Michael Taylor is a film producer and also the former (2004–2014) Chairman of the Division of Film and Television Production at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Taylor is a producer of theatrical and television films. He began his career as a Motion Picture Executive at United Artists Corporation, and served as UA’s European Head of Production based in London. Among other honors, he is the recipient of the Emmy Award, the Fourteenth Annual Genesis Award for Outstanding Feature Film, the National Board of Review Award for Top Independent Film, The Variety/EDI $100 Million Award, and is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Taylor is also the Founder of the University of Southern California's Media Institute for Social Change (USCMISC) at the School of Cinematic Arts. USCMISC is a nonprofit organization of industry professionals who use cinema to create an awareness of social issues and inspire positive actions throughout the world.
Movies & TV shows
A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family's decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own il...
CIVIL WAR SURVEILLANCE POEMS (Part 1)
"CIVIL WAR SURVEILLANCE POEMS (Part 1)" is the first installment in a five-part project of experimental and hybrid-form short films contemplating a second American civil war via lyrical nonfiction, mi...
A man who was raised by racist skinheads and hated by white supremacists is helped to transform his life by a black activist and the woman he loves.
America in the 1950s. Andy has been in the shadow of his father since his mother was imprisoned. A family friend. Wallace Fiennes uses a young man as a photographer to document an asylum tour advocati...
A Kid Like Jake
Alex and Greg Wheeler have high hopes for their four-year-old son, Jake. Jake's preschool director encourages them to accentuate Jake's gender expansive behavior to help him stand out. As Alex and Gre...
Free In Deed
When a single mother brings her young boy to church for healing, this lonely minister is forced to confront the seemingly incurable illness of the child. His own demons as well. Things seem to spiral ...
Youth in Oregon
A man is tasked with driving his father-in-law cross country to be legally euthanized in Oregon in order to help him rediscover a reason for living.
Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
After their mother is jailed, two sisters turn to train robbery to support their family.
A city teen travels to Montana to go hunting with his father, only for the trip to become a battle for survival when they encounter a bear.
The summer months in New York City. A college girl is in love with a guy. After a night of partying goes wrong, she goes to extreme lengths to get him back.
Elvis & Nixon
A few days before Christmas in 1970, Elvis Presley showed up on the White House lawn in order to be deputized into the Bureau of narcotics and dangerous drugs by the President himself.
The Babushkas of Chernobyl
The 200 women are from Chernobyl's exclusion zone.
The film is set in the desert and follows a broken down comedian as he travels to Los Angeles to meet his daughter.
The Missing Girl
The story of a comic book shop owner and a graphic novelist is told in The Missing Girl. The discovery that it's never too late for late bloomers is part of the story.
I Believe in Unicorns
It follows the journey of an imaginative teenage girl who runs away from home with an older punk rock drifter, but not even unicorns can save her now.
Loitering with Intent
Fledgling screenwriters retreat to a quiet country manor to work on their script, but a constellation of needy characters interrupt them.
The Maid's Room
Drina, a young immigrant working as a live-in maid for a wealthy Long Island family, finds herself entangled in the family's web of dark secrets once she begins to suspect her employer's son has commi...
Love Is Strange
After 39 years together, Ben and George finally tie the knot, but George loses his job as a result, and the newlyweds must sell their New York apartment and live apart, relying on friends and family t...
A father who is recovering from an addiction is in love with his nanny.
Oona, a recent graduate in anthropology, has returned to her dead mother’s seaside cottage in southern England to prepare it for sale. Her arrival disturbs Mani, a wary vagrant who has been squatting ...
House of Dust
College students exploring an abandoned insane asylum accidentally shatter canisters holding the cremains of former mental patients. They're possessed by the souls once held within them when they brea...
Unlike his father's estate, a restless, aging New Yorker passes time with his friends in games of mock sincerity, irreverence, and recreational cruelty towards those around them.
A middle aged, middle class former music industry executive with a stay at home wife and son is working at a supermarket. When a new high energy boss enters the company, she increases his fortunes and...
For over a century, Carnegie Hall rented affordable studio apartments atop the famous music hall to artistic tenants such as Marlon Brando, Paddy Chayefsky and Isadora Duncan. As a privileged tenant, ...
Think of Me
A single mother in Las Vegas has to decide what she's willing to give up in order to survive.
Three people are on different paths because of a tragedy.
Against the Current
A man with an urgent calling enlisted two friends to help him swim the length of the Hudson River.
A Dog Year
Jon is tired. He's a writer with writer's block, his wife has left for her sister, and he rarely answers his phone. The border collie he was sent was undisciplined because of abuse. Despite a number o...
The Order of Myths
In 2007 Mobile, Alabama, Mardi Gras is celebrated... and complicated. Following a cast of characters, parades, and parties across an enduring color line, we see that beneath the surface of pageantry l...
In 1990s New York City, teen runaway Froggy is caught in the throes of heroin addiction as she falls in love with a war veteran. The couple finds comfort in each other, but they are already in a downw...
Sara, a young ballet dancer, drifts through boredom as a constrained classical dancer until she meets Jean, a West African plumber from the opposite side of town with natural simplicity and freedom in...
After a devastating accident that took the life of his only son and permanently injured his wife, Joe finally comes home and tries to redeem himself.
The feature film directing debut of Spike Lee protege Lee Davis takes the viewer into the world of taxi drivers. The stories in this film are centered on the lives of individual taxi drivers as they r...
Yukie is a romance story about an American veteran (Bo Swenson) of the Korean War veteran and his undying love for a beautiful Japanese nurse named Yukie (Mitsuko Baisho) who marries him despite her p...