Introducing Michael Graf, An ISA Top 25 Writer to Watch in 2021

International Screenwriters' Association • 27 days ago

Emmy Award winning commercial director, turned screenwriter, Michael Graf, was known in Advertising for his “actor first, artful storytelling” style of directing. Likewise, his character-centric, story-driven style of writing has been making waves around the world with recent screenplays, THE LAST INDIAN WAR and THROWING HAMMERS, winning awards and top honors at festivals in Paris, Park City, Los Angeles, New York, Nassau and Toronto. His first screenplay, WINTER OF FROZEN DREAMS, was produced for Lifetime network and stars Thora Birch and Dean Winters.

His most recent screenplay, VENICE OF AMERICA, was juried into the Venice Film Festival in Italy, named to Capital Film Fund’s Hot 100 list, and is a Screencraft Top 10 Crime/Mystery screenplay. Graf's also just completed an ecco-thriller called PICKET CHARLIE.

Michael’s also a working member of the DGA, is currently the Writer In Residence at the University of Wisconsin’s Institute For Discovery, is featured on the International Screenwriter's Association Development Slate, and lives on a small Wisconsin farm with his artist wife, Linda Massey, a miniature horse, and three rambunctious Jack Russell terriers.