Michael Curtis

Michael Curtis

Filmstigator & EditLab
Screenwriter, Director and Producer

Atlanta, Georgia

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February 2014
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About Michael

I began my career as a motion picture and television editor, cutting films and broadcast promos for clients ranging from independent directors to major networks like PBS, ABC, TNT, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, and others.


In the late 1990s I started EditLab, a production & post house based in Atlanta.


I was originally trained as an actor and director in live theatre at the University of Alaska Anchorage, but now I work exclusively behind the camera. But that early experience working with other actors on stage remains a key component of my directing approach.


In addition to directing, I've also served as a writer, editor, and producer for scores of film, television, and corporate spots. I've been lucky enough to garner more than 100 creative awards over the last decade –including Finalist Awards in both Directing and Editing at the New York Film & Television Festival.


In 2013 I launched Filmstigator, the Georgia Film Collaborative–a non-profit arts collaborative that brings writers, actors, and filmmakers together to craft high-quality films in the southeast. ’GIFT,’ my narrative film debut, is the first Filmstigator production.


I'm currently writing my first feature film and planning to shoot my second short film, "Gravel Heart," in early 2016. I lives on a lake near Atlanta with my wife, Susan, and our menagerie of dogs & cats.

Loglines

  • Gravel Heart

    Gravel Heart Drama An impulsive 14-year-old gets more than he bargained for when he confronts a violent neighbor. Based on actual events, Gravel Heart is a gritty coming of age story exploring loss and the limits of retribution.

  • Inheritance

    Inheritance Drama When a well-intentioned man learns of his father’s involvement in a racially charged murder, he risks everything to make things right with the victim’s family – and uncovers an even darker secret in the process.

Credits

  • Gravel Heart

    Gravel Heart (2015)
    Film (short) by Filmstigator (Action and Drama) screenwriter & director An impulsive 14-year-old puts his life in jeopardy when he confronts a heartless neighbor for killing his dog.

  • Inheritance (in development)

    Inheritance (in development) (2015)
    Film by Filmstigator (Drama and Mystery) screenwriter & director

  • Gift

    Gift (2014)
    Film (short) by Filmstigator (Drama) director & producer A young girl must confront a boy's inner demons as she struggles to free him from his troubled past.

Awards

  • Finalist - 2015 PAGE Screenwriting Awards - "Gravel Heart"
    (2015)

  • WINNER - Script to Screen Competition - Sanford International Film Festival
    (2015)

  • Semi-Finalist - ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Competition
    (2015)

  • Finalist - DC Shorts Screenplay Competition
    (2015)

  • WINNER - 2ND PLACE - ReelWriters Screenplay Competition
    (2015)

  • CINE Golden Eagle – Independent Short Film
    (2014)

  • Finalist - NY Film & Television Festival - Best Directing
    (2011)

  • Finalist - NY Film & Television Festival - Best Editing
    (2011)

  • WINNER - Best Short Screenplay - WILDsound Writer's Festival

Education

  • Vermont College of Fine Arts
    (2014-2016)

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