Role: Director, Producer, & Editor
In July, Tamar and I had the idea to shoot a music video at a carnival in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Tamar is an immigrant to the US, so I wanted to put her in a quintessentially American environment and document her experience. I thought her perspective might illuminate something interesting. Over the course of 2 nights we explored the Our Lady of Mt Carmel Italian Festival: the lights, the rides, and most importantly the people.
To be more specific, Tamar is from the Middle East, and honestly, I was concerned about heading out into a rural area--with cameras no less. It's really hard to get a beat on the world these days, and I couldn't tell if we were heading for trouble. But my gut said it could be a special idea, so my crew put their trust in me and we packed up our gear and drove an hour out to Hammonton, NJ.
The gamble paid off. We found ourselves in a a tremendously diverse place, full of incredibly generous people. All of whom were excited for us; all of whom wanted to share some part of their stories with us. We spent our time talking to people and taking their portraits--Carnival workers, Mexican and Haitian families, Italian grandmas, white teens & and black college students. So many amazing, fascinating characters.
I found it to be a really uplifting experience. One that reminds me to reach out to people personally when I'm feeling disheartened by the world. That strangers are still capable of kindness and warmth. That people still like art, and are honored to be involved. I won't soon forget it.