Born in Texas, and raised mostly down on the coast, I might have lived and died a Christian right wing red neck, had it not been for my friend Geoffry, son of one of the few Jewish intellectuals in our small town. With his family's encouragement, I ended up at the University of Texas, where I first tried to become a marine biologist. I was slapped upside the head with Organic Chemistry, which just didn't have the ring of truth to it. Much of what they were teaching back in the 70's has since been found to be, as I suspected, absolute bullshit. Luckily, one day my roommate came home with a camera and invited me to help make a movie. I was so naive that I didn't even know you could study filmmaking in college. Once I found this out, I changed my major and never looked back. My first student film with sync sound ("The Dancy Street Museum") was nominated for an Academy Award in 1975. Of course, I was convinced I was a "boy wonder", and would soon be taking over Hollywood. In fact, I was so smart (and gullible) I thought I could bring Hollywood to Texas, so I just stayed in Texas and worked directed low budget features that never went anywhere. I languished for over a decade making small time low budget films and various other business films. I finally did move to San Francisco and Hollywood and Santa Cruz and San Diego when I was in my late 30's. But it was for the computer biz. Which is a whole other story...
Now, decades later, I'm back in Texas, brain to creaky to program any more, but I can sure write. I'm in a very prolific stage in my life, with scripts, essays, songs, and poetry just pouring out of me. But, I'm driving Uber all night to pay the bills, and barely scraping by.
So, finally, I've decided to see if I can get paid to write. What a concept! The only thing I've ever really been good at, and its taken me 50 years to take it seriously. I guess I'm not the sharpest turnip in the batch after all!
Unique traits: Curious. Hard working. Enthusiastic. Gullible. Optimistic. Generous. Gregarious. Eclectic. All of which, when mixed together, could explain why I'm not rich. Yet
Humans! Budget: $30M+ | Historical ⋄ Fantasy God tells the real story of The Universe, and why humans are in it.
Money From The Clouds Action ⋄ Adventure Pirates attack a couple on a sailing voyage, but they make one fatal mistake: leaving the husband alive. He returns with a vengeance to lay waste to their corrupt criminal empire.
Oil Boom Historical Uncovers the essential reason why Eastern and Western cultures can't get along.
She Rides Bulls Action ⋄ Sports A girl takes on the most dangerous sport known to man, and the men are none too happy about it.
Academy Award Nomination for dramatic student film,
University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)