Birth Name: John Ottman
Ottman was born July 6, 1964 in San Diego, CA, later attending the prestigious University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. While at college, he struck up a friendship with classmate and future director Bryan Singer. The two of them made their first project together, "The Lion's Den," a short film which they co-directed and Ottman edited. His next project was also with Singer - their first feature film, "Public Access." The low budget story of a drifter who wanders into a small town and dredges up its secrets via a public access channel won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1993. Despite its praise, the film achieved only a limited theatrical release.
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