Michael Taverna

Writer & Director

Resilient The MonteCristo Fund 2013
Apartment 1303-3D The MonteCristo Fund 2012
End Call (Ex. Prod.) The MonteCristo Fund 2008
Apartment 1303 (Ex. Prod.) The MonteCristo Fund 2008
Shadow of the Dead The MonteCristo Fund 2004
Managua Think Films 1996
Chamber Music Evergreen 1995
By the Sword (co-prod) The Movie Group 1991

Michael was born in Florence, Italy in 1957 and speaks five languages fluently. Upon completing his studies in the United Kingdom, Michael explored the world for a number of years, and finally moved to the USA of which he is now a citizen. Michael directed numerous music videos ( most notably Anchorage by Michelle Shocked, You got it by Ricky Martin), industrials and commercials for Fortune 500 companies amongst which MasterCard, IBM, Elisabeth Arden, and produced his first feature film in 1991, By the Sword , starring Academy Award winning actor F. Murray Abraham. In 1996, Michael wrote and directed Managua, starring Academy Award Winner Louis Gossett Jr., Michael Moriarty, Robert Beltran, John Savage and Assumpta Serna. In 2001 , Michael joined Horizon Entertainment as its Sales and Acquisition Executive and oversaw Horizon’s growth from 3 to over 60 completed features, amongst which the original Ring, Dark Water, The Grudge, One Miss Call. In 2002 Michael focused his activities in Europe, where he set up theatrical releases for Japan’s Kadokawa Horror Films in all European States, formed MonteCristoMedia Srl Italy to co-produce European Films and distribute DVD’s, and executive produced Hallows End and Shadow of the Dead via a London-based Company. After his departure from Horizon in 2004, Michael set up MonteCristo International Entertainment, a sales agent in the International marketplace and produced Apartment 1303 and End Call via The MonteCristo Fund. During the last 7 years Michael has continued to direct, develop screenplays and feature films packages while establishing a strong network of foreign buyers worldwide. In addition to writing and directing Apartment 1303-3D, Michael will be directing the sci-fi thriller Resilient in March 2013, which he also wrote.