About the Story
With the continuing rise of the digital age and popularity of social media, the genre of street photography has propelled like we've never seen before. Still there is more opportunity for street photography to be recognized and appreciated by the masses.
Photography is a vehicle for storytelling; capturing a moment in time yet allowing for endless possibilities of interpretation. Fill The Frame is a feature documentary telling a story not only within the frame of photographs, but of the people behind the camera. This film follows eight esteemed street photographers in New York to get an exclusive look at their work and their own unique journey over the years.
You don't have to be a fan of photography to enjoy this film. My hope is that you'll find a story that will resonate with you, to help fuel your own passions and fulfill your own dreams.
About the Director
Born and raised in Hawaii, I have always enjoyed a good story. As a graduate of the Academy of Creative Media at the University of Hawaii, my background is in film making and production. But after spending some time in Chicago, I learned about Vivian Maier and fell in love with organic and raw nature of street photography. For me it was something different than what I was used to seeing back home; crystal clear beaches, tropical foliage and gorgeous sunsets. I knew I wanted to share this with Hawaii and other cities where consumption of street photography might not be the norm.
About the Team
I'm honored to have had the opportunity to interview, but get to know these eight amazing photographers who I personally admire and respect.
((In alpha order))
Dimitri Mellos, Jonathan Higbee, Julia Gillard, Lauren Welles, Mathias Wasik, Melissa Breyer, Melissa O'Shaughnessy, & Paul Kessel
Also featuring - Jeff Mermelstein, Richard Sandler, Matt Weber, Meryl Meisler, Colin Westerbeck (author of Bystander), Sandra Philips (SF MOMA Curator )
Jessica Gallegos is the talented Director of Photography on this project who helped make completion of all the interviews possible.
Ayden Byrnes has shot and provided a bulk of b-roll footage to specifically use for the film.
I've been able to partner with Ashley Kaneko from Ink + Ash for the creative branding of the film and additional collateral. And the team at the Indie Film Clinic from the Cardozo School of Law has provided their services.
About the Journey
As a parent, I've learned to make a lot of sacrifices and put a lot of my own dreams on hold. However, the summer of 2018 there was a window of opportunity to embark on this passion project. Traveling from Hawaii to New York for this production was no easy task, with the bulk of the funds coming from personal savings and time away from my family. I'm thankful for the support thus far but will need your help to complete this film with the quality to make these stories shine.
I hope you will join me on this final leg of the journey and together let's bring these stories to life.
(Photos from rewards category, in alpha order, left to right - Dimitri Mellos, Jonathan Higbee, Julia Gillard, Lauren Welles, Mathias Wasik, Melissa Breyer, Melissa O'Shaughnessy, Paul Kessel)
Risks and challenges
Risk and Challenges
Fill The Frame is in post-production, with just one more interview to be filmed! The plan and challenge is to complete in time to submit to a prestigious film festival (July 2019) premiering November 2019, However, that will mean obtaining and clearing rights for all archival materials as well as polishing the sound mix and editing. Film festival and distribution fees. If we happen to surpass our goal, the extra funds will be used to submit to more festivals and potentially hiring a "distribber" for full VOD distribution. We'd like to get this shown to as many places as possible. Your support can help make that possible! Thanks!
- (30 days)