Born in Portland, Maine, Spaltro grew up in a crazy and musical Italian home in the mid-sixties. From a young age he performed celebrity impressions and acted in comedy sketches created with fellow neighborhood entertainers. Ok… enough of that!
I was ten and convinced I was going to California to star in a Disney movie -- Escape to Witch Mountain, specifically. Perhaps it was my father’s incessant opinion that I had a face for radio -- I set my goal of writing meaningful film -- someday.
I answered another calling and my 20-year military career jetted me across the planet, exposing me to flavors of many cultures and lifestyles. Post-retirement, I landed in the Middle East for three years. It was there where I completed my first feature script and found the process exciting but more challenging than imagined. This experience inspired me to enroll in a screenwriting program; I was in my 40’s.
In my feature project, STILL MAX, I explore abandonment, redemption, faith, and a mother's love for her children, as a journalist's path takes her to Syria. Still Max was a 2016 Shore Scripts Quarterfinalist, 2017 Nicholls Fellowship Top 10% and 2017 California Film Awards Gold Award.
CIGAR BOX LETTERS follow a brother and sister unable to connect and help themselves in the wake of their father's death. Cigar Box Letters was a 2016 American Zoetrope (Francis Ford Coppola) Quarterfinalist. This is also a finalist in the 2017 Maine Film Initiative & made it to the 2017 Austin Film Festival 2nd round. This was also a 2017 Nicholls Fellowship First 100 and 2018 Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship Finalist.
Tapping into my dark funny-bone in FROZEN HEARDS OF ROCKPORT, a struggling single father panics when an eminent foreclosure looms and his two teen daughters scheme with their estranged, loony uncle to generate $$… did I mention freezing severed heads? This won the category "Genre Defiers & Weird Stuff" in the 2017 Maine Film Initiative & 2017 Page International Screenplay Quarterfinalist. By the way… this has been adapted into a TV pilot which made it to the 2017 Austin Film Festival 2nd round. More to come!
My drama, COMPASS, examines just that: our moral compass. I wrote this to upset people, in all truth. You will see what perhaps you once thought was "right" may be quite the contrary. This is a 2017 Oaxaca Film Festival Finalist, 2017 FinalDraft BigBreak Top Ten and 2017 California Film Awards 3rd Place.
My latest feature screenplay, and perhaps the one I'm most proud of, THE ANGEL'S RIGHT HAND, we follow 2 FBI agents in the early 80's when the Cold War is still very much alive. An assistant to the "Angel of Death", Dr Josef Mengele, this Nazi war criminal thrives in the US under an assumed name. On his tail, unknown to the agents, is a surviving twin of the horrific Auschwitz experiments, and now Mossad operative. Here I explore the power of forgiveness and the abyss of not being able to do so.
I am nearing the third act to my latest drama, LLOYD. This story comes from a very personal place -- the tragic loss of my younger brother.