My purpose as a documentary filmmaker is to tell stories that change the way people walk through the world by inspiring curiosity, wonder, and empathy. I aspire to tell stories that move people. I have a passion for telling human interest stories related to humanitarian issues.
2018 - The Atlantic
This is a short film from Lusaka, Zambia about a double amputee who works as a carpenter hand making devices for children with disabilities. I directed, filmed, and edited this short documentary, which was chosen to be part of The Atlantic Selects documentary showcase.
Musa and the Zambian Handball Dream
2019 - National Geographic
Handball is an Olympic sport played by seven on a court. Musa Kambundu, left wing for Zambia’s national handball team, hopes to compete in the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo. “One of my biggest dreams is to play handball out of Africa, to make my living through handball, and I know it will happen.” I directed, filmed, and edited this short documentary, which was chosen to be part of National Geographic’s Short Film Showcase.
2018 - National Geographic
In October 2017, the city of Santa Rosa was hit by the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California state history. Local resident Gerald Buhrz remembers that night vividly, having only just narrowly escaped with his wife to safety. When the flames subsided, he returned to find that nearly every home in his close-knit neighborhood of Fountaingrove was destroyed by the fires. Every home, that is, except one. I directed, filmed, and edited this short documentary, which was chosen to be part of National Geographic’s Short Film Showcase.
Art Can Save You | The Story of 1000 Colored Eggs
2018 – NFDA Remembering A Life film competition winner, Milwaukee Film Festival
Shari Kadar was born in Hungary in 1926. This is her story… of life as a post World War 2 refugee, discovering art, and getting saved by 1000 wooden eggs. This film was selected by the National Funeral Director’s Association as one of three winners in their Remembering A Life Film Competition. As winner of this competition, the film showed at their international convention in Salt Lake City and at the Milwaukee Film Festival. I directed, filmed, and edited this short documentary.
Resettling Kbal Romeas
2017 - Roads & Kingdoms / Slate
When Cambodia’s Lower Sesan 2 dam is finished in August of 2017, it will be the largest in the country. It will also be the first dam in Cambodia to displace thousands of people, thanks to a reservoir which promises to drown indigenous villages that live along the Srepok river. This is the story of Kbal Romeas, a village in the midst of forced relocation. To read the full piece that accompanies this video, click here. I directed, filmed, and edited this short film.