London College School of Film
San Francisco Art Institute
London International Film School
First Spanish-language film in more than 15 years "Voces inocentes/Innocent Voices" set in El Salvador during the years of civil war in the '80s
Directed "Message in a Bottle," starring Kevin Costner, Robin Wright Penn and Paul Newman
Directed Meg Ryan in her emotional portrayal of an alcoholic wife and mother in "When a Man Loves a Woman"
Directed first American feature, "White Palace," starring Susan Sarandon and James Spader
Won major world-wide attention for "Gaby - A True Story," the poignant study of a woman he learned about from a television program, a writer coping with cerebral palsy
Directed first feature, "Motel"