Michael Philip

Director

Biography

Michael Philip was born and raised in Hollywood, California. The grandson of Producer and President of Columbia Pictures, Mike Frankovich (Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice and The Shootist) and son of Academy award-winning film editor, Carl Kress (The Towering Inferno), Philip has had an insider’s view to the workings of the Hollywood studio system. He spent the first 10 years in the business honing his skills as an assistant editor working on such films as Stroker Ace, Cannonball Run II, Deepstar Six, & Bloodsport. In 1994, after supervising post on the production of Arizona Dream, (Johnny Depp) directed by Emir Kusturica, he co-founded Nichol Moon Entertainment, a production services company designed to help facilitate the needs of the independent filmmaker. During its five-year tenure, Nichol Moon was associated with numerous films, including Swingers, directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) and Doom Generation, directed by Greg Arakki. (Splender). Since founding Nichol Moon, Philip has produced and edited The Waiting Game, The Beatnicks, and Who Is Killing The Meter Maids? In addition, he helped to develop and package The Curve (Keri Russell) directed by Dan Rosen (1998 Sundance Film Festival), and co-produced Lip Service, (Jamie Gertz) written and directed by Shawn Schepps (Drumline) In 2001 he co-produced Who is Cletis Tout? (Tim Allen, Christian Slater) directed by Chris Ver Weil and in 2002, line-produced Slammed (Sasha Mitchell) and The Movie Hero (Jeremy Sisto, Peter Stormare) (Audience Award/2003 Austin Film Festival). In 2004, Philip produced and directed the feature film Drop Dead Sexy, (Jason Lee and Crispin Glover) which premiered in the SXSW film festival 2005 and was purchased by Lions Gate films. Since February 2005, he has been Head of Production at Kentauros Studios Romania, where in the last year he has implemented a western style infrastructure while overseeing and line producing Caved In for the Sci-Fi Channel and Van Wilder 2 for Tapestry Films (Wedding Crashers).

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