Film

Notes - Golden House by Roland Dahwen Wu

Forthcoming - «Golden House» music video

Over the last months, I've been working on a music video of the track «Golden House» for the band Tiburones—off their new album «Eva». I'm very excited to release this work—I filmed and collaborated closely with band members Nick Delffs (also known for his bands Shaky Hands and Death Songs) and Luz Elena Mendoza (from Y La Bamba). The music video will be released along with the vinyl and digital release of «Eva» very soon.

A few still frames from «Golden House»—filmed in New Mexico, Arizona, the desert of eastern Oregon, and Portland.

Field Notes - Plant Collectors Documentary by Roland Dahwen Wu

«Allá, donde el aire cambia el color de las cosas...» (Juan Rulfo)

I've been filming a documentary about the practices and philosophies of plant collectors. Last week, I had the good fortune to accompany a group to Arizona and New Mexico, where I spent five days filming, traveling from Tucson to Mount Lemmon, from the Peloncillo, Chiricahua and Dragoon mountains to the border town of Douglas, Arizona. We saw fields of yucca, opuntia, agave, cholla, ocotillo, oak, pine; sun turned to rain, sleet, and snow.

In the remote regions, we saw very few vehicles, save for border patrol agents and ranchers. The group collected seeds and cuttings, reaching elevations up to 8000 feet. Sean Hogan of Cistus Nursery organized the trip, and I've filmed Sean on previous trips to Mt. Hood and the Siskiyou mountains in Oregon. My goal for this project is to document an array of collecting practices in differing climates, geographies, seasons.

A few trip photos from my phone, below.