I was born in the mountains of Virginia, studied literature in east Tennessee and, after deciding against becoming a Southern Baptist minister, moved to Los Angeles in 2004 to pursue work in entertainment.
In 2007, I assisted David Gordon Green on Pineapple Express. He became a mentor to me in many ways, and I went on to Art Direct two of his films, Prince Avalanche and Manglehorn.
In 2010, through my work in film and commercials, I joined IATSE local 800, the Art Director’s Guild, and worked in this capacity for many great filmmakers including David O. Russell, Tom Kuntz, and Peter Berg, among others.
In 2016, my first movie as a Writer-Director, Hunter Gatherer, premiered at SxSW where our lead actor, Andre Royo, received an award for Best Actor. I travelled all over the United States, Canada, and Europe with the film, playing at over 30 festivals, including AFI Fest and winning the Independent Narrative Award at the Denver Film Festival. We also secured a nomination at the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards for the John Cassavetes Award granted to the best film made for under $500,000.
I was a fellow at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire in 2017. And in 2018, I joined the WGA and got my first job as a Staff Writer on the new HBO comedy The Righteous Gemstones, created by Danny McBride.
Staff Writer - The Righteous Gemstones - HBO - Rough House Pictures - now available on HBO
Writer / Director - Hunter Gatherer - The Orchard - SxSW award winner, Film Independent Spirit Award nominee, Winner of the 2016 Denver Film Festival American Independent Narrative Award, NY Times and LA Times Critics’ Pick. See “Hunter Gatherer” tab for trailer, reviews, and stills
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