My work is centered around people and communities who have been reduced to the margins and I strive to showcase their stories through a refreshing, thoughtful, and compassionate lens. I don’t eat breakfast without thinking about how to change and better the world. My award-winning work has screened at hundreds of film, music, and art festivals worldwide.
The feature screenplay that I co-wrote with Fawzia Mirza, Signature Move, is a coming-of-age drama about a Muslim woman who takes care of her TV-obsessed mother and copes by taking lucha-style wrestling. It world-premiered at SXSW and can be found on Amazon Prime and iTunes.
I’m currently editing my debut feature film called Gossamer Folds, which tells the story of a 10-year-old boy with an unhappy home life and his unlikely friendship with his next-door neighbor, a trans woman with dreams to leave their small-town city. It will be released to the festival circuit in May 2019 and stars Alexandra Grey, Jackson Robert Scott, Sprague Grayden, Franklin Ojeda Smith, Shane West, and Ethan Suplee.
I’m also working with actress and recent stroke survivor, Maggie Whittum, on a feature documentary about a group of female artists with disabilities called The Great Now What. My mixed-media project, Hobo Salon, provides free haircuts for Austin’s homeless community and collects personal experiences through filmed interviews.
I founded the independent film studio, Sparkle Motion Films, and I have a magic-wand wish to create visual media that promotes equality, heals trauma, and inspires comedy in uncomfortable situations. Other story credits include shows for National Geographic Wild, Oprah Winfrey Network, PBS, and published personal essays in the LA Times, Self Magazine, Curve Magazine, Austin Women, Whole Life Times, and 5280 Magazine.
(Foxy Trot) Best LGBTQ Short Film, Austin Revolution Film Festival, 2018
(Foxy Trot) Best Romantic Comedy, Austin Comedy Fest, 2018
(There You Are) Iris Prize Official Selection, 2018
(There You Are) Best of Fest, Outfest, 2018
(There You Are) Best Short Film, Trans Stellar Fest, 2018
(Foxy Trot) Best Cinematography, Female Film Fest, 2018
(Foxy Trot) Best Women's Short Film, NCGLFF, 2018
(Foxy Trot) Best Comedy, Fargo-Moorhead Film Festival, 2018
(Signature Move) Best U.S. Narrative Feature, Outfest, 2017
(Signature Move) Best Screenplay, Out On Film Atlanta, 2017
(Spunkle) Best LGBTQ+ Short Film, CANNES: EMERGING FILMMAKER SHOWCASE, 2017
(The News Today) Iris Prize Official Selection, 2017
(Reclaiming Pakistan) Ron Kovic Peace Prize, My Hero Film Festival, 2017
(Reclaiming Pakistan) Dan Eldon Activist Award, My Hero Film Festival, 2017
(Spunkle) Seed & Spark Award: Best Short, Flyway Film Festival: Minneapolis, MN
(Spunkle) Best Short Film, Santa Fe International Film Festival, Santa Fe, NM
(Spunkle) Best Short, Flicks by Chicks, Dallas, TX