I am a filmmaker currently based out of Oakland. I've lived in the Bay Area now for about 6 years, but prior to that I grew up in northeast Iowa. Growing up, I enjoyed old school monster movies like The Wolfman and Godzilla along with shows like "The Twilight Zone" which really influenced my filmmaking style. Weird fictional stories are fantastic at simplifying complex topics about the human experience and spark my imagination.
When I was in junior high, I met my best friend, Tarrell Christie, that introduced me to filmmaking. Through high school, we'd run around town filming short films with our close friends. After high school, I attended Hawkeye Community College where I received an Associates of Liberal Arts degree. From then on I've been working my way into the industry starting as a freelance videographer and editor.
Between graduating and moving to the Bay Area, Tarrell and I worked on releasing monthly short films. One of which was for the Dordt College 48 Hour Film Challenge, where we won "Best in Show". We have also had several shorts enter the festival circuit. A short that I directed made it to the Cedar Rapids Film Festival. In 2017, I was brought on to work for Cinematiq. They offered to move me out to the Bay Area, so I packed my bags and headed west for more filmmaking opportunities.
Once in the Bay, my filmmaking endeavors didn't skip a beat. My partner, Dora Tsui, is a fantastic photographer and has acted as my DOP for most of my projects. Our short films "Please Call for an Interview", "Lucid", and "Devil's Fish" have made it into the festival circuit. "Please Call for an Interview" received an award for best editing from the San Francisco Arthouse Film Festival and "Lucid" was a semi finalist for the San Francisco Indie Short Festival. Beyond narrative short films, we've worked on mini documentaries that highlight Bay Area creatives. From 2017 to today, I've gotten myself involved in the film scene out here and I look forward to my future collaborations.