SnugHouse – Irie

 

The latest SnugHouse video has debuted! It’s amazing to see how far this band has come over the last year. In fact, you can catch them this Sunday at the Old Port Fest in Portland, Maine.

Check out their newest single, which I was privileged to film.

CodeX – Horizon Program

 

Since I was young, I was always lucky to have a computer at my fingertips, whether it was my dad’s PowerMac or the LCII in the school computer lab. To say that this access was formative in my life would be a huge understatement – I spend nearly every day in front of a computer, and that early understanding made learning video editing, compositing, graphic design and more incredibly intuitive.

When I found out that WEX was working with the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maine to provide laptops to students interested in coding, I knew I had to be there to document it. If any of the CodeX participants finish 12 hours of coding in their own time, they will get their very Chromebook to continue their learning.

As the number of technical and programming-based roles continue to grow and the number of qualified graduates struggles to keep up, it is more important than ever that we encourage students to explore STEM subjects.

Check the video to learn more.

Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project – Leandre, Former Client

 

The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project is a Portland-based non-profit that provides free legal services to immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers across the state of Maine.

When Leandre arrived in America, forced out by instability in his home country, he began again at square one. Left behind were his friends, his family, his possessions, and everything that he had worked so hard to attain. As he began to rebuild a life and a home, Leandre faced a new challenge: the legal intricacies that come with attempting to gain legal status in the United States. That’s where ILAP came in. Working closely with Leandre, they helped him work through the complex legal documents and procedure that mark the beginning of any immigrant’s life in America.

Listen to him tell his story. For more information, or to find out how to support the organization, visit ilapmaine.org.

Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project – Zaineb, Former Client

 

The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project is a Portland-based non-profit that provides free legal services to immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers across the state of Maine.

When Zaineb was finally able to gain refugee status after many years spent living in Iraq, Jordan, and Syria, she was unable to ensure her infant son could come with her. Her son, born in Syria, was not afforded the same protections and refugee status that Zaineb, an Iraqi native, was. With little choice, Zaineb came to the United States, but never stopped fighting to bring her son with her. ILAP stepped in to help with her case and, after many months, Zaineb was reunited with her son.

Listen to her tell her story. For more information, or to find out how to support the organization, visit ilapmaine.org.

Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project – Jane, Volunteer Attorney

 

The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project is a Portland-based non-profit that provides free legal services to immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers across the state of Maine. I was privileged to work with their wonderful development director, Loretta Prescott, on a series of videos that would act as bookmarks between their levels of giving.

Featuring interviews with former clients, board members, and volunteers, these short documentaries were meant to show the tremendous impact the organization has across our community. 

As a lawyer with more than forty years of experience, Jane was looking to find a way to use her skills to support the Portland community. That’s when she heard about ILAP. Familiar with the intricacies of the legal back-end of the immigration process, Jane works with ILAP clients to cut through the dozens of pages of legalese to make sense of a process that is fraught with emotion and hardship. Thanks to her tireless efforts, Maine has been able to welcome many new citizens.

Listen to her tell her story. For more information, or to find out how to support the organization, visit ilapmaine.org.

Shape & Color

Kelsey Haley is a textile and fashion designer in Portland, Maine. I met her through friends a few months back, but didn’t find out what she did until more recently. I found myself immediately drawn to the tactile, physical nature of her work, which is so far removed from the work I do.

I had to learn more!

I sat down with Kelsey for a few hours to talk about her work and to explore her studio. Again, the contrast was striking. Her space is a bright, loud, vivacious studio. It covered with great, beautiful things: patterns, fabrics, paints, examples. It stands in stark contrast to the dark quiet of the editing bay.

It’s always a blast to explore another’s art: take a peek and find out more!