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Join date: Mar 1, 2022
About

I am an entrepreneur, producer, writer and director. I began making movies at age 15. Seven years later I joined the Marine Corps as a combat photojournalist, learning to tell a story in a single photograph. I deployed around the globe documenting the human condition; becoming a storyteller as interested in people as I am in pictures.


In 2014 I founded Spitler Pictures, a video production company crafting award winning short films, documentaries, and music videos. In addition to running SpitPics, I work as a multi-hyphenate within Veterans Affairs, producing podcasts, commercials, news programs and PSAs. In addition, I am showrunner for "VA News", and producer/co-host for "Standing Ready", a podcast exploring the untold stories of the VA’s medical innovations.


In addition, I teach film and TV business at Azusa Pacific University.


Prior to this, I graduated magna cum laude from National University where I received a BA in English Literature. I went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts in film directing, writing, and producing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.


In 2014 I garnered a Best Director award from the 2014 Canada International Film Festival for my short film "Soul Stealer", about a female Marine photographer ambushed in Afghanistan. “Bull Thistle” received a finishing award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. My music video, "Carry Me" has won Best Music Video from the Peak International Film Festival in 2020.

 
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