About

 

A Tale of Two Pizzas, my four time audience award winning first feature (2004 Sarasota Film Festival, 2004 Food in Film Festival (Italy), 2005 Mass Bay Film Festival, 2007 Sweet Onion International Film Festival), stars The Sopranos’ Vincent Pastore, Patti D’Arbanville and Frank Vincent and features original vocals by jazz great Freddy Cole.  It was released theatrically and on DVD in 2005 and is available on Amazon Prime Video and Vimeo On Demand.

 

My recently completed feature documentary, Pure Art, the Work of Franklin Williams follows this prolific 77 year old Bay Area artist between June 2016 and May 2017 as he prepares for his first museum retrospective in 25 years at the Sonoma County Art Museum. The film is a study of what it means to be an artist and how an artist can create his life and work on his own terms.

 

My short films include Italian Lessons (available on Amazon Prime), Tightrope, I Was A Creature From Outer Space!, String Theory and If You’re Gonna Build A House: Community By Architecture (available on YouTube and Vimeo). My films have won awards and they’ve taken me to festivals and museums in the US and Europe including Breckenridge, Three Rivers, Texas, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Cleveland International, Ohio Independent, Atlantic City, Northampton, Seattle Science Fiction, Museum BL (Switzerland) and Palm Springs Shortfest.

Currently I’m directing Goin’ Down Slow my second feature documentary, this one about jazz great Freddy Cole who at the youthful age of 86 is still touring. Starting out in Chicago in the shadow of his beloved and legendary big brother, singer Nat King Cole, the film explores how Freddy found his own unique voice and style.  More than just interview and archival footage, the film takes you to historic jazz club Birdland in New York City and gives you a front row seat at a Freddy Cole concert. Goin’ Down Slow presents jazz the way it was meant to be experienced by the torchbearer of a style now nearly forgotten.