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I was born and raised in a small town in Texas. I did well in school, developing a love of writing very early on. I spent summers off writing short stories on an old Remington manual typewriter my Grandfather gave me.
I joined the Navy in 1980, and became a Navy Hospital Corpsman. I became an FMF (Fleet Marine Force) warfare specialist, and eventually qualified as an IDC (Independent Duty Corpsman). I served in peace and in war, right alongside my Marine Corps brethren. I retired from active service in 2001, a few months before the towers fell.
I had gotten back to writing in 1995 as a way to deal with the emotions associated with my divorce from my first wife. But instead of short stories, I concentrated on feature film screenplays. After retirement in 2001, I kicked it into high gear.
After many rejections and knocking on a lot of closed doors, I finally launched my first project, DELIRIUM. I wrote, produced, directed, and edited in 2005. We secured a DVD release deal in 2007. In 2008, the market crashed, and the money I had lined up for my followup feature disappeared. But struggling on, I was able to write and co-produce EARLY GRAVE in 2013.
2014 brought a Stage 4 Throat Cancer diagnosis, and everything came to a screeching halt while I battled for my very life. As I write this, I am 17 months in remission from a cancer that only has a 23% survival rate at 12 months. So I am a success story.
As of this writing, I have a suspense thriller, RESTITUTION, set up with Terror Films, Inc., an L.A.-based production company. Their recent films include TRACE, and THE CHOSEN. Principal photography is scheduled for next year, 2016. I have also recently landed representation with AQA (Age Quod Agis) Entertainment, an L.A.-based boutique management company.
I do not know what the future holds. I do know that life is precious, and time is the rarest of commodities. And I know I shall continue to fight and win in all aspects of life, both public and private.
Unique traits: Low budget and micro-budget feature films. Horror, thriller, science fiction, film noir. Having produced and directed in the past, I know how to write a script with a Producer's concerns in mind.
ISOLATION Horror A renegade DEA agent, on the run from law enforcement and the Mexican drug cartels, finally gets held accountable for his sins by the ghosts of his past -- both the living, and the dead.
MAN ALONE Horror An aging TV personality. A burial ground defiled. An ancient evil awakened. ALL CAUGHT ON TAPE.
BITTER HAVEN Drama ⋄ Film-noir A wealthy, bickering couple take an injured woman to their rural cabin retreat. Once there, tempers flare, passions ignite, and deadly secrets are revealed.
SNUFF Mystery ⋄ Thriller Police race against the clock to track down a twisted killer who broadcasts murders across the Internet using their only clue - the sole survivor of a previous attack.
ALPHA MALE Horror ⋄ Sci-fi A small town Sheriff running from his past discovers a series of gruesome murders in his desert hamlet is actually the work of a pack of genetically mutated werewolves.
ADVENT Action ⋄ Thriller A reclusive Special Forces operative is lured out of retirement for one last mission -- to rescue the teenaged daughter he does not even know.
RESTITUTION (in pre-production now)
Film by Terror Films, LLC Screenwriter
Film by Forsaken Media Group, DiBacco Films Writer, Co - Executive Producer
Film by Forsaken Films, LLC Writer, Director, Producer, Editor
Austin Film Festival Darkwoods Award semifinalist, ISOLATION
Shriekfest Best Horror Screenplay semifinalist, SNUFF
Shriekfest Best Horror Screenplay finalist, ISOLATION
Hollywood Film Institute