I am a documentary filmmaker and mixed media artist, with an MFA from Hunter College. My background in anthropology, museum studies, and psychology helps me focus my prismatic approach to telling contemporary stories on personal and social history. Most important are the social and cultural factors that impact the lives of the subjects with whom I work, and how those factors fit into the larger context of social relationships, racial reconciliation, and the history and future of the ever-bending arc of justice.
I grew up in northern New Hampshire and spent every summer and many winters on my aunt and uncle’s diversified farm in Quebec. There, I learned to value hard work and saw the importance of fostering healthy relationships between land, people, animals, tradition, and seasons. After graduating from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, I spent several years in Beijing, learning from a very different culture the ways in which tradition and history shape contemporary society. I returned to the US and obtained a certificate in radio documentary from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine before starting a career with the Smithsonian Institution, where I currently make films for Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. The experience living in New York City provided exposure and opportunity for radical self-reflection on the meaning of my own identity, and its relationship to social, racial, and food justice issues.
I live in the Berkshires, Massachusetts and spend free time volunteering, foraging, gardening, making maple syrup, and hiking in the mountains near my home. I teach audio and video storytelling, and am available for groups and consultations. I am happy to chat about projects you may want help completing.