An internship in the News and Specials department at MTV in New York City changed my life’s course forever. A Segment Producer, working in an edit bay deep in the basement of 1515 Broadway, allowed me to sit in on the session, and watch the editor work (on a beta flatbed system- technology long since surpassed. I was mesmerized- in awe of the beauty and grace the editor possessed in making the documentary come together. His nimble finger’s quick action, and that his vision was translated from brain to screen instantaneously there in the editing room fascinated me. I was hooked.
Finding breaths, rhythms and beats in a scene rewards me. Watching a script come to life in the editing room, dazzling. Drawing in the viewer, crafting emotion, and watching subtleties in how an actor delivered a line from one take to the next is where my passion lies is fun. Incorporating music within my cuts as gracefully as possible is inherent, my favorite past-time meets my present self. Funky edits that don’t feel gratuitous and the brain game of assembling puzzles of story, image and sound, as well as dissolves placed with purpose, will never get old to me.
I have edited in the offices of MTV, PBS, ABC, Shondaland, Wieden and Kennedy, Bunim and Murray, Nike and Intel, in New York, Hollywood, Portland, Boston, the woods of Massachusetts, as well on a ship circumnavigating the globe over a 100 day period in 2004.
I am spreading my wings by writing, producing and directing, too. I directed my first feature documentary in 2004, ‘Learning to Sea’. In 2015, I directed my first narrative short, Baby Talk, and co-wrote my first screenplay, Yellowbirds in Love. In 2016, I directed, wrote and edited a music video to the Phish song, ‘More’. The song & video have inspired me to start an organization encouraging kindness and positive action by getting out of our comfort zones: Be MORE Now. (www.beMOREnow.org)
When honored with a captive audience, we must transport them, entertain them, make them laugh, or teach them. Every project can make a difference and one thought, embedded in an open mind, can change the course of history. Every project can change the world. I’ve always found joy in editing jobs with a mission of social justice and change. We can’t see the ripples made from our work, but even if it makes one person’s day better, that’s something.