He was born in Long Island and studied painting at the Massachussetts College of Art. He entered the Purchase Film School in New York where he studied philosophy and literature. He setlled in New York and made 3 short films: Kid, The Cartographer’s Girlfriend et Dogs. In 1988, he directed his first feature film, The Unbelievable Truth, shown in Toronto. His second full length film, Trust, was shown in many international festivals and Simple men was selected in competition in Cannes. He also made video clips for Everything But The Girl, Yo La Tengo and The Breeders. Amateur is his fourth feature film.