|Bleed for This||2014||Director||n/a||4|
|Bleed for This||2014||Producer||n/a||3|
|Bleed for This||2014||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|New York Crossing||2014||Grip||(additional crew)||1|
|Walking & Talking||1996||Driver||n/a||1|
|Was director of "sub-stories" for "The Hire", an omnibus of five short featurette commercials for BMW, shown over the Internet at bmwfilms.com|
|Wrote and directed the short films "Maestro" and "L & M"|
|Directed the short films "The Car Thief and the Hit Man" and "The Hit Man and the Investigator"|
|Worked as a driver on the indie "Walking and Talking"|
|Helmed the romantic comedy "Prime" starring Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep|
|Was a legislative intern for state Assemblyman Alan Hevesi; also worked on his campaign for NYC controller and later served as a senior policy analyst|
|Directed commercials and music videos|
|At age 21, ran Melinda Katz's successful New York State Assembly campaign (date approximate)|
|Raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York|
|Performed as a stand-up comedian|
|Feature directorial debut "Boiler Room", starring Ben Affleck and Giovanni Ribisi; also scripted|
|Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo||Companion||Began dating September 2005; No longer together|
|City University of New York|
|"When I started writing 'Boiler Room', the United States was in a slump. The Internet was something for goofy college kids, jobs were scarce and Alan Greenspan had not yet been elevated to demi-god status. Everything is different today. I'm not saying I want it to be any other way. I'm not some crazed Luddite calling for the destruction of all PalmPilots and spinning jennies. I don't think the stock marker is an evil hotbed of swindling brokers driving Italian sports cars. I'm just saying that I see a little bit of 'Boiler Room' everywhere, and it scares me." --Ben Younger quoted in Talk, March 2000|
|Younger on his own personal work ethic, as contrasted with the get rich quick ideas of the boiler room: "From early on work became a validation of my self-esteem. It didn't matter what I was doing so long as I brought home some dough. . . Growing up in New York, you learned to hustle. but it was a good hustle, an honest one." --quoted in Talk, March 2000|
|"I had a minor epiphany last night. I thought about why I got into film in the first place: You can actually change things. I started thinking, 'Shit, you can do big, big things now -- something really interesting." --Younger to Rolling Stone, April 13, 2000|
|Younger on his prior experience: "I also worked as a grip on indie features like 'Walking and Talking'. I got a ton out of that, especially technical proficiency. It's nice to walk on the set as a director and know how to build a crane. I hired the crew that I'd worked with millions of times as a grip. In fact, the key grip on my movie id one of the grips who trained me when I was coming up. To have a guy like that work on my movie -- it goes beyond respect. It's like love." --quoted in Rolling Stone, April 13, 2000|
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