As an undergrad at the Maryland Institute College of Art, I spent my free time in the dark room experimenting with color processing, playing bass guitar, and singing in the post-punk band “Runway Model”. After releasing a cherry red vinyl album and touring the East Coast, I moved to Berlin. I formed a cabaret act and film collective, screening our 16mm live-action and animated shorts at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival. Six countries later, I moved to New York to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Hunter College/CUNY in photography, film, and German Art History. I was awarded The Walter Manley and David Golden Scholarships to attend the Graduate Film Program at Tisch/NYU and graduated with my MFA in film production.
I was an IFP/New York Project Involve Honoree and directed six short films and four original plays that premiered in various US festivals. I then spent five years in Los Angeles working for ICM’s below-the-line department and in freelance commercial production at Furlined. My first original screenplay was accepted into IFP’s Emerging Narrative Market (No Borders). Producer Susan Lewis (“Pariah”) brought the project to Alicia Keys. Miramax/Disney optioned the script, and I was hired as sole screenwriter overseen by Lewis and Keri Putnam (Sundance). I then co-wrote an original feature script set in Brazil with multiple DGA-award winning director, Nicolai Fuglsig (“12 Strong”) and adapted a life rights story into a feature script for Academy Award winning producers Blye Pagon Faust and Nicole Rocklin (“Spotlight”).
I am developing a feature script with award-winning journalist Susan Antilla based on her groundbreaking investigative reporting about the first sexual harassment lawsuit on Wall Street in the 1990s: Tales from the Boom-Boom Room: Women vs. Wall Street (J. Wiley & Sons, Inc.). In addition to adapting the book, I’m incorporating Susan’s life story, notes and archives to write her in as a main character, much like the process used to write the screenplay for “Spotlight.” The project is represented by Drew Brown, Head of Television at The Cartel, Los Angeles.
In November 2018, I discovered Susannah Birch’s story out of Australia and felt compelled to contact her. In 1989, when she was 2-years old, her mother suffered her first psychotic episode and attempted to sacrifice Susannah by cutting her throat and putting her in the oven. Luckily, she realized her actions in time to save Susannah’s life, but the family was forever changed. Based on Susannah’s own memoir, the screenplay is part true-crime / part healing process and exploration of mental health, as she has written the book like an investigative journalist of her own experiences.
My TV series pitch, “Canciones Rurales”, set in Andalucía, Spain, was recently one of 6 projects selected out of 250 for the Barcelona Film & TV Market. I wrote the pilot and second episode plus a 10-episode bible and shot a teaser with 17 scenes in 2.5 days using a combined crew and cast of local and professional talent. From the Barcelona meetings, Rakuten TV, the European on demand film service, is considering the feature version as one of their first original productions.
A number of my past projects have reached second-round, semi-finalist, finalist and award status at Austin Film Festival, NYWIFT/Writer’s Lab, Broad Humor Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Beverly Hills Film Festival, Toronto Female Eye Film Festival Screenplay Lab, Outfest, and the Sundance Screenwriting Lab. Splitting my time between Los Angeles, New York, and Southern Spain, I freelance as a commercial treatment writer for award-winning directors and production companies through Content Muse (NY), The Moon Unit (global), and on retainer with Independent Films (London).