Swope Creative

I believe in the power of story to move people.

As a filmmaker, I enjoy the challenge of creating meaningful documentaries with tiny budgets. I was the producer, director, cinematographer and editor on most of these passion projects.


I directed this short as part of a filmmaking competition. The rules: Tell the story of someone who’s making a difference in the world. Shoot it in ONE day, with a crew of no more than three, and make it under five minutes. The result is our touching story of redemption for former San Quentin inmate Ronnie Goodman. Mill Valley Film Festival — Official Selection, Story & Heart Film Festival — Most Impact Winner.

The Spirit & Spirits of Port Costa

I was staring up at a 10-foot polar bear, trying not to eye the Hells Angel sitting next to me. As the bartender went on about the prostitute who once ran the joint, the haunted hotel across the street and the Bigfoot skeleton that used to be upstairs, I thought somebody really ought to make a documentary about this place. Below are excerpts from the 38 min film, which you can watch here.

Creativity Lives Here

A look at the artists and iconoclasts of Oakland, CA, the new home for H&L Partners advertising agency.


A documentary in progress, this short film follows a passionate group of people in the San Francisco Bay Area trying to save the nearly extinct North African ostrich.