THE STAFF WRITER in Italy

I am very proud that THE STAFF WRITER will premiere in the Ultras Shorts “Gradisca” category of the 16th Amarcort Film Festival in Rimini. The festival is dedicated to Frederico Fellini and runs from November 14 – 19 and screens films at multiple venues across the beautiful ocean town of Rimini. Our screening is on November 16th at 6 pm at the Cineteca Di Rimini.

Here’s to the next festival for A FRIENDLY TURN

Cheers everyone – this venue is a special one. A FRIENDLY TURN is back in Los Angeles and will screen on December 15th at 8 p.m. at the Nihilist Film Festival in Santa Monica at The Highways Performance Space.

“The festival is dedicated to films that other festivals are afraid of from troubling to hilarious, from profound to completely silly. Pretty much, something for everyone (except children and clergy).” And Festival Director Elisha Shapiro commented, “Twenty years of hilariously offensive short films…I really thought we would have caused the rapture by now. Guess there’s no downside to mocking all that’s holy.”

So if you are in LA this holiday season, join us and have a drink – or two – and celebrate some nihilistic films. 🙂

A FRIENDLY TURN in Chicago!

Here comes the next film festival for A FRIENDLY TURN.  I am very excited to screen at the Aladerri International Film Festival in Chicago.


The short film will be screened in BLOCK#1 on Friday, September 22 at 4 pm at Facets Multi-Media, one of the leading national media arts organizations in the US. Join us if you are in the area.

Sometimes we need A STROKE OF GENIUS

Here comes the next practicum I had the pleasure of shooting with Cine students. Third time with amazing Ben Solenerger – check it out!

“Corey is unwinding at the nearby park when he suddenly collapses. Upon regaining consciousness, he encounters the enigmatic JC, engaging in a brief yet potentially life-altering conversation.”

Let’s make some NOISE

Here comes yet another Cine Practicum. I had the opportunity to write and direct this short film during the spring semester and filmed it with a group of skilled Cinematography students at Burbank Studios’ Stage 5.

While at home alone, Wendy engages in a phone conversation with her mother. Suddenly, unexplainable events begin to unfold within her apartment. The question lingers: Could there be another presence with her?

BUDDIES on Vimeo

Check out this scene I shot last semester with CINE students. This fun scene was based on “Dudes” by David Dalton & Chad Schnackel.
Luke wakes up his best friend, Alex, to help him figure out what happened the night before but first, he needs to convince him that it is truly him.

 

A FRIENDLY TURN opened at LA Shorts!

A FRIENDLY TURN had a full house with over 200 film fans at the Regal Theatre at LA Live. Our comedy was in the company of six great short films accompanied by a Q&A on stage. Big Thanks to LA Shorts International Film Festival for a great screening and more festivals to come!

FOLLOW-UP just uploaded

I am running a little behind fine-tuning the final cuts of last semester’s Cine Practicums and FOLLOW-UP is the first one I was able to finish. Great job to the cast and crew – I am very proud of this one!
It is not looking good for Corey during this routine visit to the doctor. This is going to be a hard hard pill to swallow.  🙂

A FRIENDLY TURN premieres at LA Shorts!

Congrats to all cast and crew!

A FRIENDLY TURN will premiere at LA Shorts International Film Festival. The film is included in Program #21 and will screen on Sunday, July 23, 2023, at 10 pm at the Regal Cinemas LA LIVE!

Mark your calendar and join us for this fun occasion and watch some fun short films. Stay tuned for more info.

HALEEMA in Hamburg!

HALEEMA will be screened during the 26th Filmfest Hamburg as part of the program “Heimatfilme”, a section connecting cinema and integration. This year’s lineup features films from Afghanistan, Germany, Eritrea, Iraq, Iran, Kurdistan, Somalia, Sudan, and Syria.

On September 30th, HALLEEMA will screen at 19.00 at the Gemeindezentrum St. Markus-Hoheluft in Hamburg. After the screening, filmmakers and guests can connect during a communal dinner while sharing typical dishes from the regions of the films.

There is no entry fee, donations are welcome but not mandatory.

Schaut vorbei, wenn Ihr in Hamburg seid! 🙂