An excellent and inspiring story about a 16-year-old girl attempting the triple crown of endurance swimming. She completed the Catalina Channel swim in roughly 20 hours straight. I can't imagine how difficult that must have been through the jellyfish stings, sub-60 degree temperatures and choppy waters. Click here if you'd like to read more about Charlotte Samuels' incredible feat.
It saddens me that a church would defrock a their pastor for supporting and loving his son unconditionally. For claiming to be a religion full of love and acceptance, it is a shame that all of that love and acceptance fails to make the cut for the LGBT community. Frank Schaefer put his life in Pennsylvania on the line to do what any parent would be happy to do, marry off their child. In this case, it cost him his congregation, job, and home.
Luckily, some compassionate individuals offered him a chance to start fresh at a church in Isla Vista, Calif., where Schaefer has been working to build a new congregation. I hope that in the years to come, more religious leaders stand up for the LGBT community, like Schaefer has, even though it may "go against" the Bible's teachings. After all, Jesus was known for spending his time with the prostitutes, criminals, and tax collectors, while rebuking the religiously pious. Seems to be a theme that the church frequently forgets. If God is real, and his love is real, then that love should fall short of no one.
Please do yourself a favor and read Schaefer's story, it is certainly worth your time. I'm sure he would appreciate letters of support as well.
I just returned from a 2-week film shoot about highlining in the High Sierras. I worked with Cody Tuttle and Krystal Wright on the project and will be in the editing bay for the next couple months. Should have a trailer out in the next couple weeks. Stay on the lookout! Here's some photos from before I left for the trip at Boney Bluff and Santa Monica Skate Park. Hope you enjoy.
This has to be my favorite shoot of the year, so far. Tim and Eric (from Tim and Eric, Awesome Show, Great Job) have been my comedic idols since college. If you haven't seen it, give it a look, but just forewarning... it's not for everyone. I had an amazing opportunity to shoot the album art for their new single, Jambalaya, which was released on vinyl by Drag City Records. A limited edition record, complete with a dye-cut disc. And ironically enough, half of the song is on each side of the record, so you have to flip it over to hear the whole track. Big thanks to David McClymonds for assisting and Duke Aber for the incredible design work. This was a literal dream come true.