He was born in New York and studied at the Cooper Union School of Art. He started making short films in 1969 ( Apartment Eight, “Waking Up, Crazy, Two Boneheads… ). Spare Me was his first feature film, awarded in Avignon in 1993. His second full length film, Rhythm Thief, won the prize of the jury for best direction in Sundance. He was recently completing The Good Life.