1996 Press Kit Archive: Director

I was born in Paris, in 1975. I moved to Washington, D.C. with my family on my 12th birthday, and studied at the French International School of Bethesda forfive years.

Tired of an education System where the only thing that seems to count is math, I decided it was time for something different. Music was the first thing that came to my mind. I was introduced to music when I was eight. I played the piano for nine years, and composed dozens of songs and film scores. I also created several bands from "V-Sound" to the current "On".

It isn't before the age of sixteen that I started to go to the movies more than twice a year. Watching films by Besson, Beineix, Visconti, Stone, or Blier, made me feel that film might be what I was looking for. I had always been fascinated by the power of music to communicate emotions, but I grew even more attracted to the idea of combining music and images to tell a story and convey a message.
I found out that some schools actually taught filmmaking. I knew it would be a very unstable occupation, but I was ready to starve for something that I chose to do. l've never regretted that decision. With the support of my very understanding parents, I entered New York University's film school in 1992.

During my second year at NYU, I made five short films: Rendez-vous (about a young man who meets an angel in a deserted street, 2 min, 16mm, B&W), 5+1=2 (about a young woman desperately looking for attention in a NYC subway, 3 min, 16mm, B&W), 23rd and On (about the disastrous consequences of a mysterious phone call, 3 min, 16mm, B&W), The Last Day (about a young man who gets away from NYC for one night to watch the sunset, 4 min, 16mm, color), and Crisis (about a young man trying to escape the war in Bosnia, 5 min, 16mm, B&W).

During my first two years at NYU, I became very interested in cinematography. I was the director of photography of several short films such as Jon San Jose's Arianne and Michael Bush's Harsh Urban Realities. When I started the production of Blood Red Sky, my first "big" Project, I realized I had to give up cinematography to concentrate on directing and writing, which remain my priorities.

Blood Red Sky, a 10-minute action/drama about a young man who becomes a skinhead, was the first film I made during my third year at NYU. I had written the story over the summer and was ready to produce it in the fall. A first cut was ready by Christmas '94. Although some of the action scenes were pretty exciting, I felt that more editing was needed to strengthen the storyline. Since I wanted to make Duo before graduating, I decided to put Blood Red Sky on the side for a while and concentrate on Duo which I knew had much more potential. Duo won the Warner Bros. Production Award in February, 1996, and the Martin Scorsese Film Award in March. I am now sending it to several international festivals and supervising its distribution, while preparing its feature length version.

Recently, I was the Assitant Producer of Tempête dans un verre d'eau, a Paris-New York Production directed by Arnold Barkus and featuring French TV star Jackie Berroyer.