South African artist, Esther Mahlangu, is currently at the VMFA painting two large-scale murals. In a few weeks I will film her in conversation with the curator of African Art and make a short video profile of her and her work.
Esther Mahlangu uses a painting technique from her Ndebela region, handed down through generations of women. Traditionally such large scale murals are painted on the sides of houses. Her brushes include chicken feathers, which enable her to create fine lines of paint, all of which are hand-done without any tape or straight edge guides.
I just finished two videos for Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now). SCAN does amazing work in Richmond–from prevention to advocacy to treatment for children and families affected by child abuse and neglect.
The most challenging aspect of this project was figuring out how to show SCAN’s work visually, since due to legal reasons I could not show children and families receiving SCAN’s help. I had to think a bit more abstractly: what does fear at home feel like? Maybe a closing door at the end of a dark hallway. Or a happy childhood? The freedom of swinging in the summertime.
The first video is an intro to SCAN’s work and mission. The second is a more in-depth look at SCAN’s five programs:
I spent this week filming senior citizens dancing, and, wow, they got some moves!
September 22-27, Richmond is celebrating “Active Aging Week”–a partnership among VCU Department of Gerontology, Arthritis Foundation, and Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging. And I was hired to produce a remake of Pharrell Williams’s “Happy” video. Here are some great screen shots. Video coming soon!