BayCare “Lean on Me”
Super Bowl 2023
Oscar Night Premiere
“Ahead of Ready”
Super Bowl 2005
Winner Best Short 2018
Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival
Best Original Screenplay 2016
Richmond International Film Festival
“Why I Had To Kill You While You Slept”
Winner Audience Choice Award 2014
Best Short Film
Richmond International Film Festival
“Walt Whitman Never Paid For It”
I've always considered it a privilege to be able to do what I love and I like to believe that is reflected in all of my work.
I’ve been an editor for many years, collaborating on ads for the Super Bowl and the Oscars, as well as the Webby award-winning documentary Alicia in Africa with Alicia Keys. Most recently, I also had the pleasure of collaborating on the award-winning documentary, Finding Sandler, "rescuing it from the ashes," as described by the film's creator, David Seth Cohen.
Back in 2001, I was honored to be nominated for an AICE award for NY Dept. of Tourism's New Day, an effort to revitalize the city after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and still one of my favorite working experiences. Before that, as Senior Editor on the PBS series NY Expeditions, I experienced long-form for the first time and was thrilled to see the show utilized in educational programs across New York schools, especially since there are so many teachers in my family (my wife being one of them).
I am proud to work with a diverse array of clients like Mercedes, Mount Sinai, BMW, Lockheed Martin, United Healthcare, BayCare, Humira, Symbicort, Blistex, Canon, Visa, Advil, and Verizon to name a few.
I am passionate about filmmaking, frequently writing, directing and editing short films including Subway (seen on PBS’ Reel 13) and Acoustic Space (which originated on stage and won Best Play in the 2014 Strawberry One-Act Play Festival). The film version won the Best Screenplay Award at the 2016 Richmond International Film Festival and Best Short in the 2018 Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival. Another short film I directed and edited, Walt Whitman Never Paid For It, won the Audience Choice Award at the 2014 Richmond International Film Festival. This also began life on stage, an original play by Angelo Berkowitz, who happened to grow up two blocks away from me in Bensonhurst.
In October 2023 my penchant for passion projects payed off when I was selected as one of 33 directors in SHOOT magazine's annual New Directors Showcase where my work was screened in NYC at the Directors Guild Theatre. It was a distinct honor that I will never forget and I was thrilled to share the stage with so many talented people.
My love for working with actors has led to diverse work in live theatre:
Raisins Not Virgins, by Sharbari Ahmed, Sam Shepard's Fool for Love, Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Woody Allen's Play it Again, Sam, Neil Simon's Chapter Two, Butterflies Are Free by Leonard Gershe, Same Time, Next Year by Bernard Slade, Prelude to a Kiss by Craig Lucas, and my original one-act plays: Acoustic Space, Another Famous Dead Artist (Semi-Finalist, 2015 New York New Works Festival), Max & Domino (Semi-Finalist, 2016 NYNW Festival), and Visitors (2019 Strawberry One-Act Festival).
Screenplays I've written include Books, Beds and Baths (Finalist, HollyShorts Film Festival's Short Screenplay Competition); Four Glorious Years, a feature script based on the life of Preston Sturges (Finalist 2018 Creative World Awards; Honorable Mention, Williamsburg International Film Festival); Love, Friendship and Synchronicity, Dream Girl (Winner Best Short Screenplay Los Angeles Film Awards) Life Sucks (Winner Best Original Screenplay, Hollywood Blood Horror Festival), and most recently Why I Had To Kill You While You Slept (Los Angeles Film Award Winner,Best Short Screenplay).
Lastly, I recently self-published a novella, "Simple Things," which can be found on Amazon Kindle or paperback.
I believe it's very important to be well-rounded in one's creative endeavors, so I always try my best to live up to my own expectations! Thank you for taking the time to visit. I hope we can work together sometime!