Greetings. I am an Emmy-nominated filmmaker with a passion for bringing my creativity to everyday stories of the human experience. I love engaging with people from all walks of life, all over the world, and sharing their unique stories. Roger Ebert once called films “empathy building machines” as they allow us access and insight into otherwise remote experiences. Yet what the camera can reveal over time is not only the beauty of our differences, but the common humanity we all share beneath the surface of things.
I wear many hats as a director, producer, editor, and cinematographer. I have worked in various capacities on every kind of project from documentaries to narrative films, nonprofit fundraising pieces to music videos, art installations to educational pieces for teachers. I’ve documented a vast range of stories from the lives of homeless shopping-cart recyclers in West Oakland to Untouchables in India; peach farmers in the Central Valley to godfathers of Asian American jazz; and public defenders fighting for justice in troubled times.
Long before I was a filmmaker I was: a musician, a teacher for homeless at at-risk preschoolers in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, teaching English on the JET program in Hiroshima Japan, the first employee of a nonprofit dealing with immigration history at Angel Island , and a producer of live radio broadcasts. All these varied experiences have helped make me the filmmaker and the person that I am today.