Films

I make movies. I write, produce, act, score, and so much more. Do you want to work with me? Check out examples of my work throughout this site, and get in touch via the contact page.

Your Friends Close follows the lives of Jason & Becca, a video game designer team and romantic couple, who are moving to Paris for their dream job: completing a game that may change the world. Their going-away party takes a fascinating turn when those plans are called into question, and the night devolves into a dangerous game of interpersonal manipulation that spares no one.

This independent thriller/comedy was the result of collaboration between director/actor/producer Jocelyn Kelvin and writer/actor/producer Brock Wilbur. Principal photography was completed in summer 2011 in Los Angeles, and the majority of the film was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign. Talented cast & crew, as well as donations of time and energy from incredible supporters, nearly disproved the film’s dire thesis on friendship. Nearly.

 
ACT NATURALLY

Getting back to nature never seemed so unnatural.

This is a movie about naturalists. I co-wrote and acted in this film, from friend and director J.P. Riley.

When two estranged step-sisters learn of their father’s untimely death on a business trip, they must travel cross-country to claim his remains. Upon arriving at their father’s final destination, the girls are shocked to discover he had been leading a double life as the proprietor of a nudist resort. To top it off…this is their inheritance. As the sisters’ world continues spinning out of orbit, the resort staff takes them under their bare wing. Welcoming them to a world free of worries or clothes, the staff must convince them to keep the doors open. The girls face the ultimate decision: embrace their unlikely inheritance — or lay it, and their unanswered questions, to rest with their late father.

Here’s the Act Naturally website, IMDB page, merch/store, and blog. Released in theaters and VOD in April 2013.

 

THE INDEPENDENTS

I’m a producer on this comic book documentary from Michael LaBreche. It’s pretty bad-ass, and shooting to release in 2013.

Eliza Frye is our up-and-coming talent; she is the young, emerging comics creator, struggling to pursue a career in art. She is an immensely talented graphic novelist, illustrator and exhibiting artist. With each project Eliza is pushing the boundaries of what a comic book is. Her comic book work is a combination of many mediums, from pencil and ink to paint and cut outs. Eliza is currently wrapping up work on her next book, Regalia, which will be released this December.

Jim Higgins fills the role of the historian and the instructor. Over the years Jim has worked with both the mainstream and the independent publishing crowds. He is a passionate proponent of creators pushing the medium forward and has deep roots in the community. Jim has been writer and editor in the comic book business for over 15 years, He has taught comic book storytelling for years at a variety of institutions including The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. Jim has also been an editor at DC Comics, and had a hand in the publication of such work as ‘A History of Violence’ and ‘Road to Perdition’.

Doug TenNapel acts as the veteran artist voice in this film. He is a well established artist who has come up through the ranks of independent comics. Doug speaks to the power of the medium but also to the importance of artistic expression. He also travels and is a frequent lecturer at local colleges. An Eisner Award winning comic book creator, as well as a musician and animator, Doug is most well known for creating Earthworm Jim, a popular character that spawned video games and cartoons. Doug has produced multiple graphic novels over the years, many of which have been optioned by film studios for adaptation.

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HANGAR NO. 5


Directed by Nathan Matsuda / Written by Brock Wilbur
Produced by Malcolm Gray, Jon Greenberg, and Brock Wilbur
The website for this film is at Hangar No. 5 and contains a lot of great bonus features and extra information.
Hangar No. 5 was a project I wrote for long-time collaborator Nathan Matsuda and was filmed in Chicago in 2008. It stares Talan Torriero and Charity Shea, a soundtrack donation from the band Muse, and won a student Emmy. The short film follows two treasure hunting rebels who accidentally activate a giant robot. It is based on a true story… that occurred in Nathan’s middle school notebook margins.