Abe Selby

Great Big Story

Talk about threading the needle in more ways than one. If it wasn’t for Jo Thompson, the first manned mission to land on the moon could have ended in disaster. She was part of a team of elite seamstresses employed by ILC Dover—a company famous for making Playtex bras—to sew spacesuits for Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

(Produced for Great Big Story)

You've heard talk about protecting endangered animals, but what about endangered vegetables? It's a crisis that's come about with the worldwide rise of industrial farming-many indigenous veggies simply aren't being grown in great quantities anymore.

(Assisted in production for Great Big Story)

Jim Sanborn created a sculpture containing a secret message. It sits on the grounds of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Yet no one has been able to solve it. Code breakers from around the world have tried for 30 years. They’re stumped. The artist meets with people like cryptologist Elonka Dunin who are desperate to solve the mystery at his Maryland studio every year or so. But Sanborn won’t divulge any clues. It’s too much fun keeping everyone guessing.

(Assisted in production for Great Big Story)

Writer A.J. Jacobs wanted to be a little less grumpy, so he started a gratitude practice at dinner. He'd thank everyone from the farmer who grew the carrots on his plate to the supermarket cashier who rang them up. Then, his 10-year-old son pointed out that the people A.J.

(Assisted in production for Great Big Story)

If you think entomologists just sit in labs all day looking at slides, think again. Dr. R. Isaí Madriz is out in the field, embarking on dangerous expeditions to the harsh, remote Patagonian Ice Fields in search of undiscovered insect species.

(Assisted in production for Great Big Story)


PBS MetroFocus

Do you know the value of the items you're throwing away? We take you inside one of Manhattan’s little known treasures, the 'trash museum,' with its keeper Nelson Molina—the true titan of trash, to see how he's giving our discarded goods a second life. Visit the PBS MetroFocus website for more stories.

(Produced and filmed for PBS MetroFocus)


As the holiday season begins, Jewish New Yorkers gathered to light the worlds largest menorah at a time when anti-Semitic attacks have surged across the nation.

(Produced and filmed for PBS MetroFocus)


Social Media Videos

Every afternoon, like clockwork, MetroFocus brought Facebook audiences the latest in national headlines. The Afternoon Headlines series features Emmy Award-winning cohosts Jack Ford, Jenna Flanagan and Raphael Pi Roman.

(Produced and filmed for PBS MetroFocus)

Victor Markoff, NYU undergrad, explains how homelessness is effecting LGBTQ students in New York.


independently Produced

As the March for Our Lives swept across the country on Mar. 28, frustrated medical workers took to the streets of New York City in protest of gun violence and research embargoes. Doctors and medical students carried the Doctors for America (DFA) banner, joining thousands of other frustrated citizens in the push to relabel gun violence as a public health issue.

Uprooting herself from all comforts of home, Autumn Calica, 33, came to New York determined to make her dreams come true. Now a student at NYU, on the brink of graduation, Calica contemplates the path she's taken to become a journalist and cultural analyst.

 
In natural history museums across the globe remnants of our early ancestors are portrayed by lifelike sculptures. But rarely do we stop to consider who they've been sculpted after. Looking at the fossil evidence, we explored how artistic renderings of Australopithecus afarensis may cast a heteronormative tone on human evolution.
 

Music Production

Songs for National Day 2014

In 2014, I assisted in the recording and production of popular Singaporean songs for TV broadcast. The tracks were also set to digital videos and performed live for the annual Singapore National Day parade. 

Songs for the 2015 Southeast Asian Games

I also assisted music production for the 28th Annual Southeast Asian Games. The songs recorded were packaged for TV, digital video and music services in preparation for the 2015 SEA Games opening ceremony.

"Greatest" by Daphne Khoo ( from the album "Songs of 28th SEA Games & 8th ASEAN PARA Games") is a declaration of passion for the things we love and believe in.

"Unbreakable" by Amir Masoh is about the moment in everyone's life when they feel like quitting. The music video shows athletes, from 5 different sports, in their pre-game routines where they deal with nerves and psych themselves up.

This edition of "Ordinary", for the 8th ASEAN Para Games, tells the stories of five Para Games debutants. Like their SEA Games counterparts, they juggle between family, work or school and their pursuit for sporting excellence.