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Nomadic Performer Interview Series: John F. O'Donnell

Nomadic Performer Interview Series: John F. O'Donnell

John F. O'Donnell is a Washington, D.C.-based stand-up comedian and political correspondent for Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp on RT America. Since acquiring a Congressional Press credential, he has actively covered the U.S. presidential primary debates on location for Redacted Tonight, racking up memorable encounters with Donald Trump supporters, Republican party members like Lindsey GrahamRudolph Giulianni, and Karl Rove, as well as Green Party supporters unhappy that candidate Jill Stein was not part of the debates.

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Kent Avenue Interview Series: Ross McDonnell

Kent Avenue Interview Series: Ross McDonnell

Ross McDonnell is a freelance photographer and videographer born in Dublin, Ireland and a former resident of the apartments at 475 Kent Avenue in South Williamsburgliving among the world-class photographers who inspired this ongoing interview series. His work takes him to regions in the throes of violent conflict, including Afghanistan, Ukraine, and Mexico, with images often created using unique processes to better capture the mood of his subject. That includes using glass plates bathed in chemicals to create 19th-century-style black-and-white ambrotypes for his series, Vigilantes, chronicling Mexico's anti-cartel Auto Defensa members. Yet McDonnell also embraces photography's ever-evolving future, as Time magazine noted in naming one of his Ukraine images to their Top 10 Photos of 2014: 

"Changes in this industry have also favored adaptation, and Ross McDonnell is a testament to that fluidity. In January, as the demonstrations in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev were peaking in violence, the documentary filmmaker transitioned seamlessly between still and motion. Over the course of several days, he made rich, painterly, cinematic photographs and videos. His picture through the view of a bus window (#4) shows an almost biblical scene of fire and ice."

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