The ISHUES Project Crew

Behind the Scenes: Little Ish's Story

The film “ISHUES” documents the troubled life of talented singer Ishmael Herring. Re-creating scenes from a childhood spent in the Kansas City foster-care system rested on the shoulders of child actor, Taye Newman. “From the first audition, Taye had the job,” says PM “Phil” Romero, one of our co-directors. “He had to act out some […]


How We Discovered "Faces of Santa Ana"

Our episode on Faces of Santa Ana, an art program that connects teenagers to their homeless neighbors, is taking a turn this week: We’re unveiling in-depth recorded interviews with a student and her portrait subject. Now PM Romero, one of the directors of the ISHUES Project, sheds light on the filmmaking process.   How did […]


End Immigrant Detentions in Orange County

Orange County residents and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) spoke out Tuesday against Theo Lacy Facility—the county jail—continuing to imprison people suspected of being undocumented immigrants. Philip Romero, one of the ISHUES Project’s directors, was on site at the Tuesday morning meeting of the Orange County Board of Supervisors to say no to the […]


Welcome to The ISHUES Project... Now, Where's Mimi?

You read it right: That’s ISHUES, not issues. Our project documenting ordinary people taking action is partly named after the lead singer of the band William Pilgrim. His name is Ishmael Herring and he met one of our directors, PM Romero, after answering a Craigslist ad for a vocalist. Turns out Ish (as we call […]


Track Listing

  1. Black Bird
  2. Farewell
  3. Fall Outa Trees
  4. Drug Den
  5. About a Girl
  6. Gimme Little Sign (featuring Brenton Wood)
  7. Water When Well is Dry
  8. In The Street (featuring Blind Boys of Alabama)
  9. A Soldier’s Tale
  10. Taos Hum
  11. Metaphor for America (featuring Exene Cervenka)
  12. 50 Stars
  13. Los Angeles, age 23
  14. Parade
  15. Bring it on Home to Me (A new arrangement of the Sam Cooke classic)

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