I’ve been drawn to people and collaboration my whole life. Fresh out of college, I started working at the California State Capital. That’s where I learned the power of finding common ground and shared interest — what a mutually beneficial collaboration can achieve. 

Audience engagement may be the dreaded part of the filmmaking process for many artists, but that’s the part I thrive on. I love finding the connection point between a film and its audience. I’m good at creating the win-win partnerships that mean a happy audience and making money for the filmmaker.

For the past decade, as an independent documentary filmmaker, I’ve produced four films for national broadcast on PBS. As a filmmaker, I discovered that my training in politics has helped me excel at those win-wins and partnerships. Too often audience engagement and outreach is ignored and an important story collects dust, never reaching its full potential. What I love even more than telling the stories through my work, is to putting my energy into getting the brightest films out into the public sphere to influence and change.

When I’m not on the job, I climb rocks and mountains, cook meals based loosely on recipes, and enjoy time with my lovely wife, Sofia, and kitty cat Moose at my home in echo park.