I’m a writer and filmmaker living in the Pacific Northwest.
My first novel, Vintage, was released in 2015 by Simon & Schuster. I’ve written fiction and nonfiction for publications ranging from Hair Trigger, The Briar Cliff Review and Narrative.ly to MSN and Terra Magazine.
I directed the documentary American Wine Story. My latest film projects include Saving Atlantis with Justin Smith, about the destruction of coral reefs around the world and Three Days of Glory, with Scott Wright, a deep dive into Burgundy and winemakers surviving in the face of climate change and corporate greed. I’m currently working on The Second Warning with Justin Smith, a film about the future of our planet. I’m also at work on my second novel, Flyover Country Blues, and a collection of novellas called The Coral Sea.
I pay my bills by working for Oregon State Productions, creating documentary, video and broadcast content that advances the university’s land grant mission and makes a positive difference in the world. I teach documentary film studies in the School of Writing, Literature and Film at OSU.
I live in the spectacularly beautiful state of Oregon on the rainy side of the mountains with my wife and daughter. When I’m not doing something outside, I’m usually reading and occasionally writing books.