I grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona chasing lizards and slowly backing away from rattlesnakes. At age 19, my family relocated to Northern Minnesota, where I followed and received a BFA in Film Production from Minnesota State University Moorhead. I was shooting 16mm in 16-below. Suffice it to say, I have run the gamut in terms of climate.
After college, I worked for Video Arts Studios in Fargo, North Dakota as Head of TV Development. While there, I produced Births Beyond Belief, an hour-long documentary exploring unusual home-birth rituals across the U.S., which aired on Discovery Health and TLC in 2009.
In 2012, I moved to Los Angeles to get my MFA in Film Directing from UCLA. While there, I wrote and directed the short film, Family Unit, which screened as an official selection at LA Shorts Fest, the Hollywood Film Festival, and the Pasadena International Film Festival. In addition, I am a two-time recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Directing Award. This was where I met my future partner, cinematographer, Emma Kragen.
After school, Emma and I launched Zemma Productions. Our company specializes in high-quality short form digital content for brands the likes of Lyft, The Grove, and The Salvation Army.
I am currently in post-production on my first feature-length documentary, Where She Lies, which tells the story of a woman searching for her daughter, who she believes was illegally adopted at birth.