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Hey, I'm John!

I'm a filmmaker living in New York City. Been here pretty much my whole life, except for some time in Tampa and I do NOT like to talk about Tampa...

Ok, I'll talk about it, but I won't be happy.

I have had a love affair with movies ever since I saw Marathon Man in 1992. I rented it from a Brooklyn Public Library on VHS and spent the next two hours being amazed at just how much one can do with a great script.

I love comics, novels, and Oingo Boingo. My favorite movie is Wild at Heart by David Lynch.

I started out my filmmaking career with a web series called 8 for Vegas. If you're masochistic you can look it up. It was the first project I worked with my producing partner Julie Sisson on. From there we produced a music video, a short film, two tv pilots and our first feature, Stuck, which was accepted into six film festivals and has been nominated for a number of awards, including Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress (Katie Howe).

We're very excited to get Four Bottles up and running. 

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Another Period in Time

Atlanta Series
Comedy, Drama

A free black woman from 1863 wakes up in 2018 ATL & meets an entitled millennial. Can she get home or learn to love avocado toast & selfies?

106%

This project got the green light!

White Crow

Los Angeles Feature
Mystery, Thriller

A sickly young woman's life unravels when she receives a heart transplant and begins to take on her donor's personality traits.

89%

This project got the green light!

American Totem

Chico Feature
Documentary

The modern gun debate is a distraction from the issues that need to be addressed. American Totem refocuses the national conversation.

100%

This project got the green light!

Oniphron

Portland Feature
Drama, Fantasy

A tale about a homeless immortal woman taken in by a Portlander.

85%

This project got the green light!

Good Men

New Brunswick Feature
Drama, Thriller

A college freshman questions his commitment to the fraternity he’s pledging when he discovers that a brother raped his best friend.

92%

This project got the green light!

Kings of Lincoln County: The Brookstock Movie

Brookhaven Feature
Biography, Music

The amazing untold story of Mississippi musicians that spans fifty years

146%

This project got the green light!

Parkway of Broken Dreams

Las Vegas Feature
Documentary

In the 1990s, Las Vegas counterculture boomed along one road: Maryland Parkway. But by the end of the decade, the whole scene vanished.

90%

This project got the green light!

Birthright?!

Miami Feature
Documentary

A journey into the tropically surreal identities of Miami's favorite hyphenated American musical duo, Afrobeta.

100%

This project got the green light!

I Don't Live Today

New York Feature
Drama, Experimental

On his last night in NYC, a struggling Black painter wanders the streets cutting off all ties he has to the morally hypocritical art world.

81%

This project got the green light!

Jacob's Brother

Lake Charles Feature
Comedy, Drama

A comedian with bipolar disorder must learn to balance his ambitions with managing his condition or risk losing his family, career, & sanity

104%

This project got the green light!

What She Said

Flint Hill Feature
Drama, Family

Sam's sure the best way to face her trauma is alone on her family's farm. Her brother's sure she's wrong. A Thanksgiving intervention movie.

82%

This project got the green light!

Beyond the Shadows

Sedro-Woolley Feature
Horror, Comedy

A ghost hunter with his band of misfits explore the paranormal activity of massacred Native American spirits at the Chetco River Lodge.

83%

This project got the green light!

Between the Moon and You

Los Angeles Feature
Comedy, Drama

A young couple's sweet romance spirals into chaos as the two fall out of love and struggle to keep a grip on reality.

82%

This project got the green light!

The Bachelorette Party

Orcas Feature
Comedy, Horror

Six girlfriends go to a remote island for a bachelorette party, where they go from fighting off bad hangovers to fighting for their lives.

127%

This project got the green light!

BABYDOLL

Austin Feature
Comedy, Drama

A failed musician and a stubborn teenager make a pact to drive across Texas to retrieve his stolen guitar and meet her long lost father.

104%

This project got the green light!

Hudson

Syracuse Feature
Comedy, Drama

Hudson is a dramedy about two distant cousins that take a trip in an old Volvo to scatter one of their late mother's ashes.

100%

This project got the green light!

Anatomy of Wings

Baltimore Feature
Documentary, Global Celebration

A young mentor from East Baltimore seeks to understand how ten teenage girls are feeling courage toward their circumstances.

111%

This project got the green light!

THEY WHO SURROUND US

Los Angeles Feature
Drama

A farmer follows a voice deep into the woods enabling him to see his wife one last time.

187%

This project got the green light!

Brown Town

McAllen Feature
Musical, Romantic Comedy

A loner beat boxer finds family in her college's South Asian acapella team.

80%

This project got the green light!

Endless Light

Fairbanks Feature
Drama, Sci-Fi

Returning home, a bipolar woman attempts to decipher her brother's suicide through occult intervention with Alaska's wilderness.

101%

This project got the green light!

Sister/Brother

Portland Feature
Comedy, Drama

Nora, a broke actress, and her younger brother Scotty drive from Portland to Seattle so she can attend a dinner hosted by her wealthy ex.

100%

This project got the green light!

In the Shadow of the Valley

Klamath Falls Feature
Film-Noir, Thriller

When mysterious forces threaten the family and church of a rural pastor, he's forced to play detective to unravel a disturbing mystery.

133%

This project got the green light!

Thunderbolt In Mine Eye

Portland Feature
Drama, Teen

Two young neighbors embark on a first love relationship in which they struggle to remain kids amid the complexities of modern adolescence.

101%

This project got the green light!

Duncan

Austin Feature
Crime, Satire

A young black journalist & an angry alt-right militiaman team up to uncover a child trafficking ring hidden in a pizzeria's basement.

86%

This project got the green light!

Broker 2

Feature
Comedy, Thriller

A small-town serial killer moves from his usual hunting grounds to the Big Apple, where he finds it hard to adjust to city living.

84%

This project got the green light!

Inbetween Girl

Galveston Feature
Comedy, Teen

Angie's life becomes even more complicated when she begins an affair with a popular jock at her new private school.

115%

This project got the green light!

RUNAROUND SUE

Natchitoches Feature
Drama, Music

RUNAROUND SUE is a small-town Southern bartender known for breaking hearts... until THE WANDERER comes to town.

103%

This project got the green light!

Disfluency

Commerce Charter Township Feature
Drama, Comedy

Jane spends the summer after college at her family's lake house where she continues to cope with PTSD after date rape.

124%

This project got the green light!

Itchy Fingers

Chicago Feature
Satire

An aspiring teenage comedian joins a community theatre and is cast to play a school shooter.

123%

This project got the green light!

Ellipsis

New Orleans Short
Comedy, Drama

Each consumed with indecision, two women help each other find some sort of clarity in a brief chance meeting.

113%

This project got the green light!

Brown With Blue

Atlanta Short
Drama, Romance

A handyman & his girlfriend struggle with substance abuse to cope with their problems.

102%

This project got the green light!

Big Girl

New York Series
Comedy

A plus-size woman in NYC navigates our size-obsessed culture with cynical humor and unapologetic self-love.

81%

This project got the green light!

Passion & Progress

Lakeland Series
Documentary

When people of color set out an ambitious goal to reach their highest potential, only to be faced with societal barriers.

110%

This project got the green light!

The Royal Court

Atlanta Series
Drama, Family

A sensitive African-American girl struggles with remaining on the royal court at her college after an undeserving senior is crowned queen.

105%

This project got the green light!

The-Caroline-Peatree-Gibbs-Series

Greenville Series
Drama, Romance

Caroline, a strong-willed, selfish, Black femalepreneur, wants it all in business, love and life.

112%

This project got the green light!

Outlandish

Atlanta Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

Mockumentary-style series about finding yourself through your friends, relationships or Outlandish moments in life we all experience.

100%

This project got the green light!

I Friggin Love you

Los Angeles Series
Drama, Romantic Comedy

Love can make you or break you.

91%

This project got the green light!

Bleeding Backwards

Chicago Series
Other

A series of short films that use movement and dance to examine the effects of the US prison system on individuals and their communities.

127%

This project got the green light!

Sex Is a God Thing

Chicago Series
Drama, LGBTQ

After their father's death, two queer women of color connect as long lost sisters, and together struggle with their identity & spirituality.

100%

This project got the green light!

Pink

Los Angeles Series
Drama

As narcotics hit Washington DC hard in 1987, four young girls are forced to provide and protect as their parents lose to the drug game.

125%

This project got the green light!

Black Girl Training

Milwaukee Series
Comedy, Shorts Program

When a black transracial adoptee is meeting her biological family, there's only one way to prepare her; a black girl training.

106%

This project got the green light!

Curls For Humanity

Chicago Series
Comedy, Other

After living a carefree lavish existence in Los Angeles, biracial sisters are forced to migrate to Chicago where they explore their racial i

96%

This project got the green light!

Vivian Moon: Little Moon Rising

Chicago Series
Animation, Family

Moxie and a mouth full of teeth, Vivian violet must learn to brave lycathropy and her new home with her new dad, Will Awae.

118%

This project got the green light!

Established

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, Drama

After losing their car and savings, two lovers fight to build a life in LA while enduring the changes of an unstable industry.

87%

This project got the green light!

Viktory

Chicago Series
Drama, Family

An orphaned girl struggles to find answers to the old adage, “what’s in a name”- is she one mother’s Viktory or another’s Victoria?

103%

This project got the green light!

STiGMA

Atlanta Series
Drama

As Senator Ingram stares down an easy reelection, things become unstable when he is diagnosed with a mental illness.

113%

This project got the green light!

Uneasy The Show

Oakland Series
Comedy, Drama

Two brown girls take on student loans, MFA drama, & techie jargon in Oakland: home of the Black Panthers & now, $3000 one bedroom apartments

103%

This project got the green light!

YOGICK - TOTAL ECLIPSE

Atlanta Series
Documentary, Nature

YOGICK Presents TOTAL ECLIPSE - Visionaries & Egyptian Yoga Instructors venture to the Mountain Top in a quest to Create Anu Reality

100%

This project got the green light!

PUSHERS

Arlington Series
Comedy

Two drug reps appear to have it together--but don't. Sex, race, religion--anything's on the table--so long as it's inappropriate.

107%

This project got the green light!

ROSEBUD

New Orleans Series
Drama, Comedy

A special bond between women of color living in the Big Easy, as they navigate through life's challenges while in pursuit of their dreams.

81%

This project got the green light!

The Vth Column

Los Angeles Series
Horror, Sci-Fi

Horror/Scifi series. Episode 1. A couple flees from a stranger, who refused to let them out of his car, after hitching a ride.

102%

This project got the green light!

CRAZY

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

Frenemies in their 20s navigate life after college with mental illnesses that teach them they’re more alike than they realize.

100%

This project got the green light!

CLOCK-OUT

Dallas Series
Reality-TV, Talk-Show

The millennials that are focused on the grind before & after they clock out, sharing experiences about sex, love and being selfish AF!

103%

This project got the green light!

H-TOWN Series Season 1 "SHE GOT IT"

Houston Series
Romance, Drama

We follow the life of Falen, 19, high school graduate & homeless; she realizes that the family she chooses will be her only means for surviv

102%

This project got the green light!

Artists Anonymous

New York Series
Comedy

Five people trying to make it big in NYC form a friendship in a support group for artists who hate their day jobs.

90%

This project got the green light!

I Hear You

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, Drama

In a world of “no sound” how will 5 college students; 3 Deaf and 2 Hearing learn to HEAR one another?

107%

This project got the green light!

Conversations Centered Around Black Bodies

Chicago Series
Drama

An honest exploration of intersectionality and race relations in America.

101%

This project got the green light!

Blossom

Los Angeles Feature
Documentary

Transgender entertainer/activist Blossom C. Brown finds answers to her troubled past while aspiring a career in the entertainment industry.

80%

This project got the green light!

Street Cred Season 1: When It All Changed

Detroit Series
Sci-Fi, Teen

We're building inclusive leadership of the future by co-creating technology of the future, today!

101%

This project got the green light!

mor-ALe

Philadelphia Series
Comedy

After being arrested for a crime she didn’t commit, a maladjusted comedienne must serve out her penance as a volunteer community counselor.

100%

This project got the green light!

Messy The Web Series

New York Series
Comedy, Romance

A web series about love, marriage, separation, kids, and dating all under one happy roof! I swear this will not make you cry!

100%

This project got the green light!

As One

New York Short
Drama, Romance

Jill must put one foot in front of the other to move through her grief, and with connection she discovers that every mile has a story.

87%

This project got the green light!

Deserters

New York Short
Drama

At an engagement celebration, an ex-nihilo woman confronts the boundaries of loyalty when her affluent in-laws' secrets come to light.

118%

This project got the green light!

The BLDG: Five Stories of Horror

New York Feature
Horror, Other

Five chilling stories set in the same creepy NYC building, where dark forces bring about the manifestation of its residents' worst fears.

83%

This project got the green light!

Displaced

New York Feature
Horror

A young black man in Brooklyn must prove his new white neighbors are emissaries from the Satanic cult they both survived as children.

103%

This project got the green light!

Maiden

New York Feature
Horror, Thriller

While passing through a small town, a modern-day witch must fight her way through a cult of men to find a young woman who’s disappeared.

100%

This project got the green light!

Seed of Doubt

Rochester Feature
Thriller

Melissa and Scott’s dream home turns into a nightmare when they take on new tenants to make ends meet.

80%

This project got the green light!

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema

New York Festival
Film-related Business, Shorts Program

Show us your film. We'll show you success.

81%

This project got the green light!

Pozole

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, Drama

Maia prolly killed her Nana.

112%

This project got the green light!

A Room Full of Nothing

Austin Feature
Adventure, Romance

In this Swiss Army Man meets Eternal Sunshine adventure an artistic couple's life takes a bizarre turn when they wake up alone in the world.

105%

This project got the green light!

"SURE-FIRE" - Development Funding Phase II

New York Feature
Comedy, Crime

SURE-FIRE is a comedy about a NYC con man having a mid-life crisis who stumbles into becoming a movie producer to pay off gangsters.

152%

This project got the green light!

Fantastic Santa Monaco

Los Angeles Feature
Drama, Satire

A film about a group of performance artists who are looking for love, connection and significance in Los Angeles.

80%

This project got the green light!

Interference

New York Short
Drama, Thriller

A violent altercation between a police officer and a black man left one person dead. A couple passing by must decide what they believe.

85%

This project got the green light!

An Act of Terror

Charlotte Short
Drama, History

The true story of Virginia Christian, a 16-year-old African American girl accused of murder in the Jim Crow South.

150%

This project got the green light!

Pay to Stay

New York Short
Horror, LGBTQ

A couple take a mini-vacation to repair their relationship, unaware the AirBNB they rented may lead to their untimely end.

82%

This project got the green light!

Abby and Tabby Alone in the Desert

Los Angeles Feature
Comedy

A modern day Thelma and Louise... with aliens... and it's a comedy.

82%

This project got the green light!

About a Donkey

New York Feature
Comedy, LGBTQ

A quirky ensemble comedy about growing up, about growing old, and about a donkey.

108%

This project got the green light!

Skippers

Bay City Feature
Comedy, Sport

In search of transcendence, a stone skipping drifter arrives in a quiet lakeside town, where he faces hostility from the unimpressed locals.

108%

This project got the green light!

Kinesthesia

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Shorts Program

Frustrated at her inability to accurately remember a particular time of happiness in her life, Minny sets out to find it again.

141%

This project got the green light!

Cross

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Film-Noir

A young Filipino backyard boxer enters a Mexican fight ring in the San Fernando Valley.

100%

This project got the green light!

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