I'm a sound designer, artist, and educator living in Oakland, CA. Passionate about social justice, art education, music technology, and the environment, I feel most fulfilled when exploring where these realms intersect.
Songs of the Vine (2017), a VR documentary about the medicine songs of indigenous Shipibo curanderos of the Amazon rainforest that I co-directed, co-produced, and did sound design for as an independent filmmaker, has been exhibited at the Raindance Film Festival (London, UK), Encounters Film Festival (Bristol, UK), LifeArt Festival (Athens, Greece), New Media Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA), Rendezvous Film Festival (Amelia Islands, FL), Tech Doc Fest (Seattle, WA), Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival (Seattle, WA), RAW Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA), Oxford Film Festival (Oxford, MS), FIVARS (Toronto, Canada), the Social Impact Media Awards (Finalist), and the Earth Day Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA - winner of the “Best VR Experience” category).
I also recorded, co-produced, and engineered an album of their medicine songs, which is available for purchase on Bandcamp. 50% of all sales go directly to the healers, and the other 50% of sales are donated to a Peruvian NGO The Chaikuni Institute — a nonprofit which focuses its efforts on environmental rights and indigenous education and knowledge preservation in the Amazon Rainforest.
In August 2016, I was awarded an "Awesome Without Borders" grant from the Harnisch Foundation for my work with The Chaikuni Institute. I'm currently producing an educational 360° virtual reality documentary series about the healing modalities of Shipibo curanderos (healers) indigenous to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. Through virtual reality, I aim to use an emerging technology to illuminate an ancient and culturally rich series of indigenous Amazonian traditions, including sacred plant healing, medicine songs, and the oral history of a complex and beautiful cosmology.
In 2013, I received a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory in "Technology in Music and the Related Arts," alongside a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art (concentration: animation and new media) from Oberlin College. Since graduation, I've been teaching various creative curriculum (digital media technology, music production, filmmaking, photography, making/DIY, robotics, basic computer programming, video game design, graphic design, creative writing, and animation) to Oakland and San Francisco youth. I have experience working with children ranging from grades K-12, college level students, and adults. I am especially passionate about working with underserved children, and helping to amplify marginalized voices.
I have experience in the following computer software: Avid Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office Suite, Ableton Live, Audacity, Amadeus Pro, SPEAR, iStopMotion, and iMovie.
Interviewing for radio
Virtual reality filmmaking
Social media marketing
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