Born in London, England, I was an early cinema fan with King Kong and American comics being instrumental in my passion for telling stories with pictures. Emigrating to Canada in the 1970's I worked diligently as a skateboard enthusiast, fantasy novel devotee (discovering Tolkien, Howard and the artwork of Frazetta) and began creating worlds of pictures and stories. I graduated from York University in 1985 with a BFA in Film Production and immediately began working in 'Hollywood North'. Through the late 80's and early 90's, I dedicated myself to independent production, learning the ropes of distribution (with both New World and Disney as employers!) and made my first feature film, Bust A Move before I was 30! This was the picture that started it all as I was introduced to Lionsgate and began making kickboxing and erotic thrillers for them. HBO came calling and I moved every further up the production ladder creating three World Premiere Cinema showcases for them and was able to begin the Millenium as the Producer/ Director of the acclaimed mini-series, Robocop: Prime Directives.
As reality television and production shortfalls continued in Canada, I turned to producing US Cable-driven feature films and beginning my academic career. Successful tenures at The Canadian Film Center, Sheridan College and a host of other educational facilities allowed me to transition to the USA and join the full-time faculty at Columbia College Chicago. I am now a tenured Associate Professor in the Interactive Arts & Media Department.
Today, I am an active working artist and professional educator passing on my 'no-holds-barred' production philosophies and continuing to live the dream. I make cinema and visual art for myself now and am an evangelist for DIY and self-distribution in this new digital age.
You will find me passionate, articulate and committed to the cause of telling stories and developing talents worldwide.
You ain't seen nothin' yet.
Cinema & Visual Arts