Born in Memphis, Tennessee. He studied filmmaking at Columbia University, receiving an MFA. He was a founding writer/performer of the groundbreaking comedy group Tunnelvision, which performed at Stand Up NY, Gotham, and Caroline’s Comedy Club. He wrote and directed several short films and the feature film Screen Door Jesus, which won numerous festival awards including Best Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Score at the 2003 Hamptons International Film Festival. It was released theatrically in 15 markets and reviewed favorably in VARIETY, LA TIMES, AUSTIN CHRONICLE, ROTTEN TOMATOES, and many others newspapers.