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Glenn Rockowitz is an American writer, filmmaker, comedian and voice actor. He lives in Seattle, Washington. Rockowitz wrote and directed the cult independent film Hacks in 2002. The film garnered many festival awards including Best Comedy at The New York Film Festival, Best Picture at the Chicago Digital Film Festival, and Best Picture at the Orinda Film Festival outside of San Francisco. The film is a "tale, told mockumentary-style, of a handful of stand-up comedians plying their craft for a talent-poor talent agency ... [the film] points out the grim realities of the stand-up world when you're not quite ready for primetime, daytime or even remedial playtime". Comedians featured in the film include Jim Gaffigan, Michael Rispoli, and Victor Varnado. Rodeo in Joliet, a memoir of his battle with a very aggressive late-stage cancer, was released nationally on April 11, 2009. By early 2010, the book became a national bestseller and was subsequently optioned by director Matt Aselton to become a major motion picture, written by Ryan Knighton for release in 2015. The story follows his diagnosis in 1998, when he was given three months to live at the age of 28, and the experimental treatment that led to his recovery.