As unrest grew in Ferguson, many people across the country were getting their news not from traditional media but from online video, including livestreaming.

Filmmaker Chris Phillips was among those providing that content, in part because, for him, it was personal: He was black and lived at the time in Canfield Green Apartments, near where Brown was killed.

Phillips, now 38, didn't fully grasp the magnitude of the shooting until the next day.

For the next several months, Phillips and other videographers were a constant presence at the protests, capturing images of police in riot gear and armed with military weapons clashing with demonstrators.