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I believe comedy is cathartic and laughter can create positive change in our world through our shared humanity.

I like to make people laugh, volunteer, meditate, play basketball, and travel… also popcorn.

I’ve directed celebrities like Aaron Rogers, Vanna White, & Bethenny Frankel etc. My work has been featured in the press like Forbes, Associated Press, Good Morning America, People Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, Ad Age etc.

I’ve directed national TV spots,  garnered millions of views online, and been awarded at international films festivals, the Addy’s, Telly’s, Hermes Creative Awards, Anthem Awards, Sabre Awards, AVA Digital Awards, and I’m Emmy nominated.

My comedic voice was honed through years as a working stand-up and improv comedian, serving as creative director of the iO Comedy Network of the world famous iO Theater, and writing/producing for Comedy Central, Viacom, & FOX.

 

Agent: Nicole Zien of Innovative Artists

AWARDS & PRESS

 

‘Wheel of Fortune Collection’  feat. Vanna White

WINNER | AVA Digital Award

FINALIST | Shorty Awards

 People | Access Hollywood | Women’s Health | Oprah Daily

E News | Kelly & Mark Live | ABC 7 | Fox 5  | Town & Country

‘Reverse Photoshop’ feat. Bethenny Frankel

WINNER | Addy Awards

WINNER ‘Platinum Award’ | Hermes Creative Awards

WINNER | Telly Awards

FINALIST | Sabre Awards

WINNER | AVA Digital Award

 Forbes | Oprah Daily | Women’s Health | Prevention Magazine  

Page Six (NY Post)New BeautyHappiAnimated Times

Raelyn’s Story 

NOMINATED | The EMMY’s

WINNER | The Telly Awards

WINNER | The Anthem Awards

 Best Micro Doc Finalist | Oregon Doc Fest

 Best Short Doc Finalist | Luleå Int. Film Fest

OFFICIAL SELECTION | International World Film Awards, Oregon Documentary Film Festival, Women’s International Film Festival, Lulea International Film Festival, Lift-Off Filmmaker Session, International Multicultural Film Festival, Cultural Cinema Showcase, Huntington Beach Cultural Film Festival, Film Festival Circuit, Chicgo Motion Picture Awards, Atlanta Docufest, Apex Film Fest, London Director Awards.

‘Own Your Age’  feat. Leanne Morgan

Forbes | Ad Age | Women’s Health | Happi

Viva Aguascalientes 

WINNER ‘Travel & Tourism’ | Silver Telly

WINNER ‘Directing’ | Silver Telly

‘Invisible’  feat. Ali Wentworth 

WINNER | AVA Digital Award

SHORT LIST | Brand Film Awards

 Forbes | Glamour  | Women’s Health | Entertainment Tonight | People

NBC New York Live | Associated PressMarket Watch | Market Insider | PR WEEK

AmberJack  feat. Aaron Rogers

Ad Age | Reel 360

‘Older Together’ feat. Paulina Porzikova

WINNER ‘Addy Award’ | Los Angeles American Advertising Awards

WINNER ‘Gold Telly Award’ | The Telly Awards

People Magazine Good Morning America DailyMail

Prevention Magazine New Beauty 

Klondike

WINNER ‘Bronze Telly Award’ | The Telly Awards

Leonards’s Story

NOMINATED | The EMMY’s

WINNER ‘Best Short Doc’ | Luleå International Film Festival

WINNER ‘Gold Telly Award’ | The Telly Awards

WINNER ‘Silver Editing Telly Award’ | The Telly Awards

FINALIST | Black Truth Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION |  Chicago Indie Film Awards, International World Film Awards, Huntington Beach Cultural Cinema Showcase, Black Truth Film Festival, Luleå International Film Festival

Smart Squad

WINNER | Gold Addy Award

Mally Beauty

PRESS | Happy TV & New Beauty

Mayra’s Story

DISTRIBUTION | ShortsTV

WINNER | Silver Telly Award

SEMI-FINALIST ‘Best Director’ | Angeles Documentaries

HONORABLE MENTION BEST DOC | Sevilla Indie Film Festival

HONORABLE MENTION BEST DOC | Little México Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION | International Documentary Film Awards, Chicago Indie Film Awards, Angeles Documentaries,  Little México Film Festival, Rock the Shorts Film Festival, Festival RENUAC, Sevilla Indie Film Festival

Calvin’s Story

WINNER | Silver Telly Award

WINNER ‘Best Documentary’ | Chicago International Reel Shorts Film

WINNER ‘Best Director’ & Nominated ‘Best Documentary’ | The Global Impact Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION | 30 Under 30 Film Festival, Beloit International Film Festival, Guam International Film Festival, Atlanta DocuFest, Voiceless International Film Festival, Tirana International Film Fest TV Competition, Chicago Made Shorts, Pride Film Festival, Steps International Short Film Fest

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A General Audition

WINNER ‘Best Short Short’ | Berlin Flash Film Fest

OFFICIAL SELECTION | St. Louis International Film Fest 2018, Atlanta Comedy Film Festival 2018, Laughter Comedy Fest 365, Audience Awards 2018 Comedy Shorts Film Festival

Sharon’s Story

WINNER Silver Telly Award

Nude

WINNER ‘Award of Excellence’ | Canada International Film Festival

Mr. Babbo

WINNER ‘Best Family Film’ | Amsterdam International Film festival

WINNER ‘The Barbara Award’ | Big Island Film Festival

WINNER ‘Best Picture’ | Campus Movie Fest

OFFICIAL SELECTION | The Stepping Stone Film Festival, Dam Short Film Festival, Lakeshorts International Film Festival, The World Kids International Film Festival, Amsterdam International Film festival, Campus Movie Fest, Big Island Film Festival.

Debt-O-Nator

WINNER ‘ Merit for Creative Presentation’ | Montana CINE International Film Festivals

Dadz

OFFICIAL SELECTION | Chicago Comedy Film Festival

Last Exit

WINNER ‘Finalist’ | Las Vegas International Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION | Napierville Film Festival, Utopia Film Festival, Tall Grass Film Festival, Bloomington-Normal Film Festival

The Price of Fuel

WINNER ‘Best PSA’ | Delta Moon Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION | Naperville Film Festival, Utopia Film Festival, Tall Grass Film Festival, Bloomington-Normal Film Festival

 Profile Article | At The Movies

 Newspaper Article | The Pantagraph

Posts | @behindthescenegram & @howwastaken

Embers Feature Film (Co-Produced)

Official Selection at 41Festivals & 26 Articles/Press

WINNER ‘Someone to Watch Nominee’  | Independent Spirit Awards

WINNER ‘Best Narrative Feature’ | New Orleans Film Festival

WINNER ‘Best Narrative Feature’ | Oxford Film Festival

WINNER ‘Mary Shelley Award’  | Other Worlds Austin

WINNER ‘Alice Guy-Blaché Award’ | Oxford Film Festival

WINNER  ‘Juice Award’  | Sarasota Film Festival

WINNER  ‘Judges Commendation Award’ | Boston Sci Fi Film Festival

WINNER  ‘Best Feature’ | Newport Beach Film Festival

WINNER  ‘Best Feature’  | Trieste Science + Fiction

WINNER ‘Best Feature’ | Sci Fi London Film Festival

WINNER ‘Best Feature’ | Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre Film Festival

WINNER ‘Best Science’ Fiction Film | Feratum Film Festival

WINNER ‘Special Jury Award’ | Sarasota Film Festival

WINNER ‘Best Actress in a Feature’ | Other Worlds Austin

WINNER ‘Best Director’  | Newport Beach Film Festival

WINNER ‘Best New Director’ | Brooklyn Film Festival

WINNER ‘Editing Award’ | Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre Film Festival

Performer | America’s Got Talent 2015

Creative Director | iO Comedy Network (Chicago & LA)

Teacher | iO Theater (Chicago)