Before “120 Days” & the Ke$ha television series, I worked in Washington, DC as a freelance video journalist & documentarian, regularly producing on-line video shorts for organizations such as the National Park Service, NOAA, the Investigative Reporting Workshop, & the American News Project. These projects have won several CINE Golden Eagles, TIVA-DC Peer Awards, & screened in many film festivals. 

Highlights from my time in DC include a short documentary video series for the National Park Service, which was selected for competition in the 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival, 2011 St. Louis International Film Festival, & also won a CINE Golden Eagle award for Outstanding Digital Media. 

On another assignment, I co-produced & edited over 50 HD web videos, culled from over 100 hours of in-depth interviews with many of the greatest American journalists of the last 50 years.  This was for Charles Lewis & the Investigative Reporting Workshop’s website, & all these videos are available online.  

Working for the American News Project in 2008, I was granted US Senate press credentials, & produced, shot, & edited 6 short, political documentaries that were all picked up by the Huffington Post & have since recorded hundreds of thousands of views.

Between 2007-2011, I worked as a freelance documentary editor/producer.  Two of these projects were sold for international broadcast, and also found very successful film festival runs.  “Somay Ku: A Uganda Tennis Story” (directed by Rex Miller) was picked up by the Tennis Channel after winning Best Documentary at the 2008 Malibu Film Festival, and “Saving the American Wild Horse” (directed by James Kleiert) was acquired by the Documentary Channel after screening twice on Capitol Hill, and being selected in many festivals including Newport Beach, Santa Fe, Malibu, and Durango.

From 2008-2011, I pursued an MFA in Film at American University as a full-time student, although I worked nearly full-time throughout the process as well.  One of my AU projects was a Student Academy Award regional winner and national finalist in 2010 for a co-production called “Ecoviews: Three Stories from the Chesapeake Bay.” I was selected as the ORISE Scholar at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in 2009, & served for one year as an Ocean Media Center videographer/editor. Several of my AU/NOAA collaborations were picked up by websites such as Huffington Post, Life on Terra, & won multiple student filmmaking awards.

When I received my MFA in 2011, I was awarded the 2011 University Award for Outstanding Graduate Scholarship. This was the first time a School of Communications student had ever won this University-wide award. I also served as the SOC Graduate Commencement Speaker:

Before I moved to Washington I spent 6 years living in LA, working in film & television production as an assistant director/production coordinator. I worked on The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, Arlington Road, LA Heat, & Casper Meets Wendy (among many others). 

I enrolled in the Los Angeles Film School in 2000, where I wrote, produced, directed, & edited “The Gentleman Don Lamancha,” a modern day Don Quixote adaptation & probably one of the most ambitious student productions ever made! This was my first foray as THE creative show runner, and I was hooked. The film (actually shot on 35mm film) enjoyed a very successful festival run, including an award for Best Student Film Award (Mexico International Film Festival), & a nomination for Best Foreign Film at the European Independent Film Festival (where it screened in Paris at Bibliothèque Nationale de France).  The film also screened in many other festival competitions, including Newport Beach, Boston International, Dances With Films (LA), & Durango.

In addition to the MFA, I also hold a BA History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, & a Directing/Editing certification from the Los Angeles Film School.