What really gets me up in the morning is the chance to do two things: collaborate with others to tell really great, moving visual stories and, if I can work with emerging visual storytellers to help empower them to do better work, it’s a complete package.
Here’s an example; I am currently working with groups of young people (18-35 yrs) in other countries and the U.S. to train and empower them to tell their own visual stories through short films delivered via social media sites. We emphasize the use of simple technologies and solid storytelling techniques. In this case, I’m both a filmmaker and a mentor and I get to meet great people, hear their own stories, eat exotic food, and see the passion and experience I have multiplied through them.
I began my film and media career on the production side of the business in Southern California. I have high-level experience as a writer, producer, director, cameraman, and editor in projects ranging from television commercials to documentaries to dramatic films. Having worked in many mediums over the past 30 years I most enjoy the discovery of bringing time-tested storytelling principles to new technologies and audiences. I have produced projects in over 35 countries and have a passion to tell cross-cultural spiritual stories.
I and the team I lead at 10X Productions are working to develop projects that involve collaborative productions and training in visual storytelling, especially those in cross-cultural settings. Recent projects include a feature-length dramatic film, "The Enemy God." (see trailer, below, and in Projects), a series of short films in Arabic, and short and feature-length dramatic screenplays.
Specialties: Film and Television Producing, Directing, Writing, Editing, Camera, Audio, and Lighting. I teach screenwriting and film production in workshops and in on-line classes.
If you have a need for script writing or consultation, film production, and/or media training, I'd love to talk with you.
Unique traits: My focus is cross-cultural storytelling - finding places where cultures collide and blend. Most of the films I've been making in recent years are in languages I don't speak; but it works.
The Good Neighbor
Film (Short and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department On a lonely stretch of highway, Brad (Heath Heine) is car jacked, beaten and left for dead. Late at night, in the middle of nowhere, who will drive by? Will anyone stop to help? The film raises questions about what our obligation is to strangers in need. Written by Ted Cox
Film (Short and Drama) Producer A homeless teen. A businessman, dying in an alley. Their only hope is in each other. Jacob lives an unseen life in the midst of the crowded city. When he stumbles upon a businessman, bleeding in an alley, he must decide whether to open his life to another, or retreat into the shadows of isolation. Though their lives only touch for a moment, Jacob's world will never be the same. Written by Tom Khazoyan
Yai Wanonabalewa: The Enemy God
Film (Drama) Producer Shake is a powerful shaman of the Yanomami people. He wields his power to heal and to protect his people against their enemies in this world and beyond. Tracing his life and the life of his community over 40 years of their history, Shake tells how he and his people grapple with new ideas that come from the outside world and the challenging decisions they make in order to maintain their identity and survive as a people. Written by Christopher Bessette
The Newtons' Workshop Series
Video (Short and Family) Producer This 8-episode video series follows the amazing adventures of Grandpa and Grandma Newton as they use fun inventions to teach their grandkids and their friends about the wonders of science with valuable character lessons along the way.
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Runner-Up Dramatic Feature Screenplay - Nashville Film Festival
Semi-Finalist Feature Screenplay - Big Bear Lake Int'l Film Festival
Semi-Finalist - Screenplay Competition - 168 Film Festival
Best International Feature Film - Brilliant Light Int'l Film Festival
Redemptive Storyteller Award - Redemptive Film Festival
Nominated - Best Feature Film - Arpa Int'l Film Festival
Finalist - Best Feature Film - Sabaoth Film Festival, Milan
National University (La Jolla, CA)
Vanguard University of Southern California (Costa Mesa, CA)