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ABOUT

DUKE

Based out of Los Angeles, I am a long time filmmaker with a string of projects under my belt.   I commit and focus on each project with an eye for every detail needed and expects the same from everyone else I work with.

 

I enjoy challenging material, especially controversial and edgy stories.  I approach everything with a keen sense of truth, no matter what genre the story is labeled.  I don't accept the notion that something has to be comedy or drama.  Instead, it has to be truthful.   If you deliver truth, the audience will respond in their way of responding, whether that is laughter or crying, joy or sadness.  I do my best to stay as neutral as possible.  Even if I have a point of view I don't want the audience to know what it is.  Let them discuss the film and how they interpret the material.  I therefore stay out of the way of judging the material, but again just presenting it in a truthful matter.  After all, if what you see and hear isn't believable you quickly suspend your belief and check out.  

I love family and relationship drama.  People are fascinating and we all have great stories to tell.  The goal is telling a story with universal appeal no matter what people you write about or their situation.  There are relatable characteristics across the globe no matter what race, religion, political or social inclination.  It comes down to one thing:  Execution. 

 

I do not make films the promote, condemn, condone any specific social, political or religious group.   I make films about human beings -- individuals ranging from flagrant stereotypes to totally unique original characters.  I just have never been a fan of films that preach a certain social, political, or religious point of view, even if I agree with it.  I leave that to others do those type of films.

In addition to writing and directing features and shorts, I ran an acting workshop in Los Angeles where I directed monthly shorts for ten years while teaching actors how to be believable and excel in auditions.  That experience taught me so much about becoming a better filmmaker, working with actors and making them better to deliver more convincing performances that resulted in better films.

 

After a short hiatus I am headed back into filmmaking and will make this a phenomenal year. with a new feature film I am directing called LOVE KILLS.

 

Join me in my journey in creating masterful art and unique films that will last forever, as we and engage, entertain and educate.

FILMOGRAPHY

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MY SHELTER
February 2020

A family is torn apart by the opioid crisis tries to find shelter with their closest ally.

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IT STARTS WITH MURDER
April 2020

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BREAKING POINT
September 2019

During the attacks of 9/11 2001, a group of different people are preoccupied with their own problems to notice.

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MISTAKEN IDENTITY
June 2019

Four Russian tourists are celebrating 2018 New Year's Eve when suddenly they are ambushed by a group of masked men asking for the access code to a Russian Uranium shipment to Syria.  A life and death drama.

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IRENE
March 2017

James, Hope, and Oscar take a trip to help James get over his recent breakup with Irene, but when James thinks he may have found the answer, the trip takes a turn.

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AMBUSHED
January 2017

A group of hikers are ambushed by a mysterious sniper

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LAST HOLIDAY
January 2020

Dario is home for the holiday with his new girlfriend, but his mother doesn't approve and has other plans for them.

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ABDUCTED?
January 2020

A mysterious woman shows up at two roommates' house claiming to have been abducted.

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A DAY IN A LIFE
August 2019

One day. Five stories. A diverse group of Los Angeles residents live another day trying to survive their own problems. A look into the average person's life.

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THE CRAZY CLUB
January 2019

Before the iPhone, there was the Crazy Club.   An 80s homage about a small group of hustlers trying to make it big and get out from under the gutter in this lighthearted short film.

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CUPCAKE
November 2018

Cupcake hatches a plan to escape the world of prostitution.

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SIMPLE LIVES
July 2016

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Accolade Global Film 

WINNER BEST SHORT
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