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My work in film and video originated with my doctoral work in philosophy. Specifically, I am interested in the idea of ‘home’ and related issues of belonging, alienation, and dislocation. I am interested in how these issues are persistently impacted by an expansive technological sphere. Martin Heidegger, Paul Virilio, Jean Baudrillard, Martin Buber, Susan Sontag and Gaston Bachelard remain significant sources for my work. Annie Dillard’s essays continue to inspire me. Heidegger’s notion of being “... more


"if...then..." is a short personal essay film exploring the impact of a childhood accident.

  • If... Then...

    "if...then..." is a short personal essay film exploring the impact of a childhood accident.

It Goes Without Saying

It Goes Without Saying: Producer/Director/Cinematographer A dance for the camera investigating the potential for sudden, unexpected, and tragic events. (2015, TRT 4:41, Super 16mm film) Winner, Best Experimental Short, California International Short Film Festival

Locust Point

Locust Point: Producer/Director/Composer A thirty-minutes documentary about immigration into Baltimore in the early 1900’s. The voice-overs are readings from interviews conducted in the 1960’s. With the exception of the opening shot, all moving images in this film are recreations. The project was fully funded by Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Independent Television Service (ITVS). Selected for national series, American Independents. (1997, TRT 26:46 16mm film)

breathe in...breathe out...

breathe in….breathe out: Producer/Director/Cinematographer A dance for the camera as a woman remembers critical moments from her life. (2013, TRT 5:17, Super16mm film) Selected for screening at the American Dance International Dance on Camera Festival.


Nicodemus: Producer/Director/Composer A one-hour documentary exploring Nicodemus, Kansas. Located in northwestern Kansas, the town was founded by freed slaves. Nicodemus survives and continues with an annual Homecoming event. (1992,TRT 56:46, 3/4SP Video) Selected for screening at Athens Film Festival.

Running to Keep from Falling

Running to Keep from Falling: Producer/Director/Cinematographer/Writer A film examining dislocation and abandonment in contemporary society. The voice-overs are taken from telephone messages. (2003, TRT 8:30, Super16mm film) The film was selected for screening at the Maryland Film Festival.

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