Making videos can be, uh, fun!

Making videos can be, uh, fun!

Yes, making videos can be loads of fun, once you get the hang of it! The moment when you realized you forgot to white balance an entire three hour shoot–fun! And the drive home when you realize the microphone was off during an interview–a blast!

Yes, these two videos were the most frustrating to make–by a long shot–but they also provided me the most insight into how much I truly have to have my ducks in a row while doing the shoot.

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The Whole Family Serves the Sentence

The Whole Family Serves the Sentence

When a parent, sibling or child goes to jail, the whole family serves the sentence with that person. 

–Andrea Strong, from “Prisoners’ Family Members Also ‘Serve Time’ When Relatives Go To Jail, Experts Say” Huffington Post 2/11/2013

The impact of having an incarcerated parent has been long explored in the United States as 2.7 million children face the struggle. But what about minors that have siblings in prison? What resources are provided them? In impoverished families, the sibling bond often surpasses the bond of the parent, yet resources are not made available for the brothers and sisters suffering a devastating loss. 

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Carrying the weight of a broken system

Carrying the weight of a broken system

How easy would it be for J to turn her struggles into excuses? To allow her behavior and her morals to slip? To slide from frustration into complacency? How simple it could be–to write off a broken system and turn her back on her goals.

Somehow, the spark remains in J’s eyes, the gleam. And after our first interview, it’s clear that it remains in her heart.

The group found out more pieces of the puzzle. More than anything, J’s problems stem from her older brother’s arrest a few years ago for attempted murder, the beginning of her family’s unravelling, an arrest that J firmly believes was unwarranted. She recalled going to court and realizing the evidence wasn’t present; the details didn’t add up. J doesn’t believe that her brother even left his apartment that night, let alone drove his van into an elderly gentleman.

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