film & theater
As a boy, Greg spent many weekends at the movie theater under the watchful eye of his godfather -- who worked as the projectionist. Combined with the time he spent at the local library, he became interested in 'storytelling' & the ways that well-told stories can impact people. His favorite films have included Rocky, Forrest Gump, Schindler's List, Life is Beautiful, Patch Adams, Wonder, Field of Dreams, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Remember the Titans, Hotel Rwanda, A Bronx Tale, Stand and Deliver, Shawshank Redemption, E.T., Dead Poets Society, The Natural, Willy Wonka & Gandhi. On Greg's 30th birthday, Loews Cineplex Entertainment hosted an event at the theater, featuring a sneak preview of a rough draft of his first film. Soon after, The Washington Post ran a story profiling Greg & Steven Spielberg, comparing their educational experiences, their career paths & their legacies. The book based on Greg's story includes a significant focus on the influence that films had on his efforts in the community (& on his life, in general). In conjunction with an event in Michigan, The Kalamazoo 10 (Goodrich Quality Theaters) ordered copies of the book for selected local residents. Over the years, Greg has received invitations to transform the book based on his story into a one man play for the evening.