"I applied to the Scholars program because I felt passionate about my project and hoped it could expand. I wanted to make something meaningful with the material I had. On a broad level, I hope to learn what it's like to make a film from start to finish: from the idea to the screening room. Experiencing the process of one idea becoming a palpable thing is truly exciting. On a smaller scale, I hope to learn more advanced filming, processing and editing techniques that will make my idea easier to convey. My general goals for the academic year are to learn as much as possible, stay focused and make a film I care about. Some more specific goals are to have my work accepted in an out-of-state festival or screening, help coordinate this year's FLEX festival, finally finish Infinite Jest and graduate."
My primary academic interest is in Media Studies. I'm also interested and involved with media production, including anything from documentary work to photojournalism to experimental film. I strongly believe in the combination of journalism and film to create new, innovative and intimate forms of media for a broad audience. My research interests are in integrating new and old media to create work that both embraces and examines our relationship to the world, each other and media itself. With my current project, I aim to revive lost media by using recorded messages intended for an audience of one and transforming them to one message for an audience of many.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Silver Knight
- Florida Bright Futures (2007)
- Hearst Photojournalism Award
- National Scholastic Press Association
- Florida's Experimental Film Festival (FLEX)
- National Press Photographer's Student Association
- The Fine Print
I am currently volunteering with FLEX, Swallowtail Farm, Kumarie's Organic Garden and Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary. In the past, I've volunteered at the moving-image and microfilm archive at the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Matheson House in Gainesville, FL. I plan to volunteer with the Samuel L. Proctor Oral History Program associated with the University f Florida.
Hobbies and Interests
- Photography, making films, developing pictures, ballet, rock climbing, hiking, and gardening.
Recordings for Someone
Recordings for Someone is a 16mm film inspired from audio letters left on abandoned tape cassettes throughout the country. Each recording--gathered from yard sales, thrift stores, abandoned buildings, attics or basements--is a message originally made for only one other person to hear. My project reassembles, recycles and reinterprets these recordings into a cohesive unit that not only reclaims the intimacy old media, but also a sense of identity against the current backdrop of mass media, mass culture and mass consumption. In a sense, my project is an 'accidental documentary' meant to evoke realism and nostalgia. I want to preserve the feeling of communication before the onset e-mail, Skype and text messages. Sometime, somewhere, someone made someone else a tape. A 'happy-birthday' film. A photo album. Sometime, somewhere, someone also lost it.