A car hit me when I was a little girl. I stopped breathing except our neighbor the fireman just happened to be mowing his lawn nearby. And our neighbor the nursing student was on a walk right there. I’d be dead if not for them. I also trust this meant that I was here for a reason. Storytelling slowly revealed itself to be it.
My storytelling took many forms over the years. As a poet, I performed it in various American cities. They are Seattle, New Orleans, Phoenix, and Billings, Montana. My poetry has been published in the Montana Arts & Culture Magazine and Montana State University – Billings’ The Rook.
I’ve also worked as a freelance writer. My writing appeared in The Billings Outpost, Yellowstone Valley Women, Montana State’s Department of Public Health and Human Services’ Prevention Connection, Lynda Moss’ Senate District 26 Reelection Committee website, and several Senate bills for the 2009 Montana State Legislature. CNN Radio picked up one of my many articles in The Billings Outpost.
There also is my filmmaking… I figured that there must be something to it when the first draft of my first script made the first cut into the Sundance Feature Film Program. And I later did this a second time. This led me to complete the Seattle Film Institute’s Screenwriting Certificate Program and eventually get a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from National University. I’ve written several scripts as well as got my two short films “Choices” and “Mixed Signals” produced. I recently got into the Sundance Collab’s Episodic Writing Class. My “kidnap” script was a 2018 Quarterfinalist in the CineStory Feature Retreat & Fellowship Competition. I’m also a 2019 Finalist in the Writers for Writers Fellowship.
I also have production designs credits, acting credits and assistant art director credits. The first short film I produced “The Domestic” got into the Burbank Film Festival. I’m also currently producing “My Apocalyptic Thanksgiving” that is in post. Two shorts that I’m currently producing, writing and directing is in development. We’re planning to shoot in the early summer and fall of 2019.
As for other ways of combining my interest in filmmaking and writing, I’ve also read for screenplay competitions. They are the Scriptwriter’s Network’s Hollywood Outreach Program and their High Concept Competition. I also am currently reading for the Austin Film Festival.
Other projects include my one-act play “Inside Out” that the Yellowstone Writers Collective held a staged table read. I’m currently creating a comic book series based on one of my screenplays. And I’m also converting one of my thesis screenplays into a novel series.
I’ll update this as my projects evolve.