I was born in Dallas, Texas in 1970. After graduating from High School, I pursued, and obtained a B.S. in Radio, Television, and Film from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992. At UT, I served as a reporter for the Daily Texan, and served on the production staff of the fledgling University Television Station. My productions at UT garnered some student awards and I was a finalist in the “U” student film festival. Shortly after College, I married. Though I continued to work in Video and Film productions and as a News photographer for KGNS in Laredo, Texas and became the father of two sons, Gabriel and Sam. The demands of a growing family, however, pressed for a change in career.
Making a decision to pursue education, I received a Master of Arts in History from the University of Texas Pan-American. After numerous scholarly publications and tenures at Schreiner University and St. Philips Community College, I decided to pursue doctoral studies at UNT. My historical studies became distracted. First by a divorce, then by my want to return to film. I decided that I would use my talents, now bolstered with purpose, by entering studies for a Masters of Fine Arts in Documentary Studies. I continued a position as adjunct professor with the Spring Creek Campus of the Collin County Community College District. My penchant for the underdog was seen in both his news reports for the University’s Television Station: KNTU, as well as his first year documentary: Round Pegs, Square Hole. This documentary focused on the struggle of three small businesses in Denton, Texas. Two documentaries served as ‘second year docs.’ The first, “Wally” is the story of an exceptional teacher who was forced to endurea trial of truth and consequences is a captivating story of endurance. My second
‘2nd’ year documentary was on the Battle that started the Texas Revolution: Gonzales: Come and Take It!”. Inspired by the works of Peter and Dan Snow, as well as the works of Peter Watkins, I pursued a historical documentary. In this docudrama through a blend of historical reenactments and specialists, I placed the Texas Revolution within the historiography of Mexico and put a special attention to the inclusion of Tejano and Mexcian Soldatos. The current documentary I am working, “The Eviction”, on is about a Homeless encampment in Dallas where the inhabitants are being forcefully evicted by the city.
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“Wally” is a documentary. At its core is the focus of an artist and his love for his daughters. Though the discovery of Wally, the viewer is taken from voices of lives he affected as a teacher in Dallas Texas, to Wally’s descriptions of his past and present. Through a series of tribulations caused by the revelation of his sexuality and his pursuit of the truth, one constant is certain, the love for his daughters, his three guiding lights.
Shot on location, and utilizing archival footage, this documentary holds the states of Texas and Missouri as its background. Through a fluid chronology, in a 24:40 running time, the setting of the movie passes from the contemporary to the past and back again. This jumping between worlds and times is reflective of the artist who constantly dances along his own line between a past that longs to define him and a future that remains uncertain. Wally is a human in an inhumane world with only three distant lights to guide his progression into the future.