Close Films was created by filmmaker Don Close. Don is a Director, Writer, Producer and Actor. He has been creating his own work for almost twenty years.
Director | Writer | Producer | Actor
Don began his acting career by studying with James Price, at The Actors Studio, in NYC. He has appeared in many off-off Broadway productions and several films. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA.
Don started writing in 1995, when he attended a playwriting workshop at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City.
Shortly after, he wrote two ten-minute plays. The second, “In The Zone”, was produced at the Pelican Studios in NYC, in April, 1995. During this time, he wrote his first screenplay, a spoof on Quentin Tarantino, entitled “DCNY”. With his VHS camcorder, he wrote, produced, shot, directed and acted in this 20 minute comedic drama which he sent to Quentin. It was Quentin’s assistant, Vicki Lucai, who inspired Don to write (along with his friend, James Biberi) his first full length feature, “MADE MEN” in 1998. It starred Thomas Calabro (Melrose Place), Cara Buono (Third Watch, NBC, The Sopranos and Mad Men), Aida Turturro and Frank Vincent (both from The Sopranos).
Don is of Puerto Rican/ Irish decent, and he was born and raised in NYC. He received a BA in video production from Queens College. He started off in the business as an actor, performing in numerous off-Broadway plays and low budget films before moving on to directing. Don directed a number of short plays at The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Actors Studio, and The Love Creek Theatre Company. “MADE MEN” was his feature film debut as writer-director, producer, as well as post-production supervisor.
He took a seven year hiatus to raise his son, but continued writing at night. Last year he wrote and directed a tv pilot spec script,” BACK TO ONE”. He also shot a teaser for his full length script, “BLACK HAMLET”. A poignant love story of an intersexual, centered in NYC.
He has also recently finished another script, “MAGNOLIA HEIGHTS”, a 1950’s detective story in the vein of “Lethal Weapon” and “Harper”. Don is currently writing a new script, “REMODEL THIS”, a comedy about two dueling neighbors. He has Kevin James and Melissa McCarthy in mind.
Don will start work in 2015 on a documentary about the organization, UPRIGHT AFRICA. A group of NYC doctors trying to build a hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A place where the people die everyday of simple infections, just because there is no clean water and the doctors do not even have hand sanitizers. Don is very excited about this project and hopes to make a difference and save lives.