In the suburbs of Atlanta, I grew up doing everything I could to fulfill my constant need to learn and discover. In my downtime after school, I would play every sport I could, I would explore the Appalachian foothills, and, if there was time left over, I'd build random-purpose robots out of broken household appliances.
After eighteen years of accumulating hobbies, I attended the University of Notre Dame and gave up Football and Engineering for Glee Club and Philosophy. During semester breaks, I would travel the world singing in concerts anywhere from Montana to Nicaragua. My travels ignited a wanderlust that eventually took me to France for a year, where I fell even more in love with traveling and learning languages, and I ended up spending my semester breaks country-hopping around Europe and North Africa.
Armed with degrees in French and Philosophy, I joined the Peace Corps and relocated to China for two years, where I taught English at a rural college in Guizhou province. While living in China, I was visited by an American film crew documenting the extracurricular projects I was leading at my college, and it struck me that filmmaking was the perfect job for me.
I immediately enrolled in the MFA program at Florida State University’s Film School, where I specialized in cinematography, a trade that allowed me to combine my love of science and technology with my desire to tell creative, new stories. I enjoy working on films that explore the uncomfortable realities of the human experience. In particular, I love twisting genres to present familiar ideas in a fresh light.