Video by Skyler Ballard/ Los Angeles Times


WKU Dance and Theater students Connor Keef and Abbey Lutts both feel at home when performing on stage. The lights, the nervous energy, and the thrill of preforming in front of an audience fuels their passion for the stage.

Video by Skyler Ballard

A short documentary as part of the 2018 Mountain Workshops in Mt. Sterling, KY.

ROLE: Assistant cinematographer & assistant editor

Timothy Kercheville is a landless farmer and agricultural consultant in Bowling Green, Ky., attempting to find pathways for farming without land ownership. Kercheville works with other organizations, such as the International Center of Kentucky, to educate others and instill more value in agriculture in the community. Video by Skyler Ballard

A visual interpretation of Ada Limon's poem, "The Rewilding," about growing up alongside the land, the cows, and the cornstalks of rural Kentucky.

Words by Ada Limon, voice by my mother, video by me

The cheesiest little love letter to colorado and the people I got to see it with this summer (and also to maggie rogers)

After some careful deliberation, six months of planning and staring at Google maps, and a fear that he would regret it if he didn't at least try, Mike Lempko decided to embark on a journey across the country on rollerblades.

Video by Skyler Ballard, The Denver Post

One of the most iconic airplanes from World War II, the B-25 Mitchell “Maid in the Shade,” made a stop at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, Colorado, as part of its Summer Flying Legends of Victory Tour across the U.S. and Canada. World War II veteran Len Estrin, an 8th A.F., 384th B.G., 546th Squadron with 17 missions as a ball turret gunner, joined for the flight.

Video by Skyler Ballard, The Denver Post 


Chris Snow of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Marion Clement of the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership conduct marsh bird surveys at Monie Bay, part of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Somerset County, Maryland.

Video: Skyler Ballard/Chesapeake Bay Program

Lesley Jackson chose to return to Eastern Kentucky when she finished medical school, because she wants to make a difference in a rural community. After Lesley Jackson completed the Rural Physician Leadership Program, she decided she wanted to open her practice in Morehead. She says, “The people here, they need doctors. And there’s a real shortage in the area. People of Eastern Kentucky deserve really good doctors.” Between caring for her three children and having a continuous flow of patients, Lesley stays very busy. But she and her husband feel they made the right decision in settling here.

Video by Skyler Ballard/ For Mountain Workshop


Jonathan Stovall dedicated his second chance at life to teaching fourth grade math and science at Parker-Bennet-Curry Elementary School.

Shot for my intermediate multimedia storytelling class in 2016.