As an artist and scholar I have done a variety of work ranging from academic research, LGBT community grant writing, script writing, social media management, video production, web-design, and Wikipedia article creation. The core goal for each of my projects has been to take elements that are important to the realm of academia and align with them the goals of the community. For example, my thesis project, which examines the way LGBT organizations adapt to changes in the community, I have chosen to use grounded theory methodology -- a methodology that does not superimpose theories onto its subjects, but instead, lets them emerge from the bottom up through interview and constant comparative analysis. As a potential Robert Giard Fellow I hope to tie my media skills and academics experiences into one by creating an informative and engaging documentary about lesbian and queer communities in D.C.
M.A. Communication, Culture & Technology (CCT), Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., USA. Expected May 2013.
B.A. Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, June 2011, GPA: 3.88.
Media Studies & Art History, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, Spring 2010.
Student Reflections on Google+, 5 min, documentary about uses of Google+ in classroom, [Cinematographer, Director, & Editor].
Georgetown CCT QR Code Promotional Video, 2 min, promo video linked to a Quick reference (QR) code for the CCT program, [Producer, Editor].
Gnovis Journal Featureette, 7 min, a short documentary about the launch of gnovis’s, CCT’s academic journal, new website and multimedia design. [Cinematographer, Director, & Editor].
Sounding Out: Mediations of Reconciliation Australia, multi-media installation and video exhibition about Australia’s Indigenous Reconciliation. Funded by UCIRA (See Grants).
Over & Out, 26 min, a queer romantic comedy about the effects of mobile media on human communication, [Writer].
Clunes: Back to Booktown, 5 min, a documentary about the Back to Booktown festival in Clunes, Victoria, Australia. [Cinematographer, Director, Editor, & Writer].
La Trobe Student Shorts, six short segments about student experiences at La Trobe University, in Melbourne, Australia. Screened at new student orientation. [Cinematographer, Director, & Editor].
Theoryland, 19 min., part live action and part animation adventure about a young film student that gets trapped in her animated film. [Editor].
Sandbox, 7 min, an experimental documentary about definitions of the desert. Screened at the Mapping the Desert Symposium 2009 (See Presentations). [Director, Editor & Writer].
Roaming, an experimental exhibition about telephone operators in Mongolia. Project Director: Lisa Parks, PhD. [Audiovisual Editor].
The Lovesick Zombie, 16mm silent film about a Zombie that falls in love with a human. Winner of Golden Reel Award at Reel Loud Film Festival. [Editor].
Modern Day Hunter, 16 mm silent film about a man who thinks the best way to go grocery shopping is by road-kill. Premiered at Reel Loud Film Festival. [Art Director].
The Naked Guy, 10 min, After finding a naked man in an elevator, three apartment residents let their imaginations run wild as they attempt to figure out why he was there, Winner of SB 10-10-10 filmmaking competition, [Art Director].
Isla Vista A Fresh Start, a documentary about the politics of renovating a collage town with green methods. Corwin Award for Best Editing, [Editor].
Inn Deep, part live action and part animation comedy about global warming, Winner of the Hawaii International Film Festival short award and Blue Ocean Film Festival Merit award, [Assistant Editor].
Twigs and Tracks, 16mm experimental silent film about memory and human thought, [Editor].
Art & Technology Fellowships and Grants
CNDLS, Georgetown University Media Fellowship, $14,000
Fall 2011 – Spring 2012
HASTAC Scholar Grant, $300
Fall 2011 – Spring 2012
Georgetown Graduate School Conference Grant, $500
Georgetown Communication, Culture, and Technology Conference Grant, $600
URCA, Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Grant, Over & Out film project, $500
AS Queer Commission, Over & Out film project, $600
AS IVCRC, Isla Vista Community Relations Committee, Over & Out film project, $800
AS SCORE, Student Coalition on Racial Equality, Over & Out film project, $200
Writing Awards & Academic Distinctions
Alexander Sesonske Prize for Best Scholarly Essay in Film Criticism: “Indian Nuts! (Re)imagining American Indian Musical Numbers, 1934-1950,” $1,000, June 2011.
Distinction in the Field of Critical Studies. Given to the student exhibiting promise in the field of critical studies, UCSB Film and Media Studies, Certificate at UCSB’s Graduation Ceremony, June 2011.
Education Abroad Program (EAP), Undergraduate Research Essay Award: “Shifting Sands, Shifting Identities: Contemporary Australian Environmental Art,” $500, Spring 2010.
Senior Honor Thesis. Given to student completing a two-quarter 40-page research project, Certificate at UCSB”s Graduation Ceremony, June 2011.
“Reconciliation Literacy: Understanding the Relationship between Reconciliation Contact Zones and Aboriginal Policy,” CSAA 2011 Conference Proceedings Publication.
“The Future of ePortfolios & Online Presence,” Previews (Forthcoming CNDLS Publication)
“Absent Sex/Present Desire,” Cinema Verite, an online film review, cinem-verite.net
Ch. 11: Wilson and Costanza-Chock, “New Voices on The Net? The Digital Journalism Divide and the Costs of Network Exclusion.” Part of the HASTAC Distributed Book Review of Race after The Internet, ed. By Lisa Nakamura and Peter Chow-White.
“Digital Culture and Protest: Pushing and Pulling Mediocrity,” Cinema Verite, an online film review. Cinema-verite.net
“iRetail: The Taste of Apple,” Focus Media Journal, 31(2011) 46-59.
Invited Presentations and Conferences
“Translation and Transnational Scholarship,” Wikimania 2012 Conference, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
July 12, 2012
“Prezi: How to teach students to study like artists,” Teaching and Learning, Innovation Summer Institute, (TLISI), Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.