Katie Couric in Oakland, CNN’s Race for the White House, and Racing Extinction

During the twenty years I’ve lived in Oakland, I’ve seen it transform (for good and for bad). Although the city has many challenges, it is also filled with arts, culture, diversity, nature, and pride, so it was a special pleasure to have the opportunity to work with Katie Couric at the start of the year on a web series about Oakland.

The videos address the city’s rebound and include interviews with Mayor Libby Schaaf and community leaders like D’Wayne Wiggins (Tony! Toni! Toné!) about local youth empowerment programs, the potential tech boom with the arrival of Uber, and Warriors pride.

Oakland California on the Rebound (w. Katie Couric) from Gabriel Noble_TRU FILMS on Vimeo.

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In 2015, I traveled across the country with cameraman Will Pugh to work on four of CNN’s six-episode series, Race for the White House, about some of the most dramatic U.S. presidential elections. When we were filming last summer, Trump had just announced his candidacy. Little did we know that the 2016 election will probably go down in history as one of the most dramatic! The series premieres on March 6th.

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I had the privilege to work for a short while on Racing Extinction, a feature length documentary by Academy Award winner Louie Psihoyos (The Cove). It’s now available on DVD, iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

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