I’ve spent the last 10 years working in documentary film in a variety of capacities – as producer, director, cinematographer, editor, curator, consultant. My career began at Boston-based Principle Pictures, where I worked on two feature-length documentaries – BEYOND BELIEF and THE LIST – as well as numerous broadcast and commissioned video projects for corporate and non-profit clients. My production work with Principle brought me to 15 countries, including conflict zones like Iraq, Afghanistan, the West Bank and Burma.

In my personal documentary work, I’m interested in investigating the points of contact between societies widely separated by conflict or inequality – especially through projects that leverage new media technologies to disrupt the traditional triangular relationship between filmmaker, subject and audience.

I’m currently based in the Boston area, working as a Research Assistant at the MIT Open Documentary Lab and pursing a master’s degree in Comparative Media Studies.

Points North Documentary Forum

2012 pitch table

I work with the Camden International Film Festival as Director of the Points North Documentary Forum, curating and producing a 3-day conference program (held on the picturesque coast of Maine) designed to foster creative and professional development by connecting filmmakers with the industry’s leading decision-makers and sustaining a dialogue about the future of documentary storytelling. Past delegates have included representatives from BBC, HBO, A&E Indie, ITVS, POV, Discovery, Participant Media, Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, ARTE and many more.

Dharavi I/O

Dharavi tourist

In 2012, I spent 6 months in India as a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Scholar, developing a short film and interactive media project in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum.

The List (Producer/2nd Camera)

THE LIST tells the story of Kirk Johnson, a modern-day Oskar Schindler who is fighting to save Iraqis whose lives are in danger because they worked for the U.S. government and military to help rebuild Iraq. After leading reconstruction teams in Baghdad and Fallujah for the United States, Kirk discovers that many of his Iraqi friends and colleagues are being targeted as “collaborators with the enemy.” Perceived as traitors, their fates are sealed, and they are systematically hunted—killed, kidnapped, and forced into lives on the run. Frustrated by a stagnating government bureaucracy in the U.S. that fails to protect U.S.-affiliated Iraqis, Kirk begins compiling a list of their names and works with a team of lawyers to get them out of harm’s way. Bound by a sense of moral responsibility and honor, Kirk sets out to redeem a nation that has largely betrayed its Iraqi allies.

Premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.

Made with support from:
Tribeca Film Institute
Chicken & Egg Pictures
Good Pitch

Dividing Lines (Director/Producer/Camera/Editor)

Israeli and Palestinian journalists confront their work, each other, and their own identities for an in-depth exploration of the role of the media in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This 32-minute short film examines how the media can dehumanize and perpetuate violence, and how they may also be the key to building a lasting peace.

Made with a grant from the U.S. Institute of Peace

Beyond Belief (Co-Director of Photography / Associate Producer)

Susan Retik and Patti Quigley are two ordinary moms living their American Dream until both husbands are killed by terrorists. Rather than turning inwards, grief compels them to travel to Afghanistan and help empower Afghan widows whose lives have been ravaged by decades of war, poverty, and oppression—factors they consider to be the root causes of terrorism. As Susan and Patti make the courageous journey from their comfortable suburban neighborhoods to the most desperate Afghan villages, they discover a powerful bond with each other, an unlikely kinship with widows halfway around the world, and a profound way to move beyond tragedy.

BEYOND BELIEF premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, aired on the Sundance Channel and is available on Netflix.