Director. Writer. Filmmaker.
I'm a director/writer in film/television. I recently directed the CBS police procedurals, "Criminal Minds," and "Blue Bloods," as well as the pilot and full season of the new MGM family ensemble, "The Baxters." I've had the pleasure of directing over 75 hours of fine drama.
LILLY is my passion project, a feature film based on the life of the remarkable fair pay activist Lilly Ledbetter. My screenplay won the NYWIFT Ravenal Prize and is also an Athena List winner. KINKS, a one-hour pilot, was selected for MIP CannesSeries InDevelopment 2019. The script won the WGA Drama Queens Award for best spec pilot and was selected for the WGA Writer's Access Project. "The Ice Queen," is a Sundance/New Voices finalist digital series in development with Paul Feig's Powderkeg. 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 The School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design where I studied graphic design, then onto 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 storyboard artist and 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”, the opportunity for which I'm especially grateful.