Screenwriter and director whose 1995 film Welcome to the Dollhouse won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
He worked as a delivery boy for the Writer's Guild of America. He did his undergraduate work at Yale University.
His controversial film Happiness, which explored topics such as rape and pedophilia, won the International Critics' Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
He said in a 2005 interview with Suicide Girls that he was not married at the time.
He directed Allison Janney in the film Life During Wartime.