NARRATIVE FILMS

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ABOUT

As a filmmaker, I am drawn to moments of compassion and humanity. Though the worlds of my films are often brutal, the characters overcome cruelty by mustering up kindness—choosing to love despite complicated surroundings. To me, this is a mirror of reality, and it is these moments of connection between people that gives life meaning.

 

As a queer storyteller, many of my films take place of the fringes of society--whether it be the literal, geographical outskirts of town, or stories of characters who can’t quite find their place within their families and communities. I explore themes of identity, family, community, and self-acceptance—usually with bright color, dark humor, and a little glamor.

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In addition to narrative filmmaking, I’m also passionate about branded video content. I’ve spent the last ten years working on in-house brand teams...

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In 2018 I graduated from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with an MFA in film production. I’ve had films screen at a variety of top tier festivals including Fantasia Fest, Hollyshorts, Outfest, Calgary International, LACMA’s Young Directors Night and more. My thesis film, Black Cat in a Dark Room won the Wes Craven award for best horror short...

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HOTTER UP CLOSE
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BLACK CAT IN A DARK ROOM
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LIKE ANIMALS