About Me

I’m a writer, director, producer, and general doer of whatever needs to get done. I got my MFA from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, and now I split my time between writing, shooting, and teaching.

I once ate a barbecued bat in Laos, fled machete-wielding guards in the Mayan ruins of Guatemala, and stayed at the Hotel Moustache in Niamey, Niger.  I have am married to the lovely and talented Laura Marie Keller (née Kuebel). We have two daughters – Sylvia and Alice Jean – and dog named Norm.

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Filmmaking Experience

Director

Thane of East County – Feature Film
Best Drama Winner – Poppy Jasper Film Festival
Best Narrative Feature – San Diego Film Week
Official Selection – Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival
Nominee, John Alcott Award for Best Cinematography – Chicago Blow-Up Film Fest
Nominee, Monica Vitti Award for Best Actress – Chicago Blow-Up Film Fest

The Ritual – USC student short film
Official Selection, San Diego Film Festival
Official Selection, Dam Short Film Fest

Killer App – 48 Hour Film Project Short
Winner, best use of GoPro award

The Mirror of Samuel Drax – independent short film

Tongue of the Red Snapper – USC advanced project short

Turn Your Head and Coffin – Funny or Die comedy web short

Monk Chat – UCLA ethnographic documentary
Official Selection, UCLA Vitus Film Festival

Feature Screenwriting

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Finalist, Script Pipeline Screenplay Competition

Outlaw Country
Quarterfinalist, Slamdance Feature Screenplay Competition
“Second Rounder,” Austin Film Fest Screenplay Competition

Thane of East County
Best Drama Winner – Poppy Jasper Film Festival
Official Selection – Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival
Nominee, John Alcott Award for Best Cinematography – Chicago Blow-Up Film Fest
Nominee, Monica Vitti Award for Best Actress – Chicago Blow-Up Film Fest

Cinematographer

God’s Country – USC advanced project
Official Selection, Phoenix Film Festival

Killer App – 48 Hour Film Project Short.
Winner, best use of GoPro award

Turn Your Head and Coffin – Funny or Die comedy web short

Falling Leaves (La Roi) – USC student project