I was born on the east coast, raised on the west coast. I was just a kid when my family moved from Montclair, New Jersey to Malibu, California. My father was the late Grammy winning opera and Broadway star, Giorgio Tozzi, and my mother, Monte Amundsen Tozzi, was a singer as well. Music was a big part of my life, but I found my own voice through a Super 8 camera and love for telling stories when I was eleven years old. My first film, a sci-fi/horror film titled “Terror In The Backyard,” ran 12 minutes long and gave my little sister nightmares for 3 months. It was then I knew I was on to something.
Since then, I’ve embarked on a journey that’s given me great opportunities to tell stories through the medium of film, television and the web. And in some cases, I’ve managed to break some new ground along the way.
In early 2007, when few had any idea what a web series actually was, I made one of the very first. “The Dirty Bomb Diaries” was launched in February that year and became a hit show online. With over 2 million online views, nominations for best drama at NATPE and ITVFest, and articles in DV Magazine and Film Independent, the series proved that if you try something new and out of the box, and tell a great story, people will watch!
Not long after my series debuted, I became a documentary producer and editor at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. In that time I got a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the legacy of robotic space exploration. My products were Mars focused, series based, and covered the MER Twin Rover mission, the Phoenix Mars Lander mission and the Curiosity Mars Rover mission. I’ve filmed two launches at Cape Canaveral and spent time on a launch pad with Atlas 5 and Delta II rockets. I’ve flown in a military C-17 aircraft with Martian flight hardware. Most of all, I’ve met some of the most remarkable and brilliant men and women who run these missions to the red planet.
“It’s beautiful! Any of my other material that you wish to make, you have my permission!” That is what the late Ray Bradbury said to me in early 2012 at his home after a screening of the film, “Kaleidoscope,” based on the short story of the same name which can be found in Ray’s iconic book, The Illustrated Man. I directed the film, which has to date been accepted into a dozen festivals and won several awards. Successfully directing Bradbury’s material to the author’s delight was a huge milestone for me. More importantly, spending what little time I had with Ray was life changing and something I will never forget.