- FEATURE FILMS -
The film garnered many prestigious awards including the IDA's Best Feature Documentary (2007) and the Emmy Award for News and Documentary: Outstanding Informational Programming, Long-form (2009). The New York Times called it, "a complex and quietly devastating indictment of chauvinist societies that see women as lovers, mothers and servants, and treat anyone who can’t fulfill those roles as a nonperson."
A Walk to Beautiful
Director, Producer & Cinematographer
In this award-winning documentary, a difficult journey that begins in hopelessness and shame for thousands of women in Ethiopia ends in a productive new life. The film tells the personal stories of rural women who make their way to Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, seeking treatment for obstetric fistula, a life-shattering complication of childbirth. Filmed in a starkly beautiful landscape, the documentary juxtaposes the isolated lives of village women who are outcasts because of their medical condition, with the faraway hospital that offers a miracle after a long and arduous trek—a "walk to beautiful."
The film highlights effective practices such as: local business alliances, community banking, time banking/hour exchange, worker cooperatives, local currencies and other innovative strategies that people across America have embraced to reinvent the economy on their own terms. By featuring Main Street communities using these innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity, Fixing the Future inspires hope and renewal in people struggling with economic adversity. Made for JumpStart Productions with NOW on PBS
Fixing the Future
Director of Photography and Co-Director
Do people exist to serve the economy, or should the economy exist to serve the people? In Fixing the Future, host David Brancaccio, of public radio's Marketplace and NOW on PBS, visits people and organizations across America that are attempting a revolution: the reinvention of the American economy. There are thousands of initiatives around the country - from farmers markets to local business networks - aimed at creating sustainable, local economies. Communities are creating jobs and building prosperity using sustainable and innovative approaches. It's a revolution from the ground up.
In a world where cheerleaders tend to be the most popular and athletic, CHEER tells the story of a unique team with developmental disabilities called the Sparks, who strive for acceptance on the intense Jersey competition cheer circuit while dealing with the realities of growing up with autism, Down syndrome and other special challenges. Based in working-class Lyndhurst, NJ and infused with the grit and iconic imagery of the Garden State, the film unfolds over three years as the Sparks grow from a small group in hand-me-down uniforms that had difficulty socializing to a tight-knit team of 25, taking center stage at the Nationals competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey. As we get to know each of the main characters featured in the film and see the difficulties they face each day, we are reminded of the resiliency of the human spirit and led to a deeper appreciation of what it means to push ourselves to the limit.
Director & Cinematographer
CHEER is an independent film currently in production by Flying Pup Productions. It follows an extraordinary team of children and teens with developmental disabilities called the Sparks who perform on the competition cheer circuit across New Jersey and strive against incredible odds toward their dream.
It’s a story about rejection and acceptance, dreams and disappointments - opening hearts and minds to a new way of thinking. It doesn’t matter what your ability is, as long as you have the spirit to cheer.