I am the writer/director of the upcoming feature film Wallflower. Variety calls it "haunting" ... "complex, empathetic and often poetical."
Wallflower had its Hollywood premiere at ArcLight Cinemas as part of a special presentation produced by Slamdance. Its theatrical run begins at the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square NYC on October 4th, 2019. Then expands to more American cities October 18th 2019. (Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles.)
My writing has appeared in The Atlantic, VICE, Kotaku (GAWKER MEDIA), Paste Magazine, VICE's Motherboard, and elsewhere. My work has also been translated into multiple languages, appearing in such places as VICE Japan, VICE Russia, & Motherboard Brazil.
TIME Magazine has called my work "Fascinating". Re/Code Selected my "Video Game Rehab" feature as one (of six total) of the day's "Must Reads," the other five Must Reads that day were represented by The Wall Street Journal, NPR, The New York Times and Julian Assange.
BBC Radio 4's Digital Human, hosted by Dr. Aleks Krotoski, conducted an interview with me based on my article "My Game of Life."
Re/Code later Selected my profile "The Man Who Made Tetris" as another Must Read. That piece was also on The Weekender 'Read This' list of The Verge, a Longform selection, and one of five Long Reads of the week at Esquire UK.
My pieces frequently become "Top News Stories" on Twitter.
Kotaku published an article about my "Video Game Rehab" piece: "One Brave Reporter Went Inside America's First Video Game Rehab Center."
Kotaku called my feature on social life at the DigiPen video game college "Terrific."
I’m an award-winning filmmaker as well as an erstwhile professional union actor, serving on the board of SAG-AFTRA’s Seattle branch. Some of my early gonzo video journalism has been called “amazing” by The Stranger. My experimental film Jagger Gravning Syndrome: The Greatest Documentary of Our Time, made in about four days, screened in competition at the 2010 Seattle True Independent Film Festival where it was awarded the Grand Jury Prize.
I formerly co-hosted the highly-rated Go For Rainbow podcast, which addressed video games as an emerging frontier of aesthetic expression, while still handling the discussion in an informal and lighthearted way. We spoke with critics, developers, voice actors and other noted people of interest each week.
I am the owner/manager of Mending Pictures, LLC, which produced my film Wallflower in partnership with Paradigm Studio. The film was one of only three projects in the state selected for financial assistance through Washington Filmworks' Innovation Lab. The film premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival.
I live in Seattle with my wife, Riho, author of the extremely popular autobiographical ESL blog Tsukaueigo. LINE Corporation has since published stickers of Riho and I based on our portrayals in her blog.