It is not unusual for my films to come out of my personal experience. A crucial component for me is to address what it is to be living at a certain moment in history. The Andre Show is the story of a young boy with AIDS my husband and I adopted shortly before he died during this global medical epidemic. 71 West Broadway: Ground Zero, NY is the street address of our old loft located about 2 blocks north of the World Trade Center. I began filming that story from our doorstep during the terrorist attacks . The film follows the impact on us as well as the immigrant owners of small businesses on our block as we all struggled to move back home after the evacuation of the ‘Red Zone.’ Invisible Revolution captured a revealing interview with a young racist, Ben Smith, just 2 weeks prior to his deadly shooting rampage in Indiana and Illinois. Among the stolen lives was the much beloved Ricky Birdsong, the former Northwest University basketball coach. My interview became the national news story of that summer, beginning with an exclusive broadcast on ABC’s Good Morning America hosted by Diane Sawyer, and 20/20, followed by portions of the Smith interview featured in Dateline, and HBO specials on domestic terrorism.
This is the core of my voice as an artist in which my true collaboration is with the characters within my film as I use the medium of video to find the best way to make their situations understood by unaware or unconcerned audiences. My work represents both investigative documentary (Invisible Revolution, WhatKilledKevin), and experimental video letters and video diaries (Memory Rooms (VR), Sandra’s Web: A Mother’s Video Diary,The Andre Show, and 71 West Broadway: Ground Zero, New York). I often produce, direct, edit and for some act as videographer from start to finish. Each of these projects weaves together unusual and artistic approaches to the documentary genre in order to find ever more effective methods to allow viewers to witness experiences outside of their own lives and circumstances.