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Maddie LA Premiere by Reuben Hernandez

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I'm so excited for the LA premiere of my film Maddie next week at the Marina del Rey Film Festival. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into this film and many of you know that this is a very important, personal story that is near and dear to my heart. Please come out and support our talented cast and crew. We look forward to sharing it on the big screen out west and hope to see you there.

Trailer: https://reubenhernandez.com/maddie-trailer
Tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sixth-annual-marina-del-rey-film-festival-tickets-37866102532

AMC Classic Marina Marketplace
Wednesday, Oct 4th at 6:00 PM
Q&A afterwards by yours truly

BTS photos by Jen Trahan and Andrew Klein

This Is Our New York by Katherine Yaksich

This Is Our New York

A short 10 sec spot I directed for The New York Immigration Coalition, now being broadcasted in Times Square on Broadway and 43rd St.

Directed by Reuben Hernandez

Produced by Lisa Pertoso 

Gaffer/Lighting Tech Nico Vasquez

by Katherine Yaksich

One rite of passage from boyhood to the status of junior warrior is a painful circumcision ceremony, which is performed without anaesthetic. These young Masaai warriors have been recently circumcised.   

#bigcatsplayball  

(at Serengeti National Park, Tanzania)

One rite of passage from boyhood to the status of junior warrior is a painful circumcision ceremony, which is performed without anaesthetic. These young Masaai warriors have been recently circumcised.

#bigcatsplayball

(at Serengeti National Park, Tanzania)

by Katherine Yaksich

Maasai and their cattle on the way to the Serengeti. Sometimes the Maasai have to defend their cattle from lion attacks using their spears.  

#bigcatsplayball  

(at Serengeti National Park, Tanzania)

Maasai and their cattle on the way to the Serengeti. Sometimes the Maasai have to defend their cattle from lion attacks using their spears.

#bigcatsplayball

(at Serengeti National Park, Tanzania)

by Katherine Yaksich

Kakesu
Maasai village of Baraka, Tanzania  

The Maasai are a semi-nomadic people that live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. They still continue their age old customs despite pressure to become modernized.  
 
#bigcatsplayball  

(at Tanzania)

Kakesu Maasai village of Baraka, Tanzania

The Maasai are a semi-nomadic people that live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. They still continue their age old customs despite pressure to become modernized.

#bigcatsplayball

(at Tanzania)

by Katherine Yaksich

Paul, aka Mr. Pole Pole, is a legend on Mount Kilimanjaro. He’s been climbing the mountain for 15 years and has summited more than 200 times. He has spent the night inside some of Kilimanjaro’s caves and is very well respected on the mountain. He is sometimes referred to as Babu (Swahili for grandfather) because he has mentored and helped train a lot of the guides.  

Kilimanjaro was one of the most challenging things I have ever done, and I wouldn’t have been able to make it without people like Mr. Pole Pole.   

#makeportraits #bigcatsplayball  

(at Mount Kilimanjaro)

Paul, aka Mr. Pole Pole, is a legend on Mount Kilimanjaro. He’s been climbing the mountain for 15 years and has summited more than 200 times. He has spent the night inside some of Kilimanjaro’s caves and is very well respected on the mountain. He is sometimes referred to as Babu (Swahili for grandfather) because he has mentored and helped train a lot of the guides.

Kilimanjaro was one of the most challenging things I have ever done, and I wouldn’t have been able to make it without people like Mr. Pole Pole.

#makeportraits #bigcatsplayball

(at Mount Kilimanjaro)

by Katherine Yaksich

The Ann van Dyk Cheetah centre has been dedicated to breeding, conserving, and re releasing the Cheetah and other endangered species back into the wild since 1971. 

The cheetah is the fastest land animal and there are an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 cheetah today compared to a cheetah population of 100,000 in 1900. 

#savethecheetah #keepitwild #bigcatsplayball

(at J Bay - South Africa)

The Ann van Dyk Cheetah centre has been dedicated to breeding, conserving, and re releasing the Cheetah and other endangered species back into the wild since 1971. The cheetah is the fastest land animal and there are an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 cheetah today compared to a cheetah population of 100,000 in 1900. #savethecheetah #keepitwild #bigcatsplayball (at J Bay - South Africa)

by Katherine Yaksich

Baboon portrait, Kruger National Park, South Africa

#keepitwild #bigcatsplayball #makeportraits

(at South Africa)

Baboon portrait, Kruger National Park, South Africa #keepitwild #bigcatsplayball #makeportraits (at South Africa)

by Katherine Yaksich

Happy Friday! I just arrived at the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, which is allegedly the driest place on earth, but it’s pouring rain right now! 

 So over the next few days I will be posting some photos of Bolivia, which absolutely captivated me. I truly felt humbled by the heartwarming and kind Bolivians, and also by the majestic landscapes and mountains that surrounded us in the wild. We even went up to 5,000 meters (16,404 ft) and my head felt like it was about to explode. 

 This is Josefina, our talented chef, Bolivian mother, friend, and partner in crime. We felt such a genuine connection to Josefina and she truly took such great care of us. This is hardly a surprise coming from a mother of 10 kids. She’s usually smiling ear to ear, contrary to this photo, but perhaps she got a bit annoyed that we asked her to sit on the salt flats while we walked across her braids, especially after waking up at 3 am to bake us a cake. Pedro would have been really proud. 

 #antarcticaordie 

 (at Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia)

Happy Friday! I just arrived at the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, which is allegedly the driest place on earth, but it’s pouring rain right now!

So over the next few days I will be posting some photos of Bolivia, which absolutely captivated me. I truly felt humbled by the heartwarming and kind Bolivians, and also by the majestic landscapes and mountains that surrounded us in the wild. We even went up to 5,000 meters (16,404 ft) and my head felt like it was about to explode.

This is Josefina, our talented chef, Bolivian mother, friend, and partner in crime. We felt such a genuine connection to Josefina and she truly took such great care of us. This is hardly a surprise coming from a mother of 10 kids. She’s usually smiling ear to ear, contrary to this photo, but perhaps she got a bit annoyed that we asked her to sit on the salt flats while we walked across her braids, especially after waking up at 3 am to bake us a cake. Pedro would have been really proud.

#antarcticaordie

(at Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia)

by Katherine Yaksich

“Hello my name is Siobhan and I reside in Shanghai, China. I have also lived with a Masai tribe on the outskirts of Amboseli NP, Kenya. Despite the language barrier, what really touched me was how humble and kind the Masai are, and it made me realise that travelling isn’t just about scenery and wildlife, but also about understanding the diversity of human culture on our wonderful planet.”

“Hello my name is Siobhan and I reside in Shanghai, China. I have also lived with a Masai tribe on the outskirts of Amboseli NP, Kenya. Despite the language barrier, what really touched me was how humble and kind the Masai are, and it made me realise that travelling isn’t just about scenery and wildlife, but also about understanding the diversity of human culture on our wonderful planet.”