BaianaSystem play their first ever UK show – video

Here’s a sneak preview from a project that I’m about to start working on in Brazil..

What a show this was! The music was amazing and it was so much fun to shoot and edit. BaianaSystem from Salvador de Bahia, Brazil playing their first ever UK show at Village Underground in East London.

Royal Voluntary Service celebrates 80 years – video

Short video for the Royal Voluntary service which Tommy Chavannes and myself edited together to mark their 80 anniversary, using a combination of archive and contemporary footage, there’s some great wartime and 1960’s shots in there.

Open Bionics shoot for Seeker

This week I had the privilege to visit and shoot the fantastic Open Bionics project at the Future Space, part of UWE in Bristol, UK, another assignment for Seeker Media.

I’ve been interested in visiting them for some time, so when Seeker put out a call for innovative science projects, it was a natural choice, a few months later and here we are!

The full 5/6 minute video piece will be released soon, watch this space, for now here’s a couple of photos from the shoot.

UN WHO conference on NCDs

A couple of weeks back I was over in Copenhagen again with Daniel Oxenhandler aka Network Affect, working with the Dalberg Media / UNLEASH team again.

This time for a youth innovation lab within a UN-WHO conference about Non-Communicable diseases. An important issue in the modern World, and something that needs immediate attention. Dalborg did an UNLEASH style innovation lab process with 20 young people from around the World on the topic, seeing what ingenious solutions they could come up with.

Here are the recap videos from the conference:



Fusion Power for Seeker media

Yesterday was a fascinating day, I got to meet a World expert in Fusion Electricity – Richard Dinan, CEO of Applied Fusion. Previously I had minimal knowledge on the subject, and now I’m pretty up on it, and essentially, once they’ve cracked it, which they will, it is literally going to change the World.

The interview was for an episode of ‘How Close are we to..’ for Seeker Media, based in California. So, how close are we to Fusion Electricity?

Dispatches from the coalface: ‘Protecting the land, my home’

Here’s the latest short documentary that I’ve been working on, published by the Ecologist. This film was made with Tommy Chavannes, Nat Wilkins and John Chavannes. A 4 min piece about the Pont Valley Protection camp, in protest of what is currently the only proposed open cast coal mining site in the UK, in County Durham.

‘Opencast mining was first proposed for this site in 1978. Every single planning application was refused at local level. During three intense public enquiries, triggered by appeal after appeal from mining companies, it has fallen to local people to stand up and protect this land; to convince planning inspectors that the value of this place, its habitats and wildlife outweigh the need for coal.’
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New Website for 2018

To start the year off with a bang, I’m very happy to announce my new all singing all dancing website. The new site has a strong video element, integrated blog, searchable images and location updates powered by Blink.

Take a look at it here!

Eva Lazarus, the Island, Bristol, UK

IMSI video for the Bristol Cable

I’m happy to say I’ve started making some connections with media organisations in Bristol, the first being with the fantastic Bristol Cable – who are a co-operative owned hyper local paper and website. This is the future of how media can operate – owned by the people and catering to their needs. The cable do in depth investigative pieces, with several national scoops under their belt. One of these is the story that I edited a short video for this week, about the Police using IMSI catchers, a worrying new surveillance technique. Watch the video below and follow the link for the campaign, this is important stuff:

UNLEASH documentary in the edit

Following on from my previous post on the 16th about the UNLEASH lab, what we are now currently editing is a pretty major piece of work. Once again to have to hand it to the Danish for having a foresight and guts to commission us to do something out of the box, for an out of the box event.

In addition to the conference videos which is a prerequisite for an event like this, they agreed to commission us to make an in depth piece – a 30 minute doc about one character. We chose Daniel. Daniel is a refugee from Burundi, who now lives in Kenya. There he lives in Kakuma refugee camp, where he has been for over 8 years.

As a result of some deep diplomatic negotiations between the Kenyan and Danish governments, they managed to get him over for UNLEASH. This gave him the opportunity to develop and pitch his idea to give refugees access to higher education inside the camps.

We’re currently in the edit, with the full piece coming out in early 2018…

UNLEASH recap videos out now

Back in August, in collaboration with Daniel Oxenhandler + Will Sloan AKA Network Affect and the Collaboratorium, Copenhagen, we were given the opportunity of producing films for a completely unique event.

UNLEASH was an innovation lab, the most incredible thing about it was it’s truly global reach and demographic. 1000 people from all around the world, every single one of them a specialist in one of the UN sustainability goals – they were brought to Denmark and spent an intensive 10 days working out potential solutions to reaching these goals, which include access to clean water, access to education and food production. The event was organised by UNDP in association with Dalberg, the Carlsberg Foundation, Aarhus University, Deloitte and many many others.

Here’s a link to the recap videos, and currently in production is the most exciting part of our work for it – a 30 minute doc about Daniel from Burundi, but more about that in the next post.

Growing Underground video on Zinc

Really enjoying shooting some short form video docs for online, a good opportunity to get interesting stories out to the World, and particularly appreciated by the YouTube generation.. Here’s a recent one – a piece that Zinc Media recently commissioned me to do about Growing Underground – a salad farm in a disused World War II tunnel in Clapham, London. It’s already had almost 400,000 views!

Forget Walter White, meet the real don of the underground scene

The future of farming is underground

Posted by Zinc on Monday, October 30, 2017

Ethical Gold film – coming soon

Back from Uganda, and now in the editing process of the film about ethical gold mining, an African first!

Overlooked by many when they are buying a ring or even a mobile phone, the gold industry is archaic in it’s ethical approach, but now finally that is starting to change, with a new initiative that aims to improve conditions for miners, eliminate child labour, and eradicate the need for mercury to be used in the processing.

The story follows longtime gold campaigner Greg Valerio and local partner EWAD, as they visit the first Fairtrade gold mine and produce the first mercury free gold in the whole of Africa.

Here’s some photos from the project, full film coming soon…

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Harvard + MIT knowledge journey in Boston – film

Just arrived in Copenhagen where I’m going to be working with the great folks at the Collaboratorium and Network Affect for the coming weeks, including a session at CPH/DOX documentary film festival.

Here’s a piece we made in Boston back in October last year, now time to bring on the next phase.

Tamo Junto Rio hip-hop photos in Vice

One of the key projects that I was working on this year in Rio was about the growing hip hop ‘roda de rima’ scene in the city, mainly in the peripheria of the city. Most nights of the week, young up and coming artists meet at self organized events, rhyming about the various issues that affect their lives, including Police violence, inequality, education, transportation, gangs and violence. Primarily a film project, to run soon, I have also been shooting a photo story on the subject, and this week in collaboration with John Surico and Angela Almeida, some of the photos from the piece and a great text were published in Vice.

Read the article here:

and here are a few of the shots that didn’t make the article but which are some of my personal favourites

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Google Local Guides Rio video

The Google local guides Rio guide video is now live! This was a great project to work on, another collaboration with Daniel Oxenhandler- showing some of the lesser know sites in Rio, and pleased to give this fantastic city, which has a special place in my heart, some more good press, as I think recently is has been lacking, don’t believe the hype! Millions of people live here everyday without getting Zika, getting shot, mugged or poisoned by the water.
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