These days I’m mainly writing feature films. I have half a dozen or so in progress, and a couple more in the research stage.
My short films have won 27 awards (20 are listed on IMDb) and screened in 144 festivals since 2016.
I’m currently taking lessons in stunts and stage combat, which is great fun!
I used to publish environmental science books in a small family business, along with my father and brother.
I’m a judge for the Golden Harvest Film Festival in Japan, as well as the Animation Curator for the New York City Independent Film Festival.
I never had never acted—not even in a school play—until I was 45. I was invited to an audition just to watch, and when they ran through all their actors and no one fit, I ended up with the part. Then I had lead roles in three Off-Off-Broadway plays in a year.
I took two acting classes in New York after I started acting, but soon I was too busy acting and never took another.
I won a Best Actor award (not IMDb-accredited) for the first short film I ever acted in.
From 2003 to 2010 I acted in 150 student and indie films, including 75 for USC.
I’ve written and directed 25 short films. I have not been to film school, nor taken writing classes.
I lived in Tijuana, Mexico for three years, where I directed some short films in Spanish, and taught an acting class in Spanish.
From 2014 until November 2019 I took care of my elderly mother in Michigan. During that time I would occasionally fly to L.A. to shoot short films (mainly the Antiwar Comedy Shorts).
I enjoy languages. I’ve studied 10, at college or on my own. I can converse in half of those, but have forgotten others, like Swahili.
I enjoy swimming, hiking, riding my bike, and doing qigong.
I was born with a caul.
I subscribe to no particular religion, but draw from many different spiritual sources, both ancient and modern.