Story by Kamau Ware
The New York Wild Film Festival took place this past January and was an amazing experience to photograph. It’s always great to meet friends of friends, so when Festival Founder who is also a friend of a friend, Nancy Rosenthal called me, i was thrilled to hear from her. When she explained the film festival’s theme – “Explore, Discover, Protect” – this project began to really intrigue me.
The New York Wild Film Festival is a 3-day event held at the Explorers Club featuring stories that challenge you to think differently about our impact and relationship with nature. It’s a visual treat that makes you think and feel.
Being able to meet passionate filmmakers from all over the world who are activists using their films to make a difference was an added bonus. Those kind of experiences stay with you.
It wasn’t possible to watch all the films but here go a list of those that were taken in and admired for their narrative, message, and cinematography. There are films that were missed sadly but hey… i was working.
Below are some of the quotes that i collected from the people i met. It was a wonderful environment. If we shoot this event next year, we may do a pre-festival story too. We’ll keep you posted.
“I returned home to San Diego after the New York WILD Film Festival motivated and committed to spend more time doing work that matters. Many thanks to New York WILD for the perspective on what matters.”
– Blair Ryan
“This event exceeded our expectations on every level. It was a short trip from San Diego when you consider how much global perspective we gained. It was especially inspiring to meet the film makers, explorers and global activists who are leading the charge in protecting our planet. We look forward to coming back in future years and staying involved with this wonderful community.”
– Peter H. Nerothin
“NY Wild Film Festival is a great place to learn about other places, people, customs, and ways of life while also bringing together like-minded and passionate individuals who are striving to make the world a better place.”
– Kelly Thompson
“As avid adventurers on both land and sea the New York Wild Film Festival is an event not to miss. The films both inspire and revive our passions to connect to the wild world and dare to believe in a little magic which has yet to be discovered. “
– Rose Horn & Fabio Peixoto
Story by Kamau Ware ( introducing Rashel Medina)
This may sound like an exaggeration but one of the best books i have ever held is Sew Fab by my wife Lesley Ware. It’s been an amazing ride watching her develop as a creative and entrepreneur. When we first met 11 years ago, she stepped into my gallery looking to buy her first piece of original art. Now she’s a published author and we collect art together.
All artists and entrepreneurs have to be a little crazy to take risks and leaps. It also requires a great deal of faith and hard work, perhaps more faith than craziness. Lesley and i work together as a creative team and share our dreams and reign each other in when needed. When Lesley had the idea to write a book about sewing four years ago, we were both excited but she exceeded my expectations when it came to her drive. In less than one year she earned the interest of her favorite publisher Laurence King of London, found a cool agent, and had a schedule in place to get all the writing done.
Sew Fab was released in February and the response has been inspiring. My personal favorite is seeing the young fashionistas posing with it on Instragram using the hashtag #sewfab or #sewfabbook. My second favorite is seeing adults who collect this piece as an art book. It’s really something for anyone who is interested in developing their own style. Check out this trailer we did for Lesley to get a feel for the energy it generates.
These photos were taken at the McNally Jackson book signing featured in the video above. There will be more signings and more videos in the future including one at the Brooklyn Museum on May 2nd. If you or someone you know is interested in fashion and doesn’t know how to sew, this is a perfect start.
These young fashionistas hosted a party for Lesley in Brooklyn, which was an amazing stylish mix of adults chatting about parenthood and budding creatives making bows, playing games, and eating sweets. My photography student, Rashel Medina, was on deck to run the photo booth. It was a proud moment all around. A fabulous book, party, and the photos turned out great. Looking forward to working with Lesley to make the next dream come true. Stay tuned…
RASHEL MEDINA PHOTOS
The next book signing will be at Brooklyn Museum from 5-7pm for Target First Saturday. It’s a free event. Hope to see you at this amazing historic moment for Lesley and Sew Fab.
Find out more about Sew Fab at lesleyware.com.
February 10th 2014 was a fun celebration of the Chinese New Year at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). It was our first time working MOCA and we wanted to be sure to do a good job. The event turned out to be one of the most memorable photographic experiences of 2014. Great Chinese food from celebrity chefs Kian Lam Kho, Irene Khin Wong, and Pichet Ong. The atmosphere was festive, making it a spectacular space to photograph people, food, and environments.
There were other celebrities in addition to the chefs. Filmmaker Ang Lee was there enjoying conversation and signing a few autographs.
MOCA’s 2014 gala in December was fabulous too. Check that out here.
MOCA’s mission is to celebrate the living history of the Chinese experience in America, to inspire our diverse communities to contribute to America’s evolving cultural narrative and civil society, and to empower and bridge our communities across generations, ethnicities and geography.