While visual art and storytelling have always been my passions, there is a part of me that wants to live a parallel life as an investigative journalist. People have a way of revealing untold secrets to me. I enjoy digging into transcripts and witness accounts of real events, watching unedited video testimonies, and combing through the seemingly mundane shopping list and notes jotted on scraps of paper. As a screenwriter, I always bring this taste for uncovering human truth into my process.
As narrative writers, we are world-builders, yet I’ve written only one piece of pure fiction in my life. I prefer to research the world and characters I’m creating for facts that are often more revealing about behavior than my imagination could produce. And while my story arcs and characters are inventions, I like to incorporate as much fact as possible when something real gets my heart racing. These details are like synaptic strands of credibility woven throughout the story. On a professional level, I learned this by working on a number of feature projects for directors and producers that had journalism backgrounds or an interest in that approach to storytelling.
While completing my MFA in film from Tisch/NYU, I was an IFP/New York Project Involve Honoree, an intern at Good Machine and directed six short films and four original plays. My first screenplay was accepted into IFP’s Emerging Narrative Market and optioned by Miramax/Disney. I co-wrote a feature script with DGA-award winning director, Nicolai Fuglsig, and adapted a life rights story for Academy Award winning producers Blye Pagon Faust and Nicole Rocklin. My original series, “Canciones Rurales”, was one of 6 projects selected for the Barcelona Film & TV Market 2018. I wrote a pilot, a 10-episode bible, and shot a teaser. My script “Fabulous Disaster” was one of 12 projects at the Toronto Female Eye Film Festival’s Development Lab 2017, receiving the “Best Reserve Screenplay” award. My script, “Tales from the Boom-Boom Room”, is based on award-winning journalist Susan Antilla’s reporting of the first sexual harassment lawsuit on Wall Street. My most recent project, “My Daughter, Susannah”, based on blogger/activist Susannah Birch’s memoir, is in the second round for the Sundance Development Lab 2020. For the past decade, I have freelanced as a writer for international award-winning directors and production companies, collaborating on 100 commercial projects annually.