Cupertino is a vivid tale of troubled adolescents and misfits - a harrowing and perceptive fiction debut from a promising new literary voice. This raw portrait of a lost generation traces the lives of teenagers and their experiments with vices of all kinds, struggles with family and one another, as they succumb to passivity, self destructive and often heartless nihilism.
Stevo lives in a world of casual privilege, acute moral entropy and reckless abandon. The weight of his older brother’s mysterious disappearance begins to permeate through his everyday life. After writing a disturbing school essay he’s put into therapy and given anti depressants. He’s continuously entranced by a mysterious new girl at school named Holly who may or may not be a high class call girl. His best friend Drake’s repressed homosexual bent becomes more evident with their drug induced adventures. The dizzying whirlwind of desperation takes Stevo through relentless parties in dot com villas, seedy bars, Santa Cruz bonfires, and also into the lesser known world of Silicon Valley after dark.
FILMMAKER MAGAZINE - Five Lessons From a Work-In-Progress Screening
This is my second article written for Filmmaker Magazine, chronicling my documented experience in showing a work-in-progress rough cut of my feature film The Purple Onion where I gauged audience reactions with targeted questionnaires.
loma prieta and the meaning of everything (short story)
"Starkey had heard about The Fungi from the 19-year-old lab intern who coincidentally was also at the concert on the day of the earthquake and stated that they (The Fungi) 'played Beatles songs better than the Beatles'...."