story of two men whose personalities seem different but whose worldviews are the same: introspective Mark Mothersbaugh and outspoken Gerald Casale. It is Mark and Jerry’s cataclysmic, sometimes contentious, collaboration that birthed the concept, music and spectacle of Devo. Rounding out the group are two more members whose position cements the group as a literal band of brothers — Bob Mothersbaugh and Bob Casale. Yes, behind the curtain of this art-school façade are two fascinating and sometimes fractious families, led by Akron, Ohio’s twisted version of Lennon & McCartney — with all the genius and precariousness that would imply. It is the stories of these men — together and apart — that drive the engine that is ARE WE NOT MEN? Featuring new interviews with contemporaries (Iggy Pop), and followers (Dave Grohl, Tony Hawk) the official documentary reveals the truth about this important and misunderstood band with rare archival film, private home-movies, and recent concert footage.
CREDIT: Editor. I worked with the director Tony Pemberton to create the trailer shown here that raised 70K on kickstarter. Then we worked together over a series of months to edit the film. It has initial interest from Sundance.
HOLLER BACK - [not] VOTING IN AN AMERICAN TOWN has screened at colleges from Harvard to Hawaii; this hour and 15 minute documentary explores why more young people, don’t vote in U.S. elections. Revealing interviews with non-voters draw you in as one after another they express their anger and lack of faith in a corrupt and unresponsive system. Fast-paced and cut to a dynamic soundtrack that includes The Teddybears, Cody Chesnutt & Maya Azucena; the film takes place during the contentious 2004 presidential election in Allentown Pennsylvania. With impressive detail and considerable humor, the tight and highly charged film focuses on the entrenched problems of U.S. elections: from the twisted complexities of the electoral college to easily hackable voting equipment.
CREDIT: Director, Producer, Editor, Camera
SOMEONE ELSE'S WAR tells the story of 30,000 workers from South and Southeast Asia who do the dirty work on U.S. Military Bases in Iraq. When I worked originally with the filmmaker, Lee Wang, she had shot some extremely compelling interviews with Halliburton contractors in Iraq that became the backbone of this trailer. That story led her to the longer film focusing on Asian workers that aired on PBS.
CREDIT: Producing Editor for trailer