Director / Writer / Producer

DGA / WGA

As a feature director, Michael is known for his detailed work with actors and strong visual storytelling. All three features that he’s directed premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and won numerous awards from festivals around the world.

Some of the top actors he’s directed include: Academy Award winner, Helen Hunt, Academy Award Nominee, Tim Roth, Julia Stiles, Bridget Fonda, Wesley Snipes, Eric Stoltz, Clancy Brown, Michael Parks and many others.

Other top filmmakers he’s worked closely with include: Academy Award winner, Quentin Tarantino, The Farrelly Brothers, Gale Anne Hurd, Academy Award Nominee, Dennis Hopper, Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller, Academy Award Nominee, Matt Dillon, Academy Award Winner, Harvey Weinstein, Academy Award Winner, Tom Rosenberg, and Academy Award Nominees, Robert Forester and Jay Cassidy. Collectively, Michael’s feature projects have generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues.

While features will always remain his first love, Michael is also extremely passionate about television where he is a prolific writer/producer/director having sold a steady stream of one hour pilots to all the major networks and directed one that he wrote. Some of the top names he’s worked with closely include: Academy Award Winner, Sylvester Stallone, Warren Littlefield, Neal H. Moritz, Cary Brokaw, Gavin Polone, Eriq La Salle and Lauren Graham. The companies he’s had deals with include: DreamWorks, HBO, Disney, Warner Bros., Fox, Sony, Paramount, Brillstein-Grey, and many others.

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FAST TEXAS

A love story wrapped in gritty, crime-thriller staring Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike, Endless Love) that Michael wrote and will direct in 2017. Alex is producing with Michael along with Patrick Muldoon. More cast announcements coming soon.

ON THE 5TH DAY

A time-shifting thriller in the vein of Memento and Looper about a college music teacher desperately searching for his missing wife while he lives five days in reverse order. Michael is producing and directing. Written by Corey Harrell. Matt Stein is Executive Producing.

COMPULSION

A Cape Fear type thriller about an ex-con with a diabolical agenda against a successful old friend and his wife. Michael sold it to Def Jam and it has recently been acquired by Def Pictures and Russell Simmons who will produce with Michael directing.

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HELL RIDE

In 2008 Michael produced this update of the 60s biker genre that debuted at Sundance. It stars Dennis Hopper, Michael Madsen, and Vinnie Jones. It was released by Dimension.

THE CAVE

Sci-Fi Horror-Thriller that Michael conceived and co-wrote. It was wide released by Sony/Screen Gems in 2005 and has made over 70 million in revenues to date.

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY

Smash that Michael produced. It was directed by The Farrelly Brothers and stars Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller, and Matt Dillon. Michael was nominated for a Golden Globe along with The Farrelly Brothers. The film won four MTV Awards including one for Michael as a producer for “Best Movie.” Listed at #27 on “AFI’s Top 100 Comedies of All Time.” Released by Twentieth Century Fox, it has made over 600 million in revenues worldwide to date.

WICKED

The third award-winning feature Michael directed. It debuted at Sundance and was released by Sony/Screen Gems in 2001. The dark comedy thriller won his discover, Julia Stiles, a "Best Actress" award at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival where Michael was also nominated for a Crystal Globe in the Main Competition.

BODIES, REST & MOTION

The second multi-award winning feature directed by Michael debuted in competition at Sundance. The film stars Bridget Fonda, Eric Stoltz, Phoebe Cates, and Tim Roth. Selected for the Un Certain Regard section at The Cannes Film Festival, it went on to win many awards around the world. Released by Fine Line to glowing reviews, the film appeared on several critics “Top 10 Films of Year” lists. Today, the movie has become a touchstone of the Gen-X, indie genre and plays at revival art houses. It was selected by the prestigious Criterion label for its “Director’s Signature” series.

THE WATERDANCE

Michael’s professional directing debut that stars Eric Stoltz, Wesley Snipes, and Helen Hunt. It premiered at Sundance in competition and won the "Audience Award." Michael won the Film Independent Spirit Award for "Best First Feature" as a director. In addition, the film garnered two Film Independent Spirit Award nominations for “Best Supporting Actor” for both William Forsythe and Wesley Snipes. After winning many other awards around the world, it was released by Goldwyn to stellar reviews. The film is included in the book, “The Best 1,000 Films of All Time,” published by The New York Times.

SLEEP WITH ME

Edgy romantic comedy that Michael co-wrote and produced. It stars Academy Award Nominee, Meg Tilly, Eric Stoltz, Craig Sheffer, Parker Posey, and Quentin Tarantino. Selected as an "Opening Night Gala Premiere" for the Toronto Film Festival. The film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival and was released by MGM in 1995.

Television

THE CASEYS

A pilot Michael wrote, directed, and produced for Fox Television that starred Clancy Brown. It was picked by "Entertainment Weekly" as one of the best five pilots of the year and was screened by Steven Spielberg. DreamWorks subsequently signed Michael to a "blind" development deal. The project he wrote for them, ROC, was re-optioned by DreamWorks in 2009 with D.J. Caruso attached to direct and Steven Spielberg to produce.