This production is a reflection of all the amazing people I met and worked with in Cape Town, South Africa during the summer of 2015 - South Africa's winter - and the power of a single idea, dropping into the bucket of hope for a community that only deserves the best. Not because we know what's best for them, but because they do.
I decided to share the story of Egoli, an informal settlement. Our time with the community was brief, and I hope to return as soon as I can, but my team mobilized and installed two Liter of Light bottles in separate homes and passed on the know-how in the form of tangible laminated manuals. This couldn't have been accomplished without the invaluable help of mentors (our professor, teaching assistant & IES Abroad staff), two students who had worked in Egoli in the past, and most importantly, the community members themselves.
Female bodybuilders overcome multiple obstacles throughout their fitness journeys, from rigorous workout regimens to self-doubt. A part of the multimedia package America's Lifting Ladies, this video follows one UT Austin senior, sharing her reasons for getting involved in the sport, her competition preparation and what bodybuilding means to her.
Brass Ovaries is a unique space within the Austin community which has fostered its own community with people from all walks of life, each with their own personal reasons for pursuing the sport. I edited this video as part of the larger multimedia investigation Austin’s premiere pole dancing studio allows students to embrace their inner monkey, which explores the stigma surrounding pole, what it means to those who practice it and its various physical and mental effects.