The Malaria War: Race Against Time

The malaria containment effort has failed. All that is left is to attempt malaria elimination before an epidemic spreads across Asia and Africa.

The stakes are high, a global epidemic is looming, andTHE MALARIA WAR is following the fight against one of mankind’s oldest diseases at a pivotal point in history. A story told across continents, this innovative multimedia project uncovers the complexities involved in elimination efforts through personal accounts of individuals engaged in the final battle to end malaria.

I am the Co-Directer and producer of THE MALARIA WAR. 
 

 

 

 

       
     
Living Positive

The Safe Water Aids Project (SWAP) is an organization based in Kisumu, Kenya that strives to improve the quality of life for residents who are living positively with HIV as well as those who do not have access to clean water. Their mission is to improve the quality of life by educating those on the importance of hygiene and supporting them to develop profitable health oriented micro-enterprises. 

“Living Positive” follows Rose, a successful community health provider (CHP) who has been working for with SWAP for 10 years. Rose sells water purification products door to door as well as educates people on how to live a long healthy life with HIV. Rose has been HIV positive since 2004. Rose runs a local HIV support group in her community. Rose devotes here life to helping others and providing for her two children. 

This video was shot with a Canon XA10 and a Canon 5D.

Producer: Kathleen Quillian 
Director: Michelle Wang 
Cinematographer: Russ Sweet 
Editor: MaryClaire Cunningham

       
     
Hummingbird Preview

The hummingbird spirit animal symbolizes the enjoyment of life and lightness of being. Those who have the hummingbird as a totem are invited to enjoy the sweetness of life, lift up negativity wherever it creeps in and express love more fully in their daily endeavors. This fascinating bird is capable of the most amazing feats despite its small size, such as traveling great distances or being able to fly backwards. By affinity with the hummingbird, those who have this bird as totem may be encouraged to develop their adaptability and resiliency while keeping a playful and optimistic outlook. 

Hummingbird describes my grandmother perfectly. For my senior documentary thesis I profiled my grandmother, my Mymoe, Theresa McGlon. I know everyone thinks that their grandmother is amazing, but mine really is. The story of how she had to start her life over at 67 exemplifies how amazing she really is. My grandfather was arrested about 10 years ago and she was left with absolutely nothing. She had our family support but it was her decision to get a job and support herself. Theresa is now assistant manager of a Chicos clothing store in Atlanta, Georgia. She works full-time and is one of the top sales associates in the southeast. This short documentary will tell her story as well as my grandfather's side of the story. The two have a love that cannot be explained and while interviewing Theresa when talking about her love for Pat she could never really put it into words. 

Above is the preview for the short documentary Hummingbird. I will continue to work on this documentary until I gain the excess in the federal prison where my grandfather is staying. It is a very tedious process filled with lots of paperwork. I did not have the time to completely finish my documentary but I have completed my grandmother's story. Be on the look out for the complete documentary coming soon!

Shot on a Sony FS-100

       
     
Caravan for Democracy Israel

I had the opportunity to travel to Israel and tour the country for 10 days. The trip is called Caravan for Democracy and is sponsored by the Jewish National Fund. 

Caravan for Democracy (CFD) trains college students to become advocates for Israel by encouraging them to be leaders on their campuses and in their communities. CFD promotes constructive dialogue about Israel and the Middle East by bringing a cross section of Israeli politicians and diplomats, journalists, professors, and advocacy trainers to discuss the challenges Israel faces.

My college allowed me to take a video camera to document my trip. Unfortunately my trip was more chaotic than I had ever expected. I did not get as many sit-down interviews as I wanted, but I was still able to collect a great deal of footage. 

I made this short video for JNF to help spread the word about Caravan for Democracy. 

Shot on a Sony VG30