Ilse Cruz was brought into the United States by her mother when she was 4 years old, and has no memories of her native Mexico. She also doesn’t feel truly American — because she’s undocumented.
As a high school senior, the discouraging realities of Cruz’s legal status have begun to set in: She’s wary of ever leaving the country to visit Mexico, she’s not sure if she can go to college, or apply for federal aid to make it possible.
In this short documentary, Ilse, we follow along as Cruz navigates the process of attempting to be in the United States legally.
Published February 2017 in The Atlantic's Editor's Picks Series
Busboy by night and community organizer by day, Cambodian American Johnny Yoeun leaves a life of violence on the streets to lay the groundwork for a hip hop activism movement in his Uptown Chicago neighborhood.
Situated on the corner of Church and Dodge, Ebony Barbershop has served the West Evanston community for more than 50 years. Today, Brigitte "Gigi" Giles runs the second-generation family business along with a cohort of young male barbers she mentors both professionally and personally.
We track down the offensive phrase’s Chicago roots and consider whether it’s time to retire it. For WBEZ's Curious City.
After her neighbor adopted five goats, Portage Park resident Jeanne Cuff wondered about Chicago’s livestock laws. For WBEZ's Curious City.
If you've ever walked over a sidewalk grade in Chicago and felt your stomach drop, you're not alone. But has anyone actually ever fallen in? For WBEZ's Curious City.
Every year in Noel Martinez's hometown in Honduras, people wait for the May rains to plant their fields and feed their animals. But for the last four years it's been abnormally dry--less rain has been falling later in the season and high temperatures have been breaking records. This pattern is precisely what climate change models predict for Central America as global temperatures rise. It's also what drove Noel to leave his family and cross the border to the U.S. in search of work.
For more of Noel's story, visit http://www.heatofthemoment.org/featur...
"Depth of Field" tells the story of climate change in Alaska through the lens of Denali National Park botanist Carl Roland, who reflects on "The Denali Repeat Photography Project," his personal undertaking to photograph landscape change in the park over time.
"Depth of Field" is part of a long-term project at WBEZ called "Heat of the Moment," an effort to tackle tough climate change conversations and feature the voices of everyday people experiencing unprecedented changes in the natural environment--ones that have larger economic, political and personal implications for us all.
A USDA proposal to lift a long-standing ban on Argentinian meat imports promises a more authentic culinary experience for the founders and patrons of Tango Sur, an Argentine steakhouse in Chicago.
The mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman hours before he was due to present an investigation to the Chamber of Deputies prompted national uproar. Buenos Aires residents share their reactions at a march in the historic Plaza de Mayo.
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Shot and edited concept video to "Midnight" remix by Kygo for Northwestern's Fusion Dance Company.
Shot and edited promo video for Northwestern Spectrum Theater Company's production of "Peter Pan."
Shot and edited concept video to Major Lazer's "Come On To Me" for Northwestern's Fusion Dance Company.
Shot and edited promo video for Northwestern Ballroom Latin & Swing Team's spring show, "BLAST Has a Secret."
Shot and edited promo video for Evanston custom wedding dress boutique Avail & Company.
Co-shot and co-edited a poetic homage to the Windy City.
Winner Campus Best Picture, Campus Movie Fest 2013