Hey, I'm Pj!

Huntington Beach, California

I'm a journalist, musician, comic book creator, illustrator and filmmaker who splits his time between Orange County, Calif., and Las Vegas, the latter of which was my full-time home for 25 years. During that time, I embeddied myself in and around the creative culture of that surprisingly diverse city. I was a performing and recording musician, record label owner, publisher, publicist, music producer, graphic designer, web developer, poet, playwright, actor and most prominently, editor and contributing writer to a number of publications, including Rolling Stone, ART + Living, Las Vegas CityLife, Racket Magazine, Scope Magazine, Las Vegas Weekly, Vegas Seven and much more.

 

For a long time, I was known as an “expert” on Las Vegas nightlife, music, arts and culture, and have been tapped by broadcast and print media for my unique takes on Sin City for such outlets as National Geographic Traveler, BBC Radio 1 and Hot Press. I also extended my expertise with contributions to Time Out Las Vegas, Zagat Survey and American Express Travel.

 

I first dabbled in digital filmmaking about a decade ago by shooting documentary-style shorts for my arts column at Examiner.com. Then I assembled a team to participate in the 2011 48 Hour Film Festival, co-writing, co-producing and co-directing the short film Sugarhook. From there, the bug had bit me. I started writing TV pilots and adapting projects intended for books or comics into screenplays. I produced, directed, shot and edited a micro-pilot called Las Vegas Rules in 2013, but then spent a few years away from the camera to focus on playing music again.

 

In 2017, I relocated to Southern California and refocused my efforts on filmmaking in kind, establishing networks, attending events, and absorbing all I could (and can) about the craft. Since then, I've pitched around several pilot scripts for TV dramas, started production on the documentary Parkway of Broken Dreams, and shot the pilot episode of a proposed unscripted TV series.

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Tom Cruise Is A Virgin: A Comedy Music Video

New York Music Video
Comedy, Music

Someone's gotta sleep with Tom Cruise.

88%

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

Oniphron

Portland Feature
Drama, Fantasy

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

85%

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!

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 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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

I Friggin Love you

Los Angeles Series
Drama, Romantic Comedy

Love can make you or break you.

91%

This project got the green light!

SF89: San Francisco Before The Internet

San Francisco Feature
Documentary

The last generation to come of age in a pre-tech San Francisco share stories of that time and discuss change at this point in their lives.

108%

This project got the green light!

Al JIDAR: THE WALL

Los Angeles Short
Documentary, Foreign Film

Four teenage refugees hatch a crazy plan to make a film as a way to invite an aging rock star to play a concert in their camp.

101%

This project got the green light!

Cherry Picking

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, Drama

A bride questions if waiting until marriage to have sex was the right choice, voicing concern to her very sexually active female cousins.

107%

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!

Desolation Center

Los Angeles Feature
Documentary, Music

The untold story of influential Reagan-era guerrilla punk and industrial desert happenings that still reverberate throughout our culture.

104%

This project got the green light!

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