Stage Five (2017)
After claiming a mysterious voice has informed her of her pending death, a young woman recalls her last moments on Earth.
Mike's latest film, which he wrote and directed, premiered at the North Hollywood Cinefest in March 2017. You can watch the final film here!
March 2017 - North Hollywood Cinefest, Los Angeles, CA
April 2017 - Indie Oaks Film Festival, Pittsburgh, PA*
April 2017 - Washington PA Film Festival, Washington PA**
July 2017 - New Filmmakers Festival, New York City, NY
February 2018 - Filmmakers Corner (Broadcast, WQED)
*Winner - Best Actress (Sarah Jacobs)
**Winner - Best Original Score (Paul Baudler)
Mike and his team of collaborators successfully funded the short film "Gala" on Kickstarter. Learn more about the project, cast and crew here! And check out the the final film on Vimeo!
...and the trailer over there -------->
“Gala” centers on a lonely writer on the night of his high school reunion. Though so far unsuccessful at getting his ‘big break’, his ex-girlfriend Faye has become an up-and-coming actress in Los Angeles. After being apart for two years, the writer imagines what it will be like to face his former love, realizing that their aspirations for fame and success have left one of them behind. Ultimately a story about image and perception, “Gala” mixes dreams with reality to create a surreal film about the boundaries of the imagination.
6/12/16 - Steel City Screenings, Pittsburgh, PA
4/30/16 - Indie Oaks Film Festival, Pittsburgh, PA
4/27/16 - Uncut Film Festival, Pittsburgh, PA*
4/23/16 - Flick! Film Festival, Indiana, PA
4/9/16 - Washington PA Film Festival, Washington PA**
3/23/16 -North Hollywood Cinefest, Los Angeles, California.
3/16/16- SAG-AFTRA Foundation's New York Short Film Showcase
9/8/15 - Rowhouse Cinema (Private Event for Kickstarter Backers)
*Winner, Best Director (Mike Smith), Grand Jury Prize
**Grand Jury Prize
The Gate Agent (2013)
A story about a man who awakens in an unknown room with a woman who identifies herself as The Gate Agent, the film is a surrealistic story about both acceptance and redemption.
In December 2012, Mike formed a team of actors and crew members, led by Director Damiano Fusca to produce the 15-minute short film in Pittsburgh, PA. The SAG-AFTRA film premiered at the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival in June, 2013 and in New York City later that month. It was last seen at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's "Downtown Film Night" on October 12, 2013, and the Gotham Film Festival in 2014.
See the trailer below, and the entire film here.