Director + DOP
Acid Wash is a experiment in machismo and inhalation of hazer vapor in confined spaces. It’s very drippy. Shot for the Backyard Film Fest in 24 Hrs.
Director of Photography
Every sunset the chants of fishing crews can be heard echoing off the smoky, green hills above Lake Kivu. As night falls over the lake, bright flames are what lure the sambaza fish to the surface.
The fishing crews of Gisenyi share song, they share knowledge of the lake, and as a cooperative they share in the profits of their labour. Fishing with Fire is a short documentary about the intersection of labour & identity, and how we conceive of ourselves - and those around us - when individual material gain is no longer the driving force.
Through the daily rituals of the young men and women who work on the boats, we learn how worker solidarity has shaped reconciliation in Rwanda 25-years post genocide.
Director + DOP: Nisa East
Co-director: Sarrah Danziger.
Producer: Weenta Girmay
For Leyla McCalla’s album 'Capitalist Blues'
The vignettes riff on a few different themes: The overbearing, manicured hand on Leyla's face is the suffocating grasp money has on the artist, their work and it’s perceived “value”. The 'big business men' play their shameless money games at a table, their inexhaustible greed a kind of deranged state that descends into violence and mania. And the dancing man, who transcends the stereotype of the ‘poor man’. This character pays homage to the spirit of Haitian Creole resistance, resilience and expression through music and dance.
An exploration of grassroots theatre in the American South. “In The Field” follows The NOLA Project - a diverse collection of actors, writers, directors, designers, and all-around adventurers based in New Orleans. The stories of individual company members unfold as they work together to produce an original production with limited resources, no home base, in a city overflowing with characters, conflict, and creativity.
‘Scales’ performance piece in the field at ‘15 untitled works in concrete’ by Donald Judd. Marfa, Texas.
Directed, composed & choreographed by Solange Knowles.
Associate Director: Carlos Soto.
Set Design: Julia Heymans.
Costume Design: Solange Knowles & Carlos Soto.
Director of Photography for Documentation: Nisa East
2nd Camera Op: Andres Ballesteros
Director + DOP
Amina Deselle Massey is a health educator, researcher & medical sociologist who uses her research to create blends for therapeutic healing. This short doc was commissioned for the Antenna Signals ‘Amalgamation’ series. Shot on Fs7 w 100mm macro lens.