November 14th, 2012
The Unity Council celebrates the hard work and strong leadership of CEO Gilda Gonzales.
The Unity Council is a non-profit community development corporation committed to enriching the quality of life of families primarily in the Fruitvale District of Oakland. Its mission is to help families and individuals build wealth and assets through comprehensive programs of sustainable economic, social and neighborhood development.
Directed, Shot & Edited by Brandon Moore
Lighting/Gaffer: Matthew Rome
Sound/Audio: Shawn Doyle
Elemental Awareness hit the road with a van full of product to visit our friends on the Flathead, Apache and Navajo reservations. We got a chance to drive through some amazing parts of the country and skate with the kids on these reservations.
Through Element’s “Changing lives through skateboarding” program, we were able to give away more than 100 pairs of shoes, 50 skateboards and tons of other products donated by Element. Needless to say, the kids were hyped and received some much needed gear.
Shot/Edited by Brandon Moore
Music by Loren Humphrey
For the past three years I’ve had the pleasure to work with Element Skateboards, a parent company of Billabong International, on a variety of projects centered around contemporary artists and skateboarding. Directing and shooting these projects has taken me to many beautiful places, but has also challenged me to employ unique styles of filmmaking. Similar to the approach of the counter culture artists and athletes I’ve documented, I’ve had to exercise a “Guerilla” style filmmaking approach. In an environment where everyone and everything is spontaneous, you need to be ready for anything. I couldn’t ask for anything more exciting.
Elemental Awareness packed up the van and hit the road for 10 days through the southwest. We visited many good friends on the Apache, Navajo and Hopi Reservations along the way hosting three skateboard events and having a great time doing it. Thanks to everybody who made this trip possible. We are looking forward to the next one!
ABOUT ELEMENTAL AWARENESS
The mission of Elemental Awareness is to educate and inspire young people to develop self-esteem, social and environmental awareness and the tools to lead successful lives.
Elemental Awareness is founded upon the belief that a person can positively impact their world through an active involvement in their passions. By using our programs as the vehicle, we aim to encourage confidence and instill the realization that it is possible to be successful in life by doing what you love.
Check them out here: ElementalAwareness.Org