Favorite class: Peoples and Cultures
of the Amazon
Favorite professor: Leda Martins,
associate professor of anthropology
What keeps you busy
Planning a historical recreations shoot in Europe and keeping my plants alive!
What is your dream job: Film director
What book is currently
on your nightstand:
The Conference of the Birds by Farid
Best question to ask in
What is your day-to-day like?
What do you miss most
The people and the beautiful desert landscaping!
What is your most
memorable Pitzer moment: Creating the OA kayaking trip to Catalina Island and
leading the maiden voyage with my friends. Thankfully, everyone came back in
Top networking tip: Approach it as an
opportunity to learn about somebody else’s line of work and how they arrived
where they are. They took the time to speak with you, so get to know them a
Where do you work/what is your title: I’m an associate producer at Ark Media, which is a documentary production company in Brooklyn, NY, that makes films and series for PBS and Netflix. I’m currently producing a documentary about food adulteration, human trials, and the founding of the FDA. I direct my own independent documentaries on the side. My most recent film is about a woman seeking sanctuary in a rural Colorado church and her fight for permanent residency, which premiered at the 2019 Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, CO.
What is your favorite
part of your job:
I’m a very curious person, so I really like interviewing people and getting a
glimpse into their lives and experiences. Working to craft stories into
visually compelling, and accurate, content is a creative aspect of the job
that’s exciting to me. I love being a filmmaker because you have the
opportunity to present diverse points of view that have the power to deepen
understanding on some of the most important issues of our time.
How did you get into your current line of work: I was a staff writer on The Peel my senior year at Pitzer, and I worked as a foreign correspondent in South America my first few years after college. I pursued my master’s degree at the Columbia School of Journalism, where I ultimately made the switch from producing news to documentary film.
Favorite quote: “No act of kindness,
no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop
Submitted May 2019