- Research: Flat and immersive nonfiction film production, screenwriting and fiction film production.
- Teaching: Nonfiction and fiction film production, ethnographic filmmaking, story development, screenwriting, photography and visual communication.
- MFA, Montana State University
- Post Baccalaureate Certificate, University of Washington
- BA, University of Arizona
- New Faculty/Early Career Teaching Certificate, Virginia Tech
- UNCLE’S CAR
Official Selection of:
2019 (5th annual) Peak City International Film Festival (Sep 21~22, 2019)
2019 Southeastern International Film Festival (Nov 8~10, 2019)
- VIRGINIA DARES
- Recipient of:
2019 Virginia Tech Presidential Principles of Community Award
2017 Virginia Tech | School of Performing Arts Bruce Carver Multicultural Arts Grant
- FINDING TRACTION
- Emmy Award, Documentary - Topical, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Northwest Chapter. 2016
Best Mountain Sports Film, Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival. 2015
Best Women in Adventure Film, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival. 2015
Best Running Film – Silver Award, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival. 2015
Television Non-Commercial Program of the Year, Montana Broadcasters Association. 2015
Best Action Film, Danish Adventure Film Festival. 2014
Finalist, Mountain Film Competition, Banff Mountain Film Festival. (fine cut) 2014
Online distribution via Netflix, available for streaming in over 190 countries. 2016–present
VOD on Amazon Prime, available for streaming in over 200 countries. 2015–present
VOD on Hulu and apps for Apple/Android devices. 2015–present
Cable broadcast in Europe and North Africa via AB Groupe and YLE. 2015
- INDIAN RELAY
- Emmy Award: Cultural Documentary. National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Northwest Chapter, 2014
- Emmy Award: Photography. National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Northwest Chapter, 2014
Best Documentary Script. Spur Award, Western Writers of America.
Audience Award – Best Native American Film. Durango Film: An Independent Film Festival. 2015
Best Action Film. 17th Annual Native American Indian Film and Video Festival of the Southeast, Columbia, SC 2015
Selected for Independent Lens’ 2013-2014 season. 932 original broadcasts (+ repeats) in the U.S.A. (53:25 version).
- BEFORE THERE WERE PARKS
- Emmy Award: Historical/Cultural Documentary, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Northwest Chapter. 2010
Emmy Award: Cinematography (to Rick Smith), National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Northwest Chapter. 2010
Primetime national PBS broadcast via PBS National Program Service.
- A CAT CALLED ELVIS
- Featured film on www.lifeonterra.com when it won the 2007 Webby Award for Student Online Film and Video.
- SAVING THE SNOW LEOPARDS OF MONGOLIA
- National Geographic Channels global broadcast. 2002
Photos: Wall Street Journal front page & Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo permanent exhibit. 2002/~date
What is your favorite place on campus? Why?
Riding alongside my son, atop our bicycles, as we pass Burruss Hall while the day breaks over the Drillfield on our way to his school. This is a daily tradition we have, and I love every moment of it.
What do you most enjoy about your work?
Going into the unknown, facing a fear of that in myself, meeting the invariably remarkable people and incredible beauty that I always find there, somehow gracefully navigating the inevitable challenges that arise — and eventually, after a lot of editing, sharing some of that.
What is the most satisfying or rewarding moment of your artistic process?
For starters, when the “tech” drops away and I honestly connect with someone I never would’ve known, were I not a filmmaker. But even more importantly, when I share the rough draft of a project with a participant, and they confirm that I’ve accurately represented them.
When do you first remember making the decision to go into the arts? What were the circumstances?
I had the great fortune to see Michaelangelo’s David when I was 20 — and it overwhelmed me. Right there I understood why the making of art was among humanity’s highest callings — why it was my calling — celebrating the beautiful, life, story, gumption….I’ve been making art ever since.
What is the most important quality for any student in the performing arts to cultivate?
Perserverence, listening, and broad-mindedness.
Who has most influenced you? Why?
My mother, because she has always believed that I have the potential to do anything. And, in another way, my father, because his accidental death — when I was a baby — pushes me to not take any day, or even any moment, for granted. I don’t put off pursuing dreams.
Share something about yourself that might surprise your students.
I once won a math contest.