I got my BA in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 2015. After taking four years to work in restaurants and occasionally travel, I ended up at UT where I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by peers and faculty who constantly inspire me with their friendship, mentorship and scholarship.
I have begun work on a thesis that uses the independent distributor A24 as a case study in order to trace the changing US indie sector in the wake of the 2008 economic collapse. This allows for a broader examination of the larger American film industry as we witness its further conglomeration. This project also aims to understand the discursive meaning of "indie" in an era in which traditional distinctions between mainstream and alternative culture are evaporating. Finally, this project leads to an examination of how new technologies and platforms of exhibition are fundamentally changing the media industries.
Going forward, along with American independent cinema and media industries studies, my scholarship will focus on understanding, through the synthesis of cultural studies and critical political economy, how rapacious neoliberal corporate capitalism can be meaningfully challenged by cultural laborers working within and without the mainstream media industries.