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Sunangel Media Sunangel Media is the media production and design company of media artist, musician, & educator Gaetano Vaccaro. Sunangel Media is the media production and design company of filmmaker, musician, and educator Gaetano Vaccaro.

Gaetano is committed to making meaningful contributions to community through his work, and has been supporting non-profit organizations, small businesses and artists with media and design for over a decade. Since 2009, he has been an arts instructor to youth in music, film and new media with the award-winning program YouthFX. He also developed curriculum and taught media arts in the classrooms of

Gaetano is committed to making meaningful contributions to community through his work, and has been supporting non-profit organizations, small businesses and artists with media and design for over a decade. Since 2009, he has been an arts instructor to youth in music, film and new media with the award-winning program YouthFX. He also developed curriculum and taught media arts in the classrooms of

UPDATED: SunAngel Media, is seeking to cast the following families for a car seat safety video for the Dept. of Health. ...
05/20/2022

UPDATED: SunAngel Media, is seeking to cast the following families for a car seat safety video for the Dept. of Health. Black, latinx, and asian families encouraged to apply. No acting experience required. Paid role (email for details) for a 1-hour time slot on Wednesday June 1st (June 2nd rain date).
• 1 parent and a child (under 2 yrs old in a rear facing seat)
• 1 parent and a child (2-4yrs old, 25-65 lbs, under 49”, in a 5-point harness seat)
• 1 parent and a child (4-7yrs, 65-110 lbs., under 57" in a booster seat )
If interested, send an email to [email protected] with a photo of parent and child (doesn’t need to be professional), as well as age, weight, and height of child.

“Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty” Trailer
11/17/2020
“Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty” Trailer

“Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty” Trailer

"Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty” features a riveting keynote address delivered by Soul Fire Farm’s Co-Founder and Farm Manager, Leah Penniman, and clo...

09/13/2020
Taina Asili

Tune in tonight to check out the latest in Taina Asili's music video documentary series. The premiere of Beyond the Stars featuring Veena Chandra will be tonight at 7PM ET at the Taina Asili music FB page.

I am so excited to release Beyond the Stars featuring sitarist Veena Chandra, my newest music video documentary from my Resiliencia album! It was an honor to interview Veena and create the song "Beyond the Stars" with her, for which we received a New Music USA Award. In this music video documentary Veena shares the unique path she has carved as a woman in her field, including what her craft has meant to her life and how she has balanced her professional career as a performer and educator with raising six children.

Gratitiude to cinemotographer and co-editor Gaetano Vaccaro (Sunangel Media) for their work, as well as Veena's son Devesh Chandra (tabla player and filmmaker) who offered us invaluable imput and footage.

The song "Beyond the Stars" is available on my album Resiliencia https://tainaasili.bandcamp.com/album/resiliencia

More info about my work at http://tainaasili.com
More info about Veena Chandra at http://veenachandra.com

02/21/2019
Taina Asili

Beautiful new music video documentary by Taina Asili featuring the story of Leah Penniman and her journey to become the co-founder of Soul Fire Farm

I am so excited to release Plant the Seed our newest music video documentary and single from my upcoming album Resiliencia! This is the story of black farmer and educator Leah Penniman and her journey to become the co-founder of Soul Fire Farm, a national leader in the food justice movement.

My new album Resiliencia is now available for pre-order, which gives you the ability to download the songs "Plant the Seed" and "Resiliencia" before the official release on April 19th, 2019! https://tainaasili.bandcamp.com/album/resiliencia

Leah Penniman is the author of Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land, now available for purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Farming-While-Black-Practical-Liberation/dp/1603587616/

09/20/2018
Taina Asili

One year ago Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. Today, Taina Asili is sharing this new 10-minute music video documentary profiling the incredible artist Yasmin Hernandez.

A year ago, Hurricane Maria landed in Puerto Rico. Today, I release Resiliencia, my new 10-minute music video documentary sharing a powerful story about this experience. Please watch and share.

In January 2018, just four months after Hurricane Maria landed in Puerto Rico, I travelled to the island to document the devastation and interview women about their experiences during and post hurricane. Resiliencia, a music video documentary, features the composition I created as inspired by this journey, blended with an interview with Yasmin Hernandez, an artist and mother residing in Moca, Puerto Rico.

The song Resiliencia is now available at http://tainaasili.com/store

This is the first in a series of music video documentaries I will be releasing for my new album coming out in 2019.

Yasmin's interview is also part of a longer 30 minute documentary that features three other women's stories. To see a trailer for the full documentary, to book a screening, or to find out about screenings near you go to http://TainaAsili.com/ResilienciaMovie

09/20/2018
Schenectady Light Opera Company

It was wonderful to film these little vignettes for the upcoming production of In The Heights at SLOC! In this video we meet Abuela Claudia played by the incredible Taina Asili. Go to the Schenectady Light Opera Company page to meet some of the other talented members of the cast and get your tickets soon, it's already sold out for opening weekend!

We are so thrilled to welcome Taina Asili to the stage as Abuela Claudia in In the Heights. Taina is an incredible singer, songwriter, bandleader and activist based in the capital region, carrying on the rich traditions of her ancestors in Puerto Rico. We know that she will blow audiences away with what she brings to her role of Abuela. Tickets are going fast for weekend 2 of In the Heights. Get yours today at sloctheater.org or by calling 877-350-7378! Video credit to Sunangel Media

07/13/2018
Soul Fire Farm

I always love filming on Soul Fire Farm! This video highlights the Afro-Indigenous plants grown on the farm and speaks to the cultural and historical stories and medicinal properties of the plants.

This season we are celebrating the Afro-Indigenous plants we grow on the farm. We invite you to watch this beautiful video by Sunangel Media with our Soul Fire Farm team as they highlight the cultural and historical stories and medicinal properties of fennel, basil, and amara (kale).

Upcoming fall DSLR Filmmaking class - sign up today! https://www.artscenteronline.org/DSLR-Filmmaking/19330/I am teachin...
09/06/2017

Upcoming fall DSLR Filmmaking class - sign up today! https://www.artscenteronline.org/DSLR-Filmmaking/19330/

I am teaching a 6-week intro to filmmaking with a focus on shooting with DSLR cameras at The Arts Center of the Capital Region starting in just a few weeks. Limited slots, so sign up soon!

Just wrapped a music video for Triya Love's newest single and music video "Ghost Lover" - can't wait to get to editing! ...
09/02/2017

Just wrapped a music video for Triya Love's newest single and music video "Ghost Lover" - can't wait to get to editing! #backofcamera #musicvideo #ghostlover

Some great media coverage of the bicycle safety videos Sunangel Media made for the New York Bicycling Coalition. Great t...
08/07/2017
New York Bicycling Coalition

Some great media coverage of the bicycle safety videos Sunangel Media made for the New York Bicycling Coalition. Great to see they are already starting to make a difference for people who bicycle in New York!

Our new training videos are really getting noticed. Thank you to Spectrum News Capital Region for helping us get the word out.

08/05/2017
New York Bicycling Coalition

It's so wonderful to release these videos that will be used to educate on bike law in NYS. Here is part two, focusing on the responsibility of bicyclists, enjoy!

Did you see yesterday's post about our awesome new Bike Law Training videos? We teamed up with the Albany Police Department and Sunangel Media to develop two 6-minute videos on how motorists and bicyclists can best share the road to improve the safety of all road users. Check out part 2 of the video below!
We also want to thank the The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee of New York for the financial support that allowed us to produce these important videos.
Help us spread the message about these videos! If you have any institution, school, or office that you feel should know about these useful, easy-to-understand videos, please let us know by emailing [email protected]
And, once again, if you think work like this is valuable, please support our ongoing education efforts, like our upcoming Bicycle Friendly Driver program, by donating now: https://nybc.z2systems.com/np/clients/nybc/donation.jsp

08/05/2017
New York Bicycling Coalition

It's so wonderful to release these videos that will be used to educate on bike law in NYS. Here is part one, focusing on the responsibility of motorists, enjoy!

NYBC is excited to share something big – Bike Law Training videos! With help from our friends at Sunangel Media and the Albany Police Department, we've created two 6-minute videos that will be used by law enforcement agencies around the state to improve knowledge and enforcement of vehicle and traffic laws relating to bicycling. Below is part 1 – check our page tomorrow to see part 2!

Because bicycling is on the rise in NY State, NYBC is working with help from The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee of New York to improve safety, and increase education about bike laws in the state. Your donations to NYBC will help us continue this important work. Donate Now: https://nybc.z2systems.com/np/clients/nybc/donation.jsp

07/28/2017
Rock Against the TPP ft/ Tom Morello, Evangeline Lilly & more

It was such an amazing experience to work with the Rock Against the TPP tour, interviewing incredible artists such as Evangeline Lilly, Tom Morello, Anti-Flag, La Santa Cecilia and more. The videos I made for the tour received hundreds of thousands of views on social media. And the campaign made a major contribution to successfully stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Filmed at the Rock Against the TPP Tour launch at Summit Music Hall in Denver, Colorado. Artists include: Tom Morello, Evangeline Lilly, Anti-Flag, Downtown Boys,…

07/27/2017
Making NY Better For Bicyclists

It has been an honor to work with the New York Bicycling Coalition on their fundraising campaign videos to help to continue their important work to improve bicycling for all New Yorkers.
http://bit.ly/2rE1mUJ

A video created in order to help raise funds for the NY Bicycling Coalition. The NYBC is helping to make bicycling safer and easier throughout New York State. Learn…

This is a shot from the first music video I made with Taina Asili, entitled "Freedom". Since its release, it has been fe...
07/26/2017

This is a shot from the first music video I made with Taina Asili, entitled "Freedom". Since its release, it has been featured on http://bit.ly/2qUpyVI, Latina Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Source, and more. It has also aired on Democracy Now! and was featured at the Workers Unite Film Festival.

A moment captured from my video work with the New York Bicycling Coalition. Honored to support their important work to m...
07/25/2017

A moment captured from my video work with the New York Bicycling Coalition. Honored to support their important work to make our streets safer for cyclists.

Shooting along the Hudson River for Taina Asili's music video "And We Walk". This video about climate justice was featur...
07/24/2017

Shooting along the Hudson River for Taina Asili's music video "And We Walk". This video about climate justice was featured in Yes! Magazine.

07/23/2017
Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm | Sunangel Media Testimonial

Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm shares her story about how the video SunAngel Media made with helped the farm to raise $100K. Check out this beautiful story.

Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm attests to the impact of the fundraising video that Sunangel Media created, which raised $100,000 and continues to be used as a tool…

Getting some beautiful moving shots of the Capital for the New York Bicycling Coalition.
07/22/2017

Getting some beautiful moving shots of the Capital for the New York Bicycling Coalition.

It was such an privilege to work with activists Barbara Smith, Naomi Jaffe, and several others in our community at the S...
07/21/2017

It was such an privilege to work with activists Barbara Smith, Naomi Jaffe, and several others in our community at the Social Justice Center for Taina Asili's most recent music video.

07/20/2017
Rock Against the TPP ft/ Tom Morello, Evangeline Lilly & more

It was such an amazing experience to work with the Rock Against the TPP tour, interviewing incredible artists such as Evangeline Lilly, Tom Morello, Anti-Flag, La Santa Cecilia and more. The videos I made for the tour received hundreds of thousands of views on social media. And the campaign made a major contribution to successfully stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Filmed at the Rock Against the TPP Tour launch at Summit Music Hall in Denver, Colorado. Artists include: Tom Morello, Evangeline Lilly, Anti-Flag, Downtown Boys,…

07/19/2017
Making NY Better For Bicyclists

It has been an honor to work with the New York Bicycling Coalition on their fundraising campaign videos to help to continue their important work to improve bicycling for all New Yorkers.
http://bit.ly/2rE1mUJ

A video created in order to help raise funds for the NY Bicycling Coalition. The NYBC is helping to make bicycling safer and easier throughout New York State. Learn…

This is a shot from the first music video I made with Taina Asili, entitled "Freedom". Since its release, it has been fe...
07/18/2017

This is a shot from the first music video I made with Taina Asili, entitled "Freedom". Since its release, it has been featured on http://bit.ly/2qUpyVI, Latina Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Source, and more. It has also aired on Democracy Now! and was featured at the Workers Unite Film Festival.

A moment captured from my video work with the New York Bicycling Coalition. Honored to support their important work to m...
07/17/2017

A moment captured from my video work with the New York Bicycling Coalition. Honored to support their important work to make our streets safer for cyclists.

Shooting along the Hudson River for Taina Asili's music video "And We Walk". This video about climate justice was featur...
07/16/2017

Shooting along the Hudson River for Taina Asili's music video "And We Walk". This video about climate justice was featured in Yes! Magazine.

07/15/2017
Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm | Sunangel Media Testimonial

Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm shares her story about how the video SunAngel Media made with helped the farm to raise $100K. Check out this beautiful story.

Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm attests to the impact of the fundraising video that Sunangel Media created, which raised $100,000 and continues to be used as a tool…

07/13/2017
Fight For The Future

So excited to have been working with the amazing organization Fight For The Future all day today helping to create content to defend #NetNeutrality - check out one of the videos below and submit a video comment to defend the internet using their awesome tool!

I'M NOT CRYING YOU'RE CRYING 😭

You can now submit video comments to the FCC in defense of net neutrality: https://video.battleforthenet.com/

Getting some beautiful moving shots of the Capital for the New York Bicycling Coalition.
06/26/2017

Getting some beautiful moving shots of the Capital for the New York Bicycling Coalition.

It was such an privilege to work with activists Barbara Smith, Naomi Jaffe, and several others in our community at the S...
06/25/2017

It was such an privilege to work with activists Barbara Smith, Naomi Jaffe, and several others in our community at the Social Justice Center for Taina Asili's most recent music video.

06/24/2017
Rock Against the TPP ft/ Tom Morello, Evangeline Lilly & more

It was such an amazing experience to work with the Rock Against the TPP tour, interviewing incredible artists such as Evangeline Lilly, Tom Morello, Anti-Flag, La Santa Cecilia and more. The videos I made for the tour received hundreds of thousands of views on social media. And the campaign made a major contribution to successfully stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Filmed at the Rock Against the TPP Tour launch at Summit Music Hall in Denver, Colorado. Artists include: Tom Morello, Evangeline Lilly, Anti-Flag, Downtown Boys,…

06/23/2017
Making NY Better For Bicyclists

It has been an honor to work with the New York Bicycling Coalition on their fundraising campaign videos to help to continue their important work to improve bicycling for all New Yorkers.
http://bit.ly/2rE1mUJ

A video created in order to help raise funds for the NY Bicycling Coalition. The NYBC is helping to make bicycling safer and easier throughout New York State. Learn…

This is a shot from the first music video I made with Taina Asili, entitled "Freedom". Since its release, it has been fe...
06/22/2017

This is a shot from the first music video I made with Taina Asili, entitled "Freedom". Since its release, it has been featured on http://bit.ly/2qUpyVI, Latina Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Source, and more. It has also aired on Democracy Now! and was featured at the Workers Unite Film Festival.

A moment captured from my video work with the New York Bicycling Coalition. Honored to support their important work to m...
06/21/2017

A moment captured from my video work with the New York Bicycling Coalition. Honored to support their important work to make our streets safer for cyclists.

Shooting along the Hudson River for Taina Asili's music video "And We Walk". This video about climate justice was featur...
06/20/2017

Shooting along the Hudson River for Taina Asili's music video "And We Walk". This video about climate justice was featured in Yes! Magazine.

06/19/2017
Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm | Sunangel Media Testimonial

Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm shares her story about how the video SunAngel Media made with helped the farm to raise $100K. Check out this beautiful story.

Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm attests to the impact of the fundraising video that Sunangel Media created, which raised $100,000 and continues to be used as a tool…

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It is a profound honor to share this song "Es Nuestro Derecho" I recorded with Bomba Puertorriqueña maestro Dr. Drum of BombaYo as an offering of healing for Earth Day. Each day I have sat with these lyrics, "it is our right to breathe," and each day they have brought me new meaning. It is our right to breathe clean air, it is our right to exist free from violence, it is our right stop and take a breathe. What comes to mind for you? Today I think about the fact that BIPOC communities have always been the first to feel the effects of the destruction of our Earth and have also been the first on the frontlines to stop its destruction. I also think about what Dr. Drum has taught me about the powerful technology of rhythm that our African Ancestors have given us in order to reconnect with our breathe and our connection to this Earth. First, he explained that rhythm is inextricably connected to our breathe, "I can breathe because I have rhythm." He then explained that through rhythm as expressed through bomba "music allows us to breathe again." I am so humbled that Dr. Drum invited me to record on this song and create this video in collaboration with Gaetano Vaccaro of Sunangel Media. May this song be an offering to help us assert our right to breathe, with clean air and liberated from harm.
Check out this badass new music video from my artivism co-conspirator sister Evan Greer (edited by my love Gaetano Vaccaro of Sunangel Media) which was released yesterday in honor of #TransDayOfVisibility! Link to the full video in the comments.