ABOUT

I was born the queer son of a Waffle House cook and his third-shift waitress in Hokes Bluff, Alabama.

My parents distinguished the play button on the VCR with a piece of yellow tape, and at age 3 that was it for me. The first movie I truly fell for was the music video for Reba McIntire's Fancy. When I was done with that, I studied poetry at The University of Arizona with Richard Siken and Jane Miller. While I still very much consider myself a poet, in Tuscon I was always frustrated that my poems couldn't ever fly off the page. One day I showed Jane Lady Gaga's Telephone video and she suggested I apply to film school. That's how I ended up at NYU. And that's how I ended up in Alabama renovating my grandmother's house into a home-base/work-space. Currently, I loaf around Los Angeles.

SKILLS

Original Writing, Directing, Script Coverage, Copywriting, Production Design, Set Dressing, Art Direction, Wardrobe Styling, Carpentry, Bookbinding, Location Scouting, Event Coordination, Dolly Parton Know How

Software: Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, Premiere, InDesign, Photoshop, Microsoft Word & Office

RECENT TV/FILM/COMMERCIAL EXPERIENCE

2017

Socks on Fire: Uncle John and the Cotton Headed Water Rattlers

Writer & Director

Wrote, produced, directed, and co-starred in this transgenerational docudrama.

2016

Motel 51, Narrative Feature | Colleen Kwok, Director

Production Designer

Collaborated with the director to create a look book and color story, sketched designs, followed budget, collected set dressing and props, implemented designs inside locations, managed props on set, reset locations to original designs.


Seamless, Hanky Panky & Instacart Spec Commercials | Jacqueline Dow, Director

Production Designer

Collaborated with the director to create look, collected set dressing and props, implemented designs inside locations, managed props on set, reset locations.


Expecto Patron Series | Rachel Puchkoff, Director

Production Designer

Collaborated with the director to create a look book and color story, sketched designs, collected set dressing and props, implemented designs inside locations, managed props on set, reset locations to original designs.

ORIGINAL FILM WORK

Alabama Snipe Fight Narrative Feature

Pre-Production

Socks on Fire Doc Feature

Post-Production

Shitbird Narrative Short

2015 Sidewalk FF, 2015 Charleston IFF

AWARDS / PUBLICATIONS

NYU Purple List
Sandra Ifraimova Award, Chosen by Spike Lee
First Run FF Award for Production Design
Sacred Grove Reading Series
“Super Moon Prayer,” The Awl
“Dirty South Prayer,” Handsome Journal
Queer South Anthology, SRP Books
Robert Jahn Scholarship, NYU
Rogers’ Fellowship, Univ of Arizona

EDUCATION

New York University

New York, New York
MFA in Filmmaking | September, 2017

Univ of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
MFA in Poetry | May, 2010

University of Montevallo

BA in English | May, 2008