On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Port of Prince, Haiti's capital city. This earthquake took the lives of over 200,000 people, and affected millions. Houses were destroyed, over a million people were left homeless, and infrastructure collapsed. Although many organizations from around the world travelled to Haiti to help the Haitian people and the recovery of the nation, the country was still suffering a year later.
There is a sizable Haitian population in Key West, Florida, so it is no surprise that the shockwave of the 2010 earthquake was felt by the Key West citizens from Haiti, whose friends and family members still back home were struggling through the aftermath of the quake.
Shannon Perkins, an art teacher at Key West High School, along with her art students, wanted to reach out to those affected by the destruction of the earthquake and bring happiness to them with art. In January of 2011 Shannon's art students began painting shoes and tie-dying tee shirts to take to Haiti later that summer, and on July 25 a group of 16 people--6 chaperones, 9 Key West High School art students, and myself--departed on a 12-day trip to Haiti to distribute 600 pairs of shoes, 600 tie-dyed tee shirts and teach art workshops. This is the story of the project.
Shot mostly handheld run-and-gun style as a result of the high pacing of the trip, and batteries were charged for most of the trip by a DIY solar power charger.
Canon Rebel T2i w/ EF series Ultrasonic 24-75mm 2.4
Edited on Adobe Premiere Pro CS5
Original music written and recorded by me (Tyler Lee)
Some music was recorded on-location
Special Thanks to Shannon Perkins, Ebenson Michelin, Ed Smith, Terry Beeman, and Clay Wagner.