Hero(ine)'s journeys call to me loudest—stories of people who aren't just surviving, but seeking purpose in their struggle. Visually, I'm drawn to the unspoken: a face full of emotion, body language that contradicts words. I'm especially fascinated by genre-bending films that make nonfiction feel like narrative. While I love directing my own projects, I also enjoy editing and story consulting for others.
THE ART OF FILMMAKING stole my heart on my very first shoot, in Yosemite in 2011. Two years later, after 13 years of writing, editing, and crafting visual stories for national magazines, I decided to pursue film full time and founded and co-directed the award-winning National Park Experience film series (NPX), where diverse cultural stories appeared in national parks, in film festivals, at brand-sponsored events, and on the Smithsonian Channel, PBS.org, and National Geographic online.
My first feature documentary film, CONFLUENCE-- the final film in the NPX series-- world-premiered at the Boulder Theater, taking the Adventure Film Festival's keynote "Make Your Own Legend" award, and recently picked up "Best Feature Documentary" in another competition. My current feature, DARK SUMMIT [working title], chronicles a 26-year-long journey about a climber whose life veered sharply off-course after he suffered a mysterious invisible wound on a Himalayan expedition in 1992. I'm directing and editing KARMA, a humanitarian story I filmed in Nepal alongside Oscar-nominated filmmaker Adrian Belic. I'm also directing WOLVERINE, an independent short about a former SAR volunteer overcoming PTSD by searching for wolverines.
My work has been supported by generous individuals, foundations, nonprofit organizations, production companies, media outlets including The New York Times, and powerful outdoor industry brands such as REI, Osprey Packs, Pendleton, The North Face, La Sportiva, Marmot, MPowered, and GoalZero.
I perform a variety of roles in the medium: director, shooter, story producer, writer, story editor, story consultant, workshop coach, guest instructor, festival judge, and panelist, with guest appearances ranging from Costa Rica to Yale. Hit me up if you have a great story to tell!