As a filmmaker, Iím committed to the integrity of the documentary process Ė to make an honest film there must be genuine trust between filmmaker and those filmed. A documentary is only as strong as the relationship between filmmaker and subject. In fact, I don't even like to use the word 'subject' because it implies a power imbalance. I see myself in an equal relationship with those I film. They have as much to teach me as I do them. And itís a privilege to be let into their world.

My films are influenced by cinema verite and direct cinema, including the work of Albert Maysles, Antonio Ferrera (who helped make Voices of Cabrini), Nick Broomfield and my teachers Judy Hoffman and Herb DiGioia.