I have worked in the motion picture industry since 1988, when I produced and directed DOMINOES: PORTRAIT OF A DECADE, a critically acclaimed documentary on the Vietnam era that was featured on PBS and HBO.
In 1990, I co-founded Northern Arts Entertainment -- noted US distributor of award-winning international films -- where as Chairman and CEO, I presided over the release of over sixty motion pictures, including Oscar nominees CHILDREN OF NATURE and HEDD WYN; Ken Loach's Cannes Special Jury Prize winner, RAINING STONES; Oscar winner WALLACE AND GROMIT: A CLOSE SHAVE; Steven Soderbergh's SCHIZOPOLIS and GRAY'S ANATOMY; Pavel Lungin's Palme d'Or nominee, LUNA PARK; Pupi Avati's David di Donatello award winner, INCANTATO; and NON TI MUOVERE which won a David di Donatello for its star, Penelope Cruz and its director, Sergio Castellitto.
In 2000, I created International Arthouse Features, and in 2007, served as a managing partner of iArtHouse.com, a premiere downloading website dedicated to the best in world cinema.
Presently, I have optioned all rights to THE BARDOT EFFECT a feature film that I co-wrote and am producing with Rome producer, Giuliana Del Punta (Scorsese's, MY VOYAGE TO ITALY).
In addition to my producing and stewardship of Northern Arts and International Arthouse Features, I am a member of Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative's Board of Directors and serve as its Secretary. I am also on the Board of Directors for Reader to Reader -- organization dedicated to expanding literacy and learning opportunities for the nation's most chronically underserved and vulnerable communities, including inner-city schools, Native American reservations, and poor rural towns.
After college, I created a street academy with the Urban League to teach inner city youth expelled from HS for violence. I also taught college curricula in an alternative-to-jail college program designed for students arrested for drugs.
While in graduate school at Columbia I was in the leadership of CAIM (Columbia Anti-Imperialist Movement) as well as VVAW (Vietnam Vets Against the War) and the Chile Solidarity Committee.
Upon graduation from law school and before founding Northern Arts, I served on the Superfund litigation team in the Region I Office of the United States Environmental Protection Agency for four years.
I have a BA in philosophy from Fordham University, a MA in English from Columbia University Teachers College, studied film at the graduate level at Columbia University School of the Arts and earned a JD degree from Northeastern University School of Law.
I am also the co-owner of Copper Beech, a real estate investment LLC.