filmmaker’s statement


  Caroline and Henry in Bakersville, Missouri.

Caroline and Henry in Bakersville, Missouri.

In the fall of 2014, conditions arose that drew me out of my conventional life and onto the road full time, with cameras, a laptop, my dog Henry and little else.

My Bay Area rent had soared way beyond my means just as the seeds of this film were taking root, and I felt propelled to give up my apartment and sell everything I owned in order to move forward with this documentary and forge a new path.

For years leading up to this time I had been volunteering on local farms and ranches and participating inside the competitive horse world. I saw firsthand the predicament of the animals I worked with, who were inevitably living as a means to someone else’s end. Even in the most caring ranching, farming or equestrian environments, the ends that I saw unsettled my conscience and surfaced questions about the ways and reasons we draw lines.

As 2015 approached, I had conceived of a documentary project that would explore this predicament, and I located authorities on the subject of animal concerns and asked if they might participate with an interview. Encouraged by the first few welcoming responses, I packed my Jeep with camping equipment, cameras, a tripod and Henry, and with stops planted across the U.S, we set off on a two-year filmmaking adventure. 

  A project participant’s cat looks on during an interview in Washington, DC.

A project participant’s cat looks on during an interview in Washington, DC.

My lifelong passion is filmmaking. As a child and through my teens I inhaled movies, made short films and wrote screenplays. I earned a Masters degree in Media Studies from the New School in New York City, where I fell in love with the documentary form and became interested in the creative ways we can look at what lies beneath the surface of everyday experience.

For most of my career I have produced multimedia for companies, universities and nonprofits. Along the way I published Borderlines: A Memoir with Random House. The book explores my experiences following the loss of my mother to cancer just after I graduated from college.

Now I am eager to share my first independently produced documentary, MOMENTS OF TRUTH, as well as the film’s companion book. I hope these works can inspire viewers to feel as curious as I am about the reasons we form beliefs, and the ways we are all connected.