Born 1952 in the Bronx, New York. Rotating his first 8mm movies already at high school. In 1979 he realized his debut film DRILLER KILLER. Established as one of the most radical and most respected off-Hollywood directors. Films (selection): MS. 45 (1981), KING OF NEW YORK (1990), SNAKE EYES (1993), THE ADDICTION (1995), THE FUNERAL (1996), NEW ROSE HOTEL (1998), MARY (2005), MULBERRY ST. (2010), WELCOME TO NEW YORK (2014), PASOLINI (2014). His films are shown regularly at the Viennale.