Producer . Filmmaker . Director .Media Maker
I live in Southern Illinois on a 40-acre farm in the heart of rural America.
I graduated film school when I was 48 years old with a degree in film production from the
Cinema and Photography Department at Southern Illinois University...with graduate work in the same field
This was after a 15-year hiatus as a black
and white still photographer,
while I raised my children.
I have been making documentary films
since my first super 8mm class.
My commitment to the documentary form goes back to an early grassroots need to
contribute, enlighten, and honor the lives of the people around us.
As a social issue documentary film and
media maker, I am always
in search of the tie that binds us.
I am a member of the artist collective, The Wastelanders.
As a documentary filmmaker my goal is to bring truth and integrity to the subject matter. To move an audience
via creative elements.
To me, film is a masterful art, it is like a book, a piece of music, and a painting all rolled into one. It has a beginning,
a middle and an end, it has a rhythm,
a cadence, and a beat, and it can be
visually stunning. It has a dénouement,
a grand finale.
It can bring great notions to many
and it can move people to tears or laughter to refresh their soul.
As a social issue documentary
filmmaker, I believe in the
power of film
to change things, change people,
to educate and enlighten,
to make a difference in social justice,
while leaving a legacy of
for future generations.
'in search of who we are'