I am an independent producer and filmmaker for Boston Film & Video, a company I founded in
2000. I love telling meaningful stories through videos and longer form films. From my many
years of working on the Boston based newsmagazine, Chronicle, then at WGBH after my
Nieman Fellowship year, and to my two-decades long work as an independent producer.
Some of my past long-form documentary work includes: The Incredible Voyage of Bill
Pinkney, for which I received the Peabody Award and the Cable Ace Award, and Fortunate
Son, which received the Columbia University duPont Award. Undaunted, Chasing History at
the Boston Marathon, tells the story of Juli Windsor, the first woman with dwarfism to finish the
Boston Marathon. The film Beatrice Mtetwa and the Rule of Law, seeks to highlight the
importance of the rule of law by focusing on attorney Beatrice Mtetwa’s efforts in Zimbabwe.
In spite of beatings by police and being arrested multiple times, she has courageously defended
those jailed by the Mugabe and Manangagwa governments. Although Mtetwa’s arena is
Zimbabwe, her message and bravery are universal. Distribution and screenings have taken
place around the world. In addition, over 5,00 0 free dvds have been distributed to schools and
community groups in Africa.
Forgotten Ellis Island, is the recipient of three National Endowment for the Humanities grants;
it is the first film to be produced about the abandoned immigrant hospital on Ellis Island. For two
years, the National Park Service gave exclusive access to my production company to film the
massive, 22 building medical complex adjacent to Ellis Island. The film premiered in the Great
Hall on Ellis Island and was broadcast on national PBS; the film is now streaming on Amazon
Prime. An abbreviated version of Forgotten Ellis Island is shown at the Ellis Island museum.
Smithsonian Books/Harper Collins published the companion book to the film which I wrote.
Currently, GUARDIANS, a limited series for tv that I created based on Forgotten Ellis Island,
is being pitched to streaming and cable companies.
In 1993-94, I was a Nieman Fellow for Journalism at Harvard and served as Vice President of
the Nieman Foundation Advisory Board for eight years. I currently serve as an Associate of the
Boston Public Library as well as being a member of the Filmmakers Collaborative, which serves
as fiscal sponsor for many of my documentary projects.
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