Black Apple Talent

Today, two great things happened. It is my 12 year anniversary in the film industry and I signed up with the Black Apple Talent Agency.

It is true. Twelve years ago today I was working for a non-profit organization. I had finally hit my limit with working for other people and I knew I was destined for bigger things. So with no real plan in place,  I walked into Human Resources and quit….and then somehow, by taking that leap of faith, things just start moving. I booked a film right away, was on set four days later – and then I just never stopped. Never gave up. Even when we hit the writer’s strike and the recession. Through it all – all the ups and all of the downs (and trust me there have been many) – the one thing that has remained consistent is my passion and my desire to never give up living my dream.

And now, as of today, I officially have an agent. I am repped by Sarah Yapelli at Black Apple Talent. I am definitely excited to move my career forward and to see what the next 12 years have in store!

Horror House Media

Horror House Media

So for 2018 Ray McCann and I were talking about creating a new digital platform for short horror form content. I thought it would be a great idea for him to have digital content to produce and for which I could direct. So I reached out to my writing partner Brantley J. Brown and asked him to start writing short scripts that were creepy/scary and simple to shoot.  With that, Horror House was born.

So now we begin the shooting process. Stay tuned as we are launching Halloween 2018. Feel free to reach out to use and to follow us on the social media platforms. Help us generate the buzz. We want to rally the horror community.

Instagram: Horror House Media
Twitter: Horror House Media

Email: HorrorHouseDigital@gmail.com

Hollywood HorrorFest

 

Excited to announce that my short horror script Del Obispo Road, a ghost story based on true events by Rochelle Robinson has been selected for the Hollywood HorrorFest here in Hollywood, CA.

The festival takes place July 26-29, 2018.

 

The Richard Wilmore Show

June 8, 2018 – Today I was a guest on The Richard Wilmore Show with fellow guest Katerina Cozias. It was a great and fun interview. Each interview is 15 minutes and I am the second one.

We talked about my podcast Mimosas With Michael and also some of my most current projects, which I am working on, as well as how I got my start in the industry. I also gave some advice to those who are starting out and want to follow their dreams. It is definitely a fun interview – if I say so myself!

 

Del Obispo Road

So my writing partner Brantley J Brown and I just finished our first script together. I had written the short film Del Obispo Road – a horror short –  and Brantley helped me adapt it into a feature film script. Actor and producer Edward Coupland will star as the lead, Ryan.

When Ryan’s sister goes missing in 1985, he is plagued by the memory of someone – or something – that he felt was responsible for her disappearance. Twenty years later he still can’t forget that night and the weight of that memory begins to push him to madness. When he starts to see his sister again, Ryan starts to search for answers as to why his sister vanished, and if the dreams that haunt him are real.

This story is based on a terrifying event shared to me by Rochelle Robinson.

We did a great interview about this film and script on my podcast Mimosas With Michael. Enjoy!

 

#tbt to Room 301

#tbt to when Dread Central wrote this article for an awesome virtual reality #horror #short I was hired to write. It starred Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and was directed by #YouTuber Jesse Wellens from Prank vs Prank and produced by Blum House and YouTube.

Read the article here:

Never Forgive Me

Was asked by model and filmmaker Niko Antonyan to write a script based on an idea he had for a short film. From there ‘Never Forgive Me,’ was born. It was a fun film to write and I am grateful for the opportunity to write something for him to direct. It was also nice to see Rodiney Santiago and Emily Hall act out my words!

The film is now available on Amazon for rent! Please check it out.

Trailer:

 

 

Wayfarers Chapel

Today, in celebration of Earth Day, the Wayfarers Chapel in Palos Verdes had their second annual art show and poetry reading called ‘Art by the Sea with Poetic Expression‘. Yours truly was a feature poet invited to read. I haven’t been an invited poet in over 15 years (if not more.) Attending today felt like coming out of retirement – and I am grateful for my friend Georgia Washington for asking me to be a part of the event.

The weather today was a wonderful 72 degrees with a slight breeze as we saw Catalina Island hiding out in the distant haze. The waves crashed towards as we stood up over the high cliff. It was an amazing inspiring day and I was grateful to be a part of the festivities today!

Also after the reading today I have decided to move forward and being writing my second book. I want to write a book that is full of anthems, that can inspire people and up lift them! That’s why it’s been so hard to write. I want it to be epic!

Check out the video from this amazing day!

Happy 2018

Wanted to take this moment and reflect on 2017. Remembering 2016 being so uncertain. So many of our biggest celebrities were passing that it put so many things into perspective going into the new year. 2017 was great though. Yes, we elected a president who seems volatile and offensive, who supports and propagates hate rhetoric – but from there we were able to unite as a country and that is something to be proud of. Yes we have endured a lot of scandal but has revealed many things we need to really look at and change! Which is why we are excited about 2018 and the possibilities it brings forth!
This year we are moving forward with the horror thriller script Axe, written by Michael Coulombe, based on his award winning short Ax. Bringing on producer Taylor Martin from Martinbroz, LLC and wonderful lead actor Adam Huss from Starz ‘Power’ and now iconic horror composer Harry Manfredini from the Friday the 13th franchise just seems to be the perfect combination.

We won 2nd place at the FANtastic Horror Film Festival in San Diego in October and got a wonderful plaque on which to hang on the wall. That motivates us more. And we also want to move forward with our Latina drama ‘You Can Call Me Eve” as well. So hang on 2018 – we are coming for you!
Thank you so much to all of you for the support you have show us. We could not have done it without you.

Happy 2018!

The Beauty of Death – two festivals!

I am excited to announce that short script The Beauty of Death is a finalist in two (2) festivals this October (2017)

The Shiver International Film Festival in Ontario, Canada and the FANtastic Horror Film Festival in San Diego, Ca.