I’m Ross. Nice to meet you.
Here's my story:
I have always been a filmmaker. My parents bought me my first camcorder at seven years old because they kept catching me stealing my father’s camera to make my own movies. After studying the craft of filmmaking at the Tracy Art Center throughout primary and secondary school, I enrolled at the Williams Memorial Institute, where I excelled in the filmmaking and acting programs. Upon graduating from Williams in 2012, I was awarded the Philip G. Van Brunt Memorial Prize for Excellence in Art.
After Williams, I spent several years working on personal creative projects and traveling throughout the United States. My first job in the film industry was producing training videos for Community Solutions, Inc., a criminal justice agency based in Connecticut. This experience served as my introduction to the field of criminal justice.
I moved to Oakland, CA in Fall 2016, where I started my career in criminal justice in an administrative role for Leaders in Community Alternatives, Inc., a community-based organization providing worldwide correctional & reentry services. I quickly rose through the ranks of the agency, and within one year I was a key member of the Transition Day Reporting Center (TDRC), Alameda County Probation’s in-house treatment program for recently-released justice-involved individuals.
I spent two years at the TDRC as the program’s Intake Specialist, Administrative Assistant, and Database Administrator. In these roles, I performed outreach to various correctional institutions in the Bay Area, assisted in developing reentry plans for individuals pending release, conducted risk-need assessments, and compiled all reports & metrics requested by county & federal government officials. It was at the TDRC that I discovered my higher calling and decided to dedicate my life to helping others.
After a brief stint as an in-custody educator, I relocated to Los Angeles, CA in 2020 to pursue my passion for filmmaking. Having experienced many aspects of the the American criminal justice system firsthand, I believe I will be able to best help others through mass media as opposed to one-on-one casework; after all, the scope of reentry work is limited, whereas movies can reach billions of people and change the world.
I recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from the New York Film Academy filmmaking program. In the past several years, I have worked in a variety of roles on feature films, web series, and short films, including (but not limited to): director, writer, actor, director of photography, 1st AD, 1st AC, script supervisor, and script doctor.
I am a proud, openly bisexual man. I hope to contribute my voice to the growing LGBTQ+ movement in cinema by promoting visibility for bisexual men and telling stories that capture the bi and pansexual experience in America and beyond. In the meantime, I am also developing several film projects that call for progress & change in our society’s criminal justice system.
Thanks for taking the time to read my story. I'll see you on the big screen...