(But living in Michigan—Eastern time zone.)
I shot my first feature film in the fall of 2021! Waking Up in Idaho is now in post-production.
I have half a dozen feature scripts 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 150 festivals since 2016.
I’m currently taking an adult gymnastics class and also doing parkour with the local college kids. Both activities are huge 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, at the 13th Street Repertory Theatre in Manhattan, and when they ran through all their actors and no one fit, I ended up with the part.
I had lead roles in three Off-Off-Broadway plays in my first year of acting.
After I started acting, I took a couple of acting classes, 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 occasionally flew to L.A. for a weekend to shoot short films (mainly the Antiwar Comedy Shorts).
I enjoy languages. I’ve studied 10, in college or on my own. I can converse in half of those, but have forgotten others, like Swahili. My current focus is Japanese. (My grandchildren are half Japanese, and live in Japan.)
I enjoy swimming, hiking, riding my bike, and doing qigong.
In late 2020 I enjoyed learning some basic stunt work, such as bo staff fighting, high falls, and catching arrows in mid flight.
I was born with a caul.
I subscribe to no particular religion, but draw from many different spiritual sources, both ancient and modern.