Documentary Film and TV
I produced "Peace by Peace: Women on the Frontlines" with Director/Producer Lisa Hepner, and we secured Oscar-winning Jessica Lange as narrator, as well as an award-winning crew: editor Kate Amend (Oscars), composer Miriam Cutler (Emmy, Grammys, Cines, Peabodys), Sandra Chandler (Emmy nom's), and Judy Karp (Emmy). The documentary was the brainchild of Peace x Peace founder Patricia Smith Melton, and profiled the courageous work of ten women peacebuilders in Afghanistan, Burundi, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Argentina and the United States. The feature version premiered at the United Nations on October 30, 2003 (thanks to Noeleen Heyzer and UNIFEM), and the television version aired on PBS in 2004. The film was awarded a Cine Golden Eagle in 2004 and an Aurora Award (Platinum Best in Show) in 2005.
"Beyond Black and White" is my first documentary, made possible by the Senior Documentary Film Grant Award at Ithaca College. This 26-minute, 16mm film explores the complex mixed-race identities of myself and five other women, all half white and half non-white, and sets the issues in am historical American context via film clips. The film had its debut at the 1995 Asian American International Film Festival, and is in educational distribution with Women Make Movies.
After completing my own documentary (see above), I worked as a production coordinator on "Walk This Way", a documentary with creative animation sequences about nine children's experience of difference, for USA Network's "Erase the Hate" campaign.
During the editing and post production of my own film, I was working as a post-production assistant on Jennifer Fox's An American Love Story, about an interracial family, that became a multi-part PBS series and theatrical release.
In between longer production jobs, I worked as a researcher on television documentaries, such as the Muslims and America episode of Morgan Spurlock's "30 Days" series, and for producers such as Bill Einrenhofer and Marnie Inskip.
My first job out of college was working as an Associate to the Executive Producer at a non-profit documentary organization that produced multi-part series for PBS broadcast, as well as international television and educational distribution, on American arts and culture, such as the ten-part American Cinema series, and programs on authors like William Styron.