Hi, my name is Adam, I'm a filmmaker working locally in New York and Los Angeles, but I specialize in embedding in communities where stories take me.
I recently edited a short documentary investigating crimes against humanity in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in collaboration with investigative journalist Mélanie Gouby.
I edited a video Op-Ed about closing gun loopholes that allow domestic abusers to possess guns, and an Op-Ed about teenagers opinions on American values. Previously I worked with the NYT Cooking Section as a video editor, where I edited some of their Cooking Guides (the new essentials of french cooking is my favorite), as well as this handy turkey carving guide.
As a cinematographer, I photographed "treasure", a feature length documentary about nineteen year old trans woman Shelly 'Treasure' Hilliard, whose murder involved police coercion, Jim Crow drug laws, the criminalization of sex work, and transphobia. The film is about a young Detroit trans community activated by her death, and her family, who are suing for justice. It premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2015.
I co-edited A Girl Named C, a feature-length documentary about child sexual assault in America directed by filmmaker Emily Kassie.
I'm currently in production on two projects, one, a mixed media project about drug addiction seen through the eyes of first responders in my hometown of Philadelphia, and another film about a chef and their love for kimchi.
I own a fully equipped Sony A7riii package. In the past I've operated with the Canon C300, C100, and Sony FS5. I graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where I studied filmmaking.
I read a passage from a film review written by Cassie da Costa that resonated with me. She said she gravitates towards stories where characters experiences of the world are of people with thoughts, feelings, and idiosyncrasies that aren't only reactive or symptomatic of their circumstances, but compelling expressions of themselves. I look to participate in the conversation through my work.
adam.saewitz [at] gmail.com