What film do you think everyone should watch?
Amalie, the movie that started it all for me! I still come back to it for inspiration.
Mudbound, because it is just so heartbreakingly beautiful, and because Dee Rees and Rachel Morrison are amazing! #FemaleFilmmakers
Senna, outstanding documentary that changed my mind about docs! Phenomenal editing and use of found footage. And great driver!
What’s your favorite part about living and working in the DC/MD/VA region?
I grew up in the DMV, and I’m still amazed by all the new places I get to discover while working on sets all over the area. But mostly it’s the people that are the best part of working here. There is such a diverse group of people in the DMV and every set provides a new experience! Not to mention all the great support from WIFV DC!
Who inspires you?
As a Gaffer is it even possible to not say Roger Deakins? Despite being known for big lighting rigs and impossible shots, the bones of his method are so simple and versatile.
Rachel Morrison, (DP – Mudbound, Black Panther). The way she sees is just beautiful. She has such an intimate relationship with light. And she lives such a full life as a creative and a mother. She inspires on so many levels for me.
What story do you wish someone would tell?
There are so many stories left untold simply because they are not Hollywood enough, but I like stories about real people living real lives. I guess I’d like to see some more films about female racing drivers, we have a long way to go and plenty of young girls to inspire for the next generation. Definitely more female STEM stories. I want a plethora of films to inspire my daughter!
What’s your favorite place to celebrate success with your crew?
I’m pretty laid back so I love a lowkey, informal wrap party. My favorite wraps have been at bars with a local beer, or the epic Karaoke house party after a month long musical feature shoot. But if everyones having a good time, then it’Saulgood!
To celebrate WIFV’s 40th Anniversary, we reached out to the community to nominate the colleagues they admire. We are honored to have these filmmakers in our community as mediamakers, advocates, and mentors.