Iowa’s Creative Corridor stretches from Iowa City to Cedar Rapids along I-380 and is home to more than two dozen municipalities, multiple higher education facilities, the world-famous Iowa Writer’s Workshop, dozens of arts organizations, nearly 30 Fortune 500 companies and more than a dozen international organizations.
The counties of Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Washington comprise ICC’s regional economy. Located in east central Iowa, the Creative Corridor encompasses about 4,400 square miles and is home to more than 445,000 residents.
Public Property lead singer Dave Bess works on his new solo album Man vs. Bear in Iowa City, Iowa. Bess collaborated with Toots Hibbert at Anchor Studios in Kingston Jamacia on the album and spent well over a year working on it.
Client: Simply Organic
Creative Director: Brad Rich
Editor: John Richard
Director / DP John Richard
Additional Video: Kai Stark
Working with the support of five United Way partner agencies, Larry Eason of Cedar Rapids has been able to start his own successful small business, while at the same time caring for his five children.
I had the opportunity to photograph the Iowa Hawkeye football game against the Pittsburgh Panthers from 4,000 feet up in the sky. Prints of this and other images will be available from the University of Iowa Photo Service at http://uiowaphotoservice.photoshelter.com
Last year, I had the opportunity to film my friend Charlie Wittmack as he prepared for an adventure called The World Triathlon. This involved swimming the English Channel, riding a bicycle to Nepal, and climbing Mount Everest. Charlie recently completed the journey and ESPN has created an amazing multimedia site dedicated to telling his story.
Not only is Public Property ‘s Dave Bess recording a new solo album this summer, he is also hitting the road with his girlfriend Anna Jo Erickson to vend coffee and fruit-smoothies out of their new mobile coffee van. You can find out about Besspresso and see where they can be found on their website, http://besspresso.com
The month of May is National Historic Preservation Month, and in Iowa City we celebrate Irving B. Weber Days in honor of the town’s official historian. Weber wrote more than 800 articles in The Iowa City Press-Citizen about events big and small. With help from the Lions Club, he also helped produce a series of videos to highlight some of his stories. As an aspiring history-buff, I have been making my way through this collection (which is available at the Iowa City Public Library). For this video, I mashed up some outtakes to R.Kelly’s epic R&B opera, Trapped in the Closet.
A couple of weeks ago, I shot these readings by Iowa Writers’ Workshop students Jessica Laser and Alex Walton for PBS News Hour. The program can be seen in its entirety here.