I was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana and cannot remember every having been without HBO, TCM and AMC. I had an early obsession with Arnold Schwarzenegger and learned how to spell his name before I knew my ABCs.
I have seen Predator over a hundred times and used to reenact the entire movie, beginning to end with G.I. Joe toys (although the Predator itself was Amanaman from the Star Wars universe). I started making movies on a VHS camcorder at a young age and adapted Julius Caesar into a mafia action film my sophomore year of high school. The following year I made a feature-length adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s novel Doctor Sax, turning it into a bizarre (probably pretentious and unwatchable) jazz-filled meditation on imaginary friends and the loss of childhood innocence. After studying English literature at Millikin University, I transferred to Columbia College, Chicago where I received a degree in film. Somewhere in there, I started working as a projectionist.