I am the producer/director of Switchback Productions LLC in Portland, ME, which was created in 2002 to produce independent short films and non-fiction video projects.
In that time, Switchback has produced three films, “She’s Gone Away” (20 minutes), “Life Insurance,” (7 minutes) and “Her Alibi” (10 minutes). All were financed privately, with a large portion of funding provided though my full-time work as a computer systems professional.
A directing/playwriting major in college, I began my video career in 1970 shooting 16 mm news film for a local television station using Bolex, Auricon and the venerable Bell & Howell 70DR Filmo. I eventually moved to shooting monthly 30-minute documentary programs, station promos and commercials. I was camera operator, director, writer and editor on many of those projects.
Using company equipment and film ends, I shot a 30-minute short that was never titled, the footage for which has since been lost.
A writing career followed, with 30 years as a newspaper journalist, graduate student in creative writing, a published novelist, and a frustrated writer of screenplays that were never produced because the costs for film projects, the way I wanted to shoot them, were so far out of reach.
The advent of consumer video in the 1980s brought me back to motion pictures, first 8 mm then Super 8 and DV. I spent those years learning from pros and slowly building the skills and confidence to write, produce, direct and edit short films and informational videos.
Our current project is a documentary about the murder of Mary Ellen Tanner in Kennebunk, Maine, in 1978, in which we follow the lives of Mary's classmates, who, 35 years later, are determined to find her killer.