I am an Emmy award-winning filmmaker and multimedia producer. I direct, shoot, and edit documentaries and web series. I manage multimedia projects, including conducting research for ground-breaking stories, planning and implementing advocacy campaigns, creating and curating social media content and strategizing community engagement. Currently I am leading an interactive team to produce the first non-fiction motion graphic novel that looks at the resource curse and uncovers our US connection to oil in Africa.
I have won 2 Emmys for new media (2009), including creating and producing the online PBS series Artisodes, documentary shorts profiling contemporary artists. I have received 6 Emmy nominations (2007, 2009) for documentary productions.
My documentary Master Positive about an HIV positive African man who makes papier-mâché coffins was honored at Canada's BANFF World Television Festival and received the Special Jury Citation at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (2001). I received the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Afrykamera Film Festival (2011) for The Power Stone, a documentary produced over a decade ago, that chronicles the loss and eventual return 80 years later of an African tribe’s mystical stone.
A media-maker since 1994 in Africa, the US, Latin America and most recently Asia, I have produced close to 50 short and long documentary and educational programs shown around the world – from mobile screenings in rural African villages to broadcast with networks like PBS, BBC and ARTE. I am accustomed to working under extreme physical and logistical conditions in remote regions and with different cultural groups. My directorial style is exploratory, comedic and carries plenty of character empathy. Clients I have worked with include The Ford Foundation, UNAIDS, Steps International, Theatre Embassy, The Coffee Trust, Unblind My Mind, and government organizations in France, Finland, Namibia, and South Africa.
I hold a B.A. in International Development at the University of California, Berkeley (1990).