DIRECTING SAMPLES

 

DIGITAL SERIES

AIRBNB “CHECK INTO THE TREND” - Producer/Director

It’s no surprise that a company like AirBnB would have a ton of fascinating data on the reasons people travel. But it may surprise you that the number one tourist activity for women travelers are history related. Looking to leverage this insider info and introduce their in-house trend expert, AirBnB asked me and my team to create a franchisable series that could spin out new episodes monthly. I story produced and directed these spots which turned travel insights into inspiring content.

LIVE WITH KELLI & MICHAEL “UNSTOPPABLE MOMS” - Producer/Director

They might have their own special day, but moms can never really get enough credit. To really celebrate Mother’s Day, the morning show Live! With Kelli and Michael put out a call for nominees for the most “unstoppable mom’s” who were honored in documentary segments and rewarded with $1,000 to pamper themselves.

MTV NEWS “ THE BREAKDOWN” - Post Producer / Editor

In 2018 MTV News approached my team with an awesome mission: demystify the midterms for younger audiences. Overseeing the post-production, we combined colorful animations, conversational language, and wavy vibes to keep our audience not only entertained, but also informed. The videos starred top tier teen centric talent Adam Rippon, Macklemore, Lauren Jauregui, Chloe x Halle, and even a cute puppy.

SEARS “CRAFTSMAN ACROSS AMERICA” - Director

To prove the reliable resilience of their Craftsman Tractors, Sears and YR Chicago hatched a plan to take one epic cross country road trip from LA to NYC at 7 miles an hour...on a tractor. To commemorate this first of it’s kind trans-national tractor ride, I directed two films. Both films capture the essence of Americana as slow moving meditations on place and purpose.

 

TELEVISION SERIES

UNTIL THE SUN COMES UP

Co-executive Producer / Director

Until the Sun Comes Up is a bold, all-access 5 part documentary series profiling the DJs and producers behind electronic dance music. Like jazz, blues, and hip-hop, dance music is an urban American movement. The sound traveled around the world, eventually evolving to create multiple sub-genres known collectively today as “EDM.”

Ultimately music is born of a sense of place. The series contextualizes dance music within in the the synchronous social, cultural, and political forces that explains why music from a certain city sounds the way it sounds.

Principal production took place over 2015 and 2016 in LA, NY, Detroit, London, Berlin & Paris, following musicians who live and breathe this movement.  

 

FEATURE FILM

SMALL SMALL THING

Producer / Director of Photography

In December 2012, Olivia Zinnah, age 12, died of septic shock from a bowel obstruction. Her death was a result of complications from surgeries intended to repair the extensive injuries she sustained when she was raped at the age of seven. This is her story.

Small Small Thing begins at JFK Hospital in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, and urban center of this West African country. Olivia Zinnah is 9 years old, severely malnourished and handicapped. Her condition is life threatening. Believing her injuries to be the result of witchcraft, Olivia’s mother had been hiding her in their village for years.

The doctors conclude her condition is the result of a brutal rape that took place when Olivia was 7 years old. When pressured to reveal her rapist, Olivia names her cousin.

This diagnosis has severe consequences. Originally from deep in the Liberian jungle, Olivia and her mother are shunned from their tribe for seeking outside help. They are left stranded in Monrovia at the mercy of President Sirleaf’s government, facing the most difficult decision of all. What price are they willing to pay for justice?

WATCH THE FULL FILM HERE

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