Michael Toubassi

Michael Toubassi

Upstairs Film
Director, Editor and Producer

North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California

Member Since:
September 2011
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About Michael

“Team Work” director/producer Michael Toubassi is a graduate of the University of Arizona, and has to his credit a number of documentaries, behind-the-scenes feaurettes, red carpet shows, short films and music videos. His award-winning feature “High And Dry,” is a documentary about the history of the Tucson music scene. He recently produced the short film “Slant,” which screened at numerous festivals including Palm Springs, Santa Fe and HollyShorts. Michael lives in Los Angeles and is the owner of Upstairs Film, an independent production company with released projects at Sony, Fox, Marvel Studios and Universal Pictures. He is also the founder and festival director of the Tucson Film & Music Festival. “Team Work” is his tenth short film.



  • Westsail the World

    Westsail the World (2017)
    Film (Documentary) Director Add a Plot »

  • A Conversation with Ellen Burstyn and Diane Ladd

    A Conversation with Ellen Burstyn and Diane Ladd (2015)
    Film by Michael Toubassi (Documentary and Short) Director

  • Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses

    Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses (2014)
    Video (Action and Drama) Miscellaneous Crew Frank Vega teams up with grumpy old agoraphobic Bernie Pope to kick ass and clean up the streets of L.A.

  • The Hungover Games

    The Hungover Games (2014)
    Film by Josh Stolberg (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew After celebrating Doug's upcoming wedding in a cut rate hotel in Laughlin, NV, hungover guys Bradley, Ed and Zach wake up in a futuristic dystopia, having lost their pal, Doug. With the help of Effing and Justmitch, the trio's loyal advisers, the gang must now prepare to battle their way through the pop culture districts of The Hungover Games including The Real Housewives of District 8 and Teddy from The Puppet District. Written by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

  • Team Work

    Team Work (2014)
    Film by Michael Toubassi (Short and Comedy) Producer There's no 'I' in team, but there is one in 'I hate you!'

  • Behind the Scenes of Dakota's Summer

    Behind the Scenes of Dakota's Summer (2014)
    Video (Documentary and Short) Producer Add a Plot »

  • The Making of Bad Asses

    The Making of Bad Asses (2014)
    Video (Documentary and Short) Producer Add a Plot »

  • Go Deep Inside the Hungover Games

    Go Deep Inside the Hungover Games (2014)
    Video by Michael Toubassi (Documentary and Short) Producer

  • 30 Nights of Paranormal Activity with the Devil Inside the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    30 Nights of Paranormal Activity with the Devil Inside the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2013)
    Film (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew After a stint in a psychiatric hospital, a young woman returns to the house where her father killed the entire cast of The Artist during his exorcism.

  • Behind the Scenes of 30 Nights of Paranormal Activity with the Devil Inside the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Behind the Scenes of 30 Nights of Paranormal Activity with the Devil Inside the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2013)
    Video (Documentary and Short) Producer

  • Queens of Country

    Queens of Country (2012)
    Film (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew Living in a fantasy era long gone and obsessed with old time country stars, the prettiest girl in a small Arizona town finds a lost iPod filled with songs that speak to her sensitive heart. Jolene Gillis is convinced the owner is her soul mate and she is thrust into a sexy, heartwarming and hilarious adventure of mistaken identities, ATVs, line dancing competitions, kidnappers, time machines and doppelgangers. Written by Producer

  • Slant

    Slant (2011)
    Film by Stephen Soucy (Short and Drama) Producer Slant, inspired by an Emily Dickinson poem, tells the story of a college professor in his early 50s, looking for connection long after the loss of his partner to AIDS.

  • Marvel LIVE! World Premiere of Captain America: The First Avenger

    Marvel LIVE! World Premiere of Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
    Video (Short and News) Producer Add a Plot »

  • Party Heat

    Party Heat (2008)
    Television (Crime and Reality-TV) Camera and Electrical Department

  • National Bingo Night

    National Bingo Night (2007)
    Television (Game-Show) Casting department Bingo numbers are pulled from a giant "bingoplex" machine while veiwers interact by submitting winning cards online to redeem such prizes as gift certificates, coupons and merchandise.

  • Behind the Scenes with Howe Gelb

    Behind the Scenes with Howe Gelb (2007)
    Film (Documentary and Short) Producer

  • Going Back to Tucson

    Going Back to Tucson (2006)
    Film (Documentary and Music) Producer On Labor Day weekend 2005 in Tucson, AZ, the 20th Anniversary of Club Congress and the premiere of the Tucson music documentary High and Dry provided the perfect reason for a three-day music extravaganza. The celebration brought together an abundance of Tucson bands, many of whom were featured in the film and reunited especially for the event. Featuring classic and contemporary Tucson bands, including members of Calexico, Giant Sand, Bob Log III, River Roses, The Pork Torta, Green On Red, Gentlemen AfterDark, Sidewinders, the Friends of Dean Martinez and many more. Written by Upstairs Film

  • Show Me the Money

    Show Me the Money (2006)
    Television (Game-Show) Casting department Add a Plot »

  • High and Dry

    High and Dry (2005)
    Film by Michael Toubassi (Documentary and Music) Producer HIGH AND DRY is a documentary profiling the history of Tucson, Arizona's eclectic music scene. The past two decades have seen a number of singular talents emerge from Tucson, including Giant Sand's Howe Gelb, who has been called "the godfather of the alt-country movement," seminal blues slide-guitarist Rainer Ptacek, and original cow punk Al Perry. The city has also spawned more popular acts including Calexico, the Supersuckers and Machines of Loving Grace. Some of these bands reached the big time but self-destructed under the pressure of a music career they just weren't ready for, while others still make a successful living from their music, without the support of a major label or the mainstream music industry. HIGH AND DRY tells these musicians' stories, while giving insight into the choices they made along the way - where the desert meets rock 'n' roll. Drawing upon rare archival material, as well as live performances and exclusive interviews with band members, the film provides a ... Written by Upstairs Film

  • Renegade Bookseller

    Renegade Bookseller (2003)
    Film by Michael Toubassi (Documentary and Short) Director Profiles musician, writer and bookstore owner Natalie Woodlawn, a young, artistic entrepreneur who pursues her passion for music while struggling to own a business and survive in Los Angeles.

  • Solitude

    Solitude (2002)
    Film (Drama) Producer Soledad is an artist who has with drawn from society by moving into the desert. She lives a life alone seemingly immersed in noticing and painting the beauty that shes sees. Somewhere before the start of the movie she met Hillary. Hillary (unknown to Soledad) is a damaged woman. In the opening scenes the two of them are about to embark on a journey. To Soledad's thinking the journey is a simple car ride to Flagstaff where Hillary has arranged a gallery review for Soledad. When Soledad's car fails to start, Hilary suggests they hitch-hike. They do Hilary has a brother named Louise. Louis has a car that they can borrow. When the two ladies arrive in Phoenix, their journey like the plot itself begins to thicken. We, along with Soledad are then introduced to Louis. Louis' apartment is as messy as the clothes he wears. He has stores to tell. You will be compelled to watch as the rabbit hole Solidad finds her self within can only exit in a family's backyard. This is SOLITUDE. Written by JKSTEWART

  • Harvest

    Harvest (1999)
    Film (Short) Director An ordinary evening in Tucson, when Kevin and his three friends are having a conversation waiting in line to get into a club. He then encounters a woman at the bar, but this is not just another boy meets girl tale. Written by Upstairs Film

  • Open 'til 3

    Open 'til 3 (1998)
    Film (Short) Producer Open 'til 3 is the name of the film and the restaurant where numerous stories intersect resulting in an evening no one will soon forget. A waitress, Angela, meanders from table to table while she carefully and systematically creates an explosion of emotion involving everyone simultaneously. Tonight, Angela subtlety alters the lives of a militant vegan, some rowdy youths, a mysterious older man, a compulsive gambler, an honest cook and many others. Angela reverses the servant roles in this restaurant, and by the end of the film, has her customers right where she wants them. Follow 13 people through this comedic exploration as they ask the question, " Who is serving whom?" Written by Upstairs Film

  • Number 13

    Number 13 (1997)
    Film (Short, Comedy and Music) Director Follow a day in the life of a local Paletero, as he makes his way through the barrio.

  • Bedspring Kiss

    Bedspring Kiss (1995)
    Film by Michael Toubassi (Short and Comedy) Director A couple searches for a bed. Aaaah, if it were only that simple... A price must be paid for comfort.


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