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Hi!

Welcome. My name’s Madison and I'm a filmmaker and aspiring educator. For the last five years I was based in Bozeman, Montana, USA and the last two years I helped shape the visual branding and story of a fabulous company. In January 2018, I embarked on a year-long radical sabbatical in Asia, using the journey as a gathering period to listen, learn and reassess my priorities and career path. After working for a company for two years, I’m pleased to re-enter the freelance world full-time and would love to collaborate on projects with passionate, like-minded folks. 

In the past, I’ve: weighed the sociopolitical reasons to conserve red wolf populations in the American Southeast, chased mushroom hunters through Montana forests, chatted with doomsday preppers and crazy cat ladies, deeply pondered the implications of self-transcendence, and explored many other absurdities for the sake of film. 

I am particularly interested in how filmmaking can be used as a creative medium to: preserve and celebrate indigenous ways of knowing, explore the extraordinary ways humans interact with their environments, deconstruct the strange and beautiful, and help people rediscover their childlike curiosity about the world around them.

I work as a filmmaking workshop instructor and consultant for the Digital Storywork Partnership (DSP), engaging Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth, elders, college students, faculty, community members, and professional filmmakers in collaborative research and multimedia storytelling to preserve Indigenous culture and language. I have most recently taught a documentary workshop in northern India to a group of Tibetan refugees working in the non-profit sector, with the hopes of expanding DSP to other communities.

I received my Masters of Fine Arts in Science & Natural History Filmmaking and my last two films Red Wolf Revival and Fungiphilia Rising have been featured at film festivals and classrooms around the world.