Finishing Editor, 2021
Death Is Our Business examines in intimate and moving detail how Black funeral homes in New Orleans have had to adapt to the devastating impact of COVID-19 in their community. While revealing the racial disparities of the virus’ toll, award-winning filmmaker Jacqueline Olive shines a light on how the coronavirus has rocked the Black community’s cherished cultural practices in a city that is no stranger to loss and grief.
With inequality growing, a climate catastrophe looming, and right-wing extremism ascending around the world, many Americans are wondering whether capitalism is to blame. But what is the alternative? The Big Scary "S" Word delves into the rich history of the American socialist movement and journeys with the people striving to build a socialist future today.
Producer/ Editor, 2018
bias challenges us to confront our hidden biases and understand what we risk when we follow our gut. The documentary feature follows filmmaker Robin Hauser on a journey to explore how unconscious bias defines relationships, workplaces, our justice system, and technology.
Soaring at 26,000 feet without a drop of fuel, nothing is predictable. Point of No Return takes you behind the headlines of the first solar-powered flight around the world-where two courageous pilots take turns battling nature, their own crew, and sometimes logic itself, to achieve the impossible. Not just to make history, but to inspire a revolution.
Producer / Editor, 2015
CODE examines why more girls and people of color are not seeking opportunities in computer science and explores how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles and sexism all play roles in this national crisis. Experts from tech, psychology, science, and education interweave with inspiring stories of women who are engaged in the fight to challenge complacency in the tech industry.
Director / Producer / Camera, 2014
The Campaign follows California’s historic battle over same-sex marriage through powerful and exclusive footage, interwoven with the national history of marriage equality since the 1950s. The shocking passage of Prop 8 in seemingly LGBT-friendly California galvanized the US queer equality movement, and thousands of activists dropped what they were doing and threw themselves into the largest social issue campaign the US had ever seen. The Campaign provides an intimate window into a timeless question: What inspires everyday people to opt in for something bigger than themselves?
Second Editor / Post Production Supervisor, 2008
A mild Christmas day in San Francisco turned into a tragedy, the likes of which has never been seen before. Two young men were mauled, and one 17-year-old boy and one four-year-old Siberian tigress lay dead. The next morning there were more questions than answers. How did this tiger escape? Could it have jumped over the 12.5 foot wall or across the 33 foot moat? In Zoo Tiger Escape,
experts and scientists test escape theories
with shocking results.
Director / Producer / Editor, 2005
Bodies and Souls illumines the quiet efforts of Sister Manette, a white Catholic nun running the only health clinic in rural Jonestown, Mississippi. Despite extremely limited resources, Sister Manette forges ahead by keeping a refreshingly practical approach to faith, race, and poverty. Through intimate observational scenes of her with her patients, Bodies and Souls profiles Sister Manette's humble labors "to help save bodies, so that the souls can come alive."
Director / Producer / Editor, 2004
Somewhere beyond the Golden Gate Bridge, the cable cars and the coffee bars, San Francisco is teeming with chickens, but are they pets or are they food? Chickens in the City is a chicken-level view of two backyard coops in San Francisco. The film playfully explores the ways in which keeping chickens has helped shape the philosophies behind what and how urban chicken-owners eat. After all, when is the last time you looked YOUR dinner in the eye?
Director / Producer / Editor, 2003
The term “partner” has long been a convention used to describe committed queer relationships, but what does this word mean? Even the awkward legal term - Domestic Partner - had different legal and cultural meanings depending on geography. Praised for its parity and criticized for its ambiguity, the word “partner” was liberating for some but frustrating for others. Howdy Partner is a spirited, visual meditation on how one slippery word means more - and consequently less - than we may think.
Selected Client Work
Explores differences between experimental privatization models and public investment in equitable education systems. The video examines three pairs of countries - Chile and Cuba, Sweden and Finland, and Canada and the U.S. - with one country in each pair privatizing and the other using a public investment model in education.
Editor for Kikim Media, 2014
The Skoll Foundation presents the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship each year to a select few social entrepreneurs whose proven innovations have demonstrated impact on some of the world's most pressing problems. The Skoll Award recognizes organizations with the potential to not only be individually successful, but also to catalyze large-scale, system-level change.
Director / Producer for Winton duPont Films, 2012
The UC Berkeley School of Law celebrates its 100-year legacy, as told by faculty, students, and alumni. The video features the law school's renowned clinics, classes, and moot court program. It includes interviews with Dean Christopher Edley and professors David Sklansky, Melissa Murray, Eric Talley and more.
Hundreds of Facebook employees, family, and friends marched with Gay@Facebook in the 2012 San Francisco Pride Parade. One of several shorts edited for Facebook.
Director / Producer / Editor for Winton duPont Films, 2010
The Power of Students Teaching Students is one of six short films created for educational nonprofit Breakthrough Collaborative. For Angelica, Breakthrough has provided an environment with the goal to cultivate leaders but also to establish challenge as an expectation. Angelica’s English teacher, Chris Williams, discusses his rewarding experience and how it has helped him continue his journey as an educator. Alumni and site directors also discuss the role of Breakthrough in their lives.
75 Reasons to Live is a series of 75 short films for SFMoMA, published on their website and used in the museum. In January 2010, during SFMOMA's three-day 75th anniversary celebration, 75 people from the Bay Area creative community gave extremely short talks (7.5 minutes or less!) on a single collection work of their choosing. Example: Kota Ezawa on Jeff Koons’s Michael Jackson and Bubbles.
Producer and Editor, 2010
Hope for the Future is a short film that gives an update on the state of stem cell research and highlights some of NYSCF’s programs for the Fifth Annual Gala Dinner Celebration.