WONDERFUL – a short film series

During a cold winter night a few years ago I was sitting in a bleak smoke-filled room at a Motel 6 in Santa Rosa, California with Matt Lytle; a 20-something-year-old who had spent several long years homeless. We were having a discussion about surviving the mental challenges of living on the streets. Matt said a lot of beautiful things that night. One that I never seem to forget was his comparison of the sound his skateboard wheels make gliding over smooth pavement to that of the sound a mother makes while comforting her baby by saying, “shhhuuush.”

He also told me that night that “in order for somebody to basically get out of the darkness and what not, they have to know that there is a light out there.” Those words and Matt’s ability to find so much beauty in his life during a time when it was so punishing is what inspired me to make this short film series titled, WONDERFUL.

WONDERFUL was screened this evening at a fundraising event for the non-profit Social Advocates for Youth who plan to open their Dream Center this fall. The Dream Center will be a place to help other homeless youth like Matt find a way out of the darkness.

– Erik Castro, April 18, 2015

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/125291244″>WONDERFUL – A Short Film Series (9:32)</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/erikcastro”>erik castro | photojournalist</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

WONDERFUL – coming soon

A lot of truly enjoyable work has gone into this video series. I had the opportunity to interview and film some wonderful people, and was able to write and record lots of new music, I got back on my Santa Cruz skateboard to do tracking shots, and best of all I got to share some stories worth hearing.

It’s called WONDERFUL and the film series will be out in April for on-line viewing at the website for the Santa Rosa non-profit Social Advocates for Youth.

Here’s the trailer:

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/122033978″>WONDERFUL – Trailer</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/erikcastro”>erik castro | photojournalist</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

time with winemakers & chefs

Spent some time with more interesting winemakers for SF Chronicle in which writer Jon Bonné has championed their style and end result of their efforts.
winemakers0201Winemaker Scott Schultz, Provisor Vineyard

winemakers0201Winemaker Leo Hansen, Stuhlmuller Vineyards

Also had the pleasure to spend time with 5 local Sonoma County chefs for Sonoma Magazine. I asked all chefs to bring to the shoot an object that they used daily or that they just couldn’t function without.Chef SeriesChef Ari Weiswasser/stainless steel pizza turner/Glen Ellen Star

Chef SeriesChef Shane McAnelly/bronze die for his Emiliomiti pasta machine/ Chalkboard Restaurant

Chef SeriesChef Darren McRonald/Food Lover’s Companion/The Pullman Kitchen

Chef SeriesChefs Matthew Williams & Moishe Hahn-Schuman/vintage Japanese hand-crank noodle machine/Ramen Gaijin

Chef SeriesChef Jesse Mallgren/handmade sashimi knife & sharpening stone found by a collector 50 years ago in a Tokyo barber-shop/Madrona Manor Restaurant

“Dance With Machines”

I produced this video of a new song by Girls+Boys titled, “Dance With Machines.” Shot in their rehearsal space. Part of a series of rehearsal space videos. – November 2014.an ERIK CASTRO motion picture © 2014.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/111585921″>Girls + Boys – “Dance With Machines”</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/erikcastro”>erik castro | photojournalist</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>