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Chicago, IL

As a storyteller you find yourself in different places, in different situations, and with different people constantly.

My stories started innocently enough in Miami where I was born to wonderful Cuban immigrants. I learned my craft at the University of Florida where I earned a degree in journalism and studied photojournalism and videography. I covered music, local issues, and sports for publications like The Gainesville Sun, Reax magazine, and The Fine Print where I was a contributor when it won Best New Publication from Campus Progress.

My time covering music at UF lead me to traveling the country with local Gainesville band Morningbell after I graduated to shoot a documentary that I'm currently editing. 

To learn more about documentary I worked as the Digital Arts and Publishing Intern at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. I assisted in the producetion and marketing of such books as Iraq | Perspectives, Colors of Confinement, In This Timeless Time, and One Place. In addition, I co-edited the festival program for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.  

I currently find myself newly married and searching for more stories in Chicago. If you have a story or adventure shoot me an email at jmoraphoto@gmail.com

Prof. Diablo's True Revue I

Professor Diablo’s True Revue is a collaborative performance series featuring writers, musicians, visual artists, and others who make extensive use of documentary fieldwork and research in the creation of their art.

The theme for the first show, “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” features a writer (Donovan Hohn) whose first book is a story about rubber ducks, plastic, and the mysteries of the ocean; a Guggenheim Fellow and media artist (Marina Zurkow) whose latest work in animation and manga explores the agency of petrochemicals and plastics; and a songwriter (Django Haskins) of exceeding plasticity and range. Future performances of Professor Diablo’s True Revue will explore themes such as love, war, and food and will feature all new artists, writers, and musicians.

“We want to expand the audience’s idea of what a ‘documentary’ work can be,” says CDS Writer in Residence Duncan Murrell. “And we’re going to do this with artists whose work relies on the immersive research and fieldwork that we champion here, who will create something that’s more than a reading, more than an opening, more than a night of music—a performance that’s unique and unexpected, and yet seems harmonious and inevitable when it’s done.

“We hope that we’re beginning something that will have real longevity and become a valued and complementary addition to the growing literary and arts scenes here in Durham and in the Triangle,” Murrell says. “It’s going to be fun.”

Video produced by Joel Mora.