Mikeal Philip Burgin (born October 8, 1973) is an accomplished American film actor, stunt man, & award winning writer who grew up with an affection for genre films after being allowed to stay up late on Friday evenings to watch re-runs of Kolchak: The Night Stalker.
His first acting role was as a zombie in the internet series JENNY'S BLOG (2007), and has since included leading roles in independent short films, TROPHY WIFE (2010) and ENDANGERED (2012), supporting roles in features SPLATTER (2010) and THE OFFERING (2011), as well as an uncredited featured role in THE EXPERIMENT (2010) in which he shared scenes with 2 Academy Award winning actors.
Mikeal took on his first directing role as a dare in the micro budget short, CLOSURE, and followed it up with his 2nd short film SHIFT.
Recently established his own production company, OKAPI PICTURES, which specializes in genre films that are "just a little bit on the different side." The first film produced under OKAPI PICTURES was a kid friendly horror short, BRING ME A DREAM, which stars Mikeal's daughter Kaylynn, and has won 5 film festival awards, while Burgin’s latest film, SPECIAL, has won 4 awards thus far.
Mikeal and Okapi Pictures are already in pre-production for their biggest film yet, a coming of age drama called “My Friend Max” that is set to shoot in 2015 and will star Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) and feature a hit song from gold record recording artists Midnight Cinema.
Unique traits: Professionally trained actor, award winning screenwriter & director, some martial arts training, script interpretation, fearless stunt performer.
Only Dream of Me
Film by Justin Beahm (Horror) Producer The story of a boy and a ghost.
Sons & Daughters of Thunder
Film by Kelly Rundle (Drama) Actor In 1834, if polite discussions about abolishing slavery were considered inappropriate among Americans in Northern states, then eighteen days of public student-sponsored debates on the divisive subject at Lane Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio were scandalous. Organized by Theodore Weld, one of the architects of the abolitionist movement, the shocking oratory sparked intense controversy and awakened a young Harriet Beecher Stowe to the horrors of slavery. When school trustees slapped a gag order on the "Lane Rebels," most of the students left the school in collective protest. Years later, Harriet's novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was described by President Abraham Lincoln as the book that started the Civil War. "Sons & Daughters of Thunder," a new film based on the award-winning play by Earlene Hawley and Curtis Heeter, tells the unforgettable true story of the beginning of the end of slavery in America. Written by Kelly Rundle
My Friend Max
Film (short) by Mikeal Burgin (Drama) Writer, Producer, Director, Casting director After the loss of her father, young Thea has lived a secluded life without any friends, except for one. Her imaginary friend, Max, is a cause for concern for Thea's mother, who drastically intervenes with Thea's solitary social life. As a result, Max finds himself competing for Thea's attention, and his own existence. Written by Okapi Pictures
Film by Insane Mike Saunders (Comedy and Horror) Actor, Stunts Demonica is a comedy/horror film about a group of kids in the eighties that get trapped in a skating rink overnight and are killed off one by one by hideous demons.
Film (short) by Mikeal Burgin (Fantasy, Horror and Thriller) Writer, Producer, Director When their daughter is kidnapped by human traffickers, a mother and father desperately struggle against revealing an important family secret to investigators, that could ultimately lead to her safe return.
Bring Me a Dream
Film (short) by Mikeal Burgin (Family, Horror and Thriller) Writer, Producer, Director When Lynn disobeys her parents by not going to bed on time, Mr. Sandman decides that it's time to pay Lynn a little visit, and a valuable lesson will be learned.
Film (short) by Justin Beahm (Horror and Thriller) Writer, Producer, Director During a routine business trip, Scott encounters a hitchhiker on a lonely back Iowa highway and offers him a ride. Along the way, both men discover that their views on life are quite different and their journey together escalates from casual to chaos. Written by Anonymous
Film by Bruce Elgin (Thriller) Actor
Film by Insane Mike Saunders (Horror and Thriller) Actor, Stunts The normal worries of a struggling small town farmer are blown away when the world is suddenly overrun by undead monsters. How can a good man protect and provide for his family in a hostile world without becoming a monster himself?
Film (short) by Mikeal Burgin (Crime, Drama and Thriller) Writer, Producer, Director, Editor Unable to live with herself after committing the ultimate betrayal, Erica struggles to make peace with her husband, Steve, and seeks one final opportunity to put it all behind her and move forward in an uncertain life with a new man.
Film (short) by Mark Britton (Action and Drama) Actor John owes money to the wrong people. They've taken Sarah's daughter, Amy as collateral. The money is gone, and time has run out. Sarah is going to get her daughter back, whatever it takes. Hell has no fury like a woman with a sword.
Film (short) by Ron Reynolds (Action, Crime, Drama and Thriller) Actor A hacker plans his revenge against the pharmaceutical company that disgraced his father & ruined his family.
Splatter: Love, Honor and Paintball
Film by Lonnie Schuyler (Comedy) Actor, Stunts A paintball tournament becomes the unlikely proving ground for a likable small town loser who sets out to win back the love of his ex-wife and the respect of his son. A poignant quirky comedy about relationships - and a man who finally grows up! Written by Lonnie Schuyler
Film (short) by Pat Atkinson (Drama and Horror) Actor Frank struggles with failure and rejection in his hobby and in his marriage. When the day comes that everything finally falls apart, Frank finds a way to resolve his taxidermy hobby and come to terms with his wife in a shocking manner.
Film by Paul Scheuring (Drama and Thriller) Actor 26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.
Video by Bruce Elgin (Drama, Horror and Thriller) Actor After moving to the country with her husband, a young woman starts a video blog and it becomes her only link to the outside world as thing go very wrong in the town they live near.
Count on Me
Film (short) by Josh Guffey (Crime) Actor Most people think that undercover cops have ice in their veins to do what they do. That may be true in some cases, but when a narc realizes that he is just flesh and blood, the true dangers of the job become dangerously evident. Matt, an undercover cop in an elite unit, has to deal with this fragile realization as he works on biggest drug bust of his career. Greg, a veteran cop who understands what being undercover can do to a man, tries to help Matt comes to terms with these pressures before its too late. But with Matt's partner Danny putting his life on the line for this one final transaction, Matt must quickly decide if he has what it takes to see the job through and take care of business. Written by Anonymous