Based in Los Angeles and raised in New York City, Doug is an independent filmmaker who has a passion for telling stories about individuals and communities overlooked and underrepresented.
Doug's collaboration with the Helen Keller National Center on Feeling Through marks the first time ever a DeafBlind actor has been featured in a film.
His short film Jada played in over 2 dozen festivals around the world before becoming a viral sensation with nearly 19 million views on YouTube, garnering thousands of comments and emails from viewers around the world deeply moved and inspired by it.
Doug produced the feature film Life Hack which racked up 16 awards on the festival circuit (including Best Independent Feature at the Cleveland International Film Festival), and he directed a segment for the feature film Prism.
He studied film at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and FAMU in Prague.
Nominated: Best Documentary Short
Connecting the Dots
Aladerri International Film Festival
Chicago
2021
Nominated: Best Documentary Short
Connecting the Dots
Miami Short Film Festival
Miami
2021
Jury Award: Best Narrative Short Film
Feeling Through
Fargo Film Festival
Fargo, ND
2021
Jury Award: Best Narrative Short Film
Feeling Through
Ashland Independent Film Festival
Ashland, OR
2021
Jury Award: The Clover and Maggie Award: In Celebration of Life
Feeling Through
Cleveland International Film Festival
Cleveland, OH
2021
Honorable Mention: Unstoppable Shorts
Feeling Through
Slamdance
Park City, UT
2021
Nominee: Best Live Action Short
Feeling Through
Academy Awards
Los Angeles, CA
2021
Honorable Mention: Golden Badger Award
Feeling Through
Wisconsin Film Festival
Madison, WI
2020
Audience Award: Best Short Film
Feeling Through
deadCenter Film Festival
Oklahoma City, OK
2020
Jury Prize: Best Short Drama
Feeling Through
Woods Hole Film Festival
Woods Hole, MA
2020
Audience Award: Best Short Film
Feeling Through
San Diego International Film Festival
San Diego, CA
2020
Audience Award: Best Short
Feeling Through
Portland Film Festival
Portland, OR
2020
Jury Award Best Short Narrative; Audience Award Short Narrative; Jury Special Commendation Best Actor Steven Prescod, Robert Tarango
Feeling Through
Port Townsend Film Festival
Port Townsend, WA
2020
Jury Award: Best Narrative Short
Feeling Through
Ojai Film Festival
Ojai, CA
2020
Audience Award: Best Short Film
Feeling Through
Naples International Film Festival
Naples, FL
2020
Special Jury Award: Performances
Feeling Through
Lake County Film Festival
Grayslake, IL
2020
Audience Award: Best Short Film
Feeling Through
Indie Street Film Festival
Red Bank, NJ
2020
1st Runner Up
Feeling Through
Bengaluru International Film Festival
Bengaluru
2020
Best Young Actress in a Short Film
Jada
Woods Hole Film Festgival
Woods Hole, MA
2016
Golden Badger Finalist
Jada
Wisconsin Film Festival
Madison, WI
2016
Best Short Movie Award
Feeling Through
Sentiero Film Festival
Sentiero
Audience Award for best short film; Best Actor (Steven Prescod)
Feeling Through
Fiaticorti Film Festival
Istrana
Special Mention of the Jury
Feeling Through
Fano International Film Festival
Fano
Filmmakers' Favorite
Feeling Through
Chain NYC Film Festival
New York City
Best Film
Feeling Through
Fire Island Film Festival
Fire Island
Best International Short Film
Feeling Through
Adriatic Film Festival
Francavilla al Mare
Special Mention Jury Prize
Feeling Through
Not Film Festival
Rimini
Programmer's Choice
Feeling Through
Salute Your Shorts Film Festival
Los Angeles
Audience Award for best short film; Best Actor (Steven Prescod)
Feeling Through
Los Angeles Diversity Film Festiavl
Los Angeles
Best of Fest
Feeling Through
Cheongju International Short Film Festival
Cheongju
UNICEF Award
Feeling Through
Lago Film Festival
Lago
Goldine Sardine - Audience Award
Feeling Through
Postira Seaside Film Festival
Brac
Avis Prize
Feeling Through
Festival Alto Vincentino
Santorso
Best of Fest
Feeling Through
Blackbird Film Festival
Cortland
Best Film of the Festival
Feeling Through
AltFF Alternative Film Festival
Toronto
Best of Show - Best Shorts Winner
Feeling Through
Best Shorts Competition
La Jolla
Birth City
New York City
Current City
Los Angeles