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Hey, I'm Michael!

New York, New York

MICHAEL GOLDBURG is an award-winning filmmaker who earned his M.F.A. at NYU's Graduate Film Program where he won a Warner Bros. Pictures Production Award and a Dean's Craft Award for Excellence. Michael has continued to make acclaimed films, commercials, and web series; including the hilariously absurd horror-comedy, WHAT'S EATING DAD?, which was named one of the Top 10 Horror Shorts of 2014, screened at over 50 film festivals, and won multiple awards. He also directed TRAGIC RELIEF, a bleakly funny web series by writers from The Onion and Comedy Central, which was featured on Funny or Die.

 

Michael’s short film version of his upcoming feature comedy, “Sure-Fire,” has won accolades on the film festival circuit, including a Best Actor award for PJ Marshall ("Luke Cage," "American Horror Story," "Underground"), while the feature script was a Finalist in the Comedy Competition of the 2016 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest. Michael is the recipient of an AIVF Screenwriting Mentorship and is also developing a feature adaptation of a comic novel of suburban paranoia by the former book editor of "The Chicago Tribune." He lives in New York City.

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Paris is in Harlem

New York Feature
Drama, Musical

A multi-character mosaic set in 2017, on the day the infamous Cabaret or No Dancing Law was repealed in NYC.

100%

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Now You See Us

New York Short
Comedy

A whimsical tale about two women of a "certain age" waiting to audition for a one line commercial.

84%

This project got the green light!

Endless Light

Fairbanks Feature
Drama, Sci-Fi

Returning home, a bipolar woman attempts to decipher her brother's suicide through occult intervention with Alaska's wilderness.

101%

This project got the green light!

RUNAROUND SUE

Natchitoches Feature
Drama, Music

RUNAROUND SUE is a small-town Southern bartender known for breaking hearts... until THE WANDERER comes to town.

103%

This project got the green light!

White Crow

Los Angeles Feature
Mystery, Thriller

A sickly young woman's life unravels when she receives a heart transplant and begins to take on her donor's personality traits.

89%

This project got the green light!

Oniphron

Portland Feature
Drama, Fantasy

A tale about a homeless immortal woman taken in by a Portlander.

85%

This project got the green light!

Miles Underwater

San Antonio Feature
Drama, Family

13-year-old Miles is struggling to find where he belongs when an unusual event forces him to face his biggest fear and take a leap of faith.

106%

This project got the green light!

Displaced

New York Feature
Horror

A young black man in Brooklyn must prove his new white neighbors are emissaries from the Satanic cult they both survived as children.

103%

This project got the green light!

The BLDG: Five Stories of Horror

New York Feature
Horror, Other

Five chilling stories set in the same creepy NYC building, where dark forces bring about the manifestation of its residents' worst fears.

83%

This project got the green light!

Romance Analyst

New York Feature
Comedy

A platonic love triangle between a woman, her best friend, and her therapist.

102%

This project got the green light!

Comedic Timing

Los Angeles Series
Comedy

An improv teacher helps her all-women class sort out their personal lives as hers careens out of control.

106%

This project got the green light!

Wise Gals

Boston Short
Crime, Drama

In an alternate 1980s underground, organized crime is ruled by women. Up-and-coming mobster Sophia is ready to take the throne.

100%

This project got the green light!

Before Homosexuals - Educational Outreach Campaign

Guilford Feature
Documentary, LGBTQ

From Ancient Times to Victorian Crimes

129%

This project got the green light!

THORP

Danbury Feature
Comedy, Sci-Fi

After leaving Earth in the late 80's, an alien returns to reconnect with his best friend, in a world now obsessed with technology.

115%

This project got the green light!

Mutiny

New York Short
Horror, Thriller

There's no running from the enemy inside you

91%

This project got the green light!

42 Seconds

Atlanta Short
Drama

After two strangers share a connection; one of them questions the encounter after discovering the tragedy that brought them together.

103%

This project got the green light!

Cranes, Mafiosos and a Polaroid Camera

Kearney Short
Drama, Experimental

A paranoid late night phone call becomes a reflection on nature and death, in the calm expanse of a crane sanctuary.

82%

This project got the green light!

The Cold Days of Summer

Utica Feature
Crime, Drama

A boxer battles injury, criminals, and an authoritarian school board to save his scholarship and learn the true cost of the American dream

92%

This project got the green light!

Emma Was Here

Medford Feature
Drama

A terminally-ill woman goes on a trip with friends before deciding whether she will go through with her choice of physician-assisted dying.

96%

This project got the green light!

Gleahan and the Knaves of Industry

Duluth Feature
Adventure, Comedy

An opportunistic asshole joins the quest of a delusional man who thinks he’s in a fantasy world.

80%

This project got the green light!

AUGGIE

Fairfield Feature
Drama, Sci-Fi

Forced into early retirement, a man falls in love with his new augmented reality companion, driving away his wife and daughter.

103%

This project got the green light!

LION KILLER

Houston Feature
Drama

Fighting Solves Everything

109%

This project got the green light!

Parallel Chords

St. Louis Feature
Drama, Music

A young violinist struggles to break free from her pianist father to find her own voice.

115%

This project got the green light!

The Way It Goes

Shawnee Feature
Comedy, Romantic Comedy

Sometimes life just doesn't go as planned.

101%

This project got the green light!

The Inner Edge

Old Bridge Township Feature
Drama, Fantasy

A NJ cop struggling with changes in her life, has to save a suicidal stranger to unlock what powers lie within her.

122%

This project got the green light!

Between Heaven and Hell

Riverside Feature
Drama, Fantasy

On 11/22/63, John F. Kennedy, CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley all died within moments of each other and meet in a place “somewhere beyond death”

91%

This project got the green light!

Drought

Wilmington Feature
Comedy, Drama

The summer after high school, Sam searches for a better life for herself and younger brother with Autism.

101%

This project got the green light!

Project Gaslight

Rochester Feature
Horror, Thriller

New tenants harbor a secret that jeopardizes a young family as the pregnant wife descends into paranoia and delusion.

100%

This project got the green light!

The MisEducation of Bindu

Indianapolis Feature
Comedy, Drama

Thrust into American public school by her mother’s new marriage, a wide-eyed Indian teen teams up with a band geek to survive.

104%

This project got the green light!

Lost Bayou

Lafayette Feature
Drama, Family

A struggling addict ventures out into the Louisiana swamp to discover that her estranged faith healer father is hiding a troubling secret.

118%

This project got the green light!

Little Evil Bookshop

Seattle Feature
Comedy, Satire

When the world's most powerful occult leader visits a modest mystic bookshop, its owner must impress him at all costs.

83%

This project got the green light!

Stormie

Santa Maria Feature
Biography, Drama

An adopted Hispanic teenager looks for his birth family in an attempt to find his place of belonging.

151%

This project got the green light!

Bring Me an Avocado

San Francisco Feature
Drama

When a violent encounter leaves Robin in a coma, her family ventures to maintain normalcy for her children while managing their own grief.

113%

This project got the green light!

Mow

Boston Feature
Comedy, Drama

The film is a grounded comedy that follows a struggling mother and son in the wake of a questionable job termination as they try to pay thei

100%

This project got the green light!

A Room Full of Nothing

Austin Feature
Adventure, Romance

In this Swiss Army Man meets Eternal Sunshine adventure an artistic couple's life takes a bizarre turn when they wake up alone in the world.

105%

This project got the green light!

nēar

Stockton Feature
Crime, Drama

"nēar" follows 17-year-old Julian upon his escape from the hospital on Christmas Eve, the day which is literally the last day of his life.

85%

This project got the green light!

This Is Our Home

Media Feature
Drama, Thriller

A struggling couple's weekend getaway goes awry when a child arrives in the middle of the night claiming he's their son.

120%

This project got the green light!

High Note

Friday Harbor Feature
Crime, Musical

Just your everyday druggie, dramedy, indie musical filled to the brim with Germans, Jesus, banjos, bongos, and backstabbings.

82%

This project got the green light!

Test: A Classic American Story....On Steroids

New Philadelphia Feature
Sport, LGBTQ

A young bodybuilder living in Ohio defies his religious mother when he follows the county's best coach into a world of steroid abuse

376%

This project got the green light!

The Atavist

Pittsfield Feature
Adventure, Sci-Fi

A young woman travels to the past, but when the things she leaves alter history, she must get them back to save the future.

292%

This project got the green light!

D.I.Y.

Philadelphia Feature
Comedy, LGBTQ

A queer couple is determined to tie the knot their own way.

125%

This project got the green light!

Big Dog City

San Francisco Feature
Drama, Other

Set within Bay Area art/slacker culture, we follow two characters as they weave across a place and identity which doesn't fit them anymore.

81%

This project got the green light!

What Lies West

Santa Rosa Feature
Adventure, Drama

Two girls desperate to create their own adventure set out into the wilderness of California on a daring hike to the coast.

142%

This project got the green light!

Palace

Upland Feature
Drama

The family-fractured lives of a stubborn mechanic, a retired widower, and a repressed college student intertwine at a bar in rural Indiana.

104%

This project got the green light!

Bedsheet Man

Bradenton Feature
Comedy, Drama

A middle aged man looses his son to suicide only to find a strange way to cope with his grief. He becomes the superhero that his son always

103%

This project got the green light!

White Death

Needham Feature
Drama

A construction worker tries to leave the family business to pursue his life long dream of making a documentary about great white sharks.

160%

This project got the green light!

Epiphany

Tarpon Springs Feature
Drama, Family

A young girl struggles to create a relationship with her father after the death of her aunt who raised her.

103%

This project got the green light!

Mini Lights

Saint Petersburg Feature
Horror

A group of skaters roams the haunted nooks of St. Petersburg Fl. where an unquenchable tragedy watches from the darkness waiting for a host.

155%

This project got the green light!

Xerxes

Jersey City Feature
Sci-Fi, Thriller

While recovering at his estranged childhood home from cochlear implant surgery, Xerxes spirals down the rabbit hole and may never climb out.

80%

This project got the green light!

worst.christmas.ever.

Youngstown Feature
Comedy, Teen

A dark comedy about a 15-year-old girl whose entire world falls apart after she discovers that she's pregnant on Christmas Eve.

106%

This project got the green light!

A Stray Ember

Lancaster Feature
Drama, Thriller

The agoraphobic victim of a home invasion takes to the road in a motor home, but a figure from her past threatens her new found freedom.

80%

This project got the green light!

Just Like The Men

Bellingham Feature
Comedy, History

Two girls find a lost screenplay and decide to give history the middle finger.

100%

This project got the green light!

Minneapolis (the movie)

Minneapolis Feature
Comedy, Family

A cocky news anchor team gets stuck "mentoring" an at-risk teen. Shenanigans and dastardly weather conditions ensue…

102%

This project got the green light!

WILLIE, JAMALEY & THE CACACOON

Phoenixville Feature
Adventure, Comedy

Two misfits adventure out to prove the existence of a local mythological creature.

80%

This project got the green light!

The Blue Whale

Catoosa Feature
Teen, Drama

In 1980's rural Oklahoma a teenage boy meets a girl from California who helps him break out of his shell and learn the truth of his heritage

93%

This project got the green light!

Fantastic Santa Monaco

Los Angeles Feature
Drama, Satire

A film about a group of performance artists who are looking for love, connection and significance in Los Angeles.

80%

This project got the green light!

Coast

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Romance

A couple journeys up the California coastline, exploring their history and undeniable connection.

89%

This project got the green light!

Interference

New York Short
Drama, Thriller

A violent altercation between a police officer and a black man left one person dead. A couple passing by must decide what they believe.

85%

This project got the green light!

Carbon

Metuchen Feature
Drama, Science

Unable to accept her daughter's sudden death, Dr. Lauren Atwood, attempts to clone her deceased daughter and carry the clone to term.

106%

This project got the green light!

All American Kids

New York Series
Documentary, Family

Celebrating the many ways WE ARE ALL AMERICAN, this documentary/animated kids series transports young audiences across the country.

115%

This project got the green light!

Self Portrait

New York Short
Drama, Experimental

A young woman reflects on the authenticity of her parents marriage in a staged dinner scene revealing three individual perspectives.

112%

This project got the green light!

Mama Drama

Fairfield Short
Comedy, Drama

A suburban mom has a falling out with her friends via text messages. It takes her 10-year-old daughter to remind of what really matters.

102%

This project got the green light!

The Empty

New York Short
Drama

Maura, a 10 year old girl, feels her mother, Patricia, drifting away. Maura takes the advice of a mysterious man to make Patricia happy.

82%

This project got the green light!

An Act of Terror

Charlotte Short
Drama, History

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

150%

This project got the green light!

Pay to Stay

New York Short
Horror, LGBTQ

A couple take a mini-vacation to repair their relationship, unaware the AirBNB they rented may lead to their untimely end.

82%

This project got the green light!

Exposure

Pepin Feature
Romance, LGBTQ

Two women set off on separate journeys of self-reflection and contemplation. What happened between them? How did the relationship die?

100%

This project got the green light!

e.ro.sion, noun

Jersey City Short
Romance, Sci-Fi

Following the ending of a relationship, a girl slips into a parallel reality where her heart and soul slowly disappear before her eyes.

103%

This project got the green light!

You Look Great

New York Short
Comedy, Drama

After secretly struggling with his weight for years, Peter's body shame pushes him further than ever before in pursuit of complete control.

83%

This project got the green light!

About a Donkey

New York Feature
Comedy, LGBTQ

A quirky ensemble comedy about growing up, about growing old, and about a donkey.

108%

This project got the green light!

The Hunt

Los Angeles Feature
Comedy

In this odd couple, road movie, Darcy and Jack discover that you can lose and find yourself, all without leaving the valley.

84%

This project got the green light!

Skippers

Bay City Feature
Comedy, Sport

In search of transcendence, a stone skipping drifter arrives in a quiet lakeside town, where he faces hostility from the unimpressed locals.

108%

This project got the green light!

Pair of Normals

New York Series
Comedy, Music

An anxious, divorced psychic and a disheveled college dropout cross paths in NYC and struggle to put their disastrous lives back together.

80%

This project got the green light!

Ollie and Molly Can't Get Arrested

New York Series
Comedy

Ollie and Molly can't get arrested. Or so they think! Follow the misadventures of two unemployed actors in this comedic romp through NYC.

89%

This project got the green light!

Girl Clown the Feature Film

New York Feature
Comedy, Romantic Comedy

A quirky romantic comedy about a mousy woman who attempts to overcome her shyness by becoming a clown. Based on the award-winning short.

118%

This project got the green light!

Custodian

Los Angeles Short
Animation, Fantasy

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

101%

This project got the green light!

ctrl alt delete

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, Drama

A scripted ensemble dramedy based on nine real abortion stories

92%

This project got the green light!

Building the American Dream

Austin Feature
Documentary

In the deadliest state for construction, undocumented workers fight for reform of the Texas industry while under the threat of deportation.

93%

This project got the green light!

Garbage

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, LGBTQ

Jean and Jacob want to get their shit together, but Jean and Jacob need to get drunk first.

94%

This project got the green light!

A Queen For The People

New York Feature
Documentary, LGBTQ

Bob the Drag Queen's career is on the rise. Where the hell she off to next?

104%

This project got the green light!

ACID TEST (short film)

Houston Short
Drama, Family

A short film about dropping acid and going home to your parents! Trip alongside Jenny as her concert night turns into family absurdity.

89%

This project got the green light!

Sure-Fire

New York Feature
Comedy, Crime

A NYC con man having a mid-life crisis stumbles into becoming a movie producer to pay off gangsters trying to kill him.

220%

This project got the green light!

Four Bottles - Feature Film

New York Feature
Comedy, Drama

After finding out she didn't get her dream job, a woman asks friends for advice on whether she should stay in NYC, or move back home.

93%

This project got the green light!

The Snare of the Fowler

Chattanooga Feature
Drama, Thriller

An expectant couple enjoy a quiet evening. Unforeseen events unfold and the husband finds himself trying to make it through the night alive.

89%

This project got the green light!

Kinesthesia

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Shorts Program

Frustrated at her inability to accurately remember a particular time of happiness in her life, Minny sets out to find it again.

141%

This project got the green light!

ROADS TO OLYMPIA

New York Feature
Drama, Sport

Three young athletes face cultural oppression, intolerance and poverty as they pursue a shared dream: to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games.

84%

This project got the green light!

Auld Lang Syne

Los Angeles Feature
Comedy, Drama

An annual New Year’s Eve party becomes occasion for disaster as three couples' lives unravel spectacularly over the course of the evening.

80%

This project got the green light!

Sleeping With Earrings On

New York Short
Drama, LGBTQ

Maggie’s marrying the woman of her dreams but will tension between her sisters ruin the day?

166%

This project got the green light!

Cross

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Film-Noir

A young Filipino backyard boxer enters a Mexican fight ring in the San Fernando Valley.

100%

This project got the green light!

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