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Watch my first film noir: Incognito

When a Hollywood starlet secretly checks into a luxurious resort in Mexico, she can’t escape her fame. Shadowed by a handsome stranger, she finds that solitude may not be what she was seeking after all. My first film noir I had a blast producing my first film noir. Having watched so many classic films, the…

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Film: Party at Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Blue Caribbean waters, colorful local dance, ice cold cocktails on a steamy day — this is Riviera Maya, Mexico. I checked into the postcard-perfect Barcelo Maya Grande Resort in Playa del Carmen for a week to document my experience. The resort is one of five on the expansive oceanfront property. I wandered the palm tree-lined…

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5 Tips to Make Friends with Locals While You Travel

Traveling abroad involves talking to the locals. But how do you just talk to random strangers? Don’t worry you don’t have to just walk up to people, there are many ways you can mix with and meet people all around the world. Here are some tips to totally immerse yourself into your destination and the…

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Watch my Vancouver film: The Vancity Vibe

After our Alaska cruise, the Hubs and I roamed around Vancouver for four days. I didn’t intend to shoot a film there, but the city was so lovely, I was compelled to capture at least a fraction of my visit. Vancity is vibrant, culturally diverse, and endlessly walkable. Lots of locals bike the city. The weather…

Cincinnati Lights, a film by Jessica Peterson of Global Girl Travels

Cincinnati Lights: 120 Seconds in My Beloved Hometown

Cincinnati is one of the most underrated destinations in the U.S. It doesn’t make travel mag best-of lists. It doesn’t get featured in films. It doesn’t have mainstream celebrity chefs. And that is exactly why you should visit. The Queen City is an architecture-lovers playground. The Roebling Suspension Bridge was the prototype for the Brooklyn…

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Four new travel films that will make you pack your bags ASAP

I’ve had my nose to the grindstone this summer producing video content for Matador Network, Barcelo Hotels, and Tastemade Travel. My goal this year was to focus on film — improving my shooting, editing, and creative abilities while working with new clients. I even shot a tiger documentary that comes out in a few weeks!…

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