I’ve been directing, producing, & editing feature documentaries for over twenty years, making films on all kinds of subjects. I've ended up specializing in intimate character-driven films that follow people at critical turning points in their lives. I believe the personal is political, and in using film to explore the gray areas of life, to shine new light on subjects we take for granted or don’t often think about. I like looking at situations and people in new ways, and opening hearts and minds to new perspectives.
I firmly believe that strong narrative and character-driven films can change the world, one story at a time. That the path to social change is through the heart – whether rethinking gender role stereotypes by following one person’s transformation from man to woman (Metamorphosis: Man into Woman); exploring the larger ramifications of interfaith marriage by following one family grappling with estrangement, guilt, and love (Out of Faith); or rethinking our relationship to animals and the planet, through the story of a circus producer doing right by his ‘star’ elephant and retiring her (One Lucky Elephant).
I spent a decade editing social issue docs (see my credits here) and I’ve written magazine articles about the ethics of documentary filmmaking, and the international doc scene. I’m on the faculty of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, and I’ve enjoyed teaching doc workshop intensives from Los Angeles, CA, to Beijing, China, & Amman, Jordan.