I am the managing director of Buoyant Partners, an arts consultancy that harnesses the power of the arts & humanities to drive social impact. We work with our clients and with partners to create live and media-driven arts & humanities experiences that delight audiences while driving social impact on the most pressing issues of our time.
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City of Trees
Documentary by Meridian Hill Pictures Music Supervisor Winner of the Audience Award at the 2015 American Conservation Film Festival, City of Trees tells the intimate story of one community's fight for equal access to good jobs and safe parks in our nation's capital. City of Trees follows the lifecycle and aftermath of a $2.7 million stimulus grant awarded to DC-based nonprofit Washington Parks & People. With the grant, Parks & People launches the 'Green Corps' as an introduction in urban forestry to DC residents in communities hardest hit by the recession. For Charles, the paycheck offers him a chance to give his newborn daughter the life he never had and escape the cycle of violence that already impacted his younger brother. For Michael, the job training is a first step forward after a drug conviction permanently marred his employment record. For James, a Ward 8 native in his late 50s, the position offers a chance to prove that his experience and wisdom is an asset. For Steve, the president of Washington Parks & People, the grant offers the opportunity to elevate the impact of his organization's work and the challenge of finding the resources to continue the program after the short-term stimulus dollars run out. A film about normal people fighting to provide for themselves, their families and environment, City of Trees offers a critical new perspective on the challenges of retraining our workforce and rebuilding the natural environments in our cities for the 21st century. What sounds like a simple goal - putting people back to work by planting trees in a blighted neighborhood - opens up a complex web of personal and community challenges. In the age of recession and rebuilding, City of Trees documents a story representative of the hopes and struggles of countless Americans impacted by the recession.
Nas: Time Is Illmatic
Documentary by One9 Consulting Producer Winner of the inaugural Candescent Award and Opening Night film for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, Time Is Illmatic is a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas' 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation. Twenty years after its release, Illmatic has become a hip-hop benchmark that encapsulates the socio-political outlook, enduring spirit, and collective angst of a generation of young black men searching for their voice in America.
180 Days: A Year In An American High School
Documentary by National Black Programming Consortium Music Supervisor Winner of the 2014 Peabody Award for Best Documentary, 180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School is a cinema verite look at a pivotal school year for an urban high school in the U.S. capital. The film focuses on the struggles, triumphs, hardships, and observations of students, teachers, athletic coaches, and their charismatic school principal.