Press & Presentations
2017 Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund for Film and Media: Incubator & Documentary Lab
In Fall 2016, my first feature film participated in this week long Doc Lab, setting the stage for Meet The Ungers. I'll be working most of 2017 with some incredible advisors who are all creative mindbombs. Click the pretty picture to read more.
2016 DOC Institute Breakthrough Program
My latest short film was accepted into the 2016 Hot Docs Dealmaker roster. Grateful for the support by the OMDC and the DOC Organization of Canada.
The Apolitical Disconnect of NATO Soldiers in Afghanistan, Q, CBC Radio One
My Letter of the Day response to Sebastian Junger's interview on Q about his film Restrepo (2010), a documentary on the Afghan War in the Korengal Valley.
Restrepo was co-directed by Tim Heatherington (killed in Libya in 2011) and documented the daily combat between U.S. Marines and Taliban rebel insurgents.
2015 Documentary Channel - Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Accelerator Fellowship
In 2015, I participated in this prestigious program facilitated by the Hot Docs festival. Check out this ad spot featuring all the program participants.
My Year In Kandahar City, Outfront, CBC Radio One
An interwoven story of my experiences of daily life as a civilian aid worker in Kandahar City from September 2007 to July 2008.
After returning to Canada, I had a collection of recorded interviews with Afghan farmers whom I worked with - which I wove into a slideshow presentation about my daily life in Kandahar. My Year In Kandahar City merges storytelling between my Nonna's (grandmother's) living room - and vivid field recordings from Afghanistan.
The Illuminated War Walk: Stories Left Off The Epitaphs
In May 2014, I organized and led a Jane's Walk in Ottawa that illustrated how the role of Canada's military has changed rapidly over the past decade - a direct result of Canada's mission in the latest Afghan War and our current lack of influence at the United Nations.
Here is a synopsis and walk route.
Corporate Appropriation of Cultural Iconography Must not be Tolerated (written for QMI Agency, December 2013)
In a recent Ideas episode titled “Is Race a Fiction?” renowned Canadian author Lawrence Hill describes the notion of race as a verb.
In Thorold, ON, race does not seem so fictional as heated debate ensues over whether the Thorold Amateur Athletic Association and the Thorold Blackhawks junior B hockey club should retire their logo.
The subject of race comes to light, for it is not just a caricature of Black Hawk or the mere cost of replacing a logo that’s at stake. In the balance are issues of culture, identity, equity and indeed the subject of racism itself.