Category: Video | Narrative Storytelling


A Master’s academic and professional thesis project, “What’s Your Story” or “First person narratives for nonprofit public relations: Empathy, engagement, empowerment and change,” focuses on the prospect of narrative, non-fiction, first person short videos for nonprofit organizations as an effective means to bring about empathy and behavioral change through digital social sharing – How can the use of such narratives be a valuable strategy to transform how we perceive, connect, and, ultimately, help others?

The thesis project draws upon public relations and transportation theory, to address the current communication activities and challenges of Women AdvaNCe: a nonpartisan organization committed to delivering thoughtful knowledge, advocacy content and building a network and community for women leaders and leaders-to-be in North Carolina.

In addition, during the spring of 2017,  two short documentary style films were produced to assist WomenAdvaNCe in their communication and relationship-building efforts.



Excerpts from my narrative storytelling work.


Video | A documentary short story about Finn, a 81 years old Danish retired bricklayer that recently lost his wife and traveled abroad for the first time after she passed away in 2015. Finn travelled on a bike from Denmark to Norway as part of a Cycling Without Age long-ride trip.

Part of a narrative storytelling project developed for Cycling Without Age, a not-for-profit organization in Denmark.




  • Envision Kindness Student Photography and Film Contest – 1st place ‘Popular Choice Award’


  • All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival 2016
    3rd place – Student Documentary Film
    1st place – Audience Choice Award; Super Short Documentary
  • Headwaters Film Festival 2016
    Second prize
  • NYC Short Documentary Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection
  • Kalamazoo Bicycle Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection 
  • Full Bloom Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection 
  • New Urbanism Film Festival 2016
    Official Selection




Videos | In the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil, patients and experts talk about the pain and consequences of living with leishmaniasis, a neglected disease. 

A video, documentary journalistic series produced for the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) in Latin America, a collaborative, patients’ needs-driven, non-profit drug research and development (R&D) organization that is developing new treatments for neglected diseases. The videos were used with the organization’s social media strategy and platforms.


350 million people in 98 countries are at risk of contracting leishmaniasis, a disease caused by Leishmania, transmitted by sandflies. Although there is some progress in drug development, especially for visceral leishmaniasis (also known as kala-azar), current drugs remain expensive, toxic, difficult to administer, or ill-suited for use in remote areas. There is a lack of adequate treatment in Africa and Latin America. While there are some treatments recommended by WHO, sustainable access to treatment is not widely available in endemic countries.


A young mother struggles to access treatment, support and a better life for her family since burdened with cutaneous leishmaniasis.


João Lucas was only 8 months old when he was diagnosed with visceral leishmaniasis. This video is a tribute to his early-on struggles and a celebration of his successful treatment.


Moacir struggles with diffuse cutaneous leishmaniasis, a disease with horrific physical and psychological burdens, and the lack of available and accessible treatments for 25 years.


A young, working boy, almost loses his means and motivation when treating against visceral leishmaniasis, a fatal disease.




Video | A man, a leader, a husband, a father – Kennedy Imedi works with youth in his village to raise awareness about reproductive health issues and inspire the next generation of community leaders.


UNC School of Journalism/CARE International project conducted in Ntcheu, Malawi, March 2015.

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Video | At age 12, Christian Denoux is living proof that it is never too early to start helping others!

Part of a narrative storytelling project developed for Cycling Without Age, a not-for-profit organization in Denmark.


  • Envision Kindness Student Photography and Film Contest – 2nd place ‘Documentary Film”



Video | On being a mother.