telling stories • making pictures
When I started writing for Colorado Magazine, I never dreamed that I would eventually travel around the world for The Travel Channel. Or, that I would help launch and program local television stations in beautiful island and mountain resorts for PLUM TV. One of those great Russian writers said there are only two stories: a man goes on a journey — or, a stranger comes to town. I kinda feel like I've traveled both directions.
But I’ve been to the backwoods, too. PBS sent me to the North Country to re-enact the French and Indian War. From the battlefield, I moved to prison life, working on MSNBC’s LOCKUP series and other documentaries.
I’ve been lucky to work with talented production teams. I’ve learned from people I admire, and gained many skills: producing, directing, shooting, editing, writing and art direction. It’s a privilege and adventure to use those tools to tackle the mysteries of storytelling.
"Those who tell the stories rule the world." --Hopi American Indian proverb
Let’s face it, ideas are often easy. That’s because most of them are bad. And for good ideas, the magic is inexplicable. But experience is a good teacher. Starting as an editor at COLORADO MAGAZINE, I’ve had the privilege of making storytelling a big part of my life. At THE TRAVEL CHANNEL, I produced travel stories, documentaries, talk shows, cookery shows and even a game show. At PLUM TV, I turned island and mountain stories into national television shows, Internet content and VOD programming. At MSNBC, I pitched ideas for shows and I was part of a screening team that evaluated stores. I went to the dogs for ANIMAL PLANET webisodes, for which I was a story producer and string-out editor. I like to think I have a photographer’s eye, a writer’s imagination and a musician’s rhythm.
INDIE films • narrative storytelling
OK, this was just lucky: a few random but wonderful opportunities to shoot, edit and do sound on small indie features. It was great to work with Broadway actress/singer Idina Menzel (Tony Award • Best Actress • WICKED) and Michael Shannon star of HBO's BOARDWALK EMPIRE. This drama was a murder mystery shot on Fire Island. While indulging my passion for cinematography, I also pursued my obsession for surfcasting.
PBS • HISTORY
Where do the one-man-bands flourish? PBS. For me, it was a historical feature film that required authentic re-enactments of battles and lifestyle scenes from the 1750’s. And, of course, historical research and combing the archives of museums and libraries for archival images. But I loved the idea of leading all aspects of production as producer, director, director of photography and editor. I had new ideas for graphics and animated illustrations, so I also became artistic director. I supervised writing, too. I worked my mélange of production tools to the wee hours every night. I was having the time of my life -- in the 18th century.
tv station management • program development
If you drank some new-age, pumped-up purple juice, you might come up with this crazy, wonderful idea: open local TV stations in the nation's most beautiful resorts. Island and mountain towns, all tied together as a network. We did it, capturing the unique lifestyles of those iconic places. Hyper local and national, in one fell swoop. Aspen, Nantucket, Miami Beach, the Hamptons and other resorts. What a dream job. Somebody pinch me.