Project Awards

Just wanted to pass on some good news. The two film projects done during my recent workshop in Ethiopia were award Semi-Finalist for the Caribbean Film Festival & Market. Although a very small festival it is good to know that someone likes the type of films that can be done within a two week workshop structure. I have been doing workshops for many years and have won awards in the past – but it is exciting to see this acknowledgement.

Here are the final edits https://vimeo.com/220468761 LATENESS

https://vimeo.com/220365730 The Cry of the Street Vendor

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Personal Narratives, Politics, and Change

Narratives are a way of thinking through which people organize information and experiences. Most people tell and hear stories because it is a basic mode of human interaction. Humans engage their world with a set of stories which we choose and constantly re-create or lives.

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Rags to Riches – a Proposal to Re-Tell the American Dream in a Trump World

I was thinking about the overall messages we received from the Obama Administration regarding the need for big government and how without it we cannot get jobs, have good healthcare, a global economy among others. These were not how I was brought up . I was taught that America was the land of opportunity and with enough elbow grease I could succeed. That it was ok to accumulate wealth, to own things, to be generous to those who had less that I, to express my faith as a Christian.

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Media, Awareness Building and Deplorables

As a mediastrategist, I was impressed how the Trump Campaign used social media. The article in Forbes on Jared Kushner is a great read I recommend. In fact, their entire media team like Sean Spicer (@seanspicer), Dan Scavino (@DanScavino), and Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) were very effective in using social media that delved into message tailoring, sentiment manipulation using a highly developed understanding of machine learning with data analysis. It seems to me that the effort was primarily targeting awareness building among what Clinton would later name ”

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1st Post – A visit to the Kumbh Mela

This post will start a series of one of my visits to Haridwar in North India to take pictures of the largest Hindu pilgrimage in 2010:

We started in the cold darkness to take a taxi from Dehra Dun in the northern state Uttarakhand to Haridwar, 35 miles away. The taxi delivered us to a staging area 5 miles from the actual bathing area. I never thought I’d be so cold in India. We took a man-powered rickshaw for the first segment. I could see the puffs of his labored breaths as he took us a couple of miles.  I was amazed by the number of Continue reading

Evangelism in the Digital Age re-released

I am pleased to announce that I have re-released my m book, “ost recent Evangelism in the Digital Age: Media Case Studies(Volume One)” Continue reading

2nd Post: The Hindu Pilgrims of the Kumbh Mela

The crowds gathered before light for a chance to take a bath and supposedly wash away their sins.

The Indian government’s efforts to control what was supposed to be a million dippers today turned out to be unneeded. This Kumbh Mela was different from 12 years ago as luxury camps were set up and tour busses dropped off the wealthier folk right next to the Ganga River for their holy dip. Stockades were contructed to   slow down crowd movement – sort of like the way they do at airport check-in counters, weaving back and forth. I found myself in such a security stockade now as we worked our way to a place where we could see the special dip of the thousands of Sadhus and their smaller counterpart, the Nagas. Continue reading