Our struggles are one and it's going to take all of us working together, across communities, to overcome the fear and divisiveness that we're facing right now. That's why, last Thursday, we brought together New Yorkers of various faiths and backgrounds to break bread and build solidarity in a public iftar dinner, held outside of Trump Tower.
We held the event as a rebuke of the Trump administration's anti-Muslim White Nationalist agenda, but more importantly—we held it to renew our commitment to being connected to one another. We were honored to be joined by New Yorkers of many different backgrounds, to show that even in the face of hate, we stand strong in defense of our values of unity, compassion, and love.
Canon C100 Mark II
Canon 17-55 f2.8
Rode Video Mic Pro
A film I made for a dear friend, Brother Akbar Mcentyre. Akbar started a nonprofit named "Humble Beginnings", that aims to better Paterson New Jersey through social work.
Brother Akbar is an inspiration. He is a selfless human who loves his community and works harder than anyone I know. He uses his personal van to help distribute food very Sunday to people less fortunate in Paterson, New Jersey.
Camera: Canon C100 Mark II
Lens: Canon 17-55mm f2.8
Audio: Video Mic Pro
Editing Suite: Premiere Pro
"I Quit Tech" is a short film about a woman who quits her job because of the lack of diversity at her company.
Featuring Paul Delarosa and Monique Dismuke. It was shot in an office space in downtown San Francisco.
Camera: Canon C100 Mark II and Canon 5D Mark III
Lenses: Canon 17-55 f2.8 IS and Canon 85mm 1.8
Microphone: Sennheiser ew 112-p G3 Camera-Mount Wireless Microphone (x2)
Lighting: Westcott Flexkit
Editing Software: Premiere Pro CC 2017
This video was part of the "Power Up" campaign, which raised money for a generator for Gaza's first startup incubator: Gaza Sky Geeks.
Every startup founder and developer should have access to electricity and the internet. But in Gaza, a severe energy shortage means we only get 1-6 hours of electricity from the grid. We urgently need electricity so that our companies can succeed. Empower us to fuel our own futures: contribute at PowerUpGazaGeeks.com.
Gaza is one of the toughest environments in the world, with the highest measured rate of unemployment. Because the borders are closed, most industries cannot thrive. We harness the power of the internet to build companies that target external markets, creating jobs and unlocking opportunity for talented youth.
Leaders from Silicon Valley, the Middle East, Europe, and the global tech sector have joined to support Gaza's geeks. Thank you for donating to our crowdfunding campaign and spreading the word!
I edited this video in Adobe Premiere Pro and also helped shoot it and write the script.
I had the privilege of attending a #blacklivesmatter protest against police brutality. Some thoughts:
- All lives don't matter until black lives matter. If you know someone who says or thinks "All lives matter" go talk some sense into them. This is important!
- The protest seemed unorganized and was lacking a leader. When the cops showed up, everyone was on their own. Leading a protest is hard.
- We marched in the streets and were met with a blockage of cops wearing battle ready gear. Marching towards them made the term "police state" seem that much more real.
- The cops ran towards us and started hitting people with batons in an effort to get people on the sidewalk. This in turn made some people scared, and then they fought back, they were arrested.
- There were almost as many cops as protesters...it was ridiculous. Helicopters, armed cops...the only thing that was missing were tanks.
In 2013, with the help of my good friend Atif Mahmud, we produced UnMosqued, a documentary film about the relevance of mosques in America. The film was fully funded on Kickstarter in 10 days, was covered by multiple news outlets, and had 50+ screenings all over America. The film was thought of, planned, filmed, edited, and distributed in 2013.