Director. Writer. Filmmaker.
I’m a DIRECTOR & WRITER in FILM, TELEVISION, & DIGITAL.
I'm currently directing the pilot and five subsequent episodes of the inaugural season of THE BAXTERS, an MGM/Will Packer Productions/Haven Entertainment digital series. I'll soon be directing the CBS procedural drama, CRIMINAL MINDS. I've directed more than 60 hours of episodic and long form television for ABC, CBS, NBC, HBO, PBS, Lifetime, SYFY, Disney, & Nickelodeon.
My spec pilot KINKS is being produced by Piller Segan & eOne Television. The drama was selected as a winner in the 2017 WGA Writer’s Access Program & was also awarded The WGA Drama Queens Award for Best Spec Pilot.
I'm in active development to direct my passion project, FAIR FIGHT, a political drama about the extraordinary life of Fair Pay activist Lilly Ledbetter, with producers Double Nickel Entertainment. The FAIR FIGHT tab on this site contains a Look Book and director's vision trailer. The project was selected for The Athena List & The NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Directing Grant. I've written screenplays for Electric Entertainment, Mandalay Picures, Cinelou Entertainment, Freeform, and several movies for Lifetime Television.
GETTING WARMER, my newest web series, is a finalist in the 2018 You Tube/Sundance New Voices Lab. I've written web series for Mattel & TNT.
You can view my newest short film HERE NOW starring Amy Brenneman, shot by ASC Cinematographer Nancy Schreiber, & made on grants from Panavision and Technicolor, on the film page of this site.
Backstory: My father was a dentist in the Bronx, my mother a movie lover and Borscht Belt singer with an older brother who became a successful (Blacklisted) Hollywood screenwriter. My Russian grandparents were labor organizers. At an early age my imagination was sparked by actors like Barbara Stanwyck and Bette Davis illuminating social issues in movies like “How Green Was My Valley” and “Pinky.”
At the age of five I was a professional child actor. I played Richard Kiley’s daughter on "The Defenders", sang jingles with Louie Armstrong, and was the voice of Lucy in Peanuts. I attended The School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design, and Sarah Lawrence College where I concentrated on visual and literary storytelling with writing giants such as Grace Paley and Ed Doctorow. I received an MFA in film directing at NYU where my thesis film "Giustina" won Best Short at The NY and Chicago Film Festivals, garnering production grants from The American Film Institute, The National Endowment for the Arts, & The Jerome Foundation - enabling me to continue making movies.
Early in my career I worked as a storyboard artist and pre-viz coordinator for directors Peter Yates, Brian DePalma, and Jerry Belson, while optioning my first screenplays to Jon Avnet, Ridley Scott, and Jodie Foster. When Steven Bochco saw one of my shorts he hired me to direct “Doogie Howser”, the opportunity for which I'm especially grateful.