New York City Independent Film Festival review: https://www.nycindieff.com/film/the-suicide-of-james-rider The film is unique in a way that slowly draws its audience into a very ordinary, yet original storytelling. It is a story about James’ closest friends and how they deal with their grief. From the point of view of Bobby’s (Zach Lane) younger brother, Richie (Andrew … More NYC review: The Suicide of James Rider
On July 4th, 2001 my friend James Ballard took his own life at age 28. It was a complete shock, as I’m sure it always is. He wasn’t the first person close to me to pass away, but this was different. This was a choice. When I was in my early teens I had my first exposure … More The Legend of James Ballard
I am going to breakdown some of my hidden meanings and tiny connections that I hope make the film special. … More Talk ~ a deeper meaning
In April of 2009 my second child was born, my son Zander. My wife and I pretty much knew that 2 kids would be plenty for us, so I figured right away that Zander was going to be the youngest sibling and the youngest person in the house. Being the youngest of 3 brothers, it … More Why?
If people long for connection to one other, why do they often push it away? When you grow up in a place where you can get into a fight just for looking at someone, you learn pretty early to disconnect from those around you. Growing up in New Jersey, I can’t even count how many … More Connection
I appreciate you. Let me just say that up front, I appreciate you when you say things like, “You’re gonna make it” or “This project is going to be the one.” Believe me, I appreciate that thought very much. However I feel the need to tell you something. I am not trying to achieve something … More I’m not waiting to arrive and neither should you.
The original Central Florida group, Living Room Theater (LRT), which also holds independent film screenings, will now hold those screenings at the Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts. LRT is a unique theatre experience in which performers, Banks Helfrich, Tisse Mallon, and Jack Graham, are invited into people’s private living rooms and perform an immersive theatre … More Living Room Screenings moves to Blue Bamboo
This past Saturday was the final festival screening for my first narrative feature film, Read Me, bringing to an end a very long journey. It began in April of 2013 when I had just wrapped production on a feature film called, Fat, dumb and happy, directed by Banks Helfrich in which I was the assistant … More Turning the page on Read Me
I was first introduced to Skippy Lightfoot in early 2002 when my brother Christopher gave me a 13 page screenplay to read that he had written. I loved it! Immediately, I connected with the concept of a guy that is having a string of bad days, one after the other, and then suddenly is given … More Skippy Lightfoot Lives On
Sometimes when you are making a movie, the process takes so long that I often feel like people outside of the project must question whether or not anything is really happening with it. That’s why it is so exciting when I get to a point where I can release something new. Here is the trailer … More Read Me trailer