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What was your previous position and where?In 2005, I earned an MFA in film directing at UCLA and promptly moved back home to Louisiana to make films. After Katrina hit, I moved to New Orleans and made a film called "Low and Behold," which later premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
What brought you to LSU?I graduated from LSU in 2002 with a degree in creative writing. In 2007, I jumped at the opportunity to teach screenwriting in my former department. After teaching part-time for two years, LSU offered me a residency through May 2012.
What is your research interest?I make fictional and documentary films, short and long. As far as subject matter, I have no preferences except that it be a story that resonates with me and is one that I think will impact others. I'm particularly interested in the language of cinema, the grammar and syntax of images and performances and the different ways to tell stories in a film.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?Ultimately, I hope to encourage students to engage further with the cinematic medium so as to be in constant dialogue with the medium itself. Being thus engaged makes us more aware and more conscious of both ourselves and the world around us. It stretches the imagination. And when the imagination broadens, possibilities open up and soon one becomes empowered, not just in relation to cinema, but in relation to all aspects of life.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?I appreciate the down to earth quality at LSU, in both the students and the faculty.
What are your major accomplishments?My first film, "Low and Behold," premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won a number of awards at film festivals around the country. My next film, "God's Architects," a documentary, earned me the 2009 Louisiana Filmmaker of the Year distinction at the New Orleans Film Festival as well as a couple of artist grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. In August of 2010, I served as the Filmmaker-In-Residence at the Robinson Film Center in Shreveport.