Pilot Script Quarter Finalist in the 2021 Screencraft Comedy Competition
In June 2021 Andrew Young and I had our pilot script for our show The Interrogation Unit make the quarter finals of Screencraft's Comedy Competition beating out over 2000 other scripts!
The Boy in "The Giving Tree" - Unfix Theatre Festival - June 2021
The Giving Tree inspired by Shel Silverstein is a devised and visual art piece directed by Saki Kawamura. Saturday 12th June 2021 it premiered at UNFIX NYC. I played the role of The Boy. The trailer for the production is featured below.
You can find the online playbill here.
The production was featured in Broadway World.
Graduate School Update May 2021
This spring I finished the second year of my MFA at The Actors Studio Drama School. The year culminated in a festival of live performance of scenes curated by our professor Beth Manspeizer, member of The Actors Studio.
It was a great experience in which I was able to play two very distinct characters within the same performance:
- Slim "a rockstar living in sin" from Cowboy Mouth by Sam Shepard
- Lt Henry Whitney, soldier in the U.S. secret service during the Spanish American War, in Miles...The Other Story of '98 by Roberto Ramos Perea.
In the fall of 2021 I will begin my third and final year of my MFA, finishing off with our ASDS Repertory Season which will be live and in person in Spring 2022 in NYC!
John Lennon in Lennon-McCartney
In 2019 I got the chance to play John Lennon in the Biopic, Lennon-McCartney written and directed by Jacob Cleary. You can find the opening scene from the film here on my Youtube Channel.
New Cartoon Coming Soon! - The Bamboozling Truth
Escape 2120 2021 Update - Most Popular Movie on Encourage TV
On Encourage TV on Youtube, Escape 2120 is now the most popular movie on the channel with over 7 million views!
Escape 2120 won a Care Film Award for the "Best Local Film" and will be screened at the Blennerhasset Hotel in Parkersburg, WV later this year.
Water Bottle John now streaming on Reveel Movies
In January 2021, "The Adventures of Water Bottle John" began streaming on Reveel Movies. This film is an original cartoon short I wrote, directed and acted in that went on to win awards for its script, direction and voice acting.
Escape 2120 is on Amazon Prime!
As of July 13 2020, Escape 2120 has been officially released on Amazon Prime and is available to buy or rent! It will become available to Amazon Prime customers later in the fall.
More release information for other streaming channels coming soon.
BMG Global Distribution Deal-Escape 2120 Coming in July!
Escape 2120 has been picked up for distribution by Bridgestone Multimedia Group! Release information coming soon!
Escape 2120 will also have its big screen debut July 10 2020 at the People's Bank Theatre. You can find event/ticketing details here.
Escape 2120 Awards!
Brian Bennett, director of Escape 2120, recently won a "prestigious" Award of Recognition from the IndieFEST Film Awards for his tireless work on the film! Trailer below!
"In winning an IndieFEST Film Award, Vireo Productions joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including Liam Neeson as the narrator of “Love Thy Nature, A Path Appears” a documentary featuring George Clooney and Blake Lively; “Radical Grace” executive produced by Susan Sarandon; a searing expose “Davids and Goliath” by Peabody winner Leon Lee; and “Touched with Fire” starring Katie Holmes."
Escape 2120 is also a semi-finalist at the Director's Cut Int'l Film Fest 2019!!
It also won "Best Voiceover" at Oniros Film Awards September 2019 and I received an honourable mention for my screenplay and we were finalists for "Best Animation" and "Best Comedy"! We are now in contention for the annual gala in Saint-Vincent, Italy which takes place next summer. At Feel The Reel International Film Festival the cartoon won 2nd place in the Animation Category for the October 2019 edition.
I animated, wrote, directed, starred and even scored moments of this environmental comedic cartoon. Also starring the wonderful Paul Kandarian who also plays the role of Doc in Escape 2120.
"A courageous water bottle traverses the great kitchen to recycle himself for eternal life, all the while being taunted by a pessimistic yoghurt pot, content with a life in the trash."
Official Selections: LA Film Awards, Oniros Film Awards, Feel The Reel International Film Festival, Cutting Edge Film Festival, Direct Monthly Online Film Festival.
You're Invited got into 4 festivals!
I played Dan in You're Invited, written and directed by Andrew Kaplan with assistant direction by Jennifer Enskat and Cinematography by Emmy Award Winning Andrew Gardner. This is a heartwarming tale about a community coming together to celebrate the life of a stranger.