director’s statement


Caroline and Henry in Bakersville, Missouri.

Caroline and Henry in Bakersville, Missouri.

In the fall of 2015, 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 beyond my means just as the seeds of this film were taking root, and I felt propelled to give up my apartment and sell what I owned in order to downsize to fit my Jeep and move forward with my film.

For years leading up to this time I had been volunteering on local farms and ranches and participating inside the competitive horse world. As I fell in love with the people and animals who I worked with in these places, I saw firsthand the predicament of animals who are living as a means to human ends. Even in the most caring environments, the ends that I saw unsettled my conscience, surfacing questions about the ways and reasons we appropriate other lives.

As 2015 approached, I had conceived of a documentary project that would explore this relationship, and with stops planted across the U.S, Henry and I 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 connected.