Actor, writer, and filmmaker who directed low-budget exploitation films like Transmorphers as well as the drama The 9/11 Commission Report.
He worked for Roger Corman's Concorde Pictures after graduating from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
He was vocal about his socially conservative views and wrote columns that were quoted by the likes of Rush Limbaugh.
He was the eldest of three children.
His 2012 re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz, titled Dorothy and the Witches of Oz, starred Back to the Future's Christopher Lloyd.