I was born and raised in northeast Ohio. I received a BBA in Business Management from Kent State University in 2009 and a MS in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University in 2012. I am a 2019 graduate of the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University and I am interested in filmmaking, podcasting, and other forms of digital storytelling both in and out of the classroom.
I aim to produce visually inspired films about individuals who have devoted their lives to the arts, films about evolutionary psychology and mental illnesses/disorders (plus explore how these mental illnesses/disorders are related to and/or influence the creative process), and films exploring the human condition, memory and nostalgia, nature, and fantasy in ways that have yet to be explored through traditional and experimental filmmaking. Roger Ebert once said:
“Movies are the most powerful empathy machine in all the arts. When I go to a great movie I can live somebody else’s life for a while, I can walk in somebody else’s shoes … The great movies enlarge us, they civilize us, they make us more decent people.”
Ebert’s words help explain why cinema is one of the most effective ways to the human heart. As a filmmaker and educator, my leading objective is to produce meaningful films and other forms of digital media that will, hopefully, help make us all more decent people.