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MICHAEL D. AKERS was born and raised in Ephrata, PA, a small town in Lancaster County (Harrison Ford shot ‘Witness’ there). He left Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) to move to Los Angeles, CA to begin his career in the entertainment industry. He started out with the usual on set jobs of set dresser, production assistant, and assistant director. He worked his way up to unit production manager on the cable movie “Jurassic Women” starring Jan Michael Vincent. From there, he shifted his focus to development and spent nearly three years with Turner Feature Animation (“Cats Don’t Dance”) helping to research and develop animated features. The Warner Brothers buyout of Turner moved Michael onto the staff of Grand Productions, an independent movie development company headquartered at the HBO offices in Century City. He helped land the Ripley “Believe It or Not” franchise and worked in developing features for the likes of David Bowie, Nicolas Cage and the estate of Andy Warhol. He also helped produce the Lifetime series show “Intimate Portraits” of Heather Locklear and Jane Seymour. Thereafter, Michael moved into television production as the executive assistant to Martin Short on “The Martin Short Show.” This high profile position enabled him to take positions as story and research assistants to Ryan Seacrest’s “NBC’s Saturday Night at the Movies” and Anne Robinson’s “The Weakest Link.” In 2002, Michael finally made the move to directing by making the highly romantic drama “Gone, But Not Forgotten.” “Gone, But Not Forgotten” made its world premiere debut at the 9th Annual Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in July, 2003 and was to become a of the Top 10 selling Independent GLBT Title for three years in a row. In 2005, Michael branched out with an improvised comedy feature entitled "Matrimonium" which soon developed a cult following for its off-beat characters and raw sense of humor. In 2007, the highly acclaimed and richly symbolic "Phoenix" was released to great critical and commercial success. Michael teamed up with David Raleigh to direct a series of videos for the Ali Forney Center, one of which is the music video "That's What Friends Are For" as performed by Raleigh, Alan Cumming, Billy Porter and Ari Gold.

Currently, Michael is attached to direct severals feature projects and is currently working on a number of his own screenplays. He is always on the look-out for another great project to work on!