Director. Writer. Filmmaker.
With more than 25 years directing movies and television, I've had the great pleasure to work with remarkable actors, incredible crews, and extraordinary producers. I've directed thrillers, horror, and family drama, as well as musicals, action, and romantic comedy in over 75 studio productions. This year I directed "The Rookie," "Criminal Minds," multiple episodes of "Blue Bloods," and the pilot and full season of MGM's new family ensemble, "The Baxters."
I'm also a screenwriter. LILLY is my passion project, a feature film based on the life of the remarkable fair pay activist Lilly Ledbetter. The screenplay won the NYWIFT Ravenal Prize and is an Athena List winner. KINKS, a one-hour pilot, was selected for MIP CannesSeries InDevelopment 2019. The script also won the WGA Drama Queens Award for best spec pilot and was selected for the WGA Writer's Access Project. I've written screenplays for Electric Entertainment, Mandalay Picures, Cinelou Entertainment, Freeform, and Lifetime Television.
BACKSTORY: My father was a dentist in the Bronx, my mother a movie lover and Borscht Belt singer with an older brother who became a successful (Blacklisted) Hollywood screenwriter. My Russian grandparents were labor organizers. At an early age my imagination was sparked by actors like Barbara Stanwyck and Bette Davis, illuminating social issues in movies like “How Green Was My Valley” and “Pinky.”
I took my art training seriously. After working as a professional child actor for over ten years, where I sang jingles with Louie Armstrong and was the voice of Lucy in Peanuts, I attended Parsons School of Design where I studied graphics, then Sarah Lawrence College where I focused on writing, with giants Grace Paley and Ed Doctorow. I received an MFA in film directing at NYU where my thesis film "Giustina" won Best Short at The New York and Chicago Film Festivals, garnering production grants from The American Film Institute, The National Endowment for the Arts, & The Jerome Foundation - enabling me to continue making movies.
Early in my career I worked as a junior art director at Young & Rubicam, then as a pre-viz coordinator for directors Peter Yates, Brian DePalma, and Jerry Belson, while optioning my first screenplays to Jon Avnet, Ridley Scott, and Jodie Foster. When the late/great Steven Bochco saw one of my shorts he hired me to direct “Doogie Howser,” an opportunity for which I'm especially grateful.