My mom taught me to leave the world in better condition than when I came to it; I'm still working on it. Creating short videos that help nonprofits in raising awareness and funds is part of it. How did I get here?
California welcomed me as a film student when I was still a teen. After earning a BA in Photography and Film, and studying studio arts at city college, I married and founded Mercury Press Int'l with my wife. Through our media agency, I worked as a freelance photographer and journalist, publishing in over 300 magazines and newspapers. Sometimes my journalism made a difference, like the photo essay of gay families published in El Mundo in 2000 that sparked a conversation resulting in marriage and adoption equality in Spain
I used my film education to write, produce and direct four plays in collaboration with children. And finally, with news going digital, journalism evolved into video journalism, and I started filming for El Mundo and The Wall Street Journal. I had returned to my first love, filmmaking.
Merryl Brown Events saw I could be using my talent to help nonprofits and asked me to make a video for Pacific Pride. Other nonprofits followed. And now that's all I want to do. Granted I also take pictures of weddings and events and paint/draw daily. However, nonprofit video work makes my life worth living.
I bring my experience, together with passion and compassion to my filmmaking. I'd love to play with you. Please let me know how I can be of assistance.
Nonprofit clients include United Way of Santa Barbara County, Transition House, Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, Pacific Pride Foundation, and UCSB Arts & Lectures.