“An educated painter seeks inspiration from a talented youth on a chilly morning by the Cahaba river.”
Cahaba is a short, narrative film I am directing and producing to celebrate the beauty of Birmingham while exploring themes of self-doubt, perseverance, and hope. Originally envisioned as an honest and loving tribute to central Alabama, it became more of a tattered post-card than an outright love letter. The characters in the story – including the Cahaba River itself – have immense potential that is being constrained by forces beyond their control, through literal and figurative pollution.
Lollipop is short thriller in which I starred and on which I acted as a producer. Inspired by Grindhouse horror movies and taking a visual cue from It Follows, Lollipop pays homage to the female-driven slashers of the 70s and 80s with a modern, witty yet still reverent sense of humor. Lollipop is about the women targeted by a serial killer who leaves a lollipop with each of his victims. But his next target might be ready for him.
“[Nothing] can be done for the sake of evil even by the wicked themselves; for, as we abundantly proved, they seek good, but are drawn out of the way by perverse error.”
-Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy
“Looking at living beings with compassionate eyes makes you feel wonderful. You do not change anything. You only practice seeing with the eyes of compassion, and suddenly you suffer much less.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh, Going Home