One child. One wish. Millions touched.

Batkid melted hearts in 100+ countries last year, and now we’ve got a documentary in the making! It’s all about a 5-year-old farm boy & leukemia survivor who saved Gotham City…and transformed a nation for a day. 

Our filmmaking crew visited the family farm, and what fun to spark super-hero imagination, to run through the fields with little Batkid. As cinematographer for this epic doc, I’m honored to work with Director Dana Nachman and filmmakers Don Hardy & Liza Meak.

The Batkid Begins trailer is officially out, and the press is buzzing on this heartwarming story – the Today Show, Mashable, Salon, CNN. And just this week, Batkid Begins reached our crowdfunding goal! An inspiring & epic film to come!

 

Connecting India: Bangalore Entrepreneurs Seize Mobile Opportunity

We spent 10 days in Bangalore, interviewing, filming & photographing the entrepreneurial landscape – a journalistic story for Cisco’s magazine focus: Innovation in India.  For many startup entrepreneurs in talent-rich Bangalore, India’s 900 million mobile subscribers make an irresistible target. This video profiles two start-ups: HealthifyMe & CommonFloor.

Genophen Marketing Video

I was asked to Produce & Direct a marketing video for Genophen – the only health platform to comprehensively improve your health via analysis of your genetic, medical, behavioral and environmental data. Genophen assesses your disease risk and gives personalized recommendations based on your individual health and behavior.

 

India Focus: The Lifestyle of the Young & Upwardly Mobile

A mini photo essay on the lifestyle of the young and upwardly mobile in the hotbed start-up climate of Bangalore, India.

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A Tuk Tuk, a pink iPhone, and the streets of Cambodia

Video stills from Phnom Penh
Soteera, the monk with the pink iPhone, asked me once again with a curious smile: “You want me to talk about Connected Technology? Not Buddhism? Sure, I can do that.” And so, my filming adventures off of a Tuk Tuk in Phnom Penh started.  With the tuk tuk as a makeshift mobile studio, and the driver a friendly guide & production assistant, I was able to film a private visit to Soteera’s temple, local street noodle shop breakfast, Socheet’s work & family life, as well as one of the biggest telecom companies in Cambodia.   And here’s the story Cisco weaved together, on True Stories of the Connected:

GLOBAL LIVES – A peek into the life of Lê Huyền

Directed & Produced by Naomi Ture
Directed by Tsering Tashi
Produced by Alex Nguyen & Khue Bui
Edited by Anh Le

Global Lives curates an ever-expanding collection of films that faithfully capture 24 continuous hours in the life of individuals from around the world, celebrating the diversity of human experience.  As part of our next series, my crew and I portraited Lê Huyền, a young woman who lives and works on her family’s sand barge on the Mekong River Delta near Mỹ Khánh village,Vietnam.

Lê Huyền is a young woman who lives and works on her family’s sand barge on the Mekong River Delta near Mỹ Khánh village,Vietnam.

On the day our crew filmed Huyền, she woke up at 5am to begin work: taking her turn to drive the barge, buy produce from river boats that pull up, cook meals on the boat, and help with the operations of the boat.

A dredging machine removes earth from the bottom of the river, loads it on her barge, and the sand is transported to construction projects in riverside villages. On this day, the delivery is to her home village a few hours down the river.

Many of these hamlets, including her home along the river, are only accessibly by small tributaries. Our crew was only able to reach her home village by rowboat. On the occasions in which she returns home, she lives with a large extended family, who welcomed us with open hearts.

Behind the Scenes of our 24-hour shoot in Vietnam

What an amazing, unforgettable experience! My documentary crew finished filming 24-hours of the life of Lê Huyền as part of the Global Lives Project. Check out behind-the-scenes photos here:

GLP Vietnam Behind the Scenes
Global Lives curates an ever-expanding collection of films that faithfully capture 24 continuous hours in the life of individuals from around the world, celebrating the diversity of human experience. As part of our next series, my crew and I portraited Lê Huyền, a young woman who lives and works on her family’s sand barge on the Mekong River Delta near Mỹ Khánh village,Vietnam.

On the day our crew filmed Huyền, she woke up at 5am to begin work: taking her turn to drive the barge, buy produce from river boats that pull up, cook meals on the boat, and help with the operations of the boat. A dredging machine removes earth from the bottom of the river, loads it on her barge, and the sand is transported to construction projects in riverside villages. On this day, the delivery is to her home village a few hours down the river. Many of these hamlets, including her home along the river, are only accessibly by small tributaries. Our crew was only able to reach her home village by rowboat. On the occasions in which she returns home, she lives with a large extended family, who welcomed us with open hearts.

Video on a new touch-typing technology

Ever dream of an auto-correct system powerful enough to work even when you don’t look at the screen? 

We headed out into the streets of San Francisco to create a newsy, journalistic video for FLEKSY, a start-up honored at CES this week and touted on CNET.  In their words: Fleksy is a revolutionary technology, which makes typing text on a touchscreen easy. It’s only been up a few days, and the video has gotten 15,000 views so far. (Make sure to watch in HD)

All about GenY Tech & Connectivity

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Take a shower? Check your phone? In collaboration with Cisco, here’s a trailer I filmed in anticipation of Cisco’s Connected World Technology Report 2012, on how-and where- Gen Y blurs the lines between social life and work. Make sure to watch in HD.

More info at http://newsroom.cisco.com/feature/1114851

Full floor video installation of Global Lives Project

That was quite a feat to build and strike an exhibit all in one day.  But yet again, our Global Lives Project team transformed a space to immerse viewers in everyday lives across the planet (The films are 24-hours in the lives of 10 participants, from daily life through sleeping).  This time, in celebration with Creative Commons.

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