When I was 5, I won the "Gong Show" at summer camp with an imitation of Charlie Chaplin slipping on a banana peel, repeatedly.
I was having so much fun that I forgot where I was, and the judges had to pull me off the stage.
I've been making plays and movies ever since...
We Summon The Darkness is my fifth feature. No one was killed during the making of this film; in fact, I loved every minute collaborating with Alexandra Daddario, Maddie Hasson, Amy Forsyth, Keean Johnson, Logan Miller, Austin Swift, and Johnny Knoxville. Simultaneously, I'm also finishing up another new independent feature, Human Capital, with Liev Schreiber, Marisa Tomei, Peter Sarsgaard, Alex Wolff, and Maya Hawke.
These follow the critically acclaimed My Friend Dahmer (FilmRise, Altitude, HBO), which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. It stars Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Anne Heche, Dallas Roberts, and Vincent Kartheiser. My Friend Dahmer went on to play top festivals worldwide (including Deauville, BFI London, Sitges, Rome, etc.) and became an indie theatrical success later that same year — certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Two years later, it continues to top VOD/digital charts both in the US and internationally. Based on the award-winning graphic novel of the same name, my adapted screenplay landed on Hollywood’s prestigious Black List.
Earlier features How He Fell In Love (Orion Pictures/Monument Releasing) with Matt McGorry and Amy Hargreaves, Harvest (Monterey Media) — a NY Times Critics’ Pick — with Robert Loggia and Barbara Barrie, and Approaching Union Square (Sundance Channel) are all very different, but all demonstrate a consistent commitment to richly detailed, authentic character-driven stories.
Upcoming films include All My Life for Universal Pictures, and several other projects in various stages of development.
Favorite films that influenced me during high school were Amacord, My Life As A Dog, The Last American Virgin, and The Shining.
I live with my wife & producing partner Jody Girgenti and our daughter in Brooklyn, NY.
I'm represented by the United Talent Agency and Aperture Entertainment in Los Angeles.