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Michael has divided his time between the production and development of documentary films, feature projects and, under the auspices of MPS Productions, has taken on documentaries, promotional campaigns and spots for corporate clients.

Michael began his Hollywood career as a screenwriter. He penned the cult horror 3-D classic
Parasite, which introduced moviegoers to a young actress named Demi Moore.

He wrote and directed the television pilot
The Companion on location in Las Vegas. He wrote and directed the independent feature Driven, a story based on his early days in Los Angeles as a cabdriver. Driven premiered at the Toronto Film Festival where Screen International Magazine called him “one of the new directors to watch in North America.” It has since appeared on PBS, Showtime and the Sundance Channel.

His first documentary
In June At This Place, which he directed when he was 24 years old, told the story of a Quaker family of political activists in Appalachia and appeared on public television. After a stint as a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute, he was co-director and producer of Bush's Brain, the documentary that pulled back the curtain and introduced the country to Karl Rove. A film the Washington Post called “downright chilling”, "Bush's Brain" showed voters how one man, ruthlessly brilliant, had managed to commandeer the American political process.

His corporate work includes the documentary
On The Same Side, chronicling Kaiser Permanente’s season of bargaining under the auspices of its groundbreaking Labor Management Partnership. He also produced and directed the Workforce Development and Voices of Partnership series—highlighting the lives of frontline workers and managers at Kaiser and numerous other spots and short films.

Current projects include
Transformation—chronicling the changing lives of a group of health care workers over a one year, The Family—a documentary about a Minnesota family’s forty year odyssey and First Comes Love, a dramatic film based on the memoir by Marion Winik.

Having begun his career with a long internship as a writer, Michael feels one of the strengths of MPS Productions must be the emphasis on story, character and structure in all of our work.


photo credit: Getty Images, the premiere of BUSH'S BRAIN at LA Cinematheque. Photographer: Mark Mainz