For over 25 years, I’ve honed and perfected my craft as a photographer and filmmaker, leveraging my passion for telling great stories and an intense curiosity of the world.
Growing up, my father had a VHS video camera. The tape module was huge and hung on a shoulder strap, and the camera was massive. As the camera moved, lights would create this streak across the film. It was surreal at times. I used to look at old family videos wondering where my father was. But, I’ve come to appreciate that he was always there. We saw what he saw: the family he loved. This was my first inspiration to make movies.
My first job was working as a photographer’s assistant, but when I was 16 he encouraged me to take an opportunity to video a client’s bar mitzvah. Thankfully the family video camera had been upgraded to a more compact and technically advanced VHS-C camcorder. Thus began my adventures in videography that became my primary profession into my early twenties. Even though I put down the video camera for a few years, I have always been interested in the video form as a creative medium.
As a professional photographer and graphic designer, I loved telling stories with my portraiture and in my graphic works. But, still, the cinematic art still called my name. In 2019, I decided to go back to school to pursue my dream of being a filmmaker. I find the medium the most compelling way to tell great stories. I like to think that I’ve been making movies since before I could walk.
To me, becoming a filmmaker offers me the best opportunity to pursue the great narrative frontier. I have been heartened by how well my work has been received, and I look forward to growing in this great collaborative art.