I am a New York City based Writer/Director, the Founder of CongestedCat Productions, and the Director of Crowdfunding at Seed&Spark. I’ve crowdfunded 4 times (for 3 shorts and 2 features), with a 100% success rate. I make micro-budget content; both of my features had $20k budgets. I won Best Director for my first feature film, a horror titled SUMMIT, at Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival’s genre category. I co-created, directed, and produced the LGBTQ comedic web series ‘Kelsey,’ which premiered on blip.tv in September 2013 to rave reviews and consistent press coverage, including as a Critic’s Pick and named one of the 19 Best Comedy Web Series of 2013 by Indiewire.com. It has over a quarter million views online. I recently finished post-production for my second feature film, a dramedy titled About a Donkey. I have also begun pitching around what I hope to be my third feature, a horror-comedy titled Silent Night, which was a Quarter Finalist at Slamdance’s 2016 Screenwriting Competition. My other credits as Director, Producer, and Writer include over a dozen narrative short films that have made official selection at film festivals across the country. In addition to Indiewire, my projects and approach as a filmmaker have been covered by BuzzFeed, AfterEllen, and countless other media sources. My work can be viewed on Amazon Prime, Vimeo, VHX and Youtube. I also turned my desire to foster collaboration and engagement in the local film community into IndieWorks, a monthly film screening series showcasing and supporting the work of other independent filmmakers in New York.
Ask me anything related to micro-budget filmmaking, directing, screenwriting, crowdfunding, audience building, social media marketing, using Seed&Spark, running a film festival, making and releasing a web series, or submitting to/attending film festivals.