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I have worked as an actor in major films like Godfather 1 and Usual Suspects and recently on TV shows like Desperate Housewives, Cold Case, Ugly Betty and have produced and distributed over 40 films through Roguearts .
I am currently involved in 5 new film projects in the USA and Italy.
In addition as a member of the Actors Studio I have taught at Strasberg Institute and Theatre of Arts and created 2 acting academies in Italy and have done workshops there, I have been a judge on many film festivals and worked with Independent Film Projects West as a producer on the feature film program and the Spirit Awards.
The Artist' Dominates Independent Spirit Awards
I was not surprised that "The Artist" was named the year's best independent feature at the Film Independent Spirit Awards at beautiful Santa Monica Beach surfing over all the competition on a tidal wave to the Oscars on Sunday.
The film also won awards for director Michel Hazanavicius, lead actor Jean Dujardin and cinematographer Guillaume Schiffman, taking home prizes in four of the five categories in which it was nominated.
Indie Spirit Award voters made the Oscar favorites, their choices preceding the likely Academy Awards winners, including "The Artist," Dujardin and supporting actor Christopher Plummer from "Beginners.
and because director Michel Hazanavicus has permanent U.S. resident status
Michelle Williams won the Best Female Lead award for her performance in "My Week With Marilyn," and thanked the "roomful of misfits, dropouts, loners ... like me" in a typically heartfelt speech
"Pariah" won the John Cassavetes Award for a film made for less than $500,000, while "Margin Call" was named Best First Feature and Will Reiser won the Best First Screenplay award for "50/50."
Also read: Indie Spirit Awards: The Start of a Big Weekend for 'The Artist'?
"Margin Call" also won the Robert Altman Award, which was announced in December and which goes to a film's director, casting director and ensemble cast.
"The Descendants" was the only other film to win more than one award, with Woodley and a screenplay win for Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.
Steve James' acclaimed documentary "The Interrupters," which caused controversy when it didn't even make the Oscar documentary shortlist, was named Best Documentary (beating four other non-Oscar nominees).
"A Separation" won Best International Film, an award that last year went to "The King's Speech."
Four sponsored awards, which carried cash prizes, were announced at the Spirit Awards nominees' brunch in January.
Seth Rogen hosted the show, which he skewered in his opening monologue as being "completely inconsequential." Winning one, he said, "will get you absolutely nothing. It won't even raise your price, because it proves that you'll work for nothing."
Best Feature: "The Artist"
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"
Best Screenplay: "The Descendants," Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
Best First Feature: "Margin Call"
Best First Screenplay: Will Reiser, "50/50"
John Cassavetes Award: "Pariah"
Best Female Lead: Michelle Williams, "My Week With Marilyn"
Best Male Lead: Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"
Best Supporting Female: Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants"
Best Supporting Male: Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"
Best Cinematography: Guillaume Schiffman, "The Artist"
Best Documentary: "The Interrupters"
Best International Film: "A Separation"
Robert Altman Award: "Margin Call" director JC Chandor, casting directors Tiffany Little Canfield and Bernard Telsey, and ensemble cast Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey and Stanley Tucci
Piaget Producers Award: Sophia Lin, "Take Shelter"
Audi Someone to Watch Award: Mark Jackson, "Without"
Nokia Truer Than Fiction Award: Heather Courtney, "Where Soldiers Come From"
Jameson FIND Your Audience Award: Benjamin Murray and Alyssa Nahmias, "Unfinished Spaces"
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