I am a filmmaker and the Co-Founder of Breaktide Productions, an all women of color video production team. Originally from Berkeley, California, I am passionate about empowering women and girls around the world through innovating and engaging documentary and narrative film. Currently I'm a Creative Culture Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center working on a documentary about the extraordinary young woman Nadya Okamoto. Scroll down to learn more about what I have been up to, or check out my writing and video work through the tabs above!
My current project is Directing, Producing, and Writing The Construct: Female Laborers and the Fight for Equality, which follows Burmese female construction workers and how their stories relate to the country’s broader fight for gender equality. Female construction workers are widespread throughout Myanmar. The Construct will examine how, if at all, a woman leading the country changes and impacts the lives of everyday women.
As an NBC Summer Fellow I developed and implemented a new social media strategy that created some of the most popular posts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. I also coordinated callers for the show, researched stocks, and wrote lower thirds that aired with the callers. I wrote articles for CNBC.com and wrote Youtube blurbs, social media posts and on air promos.
I am the Co-President of SAAFE, Sexual Assault Awareness For Everyone, Wellesley's advocacy, peer educator and trained first-responder organization. As President I coordinate events, maintain a social media presence and organize with student leaders from across the region. I am working on developing a 15-min narrative film about a student that experiences sexual assault in college that will be filmed next year.
I assist Wellesley Center for Women researcher Dr. Linda Charmaraman in her research on the intersection of race, media and identity. I have created social media content to publicize Dr. Charamaraman's past a current work and work with her to investigate how racial representation in mainstream TV impact civi engagement in minorities. To research racial representation in TV I created a database and rating system for racial diversity in sitcoms based on a 2,000 participant study.
Over the summer of 2014 I worked on the San Fransisco Soda Tax Campaign, a grassroots movement to improve public health. As an organizer and neighborhood mobilization coordinator I was responsible for volunteer recruitment in 2 districts in San Fransisco. I shot, directed, and edited a video to build volunteer moral and recruit supporters. Our grassroots campaign was up against a $7 million dollar campaign put on by the American Beverage Association, but with on the ground organizing we managed to get 55% of the vote.
I was one of 40 students chosen to be an Albright fellow and selected to present my findings on world hunger to Secretary Albright. The Albright Institute is designed to inspire a generation of global leaders through interdisciplinary research of a global issue in teams and embark on an internationally focused internship. I created a video to thank the Secretary and the Albright Institute. The Albright Institute is a lead funder of The Construct; Female Laborers and the Fight for Gender Equality.
I was one of 20 students across the country selected to travel to Cambodia with the American Youth Leadership Program to learn about how climate change impacts Southeast Asia. On the trip I got the opportunity to help rebuild a temple demolished by U.S. bombs, visit the killing fields, and meet with secondary school students from across the country.
I was one out of 10 students across the country selected to travel to the 2010 Winter Olympics as a youth reporter. On the trip I got to experience on camera reporting and interviewed many athletes including Shawn Johnson, Picabo Street, and Cassie Campbell. I wrote a article about the experience for Seventeen Magazine.