Local: Arts Center Cuts

Note: The following video details a funding crisis that engulfed a local arts center. I worked quickly and empathetically to interview distressed art teachers, students and board members.

Arts Center Cuts

(Published on on May 3, 2017)


Note: I was in high school when Instagram launched its video-posting feature. Because videos had to be under a minute, I, alongside a few of my peers, started a new video series called “DHS360,” where we did short profiles of students. 

First DHS360:

(Published on @bluedevilhub on April 27, 2016)

Another DHS360:

(Published on @bluedevilhub on Aug. 28, 2016)


For three months, I worked on this video series, profiling 13 current and past culturally diverse Davis High students. The goal: to tell their story in a one-minute video, highlighting six words describing their journey. Each week, I filmed a different video and edited the footage with Adobe Premiere Elements.

Below are three of the videos. Click here to see the others.

Sheehan Selim

Note: Selim was shy at the beginning of the interview and responded to my questions with a few words. But he immediately opened up when I asked: What are false stereotypes about your culture? I was glad to share his answers, which inspired my peers to rethink Asian stereotypes.

(Published on on Dec. 26, 2016)

Cosmo Kasapligil

Note: Kasapligil’s concern about his cousins in Turkey was sincere. I spliced in b-roll of family photographs to humanize his story and added melancholy music to emphasize that this story might not have a happy ending. 

(Published on on Nov. 14, 2016)

Meseret Carver

Note: Carver’s home was full of vibrant colors and memories of Ethiopia, which presented many opportunities for b-roll shots of which I took advantage. In addition, Carver had lots to say; however, she spoke quietly so I increased the volume artificially in Adobe Premiere Elements.

(Published on on Oct. 11, 2016)

#45for45 kickoff: Youth to weigh in on Trump’s first 100 days

Note: After President Donald Trump was elected, I got to work on a video series, “#45for45,” asking teenagers around the world to share their opinions and expectations for the new president. Below is the kickoff video which includes footage from Indonesia, South Korea and France.

(Published on on Feb. 6, 2017)

#45for45: Lebanon high school students speak out on Muslim ban

Note: With students in Saida, Lebanon, I produced this video after President Donald Trump signed Executive Order 13769. Although Lebanon wasn’t on the ban list, the students in this video feared they might be next. The video was published minutes after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to lift a federal judge’s stay on the ban.

(Published on on Feb. 9, 2017)