About

“For its elegant camera work, sound design and narrative structure, its quietly beautiful depiction of the texture of its subjects’ daily lives, and its achievement in articulating contradictions while maintaining a sense of hope, the Outfest Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Film goes to Born This Way.”

I make documentaries and commercials that transform intimate human truth into powerful and revelatory stories.

Born This Way, my first feature-length documentary, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and won awards around the world for its portrayal of the LGBTQ+ community in Cameroon. Possible Selves, my newest film, tells the stories of young people growing up in foster care and will premiere in 2021. These films immerse viewers in the lives of the onscreen participants, allowing us to connect deeply with them and to discover many layers of meaning in their lives.

But before I discovered filmmaking, I was a lanky gay kid in conservative Central California where I learned to be brave and to trust my own voice. I was the first in my family to go to college. I studied experimental music at Carleton College where I learned to be artistically fearless. As a Fulbright Scholar in Sri Lanka during the country’s tragic civil war, I learned empathy and respect for multiple perspectives. And as North American marketing director for BYD, the world’s second largest electric vehicle company, I learned that a brand’s story can be as powerful as an individual’s.

While creating commercials and branded content, I have had the pleasure to work around the world with clients including General Electric, The Courage Campaign, People for the American Way and Partners in Health.

I bring all of this experience to my filmmaking practice, allowing me to tell stories with deep empathy and sophisticated storytelling technique. If you’d like to discuss working together, please say hello. I’ll bet we can make something exquisite together.

“For its elegant camera work, sound design and narrative structure, its quietly beautiful depiction of the texture of its subjects’ daily lives, and its achievement in articulating contradictions while maintaining a sense of hope, the Outfest Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Film goes to Born This Way.”

Documentary

Roles: Director, Producer, Cinematographer
Possible Selves
 is an intimate, coming-of-age documentary that follows two brave teenagers in foster care through their tumultuous high school years. It is the first feature-length documentary to tell the stories of foster kids from their own perspectives. It follows Alex, Mia and their friends as they strive to attain a goal that only 3% of adults who grew up in foster care reach: graduating from college. Upcoming release in 2021. To see more: https://possibleselvesmovie.com

Roles: Director, Producer, Cinematographer
The award-winning documentary portrait of the LGBTQ+ community in Cameroon. Premiered at the Berlin International Film festival and won top honors at Outfest, Amnesty International Movies that Matter, and many more. To see more:
https://www.bornthiswaydocumentary.com

Roles: Director, Producer
A portrait of two lovably norm-defying retired teachers in rural Tennessee. Winner of the Jury Award for Best Documentary Short at Outfest.

Commercial

Yacht Party

Roles: Writer, Director and Producer
Client: Courage Campaign

BYD Trucks: Hard at Work

Role: Producer
Client: BYD

Insurance Jive

Roles: Writer, Director, Producer
Client: California Nurses Association

The Queen’s Cartoonists

Roles: Director, Producer
Client: Columbia Artists Music

Climate Leaders Summit

Roles: Director, Producer
Client: City of Los Angeles 

California Hangover

Roles: Writer, Director
Client: Courage Campaign

Fidelity

Role: Director
Client: Courage Campaign

Contact

If you’d like to discuss working together, speaking engagements, screenings or anything else, please say hello!