If You're Not First, You're Last - The Story of a Last Name
In Eastern cultures, the family name is placed before an individual’s given name. In Western culture, the family name comes last, and is such commonly referred to as “the last name.” My friend Autumn Harry’s last name was once somebody’s first. But if you mention the name Harry on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation, nobody thinks of the European rancher Autumn’s great-great-grandfather worked for. They would probably think of one of the most prominent and pronounced Native American families in Northern Nevada.
This short animation was made for a class during my study at the University of Nevada, Reno. It was my first time working with Adobe Illustrator and After Effects.
Discovering Indigenous People's Day - Peaceful Protest Attracts Hate
On Columbus Day 2016, two men in a truck drove through a crowd of people underneath the iconic arch in downtown Reno. Autumn Harry is a Native American and student at University of Nevada, Reno who was there that day.
This short documentary was made for a class during my study at the University of Nevada, Reno. It was my first time working with Adobe Premiere. It was also how I met Autumn Harry, who was featured in another one of my videos -- If You're Not First, You're Last - The Story of a Last Name -- and who I collaborated with when making my documentary, "Surviving: The Story of the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout." Autumn has become a very close friend.
Gentrification Advice From Former Oakland Mayor Jean Quan
During one of Oakland's First Fridays Festivals, I caught up former Mayor Jean Quan, as well as another interesting Oakland local, to talk about gentrification and housing issues. It was interesting to hear their perspectives on the issues, being residents of a city like Oakland, while myself currently being a resident of a city fast encountering its own gentrification and housing issues -- Reno, Nevada.
This audio story was made for a class during my study at the University of Nevada, Reno. It was my first time working with Adobe Audition. The Jean Quan feature was serendipitous, and I was not expecting to feature somebody of such notoriety.