Hi. I'm Rod. I'm a film director.
After growing up in an upstate New York hamlet with a population of one hundred and sixty three, I now live in Los Angeles with my wife. I've spent the night in every state except South Dakota, enjoy driving in silence, love grapefruit, and non-fiction.
It's possible that you know my Funny or Die exclusive short films including my work with Dave Franco (21 Jump Street, Fright Night, Warm Bodies), Chris Mintz-Plasse (Superbad, Kickass), and Maggie Grace (Twilight, Taken, Californification, Lost). My short films 'Would You' (2012) and 'The Only Band In Town' (2010) have been official selections at SXSW, Palm Springs, and Starz Denver film festivals among others. My short film about the smallest town in America with a minor league baseball team 'Early Innings' (2012) was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick, and my 2013 short film 'Alone Time' was also selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick.
I began my career touring with the Grammy nominated rock band The Fray directing the feature length documentary film Fair Fight, released in 2009 by Sony Entertainment. My music videos for the band (which have a combined 6 million views on YouTube) have aired on MTV, VH1, & Fuse. A hard cover book of behind the scenes and life on the road photographs, 'There & Back', was published by Marquand Books in 2009.
Currently I'm directing two feature films. The first, NORTH, was co-written with Elgin James and David Ebeltoft. NORTH was a finalist in 2013 for a San Francisco Film Society/KRF Grant (filmmakermagazine.com/67449-meet-the-latest-sffskrf-filmmaking-grant-finalists-part-1/). The SFFS has funded films such as BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, FRUITVALE STATION, and SHORT TERM 12. Our cast for NORTH currently includes Juno Temple, Beth Grant, Robert Longstreet, and Robert Patrick. I'm also directing the dark comedy YOU WERE ONCE CALLED QUEEN CITY. YWOCQC was written by my friend David Ebeltoft. We have a bunch of great actors attached including Academy Award winner Nat Faxon, Kyle Gallner, Addison Timlin, and Kevin Heffernan.
Occasionally I'll shoot photographs and my work has appeared in print for Denver Magazine, Billboard Magazine, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, and USA Today Weekend.
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