My creative research consists of two distinct styles of artmaking: traditional documentary and experimental documentary, and includes installation environments and experimentations with 360-degree video, VR, and augmented reality. The content of my work is inevitably drawn from a desire to uncover stories about other people and their responses to the vicissitudes of life. Drawing from personal experiences when developing documentaries, experimental single-channel videos or video installations have helped me create a discourse on complicated subject matters, including racism, domestic violence, women's issues, breast cancer, and Alzheimer's disease
Enough White Teacups
Enough White Teacups is an international award-winning documentary film about the wicked problems that plague the world and how sustainable design/invention is used as an antidote. Enough White Teacups highlights the Danish non-profit, INDEX: Design to Improve Life ® (INDEX). The film explores their history as an international design competition and showcases the most innovative INDEX award nominees and winners.
Link to Film- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brPT4x_IjaI
Klocked: Women with Horsepower
The desolate, alien landscape of the Bonneville Salt Flats, barren, gleaming white…in the distance, the faint, high whine of motorcycles shifting through gears…and then three-woman stream into view on their roaring machines. Designed as a feature-length documentary, Klocked: Women with Horsepower focuses on motorcycle land speed record holders Laura Klock and her two daughters Erika and Karlee Cobb.
Link to Film- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH-tvgNHB7M&t=74s
Driven to Ride
Driven to Ride is a documentary that explores the unstoppable spirit and diversity of women motorcycle riders. Riders featured in the documentary include Betsy Huelskamp, Erin Doherty-Ratay, Masyn Moyer, Janice Ferrante, Debra Conroy, and Julie Graff.
Link to Film- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjEDF8KsqEs&t=504s
Above the Ashes
Above the Ashes was created in response to the Fourmile Fire that ignited on September 6, 2010. Above the Ashes displays the strength of mountain communities and reveals the devastation caused by the catastrophic Fourmile Fire. Above the Ashes features an original score by Brandon Vacarro and closes with the musical piece “Smoke and Tears” composed by long-time Sunshine resident and nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Rebecca Folsom.
Link to Film- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahVi1f3fn9I
Future Work- Agnes
Agnes is an experimental video, installation, and augmented reality project that explores how human memory works. In the spring of 2000, my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Watching her decline mentally and physically was a transformative experience emotionally and intellectually. This piece will explore the richness of memory, its immediate and long-term processes. My plans include non-linear storytelling including experimenting with augmented reality and projecting onto mist or smoke to suggest the transient nature of memory. Presciently, my grandmother had carefully documented her daily life in a diary, almost as if she knew she would lose her memory.
Future Work- Untitled
This concept is for a film that explores the non-therapeutic use of antibiotic in livestock production and will explore how the overuse of antibiotics impacts of our health. The film will document the debate regarding the use of antibiotics in livestock production today. I plan to apply for development funding from the Sundance Documentary fund to turn this into a feature-length documentary. According to an article published by the Mayo Clinic Staff and featured on the Mayo Clinic website, “Antibiotic resistance is a pressing, global health problem. Nearly all significant bacterial infections in the world are becoming resistant to commonly used antibiotics”