Bylines

Director/Cinematographer, Naretoi

https://naretoikenya.org/

Our mission is to collaborate with Maasai communities to empower Maasai women in Kenya.  Our projects focus on supporting girl's education, cultural exchange, and local economic efforts.

The Maasai are a group of indigenous, pastoralist people who live in Kenya and Tanzania.  Many Maasai still live traditionally, maintaining their rich culture despite pressures from a world that is rapidly modernizing around them.  Displacement from tribal lands, frequent droughts, livestock diseases, water and food shortages and lack of access to education are just some of the hardships they currently face.  Maasai women and girls are particularly vulnerable and disadvantaged and often bear the heaviest burdens of these challenges.

Producer/Editor, Impact Creative

https://www.impactcreative.com/

Impact Creative is a motion production studio built for daring brands. We unleash the latest in digital cinema, animation, and emerging technologies to tell stories in ways never before possible.

Producer, The Oceanic Society & National Science Foundation

www.hofagielaamle.com

http://blogs.ubc.ca/yangdidi/

For the past four years spearheading senior marine biologist of the Oceanic Society, Nicole Crane, and her science team have been coming to the far outer islands of the Ulithi atoll. Damaged from climate change and WWII, these reefs are in dire need, especially after Super Typhoon Maysak hit the islands.  Her cutting edge approach of combining science with tradition the outer islanders is more vital than ever it is just might be be the way to save the reefs and reunite the atoll.  

Producer, National Geographic

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The first episode of this National Geographic series for kids called "Animal Jam" introduces thrill-driven, wind-blown, aspiring veterinarian and wildlife conservationist, Gabby Wild as she saves critically endangered animals one species at a time with her stethoscope.

Producer/Shooter/Editor, PBS

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/morocco-muslims-jews-study-side-side/

For many people, Judaism in the Middle East conjures images of discord. But the Islamic nation of Morocco is an exception — it’s a place where Jews are not just tolerated but embraced in some circles as an important part of the country’s history and culture.Even before the arrival of Islam in Morocco, Jews called this North African coastal nation their home. About 400 years ago, the Moroccan Jewish community forged a strong connection and alliance with the country’s ruling dynasty, the Alaouites. In the 20th century, persecutions across Europe brought new waves of Jewish immigrants to Morocco seeking safe haven. Their hope was not in vain — in 1940, when the Nazi-controlled French government in Morocco issued anti-Semitic decrees, the Alaouite Sultan Mohammed V rejected the racist laws.

Researcher/Producer/Shooter, PBS

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/extremism-fight/

The North African country of Morocco has a series of religious training programs aimed at countering Islamic radicalism. Now, it is working to expand these programs to regional and even global levels. Government-funded institutes in the capital Rabat are educating imams — Muslim religious leaders — from countries such as Tunisia, Guinea, Ivory Coast and France to fight against extremist ideas in their communities. The two-year programs instruct these imams in Islamic subjects and religious thought as well as computer literacy so they can confront radicalism online.

Producer/Shooter, PBS

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/morocco-trains-female-spiritual-guides-fight-extremism-empower-women/

In Morocco, a school that trains imams to lead prayers in the country's many mosques is at the center of a government program to provide "spiritual security." Here, female students are studying to become spiritual guides, on a mission to combat extremist thought and raise women's status in Moroccan society. 

Producer/Shooter/Editor, PBS

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/morocco-strict-adoption-rules-leave-many-orphans-without-hope/

Orphanages in Morocco face a unique challenge in trying to find permanent homes for children in their care. A recent law has made it nearly impossible for many would-be parents, especially under the Islamist government. Special correspondent Kira Kay reports as part of a partnership with the Bureau for International Reporting.

Researcher, Partisan Pictures

http://partisanpictures.com/?film=the-white-house-inside-story

THE WHITE HOUSE: INSIDE STORY takes viewers on an intimate behind-the-scenes historical tour told through the first-person stories of First Family members, former employees, historians, members of the press and a rare informal interview with President Obama inside the Oval Office.

Photographer, Filmmaker Magazine

filmmakermagazine.com/issues/spring-2016/#.V3RtPJMrJE4

Played in writer/director/producer Anna Rose Holmer’s terrific, formally assured dramatic feature debut, The Fits, by the self-possessed and emotionally transparent Royalty Hightower, Toni has been drawn away from the comforting routine of  her boxing practice by the sounds, music and movement of the Lionesses and, by extension, the more adult world they represent. 

filmmakermagazine.com/96090-look-into-the-cut/

One filmmaker currently claiming mindshare with regards to VR editing strategies is Jessica Brillhart, who works in-house at Google on the Cardboard team. She most recently directed a short film,World Tour, for Google’s new Jump platform,and in the process developed what she is calling Probabilistic Experiential Editing, a concept that points to new ways to imagine montage in the VR age.

filmmakermagazine.com/95178-this-is-supposedly-the-age-for-things-to-come-together-more-sabrina-dridje-on-business-and-technology/#.Vd5xjNNViko

Developed through a partnership between IFP (also the publisher of Filmmaker Magazine) and The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the NYCEDC, the Media Center is a 20,000 square foot space in DUMBO, Brooklyn where storytellers and media/tech entrepreneurs from multiple disciplines create, collaborate, connect, and incubate. Now as the director of the space, Dridje continues to bring together innovators in film, video, gaming, technology and content creation to support the development of their start-ups and projects.  

Photographer, Independent Film Project/Indiewire

http://www.indiewire.com/article/5-tips-from-industry-pros-on-staying-afloat-in-the-documentary-field-20150925

http://www.indiewire.com/article/realizing-your-vision-on-a-budget-can-you-afford-to-shoot-on-film-20150924

http://www.indiewire.com/article/7-tips-for-nailing-your-narrative-film-pitch-20150923

Videographer, New York Magazine

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/03/occupied-east-village-building-collapses.html

An apparent gas explosion shook the East Village on Thursday afternoon and sparked a seven-alarm fire that leveled three buildings. The blast occurred at about 3:17 p.m. in 121 Second Avenue, near Seventh Street. That building was mixed-occupancy, with Sushi Park on the ground level and apartments above. Two other buildings, 119 and 123 Second Avenue, also caught fire and collapsed due to the explosion. 

Writer/Photographer, Storyhunter

https://storyhunter.com/blog/5-cool-vr-installations-at-sundance/

Assistant Editor, HUMAN

http://agency.thehumanstory.com/projects/unitednations/

HUMAN was tasked by the United Nations to create a seven part short film series that will play at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York on September 24th. The films cast a vision for the future of humanity to this historic gathering of heads of state and world leaders who will be present, the largest gathering of world leaders in human history. These films will inspire shifts in policy and are intended to engender empathy for all of humanity from the highest levels to the citizen level. These films were written to world leaders as human beings and thus they are universal.  The films are being released broadly to the world and used as a tool to let everyone know their rights as humans. 

Producer, One People One Reef

http://ulithimarineconservation.ucsc.edu/

Like many Pacific Island Nation communities, Ulithi and the Outer Islands are on the ‘front lines’ of rapid ecological change.  Resource management and protection is critical to their sovereignty and cultural integrity. Our project has succeeded in implementing community-based marine management by developing an authenticated Marine Resource Management plan. The communities of  Falalop, Asor and Mog Mog designed and implemented their management plans and are spreading the word to other islands.

Secretary of the Board, Santa Cruz Film Festival

http://santacruzfilmfestival.org/

We don't just watch films, we experience them. Pulling from the varied creative talents of our community we enhance each film screening by making it a unique event that cannot be replicated. You don't come here to see a film, you come to remember it.