I'm an actor, writer, producer, and musician-composer.
The script for The Economist
, my first feature film project as a writer, is currently in revision. Recently, I received an Opportunity Grant through my fiscal sponsor, the New York Foundation for the Arts
, to work with writer-director Anthony Drazan
(1998), with two-time Oscar-winner Sean Penn
; La Vida Norteña
(2012), dir. Oscar-winner Alexander Payne
) as a script consultant.
Composer-pianist David Cieri
(two-time Oscar-nominee and Emmy-winner Ken Burns
' The National Parks
(2009), Baseball: The Tenth Inning (2010)
(2011); Michael Buscemi
's Dos C
, Two Birds
), will be composing and supervising the music.
As the script nears completion we are raising funds to shoot a short trailer. The trailer will be used as we move forward with the development process, approaching potential production houses, funders, and additional collaborators.
The last few months have, thankfully, been busy for me:
Chaplin of the Mountains
(2010), my second lead role in a feature--by writer-director Jano Rosebiani
, featuring Taies Farzan
and Zack Gold
--which we shot on location in Iraq last year, screened at the 2010 San Sebastian Int'l Film Festival
In May, I attended the Venezuelan premiere for subHysteria
(2010), my first lead in a (Cassavetes
-style, fully improvised) feature, where the film enjoyed an extended national theatrical run. It opened in Columbia in October, and will screen in Europe and North America soon. The film is directed by Leonard Zelig
, and features Ginger Kroll
(2011)), Osvaldo Benavides
, Hector Palma
, and Sally Gifford
In June, I originated the titular role (complete with Slavic fiddle playing) in a new musical 'Jidl,' based on the 1937 Yiddish film 'Jidl with his Fiddle,' adapted by screenwriter-novelist Stephen Glantz
, which we performed at the Berkshire Int'l Film Festival
. A New York production is in the works.