I’ve been making films and videos for thirty years. I am the owner of words and pictures, inc. a Raleigh, NC based communications firm. My work runs the gamut from short and long form, and I work with, and for, large multi-national corporations, small non-profits, and everything in between - including universities, museums, government and foundations.

I grew up in a tiny town in the coalfields of southwest Virginia. I didn’t know it then, but the the sense of ‘place’ and the candor and penchant for storytelling of the people from there were profound influences. I have a B.A. in Communications from Virginia Tech, and a Masters Degree in Radio,Television and Motion Pictures from UNC at Chapel Hill.

There’s something that happens to you when you’re from a small town, especially a small town in the Appalachians, and then leave to study at a university where there are more people in the freshman class than there are people in your whole hometown. You become convinced, and sometimes paralyzed by the fear that everybody else knows something you don’t. The outcome of this angst can be very empowering . . . it makes you pay attention to every little detail . . . notice everything . . . listen intently . . . learn to ask good questions . . . observe people and record mannerisms and dialogue in your mind . . . all skills which coincidentally are the foundation
for good filmmaking.
Recent Credits:

Living Proof - examines the medical benefits to humans of animal-based research. Follows four senior citizens who faced life threatening illnesses, and the researchers working on treatments and cures. In national distribution by NCABR.

Revealing the Deep - a look at research into the cold water coral communities off the coast of the southeast United States. Slated as a permanent exhibition at the NC Museum of Natural Scienes.

Lessons from the Journey - follows scientists as they decipher the mysterious migrations of the Monarch butterfly, and attempt to protect their disappearing habitats. Also a planned museum installation.

Kept by Bees - a candid look at three beekeepers. This film is in the earliest stages of production and promises to unfold dramatically as the crisis surrounding honey bee disappearances unfolds.


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