The Nineties on CNN

The new CNN Original Series “The Nineties” premieres Sunday, July 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Following in the success of the decade series “The Eighties”,  I served as director of photography and camera operator for most  of the interview shoots for this series.

You Get Me

Netflix / Awesomeness Films / Dreamworks

Starring Bella Thorne / Taylor John Smith / Halston Sage / Nash Grier

Directed by Brent Bonacorso

Cinematography by Magdalena Gorka

I was B-camera operator and also shot all the drone footage.

With You by Thousand Days (Music Video)

My friend Janet Sollod likes dancing, hiking, and rock climbing. Janet has purple hair, a degree from MIT, and metastatic cancer. STAT recently published a really thoughtful and inspirational article about Janet and her cancer support group that you should read.

“No lifetime is enough to experience everything… I will see, do, taste, smell, feel everything that I can in my lifetime, however long or short that it may be. And it will be enough.” – Dr. Janet Sollod

Janet’s college roommate Dr. Pardis Sabeti recently lost her uncle Mike to cancer while she was hospitalized from an accident. Pardis wrote this song for Mike after he passed while she was still recovering in the hospital. Aside from being named one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People for her work on the Ebola epidemic, Pardis is also in a band called Thousand Days. They recorded the song and reached out to me to create a video featuring Janet. Subsequently I packed my truck full of camera gear and drove North to San Francisco to film for about a week. I brought a hard drive full of footage back to Jessica Locke at Cutters Editorial and she got editor TJ Lasure to start assembling it into a music video.

Please click the play button above at any time to watch Janet dancing through the graveyard, laughing, smiling, not regretting a moment spent here in this world.

Janet passed away on May 27th, 2017.

LAB2V 2016

LAB2V is an epic enduro motorcycle rally, this was my second year. I did a lot better this year on a KTM690 than last year on the big Honda XR650L. The 2 expert guys I rode with didn’t have to wait for me as much. I still managed to get completely lost for several hours on day 1 with no GPS or cel service, and low fuel. I finally got my bearings and made Barstow at dusk an hour before my friends who had to plug a flat on the trail.

We started day 2 at 5:30am in 30 degree temperatures. My Klim gear helped a lot (last year I rode it in jeans, bad idea) but within 30 minutes of leaving I could not feel any of my fingers. I melted one pair of gloves trying to warm my hands on the exhaust. We skipped some of the more boring gravel roads just outside Barstow and hauled ass down the 15 to Baker, our objective being to do the whole route via the “hard way” and there is never really enough daylight for that.

By noon it was close to 70 degrees and I was soaked in sweat and the trails were getting tough. I dropped it quite a few times but without any major consequences. I broke the tip of my shifter off which was annoying but I just threw a wad of tape on it and kept going. My small tail bag started to disintegrate (never buy Bilt brand) I taped and zip tied it. Also my license plate got caught up in my rear wheel and now looks like a sardine can lid rolled up tight.

Somewhere along the way we lost our GPS rider that had been leading us and two of us finished via roll chart and memory. The most difficult/fun section is Red Rock Canyon right before you get to Vegas, it’s not really that hard but the fatigue of getting there makes it harder and there are usually piles of bikes. Last year I had to bail out because the sun had set so I was happy to make that part. There were a couple more crashes for the video then we hit the pavement into Vegas. I finished about 4 hours earlier than I did last year so I was very proud of myself.

I put together our groups’ GoPro footage and I hope you find this edit entertaining. Likes, comments, and shares are appreciated.