BIOGRAPHY

I started my career working in various production capacities for public and commercial television channels in my native Budapest.

Regardless of the juxtapose of programs, I longed for the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and explore the film business in abroad so  I decided  to relocate myself to New York.

I expeditiously distinguished myself producing an eclectic array of highly visible projects for various prestigious institutions.  

I produced slow-motion video installations like Portraits in Dramatic Time featuring Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, Holly Hunter etc., commissioned by the Lincoln Center Festival, Figure Studies, which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Dries Von Noten Retrospective that was exhibited in Paris' Musée des Arts Décoratifs. 

My curiosity to work across genres and experiment cross-cultural dialogues has been fulfilled by various theatre and concert projects including Women: The War Within for the Baryshnikov Arts Center starring Wendy Whelan, the former principal ballerina of the New York City Ballet (current Associate Artistic Director), the outstanding Chinese traditional opera singer Qian Yi and OBIE award-winning actress Ching Waldes-Aran; Impermanent Collection: The Films, commissioned by The Whitney Museum of American Art, Voices of Change, a music video which was recorded in New York and premiered in the biggest concert arena in Budapest - featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir, Hungarian pianist-composer, Balazs Havasi and Gigi Radics, the winner of the Hungarian version of X-Factor; Fatelessness, a solo theatre performance based on the Novel-Prize-winning book by Hungarian author Imre Kertesz, which debuted at the Here Arts Center to critical acclaim.

I was trilled to be part of the production team of a remarkable international ensemble Nikolett Pankovits Sextet & The River Voices which had its debut at Carnegie Hall in 2019. 

I am excited to produce fiction films in such an ethnically and culturally diverse city as New York where I can nurture lucrative collaborations with versatile international cast and crew.  Flatbush Luck, a romantic-comedy crime caper was recently released on DVD and VOD, The Independents, a fictional folk ‘n roll fable about three solo musicians and their struggle to find harmony with performers in various cameo-roles, including Richard Kind, George Wendt, James Naughton and Tony-award winner Kelli O’Hara won the Omaha Film Festival and on its way to distribution. Impossible Monsters, a visually enticing indie psychological thriller starring Tony Award Winner (Tootsie) Santino Fontana who voiced Hans in Frozen and played Greg on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was released theatrically in 2020 and was distributed online worldwide by Gravitas Ventures. 

My documentary endeavors include Pardon us for Living but the Graveyard is Full, a music documentary on the garage-rock band the Fleshtones; Sing for Hope: Pop-Up Pianos, a documentary about New York City‘s largest public art project; Keeping Olivia, a biographical documentary about a mother’s courageous journey through untangling the trauma of losing her daughter to cancer and A Cops and Robbers Story,  a biographical documentary of Corey Pegues for which I Line Produced the recreational segment.

My recent non-fiction collaboration was with British director Maxine Trump on Should We Kid Or Not? - an interview-based documentary web series, that places two participants in a debate style discussion to explore the pros and cons of whether or not to have kids. It has been released on Independent Lens | PBS YouTube channel.

Nathan Catucci (Impossible Monsters) and I decided to join our forces again and collaborate on his western, titled The Bikeriders about crushing the “American Dream” at the hands of greed in a rural small town where a wealthy real estate developer hires a motorcycle gang to intimidate the working class residents into accepting his offer and sell their land.

I contribute my expertise to the field of teaching since 2010 as producing instructor for the Documentary Faculty at the New York Film Academy, mentoring future generations of media creators. 

In the coming years, my goal is to pursue co-productions between the USA and Hungary, especially that my homeland recently became the European movie mecca for foreign productions.

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