John’s directing debut, Casablanca Mon Amour (recently featured by the New York Times article) had its world premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival and played at festivals worldwide throughout 2013. Moreover, John is still having a healthy festival life! As a producer and director John has collaborated with a broad range of talented filmmakers on a number of productions—including work with two-time Academy Award ® winning Cinematographer Haskell Wexler ASC. While at UCLA he received the Macgowan Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking, the Drown Award for Motion Picture Production as well as the Edgar Brokaw Scholarship in Film Production—and even worked as an assistant to Isabelle Huppert. He holds an MFA from the Department of Film and Digital Media at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).