For as long as I can remember, The Wizard of Oz has been a film that has held a magical, mysterious grip on my imagination. What I find most intriguing is that people generally take the story to be a child's tale. For me, the film has always had an underlying darkness – an evil that runs deeper than the Wicked Witch and resides beneath the polished surface. In Once in a Lullaby, I strive to bring out this darkness and impart an altered version of Dorothy’s dream, which in this case is more of a beautiful nightmare. I recommend listening to it with a nice pair of headphones or versatile speakers.

5 minutes 25 seconds Sound and Video Manipulation



Ever since I began making experimental films and videos, I have been drawn toward the concept of using the camera as a way to frame the world. By doing this, the minimal movements that normally go unnoticed in everyday life take on significance within the cinematic frame. Nature is a beautiful thing to observe, and yet I think it is easy to overlook the subtle splendor of even the tiniest drop of water or the smallest blade of grass blowing in the wind. In Through the Woods, these subtle movements become my actors, and through the course of the film, tell the narrative of the forest.

"You only need sit still long enough in some attractive spot in the woods that all its inhabitants may exhibit themselves to you by turns."

- 12. Brute Neighbors, Walden, Henry David Thoreau

11 minutes 19 seconds.

(original format: HD mini-DV 1080i)