MICHAEL SEAN HALL
Michael Sean Hall, a Los Angeles, California native, began writing short stories at the age of 18. While working at an oil refinery at night, he attended Compton College during the day, studying journalism, history and psychology. His professors consistently acknowledged him as having strong potential as a writer, and with their encouragement, he embarked on a writing career.
He started writing freelance articles for a local bi-weekly magazine published by CORE (Con-gress of Racial Equality), which eventually lead to the role of chief editor of the magazine. During that time, Michael also began to develop his short stories into longer formats and soon recognized they could be developed into screenplays. He decided he needed to learn all aspects of the film-making business in order to be a successful writer and quickly found work as a production assistant on various TV shows and movies.
During a stint as a PA on a New Line film, Michael met with production executives who took an interest in his first feature film script “At What Cost”, a re-telling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet set in the Black underworld of Los Angeles. This interest prompted him to submit “At What Cost” to the Sundance Film Festival’s screenwriting competition in 2002, where it advanced to the quarter finalist round. Since that time, Michael has written 14 screenplays and co-written another four; eight of which have been or are currently under option with studios and indie production companies.
In 2008, Michael decided that in addition to writing, he wanted to produce and direct his own films. His first effort was a film short entitled “Patriotism”, a WWII period piece about the unlikely bond shared between an African-American POW and the German soldiers who captured him. He followed with documentaries that inspired him – the struggles of artists and outsiders in the entertainment industry; and stories that moved him – the lives of the homeless on skid row in East Los Angeles and South Central, how they got there and how they plan to get out. Since starting his own production company, Black Sunshine Productions LLC, in 2010, he has also written, directed and produced commercials, music videos, music documentaries, and live-action and animated short films. With the feature film, “90 Minutes of the Fever”, Michael steps into the next phase of his creative career.