State of Reflection

State of Reflection: New Jersey Ten Years After 9/11 from Star-Ledger Video on Vimeo.

The Star-Ledger documentary, "State of Reflection: New Jersey 10 Years After 9/11", examines how the tragedy has changed the physical and emotional landscape of New York's sister state, New Jersey, and explores the many ways New Jerseyans are honoring the lost. This project was inspired by video interviews Star-Ledger's Jennifer Brown did with families and friends who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. A special thank you goes to the families of Dorothy Chiarchiaro, Edward P. Felt, Susan Huie, Todd Ouida, and Dominique Pandolfo. (Video by Adya Beasley / The Star-Ledger, Edited by Bumper DeJesus and Seth Siditsky)

Winner of the 2013 New York Emmy award in the Human Interest Program or Special category.
Winner of the 2012 New York Broadcasters Association Awards for Best Documentary


The Choice

The Choice: How reconstruction revolutionized the treatment of breast cancer from Star-Ledger Video on Vimeo.

"The Choice: How Reconstruction Revolutionized the Treatment of Breast Cancer" explores the ways surgical advances have given patients more control over their recovery — and the new set of deep difficult questions they must confront over body image and personal identity. Four women who faced the time-sensitive decisions about mastectomies recount their struggle through questions over physical appearance, changes in sexuality and the psychological effects of surgery. (A film by Adya Beasley / The Star-Ledger)

Guerilla Haiku

Guerilla Haiku Movement in Orange: Metering community engagement through street poems from Star-Ledger Video on Vimeo.

Armed with colorful chalk and something to say, The Guerilla Haiku Movement hit the streets of Orange, New Jersey and filled them with haiku poetry. The four hour event was meant to help build community through creativity and interpersonal connections. Participants are encouraged to get as many people as possible from the town involved in making poetry. Though the sidewalk chalk will eventually fade, organizers hope the sense of community that stems from the activities won't. (Video by Adya Beasley and Bumper DeJesus / The Star-Ledger) Music by JR Kong

Young Newark boxer making history

Shakur Stevenson was meant to be a boxer. The 16-year-old is already the number-one ranked junior boxer in the world. He took home gold in the light bantam weight division at the Junior Men’s World Championships in Kiev, Ukraine and the first American boxer to be selected Junior Boxer of the Year by boxing’s international federation. (Video by Adya Beasley / The Star-Ledger)

Being George

Men will vie for the honor, but there can be only one George Washington crossing the Delaware. This eye-opening documentary enters the cutthroat world of historical reenactment – and follows four men in their ultimate quest to portray Washington at the annual crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Day. (A film by Nyier Abdou and Adya Beasley, Narrated by Adya Beasley, Produced by Bumper DeJesus)