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 cut for 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.
As a film-maker, I believe that when honored with a captive audience, we must inspire, transport, and 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, one person or one view at a time. Deep in the craft, in finding breaths, rhythms and beats, lives great reward. Watching a script come to life from it’s first word to the editing room is consistently a labor of love. In the documentary realm, hearing words spoken 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 directed my first feature documentary in Fall 2004 with Semester at 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 ‘be something more’, and with support from a beautiful community, I’ve founded an organization, and an evolving movement that evokes and inspires love and light through courageous and authentic personal action. These actions, big or small, radiate ripples and waves of positive energy into the world, thereby affecting positive change. We bring focus and draw attention to these acts. Find out more at Be MORE Now. (www.beMOREnow.org). I am presently developing a film series in conjunction with this project.
(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