Why Bother Productions

. Film and Video Editing


(510) 610-2900


Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. 1991 - 1996
  • PhD Theoretical Physics June 1996.
  • MA Physics, June 1993.

Auckland University, Auckland, New Zealand. 1986 - 1990
  • MSc Physics, with First Class Honors, June 1991.
  • BSc Physics, June 1989.


Freelance Editing. June 2003 - present
  • Editing "The Glass Ceiling" (documentary feature), Nancy Svendsen, director.
  • Edited and co-wrote "A Fragile Trust" (documentary feature), Samantha Grant, Director. Independent Lens, 2014.
  • Edited "Plastic Man: The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish" (documentary feature), William Farley, Director. Premiered 2014 at the Mill Valley Film Festival.
  • Edited "Remigration", short narrative film commissioned for ITVS "Future States" program, 2010 - Barry Jenkins ("Medicine for Melancholy"), director.
  • Co-edited and did motion graphics for "D Tour" (documentary feature, 2009) with director Jim Granato. Won the Golden Gate award for Best Bay Area documentary at the 2009 San Francisco International Film Festival. Appear on the National PBS series Independent Lens in Fall 2009.
  • Consulting editor on "Everything Strange and New" (narrative feature, 2009) - Frazer Bradshaw, director. Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, 2009. Won the FIPRESCI prize (International Critic's Award) at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
  • Edited "The Institution" (narrative feature, 2009) - director Marynell Maloney.
  • Edited "Shadow and Light" (documentary short, 2009) - director William Farley. Mill Valley Film Festival, 2009.
  • Edited and did motion graphics for "On the Assassination of the President" (narrative short, 2008) - Adam Keker, director. Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2008. Won Prix DeVarti at Ann Arbor Film Festival for "Funniest Film in the Festival".
  • Edited and did motion graphics for "How to be Popular" (narrative short, 2007) - John Dilley, director. Showed at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival and on PBS (KTEH's Video i series) in 2008.
  • Edited 5-camera shoot of theatrical performance of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself", adapted and performed by John O'Keefe (2007) - William Farley, director.
  • Edited "Working Title" (documentary feature, 2006) - John Givens, director, Phil Lane, producer. Sneak preview April 2006 at San Francisco MOMA, Premiered October 2006 at Mill Valley Film Festival.
  • Edited "Darryl Henriques Is In Show Business" (documentary, 2006) - William Farley, director. Premiered October 2006 at Mill Valley Film Festival.
  • Color Correction on "Lost and Found" (narrative short, 2005) - Natalija Vekic, director. Screened in 2006 San Francisco International Film Festival.
  • Edited "The Rift" (narrative short, 2005) - Tim Heider, director. Won Best Northern CA Short Film at the Sacramento Film Festival.
  • Edited and color corrected "Store Wars" (short comedy, 2005) - Louis Fox, director. Viral marketing for the Organic Trade Association - seen by 5.5 million people in first 6 weeks of release.
Freelance Producing / Writing / Directing. June 2003 - present
  • Co-wrote documentary feature film "A Fragile Trust" (2014) with director Samantha Grant.
  • Co-produced, co-edited and did motion graphics work on series of web spots (2013) for the release of Janelle Monae's album "The Electric Lady".
  • Won inaugural $35,000 San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grant (2009), for screenwriting and script development of narrative feature "La Migra", the story of an 11-year-old girl whose mother has been taken away by U.S. immigration police. In 2013 "La Migra" won another grant from the San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation, for development.
  • Wrote, directed and edited "Immersion" (narrative short, 2009). Played at the Slamdance, San Francisco International, Seattle International, Sarasota, Palm Springs Shortfest, Mill Valley, Chicago International Children's, Media that Matters, New Zealand International and Brussels International Independent Film Festivals. Won the "No Violence" award at the Ann Arbor film festival, and the Golden Gate award for Best Bay Area short film at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
Teaching. September 1991 - present
  • Taught Aesthetics of Editing Lecture and Workshop at LucasFilm, 2013.
  • Taught Aesthetics of Editing Lecture at UC Berkeley School of Journalism, 2012.
  • Instructor at San Francisco Film Society, 2009 - 2012. Teaching Aesthetics of Editing and Advanced Editing Aesthetics classes, and "What's in a Movie" youth class.
  • Instructor at Film Arts Foundation, 2007 - 2008. Beginner and Intermediate Final Cut Pro classes.
  • Instructor at Kaplan, 2004-2005. Taught students techniques for the GRE, GMAT and MCAT tests (for entry into graduate school)
  • Teaching assistant at Princeton University, 1991-1996. Taught undergraduate labs and tutorials in physics.
Film Arts Foundation. October 2004 - April 2005
Technology Assistant
  • Prepared film and video cameras, lights and sound equipment and editing system for rental. Technical trouble-shooting, customer service, reservations and invoicing.
Film Arts Foundation. October 2003 - September 2004
Intern, Fiscal Sponsorship
  • Helped review proposals for fiscal sponsorship of film projects. Help to critique marketing and distribution plans and budgets.
Wind River Systems. August 1998 - June 2003
Member of Technical Staff
  • Helped specify, design and implement the Tornado cross-development environment, for Windows and UNIX hosts and multiple target architectures. Graphical user interface programming, using Visual C+ + / MFC, TCL and Java. Took technical and management lead roles, coordinating teams of 2 - 10 people, frequently across different time-zones, countries and groups.
Utopia Technology Partners. December 1996 - August 1998
Software Engineer
  • Graphical user interface / database programming using MFC and Visual C++.
Wind River Systems. July - November 1996
Technical Support Engineer
  • Provided support to C programmers building embedded applications.
Princeton University. September 1991 - June 1996
Graduate Student, PhD program.
  • Five years experience teaching undergraduate labs and tutorials.
  • Five years research experience and published papers in three different areas of theoretical physics: condensed matter, elementary particle physics and quantum optics.
  • Simulated motion of quasi-particles in Quantum Hall Effect for PhD thesis. Implemented in MAPLE language.
  • Did mechanical design for a double pendulum experiment to illustrate features of chaos. Designed and built all electronics (analog and digital) and wrote code (in C and MATLAB) to collect data and import it to a PC for graphical display.
  • Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Maya, Motion, Photoshop, DVD Studio Pro. Digital video production, sound recording, Pro Tools.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and a sense of humor.
  • I sing and play violin, guitar, bass and drums, and have years of recording experience in my home studio.
  • I love to back-pack, read, watch and make movies, play music and travel.

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