As a empowering filmmaker, I use my lens to compassionately capture the journeys of our people. With film as a visual language, I produce films that can impact and empower. Film is a powerful medium which allows us to present our rich and beautiful language and culture to educate, empower, and enlighten our community. Below are descriptions of a few films I have produced.
This film is about an elder in the Deaf Native American community. Onalee Cooper shared her path to developing a strong identity as both a Native American and Deaf human being. The film followed the story of her father, Chief Richard who fought for Native American rights and free passage across US-Canadian borders. The film includes footage of the 2007 Deaf Native Spiritual Gathering. The documentary film was awarded as 1st place at Deaf Rochester Film Festival 2007.
29 min Documentary Film
Onalee’s Journey - ID: An elder native american woman with short gray hair appears with glasses, wearing a teal outfit with an icon of bear clan necklace. She is standing in medium shot behind her is a statue of Chief Richkard holding a belt strip. There are trees in background of the video.
I was honored to produce this documentary film about one Deaf woman's life journey that was filled with bravery and humor. The documentary film was awarded as 2nd place at the Deaf Rochester Film Festival in 2007.
15 min Documentary Film
Dottie’s Ride - ID: A white couple with dirty blonde and bright blonde hair wearing black leather jackets, the male biker is wearing sunglasses. They are riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle on a gravel road with trees in the background.
Digital storytelling: Survivor stories
This is a digital storytelling film that I created with other survivors. In the film, I shared my survivor story related to sexual assault and subsequent court proceedings.
See this article based on my experience: June 16, 2015
3 min length.
Digital Storytelling: Survivor Stories - ID: A white woman with short dark dirty-blonde neck length hair wearing black glasses and a black blouse with a gray t-shirt under the black on a black background. A yellow subtitle appears in the lower part of the video with the words "I couldn't escape the memory of what had happened."
Golfhead animation: This is one of my animation works using personification.
Golfhead Animation - ID: A white background with a drawing of a hand reaching down to a golfball that has facial features and grass around the head (golfball)
Other Examples of My Film Work
Filmed & Edited for Pro Tactiles Happy Hour Event in Boulder, CO.
Film Portfolio- Get Gathering in DeafBlind Community - ID: Two white DeafBlind women stand facing each other. A DeafBlind woman stands on the left side, wearing a green cap and glasses wearing a black tank-top signing while other DeafBlind woman stands on the right side, holding her hand in a fist tactically indicating "yes" on the DeafBlind woman in left side's arm. A DeafBlind woman in right side wears black glasses and dark blue-tshirt in a medium shot.
Film and ASL consultant a graduate student ASL storyteller at Gallaudet University online.
Film Portfolio- ASL Story. -
ID: The background shows different shades of green in the forest with gray rocks and plants featured in the video. A white woman with short blonde hair wearing a black v-neck t-shirt in a medium shot.
Written, Film & edited "Saving Kraus" film about Deaf dog - Kraus.
Film Portfolio- Saving Krause - ID: A white woman wearing dark glasses and gray cap in brown long sleeve and black vest, holding a rottweiler dog in her arm. The rottweiler dog has a broad head, bright orange eyes and mouth is open with tongue hanging out. The dog is wearing a Mantiage collar and sits in Ruthie's arms. They sit with a landscape in the background.
Drawing, Film and ASL consultant a youth filmmaking and ASL storyteller.
Film Portfolio - The Three Billy Goats Gruff - ID: A white girl with shoulder length dark brown hair in a black long sleeve shirt signing "cool" There is a background gradient in orange and blue. There is a drawing of a picture of goat inside circle that appears on the right side of the girl.
Created a motif poetry for DeVIA Challenge Projects.
Film Portfolio- DeVIA Chair Poetry - ID: A white woman with dirty-blonde shoulder-length hair and black glasses wearing a black t-shirt signing "cherish" The background is black.
Filmed and edited my poetry for Tribute to Paddy Ladd
Film Portfolio- Deafhood Poetry - ID: A white woman's hands clasped together. The left hand is index "D" on a black background.
Developed storyboard and script, filmed and edited with National Center for Deaf Health Research in Rochester, NY
Written and directed a video project “Daddy’s girl” in Rochester, NY
Filmed and edited a short film production at RIT.
Film Portfolio- Read The Label - ID: A white girl in a red robe with a maroon under t-shirt wearing a white headband that holds her brown short wavy hair on top of her head. She is looking down at the food on a plate on the kitchen table that has several plates and a cup of milk.
Film Portfolio ID: A black background shows a feature design with a title "Daddy's girl"
Film Portfolio- The Bet - ID: A video showing a green pool table with a triangle of colored pool balls. White hands are holding both corners of the triangle.