Biography: Born on April 18, 1991. The second of three children. Born and Raised in St. Paul MN. My home neighborhood is the West Side but I spent a lot of time on the East Side as a kid. I have always enjoyed movies even since I was very small. There used to be a video update right across the street from my Grandmas house when I was a kid and I gave them a lot of buisness to say the least. I remember me and my sister must have rented Forest Gump and the Naked Gun movies a hundred times. That Video Store contributed highly to my love for film. Growing up I didnt have a father figure around most of the time so the movies every kid watches with their Dad at one point or another I was laging in and still kinda am. I remember one time I was spending the night at my Grandma’s house and my Grandpa and I started talking about Clint Eastwood movies and I he asked me if i had seen any of the Dirty Harry movies. When I said no he had kind of a disgusted look on his face and promptly walked out the front door without saying anything. He was back in 10 minutes with Dirty Harry and Sudden Impact in hand and we watched both of them that night. I thought that was pretty cool.
I went to Catholic schools all my life though you probably wouldnt know it from my work or my vulgar language. I went to Holy Trinity Elementary School from kindergarten through 8th grade. I met Joe Vaske there in Kindergarten and other Off the Edge member Peter Capecchi in 7th grade.
For High School I went to St. Agnes High in St. Paul. I was never really a fan of school but I absolutlely hated High School. I mean that to the fullest extent of the word I hated it, so much so that I wasnt there a great deal of the time. Although it was horrible I met a few great friends there who hated it just as much as I did.
I realized I wanted to get into making movies in my high school Chemistry class when this particular teacher killed my love of science. I was bored out of my mind in that class and I sat next to a kid I had know since kindergarten but wasnt really close friends with up until that point. All we both did in that class was pass notes talking about all kinds of movies. I mean that was literally the only thing we did in that class. That young man was Joe Vaske. Off the Edge Productions as we know it today was pretty much founded in that room (even though Joe had started it on his own a while earlier with several hommade films starring his family.) I joined Off the Edge Productions in the fall of 2006.
Influences: to name a few; Martin Scorsece, Stanley Kubrick, George A. Romero, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and of course hometown heroes Joel and Ethan Coen.
Favorite Film Genre: a toss up between Film Noir, black comedies, and Horror.
Six Favorite films: (Subject to change) The Godfather, Dr. Stangelove, On the Waterfront, Taxi Driver, Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Casablanca.
Directorial Credits: Paint it Black, and Tale of Two Cities (third part)