Princess Grace Award:
Film Honorarium, 2003
Growing up in Arkansas, I had limited exposure to the film industry but it was always clear that I had a consuming passion for story-telling. I found film by way of the stage and I spent several years studying acting before I ever picked up a camera.
Eventually, I moved to Chicago to attend film school and since that time I have worked on numerous productions ranging in form and content from locally produced independent short and feature films, TV documentaries, and commercials. While living in Chicago I worked full-time at Manning Productions as a director of documentary and corporate marketing videos and I taught several semesters of an undergraduate 16mm production class at Columbia College Chicago.
I am passionate about storytelling and I utilize both fiction and documentary forms to express my ideas. I am fortunate to have participated in many festival screenings for several of my short films. My undergraduate student thesis “The Signing” was selected as a regional finalist for the Student Academy Awards. My films have screened in venues around the world including The Director’s Guild of America in Los Angeles, The Big Screen Film Festival, Women in the Directors Chair International Film Festival. I have received a number of grants for my documentary “Pretty Near Perfect,” including sources such as the Princess Grace Foundation, Albert P Weisman Memorial Scholarship Fund, and the Columbia College Production Fund. I currently reside in New York City where I am pursuing my MFA in film at Columbia University.