My Cindy Story

There are good teachers, there are great teachers, and then there are teachers who are in a category all by themselves — like Cindy Pertile.

Cindy was my choir and musical theater director from 8th grade through 10th grade. She was a phenomenal, compassionate person who had the knack for seeing the potential in people and developing that potential into something amazing.

Exactly 30 years ago today, she did something that altered the course of my life for the better. I spoke about that experience a couple weeks ago at my old high school.


Cindy passed away last year, and a scholarship has been established in her honor. You can find out more about the scholarship at

Film Festival Miscellany

My 3D animated music video, “The Simple Carnival – Go Away I Like You Too Much” has been making the rounds on the film festival circuit. In February, I attended the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) in Toronto, Canada where I got to see the screening of my video…as well as eighty-four other shorts and four features in three days! It was an excessive smorgasbord of all kinds of animation, but I had a great time.

Plus, when I walked down the street from the theater, I got to see where Bob and Doug McKenzie parked their van in Strange Brew!

Here are some other festivals which have screened — or who will be screening — “The Simple Carnival – Go Away I Like You Too Much”:

March 16, 2019: Athens Animfest, Athens, Greece
May 3-5, 2019: Stereoscopic Society Annual Convention, Southampton, UK
May 10-12 2019: 26th Australian National Stereo Photography Convention, Maldon, Victoria (Australia)
May 26, 2019: Silver Screen International Film Festival, Tampa, FL
June 4-6 2019: New Media Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA
June 13-16, 2019: Florida Animation Festival, Tallahassee, FL
August 3, 2019: National Stereoscopic Association Convention (3D-Con), Akron, OH

A big thank you to all of these festivals! I won’t be able to attend all of these events, but I genuinely appreciate having my work included in them.