The November Review

The title of this post sounds like I've had a "November review" before, but really it's just a snappy title. November is always a great month when the trees lose their leaves, the winter begins to bite, and we eat too much on Thanksgiving. This year it was filled with events like the launch of "Blue Chalk" and the screening of The Long Night by my good friend and mentor, Tim Matsui, and MediaStorm. On this end, I am excited to announce the publication of two long-term projects I've been working on for Reportage by Getty Images and the Open Society Foundations

Girl Soldier, a short film by Reportage photographer Jonathan Torgovnik, is an intense testimony about the atrocities committed during the Sierra Leone civil war, and the role that female child soldiers played in the 10-year conflict. Released in mid-November by The Telegraph Saturday Magazine, the film is the result of a close collaboration between Jonathan (who was initially commissioned by the Telegraph to shoot a portrait series) and myself. It was truly an honor to work with Jonathan, who is one of the most thoughtful photographers I have had the opportunity to work with, and truly dedicated to his craft and his vision. 

Bringing Justice to Health is a series of four videos produced for the Law and Health Initiative by the Open Society Foundations (OSF). The series examines four legal empowerment models in Kenya, Macedonia, Russia, and Uganda, and how they facilitate access to public health care to marginalized communities. The videos will be featured on the OSF website, released over the next couple of months. As of mid-November, only the Macedonia video had been published. Please stay tuned, as the remaining three become publicly available, keeping your eyes out for, "Until That Time Comes," the story about palliative care in Kenya.  

God's Ivory

At the end of April 2013, Reportage by Getty Images released the multimedia documentary, "God's Ivory," that explores the role that religion plays in driving and sustaining the illegal global ivory trade. I had the tremendous opportunity to produce this multimedia project--the result of a 3-year investigation by National Geographic contributing writer Bryan Christy, and Reportage by Getty Images staff photographer Brent Stirton. "God's Ivory" reveals the complexities of an ivory trade that closely resembles the illicit drug trade, where law enforcement has seen 10% success, further exacerbated by government complicity, institutional corruption, and the rising demand for ivory by expanding Asian economies. 

The demand for ivory as the material of choice for trinkets and spiritual carvings is fueling the largest elephant crisis facing many countries in Africa since the 1980's. Please watch this film to understand the gravity of this issue and how you can help stop the killing of the world's elephant population. 

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