After a cherished heirloom breaks, a grandfather and granddaughter must accept the deeper loss that binds them in order to restore music to their lives.

Dreaming Up

Why is play vital to learning? Enter a world of clay snowmen, Lego propellers, and tissue-paper parachutes to see through the eyes of children how open-ended challenges drive discovery and build character. The maker movement may conjure 3D printers in the public imagination, but the underlying processes of maker education indicate a way of thinking available to all, no matter what materials you have to start.


What does it mean to be present? What does it mean to experience the world only through the process of creating an enduring record? This 16mm short is a reflection on the relationship between photography and memory and my first analog film project.

My First Time…

A gestalt of retro aesthetics featuring personal anecdotes about early experiences with the internet from the Berkman Klein Center community. What was your “first time” like?

Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word

A stop motion animation adopting the writing and erasure cycle of a palimpsest. A trailer for the like-named book on the history of writing by my colleague, Matthew Battles.

Feral Trees

Ailanthus altissima—the tree in the novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. An experimental documentary short about this urban invasive species made in collaboration with Sarah Newman (stills) and Matthew Battles (narration).

Digital Archive of Japan Disasters

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude-9 earthquake shook northeastern Japan, triggering a tsunami leaving chaos and destruction in its wake. One domino effect was the radioactive water leak at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant complete with a level 7 nuclear meltdown. This video illustrates features of a federated online archive aggregating the many media documenting the events.

Cold Storage

In a refrigerator upon a hill nested in a dense forest within a guarded compound—cherry pickers launch skyward to retrieve from the Harvard Depository’s 10 million books, films, papers, & microforms. A film and interactive website about the future of libraries in dialogue with Alain Resnais 1956 documentary, All the World’s Memory.

Eye of the Storm

Flying amidst the storm clouds of Boston’s historic 2015 winter over Harvard’s campus.

What is Curarium?

Curarium — what is it? Even if you pegged it as an aquarium for curating, what exactly does that mean? To point out some of the features and functions that Curarium enables with various types of collections, I put together this animation for the metaLAB at Harvard.

Border Cuts

I made this video based on the concept design by Lanfranco Aceti and in collaboration with Vincent Brown, during their time at the Beautiful Data workshop we hosted at metaLAB.

A Memorable Encounter

I made this video based on the concept design of Gudrun Buehl and Pietro Santachiara’s Voices Void project, exploring more intimate manners of encounter with art.

Cold Storage Trailer

Out at the Harvard Depository in Southborough, Massachusetts there are many stories to tell. How do the books come to and from campus nearly an hour away?

The Cleaning

A short shot as a test of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera featuring Jacob Sherburne.

My Harvard Housing Experience

A reel with select clips from the short films I made in college.

Fetchnotes. Simple.

Fetchnotes is a note-taking app, which uses hashtags, “@” symbols, and other conventions to expedite the quick dump and retrieval of ideas both singularly and socially.

Meet the Startup Institute

Startup Institute works with professionals, career changers, and dynamic individuals to equip them with the skills needed to have an immediate impact on the startup company they join.

Favecast: Share and Discover Great Places

Favecast is an app for a community driven to discover and share great places through video.

Open for Business Documentary

The goal of the project (ongoing) is to tell the stories of entrepreneurs and innovators who are struggling to create companies and jobs in the US.

This is What Democracy Looks Like

Protesters rally against Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s administration following crackdowns on freedom of expression & right to assembly.

Ghost Multimedia Installation Project

A database documentary made in collaboration with Jeffrey Schnapp and exhibited at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art as part of the Host & Guest Exhibition.

Work at the White House

I spent the first half of 2012 working with the White House Office of Digital Strategy video team.

Walking in a New York Wonderland

Capturing a combination of stills and high-speed video, this project set out to highlight the contrast between the bustle of the New York everyday and those moments in life that teach us that every gaze is a destination—not just that place where your meeting will be in 20 minutes. This December time lapse began in […]

Running Form in 30 Seconds

With tips assembled from barefoot running research, the pose method, and studying the pros, this video was intended to simplify proper running technique into a 30 second starter package.

Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

Produced for Greatist to put a twist on the age-old Thanksgiving question: does turkey makes you sleepy? Preparation for this piece included clay turkey sculpting and choreographing a turkey touchdown dance.

Do Not Feed the Squirrels

One afternoon I set out to capture some of the little details that make Madison Square Park an oasis amidst the Manhattan urban landscape. Produced for Greatist, a health, fitness, & wellness website based in New York City.

Microfinance in Ghana

I spent the summer of 2011 documenting the micro-finance work of Opportunity International in Ghana.

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