At least that's what I used to say, "I like to make weird movies that confuse people, and I draw stuff for the hell of it." My inspirations and aspirations are more complex than this, but my current natural approach to cinema is outside-the-norm for those whose familiarity is with a strong story narrative and dialogue-based work. My focus is on imagery and editing, and though filmmaking has been around for over a century, what I produce seems still to fall under the descriptions of "experimental" and "avant-garde" as it is not straight storytelling.
See the work page for my filmography and commercial work history.
For some of my thoughts on my process and work in 2017 read Retrospective on my 2017 Portfolio.
I was born December 2 1997 in Atlanta, Georgia, where it rarely snows, and have pursued filmmaking and art since I was a child, the progression being drawing, sculpting, animation, stop animation and then film. I am a Post-Millennial, and as I am a Post-Millennial, I grew up plugged-in. If you look hard enough, you will find a record of many of my early creative activities, from the age of 3 on, archived online. Don't look, please.
A band tour bus is where I learned to walk. My futon bedframe was acquired from a roadie for Marilyn Manson twenty years ago. The first non-family person to learn of my impending birth was the former drummer for the Velvet Underground. My earliest home was in Decatur, an urban suburb of Atlanta, in a small art colony (across and right by the RR tracks) of musicians, photographers, artists and sculptors. Gentrification moved us out of the neighborhood when I was four. My next home was in a 100-year-old apartment building in Midtown Atlanta that on one side was a couple of blocks from Atlanta's then largest homeless shelter on Pine Street, and on the other side was a couple of blocks from the biggest soup kitchen. This would be the location for my early film, The Counting Man, eventually showcased at the Atlanta Independent Film Festival in 2017. When I was a young teen the High Museum/Woodruff Arts Center was hosting film events for teens, and it was great being able to walk there and to the art store from our building. With the then imminent closing of the Pine Street Shelter, that section of Midtown went high gear into development, and we were gentrified out of the neighborhood when I was eighteen, the building ripped apart for renovations even as all the residents were still in place, before our leases ended (we lost hot water, internet and heat). That experience was the genesis of my film Weightless Bird in a Falling Cage, a surrealist project that deals with the subject of gentrification.
The active, ever-changing face of urban Atlanta continues to provide fodder for my films.
Some of the films I like: Twin Peaks: The Return, Vampire Circus, Hausu, World on a Wire, A Face in The Crowd, 2001, Kagemusha, Kwaidan, The Big Lebowski, The Third Man, Tetsuo The Iron Man, Cocteau's Orpheus, As Long as You've Got your Health, Tarkovsky's Solaris, Nosferatu, Vampyr, This is Spinal Tap, The Conversation, Scorpio Rising, Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, Lucifer Rising, Invocation of My Demon Brother, The Holy Mountain, Santa Sangre, The Manchurian Candidate, Zardoz, The Shining, Mommy Mommy Where's My Brain, Night of the Living Dead, Suspiria, Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Lucio Fulci's The Beyond, Aguirre The Wrath of God, Eraserhead, The Grandmother, Six Men Getting Sick Six Times, The Alphabet, Mon Oncle, Pi, La Cage by Shuji Terayama, The Death Lullaby, The Trial, Samuel Beckett's Film, Close Encounters of The Third Kind, almost all Godzilla films, Onibaba, Face of Another, Stalker, Assault on Precinct Thirteen, They Live, Once Upon a Time in the West, 400 Blows, Le Mepris (Contempt), Alphaville, Juliet of the Spirits, 8 and 1/2, Eyes Wide Shut, Taxi Driver, The Living Skeleton, and many more.
Some of the music I like: Arvo Part, Alice in Chains, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Black Sabbath, Brian Eno, Carlo Maria Cordio, Cream, Curtis Mayfield, Crosby Stills & Nash, Coil, David Bowie, Dick Dale, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Ennio Morricone, Fabio Frizzi, Fairport Convention, Frank Zappa, George Delarue, Goblin, Hiroshi Harada, Howling Wolf, Iggy Pop, Isley Brothers, JA Seazer, Janis Joplin, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, John Cale, Joy Division, Killing Joke, King Crimson, Miles Davis, Milton Nascimento, Morphine, Nino Rota, Pink Floyd, Popol Vuh, Public Image Ltd., Steely Dan, Thelonious Monk, Thundercat, Bach, Vivaldi, Corelli, Mozart, Barber, Karl Orff, Schoenberg, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Pierre Henry, Stockhausen.
I do Christopher Walken and David Lynch impressions. My David Lynch as Gordon Cole impression is really good, but loud.