I left the U.S.A. because I hate saying the pledge of allegiance. I also discovered my childhood suspicion that I was being lied to at school was true: Christopher Colombus did not discover America! Turns out there were millions of people already there...

All creation is a response to, or the fusion of, past and present ideas. It seems to me that somewhere along the line the so-called critics, cultural bureaucrats and corporations got too involved and the best and brightest filmmakers got too caught up with the power of money and fame. I believe in a cinema that is not afraid of itself, but that also becomes a force for expression, change and the promotion of new social ideas. We can entertain without bending over backwards to past dogmas and the empty glorification of war, patriotism and the hero that supposedly is going save the day…

me and my brother

joey and the johnsons

WATCH my work
2009 ❘ A Grain of Sandhttp://www.agrainofsandthefilm.com
2009 ❘ BecomingBecoming.html
2010 ❘ Keepers of the Waterhttp://www.keepersofthewater.com
2007 ❘ AdrenalinaAdrenalina.html
2011 ❘ The Bach RecordingsThe_Bach_Recordings.html

Keepers of the Water (2010), which I produced and Ayelen directed, tells how the Oil Sands in Alberta are having devastating effects on the Ft. Chipeywan community and how a group of children protested the devastation of their water resources...

I finally got my industry break and directed the tv-movie Adrenalina (2007) with Ricard Figueras, a well known Producer in Catalonia. The film was nominated to 9 awards, of which it won 3, and had a budget of approximately 1 million euros. In case you’re wondering, that comes to a little over 110,000 euros per nomination. While directing Adrenalina, I learned valuable lessons about mediocrity and that talent as a director can’t save you from a bad screenplay, and I vowed to be more selective in the future...

Thanks to my father’s generosity and the money I had made selling myself to make Adrenalina, we were able to start Wandering Eye Productions...

Another chance encounter would seal my fate in a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan, where I met Ayelen Liberona, my yin or yang, or as I prefer to call her, my love...

It was a chance encounter in a gym that set me on the filmmaking path. 8 months later, I had written my first screenplay and produced and directed with Albert Hedgepeth what was meant to be my first feature film, United We Stand (2003). But it turns out that I still had quite a lot to learn, and I received a much needed blow to my 23-year-old ego...

I enjoyed loneliness.

I loved reading, watching movies, building forts and dreaming those dreams we only have as children...

Our first project was the feature documentary A Grain of Sand (2009). I directed and Ayelen produced this true story about Brendon Grimshaw and his fight to save Moyenne Island. It felt so much better to care about the story that I was telling and for the first time, I really enjoyed the power of filmmaking...

Our next project was the short film Becoming (2009). Ayelen and I wrote, produced and directed this film together. Becoming is the perfect example of what occurs when my creative world collides with Ayelen’s beautiful understanding of the movement, color and shapes that compose each shot...

So where do we go from here? I have to say, it’s hard having ideas about justice and powerful ideas that look to make humanity better when you’re a filmmaker. The easiest route to success in most fields tends to stay away from the pursuit of these ideals, which are seen as threatening to the powers that be because they invite people to question the so-called truths and past and present actions of those that govern us. But we need to find a better balance between the inevitable change that existing provokes and the historical attempt to keep things the same. We need to understand ourselves as creators and as human beings so that we can move forward with this new global society in an intelligent and respectful manner. Creativity is one of the most beautiful gifts life has given us and as a creator, I feel I want to do that gift some justice by projecting ideas into this world that are relevant and that matter...

2009 ❘ A Grain of Sandhttp://www.agrainofsandthefilm.com
2010 ❘ Keepers of the Waterhttp://www.keepersofthewater.com
2009 ❘ Becominghttp://www.thewanderingeye.net/BECOMING/Becoming.html

2007 ❘ Adrenalina

2011 ❘ Tales from the G20Tales_from_the_G20.html
2012 ❘ Our Protection by LALOur_Protection.html
2011 ❘ (un)Lawful Accesshttp://www.unlawfulaccess.net

Tales from the G20 (2011), which I produced and edited, was my first experiment in collective filmmaking and taught me a great deal about alternatives to traditional film production. I also led to me to question the conventional ways that we view and construct the ideas behind authorship...