Professor of Mass Communication, Film, and Journalism
Candid stills from my Television Production and Advanced Production classes
America is a patchwork quilt, and stories are its stitching. In a divided age, we need unifying stories more than ever. In order to find those stories, I practice the lost art of Shunpiking — knowing when to “shun” the turnpike and get onto the back roads where the good stories are tucked away. The ones that remind us of our best selves.
Wrote this book about war, hell, and surviving trauma with Jimmy Hatch / published by Knopf in 2018
Director, Executive Producer, and creator of the docu-series
Produced and directed this doc about surprising brotherhood
On a side road in Mississippi, I witnessed black and white biker clubs doing something alarming... hugging, and blessing each other.
Produced and directed this doc about respecting a WW2 legacy
- creating businesses to solve problems -
After discovering that civilian Army bureaucrats were pumping dangerous trans fat into Soldiers via their rations, I pioneered the movement to end trans fat in troop feeding. My brothers and I became the Army’s R&D partner in performance nutrition, and we created the healthier (and zero trans-fat) Soldier Fuel energy bar (which is now featured in the U.S. Special Operations Forces Nutrition Guide and used by militaries worldwide).