Afghan Cycles :: editor :: feature documentary :: 2018
Afghan Cycles is a feature documentary about a generation of Afghan women who are pedaling their own revolution, aggressively challenging gender and cultural barriers using the bicycle as a vehicle for freedom, empowerment and social change.
The film follows members of the National Cycling Team in Kabul, and young riders in the Bamiyan region who are using mountain bikes to commute to school and run errands. These women ride despite cultural barriers, despite lack of infrastructure, and despite death threats, embracing the power and freedom that comes with the sport. For all of them, the bicycle is a symbol of freedom. But sometimes, the danger and obstacles can prove too much, as we learn when one of the main subjects flees to France to secure a better situation and future for herself and her family.
Afghan Cycles premiered at Hot Docs 2018 and is currently on its festival tour, which has included the Seattle International Film Festival (awarded a Special Jury Mention), Brooklyn Film Festival (Best Documentary), Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (Audience Choice), MountainFilm, Woods Hole, Port Townsend, San Francisco DocFest and many more. See more at afghancycles.com
Charged :: editor :: feature documentary :: 2017
Chef Eduardo Garcia went for a hike in the beautiful backcountry of Montana. Literally shocked when he touched a dead bear with his knife, he survived the 2400V jolt and walked out alive. In the wake of losing his hand, ribs, muscle mass, and nearly his life, Eduardo embarks on an extraordinary recovery, motivated by his lifelong passion for cooking and the outdoors. At his side is former girlfriend, Jennifer Jane, who emerges as a dedicated and unlikely caregiver. A survival story like no other, Charged is a portrait of finding new life after tragedy, based in foundations of love, forgiveness, and resilience.
Charged was the opening night film at Santa Barbara International Film Festival and has gone on to screen at numerous festivals (including MountainFilm in Telluride, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and Port Townsend Film Festival) and has won several awards on its tour (including San Fransisco Documentary Fest, Sidewalk Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, Wild and Scenic, MountainFilm in Aspen and Flagstaff, NY Wild, Enfoque, and Maui Film Festival). The film also received a "Best Editing" award from Earth Day Film Festival. Charged began distribution in late 2017, when it was featured on iTunes and Amazon and later in 2018 on Hulu. See more at chargedfilm.com
A Will for the Woods :: editor/co-director/post-production supervisor :: feature documentary :: 2014
Determined that his last act will be a gift to the planet, musician, folk dancer, and psychiatrist Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial. The spirited Clark and his partner Jane, boldly facing his mortality, embrace the planning of a spiritually meaningful funeral and join with a compassionate local cemetarian to use green burial to save a North Carolina woods from being clear-cut. A Will for the Woods portrays the last days of a multifaceted advocate – and one community's role in the genesis of a revolutionary movement.
In addition to editing, my role as co-director included some shooting, as well as collaboratively seeing the film through all aspects of post-production, festivals, educational outreach and distribution. The film premiered at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (where it won two awards) before going on to screen at dozens of film festivals (incl. AFI DOCS, Camden, DOC NYC) and receiving seven more awards (incl. San Francisco IndieFest, New Orleans Film Festival, Virginia Film Festival, Greentopia, and Rhode Island International Film Festival). In 2014 A Will for the Woods had a consumer, educational, community screening and limited theatrical release, followed by a 2015 TV broadcast on America ReFramed (WORLD/PBS) and subsequent encore broadcasts . See more at awillforthewoods.com
Dangerous Curves :: editor :: short documentary :: 2016
Plus-size pole dancer Roslyn Mays uncovers vulnerability and strength through public exposure.
Winner of Best Short Documentary Port Townsend Film Festival; Official Selection of Rooftop Films, New Orleans Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, Athena Film Festival, Montclair Film Festival. Featured as a Short of the Week, a Vimeo Staff Pick, and (as an abbreviated version) a New York Times Op-Doc (watch here). More at dangerouscurves-doc.com
Do the Math :: editor/associate producer :: 45min :: 2013
Best-selling author and renowned environmental activist Bill McKibben lays bare the only three numbers we need to know to understand the climate crisis. (TV broadcast on Al-Jazeera America, Grassroots screening campaign by 350.org, Produced by PF Pictures.)
More highlighted short documentaries :: Editor
Editor of “The Art of Fighting Climate Change”
Featured in The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/miami-faces-an-underwater-future
Editor/Co-director :: The Mesoamerican Reef is Belize's crown jewel and a major economic engine for Belize, but this incredible resource is in peril. Unplanned development of coastal areas -- including dredging and filling of critical mangrove forests, contamination, and overfishing -- all threaten the reef and Belizean livelihoods. In Someday is NOW!, the people of Belize speak out, demanding a coastal zone management plan and a responsible path for development.
Impossible :: editor
Despite the deep and complex chemistry of analog instant film, with new meaning, it has returned to our lives. Turning light into images, if not ingenious, is then the simple joy of watching magic develop.
Dead Sea Scrolls :: Co-editor
New York Emmy® award-winner for the WNBC special “The Dead Sea Scrolls”. Hosted by NBC’s David Ushery, the special highlights the most significant archeological find of the 20th century, and the history and importance behind that discovery.
Editor/Co-director :: The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary was the world's first jaguar reserve. Today, more than twenty years after its creation, the sanctuary remains a model for wildlife conservation - and a point of pride for all Belizeans, who have long revered the jaguar in spirit and flesh. The film takes you high above the Cockscomb wilderness for an overhead look, then deep into its leafy jungles, where scientists, park rangers, Mayan leaders and ranchers discuss the future of the reserve and its jaguars.
A singular, consolidated piece for the Ahead of the Tide series edited specifically to play at educational centers and on public television.
Editor/Co-director :: Along Costa Rica's once remote south Pacific coast, a crisis looms. The access to potable water, one of the most basic of human rights, is in jeopardy. Unplanned development has parceled coastal mountains and rainforest, unleashing a cycle of erosion and pollution that gravely threatens the Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, Latin America's first marine park, and the region's economy. In this film, learn about one small community's inspiring struggle to organize and fight to defend its access to clean, dependable drinking water.
Co-editor :: Created for Festival21 in Melbourne, Australia.
Editor :: Co-director
Darién is home to Darien National Park, Central America's second largest reserve and World Heritage Site, and is also blessed with an extraordinarily rich cultural history. Today, however, rapid change overwhelms both the land and its people and threatens consequences far beyond the region itself.
Editor :: In the mountains of northern Costa Rica, communities who had long thought of water as an inexhaustible resource have begun to see a reduction in quality and quantity of this vital liquid. The people of Río La Balsa are fighting to protect a quality of life they have enjoyed for generations.
A Saint in My Garden :: Editor/Co-director
Shot some years ago, this film is about my my mom and her series of expressionist oil and collage paintings on the life of Saint Francis. For many reasons, it's still one of my favorites.
Organizations and Campaigns :: Editor
I've enjoyed the opportunity to work with some stellar organizations over the years to help them in their missions. Below are some highlighted examples.
As part of Avaaz’s effort to stop war in Yemen, this short film was made to highlight the everyday hopes and fears of Yemen’s children - and their heartbreaking messages to US Senators.
Co-editor :: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture celebrates 90 years
“Remix” Director/Editor :: I’ve always wanted to do some sort of The Shining remix, and this is my take on a get-out-the-vote video.
Editor/Co-director :: The Mesoamerican Reef is Belize's crown jewel and a major economic engine for Belize, but this incredible resource is in peril. Unplanned development of coastal areas -- including dredging and filling of critical mangrove forests, contamination, and overfishing -- all threaten the reef and Belizean livelihoods. Someday is NOW and the Reef for People campaign played a crucial role in Belize eventually passing its Coastal Zone Management Plan.
Ahead of the Tide is a joint effort between CAUV, Sea Turtle Conservancy, and a number of Florida organizations to bring attention to coastal zone management and resiliency issues across the state.
CAVU is a US public charity dedicated to helping solve complex problems related to the management and conservation of natural resources. Their documentary films and video series are always made in conjunction with local, on-the-ground partner organizations. For many of their projects between 2007-2015, I had the joy of joining the production team, editing on site and also assisting with shooting and direction.
Producer / Co-editor
Always happy and proud to help make another video for the incredible Publicolor.
Inspiring girls to be Strong, Smart, and Bold for over 60 years. Edited 1 minute spot for web, 30 second spot for broadcast.
When people are informed and engaged, healthy societies and renewable natural resources thrive.
producer / director / co-editor
Consulting Editor, Talks, and Outreach
Increasingly, I find myself working as a consulting editor, providing detailed feedback on rough cuts and occasionally work hands on to polish works in progress.
Additionally, outside of the edit room, I’ve enjoyed participating in and leading group discussions after a film, preparing educational material for films I’ve worked on, and sitting on or moderating panels to discuss editing and filmmaking (most recently at DOC NYC and Santa Barbara International Film Festival).
Highlighted fiction :: Editor
Co-editor :: 2014 :: Directed by Lucy Liu and The Sibs, Produced by Kerry Girvin, based on a chapter from Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's best-selling book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.
Meena Haseena was eight years old when she was kidnapped by her uncle and sold to a brothel. The scripted directorial debut of Lucy Liu, MEENA is an adaptation of this brave and inspirational true story and was made in part to help bring awareness to UNICEF's child protection programs worldwide.
Shelly is thrown into a panic when her ailing husband Richard disappears for three days during a blizzard. Convinced he must be dying in a snow bank, she and her best friend Dan take extreme measures to locate him. In the midst of the crisis, Shelly learns that one of the leads in the play she's directing, Good Woman of Setzuan, has quit. She seizes the moment to convince Dan to play the role. As Shelly describes the play to Dan, her life and the fictional world onstage intertwine in ways she is unable to handle
Music :: editor
Various highlighted performances and interviews.
A fast, fun turnaround for a friend's improv group. They recorded and mixed the track in one day, then we shot the next day, and then I edited in one more. Boom!
Freelance Editor, Independent and at Production Houses (2006-present): Working as a freelance video editor, I've cut countless videos for a variety of organizations and clients, both independently and at production houses. The content has spanned a number of forms and fields. Examples available upon request.
Non-editing post-production for film: Performed a number of post-production roles for various films, such as color correction and media management.
Tutoring (2001-2007): Tutored editing, multimedia, math, English language
Harvard University (2001-2007): Media Specialist at Computer Lab. Maintained media and adaptive tech labs; assisted and tutored students and instructors; developed video training materials and sessions; researched and tested equipment and software.
VOLUNTEER WORK: Mentored formally at Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, on-going mentorship for young filmmakers, volunteer editing for campaigns, as well as discounts to a number of organizations.
Boston College, B.A. in Mathematics, 2005
Internships at Post Houses, National Boston & Finish Editorial, 2005-2006
Harvard University, Citation in Multimedia & Digital Content, 2007
ADDITIONAL SKILLS & INTERESTS: Spanish language, Music & Percussion, Math, Photography, Research, Teaching, Presentations/moderating group conversation, Food, Science, Nature, Environmentalism, Travel, Society, Social Justice