Nighthawks is my second feature film, due to premiere at a private screening during Tribeca Film Festival on May 4, 2019. The film will be distributed by FilmRise (The Miseducation of Cameron Post, My Friend Dahmer) shortly thereafter. I am the writer, director, and a producer. My fellow producers are John N. Hart, Jr. and Jeff Sharp, producers of Boys Don't Cry, You Can Count on Me, Nicholas Nickleby and 10 other films prior to this. Peter Pastorelli (Beasts of No Nation) also produced.
Nighthawks stars Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl), Kevin Zegers (Transamerica), Blue Kimble, Lola Bessis (Picnic at Hanging Rock), Tyler Weaks (Frat Star), Michele Weaver (Love Is), Ping Hue, Juliette Labelle, and Janet Montgomery (New Amsterdam). The movie filmed from October-November 2017.
Logline: Wide-eyed Midwest transplant Stan (Chace Crawford) agrees to play wingman to his calculating and privileged roommate Chad (Kevin Zegers) as they embark upon an exploration of glittering New York nightlife, whose darkest secrets are held captive by an elite band of millennials known as Nighthawks.
I am a partner of the critically acclaimed and Tony Award Best Musical "The Band's Visit," currently playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theater. The show also won 9 other Tony’s, including Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Score. "The Band's Visit" is produced by Evamere Entertainment, and won the 2017 Obie Award for Musical when it was off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company. The show also won the 2017 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical. The musical is closing on April 7, 2019.
Frat Star is my first film, that I wrote, co-directed, and produced. Filming occurred in October 2015. The film stars Connor Lawrence, Justin Mark, Cathryn Dylan, Tyler Weaks, and features Chris Elliott (Groundhog Day). My co-directing partner is Ippsie Jones and the film's other producer is Hunter Ryan. The film was released on over 20 IVOD and VOD platforms such as iTunes and Amazon Video on January 3, distributed by Gravitas Ventures. On April 10, the film came out on Netflix and was on the "Popular on Netflix" list for weeks.
I am a Producer of A Bronx Tale, which is co-directed by Jerry Zaks and Robert De Niro, with music by Alan Menken. The show premiered in November 2016 to a great review from The New York Times. Other producers include Tommy Mottola, The Dodgers (Jersey Boys), and John N. Hart Jr. (Once and The Band’s Visit). This is the first of many projects I have produced with Hart. The musical was nominated for four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical. The show’s Broadway run ended on August 5, 2018 and began its national tour the next month.
Imperial Reckoning is the film adaptation of Caroline Elkins' book of the same name that won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. I am Executive Producer on the project, with John N. Hart Jr. who is a Producer. This is set to film in 2018.
Dreaming American will be Lee Percy’s directorial debut. Lee has been a highly respected editor for the last 35 years, with credits including Blue Steel (dir. Kathryn Bigelow, 1990), Boys Don’t Cry (dir. Kimberly Peirce, 1999), The Believer (dir. Henry Bean, 2001), Touched With Fire (dir. Paul Dalio, 2015), and Netflix’s The Kindergarten Teacher (dir. Sara Colangelo, 2018).
Peter Pastorelli (Beasts of No Nation, Nighthawks) and I will be producing.