I am majoring in Politics (B.A.) and Documentary Production (B.A.) with a minor in Linguistics at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York with the eventual goal of entering political theory and IR research.
My goal is to integrate my audiovisual work with my political theory research. I’ve produced a documentary with local NGOs that aired on a PBS affiliate station. I hope to keep producing socially relevant films, research, and journalism.
I tend to focus my work on political and social theory, labor and migrant rights, and language. I am mostly fluent in French and Spanish and can do some translation and interpretation from those languages into English.
I mainly keep the home and video sections of this site up to date. In general, that entire photo section should be revised at some point, I just keep putting that off. Finally, I am starting to post more of my writing on this site, as well as on my social media.
Latest Work: El Deliverista (working title) Film Preview
Documentary Workshop – Fall 2021 – Ithaca College
While the use of food delivery services like DoorDash has exploded in U.S. urban areas like NYC, workers’ rights have only gotten worse. Every day, some 80,000 delivery cyclists risk traffic collisions, extreme weather, theft, and even murder.
Sammy Escalante is a bike delivery worker in NYC organizing with the labor advocacy group Los Deliveristas Unidos. Through his advocacy and photography, Sammy is uniting the workers to raise awareness for their exploitation and help them push for change.
Julien Sobel (Director)
Lesley Paredes (Producer)
Ben DiNoia (Director of Photography)
Edie McRoberts (Editor & Assist. Cinematographer)
Spotlight: Half-Hour Documentary Project: Home is here
Completed June 2020
A look into the life of Dolores, an undocumented farmworker in Upstate New York, as she talks about her experiences, the struggles she’s dealt with, and the work she is doing to help others in similar situations.
This film is the culmination of about 9 months of work, so if you enjoyed the film, please consider donating to this aid fund for DACA and undocumented students in Tompkins County (the county where Ithaca, NY is located).
(Spanish/English audio, English subtitles)
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