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I am now living in the heart of the film industry and have been involved in the film and theates industry for almost 50 years.I started out in New York City which was where the acting scene at the Actors Studio (I am a lifetime member) included Robert DeNiro,Dustin Hoffman ,Al Pacino,Robert Duval and other name actors like Martin Landau ,Rod Steiger,Shelley Winters,Paul Newman,Ben Gazzara and the list goes on. That was then and the picture has changed. A stage play in New York names a name Hollywood actor to make a profit. The independent film scene has also changed. Steven Soderbergh commented on that recently at the San Francisco International Film Festival and major companies have taken over the studios.
I still work as an actor in commercials,TV and mostly independent films. I ahve worked with the major directors like Francis Ford Coppola,Sydney Lumet, and Bryan Singer whom I met on his first feature and the relationship is same even now.
Currently I can be seen on reruns,commercials,short films and indie films.
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I have 2 award winning films on the festival circuit American Bred and Courier X
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 in London and other cities.the 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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