Monica Wise

Monica Wise

 The Guardian:  Dead or imprisoned for having an abortion:  fighting El Salvador's brutal laws – video  The total ban on abortion in this deeply religious Central American country means that women have been jailed over miscarriages, or died as a result of unsafe terminations. But amid growing protests, politicians may finally bow to pressure to overturn El Salvador’s draconian anti-abortion laws. I shot this with  Victoria Bouloubasis  on an  IWMF Fellowship. 

The Guardian: Dead or imprisoned for having an abortion: fighting El Salvador's brutal laws – video

The total ban on abortion in this deeply religious Central American country means that women have been jailed over miscarriages, or died as a result of unsafe terminations. But amid growing protests, politicians may finally bow to pressure to overturn El Salvador’s draconian anti-abortion laws. I shot this with Victoria Bouloubasis on an IWMF Fellowship. 

 Since mid-October 2017, more than 5000 Tzotzil indigenous people in Chalchihuitán have been displaced by paramilitary activity triggered by a territorial dispute. Automatic gunfire, burnt houses, and people hiding in the mountains for 2-3 months. This is the same set of events that happened before the Acteal massacre 20 years ago in Chiapas, Mexico, when 45 peaceful Tzotzil indigenous people were killed by PRI-aligned paramilitaries while local security forces stood by and let it happen.    Here  are some testimonials I filmed in Chalchihuitán, the day before the Acteal Anniversary.  And here is the  full report  on Animal Politico which came out the day after they left the camps.   Read my colleague Katie Schlechter’s report that came out on the anniversary of the Acteal massacre here:  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/mexico-renewed-land-dispute-displaces-5000-chiapas-171222163355229.html

Since mid-October 2017, more than 5000 Tzotzil indigenous people in Chalchihuitán have been displaced by paramilitary activity triggered by a territorial dispute. Automatic gunfire, burnt houses, and people hiding in the mountains for 2-3 months. This is the same set of events that happened before the Acteal massacre 20 years ago in Chiapas, Mexico, when 45 peaceful Tzotzil indigenous people were killed by PRI-aligned paramilitaries while local security forces stood by and let it happen. 

Here are some testimonials I filmed in Chalchihuitán, the day before the Acteal Anniversary.

And here is the full report on Animal Politico which came out the day after they left the camps. 

Read my colleague Katie Schlechter’s report that came out on the anniversary of the Acteal massacre here: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/mexico-renewed-land-dispute-displaces-5000-chiapas-171222163355229.html

 OZY:   CREATING A SAFE SPACE FOR WOMEN IN MEXICO CITY   I made this video about the tough young women who run “Punto Gozadera,” a lesbo-trans-feminist restaurant, club & community in the heart of Mexico City. I asked these “lesbofeministas” to share their model of a queer safe space with the world. Mexico ranks among the worst countries in the world for violence against women; six women are killed due to their gender every day. This short features women who work tirelessly to maintain a safe space for their community in a state that is not, “en un estado de femicidio tan cabrón," or within a terrible state of femicide. Image:  https://www.hannahcauhepe.com/

OZY:  CREATING A SAFE SPACE FOR WOMEN IN MEXICO CITY

I made this video about the tough young women who run “Punto Gozadera,” a lesbo-trans-feminist restaurant, club & community in the heart of Mexico City. I asked these “lesbofeministas” to share their model of a queer safe space with the world. Mexico ranks among the worst countries in the world for violence against women; six women are killed due to their gender every day. This short features women who work tirelessly to maintain a safe space for their community in a state that is not, “en un estado de femicidio tan cabrón," or within a terrible state of femicide. Image: https://www.hannahcauhepe.com/

 This  sixth International Jazz Day  concert was filmed at the Gran Teatro in Havana, Cuba and streamed live around the world in April of 2017. Hosted by Will Smith, this concert was a true coming together of cultures - the melding of Afro-Cuban and American jazz. I shot behind the scenes and on the streets for the PBS special and BET broadcast.

This sixth International Jazz Day concert was filmed at the Gran Teatro in Havana, Cuba and streamed live around the world in April of 2017. Hosted by Will Smith, this concert was a true coming together of cultures - the melding of Afro-Cuban and American jazz. I shot behind the scenes and on the streets for the PBS special and BET broadcast.

  AJ+ Deportados Unidos En La Lucha.  Only another deportee will understand what it's like to leave a life behind in the U.S. Now they're helping each other. I shot and produced this video about this collective that continues to support deportees in Mexico City.

AJ+ Deportados Unidos En La Lucha. Only another deportee will understand what it's like to leave a life behind in the U.S. Now they're helping each other. I shot and produced this video about this collective that continues to support deportees in Mexico City.

  THE ATLANTIC : A Migrant Farmworker's Words for Trump. Originally titled  Una Mala Hierba // A Bad Weed . Reyna is an organic farmer in Ventura County who is a strong defender of environmental justice and farm worker rights. I shot/directed.produced this as part of the  America Heard Webseries . It was featured as an editor's pick on The Atlantic and was one of the channel's most watched videos. Edited by  Pilar Timpane.

THE ATLANTIC: A Migrant Farmworker's Words for Trump. Originally titled Una Mala Hierba // A Bad Weed. Reyna is an organic farmer in Ventura County who is a strong defender of environmental justice and farm worker rights. I shot/directed.produced this as part of the America Heard Webseries. It was featured as an editor's pick on The Atlantic and was one of the channel's most watched videos. Edited by Pilar Timpane.

 TELESUR:  Women as the Backbone of the Standing Rock Resistance.   The women of   #NoDAPL   have been the backbone of this movement and are part of a larger story.  This is our most watched and shared video of the four shorts I co-produced for TeleSUR at Standing Rock. 

TELESUR: Women as the Backbone of the Standing Rock Resistance. The women of #NoDAPL have been the backbone of this movement and are part of a larger story. This is our most watched and shared video of the four shorts I co-produced for TeleSUR at Standing Rock. 

  Reportaje  para TeleSUR: EEUU: mujeres, la base de lucha contra el proyecto "Dakota Access"

Reportaje para TeleSUR: EEUU: mujeres, la base de lucha contra el proyecto "Dakota Access"

  NBC  Latino,  Humanizing America : Standing Rock I shot and produced this video for The Futuro Media Group and NBC Latino with journalist Maria Hinojosa and tribal rights attorney and Bernie Sander's advisor Tara Houska.

NBC Latino, Humanizing America: Standing Rock
I shot and produced this video for The Futuro Media Group and NBC Latino with journalist Maria Hinojosa and tribal rights attorney and Bernie Sander's advisor Tara Houska.

 2017 DOCUMENTARY STORYTELLING  REEL

2017 DOCUMENTARY STORYTELLING REEL

  History Now:   SOIL Haiti   Video . My  footage of Soil Haiti’s work was also used to showcase their accomplishments   with their award at the 2016 Stockholm’s Eat Forum.

History Now: SOIL Haiti Video. My footage of Soil Haiti’s work was also used to showcase their accomplishments with their award at the 2016 Stockholm’s Eat Forum.

 PBS:  America By The Numbers :  The New Deciders.  I was the AP and Second Camera on this hour long PBS special on the changing electorate in the US, which premiered September 6th, 2016. Trailer  here.

PBS: America By The NumbersThe New Deciders. I was the AP and Second Camera on this hour long PBS special on the changing electorate in the US, which premiered September 6th, 2016. Trailer here.

 TELESUR:  The Water Protectors Who Stayed at Standing Rock . I produced this video for TeleSUR English while at Standing Rock early January 2017. Water protectors at Standing Rock fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline are showing resilience as hundreds continue to stay at the camps braving harsh storms and sub-zero temperatures.

TELESUR: The Water Protectors Who Stayed at Standing Rock. I produced this video for TeleSUR English while at Standing Rock early January 2017. Water protectors at Standing Rock fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline are showing resilience as hundreds continue to stay at the camps braving harsh storms and sub-zero temperatures.

  Did Something Right  Tim is a pest control business owner and farmer in Fillmore, CA. While he doesn’t like Trump, he voted Republican because he didn’t want to cross party lines. I directed, shot and produced this as part of the  America Heard webseries  that launched on Inauguration Day 2017. 

Did Something Right Tim is a pest control business owner and farmer in Fillmore, CA. While he doesn’t like Trump, he voted Republican because he didn’t want to cross party lines. I directed, shot and produced this as part of the America Heard webseries that launched on Inauguration Day 2017. 

  Bob’s Bernie Hens.  I directed/shot/produced this short film as part of the  America Heard Webseries . Bob Shepherd lives a sustainable life as an organic chicken farmer in the Republican farmer town of Fillmore, CA. He loves his hens and says they love Bernie too, “they are working girls after all.”

Bob’s Bernie Hens. I directed/shot/produced this short film as part of the America Heard Webseries. Bob Shepherd lives a sustainable life as an organic chicken farmer in the Republican farmer town of Fillmore, CA. He loves his hens and says they love Bernie too, “they are working girls after all.”

 TELESUR:  Trump & DAPL , C0-produced for TeleSUR English. Indigenous people and environmental activists scored a huge victory last December, when they pressured former President Barack Obama’s administration to bring construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline ( #DAPL ) to a temporary halt. But now with Donald Trump as President, many say the fight is just beginning.

TELESUR: Trump & DAPL, C0-produced for TeleSUR English. Indigenous people and environmental activists scored a huge victory last December, when they pressured former President Barack Obama’s administration to bring construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (#DAPL) to a temporary halt. But now with Donald Trump as President, many say the fight is just beginning.

 PBS:  America By The Numbers  :   The New Deciders.   I was the AP and Second Camera   with host Maria Hinojosa on this hour long PBS special on the changing electorate in the US. It premiered September 6th, 2016. Trailer   here.

PBS: America By The NumbersThe New Deciders. I was the AP and Second Camera with host Maria Hinojosa on this hour long PBS special on the changing electorate in the US. It premiered September 6th, 2016. Trailer here.

 Mood Ring Productions Produced The Posture Studio Presents:  Austin Green

Mood Ring Productions Produced The Posture Studio Presents: Austin Green

  Mood Ring  edited The Center's  Women's Event 16 Promo

Mood Ring edited The Center's Women's Event 16 Promo

  I shot Behind the Scenes of this   Playout NYC  Brand  Video

I shot Behind the Scenes of this Playout NYC Brand Video

 The Posture Studio Presents:  Michel Bellici

The Posture Studio Presents: Michel Bellici

 We produced 6 Architectural League  Prize  2015  Videos

We produced 6 Architectural League Prize 2015 Videos

  BTS   Playout NYC     Brand   Video

BTS Playout NYC Brand Video

  Tyke Dance  Artist Spotlight and Dance Film  Teaser

Tyke Dance Artist Spotlight and Dance Film Teaser