“Emma Roll has been a passionate supporter of the Pacific Island community on the West Coast, working as Director of Visual Media for www.betelnutradio.com‘s hit radio show The BBQ. Along with program hosts Q and Joe Sav, she has been at the forefront of Pacific Islander events and concerts throughout California (PIFA, various concerts) and Nevada (Rugby 7s), helping to promote non-profits, community groups, musicians, athletes, teachers and others with quality and professional media production.
On Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the end of the uplifting Mana Conference at The College of San Mateo, Emma’s Camera – a Canon 7D – was stolen. The camera, lens, lens filter, memory card, etc. are valued at approximately $4800.00. Regrettably, none of her equipment was insured. The day’s footage on the memory card is impossible to replace. Emma purchased the equipment with student loan funds while completing her Master’s Degree at USC in Film & Anthropology in order to shoot her thesis film in Central America. The camera and lens have been her number one tool and main source of income. Without these vital tools, she cannot continue to produce videos or photography for non-profits, small businesses, musicians, artists, etc.
On the day of the theft, Emma was filming a short documentary on Pacific Islanders in Higher Education, featuring the Bay Area’s Danny Boy Ve’evalu. Danny Boy is an activist, filmmaker, and the first in his family to graduate college. He was a speaker and panelist at the conference, sharing his experiences with Bay Area youth to encourage students to pursue college after high school. With help from friends and colleagues, Emma was able to borrow equipment to finish shooting the Bay Area portion of the documentary- so not all is lost. This appeal for in-kind donations and support acknowledges Emma Roll’s energy and dedication to creating quality media is both valued and appreciated.
Beyond the Pacific Island community, Emma has also shot photos cageside at Porfessional MMA fights for BAMMA USA, worked on videos for music artists such as Panic at the Disco!, as well as an international documentary about Salsa Dancing, shot in 2012 on location in Miami, Mexico, and Colombia. This year, she helped cover the Super Bowl for ProPlayerInsiders.com interviewing top NFL athletes at VIP events. See the videos on the right to view Emma Roll in action as a correspondent and her work as a cinematographer.
At this time, we are inviting the community to join together in an effort to raise funds to restore her lost equipment. We’d like to get her a new camera, lens, memory cards, warranty coverage and insurance. Our goal is to raise $8000.00 to purchase a Canon 5D Mark III with 24-70mm lens, and necessary accessories. This 5D shoots better in low lighting (concerts, indoor events) than the 7D she had previously. Although it costs a bit more, the 5D will help her to secure more jobs, as it is the most in-demand camera for productions. Lastly, it is crucial we raise enough for Emma to get insurance and warranty repair coverage on the camera, so this doesn’t happen again.
Please share this page/fundraiser with your friends, family, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – we can help her get back to work! Visit http://emmaroll.com/fundraiser to donate using PayPal or by credit card. For questions, concerns, or in-kind donations of equipment or accessories, please email info[at]emmaroll.com