Jerry is a native Chicagoan and graduate of Columbia College in Chicago where he studied screenwriting, producing, directing and editing. Never one to let adversity stand in his way, Jerry survived a near fatal accident in 1986 resulting in the loss of his leg to go on to producing and directing his first film "Solstice" in 1993. "Solstice" was awarded the Silver Award by the Charleston International Film Festival, the Bronze Award by the Houston International Film Festival, and was broadcast in 1994 by Lifetime Television as their first original holiday movie. Broadcast in 17 international territories including the UK, Greece, Africa, Latin America and Spain. The film underwent a 2K HD restoration under Jerry’s supervision for it’s 25th Anniversary in 2018 and earned new awards for "Best Feature" and "Best Score" in the 2019 Action on Film and Hollywood Dreams Film Festivals.

Relocating to Los Angeles in 1996, Jerry spent 10 years working in film and television, running his boutique editing studio Nitestar Productions at Hollywood's famous Crossroads of the World. While in Los Angeles, Jerry’s work included editing DVD featurettes produced by Trailer Park for Universal Home Entertainment and Fox Atomic, 10 segments of the series "Breaking In" produced for the Reelz Channel and co-producing / editorial duties on 23 episodes of the weekly syndicated series "Made in Hollywood". Jerry also edited "Now You Know", the romantic comedy written and directed by "Clerks" star Jeff Anderson. "Now You Know" earned accolades in the San Diego, IFP Chicago, Greenwich and Big Bear Film Festivals. Jerry also worked on several projects with the late great television luminary Richard Hatch, of "Battlestar Galactica" fame.

Returning to Chicago in 2007, Jerry now works on projects between his hometown and Los Angeles. Named by New City as one of the top 50 people in Chicago’s booming film industry, Jerry's credits include a wide variety of projects including work on features, commercials, music videos, documentaries, short films like "The Dark Knight Project", and editorial duties on 4 episodes of the popular History Channel series "Gangland". Jerry's most recent documentary "Diary of a Bodybuilder", which he directed and edited, was nominated for "Best Picture" at the 2020 Action on Film/Hollywood Dreams Film Festival.

Jerry's projects aren't limited to only media. To overcome mobility challenges he faced using his cane and crutches, Jerry teamed up with his father Anastasios to invent the EZ-Walk/SandPad LandPad All Terrain Stabilizer, the only patented crutch and cane tip accessory that provides maximum stability on sand, grass, mud, snow, as well as regular paved surfaces. The SandPad earned accolades as a finalist in the 2018 Chicago Innovation Awards and is also available for sale online at Amazon and Walmart.

As an advocate and mentor to emerging filmmakers, Jerry served as Chicago City Producer of the world renowned 48 Hour Film Project from 2014 through 2019 while also developing projects for his company Nitestar Productions in Chicago. In 2021 he was invited to host and produce the independent Youtube news program Chicago Corner, under the banner of the Hard Lens Media Network.
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