When I started Community Bridge Video 15 years ago, I had a vision: to work closely with the communities we were capturing on camera to make sure we represented them accurately. I knew that meant hiring video crews and professionals that came from those same communities.
My first client was Disability Rights California – who wanted to make a video for Indigenous communities in the state. I hired the incredible Catherine Herrera, and started building and refining the company’s production processes.
Over the years, I’ve watched #OscarsSoWhite and the #MeToo movement document and seek to fix everything I hated when I was an aspiring Cinematographer, Black/Mixed Race and female, in Hollywood. There is still so much work to do. And yet, while those movements were happening, I just kept doing the work – building teams of filmmakers who are Black, Latinx, Women, LGBTQ, and more.
The best part of all this work has been the opportunity to partner with clients and creatives and build projects together. The name, Community Bridge Video spoke to the relationship between the folks in front of the camera and the folks behind it. Now, representing the CBV team, I’m happy to announce that our new name represents a ‘Yes, and…’ building on all the work we’ve done.
Together Pictures will launch this month and over the next few years we’re going to bring back the fun. Video production is a team sport with everyone sitting around the table, planning, building, laughing, and learning…Together.