about cara


employment history

2011 – nowCreator | Director | ProducerThe University of Texas at Austin

Develop and produce an educational video series on ethics for use across disciplines in higher education.

2010 – 2011LecturerThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Teach intermediate video production class and screenwriting for narrative short films and documentaries.

2000 – 2010Writer | Director | Producer | EditorCara Mia Media (fka Firefly Films)

Founded company to develop and produce independent documentaries. Freelancer for television, production companies, non-profits, government agencies, other filmmakers.

1998 – 1999Programming DirectorAustin Film Society

Created and managed multiple film series at local and state level.

1994 – 1996Assistant InstructorThe University of Texas at Austin

Assisted with classes in 16mm synch sound, film editing, non-linear editing, production management, and documentary production.

1990 – 1993AnalystThe Bruce Company

Developed and managed Special Projects for The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Lights program, an energy efficient lighting initiative.

1989 – 1990TeacherEcho Hill Outdoor School

Created and taught science classes about the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.


Master of Fine ArtsThe University of Texas at Austin
Film & Media Production

Bachelor of Arts cum laudeBowdoin College
Magna cum laude in Philosophy

educational awards

Topaz Scholarship AwardWomen in Film/Dallas

Philip Cummings Philosophy AwardBowdoin College

James Bowdoin ScholarBowdoin College

additional skills
  • Self-starter, creative problem-solver, team player
  • Experienced manager of staff and crew
  • Final Cut Pro, Avid, Premiere Pro
  • Photography, printmaking, drawing
  • Non-Violent Communication and mediation