This new video produced for the US Army Cultural Training Center which I was graciously selected to be in, 'Culture Matters - Mistakes', is designed to educate servicemen & women about local customs and mores while overseas.
This spot takes place in a Middle Eastern teahouse setting illustrating how to properly drink & enjoy tea, yet with a comedic twist.
Here is the link, enjoy...
When does adventure really matter? Is it when you have reached the summit and back on a remote giant peak in an exotic part of the world or have successfully peddled your bike from New York to Alaska? Yes for both, but no as well…
I feel that these wonderful personal achievements truly mean something, when they can directly impact the lives of others and or the planet as a whole in a positive fashion. What if that same climber just raised $150,000 for a charity that is dear to him and gives so much to his community back home? What if that cyclist is able to raise national & international awareness and funding to help find a cure for Alzheimer's? Such acts are not only wonderful feats of discipline, determination & personal growth, but ones that will imprint the hearts & minds of others for a lifetime, ones that matter for a greater good..."When Adventure Really Matters" !
I was fortunate to have an "ah ha" moment (a strong personal realization) when I was climbing Cerro Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest mountain in South America @ 22,902 feet. I loved the challenge of reaching for the summit, seeing the curvature of planet earth from just under 23,000 feet, and the personal achievement of making it up and down relatively unscathed. However, after paying my respects to a wonderful man who recently passed & his widow back home via a photo & literary tribute on the summit, the wheels inside my head started to turn. When I got back down to base camp and was looking back up at the majestic Polish Glacier hanging above, this "ah ha" moment struck me like a 10 ton serac. I might be onto something much bigger? Hmmmm...what can I do to positively impact the lives of others, and make a constructive contribution to our planet while engaged in adventure?
So the wheels became steam locomotives, and I began tapping into my years of international marketing, business development, film production & acting experience to craft an idea which could truly make for positive, purposeful adventure spanning across all 7 continents.
Today, I am ecstatic about all the amazing developments that have stemmed out of that one little profound "ah ha" moment on Cerro Aconcagua...the blossoming of an original philanthropy-based adventure TV Series & Documentary production to the 7 Summits Of The World (the highest peaks on each continent, including Mt. Everest). This one-of-a-kind project is designed to raise significant international funding & awareness for a diverse group of charitable organizations, their sponsors and media partners, while also offering a broad global viewing audience with the inspiration to conquer their own “personal Everest” and become positive instruments of change. For more information about this truly unique project, please feel free to contact me at your convenience. Here is a brief excerpt from the production's Executive Summary:
- It's midnight in the “Death Zone” and your tent is being battered by howling -50 degree winds at 26,000 feet. It’s cold, dark…it hurts to breathe, to move…you’re disoriented from lack of oxygen, and fatigued after 1 ½ months of climbing at extreme altitude. You don’t want to get out of your -40° sleeping bag, but this is summit night, and if you want to reach the top of the World, Mt. Everest (29,035 feet), it’s now or never! You have only moments to decide whether to get up and spend the next 18 hours struggling in this hostile realm to achieve one of man’s greatest accomplishments. Self-motivated and driven to help others, you will yourself to climb on…3,000 more vertical feet to destiny and $150,000 more raised for a truly worthy cause! -
If all continues as planned from that original "ah ha" moment, look for the TV Show / Documentary to be released in 2015 / 2016. Stay tuned, more information to come..
It is always nice, rewarding and humbling to be selected to model anything. However, when you have the honor to be a part of a creative process that directly benefits a good educational cause, then the reward becomes truly fulfilling.
Reassuring our armed forces to make positive decisions, helping to guide them in maybe only the smallest of ways, is a complete honor.
Thanks John, Rick, Dave and the rest of the team at Tipping Point Solutions. Can't wait to see the final stills and the 'Culture Matters - Mistakes' commercial spot. Keep up the good work guys .
For more information about Tipping Point Solutions, please feel free to visit their company website (http://www.tp-solutions.com/).
When life hands you a bad roll, pick up the dice and roll again...
'ONE DIE SHORT' is a Dungeons & Dragons inspired story of love, life, nerds and roleplaying games. Both the adventures and real-life segments are based on years & years of D&D Dungeon Mastering experience and avid board / online gaming. ONE DIE SHORT is a brand-new, adapted, live-action Fantasy-Comedy Web Series that will have hardcore World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy, Magic The Gathering, etc. gamers see their day in the sun, while offering none-gamers alike a means to laugh through their "guilds".
I am excited to take part in this new comedic web series, playing the role of 'Patrick', the pestering bully gate guard who constantly harasses wandering adventurers & loot hunters attempting to enter "his" city.
Season 1 will begin filming in October, with Patrick's role slated for a spin-off mini-series in conjunction to the main ONE DIE SHORT storyline. Should be a lot of fun, so please stay tuned all you wizards, knights, thieves, dragons and mere mortals...hahaha...
For more information, please visit One Die Short's webpage @ http://onedieshort.com/the-web-series/patrick/.
'SINK' is the story of a man who wins the lottery and secludes himself in a hotel away from society. The film seamlessly combines the genres of psychological thriller, mystery and horror into one tightly woven piece of excellent cinema.
Shot with the stunning Red Epic Camera on location in Colorado, this unique psychological thriller is visually beautiful, auditorially stimulating & haunting at the same time, keeping you gripped to your seat to wonder what will happen next. SINK is currently festival bound and will premier to the general public in the months to come. Stay tuned.
I am honored to have been chosen to play the lead, John, and look forward to hearing everyone's thoughts & feedback on this role and the film itself.
A brief teaser for SINK can be found on YouTube:
These days you may find me performing at The Bovine Metropolis Theater as part of the 'I.R.S.' (Improvised Response Squad) or with the Bovine House Team 'OH! CHEM!' during a Monday Night Hootenanny.
In addition, I am honored to have joined the 'SCOUNDREL' Improv Comedy Troupe at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse. The 'SCOUNDREL' can be found performing regularly on Wednesday nights throughout the year. Otherwise, if I am fortuitous enough, I may be found somewhere else on stage engaged in complete silliness...who knows??
As per request, here is the YouTube link to our Mt. McKinley / Denali Expedition Video. It follows a two-man, alpine-style ascent of Mt. McKinley (aka Denali) in the Alaska Range, USA. Mt. McKinley is the highest mountain in North America and one of the most coveted peaks in the world.
Witness to see if Alex Harz and his climbing partner were successful in their bid to climb to the Roof of North America in this personal video account of their expedition.
I recommend you watch the video in HD on your computer or TV with good speakers. Within the YouTube Player, you are able to adjust the video resolution by clicking the "gear" icon in the bottom right corner.
Here is the link to the Mt. McKinley / Denali Expedition Video on YouTube:
If you are unable to view the video successfully in YouTube, you may also watch it at Vimeo.com:
I hope you enjoy the video...