I was born in Los Angeles at the Queen Of The Angels
Hospital and for the first 11 years of my life my family lived
in Monterey Park. While in the fifth grade, my family moved
to the west side of Los Angeles. I attended John Burroughs
Junior High School, Fairfax High School, LA City College,
UC Santa Cruz, State University of NY at Buffalo, was in the
Teacher Corps (Buffalo)/Peace Corps (Afghanistan), and
then returned to LA where I started teaching at Locke High
School, and then in Lynwood at Lynwood High School.
After many years I went back to school to learn about
computer programming and began working on projects
involving satellites test stations and worked in that field
Since the age of 3, I enjoyed playing piano and later, while in High School started playing guitar. I had a small recording studio but later wanted to consolidate and bought
a new apple computer so that I could reduce my footprint with a much smaller electronic interface. But after a few lessons I discovered a supplied program (iMovie)
and my life changed on a dime. My first movies (STONEHENGE, SPAIN, ELIZINA STOMPS THE YARD, and WHEN CLINTON LIED NO ONE DIED) were done with a tiny camera (Sony Cybershoot W-5), and after falling from my kayak into Moro Bay and
ruining my camera, I used a Cybershot T-700. But for projects that required a resolution that could be shown on a larger screen, I upgraded to a Sony HC7 and
at that time I also upgraded to Final Cut Pro6. Seven years later I completed
IT TAKES ALL TYPES, a documentary feature about the experience, strength and hope
of recovery from addiction and which played in New York City and in Los Angeles at the REEL RECOVERY Film Festival. I got a standing ovation from the sold out house. I now have a new APPLE editing bay, upgraded to Final Cut ProX, and do work with my iPhone, a Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100, and a Sony PXWZ150 Camcorder that shoots the most incredible depth of field as well as the many other needs
of a professional camera.
The last movie I completed with that old editor was FINDING OUR VILLAGE, a movie done for the Los Angeles LGBT Center (a documentary about seniors coming of age before Stonewall and the advent of Gay Pride). It played at the Renberg theater in Los Angeles and was used as a kick off for the Gay Pride celebration on Hilo, Hawai'i in July 2016. Since then I have completed MEADOWLARK (a musical short by Stephen Schwartz performed by Eddie James) that received several national film festival awards, REWAKENED (a political artistic short film that received multiple international film festival awards), and THE TORTOISE WHISPERER (which premiered at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood and was accepted at four film festivals).