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I am a director, actor, and writer from Albuquerque, NM instilled with a fierce passion for storytelling and a love for cinema. After studying theatre at Eastern New Mexico University, where my affinity for affecting character studies intensified, I sought storytelling opportunities in Seattle. Four years of graveyard shifts and short film narratives helped me gain a better understanding of people, story, and technique, and I soon moved to Los Angeles to further my acting studies at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, where I studied “the method” under Anne De Salvo, Andre Landzaat, and David Strasberg. After forming Balian Pictures, LLC upon my return to Albuquerque, I completed a BA degree in Cinematic Arts at the University of New Mexico with an emphasis in film theory while gaining postproduction experience as an independent editor and sound designer in the narrative and commercial fields. There are millions of stories out there, and I'm here to tell a few – all with an eye for relevance, wonder, and cinematic excellence. 

Awards

Best Short Film, New York City International Film Festival (2018) Rex
Best New Mexico Film, Albuquerque Film and Music Experience (2018) Rex
Cannes Court Métrage Selection, 48HFP, Albuquerque (2017) Secondhand Sunset
Best Editing, New Mexico Women in Film Festival (2017) Days Young and Golden
Best Drama, New Mexico Filmmaker Showcase (2015) Ballad of the Boatman
Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography, 48HFP Albuquerque (2014) Bluebell
Best Actor, Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (2017) Days Young and Golden
Best Dramatic Actor, New Mexico Actor Showcase (2014) Jack Rabbit