On a quick turn production we were tasked with combining existing footage with newly shot material to create a cohesive look and feel. We created 4 unique :30s and 4 :15s for broadcast, online and social use.
Up For Amazing
The Living Documents
PRODUCER | DIRECTOR
The Living Documents examines the circumstances surrounding the murder of Frank Garcia, husband of indigenous rights attorney Maria Luisa Acosta. While being an intimate account of Acosta's personal experiences, the story also highlights the universal struggles facing human rights activists today.The film aired on The Documentary Channel as well as Central American television networks. Through social media we drove engagement with video follow-ups and online campaigns aimed at pressuring the Inter American Commission on Human Rights to hold a public hearing - which they did in October 2013.
Our “festival ready” series for Nike Chicago had us shooting all over the city to promote the Nike Air Society summer events. We created a series of videos including spots formatted for instagram stories.
Walk All Night: A Drum Beat Journey
CO-DIRECTOR | PRODUCER
Four teenage street musicians from Chicago embark on a journey to Senegal to explore its culture and their connection to Africa. While the young men begin to see themselves in a new light outside of the chaos of the city, the project leaders realize just how difficult it is to make lasting change. This film was an official selection of many festivals across the US and Canada including the Montreal Black Film Festival, Black Harvest Chicago and African Diaspora International Film Festival
Walk All Night Trailer
THE AFTER PARTY
The After Party gives whole new meaning to the phrase 'what would I ever do without you.' This comedy short was written and directed by Sue Gillan and stars Chicago improv legend David Pasquesi. Official selection of the Midwest Independent Film Festival, Chicago Comedy Festival, Valley Film Festival (LA), Iron Mule Short Comedy Series (NYC) and more!
The After Party
Home Chef was looking for a modular concept that could be easily updated and refined as they identified new messaging. We repurposed this footage many times to address changes in their target.
Big Lots wanted to do an online, shareable video to appeal to all the moms out there. We shot fall and holiday versions of this video then cut those down into multiple :30 and :60 spots.
Stand Up Mom - Holiday :30
Allyson Parzero Profile
PRODUCER | DIRECTOR
Allyson Parzero, a yoga instructor and holistic health coach, reached out to me as she was seeking to expand her business. Her hopes were to connect with audiences via an interactive website with video testimonials and tutorials.
Allyson Parzero, Holistic Health Coach
We created this fundraising video for The Avalon Fund, a partnership between the Marcus Institute for Brain Health and Boulder Crest. We utilized archival material and shot new content at the Marcus Institute to complete the piece aimed at high dollar donors.
The Avalon Fund
For the Man in the Reflection series we produced four spots featuring different products in the Turtle Wax family.
Man in the Reflection
Big Lots Holiday
We shot on multiple formats to create a consumer generated feel to pepper in to series of holiday spots created for Big Lots.
Joy to the World
Hanes: A World Without Tags
This three-part series produced with the Second City helped Hanes promote their tagless shirts and underwear. We shot for two days to capture three unique characters and environments all within our “World Without Tags.”
TOMY wanted to do a series of commercial-feeling product demos to appeal to their growing millennial audience. We shot 40 demos over 8 days for their line The First Years. Here are some highlights of this project produced though Cates Collaborative.
The First Years With Frank & Hope
After winning the 2011 Chicago Comedy TV Pilot Competition, HBO picked up this dark comedy and turned it into a 7-episode digital series. HBO first approached me with the aiming to start production a mere month later. We moved quickly to turn around a 16-day shooting schedule that took us all over the city of Chicago. Start to finish, we delivered the entire series in just 3 months.
Single Long Sample
PRODUCER | DIRECTOR
We were tasked with the dual effort of creating a documentary short profiling WWII veteran & antique car collector Larry Klairmont and, out of that, an online marketing piece for the Klairmont Kollection. Larry built his business from scratch and now boasts one of the largest antique car collections in the nation.