Growing up with an 8mm camera and shooting short films at the spritely age of thirteen sounds like a great way to start a bio as a filmmaker. However, that wasn’t me. I was born and raised in an Italian household in San Jose, California. As a child, I would wake up early and sit by the fireplace with my grandfather in the early morning hours. On occasion, he would weave me thrilling stories about pirates and sunken treasure as he sipped wine and smoked filter-less cigarettes. His tall tales and influence drove me toward wanting to become a historian while concurrently reading as many stories about pirates that I could find.
My youth was spent either skateboarding or reading about treasure hunters such as Mel Fisher and Robert F. Marx. It wasn't until I moved to Eugene, Oregon for college that my dream of discovering underwater treasure subsided for I didn't know how to scuba dive and the NW coast is quite cold. So, I decided to focus my studies, at the ripe age of 23, toward becoming a filmmaker. If I couldn't excavate stories of the past -- I would create stories for the future.
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