I have spent many years as a journalist, writer, editor and filmmaker. My focus has always been on story, and I love finding ways to demystify a mystifying world. My latest exploration has been publishing, with an emphasis on emerging forms of narrative and developmental editing.
Filmmaker, Producer, Story Designer
Mental Slapstick LLC; Los Angeles, CA, and Portland, OR 2005-Present
Mental Slapstick is the company I formed with Alec Boehm to produce, direct and distribute our projects — both our own self-generated work, and our collaborations with others. I have hired and worked with many film crews. Because mentorship has been an important part of our mission, we often worked with and trained crew members and actors who had never been on a film set. Mental Slapstick’s in-house projects include our award-winning movies Gandhi at the Bat and The Red Machine and an ongoing detective adventure, A Person Known to Me, which is being told using a variety of storytelling forms and has involved working with with people in communities around the United States. Other collaborations have included a feature-length documentary on professional bicycle racing; surreal, experimental footage created for Sony Playstation events; visual effects for other filmmakers’ projects, and much more. We also have developed and presented educational workshops, sometimes in conjunction with film festivals and theaters, and I have taken part in many film festival panels, both as a panelist and as a moderator.
Angel Investor in Women-Led Start-Up Social Ventures
Portland, OR October 2015-Present
After completing the Pipeline Angels investing bootcamp, I have worked on teams to do due diligence on multiple women-led, start-up social ventures. I have joined other Pipeline angels from the Portland, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Denver and New York cohorts to invest in three start-ups: Goalsetter (which aims to transform gift-giving and financial awareness for kids), Atikus (which is expanding access to capital for qualified yet underserved individuals around the world) and CNote (an alternative savings product that invests in community lenders who support women and minority entrepreneurs).
Los Angeles, CA 1996-2013
After obtaining a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, I combined my education and my previous professional background and wrote about the art, craft and technology of filmmaking, especially cinematography, visual effects and editing. I freelanced for periodicals such as Variety, American Cinematographer, The Hollywood Reporter and many more, as well as for many websites. On the website of the American Society of Cinematographers, we experimented with interactive web techniques, including QTVR visits to film sets, which we combined with overhead lighting schematic diagrams, so that visitors to the site could study lighting and composition in a more immersive way. I also spent many years as a member of the American Society of Cinematographers Technology Committee.
Editor, Motion Picture Editors Guild Magazine
Motion Picture Editors Guild; Los Angeles, CA 2001-2004
For three years, I was the editor of the print and online magazine published by the guild that represents film editors, sound editors, re-recording mixers and other post-production professionals at the highest level of the motion picture industry. During those years, we fostered efforts to develop better tools and techniques for post-production, and to improve the often fractious interaction between the professionals represented by our guild and their colleagues in other departments.
Assistant to Executive Producer, Warner Bros. Television
Warner Bros.; Burbank, CA 1995-6
For the full run of the television series based on the novel The Client by John Grisham, I was the assistant to Judith Paige Mitchell, one of the executive producers.
Freelance Production and Post-Production Work
Various; Los Angeles and New York, NY. 1985-1994
During the first phase of my career, I worked in a variety of production and post-production positions, on film and in theater. While most of my work was in film post-production as an assistant editor and editor, I also did some some camera work, and I worked in theater as a production manager — most notably on a stage musical that was created in New York with an all African-American cast, then taken to Kobe, Japan, for a three-week run presented by the Mainichi Broadcasting System.
Portland State University
Portland, Oregon — MS in writing with a specialization in book publishing, expected June 2018
Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University
New York, New York — MS (with honors), 1995
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California — BA, History, 1985
Available upon request.