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When I was sixteen, I had a few short films under my belt and felt ready to take on something more challenging, a feature. It took almost three years to complete the 90-minute film titled Scallop Pond. I was seventeen when it screened in New York City to over three-hundred people. The film had mixed reviews, but the experience gave me a crash course in filmmaking.

At the time, I was criticized by some for attempting to shoot a feature at such a young age. I admit I was a little over my head, but that was the point. Every time I’ve made a film since then, I try to do something I’ve never done before. I finally understood what it meant to work with a team under pressure and time constraints. I’m proud of the work I put into the project and feel like a better storyteller today because of it.

Thank you to the cast, crew and all those who believed in me while making this film.

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