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Proud Member of the American Film Institute


So you really want to know more about me huh? Ok ...

First the Earth cooled, then the dinosaurs came, but they got all big and fat and turned into oil ... oops, a little too far back. Anybody remember the movie that was from?

Well, I've had a love for the movies ever since I was six years old. It was 1977, and my parents took me to see the original Star Wars at the local drive-in theater. Oh, those wonderful drive-ins, it's time for those to make a comeback. Even though I fell asleep halfway through the movie, I still can remember the wonder of seeing those words scroll up the large screen, the excitement of the music, the astonishing visuals. I can just remember little bits and pieces of it, but from there, it was a love that couldn't be taken away. I had just seen my first movie (or at least the first one I can actually remember today).

My love of drama would lead me to writing short plays for my 4th grade class to play out, my most successful being a version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, where I even played the Prince. In college, I was the Cinema Columnist for the school newspaper for just over a year, giving me the first opportunity to publish my reviews of current movies. This was 1990, and I still have copies of my original reviews for films like Dances with Wolves and The Godfather Part III. I majored in Film and Telecommunications in college, and directed my first two short films when I took Beginning Filmmaking in 1991.   From 1991 to 1994, I worked in a video store, allowing me to actually get paid for recommending movies to people, and I must say it was a fun job.

In 1995, I became hooked on the internet. I instantly realized that the internet was a perfect place for me to publish my own film web sites, and that year, I created my first two web sites which have expanded over the years and become quite popular. 

In 1999, I became a freelance journalist writing on the Academy Awards for Suite 101, where I regularly had a professional publishing area for various articles on film and the Oscars. Because of personal time constraints however, I had to discontinue writing for Suite 101 after a four year relationship.

In 2001, I made my national television debut because of my Oliver Stone web site, when I was interviewed for the documentary Celeb vs. Celeb, which aired on the American Movie Classics channel. I was interviewed as part of a segment on the feud that developed between author John Grisham and Oliver Stone over the controversial film Natural Born Killers.

I am also a member of the American Film Institute, an organization that I'm extremely proud of being a part of for all they do for the film industry, both past and future.

My greatest achievement however was finally directing my own feature length film in 2004. In the summer of 2004, I directed and co-produced and eventually edited my first feature film called Killing Christian. (Web Page: www.killingchristian.com) It was an incredible experience to finally achieve my dream, and I hope it's the start to something fruitful in the film industry ... we shall see.  

QUICK QUESTIONS

MY FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME: 2001 A Space Odyssey

SOME OTHER FAVORITE MOVIES: Citizen Kane, The Godfather, Do The Right Thing, Schindler's List, Taxi Driver, JFK, Casablanca, The Godfather Part II, Born on the Fourth of July, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Field of Dreams

MY FAVORITE FILM DIRECTORS: Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Oliver Stone, Francis Ford Coppola, Spike Lee, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Soderbergh, Steven Spielberg

And of course, my answers to the questionnaire that comes at the end of Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio, by host James Lipton. It's the questionnaire he adapted from the French series, "Bouillon de Culture", which was hosted by Bernard Pivot. It's amazing what the simple answers to these questions reveal about a person's thoughts, feelings, and beliefs.

So here I go ...

1: What is your favorite word?
I have two ... FREEDOM and LOVE

2: What is your least favorite word?
GOODBYE

3: What turns you on, what inspires you?
PASSION ... FOR ANYTHING, BE IT A PERSON, A DREAM, A BELIEF ... REAL, TRUE PASSION

4: What turns you off?
CLOSED-MINDEDNESS

5: What sound or noise do you love?
MY DAUGHTER'S LAUGHTER

6: What sound or noise do you hate?
ANY SCREAMS OF SADNESS OR PAIN

7: What is your favorite curse word?
TO BE SIMPLE ... THAT WONDERFUL FOUR LETTER F WORD ... TO BE MORE COMPLEX, SOMETIMES I'LL STRING SOME TOGETHER, BUT MOST OFTEN LIKE THIS ... DAMMIT DAMMIT SON OF A BITCH ... DON'T KNOW WHY THOSE COME TOGETHER MOST OFTEN

8: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
BESIDES FILM DIRECTING, I ALWAYS THOUGHT IT WOULD BE GREAT TO BE A PAINTER

9: What profession would you not like to participate in under any circumstances?
TELEMARKETER (WHICH I ACTUALLY WAS FOR ABOUT 4 WEEKS SEVERAL YEARS AGO)

10: If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
"I UNDERSTAND."