Writer/DirectorBehind the Camera
Feature Films, Music Videos, Short Films
Patrick Labyorteaux and I wrote and a feature film, Hollywood Palms, that got made and released right around the turn of the century. This was our fourth time working together after The Prince of Bel-Air, Summer School & Ski School.
Hollywood Palms was Jeffrey Nachmanoff’s first feature and starred Judge Reinhold, Elizabeth Mitchel, Paget Brewster, Matt Adler, Matt Winston, Jeff Russo, Jay Ferguson, David Packer and me and Patrick, with a cameo from Eric Stoltz as Eric Stoltz.
I shot a short film, Glutton Falls with the brilliant David Packer & Shirley Anderson, and then used the same premise to shoot Former Me, a pilot for a web series that no one was interested in.
I also directed another music video, Pussywhipped. This one had a big budget and I got to use my buddy, Wesam Keesh as the protagonist. The shoot gave him a concussion.
The Horvitz Years – Dickhead Firemen
I was whining about how we should work more to my friend (another Summer School alumni) Richard Horvitz and Richard said “Let’s shoot our own stuff.”
We got all of our buddies together at a green-screen studio one afternoon and improvised a very LO-FI web thing called “Dickhead Firemen.” It is intentionally shoddy looking. We just wanted to do stupid stuff and poke at that firefighter sacred cow.
A priest a rabbie and an atheist walk into a bar. The bartender says “What is this? Some kind of joke?”
At some point, we will be making a few of these every month. This is the most fun I’ve had in this business of show.
Since 2004, I’ve sporadically toured a two-person show detaling my correspondence with a Nigerian 419 Scammer – “The Nigerian Spam Scam Scam.”
The great Victor Isaac plays the Nigerian first lady, her son, Ibrahim Abacha as well as Ibrahim Abacha pretending to be a completely different scammer.
Fun Fact! Summer 2017, I went to Lagos, Nigeria to act in a movie called “The Nigerian Prince” that has nothing to do with my show. Coincidence?! Yes!
Theater – Bukowsical
A composer played some “funny songs” he’d written with a brilliant writer, Spencer Green, based on the premise of a Biographical Musical about Charles Bukowski. At that time, I’d been doing work with a great Los Angeles theater company, Sacred Fools, and took it to them and basically demanded a late night slot. We had no script and only three songs.
I thought that we should perform the show as a “backers audition” by a struggling theater company led by a minorly talented egomaniac and “Bukowsical!” was born.
Bukowsical! was a great show. Theater can break your heart.
I’ve continued to write TV & Features. Contact my reps. Let’s have lunch.
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