2010-2013       University of Texas at Austin, MFA Film Production
1997-2001       Macalester College, St. Paul Minnesota, B.A. Liberal Arts: American History

2014-current  Lecturer, University of Texas, Austin
Advanced Narrative Production start-to-finish filmmaking course, covering all stages of production with a focus on screenwriting, directing actors, and narrative editing techniques, guiding students through the production of their short film projects.

2011-2013       Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Austin
RTF 390C Introduction to the Editing Process
RTF 318 Introduction to Image and Sound
RTF 366K Introduction to Narrative Production
RTF 881 KA Directing Documentary
RTF 881 KB Principles of Film and Television Production
RTF 388P Advanced Directing: Dogme
RTF 343 Advanced Documentary: Social Issue Filmmaking

2004-2010       Longhouse Media/Native Lens, Seattle, WA
Co-Founder and Artistic Director
Taught weekly on-reservation youth media program as a form of advocacy, alternative education, and cultural expression. Taught start-to-finish film production, story development, camera and editing; outreach for Nation wide youth media education in Native communities. Directed the artistic development and approach of Longhouse Media film projects, programs, and productions such as the acclaimed feature for PBS, March Point.

2007-2008       Fulbright Scholarship, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
“Nossas Histórias” Project-Founder and Teacher
Received a Fulbright Scholarship to spend a year in Rio de Janeiro, teaching a weekly filmmaking and media literacy course at an orphanage for teenage boys ages, 13-18. Project was in partnership with São Martinho, an NGO serving Rio’s homeless youth.

2002-2004          911 Media Arts Center, Seattle WA
Youth Programs Director and Instructor
Directed, managed, and facilitated the Youth Producers Project. Work responsibilities included grant writing; project and budget management; program design; curriculum and evaluation development; program instruction; managing and training instructors, mentors, and volunteers.  

2001-2002       Phillips Community Television, Minneapolis, MN
Youth Program Coordinator
Planned and facilitated after-school programming, including the production of a monthly television show produced by PCTV youth. Trained participants in the use of video and editing equipment, taught media literacy workshops, and planned and facilitated a three-month intensive summer program focused on creating socially conscious media.   

2014    NYU Tisch, Introduction to Screenwriting
2013    City University of New York (CUNY), Documentary Filmmaking
2011    University of Washington, Visual Sociology
2010    Macalester College & University of Minnesota, Native American Studies 

2014      SKUNK, fiction short
Writer, Director
When her pit bull is stolen by an aspiring dog fighter, Leila is forced to stand up for herself, at the cost of her own innocence. Official Selection Cannes Film Festival-Cinéfondation 2014 (1st Place Jury Award), Melbourne International Film Festival, BAFTA-Los Angeles (Special Jury Award & Audience Award for Best Student Film)

2012    Spark, fiction short
Producer, Director, Writer, Editor
While a boy waits out his father’s tryst he is unexpectedly forced to deal with the lady-friend’s daughter.SXSW (Jury Award for Best Texas Short), Slamdance, Maryland Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, deadCenter, & broadcast on PBS series “Film School Shorts.”

2011    Noc na Tanecku (Night at the Dance), documentary short
Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor
A profile of the last days of a Czech dance hall in rural Texas—and the old-timers who come there to polka. Screened at SXSW, Silverdocs film festival, the Hamptons International Film Festival and the Texas Filmmakers Showcase, 2011. Broadcast on PBS’s on-line film festival and WGBH WORLD program in 2011/2012.

 2010    Rush, documentary short
Co-Director, Cinematographer
Rush follows the stories of four Fort Hood soldiers returning from repeated deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, as they pursue high-adrenaline activities to help them readjust back into civilian life. Premiered at Austin Film Society’s Shorts Program at SXSW.

2008    March Point, documentary
Director, Co-Producer, Cinematographer
Three Swinomish teenagers explore the affects of two oil refineries located on their reservation. Aired on PBS’ Independent Lens in 2008/2009. Recipient of the National geographic All Roads Seed Grant, March Point screened at the Smithosonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York, the National Congress of the American Indian in Washington D.C.

2007    Sisterhood of the Good Death, documentary short
Cinematographer, Editor, Co-producer
A 20-minute documentary directed by Yoruba Richen on the Afro-Catholic Festival held annually by a sisterhood of women in Cachoiera, Bahia, celebrating the end of slavery. Screened at the Rio Festival of Black Film in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2014-current  Lake Flato Architects, series of shorts
Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor
Create an ongoing series of short documentaries for the web that highlight the work, design philosophy, history and culture of the award winning architecture firm Lake Flato.

 2013    Where Would You Go, educational short
Producer, Director, Cinematographer
6 Short films produced in South Africa for the Organization of  Refuge, Asylum, and Migration focusing on LGBTI refugees who have escaped persecution in their home countries and are seeking asylum.

2011    USAID Women’s Land Rights: A Ripple Effect, documentary
Cinematography for two documentaries shot in Ethiopia about the central role of securing land rights to foster economic development in developing countries for the US government agency USAID.


  • Cannes Film Festival—Cinéfondation, 1st Prize Jury Award, SKUNK, 2014
  • British Academy of Film & Television Arts-Los Angeles, Jury & Audience Award for Best Student Film, SKUNK, 2014
  • University of Texas-Austin “Narrative Filmmaker Award,” SKUNK, 2014
  • SXSW, Jury Award “Best Texas Short,” Spark, 2012
  • Hamptons International Film Festival Student Award, Noc na Tanecku (Night at the Dance) 2011
  • University of Texas “Documentary Filmmaker Award,” Noc na Tanecku (Night at the Dance) 2011
  • National Association for Media Literacy Award for outstanding contributions make in the field of media education for Longhouse Media/Native Lens, 2009
  • Red Cross “Real Heroes” Award for Longhouse Media/Native Lens, 2008
  • Washington State Environmental Teacher Award for Longhouse Media/Native Lens, 2008
  • IFC Award for Best Documentary, imagineNATIVE, March Point, 2008
  • Runner up Best Documentary European Independent Film Festival, March Point, 2008
  • Fulbright Scholarship for youth media initiative in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, 2007