AS A FORMALLY trained musician and photographer, I segued into filmmaking as a means to creatively express and deal with my own traumatic childhood story - the premeditated murder of my mother by my father, Dr. John F. Boyle, Jr. - and to give a narrative voice to others in similar circumstances.
Subsequently, I am the co-creator and subject of Investigation Discovery's A Murder in Mansfield, a documentary directed by two-time Academy Award Winner, Barbara Kopple. Having played in over 50 film festivals worldwide, the film examines the consequences of violence, trauma and its ramifications on the ancillary victims of my hometown community of Mansfield, Ohio. The film debuted on Investigation Discovery in 2019 and on streaming platforms
I had witnessed a murder and at the age of 12, became
the chief witness for the prosecution. In the film, I return to Ohio seeking to retrace my past and confront my father, who remains incarcerated and in denial of his guilt. The film explores not only the collateral damage of violence and its traumatic repercussions but the beauty of human strength and resilience through seemingly insurmountable odds.
When I am not behind the camera, I travel as a sought after keynote speaker. My strong, passionate message of human resilience, hope and personal triumph over adversity has inspired audiences across the globe. I have been featured in Variety, The New York Times, Esquire, USA Today, a TED Speaker and a guest on the Dr. Phil show.
I am a member of IATSE Local 600 International Cinematographers Guild and also have a penchant for Chihuahuas and Motorcycles and reside in Santa Monica, CA.