Michael LaFata

Michael LaFata

Principal at Love Stinks, LLC
Producer, Screenwriter and Actor

Los Angeles, California

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December 2013
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About Michael

For the last 4 decades, I’ve lived a wide-ranging life. With a deep financial investment and international business background, as well as a passion for writing and telling the story through comedy, somehow, I've been able to weave both disciplines, improbably though successfully, allowing for left brain/right brain harmony.

From my first comedic film at 12 to improv comedy in SF in my 20s to stand-up and sketch comedy clubs in Oakland and LA in my 30s, writing comedy was front and center. However, in my 40s, I pivoted to the heights of Private Equity, a very un-funny world, working in Los Angeles and New York, then running offices in London, and Paris – for over a decade. But by then, I felt my funny bone breaking. In fact, throughout my life, comedy and money always fought each other. Though in 2010, comedy won.

Along with an outrageous imagination, my depth of life experiences help shape the unique perspectives I produce in my body of work. I love classic “fish-out-of-water” themes. Putting people in unique, unfamiliar, or uncomfortable situations, then mining laughs with the purposes of showing how universal we all are. My current award-winning musical romantic comedy, “Love Is Afoot!” showcases this style perfectly and also exemplifies the strengths of left/right brain strategy: co-writing an award-winning script and now producing it into reality.

Unique traits: PADI diver since 1982




  • Love Is Afoot!

    Love Is Afoot! Budget: $5M - $10M | Comedy Musical Romance Set in the1940s, this musical romantic comedy is a throwback to Hollywood's Golden Age of musicals. It details one man’s journey for acceptance and his quest to find his “sole-mate!”


  • "F"

    "F" (2006)
    Film (short) by laceyface productions (Comedy, Film-Noir and Short) Executive Producer, co-writer, lead actor


  • Special Someone/Love Is Afoot! - Best Original Song - Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival

  • "Special Someone/Love Is Afoot!" - Best Original Score - Bronze - Global Music Awards

  • "Special Someone/Love Is Afoot!" - Best Original Song - Love Wins Film Festival

  • "Love Is Afoot!" - Best Screenplay - Reading FilmFest

  • "Special Someone/Love Is Afoot!" - Best Song - IFS, LA Film Festival

  • "Love Is Afoot!" - Screenplay of the Year - Las Vegas International Film & Screenplay Festival

  • "Love Is Afoot!" - Best Musical Screenplay - Moondance International Film Festival

  • "Love Is Afoot!" - Best Musical Screenplay - Las Vegas International Film & Screenwriting Festival

  • "F" Best Experimental Film - Las Vegas International Film Festival

  • "F" Best Short Film - Calgary Film Festival

  • "F" Most Memorable Film - Eugene Film Festival


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