A collection of "Everyday People" discuss the cultural disease that led to the conjuring of Donald Trump
Landscape designer James Johnson recounts the early days of the #AIDS crisis and why he feels lucky to live in the "best time in history."
This video features the following music:
"Revolution" & "It Is What It Is" (Music & Lyrics by Casey Stratto)
Chef Daisy Martinez discusses the fear mongering she experiences in our current political climate and what she hopes the future is like for her future grandchildren .
Writer/Producer Maria Nieto examines how social media has highlighted racism in a way we have not experienced before and why she believes Donald Trump is the death toll for that old GOP.
This video contains elements of the track "Perversion (Original Mix) by Louis NG and is used under the Collaboration feature of Hit Record. http://www.hitrecord.org/users/louisng
I met mary while shooting a cooking class for Chef Daisy Martinez at Whitehead Light Station in Maine. We got to talking about freedom and I asked her to sit down with me for a chat. She agreed and we met in her room at midnight and talked for two hours.
In this first part of a five part series, Mary offers her thoughts on freedom, hope, gun control, President Obama, and our constitutional right to speak our mind. She also reveals her struggles with racism and offers a unique perspective on the issue of same sex marriage.
This video features "Clepsydra" by Casey Stratton - From the album "Lanterns Through The Labyrinth"
Singer/Songwriter Angie Atkinson and I discuss #freedom, Bernie Sanders and the very telling reaction some people have to Black Lives Matter.
Music Featured In This Video
"Clepsydra" (Music & Lyrics by Casey Stratton) From the album "Lantern Through the Labyrinth" / store.caseystratton.com
In this video, I examine the role my addiction played in enabling my dysfunctional family.
Filmmaker & Activist Tanisha Christie (AKA Wifey) discusses freedom through the lens of awareness and why she doesn't believe it is possible for the revolution to be civilized.
Diana Lamphiere & Peng Grossklaus (Grand Rapids,MI) reveal their thoughts on politics through the lens of social media.
Music featured in this video : "The Other Side" & "Revolution" (Music & Lyrics by Casey Stratton) / store.caseystratton.com
A collection of "everyday people" reveal their thoughts on the complexities of being American.
Adam Harrison (Brooklyn, NY) discusses evolution through the lens of social media.`
Singer/Songwriter KIYAN discusses his love for New York, the reason he writes music and the story behind his new song "Limits", which was inspired by the track "Rogue" by Mr. Carmack.
Nicole Quihuis discusses the choice to take a break from the norm and reveals why the word NO only serves to drive her forward.
In 2013,Photographer Rob Ordonez introduced me to a woman named Erin Dinan. She had started a non profit called One Sandwich at a Tim whose goal was simple - feeding the hungry and homeless of NYC via sandwich making events. I asked her to chat with me about it for this project and she agreed,
The footage in this video was from our very first sit down conversation. Over the years she has become part of my family, I am proud of all she has accomplished and wish her much success as she pursues a Masters of Public Administration degree at Harvard Universit
I met Sara Steinweiss in 2011 and from our first interview I knew we were kindred spirits. She spoke eloquently about the death of her father and how it contributed to her battle with weight loss. In 2013 she informed me that she would be undergoing LapBand surgery to help her learn to have a better relationship with food.
We recently sat down to discuss the many ways the surgery has changed her life and much like our first interview, I was left feeling inspired and just a little bit better for knowing her. This is the evolution of Sara Steinweiss. / Everyday People Project
Joseph Altadonna (Brooklyn, NY) discusses how a skewed view of love presented to him as a child allowed him the space to define the word for himself. (Interview by Adam Harrison)
Music Featured In This Video "Ribbons" by Casey Stratton / store.caseystratton.com
Pat Jones Bley discusses the role conditioning plays in our understanding of "God", the importance of awareness in dealing with cultural issues and how the death of her grandson led her to reexamine her understanding of love.
Ben Rimalower discusses how growing up in a dysfunctional environment led him to identify with strong female characters similiar to those often played by Patti Lupone.
Jef Campion was a fire fighter by day and a street artist by night - (Army of One). "Grenade Boy", His reinterpretation of the Diane Arbus classic was born out of the rage unlocked after the tragic events of September 11th triggered suppressed memories of childhood neglect.
Jef passed away in 2014 and like many of the lives he touched, I carry a piece of him with me always.
A collection of people offer thoughts on love, heartbreak and resilience.
This video features the track "In The Sky" by Casey Stratton, from his album "Sea Into Sky".
J. "SinXero" Beltran, the Founder & Executive Director of TAG Public Arts Project Inc and I discuss the passing of our mutual friend Jef Campion (aka ARMYOFONE).
This video contains the track "5AM Watching You" by Peppina. Used with permission via HitRecord (www.hitrecord.org/users/ppeppina)
Casey Stratton and I discuss relationships, love, personal responsibility and overcoming negative experiences.
In the first part of my interview with Ben Rimalower ("Patti Issues", "Bad With Money"), we discuss the lasting effects racism has on our collective sense of freedom.
This video features clips from Ben's critically acclaimed show "Patti Issues". Tickets & additional Information can be found by visiting www.pattiissues.com or www.benrimalower.com.
"Longing" (Instrumental) by Casey Stratton
From the album "Solus" / store.caseystratton.com
Discussing the important role that surrendering plays in overcoming the legacy of a dysfunctional family.
This video features the song "Surrender" by Casey Stratton from the album "Solus"
Chef Daisy Martinez reminisces about her children, experiences with mean girls and her very first run in with bigotry, at seven years old.
Music Featured In This Video
"Nightingales (Instrumental)" & "Open Into Light (Instrumental)"[Composed by Casey Stratton] From The Album "Sea Into Sky (Deluxe Edition) - http://store.caseystratton.com/album/sea-into-sky-deluxe-version
Brooklyn-based filmmaker (www.walkwithmethemovie.com) Tanisha Christie discusses the importance of art, and reveals the struggles she deals with as an artist striving to earn a living from the creative endeavors that bring her joy.
Scottie Gage discusses the story behind his song "save the day" which was inspired by the apathy and pretense he experiences in his personal life and on social media.
Discussing unemployment and power with writer, Charity Thomas (Brooklyn, NY)
Art educator Leigh Holliday Brannan (the art room bay ridge) discusses the important role that the arts played in her development.
Casey Stratton (Singer/Songwriter) and I discuss Facebook "policing" and the positive and negative effects social media has had on our culture.
Justin Brannan (Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs at New York City Council) and I discuss art, change, education and how he feels about the lyrics to a song he wrote (Hallowed be thy Name, Indecision) becoming a tattoo for heroism.
Singer/Songwriter Joshua Bley examines his issues with confession as it relates to his attraction to danger and how - in the end - we are all responsible to save ourselves.
Anton Koval and I discuss freedom, the importance of art, the power of hope combined with action and why "stairway to heaven" defines his journey.
Excerpt from a conversation I had with my friend, and fellow filmmaker, Tanisha Christie (Walk With Me) on our nation's guilt complex, extremism, and apathy surrounding the issue of race.
NYC Photographer Rob Ordonez discusses freedom, art, dating, living with HIV and his experiences with bug chasing (the act of seroconverting to HIV on purpose).
A few years ago I was asked to direct and edit a music video for a track called "Moonglow" by Scottie Gage. This video features scenes from that shoot blended with stories and thoughts about love and relationships.
Anthony Marino discusses grief, death, hope, growing up in Brooklyn and the story behind BKONE Productions.
Brooklyn based artist Suzie Sheridan discusses the war of art, the importance of counter cultural artists and why she pretends to understand politics.
Discussing the challenges of growing up in a dysfunctional family.
Chef Daisy Martinez discusses marriage equality, motherhood, divorce, dating, her obsession with role playing games and the characteristics she looks for in a potential mate.
NY Actor Theodore Bouloukos discusses freedom, education, the importance of art and the ways in which we,as a nation, suffer without an aristocracy.
Singer/Songwriter Scottie Gage discusses faith, politics, love, the american dream and why he supports marriage equality but isn't convinced the institution is for him.
Mary discusses kindness, taking risks, blessings, freedom, friendships, balancing humility and ego and the importance of connecting with strangers.
This video features the track "4 Minutes" (R*A Remix) [Bootleg Mix]
Download available - www.soundcloud.com/raremix
Terry Johnston opens up about life with HIV, including maintaining his health, painful dating experiences and dealing with the knowledge that his status is a consequence of his own actions.
Terry's candor, courage, humor and joy for life show us that no one is simply a diagnosis.
In this interview with Travis Barr and Steven Incammicia, the comedic duo who comprise TheHaus OfMimosa, we discuss the state of the male persona in the United States, the cause and effects of bullying, stage fright and how each of us, gay, straight, male or female, are all drag performers in one way or another.
For three decades, Oscar Biff Downey lived a dual life - successful, powerful accounting executive by day, gay hustler, entertainer and film star at night.
In this incredibly candid interview, Oscar discusses that duality, his passion for storytelling, how he fooled himself and others, his early introduction to sexuality through incest, the central importance that his above-average endowment had on his life and the impact of the decline of that defining characteristic as a result of prostate cancer.
Please be advised that this video contains language, and covers topics, that may be offensive to some.
Educator, Sara Steinweiss (Brooklyn, NY) discusses the role that art played in her decision to become a theater teacher and offers thoughts on social media, education, bullying and the importance of community.
Filmmaker Tanisha Christie & I discuss the importance of honesty, the struggles of working in a corporate environment, knowing when to ask QUESTIONS and Michael Bloomberg's ban on food donated to homeless shelters.
Charity Thomas (Brooklyn, NY) examines friendships and the power of thinking for yourself.
I met Mary while in Maine with Daisy Martinez - who was holding a cooking class on Whitehead Light Station. From the moment I first saw her - I knew I was supposed to meet her - she had the most familiar face - and her hair and eyebrows were FIERCE.
One day, she was looking out the window and I decided to take her picture, when I reviewed my photos - I saw that she was smirking. SOLD.
From here, I took a pictures of her everyday in a variety of t shirts with slogans on them. But it wasn't until we all got by the fire on the last day that I felt like I was getting to know her. She was gonna let me in - but she was watching me.
Social Networking allowed me to keep up with Mary, so one day I invited her over for a chat. In this first video, Mary talks to me about friendship, betrayal, faith, hope, freedom, death, Bon Jovi, ghosts, and more.
Discussing dysfunctional families, kindness, happiness, fathers, self preservation, growth, forgiveness, art, the power of creation, personal freedom, self worth, music, photography and how stabbing a couch changed everything.
All Music Featured In This Video Composed & Performed by Casey Stratton
"It Is What It Is" From The Album "Signs Of Life" http://store.caseystratton.com/track/it-is-what-it-is
"Nightingales" From The Album "Sea Into Sky (Deluxe Edition)
"Second Life" From The Album "The Calling Of The Crows" http://store.caseystratton.com/track/second-life
A compilation featuring discussions about divorce, relationships, kindness, happiness instinct and marijuana.
Billy arrived for the interview and began playing some music, this segued into a conversation about music, family, homelessness, sexuality and what it means to be American. In this video, Billy discusses marriage equality and how he dealt with the issues that arose from his son coming out of the closet.
In my second conversation with Calvin Webb (Grand Rapids, MI), we discuss overcoming bigotry, growing out of controlling behavior, the issues he faces raising his son after divorce and why he disagrees with the Boy Scouts of America on their stance on homosexuality.
In this first part of my interview with Lauren Cole (aka Evelyn Forest, Grand Rapids,MI) we discuss freedom, hope, faith, gun control, gender differences, dealing with judgement and how the decision to live a more authentic life changed everything...for the better.
Music featured in this video
"Second Life" (Composed by Casey Stratton)
From The Album "The Calling Of The Crows"
"Nightingales (Instrumental)" & "Grace (Instrumental")
From The Album "Sea Into Sky (Deluxe Edition)
Singer/Songwriter Joshua Bley discusses his experiences being raised as a Jehovah's Witness and the events that inspired him to leave the faith - which he says left him feeling "schizophrenic." He also performs and discusses the story behind his song "Jethro's Jericho."
This video features the track "Not The Garden" (Music & Lyrics by Casey Stratton) From The Album "Signs Of Life". Available to download on iTunes or from his music store (in many formats) - http://store.caseystratton.com/track/not-the-garden
Copyright Disclaimer : Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.
"Over The Rainbow" (Written by Harold Arlen & EY Harburg) performed by Ingrid Michaelson from the album "Be Ok" is used for educational purposes only
Skincare specialist Mary Brennan Wlos (Chicago, IL) discusses inspiration, ghosts, hope, faith and her struggle with organized religion.
Music featured in this video
"Grace" (Composed by Casey Stratton)
From The Album "Sea Into Sky")
Chef Daisy Martinez and I discuss healthy eating, food sustainability, our obsession with food personalities vs actual chefs and the trickle down effects of fast food.
In the first installment of my conversation with Christina Moore (Miss Brooklyn 2011, Miss Verrazano 2012, Miss Kings County 2013) we discuss hope, freedom, destiny, faith, internal dialogue, her experiences with the Miss America Organization, and how a fundraiser for Sarcoma cancer, in honor of her Aunt Josephine (a stage four survivor), gave her the purpose she needed - not wanted.
Sarcoma Cancer Facts
1.The most rare form of cancer in the US
2. Cancerous tumors found in the connective tissue in the body
3. Can occur in your muscles, fat, blood vessels, bones etc.
4. Effects 14,000 people each year
5. There are over 50 subtypes of sarcoma
6. Accounts for 1% of all adult cancers and 15-20% of pediatric cancers
All Music Featured In This Video Composed & Performed by Casey Stratton
"Inside Out" From The Album "Hear The City"
"In The Sky" & "Open Into Light (Instrumental") / From The Album "Sea Into Sky (Deluxe Edition)
In 2003, Casey Stratton recorded "Standing At The Edge" with legendary producer Patrick Leonard (Madonna, Jewel, Elton John) for Sony Records. The album was a stunning, moody collection of songs that highlighted Casey's razor sharp song writing skills.
A series of disagreements over the promotion of his first major label record led Casey to cut ties with Sony and forge a future as a fully independent musician. Since then, he has continued to release new material and form an intimate connection with his fan base.
In this video, we discuss his musical roots, the perils of the major label system, balancing life as a Libra, the misconceptions most people have about what it means to be an artist, the realities he faces as an independent musician and the stories behind some of his songs.
Scott Faithfull and I discuss social networking, the pitfalls of politics, personal freedom, and the importance of music.
Filmmaker Tanisha Christie and I discuss the NRA, spirituality, atheism, religious zealots, personal freedom, end of the world scenarios, and working within the "system" we live in.
In this video Krista discusses hopes, dreams, kindness, addiction, the transformative power of death, gender, what she considers her theme song and why she still feels the most important thing we can achieve is love for ourselves.
Grand Rapids based photographer Terry Johnston discusses relationships, living with HIV, how art saved his life, what he would like to say to his deceased ex, his views on religion, how he defines freedom, why hope is just a word and more.
I met Charity Thomas (Brooklyn, NY) at the NYC screening of Walk With Me - The Movie by Tanisha Sabine Christie & Ellie Walton. In the first installment, we discuss art, greed, being alone with your thoughts, self discovery, battling depression and ikea furniture.
A conversation with NYC personality,artist and former model Gerry Visco. We discuss freedom, kindness, marriage equality, faking orgasms, relationships and experiences with bullying.
Actor/ Singer Flaco Navaja and I discuss relationships, love, heartbreak, struggling with identity in America and the dark side of consumerism.
George Speranza (founder of BrooklynGossip.com), discusses the best part about fatherhood, the work it takes to achieve happiness, and offers a humorous take on social networking.
Chris & Jacqui, propriotors of Flaming Saddles Saloon (NYC) offer thoughts on marriage equality, freedom, ignorance, the arts, psychiatry, music, the importance of being a warrior and why they decided to open a gay country western bar.
In this interview with Travis Barr and Steven Incammicia, the comedic duo who comprise TheHaus OfMimosa, we discuss stage fright, machismo and the lasting effects of bullying.