Visual art and storytelling have long been my passions, but I live a parallel life as an investigative journalist. People find comfort in revealing their untold secrets to me. I enjoy digging into archives, transcripts and witness accounts of real events, watching unedited video testimonies, and combing through the seemingly mundane shopping list or notes jotted on scraps of paper. As a screenwriter, I bring this taste for uncovering human truths into my writing process.
My narrative arcs are organically drawn from real life events. I incorporate research to flesh out the world of the characters. These factual details become synaptic strands of metaphor 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 then 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.
I am collaborating with two Spanish women writers on an original series, “Canciones Rurales”, which 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 and is in development at Archer Gray.
My most recent project, “My Daughter, Susannah (A Living Sacrifice)”, based on the crime against blogger/activist Susannah Birch as a child, won First Prize at the Australian International Screenwriting Awards and was in the second round for the Sundance Development Lab 2020. I am co-producing an 8-episode podcast to accompany the feature.
The script “Vernal”, which I wrote for director Ed McCulloch, is being produced by Bet Red.
I am continuing my studies in Advanced Life Writing and Creative Non-Fiction as a diploma candidate at Cambridge University, while writing screenplays, a memoir and advertising campaigns for international production companies.