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.
The Redemption of Kevin/Kevin Fights a Bunny
My entry into the 2018 Northampton Community Television's Film Sprint. A short film competition where each team must complete a movie that follows randomly assigned criteria. In this instance, my film needed a laboratory, someone waking up from a coma, and my short film needed to actually be two very short films with one being a sequel to the other.