Showing Roots

Whynot, Louisiana, 1977: In a town where all the lacquered church-lady hairdos are identical, the miniseries "Roots" premieres. It forges an unlikely friendship between a young white woman, Violet (Maggie Lacey), a closet Georgia O'Keefe of hair-styling, and a young black woman, Pearl (Uzo Adubo), a tart-tongue tort reform loving dreamer. After striving in vain to please the town's twin matriarchs of opposing authority -- their hair maven boss Shirley (Elizabeth McGovern) and Pearl's grandmother (Cicely Tyson) -- the two young women set out to transcend racial barriers and attempt to integrate their fractious town by opening the community's first bi-racial hair salon. But pent-up feelings erupt, festering racial wounds are exposed, and a powder keg of comical confrontations ensues.

Winner: Best Narrative Film at the 12th annual Bahamas International Film Festival.

  • Produced by MICHAEL MAILER
  • Directed by MICHAEL WILSON
  • Written by SUSAN BATTEN
  • Starring MAGGIE GRACE, UZO ADUBA, ELIZABETH MCGOVERN, ADAM BRODY, and CICELY TYSON
Showing Roots

Friends And Romans

Desperate to move beyond stereotyped background work, an Italian-American aspiring actor decides to mount a production of Julius Caesar, but things get out of hand when he accidentally attracts the attention of a dangerous mobster.

  • Produced by MICHAEL MAILER
  • Directed by CHRISTOPHER KUBLAN
  • Written by GREGG GREENBERG, CHRISTOPHER KUBLAN, and MICHAEL RISPOLI
Friends and Romans

Beginner's Guide to Sex

An offbeat sex comedy set at a private high school. Laci Cox is the new, young (and hot) sex ed teacher. But as a virgin among pupils who are not quite so pure, she finds her new position difficult. Through perseverance, honesty, and more than a few mishaps, Laci finally becomes her best self, personally and professionally.

  • Directed by ANDREW DRAZEK
  • Written by TED BECK
  • Produced by MICHAEL MAILER

The Love Guide

A quirky upbeat comedy about a woman who saves her chicken farm and her family by agreeing to be the subject of a "reality show" with a celebrity Hollywood weight loss expert. Both women change for the better, ultimately discovering the true meaning of success.

  • Produced by GALT NIEDERHOFFER, MICHAEL MAILER and CHRISTY CASHMAN
  • Written by CHRISTY SCOTT CASHMAN
  • Directed by DAVID POMES
  • Starring PARKER POSEY, CHRISTY SCOTT CASHMAN and JAY HARRINGTON
The Love Guide

The Ghost Club

The Ghost Club is a team of reality TV paranormal investigators who have yet to truly 'make contact' with the supernatural world. They decide to try their luck at an abandoned mansion in the Deep South with a long history of haunting. But as the night unfolds, and the evidence begins to pile up, their skepticism turns to terror and their initial goal of making contact is overshadowed by a primal need to make it out of this real haunted mansion alive.

  • Produced by MICHAEL MAILER and HANK BLUMENTHAL
  • Written and Directed by HANK BLUMENTHAL
  • Starring WILLIAM FORSYTHE
The Ghost Club

The Ledge

A thriller in which a battle of philosophies between a fundamentalist Christian and an atheist escalates into a lethal battle of wills. Ultimately, as a test of faith, or lack of it, the believer forces the non-believer onto the ledge of a tall building. He then has one hour to make a choice between his own life and someone else's. Without faith in an afterlife, will he be capable of such a sacrifice?

  • Produced by MICHAEL MAILER and MARK DAMON
  • Written and Directed by MATTHEW CHAPMAN
  • Starring LIV TYLER, PATRICK WILSON, CHARLIE HUNNAM and TERRENCE HOWARD
The Ledge

Blood and Bone

Set in Los Angeles, Isaiah Bone is an ex-cop that joins an urban underground fighting circuit as part of his plan to take revenge on a ruthless gang leader. Fallen into a world without rules, he makes his own.

  • Produced by NICK SEMUNEK, MATTHEW BINNS, MICHAEL MAILER
  • Written by MICHAEL ANDREWS
  • Directed by BEN RAMSEY
  • Starring MICHAEL JAI WHITE
Blood and Bone

The Lodger

A couple rents out a room to a mysterious young man, who may or may not be guilty of a series of grisly neighborhood murders. Set in Los Angeles with two converging plot lines: The first involves an uneasy relationship between a psychologically unstable landlady and her enigmatic lodger; the second is about a troubled detective engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with the elusive killer. A contemporary adaptation of the novel, “The Lodger”, by Marie Belloc Lowndes used also, for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 thriller.

  • Produced by MICHAEL MAILER
  • Written and Directed by DAVID ONDAATJE
  • Starring ALFRED MOLINA, HOPE DAVIS and SIMON BAKER

Distributed by Sony

The Lodger

The Golden Boys

Living under the same roof, three retired sea captains decide that one of them has to get married in order to keep the house ship shape. Little do they know that all three of them will fall in love with the same woman.

  • Produced by MICHAEL MAILER, DANIEL ADAMS and MATT JANES
  • Written by JOSEPH C. LINCOLN and DANIEL ADAMS
  • Directed by DANIEL ADAMS
  • Starring RIP TORN, DAVID CARRADINE, BRUCE DERN and MARIEL HEMINGWAY
The Golden Boys

Kettle of Fish

A lifelong bachelor, Mel, confronts his intimacy issues when he sublets his apartment to a fetching biologist Ginger. His heartsick fish and his wise best buddy are on hand to provide perspective on his obsession with a married woman and his eventual love for the biologist.

  • Produced by MICHAEL MAILER, MARC LAZARD, AGATHE DAVID-WEIL, BLYTHE FRANK
  • Written and Directed by CLAUDIA MYERS
  • Starring MATTHEW MODINE and GINA GERSHON

Release by Screen Media 2006

Kettle of Fish

Devour

College student Jake Billings unwittingly gets involved in a nefarious Internet game with his two closest friends. When both friends are killed, Jake discovers the game is a link to devoted Satanists who are led by his mother; a woman who long ago promised his soul to the devil.

  • Produced by DANIEL BIGEL and MICHAEL MAILER
  • Directed by DAVID WINKLER ("Finding Graceland")
  • Written by ADAM and SETH GROSS
  • Starring JENSEN ACKLES, SHANNON SOSSAMON, DOMINIQUE SWAIN, BILL SADLER

Released by Sony 2005

Devour

Loverboy

A neglected daughter becomes a possessive mother in an emotional journey into the heart and mind of a woman who loved too much.

  • Produced by DANIEL BIGEL, MICHAEL MAILER, KEVIN BACON, and KYRA SEDGWICK
  • Directed by KEVIN BACON
  • Based on the novel by VICTORIA REDEL
  • Screenplay by HANNAH SHAKESPEARE
  • Starring KYRA SEDGWICK, MARISA TOMEI, CAMPBELL SCOTT, OLIVER PLATT, MATT DILLON, BLAIR BROWN, SANDRA BULLOCK, KEVIN BACON, DOMINIC SCOTT KAY

Released by Think Films 2005
Premiered at the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2005

Loverboy

Lost Junction

A hitchhiking drifter has his life irrevocably changed when he meets the seductive young Missy, who lures him into disposing of the body of her dead husband.

  • Produced by MICHAEL MAILER and DANIEL BIGEL
  • Directed by PETER MASTERSON
  • Written by JEFF COLE
  • Starring NEVE CAMPBELL, BILLY BURKE, JAKE BUSEY

Released by MGM 2003

Lost Junction

Empire

Victor Rosa deals heroin in the South Bronx, but with a baby on the way, he dreams of going straight and making it in the business world. Jack, a successful investment banker, finally gives Victor the opportunity he has been waiting for, but does Victor have what it takes to get his hands on $4.5 million — the minimum buy-in fee for a once in a lifetime investment?

  • Produced by DANIEL BIGEL and MICHAEL MAILER
  • Written and Directed by FRANC REYES
  • Starring JOHN LEGUIZAMO, DENISE RICHARDS, PETER SARSGAARD, VINCENT LARESCA, FAT JOE, TREACH, With SONIA BRAGA, and ISABELLA ROSSELLINI
  • Original Score by RUBEN BLADES

Released by Universal 2002

Empire

Harvard Man

Harvard point guard Alan Jensen desperately needs $100,000 to rebuild his parents’ home, so his girlfriend Cindy uses her father’s mob connections to place a bet and convinces Alan to throw a big game. After ingesting too much LSD, Alan is pushed to the brink of insanity, as angry mobsters close in on him, and two undercover FBI agents arrest Cindy. To Alan’s surprise, his other girlfriend, Chesney, may just have the answer to all of his problems.

  • Produced by DANIEL BIGEL and MICHAEL MAILER
  • Written and Directed by JAMES TOBACK
  • Starring SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR, ADRIEN GRENIER, ERIC STOLTZ, REBECCA GAYHEART, JOEY LAUREN ADAMS

Released by Cowboy Pictures 2002

Harvard Man

The Last Producer

A washed-up veteran producer tries to re-enter the movie business by producing a new film. He soon finds it not as easy as it once was.

  • Produced by DANIEL BIGEL and MICHAEL MAILER
  • Directed by BURT REYNOLDS. Written by CLYDE HAYES
  • Starring BURT REYNOLDS, BENJAMIN BRATT, LAUREN HOLLY, CHARLES DURNING, ANN-MARGRET, ROD STEIGER, GREG GERMANN, SEAN ASTIN, ROBERT GOULET

Released on USA Network 2002

The Last Producer

Giving It Up

A handsome New York ad exec with a harmless addiction to the opposite sex meets his match in a smart and beautiful woman who wants nothing to do with him.

  • Produced by DANIEL BIGEL and MICHAEL MAILER
  • Written and Directed by CHRISTOPHER KUBLAN
  • Starring MARK FEUERSTEIN, ALI LARTER, AMY REDFORD, DABNEY COLEMAN, BEN WEBER, JAMES LESURE, CALLIE THORNE, and JAMES TOBACK

Released by Lionsgate 2003

Giving It Up

Black and White

A group of white high school teens become involved with Harlem’s black hip hop crowd.

  • Produced by MICHAEL MAILER and DANIEL BIGEL
  • Written and Directed by JAMES TOBACK
  • Starring SCOTT CAAN, ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. GABY HOFFMAN, JARED LETO, BIJOU PHILLIPS, OLI "POWER" GRANT, RAE KWON, CLAUDIA SCHIFFER, WILLIAM LEE SCOTT, BROOKE SHIELDS, BEN STILLER, MIKE TYSON, ELIJAH WOOD.

Released by Sony 1999

Black and White

Catalina Trust

A hot summer night in 1973. Marshall Pike, sixth grader, sits outside the New York City pathology lab where his parents have just been declared dead. With the following morning comes the realization that Marshall’s last surviving relative, his grandfather, will not show up to claim him. Old Henry pike, the patriarch of the Marshall’s famously rugged family from the American west, will not reappear for another twenty five years…

Catalina Trust

Two Girls and a Guy

While waiting outside a New York apartment building, two women learn that they have been dating the same man — Blake. Thanks to his two girlfriends, Blake is about to learn a new sexual position. Honesty.

  • Produced by MICHAEL MAILER and DANIEL BIGEL
  • Written and Directed by JAMES TOBACK
  • Starring ROBERT DOWNEY, JR., HEATHER GRAHAM, NATASHA GREGSON WAGNER

"…an artistic masterpiece"
— Owen Glieberman, Entertainment Weekly

Released by Fox Searchlight 1998

Two Girls and a Guy

The Money Shot

The life of a documentary filmmaker spirals out of control when he gets too close to his subject matter: New York City street kids.

  • Produced by MICHAEL MAILER and DANIEL BIGEL
  • Written and Directed by MATT MAILER
  • Starring STEPHEN LANG, VINCENT LARESCA, AESHA WAKS
The Money Shot

A Fool and His Money

A cocky Madison Avenue advertising executive decides to start a religion for profit, marketing it like a bar of soap. He eventually finds the cost of fame and fortune is too high.

  • Produced by MICHAEL MAILER
  • Written by MICHAEL MAILER and DANIEL ADAMS
  • Starring SANDRA BULLOCK, GARALD ORANGE, AND JONATHAN PENNER
A Fool and His Money


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