Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sleep will never visit you anyway

'if you're still the person you used to be
and understand how much you're needed,
how a sign from you can set me free."

-- Carl Dennis

Monday, May 23, 2011

Siren song of the South

About a month ago, I went down to Delhi, Louisiana, with my fellow filmmakers from Amorphous Films to work on my documentary. This trip was so much more productive than our trip last year. We're planning to head back down in September. Here are a few shots from interviews inside the Delhi Church of Christ and also on Hell Street, where my grandma grew up.





To see all the photos so far from the documentary, check out my Flickr album.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

de Colores

I made this video and wrote this story for the Oregonian about a town's first student mariachi band.

Hillsboro School District Mariachi band from Casey Parks on Vimeo.

HILLSBORO -- The Hillsboro student mariachi band already had played the Mexican folk song "De Colores" twice, but band leader Dan Bosshardt wanted to hear it one more time.

"Let me hear just the violins," he said. "Now the trumpets."

Bosshardt, who teaches music at Lincoln Street Elementary School, broke the song down to a few notes at a time, showing one student how to angle her wrist and another how quickly to strum his guitar.

"Next week is the super-most-important week in the history of Hillsboro mariachi," Bosshardt said. "It's our last chance to practice before the big day."

Joshua Arciga-Reyna, 17, fidgeted with his trumpet. Sometimes he hits a sour note, and he wanted the band to be perfect before its performance May 24 in front of the Hillsboro School Board. The board meeting is their chance to prove that the mariachi band is worth the district's investment, Arciga-Reyna said.

"It's an honor to perform in front of the school board," he said. "They're the bosses of all bosses. But I feel pressure, too. If we make a mistake, I worry they might think, 'So long, mariachi band.' I don't want that to happen."

Read the rest on Oregonlive.com