Bio

A graduate of the American Film Institute, I am an American documentary director, producer and editor whose work has aired on PBS series such as Independent Lens and has been seen at film festivals all over the world, including Sundance, SXSW, New Directors, New Films and DOC NYC.

 

My 2013 directing debut THE HILL, about the demolition of an African-American neighborhood in New Haven, CT, premiered on the PBS series America Reframed and won best documentary at Greenpoint Film Festival.

My 2014 film SCHOOL’S OUT, about a forest kindergarten in Switzerland, premiered on the PBS series Natural Heroes, won best short at Prescott Film Festival, Colorado Environmental Film Festival and Columbus International Film Festival, and was written about on Slate.com, in The Atlantic, and in National Geographic. With screenings at over 100 film festivals and public screenings around the world, SCHOOL’S OUT sparked a movement among early childhood educators to set up their own versions of an outdoor kindergarten. There are now 250 forest kindergartens in the U.S.

My feature documentary MISSING IN BROOKS COUNTY premiered this fall at the 2020 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival where it received the Best Southern Feature award and received funding from ITVS, Perspective Fund, LEF Foundation, Mountainfilm, and is Executive Produced by Abigail Disney of Fork Films. The film screened at DOC NYC 2020 and will air on the PBS series Independent Lens in the fall of 2021.

 

I spent the spring of 2019 on a Fulbright Scholarship in Toronto working on the documentary SAFE HAVEN about U.S. war resisters seeking asylum in Canada and the award-winning short film SOLEDAD about an asylum case. Both films are currently screening at film festivals in North America.

Some of my other films about the Southwest are the award-winning TEACHING IN ARIZONA (2018) and THE CLEANERS. (2017).

I have taught filmmaking at Yale University, Wesleyan University, Colorado College and Trinity College and currently teach at the School of Theatre, Film and Television, the Human Rights Practice Program and the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. 

I am a member of the filmmaker-run distribution company New Day Films.

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