A young magician uses her cunning and sleight of hand in order to make money and keep her home life intact. When she gets caught, she has to decide what she's willing to sacrifice to help her family. This is an edited version of a short film that was put together for an HBO film contest.
Expressway To Your Skull (2014)
Expressway To Your Skull is the story of Ed and Amy, a thrill-seeking couple in their 20's desperately searching for a way to fix their strapped existence. With a stash of drugs, backpacks and half-cocked enthusiasm, Ed and Amy hit the road...but as they arrive in the woods their idyllic 3 day trip slowly starts to turn into a nightmare.
Mike Okum wrote and directed this feature that was filmed primarily in Topanga Canyon but several locations in the greater Los Angeles area were also utilized. I played a former Special Forces Marine now living the rugged survivalist life in the mountains. I relish the role and the opportunity to do my own stunts and make character choices that found their way to the screen. Mike encouraged free flow of ideas from Day 1 to wrap. The cast and crew bonded to the extent that they now feel like family. Cheers all!
An actor strives to break free of his "type" to play more interesting roles that move and inspire others.
Matt Kohler wrote and directed this short film that won Best Drama at the Wildwood Film Festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It also made Official Selection at the prestigious Toronto International Film and Video Awards, 2014. I play a artsy Director who sees promise in the young leading man (Kohler) who is auditioning for my upcoming big project. Lisa Roumain plays the Casting Director in our scene together.
The Guardsmen (un-aired pilot) 2014
In 1871, the Department of Justice contracted the services of the Pinkerton Detective Agency to help in the detection and prosecution of those guilty of violating federal law.
But in the aftermath of the Homestead Strike of 1892, Congress enacted the Anti-Pinkerton Act, prohibiting the government from hiring the services of the Pinkerton's.
As a result... THE GUARDSMEN were born.
Jesse Montes wrote and co-directed (with A.J. Mester) this period Western that was filmed over the course of a week in Landers, CA at the Whitehorse Ranch. Jesse and Matt Kohler were co-leads in this trailer for a television series that hopefully will get picked up. I play Federal Marshall Tannen, who is Matt's father in the story.
Pipeline Dreams (un-aired short film) 2013
In order to realize his dream of becoming a surfer, a young African-American who's enamored with the ocean must overcome his inability to swim along with his father's oppressive will to turn him into a star basketball player.
What could be better? To be able to play a sage surf Guru named Nestor in a passion project and also be able to surf the great breaks in Ventura County as an integral part of the story. Well, with a wonderful cast and talented crew, the film wrapped and the footage is "in the can". The only thing that could be better would be for this project to come to fruition and find an audience. The script was written and directed by Juan Carlos Velasco and stars television star, Najee De Tiege.
Captain Planet (2012)
The earth's temperature is rising. Our ice caps are melting. It's clear that the planet is in trouble - and there's only one blue-skinned dude who can save us from ourselves. That's right: I'm talking about Captain Planet. After 10 years being apart, the Planeteers must reunite once again. A trio of neo-Planeteers has produced this live-action trailer and everything about the clip is spot-on - impressive special effects and especially the villain's devious dialogue, "When the world sees chaos, war, despair - I see dollar signs" (Mark Aaron as Looten Plunder). Check it out.
This was my first project with the prolific and talented actor/director/producer Matt Kohler. I was cast as the TV cartoon villain, Looten Plunder. Jay Diaz directed, Noah Baron, Matt Kohler and Robert Santiago produced this slick trailer which has had over 2 million Youtube views.
Holt and Randy (2010)
The story of two childhood friends - Holt Holiday and Randy Thyme, Los Angeles natives who return home to Hollywood after spending years touring the world as roadies for the Rolling Stones to start new lives running a small film studio owned by Holt's dubious Uncle Ron.
Directed by Russell Griffith, this South Hollywood Studios production was pure fun from day 1 to wrap. The actors were encouraged to improvise and the set buzzed with enthusiasm. Rich Bokides and Jason Heath created and produced from a script by Adam Litt.
As a family struggles to survive in rural America during the Great Depression, their daughter's secret affair begins a journey into the unknown. From writer/director, Asiel Norton, comes this story about the eternal laws of survival and existence, and how one act can begin the dissolution as well as the rebirth of a family. Debut director Asiel Norton chose 35mm for this gorgeously filmed morality tale of sex and incest set during the 1930's recession in Redland County CA.
Winner: Best Feature Debut, Raindance Film Festival, London UK. This project was the experience of a lifetime. Asiel Norton, who directed from a script by Norton and Magdalena Zyzak, allowed his actors to live and explore their characters freely in the wilds of Humboldt County California. We performed our own stunts and on an interesting note: the house in the hills of Arcata, which was set decorated to be the family home, was a Northern California Grateful Dead crashpad for many years.
Mojave Desert, 1965. A train-hopping drifter settles in a tiny roadside outpost where a chance encounter brings him face to face with his own haunted past, and the doomed love affair that has left him emotionally barren. We see that it is never too late to put our demons to rest and surrender to love.
This film, directed by Dominik Domingo, has been well received on the film festival circuit winning "Best Short Film" at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Dominik won "Best Director" for his work on Outpost at the Long Beach Film Festival.
Outpost, 2nd unit scene
A renegade soldier takes up arms against his superiors in a righteous effort to thwart our side's enhanced interrogation techniques. I play a DOD senior official who decides where the chess pieces move.
The Great Misfortune of Charles Proctor (2006)
Dr. Charles Proctor, brilliant scientist, led the perfect life - until he fell victim to a terrible lab accident that changed things forever. Relegated to be a cripple for the rest of his days, it slowly drove him to madness. Years after his involuntary retirement from his research at Sandell Corp, Proctor hires a young man named Bradley to help satiate his wife Mary's basic needs - as he sees them. In the meantime, Proctor secretly conducts the remnants of his unfinished experiments in his own primitive laboratory, while Bradley suffers silently under the unsettling conditions of Proctor's requests. Charles himself is soon to meet his own misfortune as this tale of perverse hope unfolds into a startling revelation for all.
Nikita Kleverov wrote and directed this ambitious, stylized film. Steven Bello produced it. Charles Proctor suffers a life changing injury to his baby making equipment during a lab experiment and rather than see his beautiful wife go unfulfilled, he hires a stud with a heart to take care of business.
Steve Bordelon wrote and directed this well received sci-fi thriller about a Svengali megalomaniac who uses mind control techniques to weaponize his army of children. My death scene was a noteworthy brain implosion.
The Rubys (1999)
This film is a family coming of age drama that closely resembled writer/producer Nan Hazen's early years. My character was a strait-laced father who had to deal with his alcoholic wife. This feature film was unreleased.
The Lost Interviews (un-aired pilot)
IMAGINE... you were cleaning up your grandfather's attic and you stumbled across a wooden trunk and beneath a moth eaten civil war uniform was an old rusted reel of film that read "Abraham Lincoln on Slavery December 10, 1860." Hear... Lincoln in his own words... Was he a racist? Was he a martyr?
The Lost Interviews was an ambitious project created by Steve Solomon that chronicled the lives of influential world figures. The first episode, "Abraham Lincoln on Slavery", was directed by Roy Unger under the creative consultation of noted Lincoln scholar, Michael Burlingame. I had the honor of learning 13 pages of actual Lincoln text. This unaired pilot has yet to be screened before an audience.