Every week, I sang on the long bus rides between our city apartment and my grandparent’s village. I was two years old with a delicate stomach and a propensity for extroversion. To make the car sickness go away, my dad told me to sing. And so I did, the loud, diesel-smelling vehicle fading into the background while I became the entertainer.
Then there was a piano. I pretend-played on every surface I could find until I was accepted into music school. I was six-years old, watching my dream-come-true; my dad along with five of our neighbors hand-carrying a seven-hundred kilo piano up eight flights of stairs. A small bed, a shelf overflowing with books and the old Lauberger & Gloss were the sole furnishings of my room. My imagination found a fertile playground amongst these and my make-belief stories soon acquired a piano score. I played and I sang and I went to law school until …
My debut short film, “All Sales Final” (2014) emerged from those childhood games; a story, a piano and an Iphone 4. The seven-minute silent, black & white film follows a man who’s tired of living but doesn’t have the courage to end his own life. When he finds an ad for an elimination agency, he places an order for his own assassination. Something causes him to change his mind but he cannot cancel his order. All sales are final.
“All Sales Final” got accepted into several film festivals and got an award for best short film. Next, I thought I’d experiment with a short documentary. “Transilvania Frumoasa” (Transylvania the Beautiful). It premiered at Nevada City Film Festival in California and screened at Bernal Heights Film Festival and Ozark Shorts (2015). Then came a self-imposed challenge to write/direct/edit and score twelve short films in one year. The short films were shared exclusively with my mailing list. (2016)
Feature length films came next. Free Trip to Egypt is a documentary about a man who wants to change the world and the seven Americans he took on a free trip to Egypt. It’s set to release theatrically May 2019 in the USA. My second feature, currently in post production is about real vampires in Transylvania. You can follow my journey with the vampires by subscribing to my YouTube channel.
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