In 1995, he was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for his film The Four Corners of Nowhere.
He wrote and directed the independent film The Four Corners of Nowhere.
He is an active gay-rights supporter.
He wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of the musical, Rent.
He wrote the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which was published on February 1, 1999.