Michael Kolko is an entertainment industry veteran. Producer, Director, Unit Production Manager, Production Accountant, he is the founder and CEO of Eastman-Kennedy, a multi-faceted media production company that has pioneered a new model of studio and independent filmmaking- producing high-quality films utilizing strong production management combined with a wide array of tax incentives with films released across multiple-platforms taking advantage of new distribution strategies. Eastman Kennedy's model began with “Decoding Annie Parker”, and currently includes Steinbeck’s “In Dubious Battle” all-star cast lead by director/actor James Franco.
In television, Kolko started at HBO's critically acclaimed Dream On and One Night Stand Comedy series and soon blossomed into feature films. Hired by director John Landis on his film Oscar in 1991,to work in the accounting department. Followed that up by working on over a dozen motion pictures for every major studio including 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Pictures, Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, Universal, and MGM. Studio credits include Speed, Nixon, Rising Sun, Beverly Hillbillies, Hoffa, Last Man Standing, Final Analysis, Fair Game, The Cure, When a Man Loves a Woman, and Hard Rain.
Kolko has also produced and directed a variety of live-events including Fatal Femmes Fighting, women’s based MMA in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, Asian Invasian, Crystal Brawl, and War of the Roses. All live-events were recorded in HD and distributed to big box retailers. The Erskine Caldwell estate hand selected, Michael to direct "Sure Hand of God" which premiered on Lifetime starring Jennifer Morrison and Gail O'Grady.
Before Eastman Kennedy, Kolko served head of the Production Tax Incentive division at CAPS Payroll. At CAPS, he was instrumental in acquiring over 150 tax incentives worldwide for a very prestigious list of clients in film, television, and commercial production. Michael is a subject matter expert in tax incentives and has been a key-note speaker at the Association of National Advertisers as well as numerous industry related panels.
Producing experience includes unit production management, supervising physical production/post personnel and accountants, budgeting, scheduling, hiring and supervising staff, monitoring cash flow/funding and variance analysis, supervising payroll, setting-up banking requirements, reconciling account ledgers, and preparing budgets and negotiating contracts.
Name: Mike Kolko
Lives in: Beverly Hills, California
Occupation: Director and Producer
In Dubious Battle
Film by James Franco (Drama) Miscellaneous Crew In the California apple country, nine hundred migratory workers rise up "in dubious battle" against the landowners. The group takes on a life of its own-stronger than its individual members and more frightening. Led by the doomed Jim Nolan, the strike is founded on his tragic idealism-on the "courage never to submit or yield." Published in 1936, In Dubious Battle is considered the first major work of Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck.
Decoding Annie Parker
Film by Steven Bernstein (Drama) Miscellaneous Crew Love, science, sex, infidelity, disease and comedy, the wild, mostly true story of the irrepressible Annie Parker and the almost discovery of a cure for cancer.
Film by Brent Huff (Drama and Thriller) Producer A beautiful young woman Hayden is framed for the murder of her wealthy husband Frank. With all the evidence stacked against her, Detective Sloan arrests her and Hayden finds herself in the fight of her life as she tries to uncover the truth. Set against the backdrop of a wealthy Midwestern city, LAST WILL tells a story of deception, corruption and misguided family loyalties. Written by antonello
Film by Ron Krauss (Drama) Producer, Production manager AMEXICA is the story of a young boy from Mexico who is sold by a human trafficking ring to two con artists from Los Angeles with a get rich scheme. They portray him as their son, extorting money from innocent people by risking the boy's life in staged automobile accidents. Trapped, alone with his captors, and unable to speak for himself, the boy decides to take his fate into his own hands, forever changing the lives of the people around him. Amexica takes a different approach in the exploration of human trafficking, showing the unexpected fallout of human chemistry from the captors and the victim's point of view. Written by Lilla Rabal
Film by Edward Barbini (Horror, Mystery and Thriller) Producer A group of friends on a road trip seek shelter at a mental institution in the woods, only to discover that the building is the home of a mysterious young girl named Roxy whose unsettling presence serves as a foreshadow of doom. Later, as the group attempt to unravel the mystery of Roxy, who seems to have endured years of abuse, a mysterious killer begins to hunt them from the darkness. Written by Emily
Film by Morgan J. Freeman (Drama, Horror and Thriller) Production manager, Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Mike was the star quarterback in a blue-collar small town where football is everything. After receiving a scholarship to Northwestern University, he returns home over Christmas break and everyone is surprised to see him with a new girlfriend, Elizabeth, a pretty rich girl from Chicago. No one is more shocked than Mike's homecoming queen ex-girlfriend, Shelby, who desperately wants Elizabeth out of the picture. After a freak car accident leaves an injured Elizabeth at the mercy of Shelby, all hell breaks loose as Shelby does everything it takes to get Mike back. Written by Anonymous
From Mexico with Love
Film by Jimmy Nickerson (Action and Drama) Production manager, Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Hector, a young Mexican national and border-crossing migrant farm laborer, has boxing abilities just like his late father had. He could perhaps be good if he learned to think along with his pummeling, then he could do better for his ailing mother than pull in a few side dollars from small-time, illegal gambling fights. Getting on the bad side of racist Texas farmer Big Al and his cocky, pugilist son Robert, puts Hector in touch with an alcoholic trainer named Billy who, nevertheless, can teach him to be better. It all comes down to an arranged, high-stakes match between Hector and the 20-pounds more muscular Robert in which Hector's only hope is to demonstrate he can keep his head in the game. Written by statmanjeff
Video by Jason Dudek (Comedy, Crime, Drama and Mystery) Producer, Production manager, Second Unit Director or Assistant Director When a geeky, overweight rushee is found dead at the hottest sorority on the campus, the three most popular girls of the house are prime suspects.
Fatal Femmes Fighting: Asian Invasion
Video by Michael Kolko (Sport) Producer, Director
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With
Film by Jeff Garlin (Comedy and Romance) Production manager Life has its downs for James, living with his mom in Chicago at 39, an aging performer at Second City, eating and weighing too much. A woman he's been dating drops him, as does his agent, her brother. James turns down roles in local TV, roles that make him sad. Someone's remaking his favorite movie, "Marty," a role he'd love, but he doesn't even get an audition. He has a minor meltdown when talking at a grade school career day. Things look up when he meets the quirky Beth at an ice cream shop. Can James make a career for himself, move out from mom's, and find someone to eat cheese with? Or is he destined to watch Jackie Gleason and be Marty for the rest of his life? Written by <email@example.com>
Film by David Kendall (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew An American Pie-like teen comedy in which a high school senior tries to become the first student in years to complete the Dirty Deeds, an outrageous series of challenges that must be completed by the Homecoming banquet at 9 a.m. Written by MrTreats
Film by Jimmy Nickerson (Adventure, Action and Fantasy) Production manager, Second Unit Director or Assistant Director The warrior is really forbidden.
The Sure Hand of God
Film by Michael Kolko (Drama) Producer, Director
Film by Tom Dorfmeister (Comedy) Producer, Production manager
Film by Ron Krauss (Drama) Producer, Production manager Kids go to a rave and not all of them make it home the next day.
Film by Mikael Salomon (Action, Crime, Drama and Thriller) Special effects Set during a massive flood started by a dam accident in a small town, Tom (Christian Slater) is an armored truck guard who gets robbed by Jim (Morgan Freeman). Tom gets away with all the money and hides it. In a panic, he tells the sheriff about the area he hid the money in and the sheriff locks him up. Now Tom has to get to the money and keep himself alive battling the sheriff, Jim and his crew and the elements. Written by ShowBob <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Last Man Standing
Film by Walter Hill (Action, Crime, Drama and Thriller) Art department John Smith is an amoral gunslinger in the days of Prohibition. On the lam from his latest (unspecified) exploits, he happens upon the town of Jericho, Texas. Actually, calling Jericho a town would be too generous--it has become more like a ghost town, since two warring gangs have 'driven off all the decent folk.' Smith sees this as an opportunity to play both sides off against each other, earning himself a nice piece of change as a hired gun. Despite his strictly avowed mercenary intentions, he finds himself risking his life for his, albeit skewed, sense of honor.... Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Film by Oliver Stone (Biography, Drama and History) Miscellaneous Crew Director Oliver Stone's exploration of former president Richard Nixon's strict Quaker upbringing, his nascent political strivings in law school, and his strangely self-effacing courtship of his wife, Pat. The contradictions in his character are revealed early, in the vicious campaign against Helen Gahagan Douglas and the oddly masochistic Checkers speech. His defeat at the hands of the hated and envied John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election, followed by the loss of the 1962 California gubernatorial race, seem to signal the end of his career. Yet, although wholly lacking in charisma, Nixon remains a brilliant political operator, seizing the opportunity provided by the backlash against the antiwar movement to take the presidency in 1968. It is only when safely in office, running far ahead in the polls for the 1972 presidential election, that his growing paranoia comes to full flower, triggering the Watergate scandal. Written by alfiehitchie
Film by Andrew Sipes (Action, Crime and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew Max Kirkpatrick is a cop who protects Kate McQuean, a civil law attorney, from a renegade KGB team out to terminate her. Written by Starlight
Film by Peter Horton (Drama) Miscellaneous Crew Dexter, age 11, who has AIDS, and his next door neighbor Eric, a little older and much bigger, become best friends. Eric also becomes closer to Dexter's mother than to his own, who is neglectful and bigoted and violently forbids their friendship upon learning of it. When they read that a doctor in distant New Orleans claims to have found a cure for AIDS, the boys leave home on their own, planning to float down the Mississippi river and find him. Written by Paul Emmons <email@example.com>
The Puppet Masters
Film by Stuart Orme (Horror, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew Strange aliens land in the Midwest, taking over people's minds in order to spread their dominion. Sam Nivens and Andrew Nivens, aided by Mary Sefton, are part of a government agency who must stop the the aliens before the aliens get to them... Written by Steve Fenwick <firstname.lastname@example.org>
When a Man Loves a Woman
Film by Luis Mandoki (Drama and Romance) Miscellaneous Crew An airline pilot and his wife are forced to face the consequences of her alcoholism when her addictions threaten her life and their daughter's safety. While the woman enters detox, her husband must face the truth of his enabling behavior.
Film by Jan de Bont (Action, Crime and Thriller) Art department Bomber terrorist's elevator plan backfires, so he rigs a bomb to a LA city bus. The stipulation is: once armed, the bus must stay above 50 mph to keep from exploding. Also if LAPD Officer tries to unload any passengers off, Payne will detonate it. Joe Morton co-stars as Jack's superior, and Jeff Daniels supports Jack helping him try to defuse the bomb. Written by Kris Hopson
Film by Philip Kaufman (Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery and 1 More) Art department At the offices of a Japanese corporation, during a party, a woman, who's evidently a professional mistress, is found dead, apparently after some rough sex. A police detective, Web Smith is called in to investigate but before getting there, he gets a call from someone who instructs him to pick up John Connor, a former police Captain and expert on Japanese affairs. When they arrive there Web thinks that everything is obvious but Connor tells him that there's a lot more going on. Written by email@example.com
The Beverly Hillbillies
Film by Penelope Spheeris (Comedy and Family) Art department Jed Clampett and kin move from Arkansas to Beverly Hills when he becomes a billionaire, after an oil strike. The country folk are very naive with regard to life in the big city, so when Jed starts a search for a new wife there are inevitably plenty of takers and con artists ready to make a fast buck. Written by Rob Hartill
Film by Phil Joanou (Drama, Romance and Thriller) Art department A psychiatrist (Gere) has an affair with his patient's sister (Basinger) who is married to a Greek mobster (Roberts). The mobster is a tyrant over his wife. The psychiatrist wants her to get a divorce, but she is afraid of what her husband would do. She has a medical condition that becomes apparent when she drinks. One night she drinks anyway and attacks her husband. The psychiatrist uses his professional pull to try and help her out of the consequences of her actions, but becomes uncertain if she is telling him the truth. Written by Ed Sutton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Film by Danny DeVito (Biography, Crime and Drama) Art department Jack Nicholson's portrait of Union leader James R. Hoffa, as seen through the eyes of his friend, Bobby Ciaro (Danny DeVito). The film follows Hoffa through his countless battles with the RTA and President Roosevelt all the way to a conclusion that negates the theory that he disappeared in 1975. Written by Anonymous
Film by John Landis (Comedy and Crime) Art department Angelo "Snaps" Provolone made his dying father a promise on his deathbed: he would leave the world of crime and become an honest businessman. Despite having no experience in making money in a legal fashion, Snaps sets about to keep his promise. He is faced with numerous problems: henchmen who know nothing but crime, the police who are convinced he is hatching a master plan, and Oscar, who has just got his daughter pregnant. Written by Murray Chapman <email@example.com>
The Magic Balloon
Film (short) by Ronald Neame (Adventure) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Billy Crystal: Midnight Train to Moscow
TV Movie by Steven J. Santos (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew when billy crystal starts hearing voices in his backyard "if you go there take a jacket " it's a psychic invitation for him to revisit his Russian roots. so billy goes back for a live stand up performance at Moscow's Pushkin theater preceded by a hilarious tour of Russia and it's people in an evening that he calls "jokenost". crystal discovers a Moscow you would never see from the 'leninland' theme park to the popular Russian night club 'catch a rising tsar' see billy introduce Russian audiences to a popular American pasttime "the wave" and much much more in this hilarious evening of culture swap and sparkling comedy of the crystal kind. Written by andrea brooks
Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)