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Dennis comes from the hills of Cincinnati in the middle of the country where he graduated with honors as high school salutatorian and without distinction from Wittenberg University, also in Ohio.

 He jumpstarted his academic career by living in New York at 122nd Street and Broadway, witnessing the takeover of Columbia University by Mark Rudd, and by an armed robbery at Woolworth’s on 125th Street, and by taking a Masters of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary.
After finishing his academic career, all Dennis wanted to do was get a Barak Obama-like  job as a community organizer in New York City, but was unable to find anything because, by this time in the struggles of urban poor minorities, they had been able to home grow their own leadership and did not need a white boy in house.  That’s why he is so delighted to be a part of the Board of Directors of Plaza Community Services, the oldest social agency in Los Angeles, serving Latino communities in Downtown and Northeast LA.

After a year at a determined nonprofit, he walked into the Directors’ Guild of America in New York and asked for contact information for movies shooting in town.  There were two, and he got a job on one of them and never looked back.
His first movie job was a set PA on the MGM feature “House of Dark Shadows” and his first producing job was for Paramount, “Friday the 13, Part 2,” and his most recent was as Co-Producer on the two seasons, 2013 and 2014 of “The Bridge,” for FX Network, and the  independent “Fire City: King of Miseries,” in 2015.

He was also Co-Producer on the 20th Century Fox movie, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and the Co-Producer in 2013 of “Phantom, “starring Ed Harris and David Duchovny.  On IMDB, he has 51 producer credits and 33 Production Manager Credits.
While “on vacation” assisting the Hopi Reservation veterinarian pull calves in 1994, Dennis never forgot the Hopi rancher who came to seek with his radio blaring Navajo music.  “Why?” he asked.  “Because there is no Hopi Radio.”  Less than a year later, Dennis wrote a check for $500 to hire a consultant to apply for a Federal planning grant for Hopi Radio and less than three years later the Hopis heard the first ever broadcast of their own language from their own, Hopi owned, Hopi run, radio station.

Other movie experiences Dennis has liked were Associate Producer of “Powder” for Disney, the Location Manager for Alan Parker’s MGM movie,  “Fame”, Co-Producer of “Wildflower,” directed by Diane Keaton and starring Patricia Arquette and Reese Witherspoon, for which Dennis received The Humanitas Award, and Producer of the Warner Brothers’ Pilot for “ER, “ for which he received an Emmy nomination, the Norman Felton “Producer of the Year” Award from the Producer’s Guild of America,  and  he shared the Directors’ Guild of America Award with Rod Holcomb, and shared the Pulitzer Prize with the other Producers of the show. 

And, finally, he produced and directed a seven minute sales video about what a radio station would mean to the Hopi people which raised a $100,000 community contribution in one afternoon and was required by the US Government’s $300,000 award of construction funds to the Hopi Nation.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Cyndy Fujikawa, and two beautiful teen children.  He also has two boys from a previous marriage, with whom he has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.  They plan to climb Mt Whitney in the summer of 2016.

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