Before shooting 36 Hours for The New York Times, we were Pop-locking our way through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. Peruvian Pop is three minutes of Inca ruins, alpacas, great hats, and possibly the dumbest/coolest thing we’ve ever committed to video. This got way more attention than we ever expected, including being officially endorsed by the nation of Peru.
Stories from the Holyland
The following is a collection of videos from David’s experience in the Holyland, living and working with The Tiziano Project in Israel and the West Bank. His team was nominated for an American Giving Award for their work in community journalism.
Jerusalem in 60 Seconds
When David was researching for the following piece, he came across several boring videos on the long history of old Jerusalem, and he decided that he didn’t want to add to that pool. This is a glimpse of one of the holiest cities on Earth, un-boringly presented in just 60 seconds. Before you begin, we should mention that the inherit brevity implied by this video’s concept reduces a whole lot of history into a few winded soundbites. Welcome to Jerusalem. Try not to blink.
Video Portrait | The West Bank
Upworthy said that “this is the only video you’ll ever need to derail that awkward Mideast political conversation you can’t deal with.” While we’d love to believe that, we think it’s safer to temper expectations and refer to it as a glimpse at the West Bank, filmed between Ramallah and Bethlehem.
Video Portrait | West Jerusalem
West Jerusalem is a sociopolitical term referring to the part of Jerusalem that is mainly Jewish in population – the other half, East Jerusalem, being comprised mostly by Palestinian Arabs. Close friends may have heard the story of a unique souvenir David acquired while shooting this video – a grenade pin he’s been using as a keychain. The crazy bits at the end of this video are where he got that from.
Art On The Seam
This is the first 30 seconds of a longer look at the artwork along the wall in the West Bank. This controversial canvas and politically sensitive barrier has attracted the attention of many international street artists over the last few years, such as Banksy, Blu, JR, Faile, Conor Harrington, and most recently our good friend, Shai Dahan.
Climbing Mt. Fuji
This mini, reality-style doc, follows David as he reunites with his brother in Japan to climb Mt. Fuji.