If you’ve been following on Twitter, you may remember me tweeting about a new internship I started in late February.  I’ve been working for World Child Relief, a small non-profit organization formed when a group of South Carolina documentary filmmakers traveler to Haiti and realized that they needed to do more than simply film a documentary.  I’ve been working as the assistant to the editor, writing press releases and sorting through and editing video clips for the website.  Below is one of my first pieces which introduces the organization and its goals.

World Child Relief is focused on direct and long term, sustainable aid and the main belief is that if we help the children, they can one day help rebuild their country – a sort of “teach a man to fish” philosophy.  World Child Relief has adopted the Damien neighborhood in Tabarre, Port Au Prince as well as the Tree of Knowledge School there.  Recently my boss and founder of World Child Relief, Dennis Miller, traveled with a friend and producer to negotiate food for the neighborhood.  The two men negotiated with missionary groups, large-scale NGO’s, and the Haitian government to provide enough food to feed over 500 families and over 200 children for one month – the direct aid they promised.

I will be posting periodic updates of both what I’ve been working on and what World Child Relief has accomplished.  If you would like to provide direct relief to these children, please visit the website.

[link to video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48QwtMl4hKA%5D

[I did not collect this video material, but I produced and edited it.]

The Saturday before the holiday, I went to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ohio.  I posted about the event a few days ago and below are some more photos from the event.  It was a rainy, cold Ohio day as is evident in the photos but everyone there had a blast.  To view the gallery and photo captions, click on one of the photos below.  Then, you can click through the photos.  Enjoy!

Let me know your thoughts on the photos, your St. Patrick’s Day memories and parade stories in the comments below.

Fifer Tom Kuhn plays during the 2010 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin Ohio, his son Alex Kuhn, a snare drummer, is pictured over his shoulder. They are members of Camp Chase Fifes and Drums.

Last week I went home to Ohio for a few days over my Spring Break.  On Saturday, my mom and I drove to Dublin, Ohio (outside of Columbus) for their annual St. Patrick’s Parade.  Unfortunately, it was a typical Ohio day in March – gray, rainy, and cold.  Because of the weather, I doubt the expected 20,000 spectators showed up.  There was quite a crowd though, and an enthusiastic one at that.  I had a blast watching the kids fill their bags with candy that the parade participants passed out.

Don "Toots" Tootle, the Director Clown of Aladdin Shrine Clowns in Columbus, Ohio, performs during the 2010 St. Patricks Day Parade in Dublin, Ohio.

One of my favorite parts of the parade was the Camp Chase Fifes & Drums, a recreated Civil War Union Army regimental fife and drum corps (top photo).  It was quite a surprise to see Civil War soldiers strolling down the street at the end of the parade.  The music they played was really fun as well.

Another part of the parade that I enjoyed were the clowns from the Aladdin Shrine Clowns in Columbus, Ohio.  These clowns had the perfect amount of silliness and fun – you couldn’t help but smile when they passed by.

Despite the weather, I had a blast photographing the parade last Saturday.  I’ll post a few more photos from the event in the next few days, so stay tuned!

Members of the Capital City Pipe Band in Columbus, Ohio march in the 2010 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ohio.

In Memory of Pam

March 3, 2010

Last year I shot and edited a short documentary about Sarah Scriven, a friend of mine who was training for her first marathon.  In the process, she was raising money for the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with Team in Training.  Sarah’s honored hero was Pam La Lumiere, a women from Sarah and I’s hometown who, at the time, was battling Leukemia.

Unfortunately, two weeks ago on February 18, Pam lost that battle. (Click here for Pam’s obituary)  I didn’t know Pam well but everything I have heard and read about her shows me that she was an incredibly warm and giving person.  Even during her treatment, she was helping Sarah and I with this project by sending me photos and taking the time to send me a very warm thank you note.  I was amazed that during such a tough period, she still found the energy to help others.

Above is the video as I completed it last year, before Sarah ran her race.  Sarah finished the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon “vertical” and I often see her at the gym, training for her next endeavor.

I cannot thank Pam enough for the enormous help she gave me during this project and I want to send her family my deepest condolences.  I dedicate this short video to her memory.

(Here is the link to the video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdFf61X8gkw)