As an artist, film and video maker, I am involved in the creative process while exploring, celebrating and documenting distinct cultures. The goal of the film and video work is to enrich, enlighten, increase tolerance and decrease fear and tension between cultures. I work collaboratively with members of these individual communities providing a forum to voice their untold stories, personal challenges and compelling triumphs. Social, artistic or political actions are placed within the context of their culture, imploring the viewer to confront old myths and discover a new perspective.
Through my collaborative approach to documentary filmmaking, I have gained the respect and confidence of members of the Haitian, Mayan, Carib and Garifuna communities. In addition, the documentaries have proven to be successful tools for cultural preservation. All unedited footage, field notes and transcriptions of the Caribbean documentary work is archived at the Center for Black Music Research in Chicago, Illinois.