I graduated from Smith College with a degree and a half in Film and Theater Studies, but long before that I knew I was going to be a filmmaker.
I am a huge people person, always have been. I am also a life-long learner and a sponge for information. At a very young age, I realized photography and videography are a way of learning. Through these visual arts, I connect to my subjects, learn who they are, what they love, how they look at the world and then I translate that learning into a story they can use to communicate with their audience. It’s really all about distilling and connecting.
In my spare time, I love to go on long distance bike rides, and mushroom forays, and to travel to small corners of the world and take it all in. Oh, and I’m obsessed with my furry daughter, my human son, and my wife (not necessarily in that order).
Photo by Shelby Brakken
I have been referred to as a renaissance woman, and I didn't hate it. I am a director, producer, editor, screenwriter, DP, distribution strategizer and photographer all in one. I am focused on telling unique stories that make us feel connected to one another and the important issues of our time.
My background includes over a decade working on award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentaries for public television. The films & videos I have produced, edited, filmed and distributed have been widely used as tools to raise awareness and promote change on topics ranging from racism, homophobia in the military, child abuse, and climate change. In particular my role as an engagement coordinator has made me appreciate the power of media to be used to further specific outreach goals- be those community, political, environmental, consumer, educational, or brand- building.
I am the Creative Director of the Witness to Guantanamo project, the world's most comprehensive collection of Guantanamo stories, which reveals a legal black hole that delivered underwhelming security and overwhelming injustice. My company, Between the Lens, creates micro-docs, web, and branding videos for small businesses and non-profits. I love the energy of this format; I love using my various skills to articulate messages in the most concise way possible; I love making people laugh, tear-up, smile and connect to the issues in a matter of minutes; and I love being able to create, deliver and distribute meaningful content quickly, allowing it to always be relevant.
In the narrative world, I have directed two shorts, a scripted commercial, and produced a short film and two web series. I am currently writing a short film that I plan to direct this year.
I am also a founding board member of the Couch Film Collective, a non-profit redefining the female narrative by changing the stories told about women and by getting more women and POC behind the camera at all levels of production. I believe this industry is uniquely positioned to change the global dialogue and culture by empowering new voices.