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TV, Shorts, Music Vids, and Docs
The Zoo: episode 02
Pitched to Tongal for the Nat Geo Wild Channel's show, "Wild After Dark" this short three minute comedy segment was the result of my initiative to create a review show ala "The Soup" for Nat Geo. Working with Point7Labs, we cast a great performer named Bradford Howe to perform the host, Gerard the giraffe. After initially ordering two episodes of the segment to play among six half hour episodes of the show, Nat Geo ultimately decided to cut it into a one hour special. Episode 2 of the Zoo made the final cut and aired on the Nat Geo Wild channel on Saturday, June 30th 2018.
Inspired by a real life scene I witnessed while visiting NY this past February, "F Stop" is an ode to NYC. It's a vignette that I crafted into a "Welcome to NY" tourism style ad. One evening in February, I happened across two young women dancing along to two performers playing jazz on an F train subway platform. I was inspired by the freedom those women possessed to dance along in public. When the train arrived I got on the same car as the girls and ended up telling them they had inspired an idea for a short film. Those girls, Lisa and Naomi responded that they are acting students and volunteered to take part. Later I returned to the subway platform and asked the same subway musicians if they too would be a part of the project. Nathan, a young actor in my acting class agreed and within a few weeks we had the film in the can. Just in time for my departure back to Los Angeles. It was a true, NY moment.
Man with a Guitar
The story of a musician searching for his muse in the streets of a big city and an audience to match. First, he finds that he has the music but no one is there to hear it. Then, he finds an audience but they aren't interested in what he is offering. After another attempt nearly ends in a violent altercation, he finally finds success. When he does, his music comes to life!
Off the Grid
Off the Grid is a dramatic home invasion thriller set during an energy crisis that threatens to rip the country apart. One man and his family try to escape the chaos by retreating to their quiet 'off grid' home in the country where they find their own relationships tested by feelings of isolation and guilt. Tension mounts when a young couple in need shows up at their doorstep and changes their lives forever.
When my good friend, Keith Megna, asked me to direct a video for his latest music project; a concept album of songs inspired by his and his singer partner, Michelle Carter's favorite classic films, I thought, "yee-ha!" When I heard some of the tracks they recorded, "Wild Strawberries" grabbed my attention. But I wasn't familiar with the Ingmar Bergman film that the song is named after. After I watched it a couple of times, the deep symbolism and universal themes of the film began to sink in and I went to work putting together a treatment for a video that would both honor the film that inspired it and also present a modern presentation of those themes. I'm very proud to present the finished video that I believe compliments a great song that is, "Wild Strawberries."
Move A Little
Conceptualized and Co-Directed by Andrew Wontorsky and Ryan Falkner, "Move A Little" is a fun and charming short film. It also serves as a spec commercial for a clothing brand because it displays the storytellers' abilities to convey a strong narrative and emotional punch in just sixty seconds.