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Michael Gerald Santoro was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After moving with his family to Atlanta, GA, he developed a keen interest in Film Production and the art of Directing. From that time, he transferred to North Carolina, where he pursued his passion at Western Carolina University. He obtained a BFA in Motion Picture Production, under the leadership of acclaimed Emmy-winning director, Jack Sholder. After graduating in 2011, he moved to Los Angeles with nothing, but the clothes on his back and the drive to succeed.
From there, he has worked on acclaimed TV shows, such as "The Voice" and "Mobbed", Feature Films such as "The Three Stooges" and "Van Wilder"; and national ads for Audi, Claritin, and Disney. He has dutifully worked for diverse companies such as Variety, Nu Image/Millennium Films, Shoreline Entertainment, etc; and was a writer's assistant for Rex Pickett (Author of Oscar-winning film Sideways). He was an Assistant Editor for a upcoming documentary entitled "A Survivor's Guide To Prison".. It was directed by Matthew Cooke ("How To Make Money Selling Drugs") and produced by Adrian Grenier (HBO's "Entourage") and Susan Sarandon. He was also an Assistant Editor for Jay Miracle (co-editor of "Star Wars" and "Apocalypse Now") for the 2015 documentary "Newman". In 2016, he is currently an Assistant Editor on the feature-length documentary "Touch the Wall", which follows Olympic-winning swimming superstar Missy Franklin.
Since 2015, he's been a Producer on a slew of film projects including ALTITUDE, an action-thriller which stars Dolph Lundgren and Denise Richards, BLUE LINE, a crime-thriller starring Tom Sizemore and Jordan Ladd, JACK GOES HOME, a horror film directed by Thomas Dekker and starring Rory Culkin, Britt Robertson, and Lin Shaye; an upcoming family film entitled ARLO: THE BURPING PIG, slated for release in summer 2016, and an upcoming Terrence Malick film. Mike was also a Talent Manager for Shoreline Entertainment (producers of "Glengarry, Glenross") where he managed writers and directors.
He is obliged in continuing to hone his craft in artful, character-driven, and commercially-viable storytelling. Some of his favorite Directors include Alexander Payne, Terrence Malick, Roman Polanski, Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, Brian DePalma, etc.
Survivors Guide to Prison
Film (Documentary) Editorial department Following the stories of Bruce Lisker and Reggie Cole who spent year after year in prison for murders they didn't commit - audiences get a harrowing look at how barbaric the US justice system is. The film ultimately asks how we can survive the prison model at all, and looks at better solutions for conflict resolution, harm reduction, crime and more. Hosted by filmmaker Matthew Cooke and guest hosting representatives from the massive range of Americans joining forces to change this broken system. Written by anonymous
Television (Biography and Talk-Show) Editorial department TMZ personality Harvey Levin interviews big name celebrities and newsmakers in this new Sunday night series.
The Demon Inside
Film (Horror and Thriller) Editorial department Years after his release from jail, Sam Parsons is trying to build the his life with his wife Courtney and their young daughter Harper. He works hard to provide for his family and afford their beautiful home in their quiet suburban neighborhood. When supernatural occurrences start to happen in the house, Sam fears for the safety of his wife and daughter. When the occurrences turn into attacks, Sam hires Corbin Carlysle and his reality TV show ghost hunting team known as "The Ghost Killers", to help him battle the dark entity that's lurking in the shadows of his home. As things start to escalate and it becomes clear that this entity is much more dangerous than your typical ghost, complication arise when Corbin and his team are more focused on the fame and fortune. To win this fight Sam must battle his own inner demons and revert back to his violent past. In order to save the ones he loves a Demon must face a Demon. Written by Timothy Talbott
The Black Ghiandola
Film (Short and Horror) Editor The Black Ghiandola is a story about a young man risking his life to save a young girl he has grown to love, after his family has been killed in the Apocalyptic world of Zombies.
A Survivor's Guide To Prison
Documentary by Saturday Entertainment Assistant Editor A look at the United States' prison system and the life of Bruce Lisker, who spent 26 years behind bars for a crime he didn't commit.
Jack Goes Home
Film by Thomas Dekker (Horror) Associate Producer After his father is killed in a car crash, Jack travels home to Colorado to help nurse his mother (who was injured in the crash) back to health. There, he uncovers long buried secrets and lies within his family history, his parents, his friends and his very identity. Written by Anonymous
Arlo: The Burping Pig
Film (Family) Executive Producer A 7-year-old girl befriends a teacup pig named Arlo, voiced by Drake Bell.
The Three Hares
Film (Fantasy and Short) Editorial department After a long absence, magic has returned to England - with dire consequences. A new shadow department of MI5, Magical Artifact Recovery, has been tasked with tracking down all magical artifacts lost during the Great Rupture. A young magical archaeologist's life is turned upside down when government agents and more pursue his amulet of power. Written by CAI Studio
Film by Switzer Entertainment Executive Producer
Film by Jacob Cooney (Action and Thriller) Associate Producer A woman and her best friend go on a crime spree to rob her husband and escape her marriage.
Documentary by Jon Fox Assistant Editor Legendary American asocial backwoods inventor Joseph Newman haps onto a brilliant discovery that ends the need for oil gas and nuclear dependency as we know it, but spends most of his life fighting conspiracy and Washington DC for a patent.
Wander My Friends
Film by Raz Cunningham (Comedy and Drama) Associate Producer A comic book creative team struggles to launch their own comic venture and learn to work with each other under new circumstances.
Touch the Wall
Film (Documentary, Family and Sport) Editorial department Touch the Wall follows teenage swimmer Missy Franklin as she grows into international athletic stardom, culminated by her 4 gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics. Bridled by expectations of being the 'next Michael Phelps', Missy and her family battle the mantle of celebrity as she tries to maintain her life as a normal teenager. When 4-time silver medalist Kara Lynn Joyce joins Missy's age-group swim club, her growth and challenges accelerate. Touch the Wall is a rare chance to witness the emerging greatness of a young woman who handles success and fame on her own terms. Written by Anonymous
Television by Darryl Trell (Reality-TV) Miscellaneous Crew Flash mob is used to deliver personal important messages.
Film (short) by Chuck Parello (Comedy) Producer Two stoner brothers go to a medical marijuana facility hoping to score a medical marijuana card which they believe will be their ticket to easy access to cannabis and a good time. However their debauched plans get thrown for a loop once they thoroughly piss off Dr. 420, the ultra-strict and bizarre-acting cannabis clinician on call there. Written by Anonymous
Death Is No Escape
Film by Franklyn (Fantasy, Horror and Mystery) Actor In a basement in Brooklyn, the cast of the hit show 'Urban Ghost Hunters' are investigating reports of ghostly sightings. Barely settled in they quickly realize they are in trouble when their own personal demons start to show up. Will this team make it out of this lock up? Written by Anonymous
Film (Short and Sci-Fi) Camera and Electrical Department Devoted husband PAUL COOPER relocates with his wife KAREN to the mountain town of Red Springs. Moving back to her hometown and the beautiful isolation of the woods holds the promise of stability for a woman tortured by visions and erratic behavior. But strange forces draw Karen into the woods, where she takes dangerous- and possibly supernatural- steps to end her psychological torment. As his beloved falls deeper into a hidden world, Paul has no choice but to follow her to the brink. Written by Kirk Gunton
The Dreaming Tree
Film (short) by Carey McKelvey (Drama, Fantasy and Romance) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A story about a boy, Peter and childhood love, Rose. As he grows up he must leave behind his childhood love and the magical tree that they once played under.
Film (short) by Erin Wagoner (Comedy and Drama) Miscellaneous Crew For Annie Clark, everyday was just another day. That is... everyday until today.
Film (short) by Aaron Putnam (Horror) Producer In a town terrorized nightly by a mysterious creature, a visitor comes knocking at the door of Willie and Mary Wallen. Claiming to be a friend, the visitor begs them to open the door. Amos, who was also saved from the outside, tries to keep them from opening the door. Is the visitor a man in danger, or is he something worse? Written by Aaron Putnam
Van Wilder: Freshman Year
Video by Harvey Glazer (Comedy) Actor Van Wilder starts his freshman year at Coolidge College and embarks on an adventure to land the campus hottie and liberate his school from sexual oppression and party dysfunction.
Film (Documentary) Miscellaneous Crew One week after a seemingly harmless car accident, a 45-year-old man suffers total amnesia. Christening himself the "New Richard," he embarks upon a new life with a new wife far away from his family. Sixteen years later, his oldest son returns with a camera to investigate why his father's memory never returned. Written by Anonymous
Film (Comedy) Producer A comedy about Linda Lopez, who's sandwiched between caring for her out of control teenagers and her shrewish elderly mother. After promising her dying father she'd unconditionally care for her hypochondriac mother, she quickly regrets it and with the help of her devoted friend, Patsy, uses outrageous strategies in attempts to covertly kick her mother out of the house without breaking her promise to her dying father. Written by Sharon Contillo
Film (Crime, Drama and Thriller) Producer Emily and Philip are madly in love. This doesn't sit well with Philip's wife, or 19 year old Emily's parents and her little brother. Things really get crazy when Emily's hot-headed father assaults his daughter's high school teacher boyfriend with the butt of a shotgun. Emily tries to hire a hit man to kill her father. That doesn't work out, so she decides to take matters into her own hands. Emily and Philip then go over to Emily's family home and all hell breaks loose. The riveting POWDER BURNS will follow the trail of boiling hot lust and impossible greed that leads to these merciless murders. Written by Nico Todd