From a young age, Kristen was empowered by her dad to stop complaining and do something about the problems in the world. She started small with a fundraiser to 'save the grey wolves' (her favorite animal), but soon expanded to sustainability efforts.
In high school, her claim to fame was the Green Tigers, a sustainability club that worked to improve the environmental standards of Chapel Hill (NC) High School. The flagship project was an organic garden completely operated by teenagers. Excess produce was donated to the local food shelters. For her work, Kristen was awarded the White House's Champion of Change recognition.
In her senior year, Kristen shifted her focus to a deeply personal issue: Huntington's disease. Soon after her mom passed away from this hereditary disease, Kristen decided to document her own genetic testing process, raising $50,000 to make a professional film. This experience turned into Twitch, a documentary that followed then 18-year-old Kristen as she went through this very emotional and personal decision. Since its completion in 2014, Twitch has screened on six continents across 30 cities to over 5,000+ people.
After graduating from college, Kristen continued her work in the fight for racial equity, returning to the South and her home state of North Carolina to work for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. Outside of work, she organizes progressive efforts such as increasing the presence of women in elected office.
For fun, Kristen loves to hike, travel across the United States, and play with any dog that comes her way.
Documentary website: twitchdocumentary.com