What an honor to be in a position to tell a story through film. Our most important facility as a race is Imagination, and a good story pulls us along through our imagination. Exploring new frontiers and thresholds is the goal of all great films.
Willie fell into film making while trying to become a stunt man. With a history of Martial Arts, living near Los Angeles, he is not the first obsessed karate nut to try this. After working on a few low-budget projects, Willie joined the Production Crew and discovered the joys of teamwork to deliver a creative project (early Fred Olen Ray films). After falling into the Abyss of Oil Painting (Willie could draw at an early age), he supported himself with jobs as crew on low-budget narrative feature productions for years.
After getting a taste of producing, Willie decided to shoot his first narrative feature, a story about a castaway surfing girl, which ended in disaster when the major funding source rolled his purse seiner boat over with a load of squid returning into Ventura Harbor. Very soon thereafter the Indonesian earthquake and subsequent tsunami presented a great opportunity to volunteer and forget the film woes and Hemlock Cocktail cure; Willie ended up in Sri Lanka repairing fishing boats for 5 months. After returning home, with 30 hours of video footage, and with the kind help of Barbara Gondolfo-Frady, Willie put together a documentary feature on the relief efforts in Sri Lanka, narrated by Michelle Phillips. After winning The Spirit of Independents Award at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival in 2006, Willie went back to working on writing and pitching his first narrative feature, a new project which might really push the boundaries of imagination for an audience, called Templin Highway.
After joining a crazy Englishman Mervyn Church on a trek to Niger, Africa, William added to his Obsession List the creation and propagation of school garden projects in Niger, A Little School in Africa, which helps kids learn gardening and blossoms into full-blown farming later. William is currently the world's poorest philanthropist, but this project has the blessings of ICRISAT scientists working in the Sub-Sahel Africa, and after William's future rise to fame and fortune in the film biz, funding will not be a problem.
After utterly failing to resist the temptation to shoot a movie with pals in the Ojai Mardi Gras (a charity benefit yearly bash), Willie produced his second documentary, The Ojai Mardi Gras 2013, which was a great hit with all the people in the movie, and allowed Willie to expand his music studio for sound tracks, since he could not afford to buy songs. After an extremely successful Red Carpet premier at the Ojai Film Festival and subsequent raging party, which amazingly resulted in 0 arrests for Having Too Much Fun in Public, Willie returned to putting hammer and tongs to the story of Templin Highway.
After sending out the screenplay for critical analysis to industry pals and receiving a return envelope containing the ashes of the screenplay and the words "Don't quit your Day Job," Willie worked hard to find the best solutions to the story's problems. After winning a place in the 2018 Beverly Hills Film Festival with this screenplay, and even further blacksmithing the story, Willie feels confident to pitch this as his first directorial effort in delivering a narrative feature. Willie is now working on writing a bio without the word 'after.'
  • Writer (2 Credits)
    Templin Highway
    Screenplay
    Templin Highway
    Screenplay
Best Feature Script
Templin Highway
L’Age d’Or International Arthouse Film Festival (LIAFF)
Kolkata, India
2020
Best Feature Script
Templin Highway
Paris Play International Film Festival
Paris, France
2020
Platinum Winner, Feature Screenplay
Templin Highway
International Independent Film Awards
Los Angeles, California
2020
College
UC Davis
Biochemistry
High School
Nordhoff in Ojai
Ditching
Nickname
Willie
Birth City
Las Vegas
Current City
Ventura
Hometown
Ojai
Height
6' 2"
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
caucasian
Eye Color
Blue
Married To
Film Making
Children
Not yet
"To be awake is everything." Gustave Meyrink, The Green Glove
What an honor to be in a position to tell a story through film. Our most important facility as a race is Imagination, and a good story pulls us along through our imagination. Exploring new frontiers and thresholds is the goal of all great films.
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