In 2012 my dear friend Lindsay Thompson approached me with a dream, a pitch, and an offer. Nervously, she asked if I wanted to edit a documentary film about the Camino de Santiago. Confidently, I replied, “I thought you’d never ask!”

While I did not join the crew in Spain, I took the journey with them later through days and terabytes worth of footage. Lindsay and I plowed through interviews, scenes, and more than a few openings.

While I had extensive experience editing narrative shorts, music videos, and the occasional corporate gig, Travel Light provided a challenge that I had not experienced before. Lindsay became not only the director, but the co-editor as well while I balanced engineering school, a new marriage, and a serious illness.

Throughout the re-cuts and endless rounds of notes between each other, there were moments of magic: an interview falls together perfectly on the first cut; a scene is suddenly brought to a new height with just the right score; a comic moment breaks the tension in a delightful way and the audience relaxes.

The film premiered at River Run film festival in 2015 to two sold-out screenings and has gone on to show at numerous other film festivals, even picking up some awards along the way!

Read and explore more about Travel Light at the official project website: