I love to stare at people. I want to peek in their ears, study the stains on their shirts, scrutinize their split-ends and examine the texture of their hands. In most social settings, this kind of gawking is considered rude. However in filmmaking, it is an art. Similarly, I hate small talk. The question “How are you?” throws me into a minor crisis. I want to trade the smelly details of our daily struggles, share childhood memories, reveal the ridiculous things we search on Google, and ponder the nature of gods, death, and destiny. This might be a bit intense for a quick greeting. Luckily, filmmaking gives me the chance to dive below the surface and explore the muddy bottom of a person’s life. Ultimately I am searching for the moment when I see myself in another person and the gaps between us begin to close.
I studied playwriting at Brown University and then began making fims after working as a playwright, theatre director, and performer in New York City. I moved to Los Angeles to attend the MFA film directing program at CalArts and went on to be a Project Involve fellow at Film Independent. I am a current HBO Access Directing Fellow and am excited to direct a selection from Yolanda Carney's pilot MANIC as part of the program.
Additionally I am writing several projects about deviant women in history while teaching filmmaking in public schools, prisons, senior centers, and parks. My work with a wide range of students can be felt in my stories, which focus on the need to be witnessed.