Sarah was born and raised in Leslie County, Kentucky. She studied Multimedia Production and Film Studies at Morehead State University and produced and directed two short documentaries, one of which was shown at the Appalachian studies conference. The other was presented at MSU Celebration of Student Scholarship and featured in the Ashland Independent newspaper. She worked three summers before and during undergrad with Appalshop’s Appalachian Media Institute as an intern and eventually a trainer. She created two short docs with AMI – one of which was screened at the Louisville International Film Festival.