My perspective is informed by my industry experience, my many years teaching and working with students, and by my professional career, which allows for me to understand the changing entertainment landscape, as well as the core ingredients that are needed for a creative individual to succeed.
I stress that in order to compete, the work itself must be creatively and personally fulfilling so that it can sustain the drive and tenacity that are so crucial. It’s rare to be entirely satisfied – but if you can love the process, you’ve pretty much figured it out.
- I have been teaching filmmaking at a college level since 2001.
- I have been a guest speaker at many universities on the subject of independent filmmaking, including Cornell University, Ithaca College, The New School, Boston University, Montclair State University, etc.
- I have directed nine feature films, and have worked in episodic television.
- My work has been reviewed in dozens of publications, including Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Village Voice, Film Comment, The Los Angeles Times, L.A. Weekly, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Tribune, etc.
- I have also worked as a writer, producer, editor, and cinematographer on multiple independent films, and have worked as a screenwriter developing material for producers.
- Winner - International Critic’s Prize [FIPRESCI Award] – Toronto International Film Festival
- Winner - Merchant Ivory Award – Telluride Film Festival
- Critic’s Choice - Rotterdam International Film Festival
- Winner - Media Award – American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP)
- Finalist - Independent Feature Project – SPIRIT Awards
The Directors Guild of America
B.F.A.State University of New York at Purchase