Paris

Beauty, Balance, and Grace by Katherine Yaksich

I’m excited to share this short I directed featuring JR and some NYC Ballet dancers. Thanks for watching and be sure to check out the NYC Ballet on stage.

Official Selection 2016 Paris Short Film Festival

A film by Reuben Hernandez

Featuring JR, Lauren Lovette, Megan Johnson, Taylor Stanley, and Craig Hall
Produced by Marc Azoulay
Additional cinematography by Frank Maldonado
Set photography by Jen Trahan
Music by I Am Lightyear

2016 A Year in Review by Katherine Yaksich

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2016 A Year in Review

As I write this, it’s hard to believe that I’m approaching my six year anniversary of living in NYC.

2016 was an interesting year, to say the least. A lot of people can’t wait for it to be over. I learned a thing or two and some memorable experiences include:

Antarctica premiered in NYC earlier this year and screened at a handful of film festivals.

Beauty, Balance, and Grace premiered in Paris, France.

I had the opportunity to film Bono this year for a PSA for the Red Nose Day campaign. Spike Jonze randomly showed up and then thanked me for allowing him to help out. It was surreal. Bono and his crew were so gracious and kind and it was truly a pleasure to work with them. I’ve looked up to Bono for many years so it was such an honor to meet him.

This year I wrote and directed my first narrative short film, Maddie, that will premiere next year. I’m so thankful for my talented cast and crew that worked so hard on this project and gave so much. Writing is a new creative process for me, and I’ve learned that I can do it even out of necessity. It was an empowering experience to own a project completely from start to finish, and to learn firsthand that anything is possible. So many elements of this film seemed impossible and daunting at first, but we somehow pulled it off. People helped out from near and far and I’m truly grateful for all the support. We look forward to sharing Maddie on the big screen in 2017 so stay tuned for upcoming screenings.

I spent two months abroad in Europe this summer, working on post production for Maddie and recovering. Production on Maddie gave me a serious ass kicking so it was a much needed breath of fresh air to spend the summer away from NYC. 

One of my major takeaways from 2016 is that if you have a creative vision/idea that you believe in, then you just need to go for it and figure it out along the way. Some people thought that making Maddie would not be possible, but deep down I believed in my vision and was absolutely determined to see it through. I also learned a hell of a lot along the way, which will be invaluable.

See you next year.

All My Best,
Reuben


 

Beauty, Balance, and Grace Trailer by Katherine Yaksich

BEAUTY, BALANCE, AND GRACE Trailer

Check out the trailer for my short film, Beauty, Balance, and Grace premiering at the Paris Short Film Festival this Thursday, 5/5, at 10 pm: http://www.psff.eu/ 

I’m excited to take this film out into the world and hope to see you at the screening! Please invite any friends in Paris :)

A film by Reuben Hernandez
Featuring JR, Lauren Lovette, Megan Johnson, Taylor Stanley, and Craig Hall
Produced by Marc Azoulay
Additional cinematography by Frank Maldonado
Set photography by Jen Trahan
Music by I Am Lightyear

by Katherine Yaksich

BEAUTY, BALANCE, AND GRACE | World Premiere in Paris, France   My film  Beauty, Balance, and Grace  featuring JR and NYC Ballet principal dancer Lauren Lovette, will premiere at the Paris Short Film Festival in Paris, France on 5.5.16 at 10 PM. I’m very excited to take this film out into the world and hope you can join me at the Paris screening in a few weeks!  Tickets and info here:   http://www.psff.eu    Trailer coming soon…

BEAUTY, BALANCE, AND GRACE | World Premiere in Paris, France

My film Beauty, Balance, and Grace featuring JR and NYC Ballet principal dancer Lauren Lovette, will premiere at the Paris Short Film Festival in Paris, France on 5.5.16 at 10 PM. I’m very excited to take this film out into the world and hope you can join me at the Paris screening in a few weeks!

Tickets and info here: http://www.psff.eu

Trailer coming soon…

by Katherine Yaksich

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2013 was definitely a year to remember, and above are my ten favorite images from last year. Looking back at all the images I captured and the projects I was fortunate to work on makes me realize how blessed and lucky I am. I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to travel all around the world doing what I love, telling stories, capturing beauty, and working with incredibly talented, creative people. It’s been absolutely fulfilling, and there’s no place I’d rather be.

I kicked off 2013 marveling at the infamous Sydney fireworks from a sailboat in the harbor. The fireworks were literally exploding right above my head, and it was breathtaking and surreal. After exploring Australia and New Zealand for 6 weeks (and knocking several things off of my bucket list :), I was home in NY for a few days before I was back on the road again for a month filming Exposed, a documentary film series about tuberculosis in the UK, South Africa, India, Nashville, and DC. Working on Exposed was definitely a professional highlight, and securing our visas for India was nothing short of a miracle!

Personally, a memorable moment was meeting the French artist, JR, one of my favorite artists and the creator of the Inside Out Project, the world’s largest participatory art project. I was asked to document and shoot time-lapse of his large scale pasting/installation in Times Square. That whole experience was magical, and it made me feel like a kid in a candy store.

Another major highlight of 2013 was being selected as a finalist for Tropfest NY, the world’s largest short film festival, hosted by Liev Schreiber and judged by Malcolm Gladwell and Academy Award winning producer, Fisher Stevens (The Cove). We had the incredible opportunity to premiere our short film on the big screen in front of tens of thousands of people! It was quite unforgettable, and probably one of my most significant accomplishments since moving to NY just over 3 years ago. 

Other highlights include filming/surfing in Mexico, catching up with loved ones back home in California, exhibiting at Photoville, and finishing the year snowboarding fresh powder in Vail, Colorado.

I also spent a month living in Paris, learning French, riding a bike, drinking lots of coffee, and trying to soak in and absorb all of the beauty that is literally all over that place. The Eiffel Tower still gets me every single time. 

I’m so thankful and grateful for an awesome and fulfilling year of adventure, beauty, exploration, and good times. All together, I spent over 16 weeks on the road. If there’s anything I’ve learned this past year, it’s that you shouldn’t ask yourself what kind of job you want, but rather what kind of lifestyle you want to live. Live the life you imagined, and do it courageously. It’s always important to keep it fun and exciting, especially when things get challenging or frustrating. If you don’t like your job or what you’re doing, then quit it. 

Last but not least, thank you so much to all of my friends, loved ones, clients, and colleagues for joining me on this crazy, wild adventure. It wouldn’t be the same without you, and I truly cannot thank you enough. I’ve decided to dedicate this space as a place where I will try and give back and be generous as much as possible (inspired by Chase Jarvis).

Let’s create something beautiful together this year!

Carpe Diem,
Reuben

Photo Captions
1. A shark on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, just outside Port Douglas
2. New Delhi, India, the 7th largest urban agglomeration in the world with a population of 23 million people
3. Hadouken self-portrait in Austin, Texas using the remote timer and my wristwatch
4. Paris, France, also known as the City of Light
5. A portrait of a Parisian in Le Marais
6. The scene outside my apartment window in Lisbon, Portugal
7. The Indian Sunrise on the 6 am train from New Delhi to Agra
8. The Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand, one of Jacques Cousteau’s top 10 favorite dive locations in the world
9. Pristine, untouched beauty in Wilson’s Promontory, Australia
10. Winter wonderland on Pearl St. in Boulder, Colorado

All images © Reuben Hernandez

by Katherine Yaksich

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“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” - Ernest Hemingway

I recently spent a month in Paris this summer, with stops at the French alps and Lisbon, Portugal. The month flew by and I easily could have stayed the full 90 days. A lot of people asked me what I was doing there, and to be perfectly honest, I ate really well, practiced yoga, drank plenty of coffee, studied French, saw a lot of art, hung out with friends from various walks of life, rode a bike everywhere, stand up paddled, and documented everything. It was magical, spectacular, inspiring, exciting, fashionable, and there was beauty literally everywhere. I wanted to immerse myself in Parisian culture, live life like a Parisian, explore, and be inspired both personally and professionally. I even had the chance to reunite with my Spanish “sister”, who I lived with in Spain and hadn’t seen in over 12 years. I really had no idea what to call this trip, since it wasn’t really a vacation or a full sabbatical. And by the way, the fashion in Paris is ridiculous. There are so many beautiful, yet expensive pieces everywhere. It’s great for looking but not so great on the wallet. 

I recently started reading “The 4-Hour Workweek” and the author talks about Lifestyle Design, high-intensity learning, and taking mini-retirements regularly throughout life rather than working hard all your life just to retire in the end. As stupid as it might sound, I think the best way to describe this Paris trip is mini-retirement. Fortunately, living and working in NYC has allowed me to take 6-10 weeks each year away from the city, which is much needed at times. I highly recommend taking mini-retirements regularly and having an extended stay in Paris.

I’ll never forget riding a bike through Paris, getting lost, and ending up on Pont Neuf just as the sun was setting over the Seine and the Eiffel tower. It was truly magical, unforgettable, and the weather was perfect. I had a lot of moments like that where I thought to myself, “Is this for real?!” I even found myself stand up paddling on a beautiful lake in the French alps at one point, which was not planned. The French really know how to enjoy life.

I took a handful of photos, and didn’t really go too crazy this time. I was much more intentional about each photograph, and curating my work. Less is more. With that being said, here are my 10 favorite photos from the trip. I hope you like what you see!

Carpe Diem,
Reuben

1. Paris, also known as the City of Light
2. Portrait of a Parisian in Le Marais
3. The scene outside of my apartment in Lisbon, Portugal
4. One of the best views of Paris
5. Eiffel tower at night from Montmartre
6. Annecy, a small town in the French Alps
7. Sacré-Cœur
8. A beautiful mistake
9. Lovers
10. I accidentally stumbled upon this sunset over the Seine when I got lost riding a bike. Sometimes it pays to get lost.