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"Everybody has a dream, but not everybody has a grind."
Ever since childhood I have been interested in people’s stories. Understanding other people’s motivations and dreams has always helped give clarity to my own journey. As a kid, I used to sit in my room and create narratives around the things I read in books and saw on TV, never actually believing I could make a career of it one day. When I found skateboarding and punk rock in the mid 90’s, it taught me anything was possible. All you need is the fire and passion it takes to create, and the stubbornness to never let anyone tell you otherwise. I adopted a DIY philosophy, moved to Brooklyn, played in bands and made short films and began creating and promoting my work on my own terms. Today as a working editor, producer, and director I continue to bring that same approach to the stories I help shape. Whether it be scripted or documentary, I try to bring the same passion to the work and my connection to the characters is what ultimately allows me to invest a piece of myself into each project. To put it simply, my love for story telling is what gets me up each morning.
This film I produced for PBS was nearly 18 years in the making. When I first moved to Brooklyn I knew I would always make a documentary about the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, it just took the time and right opportunity to make it happen.
Sword-swallowers, fire-breathers, and “natural borns” are just a few of the performers who make up the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. MetroFocus Films has your backstage pass to a community that is filled with a rich history and a legacy dating back nearly one hundred years. This “sideshow by the seashore” is definitely not for the squeamish or faint of heart.
I also recently co-directed and produced a documentary on Gotham Girls Roller Derby for PBS. It took 10 months of hard work to finally finish this film, but it was an amazing journey.
MetroFocus Films follows the journey of two of the stars of Gotham Girls Roller Derby as they compete for the coveted 2018 Championship Golden Skates. Meet “Maddog,” of Manhattan Mayhem, as she struggles to recover from a possible career-ending injury; and “Fast and Luce,” the captain of the Bronx Gridlock, as she tries to lead her once last place team to their first championship win in 8 seasons.
Hip Hop: Esta Vivo En Cuba is my first feature length documentary that provides a glimpse into the Cuban Hip Hop scene at a moment of uncertain change between the United States and Cuba. Hip Hop as a global movement can be a platform for Cuban artists. The Normalization process would help empower the Cuban hip hop community, enabling them to have a voice during a time of diplomatic tensions. This normalization process is now being threatened with our current administration. Our film explores theses themes through the lens of Hip Hop.
Check out the trailer above and stay tuned for more updates coming soon!
MetroFocus Films takes you inside a homeless shelter for LGBTQ young adults, and follow the journey of a courageous and resilient young man as he navigates the shelter system.
MetroFocus: Home in McSorleys The story of a father, a son and a cat, and what it's like growing up in one of NYC's oldest bars. it was so exciting receiving a NY Emmy Nomination in “Historical Segments” on this one. Check it out above and be sure to visit McSorley's in person for a pint of dark, and of course some crackers and mustard.
2018 NY Emmy Nomination in HISTORICAL CULTURAL PROGRAM: FEATURE SEGMENT
The Republican: Check out this horror trailer parody I directed and edited for Rosababy Comedy. With over 400k views on Facebook alone, the sketch was featured on the front page of Funny or Die, Huffpost Comedy, Being Liberal, and also on Whohaha, a spotlight on funny women.. It debuted in L.A. at the famous Chinese Theater, as part of the Hollywood Comedy Shorts Film Festival in April 2018. See what all the fuss is about at the link above!
Be Sexy: Check out he trailer for short that I directed and edited for Rosababy Comedy. It's has already accepted into 10 indie film festivals, with other future screenings on the horizon. It was featured on the front page of Film Shortage, Funny or Die, and won the Audience Award at the Iron Mule Comedy Screening in March 2018.