I have worn and continue to sport many hats in the realm of film and TV production, but my primary love and source for all inspiration originates in screenwriting. I am humbled by, but very proud to state that many of my feature screenwriting efforts have landed prestigious placement in numerous script competitions, including BlueCat, Bravo's Project Greenlight, 13Horror.com Film & Screenplay Contest, Stage32 Microbudget Horror Script Competition, Filmmatic Screenplay Awards, and Your Script Produced! Studios 2020 - Season 2 Competition.
Born in Genoa, Italy, I immigrated to Brooklyn, New York, with my parents, at the age of nine. During my first summer in the States, I spent most of my time with a friend from grammar school, with whom I developed a passion for the movies. We spent our days playing around in his backyard, where we would create our own film story ideas and act them out. Of course, given our available setting, which consisted of a large swimming pool, the majority of our tales involved battleships lost at sea with courageous sailors or soldiers fighting to survive and swim to safety.
Throughout middle school and beyond, I enrolled in every creative writing forum available to me, and by the time college rolled around, I knew there was only one area of concentration for me: cinema studies. At New York’s School of Visual Arts, I pursued classes in film production, film theory, and screenwriting; and at Center for the Media Arts, I earned a Certificate in Television Production and Writing.
I began working as a production assistant in the early 1990s, on various independent feature projects and humbly climbed the production ladder, eventually landing a Production Management position on the Big Pun/Fat Joe music video, Twins (Deep Cover ’97) and as a Producer on a national television commercial for Fleischmann’s. I also composed original scores for several TV commercials, including regional spots for Maine State Cable and TradeWell Investment Banking. During the ‘90s, I produced many short subject films, closing the decade with my own directorial debut, the narrative short subject, THEOlogic. I also co-wrote the indie features Clouds of Magellan and Intervention, the latter having recently premiered online, streaming on Amazon Prime.
In summer of 1999, I co-founded the independent film magazine Guerrilla Filmmaker, which achieved international distribution in its second quarterly edition. As Editor in Chief of the publication, I penned editorials, columns, and film reviews for both, the printed version and its Web counterpart. In August of 2001, I embarked on an initiative that would change my life and would open an entirely brand new perspective on my ‘adventures in cinema.’
In an effort to create an exhibition forum for works featured in the pages of Guerrilla Filmmaker, I co-founded the Guerrilla Film & Video Festival, the first film festival to take place in Tribeca and the first film festival on the East Coast dedicated solely to ‘promoting domestic filmmaking.’ The event, which started as a three-day showcase for homegrown auteurs, bloomed into the passion project that became Visionfest: The Other Festival, which also had the distinction of being the first film festival ever staged on the legendary U.S.S. Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum. As Executive Director of the film festival’s organizing entity, the Domani Vision Film Society, a non-profit, charitable organization, based in New York, I ran the event for 15 consecutive years, and until the Tribeca Cinemas, our primary venue, closed its doors to give way to new, real estate developments. During this tenure, I also acted as Executive Producer of the 5x5 New York State of Mind Digital Project, a short digital films initiative that saw the realization of 24 short films that brought together the collaborative talents of hundreds of creative artists.
I have been working as retail sales representative for a major, New York-based photo-video-audio technology company since 2011, often spearheading side projects, which engage my writing and editorial experience and I spend most of my spare time working my own screenwriting projects, which include several short scripts, features, and a TV pilot. I wrote, edited, and produced the comedy podcast, 3 People Like This, which hit the Top 10 Comedy Podcasts List on iTunes, and I recently completed the sound design and editorial phase on the short subject, RevolvR which I also wrote, based upon a story by another author. I am always ready to take on my next adventure with the same passion, determination, and conviction I had when I was that young boy who played the sailor swimming to safety, in that vast open sea of an imaginary world that I’ve been fortunate enough to turn into reality.