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Michelle Danner: From Acclaimed Theatrical Director to Film Director

Acting Coach, Artistic Director and now Film Director, Michelle Danner
Michelle Danner, Artistic Director at Edgemar Center of the Arts has moved to screen by directing the film version of John Buffalo Mailer’s “Hello Herman†starring Norman Reedus, Martha Higareda and newcomer Garrett Backstrom.

The film, an unflinching examination of today’s society through the eyes of a young copycat killer and the journalist who sees the tragedy as a potential boost for his own career, is an adaptation of the play of the same name written by Norman Mailer’s youngest son.

“The tragic story twists and turns as it tells the tale of a teenager who, out of confusion and rage, carries out a high school shooting that mirrors the tragedy of Columbine,†Danner explains. “Certain members of the media only heighten the tragedy by sensationalizing it and setting out to televise his execution.â€

“This is a story of prejudice and isolation,†she continues, “as well as the racism, bullying and violence that our youth encounter in schools that has the potential to lead to these high school tragedies. As the mother of an 8-year-old boy, the themes resonate with me.

“When we staged the screenplay at Edgemar last spring, Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Paul Haggis and others came and were moved by the material and we knew we had to make this film,†added Danner.

This timely and disturbing film offers no answers, but, Danner hopes, may spark a much-needed dialogue between our nation’s youth and their peers, parents and teachers.

As acting coach, Danner works with many A-list actors both privately and on the set, including Gerard Butler, Chris Rock, Penelope Cruz, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Christian Slater, Zooey Deschanel, Isla Fisher and Marcia Cross is enjoying working with actors in a situation where she can showcase the fruits of her labor and her clients’ talent directly.

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