Charlie began his life in the entertainment industry as a theatre / film electrician. This led to a 10 year career as lighting designer. Charlie’s work was seen everywhere from Off-Broadway to Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Then like all good creative people he decided what he really wanted to do was direct.
Charlie’s film directorial debut“WHACKED”, a 21 minute comedy starring Bryan Callen (MadTV, OLD SCHOOL, BAD SANTA, FAT ACTRESS), is the story of a filmmaker who borrowed money from the mob to make a film and now can’t pay it back. Shot on 16mm in 2 days, “Whacked” has won several festival awards including the best short film at the 1998 Ohio Independent Film Festival, Special Selection at the Ohio International Film Festival and the Silver Award at the Atlantic City Film Festival. “WHACKED” is being distributed by Big Film Shorts.
Building upon his experience, Charlie next directed the DV feature ATLANTIC CITY SERENADE. Co-written with producer Paul Belliveau, SERENADE is a noir melodrama about Frank, a reclusive bartender driven to violent desperation by the death of his best friend. SERENADE was completed in April of 2004 and has been picked up for distribution by ITN Distribution.
In May of 2004, Charlie and his team participated in the 48 Hour Film Festival and created the 8 minute comedy “NOT SO SUPER”. A slapstick comedy about a super hero with performance anxiety, “NOT SO SUPER” garnered raves at the festival.
In 2005 Charlie wrote, produced and directed “A QUESTION OF TIME”. Shot on location in Park Slope Brooklyn, “AQT” is a post 9-11 story that shines a little light on the after effects of that tragic event and the human fall out that was left in it’s wake.
In 2006 Charlie made “Red Legged Devils” an historical drama based on the first person accounts and regimental histories of the 5th New York Duryee’s Zouaves, The 5th New York was one of the finest units to serve during the American Civil War. The project is in the final stages of production.
In 2007 Charlie wrote and directed “The Price of Art” as short film starring veteran actor Louis Zorich which is currently making the rounds on the festival circuit.
In 2008 Charlie began working freelance for Kudzu Market research where he shoots and edits focus group footage for ad agencies and clients. Sabra foods, Breville and Ford and have been some of their clients.
Also in 2008 Charlie produced and directed a TV pilot called “Accidental Heroes” which is being shopped to various cable networks and can be seen in webisode form on “STAYTUNEDTV.NET” beginning in Jan 2009.
In 2010 Charlie co - wrote and directed the TV pilot “The Chronicles of Bob” a Sci-Fi pilot currently being shopped to the networks.
Charlie is currently in pre-production on a Sci-Fi Feature film called “Marie’s Place” scheduled for spring 2011 as well as a kids dance video project called “House of Crazy Dances”.
Charlie is a partner in C Squared Pictures; a full service production house located in Brooklyn, NY.