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1986 …2022

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Research Interests

Screenwriting/playwriting, sound design, curating, teen culture, teen films, horror, comedy, psychology, health/illness in the contemporary world, empathy and film, sacrifice and film, film scores/film music, Star Trek, Wilhelm Reich, Spalding Gray, superhero movies, story structure including four-act structure and the Hero’s Journey, dialogue, and film endings.

My creative practice concentrates on screenwriting, but also includes experimental sound design and curating. More and more, I am playwriting and directing. Thematically, whether screenwriting for Hollywood, playwriting, designing sound, composing music, curating gallery exhibits, producing, or directing, I am often investigating illness, whether societal (teen angst, dystopia) or internal (schizophrenia, psychosis, dementia). I am particularly interested in illness that falls somewhere between the physical and the psychological and the role of memory/trauma in forming our personalities. At a more technical level, I am interested in the extent to which dialogue (especially simultaneous dialogue tracks) conveys narrative, can represent the internal world of mental illness, and the extent to which dialogue is perceived simply as music.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Film/video production, MFA, University of Southern California

… → 1988

Composing/Video, BA, Yale University

… → 1985

Research interests

  • Film music
  • Horror films
  • Screen and stage
  • Screenwriting
  • Sound design
  • Teen films


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