I have been working in independent films for almost 20 years now learning every aspect of filmmaking. I graduated from Columbia College Chicago where I majored in film. Inspired by the approach that director Robert Rodriguez took with his film EL MARIACHI I decided after graduation to write, produce, edit, and direct the action thriller DROP OFF. Aside from directing I have also produced and edited several short films including the award winning Kirk Sanders’ film BROKEN ECHOES and co-directed, with Stephen Bastien, the dark comedies THE INTERROGATION and THE LAST OPTION.
Working as a professional digital cinematographer and editor for over 15 years I have done projects (most with Walking Shadows Productions) for Loyola University of Chicago, Ferris State University, North Park University, Centegra Health Systems, several not for profits, and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. Contact me if you’re interested in hiring me for your video project.
In addition to directing, producing, and shooting, I also write. I’ve written several full-length screenplays in a variety of different genres including the action film ANOTHER SUNRISE, the revenge thriller DARK LIGHT, and an adaptation with Kirk Sanders of William Shakespeare’s MACBETH. In 2008 I made my first feature film DISTORTION for $3,000 and no crew. I wore all the hats including directing, producing, writing, cinematography, editing, music, and even casting. In 2014 I made two short films. I directed, edited and was the cinematographer for NOSE HAIR & PEANUTS written and starring Mike Pusateri. It premiered at the SoCal Film Festival and is currently playing in several festivals. I then wrote, produced, shot, and directed NO WITNESSES which is currently in post production. In 2015 I made another short films next to creating several videos for clients and have expanded my photography. I am also in development on my second feature film to be shot in 2016.
A film and video technical geek I stay on top of the latest technologies in filmmaking and photography. I’m an avid film buff so I am always watching and studying movies of all kinds. I go to a lot of film events and conventions and have loved meeting people in the industry.
I am currently a Blue Belt (Gokyu) in Kenpo Karate which I love. As a hobby I collect film posters and absolutely love to cook.
I always keep an optimistic outlook on life and am constantly searching for the next creative endeavor.