On a bus…
somewhere in Transylvania …
I was two years old with a delicate stomach and a propensity for extroversion. My dad told me to sing. And so I did, the loud, diesel-smelling vehicle fading into the background as I became the entertainer.
In a small house, between train tracks, a creek and a cemetery …
a village somewhere in Transylvania
I mastered pretend-playing the piano on every surface, swam in the oil-covered creek flowing in front of our house, believed in magic, werewolves, ghosts and Santa and loved flowers and snails most of all.
An communist-issue apartment building
I ran up and down the stairs. The kind of running you dream of when you never run out of breath. I was six-years old, watching my dream coming true. My dad along with five of our neighbors hand-carried a 700-kilo piano up 8 flights of stairs. My room held a small bed, a shelf overflowing with books and the old Lauberger & Gloss. Sitting under my piano, in the company of a great white plush dog, stories came to life. They came through my fingers too, poured out onto the keys and so the great love was born.
Years later, a cabin in the woods …
somewhere in Northern California, USA
Dreaming one night, I saw a man, tired of living yet not brave enough to end it. A quiet despair.
I woke up, thought the story through, grabbed my iPhone 4, a couple of willing friends and made my first film. “All Sales Final” (2014) came to life in familiar territory; a story and a piano. The seven-minute silent, black & white film follows the man who’s tired of living but doesn’t have the courage to end his own life. He finds an ad in the paper for an elimination agency and places an order for his own assassination. Something causes him to change his mind but all sales are final.
“All Sales Final” got accepted into several film festivals and got an award for best short film. Next, came 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).
All over the Bay Area …
the Bay Area, California
“Instead of going to film school, why not make a movie for every month of the year?” I thought to myself, in one of those quiet night hours. I woke up the next morning and begun. I wrote/directed/edited and scored twelve short films in one year. I’ve only shared them with the fine people on my mailing list. If you want to enter this private viewing room, join the list or send me an email HERE and I’ll roll out the red carpet.
Planes, trains and automobiles …
Transylvania, Egypt, USA, Switzerland and back to Transylvania
“Time for my first feature!” the planning and daring part of my brain says. I listen and embark on my wildest ride yet by launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the expedition into Transylvania and traveling all across its frozen landscape for 5 months. I am looking for real vampires and strigoi. Are vampires the same as strigoi? This and more to be revealed in the documentary rumored to come out into the light Fall of 2020.
I recorded a video update every week of the 5 months in Romania. Those 5 months turned into 3 years. Still a little while to go but I am seeing the light. Lots happened since I started.
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Free Trip to Egypt was an unexpected and welcomed request for my directorial skills. This is a feature documentary about a man who wants to change the world by giving free trips to Egypt to seven Americans who are either afraid of or not familiar with Muslim culture. The North African summer sat in stark contrast those frozen months in Romania.
June 2019 NYC and LA theatrical premieres were followed by a 500-theatre release across the USA.
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