I am a media artist with an emphasis on experimental nonfiction and autobiography and a feminist media activist. My work has been exhibited internationally including the London Experimental, 20th Seoul International Women's Film Festival, Berlin Feminist Film Week, Experiments in Cinema (EiC-Alburquerkee), Xposed 14th International Queer Festival (Berlin), Montreal Women’s Film Festival, Tucson Experimental Film Festival, Women in Cinema-Seattle, Womanwatch, Channel 4 Manila, KCTS (PBS)-Seattle, Montpelier International Film Arts Festival-France, National Art Gallery-Kuala Lumpur, NW Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the Seattle Art Museum, and the National Film Board of Canada. My films and global media activism have been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright US Scholar Program, the Asia Foundation, the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development, the Swedish International Development Authority, the Washington Commission for the Humanities, the King County
Arts Commission and the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass.


Additionally, I am a faculty emerita of media arts at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. From 1982 to 1997 I was a part time consultant at the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development, training  women producers from Malaysia, Iran, Indonesia, Nepal, India, Singapore, Thailand, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Sri Lanka in documentary production techniques and collaborating with an international team of women to produce Into Focus:   Changing Media Images of Women, An Asian   Resource Kit.  My piece Housemaids and Buffalos about my collaborative work in Sri Lanka training women television producers from Iran, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives was part of the group show, "OUTBOUND:   Art in the Forefront of International Exchange"  in Seattle.


In spring 2015 I completed Living in the Medium (29:40), an experimental film inspired by the Taos art colony of the 1920s that investigates time, mortality, creativity and friendship. In 1983, a group of artists playfully create the D.H. Lawrence home movies (starring the Lawrences, Georgia O’Keefe, Mabel Dodge Luhan, and Dorothy Brett). 30 years later the “actors” and the filmmaker reconsider this event, and the impact of life changes on their work and on their ideas about the future.


In 2018 I completed MIX-MIX (HALO-HALO) which is a Filipino dessert, a memoir, a treatise on global feminism and misogyny, a coming out story and a metaphor for experimental filmmaking. Like the dessert, it is experimental, complicated, a bit disturbing, layered, not for everyone, but ultimately, refreshing. Shot in the Philippines over a period of three decades.
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In 2019 I completed three short films:  SERENDIP, Film Baskets and While We Sleep. More information will be available soon about these productions.



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