‘I’m Republican. I Never Thought I’d Fight for Medicaid.’

Video Produced for The New York Times By Ricky Clay, Robin Jordan and Carrie McBane Video by Kendall Ciesemier  Millions of Americans fall into the Medicaid gap, earning too much to qualify for Medicaid yet too little to afford private insurance or receive subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. Across the country, 4.5 million would stand to benefit from Medicaid expansion. In North Carolina, the Democratic governor is championing Medicaid expansion for 500,000 people, while Republicans in the State Legislature are blocking the measure. In this video Op-Ed, those affected argue that Medicaid expansion is necessary. If the Legislature continues to block health care access, Republicans risk votes in 2020.  Carrie McBane and Ricky Clay are not eligible for Medicaid. Robin Jordan’s daughter was ineligible for Medicaid and died after not receiving the care she needed.

Video Produced for The New York Times
By Ricky Clay, Robin Jordan and Carrie McBane Video by Kendall Ciesemier

Millions of Americans fall into the Medicaid gap, earning too much to qualify for Medicaid yet too little to afford private insurance or receive subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. Across the country, 4.5 million would stand to benefit from Medicaid expansion. In North Carolina, the Democratic governor is championing Medicaid expansion for 500,000 people, while Republicans in the State Legislature are blocking the measure. In this video Op-Ed, those affected argue that Medicaid expansion is necessary. If the Legislature continues to block health care access, Republicans risk votes in 2020.

Carrie McBane and Ricky Clay are not eligible for Medicaid. Robin Jordan’s daughter was ineligible for Medicaid and died after not receiving the care she needed.

Safe Haven: One Family’s Journey After Hurricane Florence

Video Produced for The Wall Street Journal

In September 2018, Hurricane Florence brought record-setting flooding to North Carolina. The Hudsons were among the thousands of families displaced by the storm. This documentary follows their rescue and their path to recovery. Photo: Jake Nicol/The Wall Street Journal

Santuario


29th New Orleans Film Festival Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short

Juana Luz Tobar Ortega came to the United States 24 years ago as an asylum seeker from Guatemala. For the last six years living in North Carolina, Juana has checked in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) annually and received a stay of deportation. But in April of 2017, she was told without warning that she had 30 days to leave the country or be deported.

In May, 2017, Juana entered sanctuary at an unfamiliar church. St. Barnabas Episcopal in Greensboro, North Carolina welcomed Juana, a complete stranger, into their church home.

Winner of Tribeca Film Institute IF/Then Short Documentary Program and the Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short at the New Orleans Film Festival.

Monumental


Directed by Sarah Riazati
Role: DP of Reenactment scene of young Pauli Murray

Supported by a 2018 Princess Grace Award for Film. Completed as part of thesis for Riazati’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Art from Duke University.

'monumental' is an experimental documentary about toppled statues, Southern history, the legacy of names, the resilience of bricks, the power of poetry, the definition of patriotism, hidden family trees and segregated cemeteries. There is no static history. It lives on, layered in the landscape, painted on the brick mills. Through investigating the ripples of the words and deeds of local postbellum industrialist Julian Shakespeare Carr, paradoxically called “the most generous white supremacist,” and reenacting scenes from the childhood of Pauli Murray, an unsung civil and women’s rights activist, the film scratches away at surfaces of stories about Durham, North Carolina. Careful scrutiny of such surfaces may reveal effaced answers to the questions that history leaves us with today, regarding racial identity and segregation, industrialization and labor, and gentrification and community. As statues topple and new monuments rise, this documentary invites consideration of where have we been, where we are now, and where we are going.

Jimmie Banks: Drawing Lifts Me Up

Video Produced for Duke University

Jimmie Banks was introduced to art when his mother gifted him a paint-by-number set in elementary school. Decades later, he sketches and paints daily, taking his inspiration from popular culture and the people around him. “I paint every day. Morning, noon and night,” says Banks. “It’s in my blood, it is like living or breathing to me.” In eleventh grade, Banks was the head cook for Gardner’s Barbecue in Rocky Mountain, and for the past twenty-two years, he has worked as an electrician for the Duke Facilities Management Department.

Banks often swaps out his tool belt for brushes and pencils during his lunchbreak. Duke employees might just recognize a familiar face—Banks has completed several commissions for his FMD colleagues.

The Real Queens

72nd College Photographer of the Year Winner (Bronze) Group Multimedia Story

Reyna Hernandez Sandoval and Yadira Pintado Lazcano challenge stereotypes through their beats. They perform under the stage name of La Reyna y La Real and are one of the most beloved hip hop groups in Havana, Cuba.

Winner of the 72nd College Photographer of the Year (Group Multimedia or Essay - Standalone: Bronze)

Damage Control (In Production)

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The United (In Production)

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Hey Mami


Experimental video portrait of photojournalist Rachel Greene. Music by: Sylvan Esso