I think “Annie Hall” is still one of my favorite films. Sitting on a bench in Central Park with a good friend and observing and commenting on all the characters passing by goes down as one of my favorite things to do in life. People are fascinating creatures. What they say and what they don’t say and what they project to the world as the person they want to be seen as versus the person who they really are, simply amazes me.
I feel life is really a drunkard’s walk and mostly random and we really don’t know what’s around the corner in our lives. I learned filmmaking when I lived in Paris. The person who became a major influence was my language partner. We exchanged conversation while he cooked recipes. He wanted to learn how to speak like a New Yorker and I wanted to speak like a Parisian. I thought he was a master chef but little did I know he was a film producer. He ended up giving me my first shot of directing one of my short plays. Directing in Paris. Crazy random.
In high school, I was a major jock but when I decided to take a camera and editing course I ended up filming one of the school’s plays (“Chapter Two” by Neil Simon) and the director thought I was intrigued by the story (I played it off and lied) but he knew better and asked me to audition for a Noel Coward play the following semester. Well, I got the role and everything changed from there. I learned how to act, write and direct for the theater. Incredible and totally random.
I love collaborating and finding the best way to tell a story. Drama. Comedy. Linear. Non-Linear. I don’t care. As long as it is true, relatable and original and we’re having fun. If we’re having fun, the audience will.
Well, let’s see what life has to bring next. One thing is for sure. I’ll be telling stories for a long time. That’s the lifeblood. Now I’m off to Central Park!