I am a Director and Editor based in Kansas City, Missouri. I received my A.A. from MCC Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City, Mo. In 2013, I started Taishi Studios, which provides video editing services to the Kansas City Metro area. I got my start in film making at Avila University studying under Dr. Benjamin Meade and Nicole Esquibel. Recently I as both Producer and Editor for the film “Optimistic Chaos” shot and directed by Dr. Benjamin Meade. I also served as cameraman on the film “Kansas City Murder Factory” directed by Kansas City native Mike B. Rollen. My goal is to make documentary films that inspire and create open dialogue about the world in which we live. I am here to network and learn so as to get better at my craft.
Roye Albrighton: Up Close
Film (Documentary) Cinematographer Film Documentary of last live performance of Nektar's Roye Albrighton.
Legacy Spirit of the Black Panthers
Film (Documentary) Editor Many today think The Black Panther Party was some kind of Racist of terrorist organization. When in fact they were a service to the community providing breakfast programs, schools and health services. Theirs was a Spirit of Service.
Film (Documentary) Editor Black Tie White Tie (extrapolated themes taken from the book with the same title) focuses on three significant historical methodologies: oral history, public documents, and material culture. Oral histories, substantiated by primary sources such as public documents, placed the Elijah Reed (central character) story into historical context. Interwoven with oral history and material culture, this monograph dispels the myth of the discontinuity of the African American family during slavery. This story examines the evolution of a black family, through tragedies and triumphs, during and after slavery. Analyzed with other studies on the black family, this story provides a fresh insight into the history of the black family. Written by Lyle Gibson
Film (Short and Adventure) Editor On January 3, 2012, award winning filmmaker Benjamin Meade and musician Danny Cox traveled to Haiti in an attempt to bring American Roots Music to a small village on the Northwest Coast. They found themselves stuck in an a poor lawless culture under extremely dangerous and life threatening conditions. To further complicate things, the trip was sponsored in part by a missions organization dead set on religious conversion of the Haitian people in the midst of the starvation, disease and mental illness. Much of images captured in this film were shot in places and of subject matter that even Haitian people never experience. Although the music is incredible and the scenery breathtaking, the omnipresent danger to the crew and horrific images of the people were enough to send any person over the edge. There will not be a film anything like this for a long time.....Guaranteed. Written by p.j. barnham
Best Shorts Competition
Award of Recognition