Where the Waters Blend

 
 

Where the Waters Blend is a documentary film that is both the story of the Piscataway people who are trying to reclaim their Native American heritage centuries after assimilation into western culture and the personal story of their leader’s journey from estrangement to reconciliation with her LGBT daughter. This mother-daughter relationship personifies the larger story of the Piscataway’s struggle to retain their cultural identity amidst the social and cultural pressures of the 21st century.

The Joy of Motion

In this touching short, a young woman finds her mentor and discovers the liberating and transformative power of dance.

Towpath Joe

 
 

This short documentary film follows island caretaker, musician, naturalist, and Potomac River advocate, Joe Hage. After moving to a small island adjacent to the C&O Canal and “inside the beltway” of Washington, DC, Joe reconnects with his passion for music and becomes a “diplomat” for the river.

Blogging from
Space Station Susanne, Dupont Circle, Washington D.C., United States, North America
Latitude
38.90960
Longitude
-77.04340
Altitude
28.00 m

Yesterday was the final day of the International Documentary Challenge competition. The team (Emily Wathen, Megan Orr, Gabriella Garcia-Pardo, Nicole Ricci and myself) put in many hours over the past five days to complete our five minute documentary "Towpath Joe." Kudos to the entire team! Now it's time to get some rest.

 

Blogging from
Sycamore Island, Bethesda, Maryland, United States, North America
Latitude
38.95760
Longitude
-77.13330
Altitude
3.00 m

The second day of shooting began with two of my teammates and I hiking down the trail from the parking lot to the channel where Joe met us with the ferry. We spent several hours interviewing Joe and learning about his background, how he came to be the club's caretaker, and what it was like to live on a small island in the middle of the Potomac river. We had a really interesting morning and we can't wait to share our experiences with everyone by way of the documentary film we are making. Now, it's off to transcode and log all the footage we shot today.

Blogging from
Sycamore Island, Bethesda, Maryland, United States, North America
Latitude
38.95760
Longitude
-77.13330
Altitude
3.00 m

The Sycamore Island Club is a private outdoors club located on one of the islands in the Potomac River. It's caretaker, Joe Hage - who lives on the island year round - is the subject of our documentary short. I spent the better part of today photographing the island in all its snowy splendor and getting b-roll of Joe. Had a great time chasing geese, recording the sounds of nature, slogging through the mud, and ... grin ... getting scrutinized by blackhawk helicopters when I pointed the camera in the wrong direction: the CIA has an installation on the other side of the river.

Raising the Bar

 

Jason Sturm had a life and career planned in the US military, but everything changed when a combat training accident took his leg. Finding community and rehabilitation in the extreme-intensity world of Crossfit training, Raising the Bar follows Jason as he pursues his dream of going back to school, opening his own gym, and shaping a life committed to helping other adaptive athletes regain fitness and health.

Watch the full film on Vimeo:
https://vimeo.com/208064754