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Hey, I'm Eric Michael!

Los Angeles, California

Kochmer is an actor/writer/director with a background in experimental theater, mentored under musical theater composer/playwright/director, Elizabeth Swados at LaMama Theatre while pursuing a BA in theater from Marymount Manhattan College. His published plays from his time in New York can be found at Indie Theater Now and he has since shifted to writing screenplays. Since relocating to Los Angeles he has produced and starred in avant garde filmmaker, George Landow’s film DIALOGUES (2009), and has acted in over 30 feature and short films, including intense supporting roles in the films I’M NOT HERE (Hollyshorts Film Festival) and VIRGINITY (The Boston International Film Festival, The Las Vegas Film Festival, The New Wave Film Festival and The Other Venice Film Festival), as well as a starring role in the crime thriller WHITE RABBIT (Cinequest, Vision Award Winner at The Sacramento International Film Festival).

Kochmer’s directorial feature film debut WAY DOWN IN CHINATOWN (WMMFest) found distribution through www.366WeirdMovies.com and Amazon in the fall of 2014. He subsequently directed a segment of the eye-opening dramatic series STRIPPING SHAKESPEARE and eight episodes of the innovative comedic micro-short series BROAD STROKES. In 2015, through the film collective We Make Movies, Kochmer launched the We Make Movies Screening Series and took over the WMMFEST which is the film element of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. As well, HARMFUL SENTATIONS, a short that Kochmer produced just premiered at Screamfest LA. Currently, Kochmer formed a production company with actress and producer Sapna Gandhi called Elegant Grotesque, which is in post-production on the short BLACKSTOCKING JENKINS and developing two feature film scripts as well as the Road Film Series.

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Pozole

Los Angeles • Comedy, Drama

Maia prolly killed her Nana.


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An Act of Terror

Charlotte • Drama, History

The true story of Virginia Christian, a 16-year-old African American girl accused of murder in the Jim Crow South.


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Her-POW! New Adventures of Vintage Comic Book Heroines!

Los Angeles • Action, Other

All new live-action adventures from 3 heroines from the Golden Age of comic books: The Woman in Red, The Veiled Avenger, and Ghost Woman!


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Custodian

Los Angeles • Animation, Fantasy

The macabre account of a man whose inner demons drive him to seek redemption in the aftermath of bloodshed.


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Bad Kids

Cape Girardeau • Thriller, Crime

We all have a bad streak in us.


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Must Fool Everyone

Saint Louis • Comedy

Must Fool Everyone is a comedic short about a quirky guy mistaking an offer from his dream girl for playing the role of a lifetime.


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About Strangers

Los Angeles • Experimental, Drama

An ethereal and meditative journey that follows three drifters seeking an escape from their cycles of dissatisfaction and apathy.


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The Camel's Back

Nairobi • Drama, Fantasy

A beautiful short film exploring what healing and letting go can mean for a 13 year old teenage girl struggling with growing pains.


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Magic Pills

Toronto • Documentary, Science

Homeopathy - the medicine they don't want you to know about. We need finishing funds! US contributions are tax deductible!


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Hijabi

Austin • Drama, Shorts Program

Alia, a Muslim-American teenager, has a secret night out with her friends that ends in an unexpected confrontation with her father.


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L'Appetito Venduto - Sale of An Appetite

Rome • Foreign Film, Fantasy

A tramp sells his appetite to a wealthy gentleman. He is offered a very favorable pay, but he's unaware of the burden he's taking on.


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Electric Bleau

Atlanta • Thriller

In 1980’s New Orleans, a biracial punk rocker must destroy a cursed heirloom before she repeats the same deadly cycle as her ancestors.


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Abortifacient

Houston • Drama, Horror

A film that explores gender and family issues in an "operatic cinema" story that fans of both art and psychological horror will appreciate.


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37 Problems

Los Angeles • Comedy, Romantic Comedy

A single 37 year-old screenwriter is totally focused on her career until she finds out she has one egg left.


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