Director/Producer/Writer [Banff Spark Fellow]
My passion for filmmaking became evident at 11 years old when I started sneaking my dad’s camera to recreate scenes from classic horror films and re-enacting SNL skits with friends. An English literature major at Colgate University, I learned the power of narrative. I went on to teach in schools, run wilderness camps, and eventually earned a Master’s in Education from Harvard University. After over a decade in the non-profit and educational sector I switched gears, moved to British Columbia and went to film school.
I founded Watershed Productions Inc. in 2007 where I direct, produce and write award-winning films and manage a team of media professionals. Our company provides a full slate of video production services across North America for mission-driven clients ranging from non-profits to corporations.
I have directed and produced two Knowledge Network original commissions: the series ‘Dreamers and Dissidents' and the feature length documentary 'Only in Nelson'. I am currently in development on 'Southern Interior', a hybrid sketch-sitcom series with funding from CMPA and Creative BC. My first feature documentary was funded by the National Film Board of Canada and the following was distributed by Films Media Group based in New York City.
I have been a faculty member with the School of the Arts at Selkirk College since 2015. I was selected to the Pacific Screenwriting Storyroom Program in 2021. I was named a Hot Docs Accelerator Fellow in 2014 and was awarded a Shaw Media Scholarship in 2011, both through the Hot Docs. I live in Nelson BC with my wife Jane Byers, who is an award-winning published author and poet. We are raising our twin teenagers, hanging on for dear life.