I am a recent graduate in film studies from Yale University, with experience in Directing, Writing, Producing, and Editing. I have also done work as a theatrical projections designer.
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island around a loud and quirky family, I am a filmmaker, photographer, and writer inspired by the very comical and sometimes serious people in my life. This started at an early age when my mom thrust a camera into my hands at a family function. Little did she know that I would love it, and would be sticking that same camera in people's faces for years to come.
Since holding that camera for the first time as a kid, I have gone on to wear multiple hats on various student film productions, serving as a Producer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor, and an occasional writer. These range from narrative to documentary shorts, to music videos. I have also worked as the primary filmmaker on online content for several emerging organizations and businesses, as well as promotional material for the Yale University Admissions Office and the Association of Yale Alumni. I occasionally participate in theater productions, acting in a couple Yale Productions, and most recently serving as the projection designer of UNDER, a new musical headed to Fringe NYC 2015. Beyond my own work, I spent the past two-and-a-half years as the executive director of Bulldog Productions, Yale's only student film production company, and I continue to serve on board and as festival coordinator for the Yale Film Alliance.
I love working on projects that take everyday life occurrences and turn them into funny, often bizarre situations; I have my family to thank for that.
While my primary focus is working behind-the-scenes with low-budget film productions around the University, I grew up involved with theater, primarily as an actor.
Unique traits: Indian Folk Dance (Gujarat, India)
Theater by Alexandra Cadena (Drama) Projections Designer
Film (short) Writer, Director, Editor *password available upon request Frustrated by her eccentric mother's carefree role as grandmother, a young single mother unravels their complicated past over Thanksgiving dinner.
Pa'Que Tu Lo Sepas! (Don't You Forget It)
Film (short) (Documentary) Director "Pa'Que Tu Lo Sepas!" is s short documentary film exploring the internal categorizations that exist within a subset of the Latino and Latin American communities. Specifically, the disjunct between Puerto Rican Islanders and their second generation, American counterparts.
Music by The Significant Others Director, Editor A loose narrative/performance music video for Yale student band, The Significant Others. Designed to emulate the punk band music videos of the 90s and early 2000s, the video pulls its tone from a nostalgia for screwball humor and aimless plots.
Paprika! An Architecture Student Weekly
Commercial by Paprika! DP, VFX, Editor A Kickstarter video for Paprika, a student-run print publication in the Yale School of Architecture I provided full video service, from filming and editing, to stop motion photography. Paprika! is a new student architecture weekly focused on building a discourse from the ground up across our community and profession.
Commercial by City Atlas: New Haven DP, Editor
Film (short) by Sugar Hill Culture Club/ Felicia Megan Gordon DP, Editor Visually inspired by 1970s NYC skateboard photos, this documentary short follows around skater Dustin and his friend Jeremy as they board around Harlem. Part of a series showing the people who live in Harlem. *Music Selection was made at the Request of the Director.
Under: a new musical
Theater by The Con-Etiquette Players (Musical) Projections Designer Under tells the story of Serena who bonds with a fellow inpatient at Yale Psychiatric Hospital. Serena retraces her steps over the past year of manic peaks and desperate troughs with fellow Yalies--deciphering how that world and population landed her where she is now.
Merrily We Roll Along
Theater by The Yale Dramatic Association (Musical) Assistant Projections Designer
Music by A.Squared (Music) Director, Editor
Fat Bottomed Girls (cover)
Music by A.Squared Director, Editor
B-Roll (Season Two)
Series by Bulldog Productions (Comedy) Showrunner All Ingrid wants to do is make films. However, after her brief experience working with Chris and had his duct tape schemes last year, her past experiences haven't been that great. Unfortunately for her, getting a film team on campus isn't that easy and beggars can't be choosers. With the reluctant acceptance of help from former friends like Joanne and James, and the addition of three new filmmakers this rag-tag group of students set out with a singular goal in mind: To make a film worthy of being screened on campus.
Video by Spyeshicnyc (Documentary) DP, Editor A short fashion video promoting a sweatshirt that was later worn by Rihanna and a Kardashian.
B-Roll (Season One)
Series by Bulldog Productions (Comedy) Producer, Writer B-Roll was a two-year, eleven episode web series that took the style of shows like "The Office" and "Community" and applied it to independent filmmaking on the college-level. Both seasons follow a small group of student filmmakers as they attempt to, and ultimately fail at, creating short films using their limited resources and know how. With their egos often getting in the way, the group has to learn how to work with each other, and that making films is not akin to being in a one-man band.
Film (short) by The Yale Symphony Orchestra (Comedy) DP, VFX, Editor A fifty minute silent short film set to live orchestration. Screened to an audience of over 2,000 people. Plot: When an agent goes undercover as a student at Yale University, poisoning the student body, it's up to a group of ne'er-do-wells to save the day.
Yale Student Film Festival: Senior Thesis Screening
Official Selection at the 2016 Golden Eyes Student Film Festival, Prague
Susan E. Wagner High School