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The only place to sleep being a secret stash of airplane blankets pilfered on a dim square of carpet behind a Best Buy vending machine in Miami is the best definition of modern travel I can think of.

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An Unexpected Kindness

Sometimes compassion isn’t perfect. It doesn’t solve the problem; no strategic changes are made. Even so, for one small soul a kindness can change a life.

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Beach Boy

As someone that loves the water, I wish for a body that knows how to float. Sadly, no. Even in the salty Thai seas, in a competition between the head of an axe and my big legs it’s a beautiful dance of synchronized sinking. 

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A New Economy is now on Netflix!

Exciting news! My most recent documentary is now available on Netflix in Canada & the U.S.!

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A New Economy Premiere—SOLD OUT

The premiere of my latest documentary A New Economy screened to a sold out audience last night at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver. What a surreal experience to see a lineup around the block…

Thanks everyone for coming out and for being a great audience!

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Blogging from Nepal

I’ve been blogging about my recent trip to Nepal. I carried my Red Epic into the Annapurna Sanctuary, a basecamp at 14,000 feet surrounded by some of the tallest mountains the world. It’s beautiful!

Check out Ascent to Annapurna for some images from the experience, and have a browse of the other posts if you’re curious.

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Blogging at Recharity.ca

If you’re in the non-profit sector and are interested in story, you might want to head over to recharity.ca and check out some of the content there. A few of us who spend our days working with charities have teamed together to write about the best of what works in the charitable sector. Our team includes a philanthropist, a web designer, a fundraiser, and myself (a storyteller) so it makes for some interesting dialog.

Here’s one of my latest posts, part of a series on finding your story as an organization. You can check out all of my posts here.

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Vision in Motion eBook Released!

I’ve been itching to tell everyone about this for months… and the day’s finally here! I’ve written an eBook for readers interested in stepping into the world of motion picture storytelling. The full title is Vision in Motion: A Photographer’s Introduction to Digital Video, and it’s available for $5 from Craft and Vision (Just $4 if you use the discount code MOTION4 before June 27th).

Though targeted at photographers, the eBook is for anyone who’s interested in the world of motion picture storytelling. With the explosion of video-capable stills cameras, many are considering dipping their toes into moving images. But while there are many resources out there on how to operate a video camera, what does it take to create a visual story that moves people? We talk some about gear, but mostly about process. What is story? How do you build a story? How do you connect images together to build towards a climax? What are the differences between composing a shot for a still image vs. motion?

It’s tough to pack all that into one eBook, but feedback so far has been positive. It’s gotten people excited to give video a try and get started with motion pictures storytelling. Go check it out!

VISION IN MOTION is a downloadable PDF. USD $5.00

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Rwanda: Hope Rises wins Best Documentary

The documentary I directed & produced, Rwanda: Hope Rises was the recipient this past week of the Best Foreign Documentary award at the International Family Film Festival in Los Angeles. Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible!

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Rwanda: Hope Rises DVD Release

Rwanda DVD Release

It’s hard to believe that almost five years ago, five friends started planning for a trip to Rwanda. Our plan was to shoot a documentary in two weeks, spend a month in hard-core editing, and have it ready to watch by the summer of 2005.

I was so naive, in so many ways. I had shot several documentaries by this point, but nothing on this scale. The process has been intense, difficult, and there was more than once that the whole thing almost didn’t happen. But here we are… the film is ready for the world to see on DVD.

You can get your copy here: Hope Rises Store. There is more info and trailers on the website as well as a Facebook fan page.

Thanks for all of your support over the years to get this thing made.