Wrote and Directed Awards Presentation for Nile Rodger's We Are Family Foundation 10 Year Gala, October, 2011
Wrote and Directed Tommy Boy Music's 30th Anniversary Show at the Montreux Jazz Festival, July, 2011
Performing live at the ICA in London with art music band Gray July 16, 1997.
Created live stage show for Country Pop Star Lorrie Morgan 1995.
Performed with theatrical pop group The Windmills throughout New York, 1992-94.
Wrote, choreographed, staged, and directed the New York City Breakers performance at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden for a London Contemporary Dance Trust benefit along with the LCDT and the Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe; performed for Prince Andrew and other dignitaries 1986.
Staged and choreographed the New York City Breakers performance for the Amnesty International Benefit in Oslo, Norway; the King of Norway in attendance (also televised) 1985.
Wrote, choreographed, staged, and directed the New York City Breakers performance at the 41st Presidential Inaugural Gala in Washington, D.C. for President Reagan (also televised) 1984.
Wrote, choreographed, staged, and directed the New York City Breakers performance (adaptation of a scene from West Side Story) at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for a CBS live television special, The Kennedy Center Honors honoring Katherine Dunham and Frank Sinatra; performed for President Reagan and other dignitaries 1983.
Co-founded and stage designed for art band Gray with artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in New York 1979-82.
Wrote, choreographed, and directed live trade shows for Vidal Sassoon.
Performed with, choreographed, and created staging, props, lighting designs for theatrical rock group, The Tubes. (world tour).
Produced and promoted Ballet Hispanico's West Coast performances.
Knowing what a "film buff" I am, many of my friends beg me constantly to make them a list of my all time favorite films. Armed with this "list," they can go into any video rental store, scan the TV guide or the revival house theatres and know what's worth seeing. Unable to bear my friends' begging any longer, I have gone ahead and compiled a film buff's list of "must see" great films, sure to entertain and inspire film connoisseurs and beginners alike. Not every great film is on this list, but I'm updating all the time. A new list will be coming out soon. Please don't hesitate to send me your suggestions! In the mean time, see as many of the films below as you can. Check them off as you go, you have the rest of your life to work on it. Have fun!!! See films!!! (films include release date, director and short description)
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore(1979) Dir: Martin Scorsese - single parent drama
Alien(1979-British) Dir: Ridley Scott - sci-fi thriller, one of the best
All About Eve(1950) Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz - competitive dramas in the theatre
Alphaville(1965-French) Dir: Jean-Luc Goodard - sci-fi/surreal, far out
Amadeus(1984-Chech) Dir: Milos Forman - life of Mozart, 3 hours fly by
Apocalypse Now(1979) Dir: Francis Coppola - Vietnam war epic, brilliant
Aquirre, the Wrath of God(1972-German) Dir: Werner Herzog - historic Amazon tale
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001-Inuit) Dir: Zacharias Kunuk – brilliant Inuit legend
Arthur(1981) Dir: Steve Gordon - comedy about spoiled millionare, love it
Badlands(1973) Dir: Terrence Malick - based on mass murder love story
Band of Outsiders(1964-French) Dir: Jean-Luc Godard - absurd heist/love triangle
Barbarella(1968-French) Dir: Roger Vadim - sexy sci-fi adventure, fun, funny too
Barry Lyndon(1975) Dir: Stanley Kubrick - 18th Century adventure, heartbreaker
Beauty and the Beast(1946-French) Dir: Jean Cocteau - surreal fairytale, innovative
Becket(1964) Dir: Peter Glenville - story about Thomas Becket and King Richard II
Bedazzled(1967-British) Dir: Stanley Donen - comedy about selling one's soul
Betty Blue(1986-French) Dir: Jean-Jacques Beineix - strange/tragic love story
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls(1970) Dir: Russ Meyer - surreal sex comedy, great
Bicycle Thief, The(1949-Italian) Dir: Vittorio De Sica - neo-realist classic
Billy Jack(1971) Dir: Tom Laughlin - karate-hippy love story
Billy Liar(1963-British) Dir: John Schlesinger - dream boy surreal adventure
Black Orpheus(1959-French) Dir: Marcel Camus - Brazillian love story, unique
Black Robe(1991-Canadian) Dir: Bruce Beresford - Indian adventure into Canada
Blue Velvet(1986) Dir: David Lynch - surreal detective thriller, ground breaker
Bonnie and Clyde(1967) Dir: Arthur Penn - 1960's take, on the outlaw lovers
Boy and His Dog, A(1975) Dir: L.Q. Jones - post-apocalypse Don Johnson, great!
Bread and Chocolate(1978-Italian) Dir: Franco Brusati - Italian laborer
Breathless(1959-French) Dir: Jean-luc Godard - stylized love story, it's Goodard!!!
Bridge on the River Kwai, The(1957-British) Dir: David Lean - WWII action/thriller
Broadway Danny Rose(1984) Dir: Woody Allen - Allen's best film, funny, touching
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid(1969) Dir: George Roy Hill - great western
Carmen(1983-Spanish) Dir: Carlos Saura - the awesome flamenco dance film
Carnal Knowledge(1971) Dir: Mike Nichols - sexual attitudes & obsession, nice
Carrie(1976) Dir: Brian DePalma - sci-fi occult thriller/teen girl comes of age
Cast Away(2000) Dir:Robert Zemeckis - adventure meets heartbreak.
Celebration, The(1998-Dannish) Dir: (T. Vinterberg) Dogma 95 incest masterpiece
Chameleon Street(1988) Dir: Wendell Harris - black man changes identities to live
Citizen Kane(1941) Dir: Orsen Welles - American masterpiece
Clockwork Orange, A(1974) Dir: Stanley Kubrick - future story of ultra-violence
Comfort of Strangers, The(1990) Dir: Paul Schrader - mystery in Venice
Conformist, The(1971-Italian) Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci - spy thriller, 30's
Dancer In The Dark(2000-Dannish) Dir:Von Trier - Dogma 95 musical & Bjork
Decameron, The(1970-Italian) Dir: Pier Paolo Pasolini - surreal fairytales
Deer Hunter, The(1979) Dir: Michael Cimino - Vietnam epic, moving, powerful
Defending Your Life(1991) Dir: Albert Brooks - spiritual comedy, all time fav
Deliverance(1972-British) Dir: John Boorman - scary hillbilly drama, fantastic
Dog Day Afternoon(1975) Dir: Sidney Lumet - real life crime drama, Pacino's great
Down By Law(1986) Dir: Jim Jarmusch - east village-styled drama/comedy
Down Hill Racer(1969) Dir: Michael Ritchie - best ski film ever made
Dr. Strangelove(1964) Dir: Stanley Kubrick - cold war comedy/thriller
Draughtsman's Contract, The(1983-British) Dir: Peter Greenaway - 18th Century
Easy Rider(1969) Dir: Dennis Hopper - 60's biker road movie, classic
Education of Sonny Carson, The(1974) Dir:Michael Campus - Black gangs/70's!!!
81/2(1963-Italian) Dir: Fredrico Fellini - dreamlike auto-biography, hey, it's Fellini
Elephant Man, The(1980) Dir: David Lynch - tragic story about man with deformity
Enter the Dragon(1973-Chinese) Dir: Robert Clouse - Bruce Lee classic
Eraserhead(1978) Dir: David Lynch - Bona fide cult film, experimental, Lynch's 1st
Every Man For Himself(1980-French) Jean-Luc Goodard, more absurdity
Exorcist, The(1973) Dir: William Friedkin - occult thriller, the scariest film ever!
Exterminating Angel, The(1962-Spanish) Dir: Luis Bunuel - absurd surreal comedy
Fail Safe(1964) Dir: Sidney Lumet - classic cold war drama, my favorite film!
Falcon and the Snow Man, The(1986-British) Dir: John Schlesinger - spy drama
Faster Pussycat Kill, Kill(1966) Dir: Russ Meyer absurd film noir females gone bad
Fearless Vampire Killers, The(1966) Dir: Roman Polanski - funny vampire movie
Fellini's Casanova(1976-Italian) Dir: Federico Fellini - stylized 18th Century lover
First Men in the Moon(1964-British) Dir: Nathan Juran - sci-fi thriller, bugged out
5 Corners(1987) Dir: Tony Bill - a very good Bronx tale
Five Easy Pieces(1970) Dir: Bob Rafelson - Jack Nicholson classic
4th Man, The(1984-Dutch) Dir: Paul Verhoeven - murder-mystery
French Connection, The(1971) Dir: William Friedkin - New York City police thriller
Glory(1989) Dir:Edward Zwick - Civil War from fighting Black Soldiers POV
Godfather, The(1972) Dir: Francis Coppola - Mafia classic, great
Godfather II, The(1974) Dir: Francis Coppola, great too!!
Gods Must Be Crazy, The(1981-Botswanese) Dir: Jamie Uys - Afro-mad-cap
Goodfellas(1990) Dir: Martin Scorsese - Mafia classic, great!!!
Graduate, The(1967) Dir: Mike Nichols - post-college coming-of-age, love it
Grandmother(date?) Dir: David Lynch - short subject, Lynch's student film, brilliant
Great Santini, The(1979) Dir:Lewis Carlino - Robert Duvall, Marinepilot and family
Groundhog Day(1993) Dir: Harold Ramis - funny, clever, absurdly twisted sci-fi
Harold and Maude(1972) Dir: Hal Ashby - zany young man/older woman comedy
Hear My Song(1991-British) Dir: Peter Chelsom - about Irish tenor Joe Locke
Head On (2006-German/Turkish) Dir: Fatih Akin - Turks in Germany deal with identity
Idiocracy (2007) Dir: Mike Judge - brilliant, prescient, funny
In the Realm of the Senses(1976-Japanese) Dir: Nagisa Oshima - erotic, sexual
Incident, The(1967) Dir:Larry Peerce - "Flying Dutchman" on a early 60's subway
Intolerance(1918) Dir: D.W. Griffith - silent classic set in Babylon
Japanese Story (2003?-Australian) Dir:Alison Tilley - sweet, moving
King of Comedy(1983) Dir: Martin Scorsese - absurd comedy with De Niro
Knife in the Water(1962-Polish) Dir: Roman Polanski - romantic intrigue
King’s Speech, The(2011-English) Dir: Tom Hopper – sweet, strong true story about flawed king
Lacemaker, The(1979-French) Dir: Clauce Goretta - "girl over her head"
La Chien Andalu(1929-Spanish) Dir: Luis Bunuel surreal masterpiece/original
Last Detail, The(1973) Dir: Hal Ashby - Jack Nicholson as navy shore patrol
Last Tango in Paris(1973-Italian) Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci - American in Paris
Last Wave, The(1977-Australian) Dir: Peter Weir - lawyer defends aborigine
Lawrence of Arabia(1962-British) Dir: David Lean - British Empire swashbuckler
Laws of Gravity(1992) Dir: Nick Gomez - Scorsese-like realism
Lilies of the Field(1963) Dir: Ralph Nelson - Sidnet Poitier's Academy Award winner
Little Big Man(1970) Dir: Arthur Penn - Native Americans as people
Lolita(1962) Dir: Stanley Kubrick - Older man tortured by lust for younger girl
Los Olvidados(1950-Spanish) Dir: Luis Bunuel - Street kids of Mexico
Loved One, The(1965)Dir:Tony Richardson - Mortuary business satire
Maitresse(1976-French) Dir: Barbet Schroeder - kinky Depardieu S&M comedy
Man and a Woman, A(1966-French) Dir: Claude Lelouch - innovative love story
Man On Wire(2008-British)Dir:James Marsh, inspirational doc. About Philippe Petit
Masculin-Feminine(1966-French) Dir: Jean-Luc Goodard - hey, it's Goodard....
M.A.S.H.(1970) Dir: Robert Altman - Korean War satire on Vietnam War, flawless
Me, You and Everyone We Know(2005)Dir: Miranda July – inspired, new director.
Mean Streets(1973)Dir: Martin Scorsese - small-time hoods in Little Italy, neo-real
Metropolis(1926-German) Dir: Fritz Lang - classic silent about scary future
Michael Clayton(2007) Dir:Tony Gilroy – a great new film for thinking people!
Midnight Cowboy(1969-British) Dir: John Schlesinger - tragic-comedy defined
Miracle in Milan(1951) Dir: Vittorio De Sica - post WWII neo-realist fairytale
Misfits, The(1961) Dir: John Huston haunting cowboy film, Marilyn Monroe's last
Mixed Blood(1985) Dir: Paul Morrissey - campy east village gang adventure
Monty Python & the Holy Grail(1974) Dir: Terry Gillliam - classic medieval comedy
Mosquito Coast, The(1986-Australia) Dir: Peter Weir - Apocalypse Now with kids
Murmur of the Heart(1971-French) Dir: Louis Malle - coming-of-age French-style
My Dinner with Andre(1981-French) Dir: Louis Malle - tabletalk
My Left Foot(1989-Irish) Dir: Jim Sheridan - heartwarming Irish tale of healing
My Life as a Dog(1987) Dir: Lasse Hallstrom - Swede coming of age
Never Cry Wolf(1983) Dir: Carrol Ballard - Writer braves Alaska wild
North Dallas 40(1979) Dir: Ted Kotcheff - best football film ever made!
Nosferatu(1922-German) Dir: F.W. Murnau - spooky, funny, vampire movie
Notorious(1946-British) Dir: Alfred Hitchcock - pre-WWII spy thriller
Nutty Professor(1963) Dir: Jerry Lewis - masterpiece for Lewis
O Lucky Man!(1973-British) Dir: Lindsay Anderson - surreal English comedy
Oh Woe Is Me(1994-French) Dir:Jean-Luc Godard - Absurd theatre via Godard!
Oliver Twist(1948-British) Dir: David Lean - classic Charles Dickens tale
Once Upon a Time in the West(1969-Italian) Dir:Sergio Leone - Italian western
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest(1975-Chech) Dir: Milos Forman - Nicholson
Ordinary People(1980) Dir: Robert Redford - family is pulled apart by tragedy
Papillon(1973) Dir: Franklin Schaffner - French prisoner escapes Devil's Island
Passion(1982-French) Dir: Jean-Luc Godard - a painterly anti-film
Paths of Glory(1957) Dir: Stanley Kubrick - superb WWI drama with Kirk Douglas
Patton(1970) Dir: Franklin Schaffner - Patton "captured" in classic WWII film
Peggy Sue Got Married(1986) Dir: Frances Coppola - spiritual awakening
Picnic at Hanging Rock(1975-Australian) Dir: Peter Weir - mysterious outback
Pixote(1981-Brazilian) Dir: Hector Babenco - street kids of Brazil, rough
Potemkin(1925-Russian) Dir: Sergei Eisenstien - historic, classic Russian drama
Princess Mononoke (1997-Japanese) Dir: Hayao Miyazaki - Genius animation
Producers, The(1968) Dir: Mel Brooks - Broadway producer cons himself
Putney Swope(1969) Dir: Robert Downey - wild, Radical Blacks take over ad firm
Raging Bull(1980) Dir: Martin Scorsese - classic boxing film, Scorsese at his best
Ran(1985-Japanese) Dir: Akira Kurosawa - Japanese King Lear, great battle scenes
Red Balloon, The(1956-French) Dir: Albert Lamorisse-classic children's story
Repulsion(1965-Polish) Dir: Roman Polanski - psycho horror thriller, scary, funny
River's Edge(1986) Dir: Tim Hunter - teens discover friend is killer, gripping
Rollerball(1975) Dir: Norman Jewison - sci-fi 21st Century corporate/sports thriller
Rosemary's Baby(1968-Polish) Dir: Roman Polanski - spooky occult thriller, scary
Rocky (1976) Dir: John Avildsen, Stallone's best work
Round Midnight(1986-French) Dir: Bertrand Tavernier - fabulous French Jazz story
Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming, The(1966) Dir: Norman Jewison
Salo(1975-Italian) Dir: Pier Paolo Pasolini - WWII Italian Fascists go berserk
Searching for Bobby Fisher(1993) Dir: Steven Zaillian - poignant family/chess gem
Searching for Sugarman(2012) Dir: Malik Bendjelloul – beautiful, sad music doc.
Seven Beauties(1976-Italian) Dir: Lina Wertmuller - small-time casanova v.s. WWII
Seven Samurai, The(1954-Japanese) Dir: Akira Kurosawa - Japanese western
Seventh Seal, The(1957-Sweden) Dir:Ingmar Bergman -man plays chess with death
Scarface(1983) Dir: Brian De Palma - Al Pacino coke dealer classic, too good
Shadows(1959) Dir:John Cassavetes - beatnik, improv, mulatto, NYC filmnoir, nice
Shakes the Clown(1991) Dir: Bobcat Goldthwait - very weird clown movie
Short Eyes(1977) Dir: Robert Young - gritty prison drama, beware child molesters
Sideways(2004) Dir: Alexander Payne - warm, brlliantly funny, wine country trist
Signal 7(1986) Dir: Rob Nilsson - innovative film about S.F. cabbies, I love it!!!!
Silkwood(1983) Dir: Mike Nichols - nuclear power spy thriller, Meryl Streep's great
Simon of the Desert(1965-Spanish) Dir: Luis Bunuel - must see classic by Bunuel!!!
Slacker(1991) Dir: Richard Linklater - unique social satire
Solaris(1972-Russian) Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky - Russian sci-fi classic
Sound of Music, The(1963) Dir: Robert Wise - "a few of my favorite things"
Stalker(1979-Russian) Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky - haunting, dreamscape, Russian
Star 80(1983) Dir: Bob Fosse - A Playboy model's dream turn to nightmare
Story of O, The(1975-French) Dir: Just Jaeckin - super kinky/sexy, but well done
Streetcar Named Desire(1951) Dir: Elia Kazan -made Marlon Brando's career
Sunset Blvd.(1950) Dir: Billy Wilder - writer hustles silent film star, tragic end
Superfly(1972) Dir: Gordon Parks, Jr. - classic blaxsploitation, 1970's superstyle
Sweet Smell of Success(1957) - Dir: Alexander Mackendrick -NYC jazzy film noir
Swept Away(1975-Italian) Dir: Lina Wertmuller - shipwreck romance comedy
Swimmer, The(1965) Dir: Frank Perry - haunting suburban dreamscape
Swimming to Cambodia(1987) Dir: Jonathan Demme - Spalding Gray
Tampopo(1987-Japanese) Dir: Juzo Itami - Japanese satire about food/sex
Taxi Driver(1976) Dir: Martin Scorsese - powerful, little man v.s. big city story
Tenant, The(1976-Polish) Dir: Roman Polanski - frightening psycho-thriller, a gas
Tenth Victim, The(1965-Italian) Dir: Elio Petri - cult sci-fi man hunt, classic!!!
Teorema(1968-Italian) Dir: Pier Paolo Pasolini- stranger may be Christ/Satan
That Obscure Object of Desire(1977-Spanish) Dir: Luis Bunuel - surreal love story
Thing, The(1982) Dir: John Carpenter - sci-fi aliens in the artic, chilling
Third Man, The(1949-British) Dir: Carol Reed - Orson Wells in 40's Vienna classic
32 Short Films About Glenn Gould(1994-Canadian) Dir: Francois Girard - I LOVE IT
This is Spinal Tap(1984) Dir: Rob Reiner -one of the funniest films ever made
3 Days of the Condor(1975) Dir: Sydney Pollack - CIA thriller
This Is It(2009) Dir: Kenny Ortega – greatest look at Michael Jackson
THX-1138(1971) Dir: Georges Lucas - Lucas' first, and best film!
Timecode(2000) Dir:Mike Figgis - fourway split-screen, real time black comedy.
Tin Drum, The(1979-German) Dir: Volker Schlondorff - German kid freezes in time
To Live and Die in L.A.(1985) Dir: William Friedkin - counterfeit ring thriller
Touching the Void (2003 - British) Dir: Kevin Macdonald- edge of seat thriller
Twilight Samurai (2002 –Japanese) Dir:Yoji Yamada – samurai classic
Tron(1982) Dir: Steven Lisberger - sci-fi computer masterpiece, eye candy, fun
Two Men and a Wardrobe(1958-Polish) Dir: Roman Polanski - short subject
2001, A Space Odyssey(1969) Dir: Stanley Kubrick - classic sci-fi, the best
Turtles Can Fly(2004)(Iranian/Kurdish) Dir:? - Kurdish "Lord of the Flies," beyond!
Umberto D(1952-Italian) Dir: Vittorio De Sica - neo-realist old man and his dog
United 93(2006-English) Dir: Paul Greengrass – edge of seat 9/11 experience!
Week End (1967-Swiss) Dir: Jean-Luc Godard – political, surreal romp, great
West Side Story(1962) Dir: Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins - Romeo & Juliet in NYC
What's Up Tiger Lily?(1962) Dir: Woody Allen - Woody's first film, absurd, must see
Withnail and I(1987-British) Dir: Bruce Robinson - unemployed actors madcap
Woman in the Dunes(1964-Japanese) Dir: Hiroshi Teshigahara - survives sandpit