Yorick Lives Productions
Yorick's image is widely recognizeable, yet often misunderstood or misappropriated.. You only get a glimpse of this character in Act V, Scene 1 of "Hamlet" as the eponymous character walks through a graveyard. Hamlet holds the skull of his former friend, the king's jester, as he contemplates the inevitability of death. This image is often incorrectly attributed to the "To be, or not to be" soliloquy. This character was later used as the namesake for the hero of one of my favorite comics, "Y: the Last Man," and my cat who appears in early logos of my films.
This fascination goes far beyond knowing obscure Shakespeare characters. It was a spark that launched my fascination with background characters, both fictional and real. I was never interested in researching presidents or global figureheads. Instead, as a historian, I sought out the stories that made up the day-to-day of the world, the "everyday" people who affected change on a local level. It is easy for people to fall through the cracks of history and that is unacceptable in the age of technology we currently find ourselves in.
My documentaries and research aim to fill in some of those cracks by talking to people who may not have an opportunity to tell their story. Not only to record their histories for posterity, but to spread a culture's exposure to the world. Culture is not a secret. It should be shared and celebrated. If I introduce one person to a culture they previously did not have access to, than I have done my job.
My first foray into personal and cultural documentaries. A look into the punk and alternative scene of Pensacola, FL. This is a collection interviews, pictures, and live performances. Read more about the project here or click below to watch the movie on YouTube.
Frida Kahlo: A Documentary
A traditional documentary short that I made for the class "Gender and Sexuality in Latin America." A brief look at Frida's connections to Communism, the growing Mexican identity, and feminism. Read more about the project here or click below to watch the movie on YouTube.
PSE Holiday Extravaganza
Every year, the incoming class of graduate students at the Polymer Science & Engineering program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst must provide the entertainment at the end of semester party. My wife was among 2017's incoming students, so I was able to put together this 26-minute sketch show that featured all of the students in the 2017 class.