January 20, 2016

The Screen and the Female Gaze


I will be teaching a production workshop  at IFP/ MN, “The Screen and Female Gaze.” Generating ideas is the most difficult part of filmmaking. What would be a better way to spark the imagination than viewing and discussing contemporary women directors for inspiration. Class participants will also learn to write and direct a short film.

Date: January 30 – February 20, 2016

Time: Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm

Visit IFP website for more detail on this workshop:


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The Holly Girl-L Martel

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May 1, 2014

Abbas Kiarostami workshop

The workshop took place at the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University, March 31- April 11 2014

Abbas Kiarostami shared with us his work and asked us to make short inspired by what find around us. I first made a sketch, involving a survey with random individual passing by on SU campus. I wrote a script based on that and shot the next day with two of the workshop participants. I enjoyed his intuitive but highly rigorous approach to filmmaking.

watch the two minute short



April 29, 2014


Fulbright Fellowship Finalist

I moved to a finalist position for this very competitive award and the process was worthwhile. My plan was make a science fiction story about a woman who time-travels from an alien society to India. I would have made the film with local actors and crew in Pune, a city that is rich with theatre and  film tradition. The experience would have mind boggling!  India is undergoing a remarkable transition as it struggles to integrate its ancient past with a modern technological future. Society is grappling with the collision of western paradigms and traditional eastern thought, yet its poverty, spirituality, and modernity mix and coexist. This is precisely the kind of artistic setting that I thought would be an ideal backdrop for experimental science fiction.



February 26, 2011


December 2010 – February 2011
Faces of New America, environmental photographic and sound installation, Cargill Hall gallery, Minneapolis Central Library.





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April 16, 2009

St. Paul Foundation Grant

2009 – St. Paul Foundation Grant for Exploration of Identity through Photographic Portraiture, A six month artist residency at Como Park Senior High School, an ethnically diverse inner city school. The project utilizes the art of photographic portraiture for exploring the challenging issues of race, identity and cultural assimilation.

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