Understanding the undeniable power of voice, the global filmmaking and sound engineering communities are rallying around Safe&Sound Ukraine initiative to provide encrypted walkie-talkies and satellite phones for Ukrainians in disaster zones cut off from communication. The urgently needed devices will help coordinate medical, evacuation, and defense needs.

Safe&Sound Ukraine is co-founded by Xenia Vinogradova, a production sound mixer in Kyiv, who stays in her homeland and documents the war realities with filmmaking crews while organizing humanitarian help. She says: “In these terrifying times values get simpler and clearer, and people who act out on their best values – become saviors. By raising your voice and lending a helping hand you support us Ukrainians in the darkest days, and with you, we’re not afraid to go on. I would like to thank each partner and donor from the name of our team. We work hard to make it all happen, and we’re happy to see the first good results. Warm greetings from Ukraine, and let’s stay together! Only together we can win.”

With its growing list of global manufacturing partners and support from individuals and organizations all over the globe, (including the LA Sound Mixers community, Gotham Sound, K-Tek, and Lectrosonics companies, as well as non-profit United Help Ukraine) Safe&Sound Ukraine hopes to raise funds for the encrypted digital devices.

If you would like to help, visit http://www.safeandsoundukraine.org/ to discover ways to donate and get involved in spreading this important fundraiser.  Or visit: https://www.facebook.com/donate/766504741016367/110313954944828

Gabriel Mays

AbelCine Director of Rental
As Director of Rental, Gabriel Mays oversees growth of Rental by nurturing business relationships and unifying the customer experience nationwide. In his previous role as the LA Rental Manager, Gabriel worked with producers, cinematographers, and assistant camera operators to provide the highest level of customer service possible. He also ensured that all their equipment needs are met on budget. Before coming to AbelCine in 2015, Gabriel previously worked as a Communications Instructor and Electronic Media Engineer at a private university. He taught various courses in electronic media, including film, broadcasting, and digital arts. Gabriel is an award-winning cinematographer, director, producer, and editor known for his innovative research and implementation of new film techniques. He was also one of the first to implement HDSLR cameras into filmmaking. He has been the cinematographer on dozens of independent films, documentaries, and music videos.