An internship in the News and Specials department at MTV in New York City changed my life’s course forever. Deep in the basement of 1515 Broadway, as a Production Assistant, I watched an editor work. I was in awe of the editor’s speed, agility, and grace, his nimble finger’s quick action immediately translating his vision from brain to screen. I decided I should edit, too.
Since, I’ve worked with 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 (directing my first feature documentary in Fall 2004 with Semester at Sea).
In 2016, I created a music video to the Phish song, ‘More’. The song, video and enthusiastic response to the project have inspired me to ‘be something more’. With support from the Phish community, I founded an organization, Be MORE Now, and a film company, Be MORE Now Films with missions to evoke and inspire love, light, and positivity through works we create together. Our goal is to inspire waves of uplifting energy through each project, thereby affecting positive change. Now, in multiple phases of production, we’re busy- developing, writing, producing, directing, and editing multiple film projects- music videos, a documentary series, as well as a narrative short film- through Be MORE Now Films.
Every project can change the world and one thought, embedded in an open mind, can change the course of history, one person or one view at a time. When honored with a captive audience, we must inspire, transport, and entertain them, make them laugh, or teach them.
Watching a script come to life, from writing the first word to the last tweak in the editing room is consistently a labor of love. Deep in the craft, in finding breaths, rhythms, and beats, lives great reward. Hearing words spoken, or images witnessed, that I know will inspire when shared with a greater audience, is my honor. Incorporating music gracefully is inherent, my favorite past-time meets my present self.
I know how lucky I am to create for a living. It’s what I’ve always loved to do. Let’s collaborate! If my skill set meshes with your needs, and together we can create something to be proud of, or that can help fund the next soul project, I’d love to work with you. Please reach out!
(above right) This photo was taken in November, 2004. That’s me spreading my wings and learning to fly, doing my first bungee jump off the Bloucrans Bridge near Cape Town, South Africa. Photo credit: Steven Ludwig