Team in Flight
1) What was your first professionally directed work and when was it?
The first film I directed is a short titled “Foul Play: The Margaret Lambert Story,” a 24 minute documentary for The Olympic Channel I made in July 2016 that made it’s way through the festival circuit.
In 1936 German-Jewish track & field athlete, Margaret “Gretel” Bergmann was barred from competing in the Berlin Olympics despite being considered one of the best athletes in the world. From her time as a decorated high jumper to her place in history and reconciliation with the past, this story is an intimate portrait of one woman’s personal journey and those that she affected the most.
2) How did you get into directing?
I began my career in advertising as a creative producer but always had a strong artistic background and love for filmmaking. I went to school for fine art and film photography and always loved being part of a production set after graduation. As I began to concept and produce more for seasoned directors, I was inspired and driven to become a director myself. At the time I began wanting to pursue this passion, my supervisor at Vice media was incredibly supportive and believed in my skill-set. It felt like second nature to me and luckily, it’s become my full time career and also remains my life long passion.
3) What is your most recent project?
My most recent project “The Litas” is a film for Tribeca Film Festival and Bvlgari. Tribeca Film Festival and BVLGARI used their platforms and wide reach to enhance the art of storytelling in a bold and daring way. The Litas celebrates and connects the cinematic history of the brands with contemporary voices of women in Italy today. The Litas, an all inclusive motorcycle collective, profiles extraordinary Italian women going against the grain in pursuit of professions and passions that are traditionally held by men.
4) What is the best part of being a director?
The best part of being a director is traveling the world, meeting the most amazing subjects, working with people who have an unparalleled level of talent and creating art. And my partner is also my producer so we get to discuss film 24/7.
5) What is the worst part of being a director?
The worst part of being a director is public speaking.
6) What is your current career focus: commercials and branded content, TV movies? Do you plan to specialize in a particular genre—comedy, drama, visual effects, etc.?
My current career focus is to continuing to challenge myself and pushing the boundaries of filmmaking. I like blending of genres, exploring new techniques and creating art with a fresh and interesting lens. I’d like to test the bounds of narrative filmmaking in my near future.
7) Have you a mentor and if so, who is that person (or persons) and what has been the lesson learned from that mentoring which resonates with you?
My mother. My grandmother. My sisters. They have all instilled the simple ethos “be kind to others” and it’s this trait I carry on set, and in life always.
8) Who is your favorite director and why?
Before I began in documentary filmmaking, my favorite photographer and filmmaker was Lauren Greenfield. I was initially drawn to her love of documenting female youth subject matter and her committed exploration of contemporary media culture. I am continually impressed by her as an artist and she serves as an inspiration to me to this day.
9) What is your favorite movie? Your favorite television/online program? Your favorite commercial or branded content?
My favorite film is Kill Bill vol.1 and vol.2.
10) Tell us about your background (i.e., where did you grow up? Past jobs?)
I am a born and raised Jersey girl with a deep love for Meryl Streep.
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