|Michael Knowles (actor/writer/director, producer)
Michael Knowles is an award-winning filmmaker who wears many hats with ease -- acting, writing, directing, editing, producing, and cinematography. His feature films, Room 314, One Night, Nikki: A girl with Rett Syndrome and his short films, Nick and Stacey, Acting 101, The Lesson, Argo, The System, Together among others have played in over 60 Domestic and International film festivals, winning many awards along the way.
Michael, and his first feature film, Room 314, received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Variety and many other publications during its Theatrical Run at The Pioneer Theater in NYC . Room 314 was released on Home Video in August 2008.
Michael's second feature film, One Night, a screenplay he also wrote, starred Oscar nominee Melissa Leo, Bill Sage, Michael Muhney, Robert Clohessy, Paola Mendoza, Aaron Staton, Billy Lush, Christian Campbell, Holly Fain, Merissa Morin, Frankie Shaw, Bill Dawes, Kevin Cahoon, Maria Zyrianova and Donnamarie Recco. Michael won two best director awards at festivals and the film was released on VOD and DVD in 2010.
Michael directed his third feature film, East Fifth Bliss, in the spring of 2010 in NYC. East Fifth Bliss starred Michael C. Hall, Lucy Liu, Peter Fonda, Chris Messina, Brie Larson, Brad William Henke and Sarah Shahi. Michael adapted the novel, East Fifth Bliss, with the novelist, Douglas Light. East Fifth Bliss is in post production.
Between narrative feature films Michael Shot, directed and edited a documentary called Nikki: A girl with Rett Syndrome, which is about a teenage girl who suffers with a devastating neurological disorder called Rett Syndrome.
As an actor Michael has appeared on the award winning HBO series Sex And The City as Marathon Man and on an award-winning episode of Law & Order: SVU as Artie Felton. He has also appeared on Guiding Light, As the World Turns and All My Children. More recent film credits include award-winning feature films such as Point & Shoot, which premiered at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival, screened at the 2004 Hamptons International Film Festival, and won the Audience Award at the 2004 Cinema Paradise Film Festival. Walking On The Sky, another film in which Michael acted, won best Dramatic Feature at the 2005 New York International Film & Video Festival (LA edition) and had a limited theatrical release in September 2005. Michael recently played a role in The Babysitters, starring Cynthia Nixon and John Leguizamo, which premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival.
In the spring of 2008 Michael invented a revolutionary, simple and affordable camera stabilization system called The Atlas Camera Support and Stabilization System. The Atlas is selling to people around the world and has received positive reviews.
Michael owns and operates his own production company, 7A Productions, with his business partner, John Ramos.