Hello and welcome to my portfolio!
I’m a film director/producer, musician, writer, and journalist based in Oakland, CA.
I grew up in a musical, adventurous family, and have lived, trained, and performed all over the world. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2012 with a degree in literature and performing arts and I pursued further training at the Saint Petersburg State Theater Arts Academy in Russia. When I returned to the Bay Area, I founded RADIX Troupe Productions. We began as a small theater troupe in 2012 but have since evolved into an award-winning power house of Bay Area artists working together to make original film, theater, and music.
I have directed and performed in numerous theatrical and dance pieces, and have written/directed two original short films. My most recent short film, "Zoey & the Wind-Up Boy," produced by RADIX, won Best Fantasy Film at the 2017 Roswell Sci-fi Film Festival and Galacticon, and was a finalist for Best International Short at the Ithaca Fantastik Film Festival, 2017.
As a singer and cellist, I regularly perform with the award-winning band, MAD NOISE. I’m also the band-leader and singer-songwriter for Girl Swallows Nightingale, and we a now in the middle of making our first concept album.
Finally, I’m a freelance journalist and videographer for CALIFORNIA Magazine. For CALIFORNIA, I’ve written, directed, shot, and edited over 20 short documentaries covering a plethora of characters and topics – from a 3-part series on the life and work of entomologists, to a young contortionist who finally achieves her dream of joining an internationally touring circus. Currently, I’m directing and producing a video series on the latest developments in brain machine interface technology. I also regularly write for both the print and online magazine, mostly on travel, science, the arts, and occasional anecdotal essays.
I'm so grateful for all the support and learning I've received from my family, friends, and mentors. Most of this website's photography was done by Mogli Maureal, with some additional photos by Jan Ziegler, Julian Pham, and Sam Yapp. Thank you all for your inspiring 3rd eyes.
My Role: Founder, Artistic Director
Radix (pronounced ray-dix) is an award-winning troupe of Bay Area artists making original film, music, and theater.
I founded RADIX in 2012 and was given an artistic residency at The Foundry, an old iron-works factory in Berkeley, CA. Since then, RADIX has been playing, training, and creating original work together.
To date, I've made 3 short films with Radix, 11 music videos, and am going into pre-production for a 4th film called Steal the Night
FIND OUT MORE AT: RADIXTROUPE.COM
As a freelancer journalist and videographer for CALIFORNIA Magazine, I’ve written, shot, and edited eighteen short form documentary pieces, including a 3-part video series called Bugged. I'm also a frequent contributor to the print magazine. Here are a few of my favorite pieces.
Running Time 29 min
A young girl named Zoey explores the landscapes of her imagination, searching for secrets to her mysterious past. Produced by RADIX.
– Award Winner for "Best Fantasy Film" at the Roswell Sci-Fi Film Festival, 2017
– Finalist for Best International Short at the Ithaca Fantastik Film Festival, 2017
– Award Winner, Juggernaut Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival, 2018
– Award Winner, Carcosa Film Festival, 2018
Thank you to our 70 supporters who donated around $5,000 for our film!
Here are a few original short films that I've written/directed/made music for, and also a few other films that I've worked on as a producer and/or assistant director.
My Role: Producer, Actor
Role: Writer, Director, Editor
Girl Swallows Nightingale hatched in 2016, when I accidentally wrote too much music for a fantasy film I directed and decided that it was the perfect excuse to start a new band. With songwriting inspired by folklore, anime, science fiction, and epic saga, Girl Swallows Nightingale conjures a cinematic experience, painting a vivid musical canvas that shifts its colors between modern rock, jazz, theater, funk, and pop, to underwater sound scapes and dreams of outer space.
Travis Kindred, Bass
Mogli Maureal, Drums, Photography, Film Production
Marica Petrey, Vocals, Songwriting, Film Production
Andrea Wang, Key, Vocals
Eli Wirtschafter, Violin
Joshua Williams, Poet
MORE AT: GirlSwallowsNightingale.com
Articles and essays I've written, mostly for California Magazine, where I first started out an editorial intern in 2014.
Promo videos that I've shot, directed, and edited.
The Awakening was my first digital short and was produced by RADIX.
Inspired by the novel and cult of Frankenstein, The Awakening tells the story of Lady Creature, brought to life by a lonely, deranged scientist who lives in an old foundry. After unwittingly escaping the madman’s lair, she runs into his old nemesis and failed-experiment, the first Creature, and begins to discover and what it really means to be a monster.
Cast and Credits:
NICK MEDINA, HANNAH MICHAHELLES, ELI WIRTSCHAFTER
MARICA PETREY, MOGLI MAUREAL
Costume, Hair and Make-up:
ERIC GUTIERREZ, KYRA BALDWIN
Film Crew Assistants:
BRENDAN LIU, BARNABY JAMES
Produced by RADIX, 2014
Photography: Mogli Maureal
A self portrait of the dancer, Brianna Mercado. This short film and choreography was inspired by all the locations on Brianna's body where she has repeatedly been radiated, cut into, and poisoned in the attempt to "cure" her cancer.
Cast & Credits
Director of Photography
Video Editor, Composer, Sound Designer, and Producer
This is a band I've been in since 2011.
with: BRENDAN LIU–trumpet, MOGLI MAUREAL–drums, buckets, KHALIL SULLIVAN–guitar, vocals, CHRIS WEIR–bass, MARICA PETREY–cello, vocals
about: MAD NOISE has been voted “Best Band of the Bay” for threeconsecutive years by the SF Bay Guardian and has played in venues such as Yoshi’s Jazz Club, Great American Music Hall, and The Freight & Salvage. The band has released one full-length, original MAD NOISE LP, and is currently recording a second.