Michael Kang is a filmmaker currently living in Los Angeles. His first feature film "The Motel" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. “The Motel” is the recipient of the Humanitas Prize as well as the top jury prizes from numerous festivals including SDAFF Best Narrative Feature, “The Motel” was also nominated for Best First Feature Film by The Independent Spirit Awards. Michael was honored with a N.E.A. Artist’s Residency Grant at The MacDowell Colony. Michael is recipient of the Geri Ashur Award in screenwriting through the New York Foundation for the Arts. Michael also received a fellowship through the ABC / DGA New Talent Television Directing Program. Michael’s second feature film “West 32nd” premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival and was the first fully financed US production by the Korean studio CJ Entertainment. Michael also received the Overseas Korea Filmmaker Award at the Pusan International Film Festival in 2007. Michael’s most recent film "4 Wedding Planners" premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 2011. All of his work is available on DVD and download. Michael’s more recent accomplishment was deactivating his Facebook account for three months. In that time, Michael developed a deeper appreciation for writing about himself in the third person.
Low Budget Ethnic Movie
TV Movie Writer
Film (short) by Charles Mehling (Drama and Romance) Writer A modern tale of a young, recently immigrated couple attempting to make it in NYC. But will their love for each other get in the way of their dreams? Features Eve Hewson (This Must Be the Place, Enough Said, Blood Ties, daughter of Bono) and Luke Treadaway (Attack the Block, Tonight Your Mine, winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor). Shot by cinematographer Robbie Ryan (Philomena, Fish Tank, Wuthering Heights). Marks the fictional debut of successful video and commercial director Charles Mehling. Written by Anonymous
TV Series Writer
13 Going on 13
4 Wedding Planners
Film by Michael Kang (Comedy) Director, Producer After Lily rejects her boyfriend's marriage proposal, she returns home to Hawaii where she must help out with her mother's weddingplanning business.
Television (Comedy and Drama) Director, Writer, Actor
Easy to Assemble
Television by Illeana Douglas (Comedy) Director Actress Illeana Douglas attempts to live a "normal" life by working at her local IKEA. She soon finds she can't leave Hollywood behind when fellow actress and friend Justine Bateman starts a talk show called "Forty and Bitter" on the floor of IKEA. Forced to compete for IKEA "Coworker of the Year" or risk coworker downsizing Illeana beats out Justine, wins the coveted award, and a trip to Sweden to meet the head of the company. Soon she must decide if she will return to the spotlight and take over for Justine with her own talk show, "This Side Up". Written by Anonymous
For the First Time
Film (short) by Charles Mehling Writer A young Irish couple struggles to make a living in New York City.
Film by Michael Kang (Crime and Drama) Director, Writer "West 32nd" takes the cameras inside New York's gritty Korean underworld. After hustling his way onto a homicide case, attorney John Kim (Cho) finds himself thrust into a sordid world of hard realities and moral compromises after he is taken under the wing of a ruthless Korean gangster who knows no limits. Written by anonymous
Film by Michael Kang (Comedy and Drama) Director, Writer Thirteen-year-old Ernest Chin lives and works at a sleazy hourly-rate motel on a strip of desolate suburban bi-way. Misunderstood by his family and blindly careening into puberty, Ernest befriends Sam Kim, a self-destructive yet charismatic Korean man who has checked in. Sam teaches the fatherless boy all the rites of manhood. Written by anonymous
Because of Winn-Dixie
Film by Wayne Wang (Comedy, Drama and Family) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A 10-year-old girl, abandoned by her mother when she was three, moves to a small town in Florida with her father, a preacher. While there, she adopts a stray dog whom she names after the local supermarket where he was found. With her goofy pooch by her side, she meets an eclectic group of townspeople and rekindles an almost lost relationship with her father. Written by Anonymous
Film (short) by Michael Kang (Comedy) Director, Writer, Producer, Editor
Asian Pride Porn
Film (short) by Greg Pak (Comedy) Actor Playwright David Henry Hwang talks directly to the camera about race, politics, and ... pornography. He's discovered a way to get past the typical images of Asian porn to positive images of Asian men and women caught on tape: it's "Asian Pride Porn," a videotape Mr. Hwang is pitching. We see excerpts as he talks about smart women and sexually empowered men. He urges his listeners to move from onanism to activism and never be embarrassed again when lonely and bored. He wants viewers to reach for "Asian Pride Porn" - available in sex shops and commercial centers everywhere, except Georgia and Alabama. Written by <email@example.com>
A Waiter Tomorrow
Film (short) by Michael Kang (Action and Comedy) Director, Writer, Producer, Actor, Stunts When two sushi waiters are pushed to the limit... Only justice can be served.
Ships Passing in the Night