Ethan graduated from Fordham University in 2006 with an undergraduate degree in Philosophy. In 2010, he completed Columbia University's Masters Degree program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. His capstone thesis project focused on the snakehead smuggling networks and the people who travel through them. Walking Merchandise grew out of this project, as a way to spread word about this issue to a larger audience.
His documentary credits also include work on the Uganda production team for the documentary feature Drinking From the Well. Narrative short film credits include "Adjudication" (co-director), and "The Shuffle." (actor, Eduardo).