COOKING OIL: From Waste to Energy
A short promo documentary produced for Studio Xaquixe in 2015, illustrating their process of collecting oil from local establishments, producing a bottle and returning that bottle back into the local restaurant industry. Founded in 2002 by Salime Harp Cruces and Christian Thornton, Studio Xaquixe is a 380-square meter recycled glass-blowing facility that utilizes refined cooking oil, collected from local restaurants, to fuel it’s high-temperature furnace.
Xaquixe team members in order of appearance:
Jose Ramon, Salvador, Eli, Alvaro, Salime
The product of a project I began in June of 2015, this continuing documentary series focuses on bringing attention to a small network of sustainable craft studios in Oaxaca, Mexico. We succeeded in our goal to get computers and cameras into the hands of young individuals who are members of those artisan communities and train them to use the equipment in order to self-promote. As a team, we focused on documenting the process and practices of the featured studios, through organized visits. In May of 2016 the series premiered on CORTV, a public non-profit communication network that fosters the socio-cultural wealth of the state of Oaxaca. [project site]
Since 2016, I have done work as a camera operator/DP on several feature documentaries along with my personal documentary work. Most notably I was part of the documentary team behind Walking on Water, an uncensored look into the artistic process behind Christo’s large-scale installation in Lake Iseo, Italy.