Head of Development
I remember the moment when my fondness for cinema turned into fascination. It was while watching "Thief" at the age of 9. I had a thought along, "There’s something going on here, something beside the story." Years later, I learned that style was going on. Style may not be everything, but it is a great deal. It is the how to substance’s what. This I learned over the decades since watching Michael Mann’s film, trying to reside where style and substance meet, charting their interstices and intersections, falling for the cinema time and again. I have curated/directed film festivals in Minneapolis and Detroit and have served on film festival boards, and written screenplays and produced and acted in films. I have published multiple articles on silent, transnational, religious, and musical cinemas. I have taught in Minnesota and in California, including currently in UCLA, as I preside in the world's cinema capital. The most exhilarating cinema work I have done over the decades, however, was in developing film projects, as I had for Levantine Films. To lead development in Mimera Films is a privilege and a joy.