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I grew up in Olympia, Washington, the eclectic and quintessentially Pacific Northwest town.

My first documentary film was on Route 66, the historic highway. It set me on an interesting path in life.

It guided me to the stories of hundreds of small towns, main streets, and unique proprietors struggling to survive against the onslaught of freeways and franchise blight. The documentaries I produced helped spark a Route 66 revival, luring travelers back to the Main Street and the Mother Road.

Later, I moved to Buffalo, New York. Here in the ultimate underdog town, I made a series of films that chronicled and catalyzed the ongoing renaissance of a once-moribund rustbelt city. And I found a historic old saloon and I turned it into my edit studio.

To this day, I’m driven by the agony of America’s homogenization – and the thrill of seeing communities survive and thrive when they rediscover and celebrate their unique character, identity, and story.

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Growing up in Auckland, New Zealand, during the era of “free-range kids” I experienced cities as safe and enthralling places to be and grow up.

Around 2008, John introduced me to the design ideas behind the city experience of my childhood, and in 2009 we did our first film on urban design for the Congress for the New Urbanism.

Ever since, I’ve been a champion for urban design that makes people’s lives better as a board member for The Congress for the New Urbanism, co-founder of Better Cities Film Festival, international work through UN-Habitat; and, of course, through films that spark the imagination for revitalizing cities that have lost their way.

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