I run OKAHANDJA 90, a multimedia and interactive storytelling production company that works with creative entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profits to tell stories, generate conversations, and create impact. We focus on projects that emphasize cross-cultural conversations and build a better understanding of our global connectivity.
I received 6 Emmy nominations (2007, 2009) for documentary productions and won 2 Emmys (2009) for new media, including creating and producing the PBS web series Artisodes, documentary shorts profiling contemporary artists. 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, directed + edited close to 50 short and long documentary programs shown around the world – from mobile screenings in rural 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, 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).