"The biggest lie I tell myself is I don't have to write it down, I'll remember it later." Yup, I've been there. In the screenwriting universe, I've been just about everywhere. For all the good and the bad, I wouldn't change any of it. I love it. A good friend of mine said the other day "We take absolutely nothing, pull it out of thin air, and make something. Not just anyone can do that." It's true.
So I wrote and learned. Learned and wrote.
Then after thirteen years of clawing and scratching and traffic and handshakes, I finally got a movie made called Growing Up Smith starring Jason Lee (My name is Earl, Almost Famous, other stuff). The script got in front of him, he read it, came on board and voila -- the green light. Multiple festival wins, multiple festival 2nd places and honorable mentions, Q & A's (those are sweet). And then off to the theaters it went. It was such a gratifying feeling, so much so, that I'd happily take some more of that good stuff.
Please feel free to view my resume. No, really, please. I've got product, AND I've got an open Final Draft page in front of me and time to write. So let's do this! ;)
Dead 9 (TV PILOT) Drama A washed-up, once very respected True Crime writer, smells a new best-selling book and opportunity for redemption when a young woman confesses to him that she believes she’s a serial killer in her past life, responsible for countless unsolved murders. *Final Draft Big Break contest finalist .
Ethos (TV Pilot) Budget: $1M - $5M | Thriller When a sudden worldwide spike of prophesied phenomena is confirmed, a sharp but disgraced detective haunted by his missing daughter is chosen by a secret agency with ancient roots to lead a team tasked with stopping an impending biblical apocalypse. *Contest finalist
Molly Budget: $1M - $5M | Comedy On the verge of getting married, a recently laid off, and broke groom-to-be is hooked into a scheme by his irresponsible and codependent best friends to sell a large stash of found Molly to pay for his upcoming wedding expenses.
Strain Action Just days from discharge, a beloved Special Forces commander and his team lead a tightlipped scientist on a mission to investigate an aircraft carrier that has gone dark and silent in the Atlantic and find themselves in a ceaseless fight for survival against a monstrous entity that has infested the ship and transformed the crew into crazed killers. *Contest winner
Relive Budget: $1M - $5M | Horror A husband anguished by the sudden death of his wife pays a gifted medium to bring her back from the dead, and now he must survive who it is who comes back. *New Script
Growing Up Smith
Film by Frank Lotito (Comedy, Drama and Family) Original Writer GOOD OL' BOY is the story of Smith, a ten-year-old boy from India growing up in Small Town, America in 1979. While the boy's family straddles the fine line between embracing the American Dream and preserving their Indian heritage, there are barbecues, Halloween and hunting. And as Smith falls for Amy, the girl-next-door, he finds in Amy's father Butch the cowboy he wishes his own father could be. But alas, when Smith's father Bhaaskar sees Smith is quickly losing any hope of remaining a respectable Indian boy, he banishes him back to India. Nineteen years later Smith will return to America, back to a place he once called home. Written by AN
Good Ol' Boy
Film Original Writer
Winner of the 2010 Script-A-Thon screenplay contest for my action script Crawl (winner chosen by Renny Harlin).
2013 semifinalist in the Final Draft Big Break contest for my one hour TV pilot Overwatch.
2014 winner for Best Feature Film Screenplay in the NexTV contest for my big budget action thriller Strain.
2015 Woodstock Film Festival Winner/Audience Award for Best Feature Film.
2015 Naples Film Festival Winner/Audience Award for Best Feature Film.