Amanda is an Academy Award nominated filmmaker with over a decade of experience as both a director / producer and a cinematographer. Amanda directed, shot and edited her first film, JUST FOR THE RIDE, a documentary about cowgirls on the women’s Pro Rodeo circuit. RIDE won an Academy Award and International Documentary Association Award in student categories and premiered on the prestigious PBS series "POV" in 1996. Her second film, DOUBLE DARE, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the audience award for Best Documentary at the AFI FEST in Los Angeles and the San Francisco International Film Festival, among many others. It was broadcast on the PBS series “Independent Lens” in 2005 and had a limited theatrical and a broad DVD release.
In addition to directing her own projects, Amanda also collaborates with other filmmakers. She was a producer and the director of photography on Lauren Greenfield’s award-winning film THIN (HBO) and shot the premiere episode of Morgan Spurlock’s series, “30 Days” (FX). Other D.P. credits include: MY FLESH AND BLOOD, a Sundance and Emmy Award-winning documentary (HBO), THE FLUTE PLAYER, an Emmy-nominated film shot in Cambodia (PBS / ITVS) and WITCHES IN EXILE, which won the special jury prize at SXSW.
Amanda's most recent film LA CORONA, which she co-directed with Isabel Vega, was nominated for an Oscar and premiered in competition at Sundance. She was also a producer and D.P. on CAT DANCERS, which premiered on HBO in 2008, and BRAVE NEW VOICES, a new HBO series for release in 2009. While developing new projects, Amanda also produces various commercial shorts for clients including Adobe Software, Apple, and Nike.
Amanda is a graduate of Harvard University and was a member of the top U.S. women’s rugby team for over a decade.