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 25 awards (17 listed on IMDb) and screened in 144 festivals since 2016.
I used to publish environmental science books in a small family business, along with my father and brother.
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’ve also written many more sketches and shorts I don’t plan to shoot, as I’m busy with features now. I have not been to film school, nor taken writing classes.
I lived in Tijuana, Mexico for three years, where I directed a few short films 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.
Spiritually, I consider myself a WuWei Daoist, because that’s the laziest approach I could find 😉