An Inside Look at ‘The River and The Wall’ — Austin Monthly
May 1, 2019
The feature story for Austin Monthly’s May issue, this piece provides an up-close look at the people and inspiration behind The River and The Wall, a breathtaking adventure documentary that captures the nuance and beauty of the Texas-Mexico border. The film, which follows five characters on a 1200-mile journey by horse, bike, and boat along the Rio Grande, provides critical insight into the communities, places, and ecosystems that will be most impacted by a physical border wall.
‘Hurdle’ is a Gritty Tale of Hope and Survival — The Texas Observer
April 16, 2019
My review of ‘Hurdle,’ a documentary that follows two young Palestinians living in the shadow of the West Bank wall. The two men, Sami and Mohammad, attempt to weather the oppression and violence surrounding them through parkour and photography. A unique film with a powerful and timely message, the documentary intimately captures the pressure, pain and aspirations of Palestinians living under Israel occupation.
‘The River and The Wall’ is a Visually Stunning Borderland Adventure – The Texas Observer
March 15, 2019
My review of ‘The River and The Wall,’ a documentary seeking to capture the people, places, and wildlife that will be irrecoverably damaged by the construction of a southern border wall. The film, which debuted at SXSW in March, follows five conservationists who embark on a 1200-mile journey along the Texas-Mexico border by horse, bike, and boat. Along the way, they document the borderlands’ rich ecosystems, stop to speak with politicians and local stakeholders, and explore the alternatives to a southern border barrier.
In Good Hands — Austin Monthly
March 1, 2019
Musicians put Austin on the map, but rising costs of living and a shifting industry have made it all but impossible for them to make ends meet there. This feature for Austin Monthly’s March issue explores the mounting challenges the city’s musicians are facing and the organizations — including Health Alliance for Austin Musicians - HAAM, The SIMS Foundation, and Black Fret — who provide healthcare, economic aid, and mental healthcare to the folks who built The Live Music Capital of the World.
Suicide Among Veterinarians Has Become a Growing Problem — The Washington Post
My first piece with the Post details a chilling trend among some of America’s most selfless, caring professionals: veterinarians. Drawing on firsthand experience from current and former vets, this fascinating story sheds light on the multitude of factors fueling a suicide crisis among animal care workers across the country. Furthermore, this article explores the movement to provide veterinarians with the much-needed resources to curb the impacts of this harrowing issue.
All the Crazy Things America’s Corrupt Public Officials Bought with Your Money This Year — Observer
December 31, 2018
To kick off 2019 in proper fashion, I wrote a rundown of the most shameless political spending schemes exposed last year. Needless to say, they were... ridiculous. From Nashville Mayor Megan Barry’s $100,000 taxpayer-funded extra-marital affair to Ben Carson’s exceptionally expensive taste in dining decor to the Air Force’s embarrassing affinity for high-end drinking vessels and $14,000 toilet seats, scandals were exposed at every level of government and on both ends of the political spectrum in 2018 — proving once again that in a democracy, the people get the government they deserve.
The Next Step for Sekrit Theater — Austin Monthly
December 1, 2018
For years, Beau Reichert’s Sekrit Theater—a creative refuge known for its wild mix of art installations, experimental architecture, and a massive backyard movie theater—has been a staple in the Austin art community and a gathering spot for tourists. But as new development (and new people) moved into lots adjacent to the theater, the urban event space became a lightning rod for criticism and zoning complaints. It was more than Reichert, who created the space as a therapeutic outlet for his Asperger’s Syndrome, could handle. I sat down with the artist to discuss his lengthy battle with the city and his neighbors and his recent decision to switch things up and make Sekrit Theater ground zero for a sustainable community unlike any other.
How the Great American Road Trip Helped Me Deal With My Father’s Death — Adventure.com
November 13, 2018
After my father died of cancer, I was lost, depressed, and broken — so I packed up my car and embarked on a journey we’d once dreamt of taking together: The great American road trip. This story details the awe-striking places my travels took me (including the Grand Canyon, the Rocky Mountains, and the arches of Utah) but, more importantly, it captures the new perspective on life, death, and my father’s legacy I returned home with.
With Family Plots and Migratory Hubs In Its Crosshairs, The Border Wall Looms Large In Texas — Pacific Standard Magazine
October 15, 2018
After securing over $500 million in March to build a border barrier, the Department of Homeland Security has begun laying the foundation for the first miles of Donald Trump's long-promised wall. I traveled to Hidalgo County in the Rio Grande Valley to shine a light on this issue and document the longtime landowners, critical migratory hubs, endangered species, and protected public lands directly in its crosshairs.