Award-winning filmmaker with 8 years experience producing, directing, shooting and editing films, including the SXSW Audience Award-winning documentary Landfill Harmonic, which tells the story of an orchestra in Paraguay that plays instruments made entirely from garbage; My Village, My Lobster, winner of the CINE Golden Eagle for Independent Documentary and an Official Selection in numerous festivals; the PBS program EcoViews: Three Stories from the Chesapeake Bay, a 2010 Student Academy Award® Nominee and CINE Golden Eagle Winner; 120 Days: Undocumented in America, a CINE-winning feature-length documentary about an undocumented immigrant’s last days in the United States with his family; and Songs from Bosawas, an adventure and music film that documents the first professional recording of Mayangna Indian musicians in the rain forests of Northern Nicaragua.
While working for PBS Marketing and Communications, I produced television, on-line and radio promotional campaigns for several PBS programs, including the Emmy® Award-winning Masterpiece series Downton Abbey, Upstairs/Downstairs and the American Experience film Freedom Riders.
Before transitioning to filmmaking, I spent 3 ½ years as Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua, and I currently serve on the Advisory Board for the international program of the solar energy organization GRID Alternatives.
I earned a M.A. in Film and Video Production from American University and a B.S. in Biology and Geology from the University of Georgia.
I have been in the industry since 2007.