Everything is Figureoutable

Making films can be super challenging. It can feel like such a daunting thing. Where do you start? How do you know what to do? How do you build a sustainable career from making movies? How can you avoid mistakes? Oh man, oh man. The questions just keep going. Start, then continue. Early in my career I attended a screening of a documentary followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

Brewconomy screening at Appalachian State University

Brewconomy screened in Boone, N.C., at Appalachian State University (ASU) this week. It was such a wonderful experience! What’s Brewconomy? Brewconomy is the documentary I directed about North Carolina craft beer and its impact on the state’s agriculture, community, and economy. It premiered in April 2015, which is N.C. Beer Month. The film is about 55 minutes long. Haven’t seen the film yet? Rent it here: vimeo.com/ondemand/brewconomy.

Three things I do to get unstuck

Oh, boy. You know I’ve been stuck for a while. I’ve been trying to work on my latest documentary, Good Thing, for quite a while now. More specifically, how to get unstuck so I can give the project the attention it needs and finally finish the film. I love this film and want to give it some love but I simply can’t seem to get it done… Today I’m sharing

Filmmaking means messing up (repeatedly)

There’s an anecdote about getting hired to work in film. It goes something like this: Hiring person says to the candidate, “You want to be on my crew? Tell me about a time where you really messed up on set. How’d you handle it?” Candidate response, “Well, I’ve never messed up.” “Well then, you’re fired,” says the hiring manager. “You have no place on my crew if you’ve never messed

That’s a wrap!

We wrapped principal photography on OH CRAPPY DAY this month! With one week of rehearsals and three weeks of filming, it’s the longest-running production I’ve had the pleasure of working on – aside from my own films. I’m so honored and grateful to have been a part of it. Serving as first assistant director (1st AD) was a really wonderful new challenge. I learned a lot working with everyone. And,

Film fests + warmer weather? Yes, pls.

Some of my favorite film festivals are happening soon! They’re right around the corner and it makes me really giddy. Not only do I love the film festivals for watching movies, talking about our craft, and seeing what others are doing. But these fests mean that warmer weather and longer days are on the way, too! By sharing these with you, I don’t mean to leave out any other festivals.