The Sins of Kalamazoo
How did you get into directing?
Surrounding myself with creative people whose work was better than mine.
When I was 15, I worked as a junior designer and researcher for Hollywoods title house, Yu+Co. After honing my skills in storytelling and design there, I went on to attend The School of Visual Arts in NYC. While in school I studied under renowned director Bob Giraldi, where I made my first short film and began to work for his production company. For the next year I was lucky enough to work with Bullett Media, in NYC, and since, the talented atSwim team.
What is your most recent project?
In collaboration with The Lincoln Motor Company, I am currently producing and directing a series of six short films about the processes and inspirations of various artists around the US.
What is the best part of being a director?
Collaboration of minds and mediums. From the beginning, I have studied the masters and tried to perfect the ‘classical’ art forms of painting, music, writing, sculpture, and design. With film, directing, I am able to tie all of these together.
Who is your favorite director and why?
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
What is your favorite movie? Your favorite commercial or branded content?
Amores Perros by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Nike’s “Fate” by David Fincher.
Tell use about your background (i.e. Where did you grow up? Past jobs?)
First job was at Big Daddy’s Pizza on Venice Beach. Pepperoni nightmares since.