I am the husband of Jennifer, father of Jarrett and Ashton, adventurer, activist, speaker, documentary filmmaker, director of It’s a Girl Movie and social justice advocate.
My passion is to create (and equip others to create) strategic media communication tools that impact culture through storytelling methods that engage the heart.
I grew up in the the mountains and deserts of the Southwest, and was infused early on with a passion to explore and make my mark on the world. The youngest of four children, I spent my childhood scrambling to keep up with an older brother while we attempted to conquer the world Huckleberry Finn-style. My parents dedicated themselves to helping people recover from addiction and get back on their feet after prison or homelessness.
College found me fascinated with cameras and telling stories and it seemed a natural fit to capture stories about suffering people who needed a helping hand and those who gave it to them. Before I knew it I was working with nonprofit organizations throughout my city, creating tools for them to raise funds and mobilize the community to get involved. This soon expanded to working with international humanitarian and aid NGO’s and non-profits.
Twenty years and hundreds of stories later, I am privileged to still be traveling the world with camera in hand, bringing home the story that engages our hearts in the plight of those who need rescue from hunger and poverty or are victims of tyranny and exploitation.
My most recent project captures the plight of over 200 million missing women. It’s a Girl is a feature length documentary about gendercide. In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. Shot on location in India and China, It’s a Girl explores the issue. It asks why this is happening, and why so little is being done to save girls and women.
I have been privileged to occupy the coveted red carpet on two TEDx stages– TEDxGateway in Mumbia, India and TEDxGrandRapids, to talk about the complex cultural forces underlying the practice of gendercide.