1st Assistant Camera & Production Support
Morgan is Michael Akers’ fourth in a line of genre defining films. His first film, Gone, But Not Forgotten, altered the queer indie landscape with an adept story made universal through common human drama and incidental sexuality and went on to win numerous audience awards after playing in more than 30 festivals world-wide. Gone, But Not Forgotten ultimately became one of the most successful independent LGBT films of all time.
Akers followed with his daring improvisational comedy, Matrimonium, which has gathered a strong cult following by skewering reality television’s representation of gays and society’s resistance to gay marriage based on “family values.”
His third film, Phoenix, a tribute to Antonioni’s L’Avventura, garnered muche critical for its symbolic cinematic imagery. The film chronicles an idyllic young man’s pursuit of unrequited love and his loss of innocence after his affair with an older man leads him to Phoenix where he learns that his lover has been married to another man, and has left them both. The two jilted men search for their missing lover and ultimately find temporary solace in one another.
Michael continues to broaden himself as a filmmaker and to push the boundaries of the gay genre with Morgan, which not only gives voice to an unrepresented segment in the gay community, but also engages viewers with his signature universal romantic story.
Michael was born and raised in Ephrata, PA, a small town in Lancaster County (Harrison Ford shot ‘Witness’ there). He moved to LA and worked his way up to unit production manager on the cable movie “Jurassic Women” starring Jan Michael Vincent. He then shifted his focus to development and spent nearly three years with Turner Feature Animation (“Cats Don’t Dance”). The Warner Bros. buyout of Turner moved Michael to Grand Productions where he helped land the Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” franchise and worked in developing features for 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.”
After relocating to New York, 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. Michael is proud to support the Ali Forney Center through his video series on homeless GLBT youth located here: http://www.youtube.com/user/thefriendsproject.