I grew up gay in God’s country. I feared for my life at home with mentally ill parents and out in the rural world of rednecks, where members of the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities were killed for sport. I watched, trembling at six, as hooded members of the KKK burned a giant cross. I heard about the boy who was killed for giving a blow job. It’s no wonder that themes of repression of women and minorities are omnipresent in my work. A creative always on the fringes of mainstream society, my mission now is to champion inclusivity. I want to add to queer cinema, especially empowering lesbians, and invent a renaissance of interest in our elders. I want to place older women at the epicenter of story. I want to tell the stories of the overlooked and marginalized and give a bullhorn to those who aren’t often given a voice. I’ve written numerous award-winning screenplays for features and TV, becoming a fellow of the Middlebury Script Lab, attending the Stowe Narrative Lab on a partial scholarship, and attending both the feature retreat and TV lab at CineStory. I have directed four short films so far and will be shooting my feature directorial debut this summer.