American Wine Story (FilmBuff, 2014)
After an upstart winemaker’s untimely death, his sister steps in to try to save his fledgling winery for his eight-year-old son: American Wine Story blends this with other tales of risk and reinvention for those who are born again into the wine industry. If you discovered your true calling late in life, would you have the courage to start over? Purchase the film
Saving Atlantis (Collective Eye, 2018)
Saving Atlantis is a feature documentary about one of the most consequential issues of our time: the dramatic decline of global coral reef ecosystems and the impact on human populations that depend on them. On a journey to the world’s most imperiled reefs, from Colombia to Polynesia, Australia and Saudi Arabia, you’ll meet the people whose lives are shaped by some of the world’s most diverse, most ancient and most imperiled habitats. Purchase or rent on iTunes, Amazon or license for your school or library.
An award-winning feature documentary about the world’s greatest wine celebration in the most storied wine region during the most brutal year, Three Days of Glory takes you behind the scenes to events few have seen before. And along the way you’ll discover the true spirit that drives the humble farmers who make the world’s most sought-after wines. Purchase the film
We are currently filming a feature documentary based on William Ripple’s groundbreaking paper, Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice. We’re capturing Bill’s story while traveling the world to see how scientists are helping ordinary people cope with the impacts of global change amid a growing movement to help change the perilous course humans have charted for the future of the planet.
Vintage (Simon & Schuster, 2015)
When a washed-up food journalist learns the secret of a legendary lost vintage of Burgundy stolen during World War II, he sets off on a trans-European quest to find the wine that might save his career and his failing marriage. Called “spellbinding” by Library Journal and “positively delightful” by the Seattle Times, Vintage is an adventure about wine, food, redemption and the healing powers of a great meal. Purchase the book
Beneath the Skin of the World (in-progress)
A Colombian girl risks everything to escape her fishing village after development depletes the local reef; a top scientist surrenders her reputation and career to save a Pacific atoll; a budding teenage photographer’s world is upended when his family relocates to a remote research station on the Great Barrier Reef: this collection of novellas views the global phenomenon of coral reef decline through a human lens.
Flyover Country Blues (in-progress)
An alcoholic celebrity sommelier leaves his fast-paced life in California for the rural hometown he abandoned in a last-ditch attempt to dry out. There he meets a single mom and cooking show addict with hubristic plans to open a fine restaurant of her own. Together they wrangle small town skeletons and big city ambitions, ultimately forced to chose between new lives on the nation’s dream coasts or making a stand in the hauntingly beautiful backwater they’ve only just begun to appreciate.
Selected Articles and Stories
“@SharkGirl79,” Failbetter.com, October 2019
“Beauty & Chaos,” dilettante.blog, October 2019
“The Al Gore of Polynesia,” Narrative.ly, January 2016
“The Heroic Reef,” Terra Magazine, January 2017
“Reefs Under Siege,” Terra Magazine, April 2015
“Missing,” Nothing But Red, March 2008
“The Line,” The Briar Cliff Review, January 2001
“Skinning a Bull,” Hair Trigger, February 2000 (winner of top prize in fiction at the Columbia Scholastic Press Awards)