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Michael Wolfe

Director | Writer | Producer | 1st Assistant Director



Films are subjective-what you like, what you don’t like. But the thing for me that is absolutely unifying is the idea that every time I go to the cinema and pay my money and sit down and watch a film go up on-screen, I want to feel that the people who made that film think it’s the best movie in the world, that they poured everything into it and they really love it. Whether or not I agree with what they’ve done, I want that effort there-I want that sincerity. And when you don’t feel it, that’s the only time I feel like I’m wasting my time at the movies.”
— Christopher Nolan, Writer/Director, Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Interstellar



Short | Superhero/Family-drama | 18 min. 35 sec. | 2017

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Janet Jupiter is an ordinary young woman who has always lived in the shadow of Holly and Emily, her superhero mother and sister. Holly was Hour Lass, a superhero with a watch that could freeze time, Emily was her sidekick, and Janet was Janet. Super-heroism was never really her thing. Then Emily gets killed in action, Janet and Holly grow even further apart, each dealing with the grief in their own way. But when Holly begins to develop symptoms of Alzheimer's, Janet discovers she is the only one able to retire her mother before she becomes a danger to the very people she's trying to save.

Last Watch is currently on its festival circuit. Please contact for inquiries regarding viewing.



Short | Dark Comedy/Crime-drama | 10 min. 08 sec. | 2016


Harvey Bender is an unusual mob enforcer- he hates killing, so he tells jokes instead. For Harvey, his job is simply to silence you, and if he can make you laugh through a few bruises or talk things over a warm beverage, that's okay. Harvey's methodology is challenged when he has to silence Brian, a family-man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.


A Tuesday, Somewhere is currently on its festival circuit. Please do not share this link.

This Party


Short | coming-of-age drama | 5 min. | 2015


Jordan met a nice girl at a party who wants to get with him, the only problem is he's still stuck on Megan, who lives in another state. It's up to the imaginary version of Megan to let him know he's an idiot.

letting go


Short | family drama | 4 min. 48 sec. | 2015


A mother deals with her only child leaving for college. 

Dexter Britain - "The Time to run (Finale)"


Music video | coming-of-age drama | 4 min. 30 sec. | 2013 


The story of a boy and his bully. Made with permission from Dexter Britain.

Tonight Alive - "Amelia"


Music Video | Supernatural drama | 3 min. 41 sec. | 2013

The ghost of a girl's dead friend comes back to life, but will she be able to say goodbye? This is an unofficial music video for "Amelia," used with special permission from Tonight Alive. Video by Michael Wolfe and Justin Connolly. Great music cannot happen without great artists. Support Tonight Alive!

Official Selection - 2014 eMagine Media Festival for Music Video

Tonight Alive

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Director - writer- producer - 1st assistant director

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”
— André Gide

Born and raised in the suburbs of Kansas City, Kansas, Michael Wolfe spent his time fascinated with movies and television that transported him far away to different worlds and characters. He has directed a slew of short films, music videos, and documentaries with an eye specifically for the most emotion on the smallest dime. Having grown up with a background in theatre, his favorite part about directing is working with actors. He recently completed a B.F.A. in Film Production at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film & Media Arts in Orange, California with a minor in Television Showrunning, where he graduated a full year early in May 2017.

Raised on Pop/punk-rock music, Michael is still chalk full of the angst that fueled his teenage years, even though his early hair loss led to him growing up a little bit early. The results are a little intense, but they make for interesting work with tastes all over the place. Michael has directed coming-of-age dramas, dark comedies, and a superhero film. Additionally, he has a feature film in development with plans to enter production in the Summer of 2018.

During his time at Chapman, he has interned in development under producer/director Richard "Dick" Donner and producer Lauren Shuler Donner at The Donners' Company, producer Michael London at Groundswell Productions, and producer Leslie Urdang at Olympus/Mar-Key Pictures. He also interned for Good Universe in the Physical Production Department, working under the Executive Vice President Kelli Konop, and at management/production company Circle of Confusion under Charles Mastropietro. When not in the director's chair, Michael works as a 1st Assistant Director on various features and short films. Currently, Michael splits his time between writing a novel and working in the Los Angeles development office of Scott Rudin Productions. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Weekend Read, a weekly newsletter that curates a collection of think pieces and Op-Eds.


The Low End

1st Assistant Director

Feature | Directed by Graham Schmidt | Experimental Thriller | Post-Production | Late 2017


Events over the course of forty-eight hours during a music festival unfold in forward and reverse chronological order, as recovering addict, Cal, attempts to rekindle his relationship with Dara by taking her on a weekend getaway. But with little money, he is forced to engage in a dangerous deal with a former lover-turned-drug-pusher to fund the weekend.

Like love


Feature | Comedy-drama, coming-of-age | Development | Begins Pre-Production Spring 2017


Harper and Jackson are long-time friends turned short-term roommates after Harper loses her job and is forced to move in with him. Both broke and struggling in the aftermath of messy breakups, their shared housing seems like the perfect solution to their money troubles, until Jackson starts falling for Harper in a thoroughly one-sided romance. Desperate to save their friendship and salvage her rent, Harper embarks on the ultimate quest: to force herself to fall in love (or at least die trying).

Film to me seems self-evidently collaborative. I’m not an auteur, I don’t work on auteur movies, I don’t want to be an auteur. The pleasure in it is the collaboration.”
— Alex Garland, director/writer, Ex Machina
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