Michael D. Prywes
Michael Prywes is an attorney admitted in New York State. Michael hosts the show "How I Broke Into," and wrote the bestselling practical guide "The Gasp: How to Seize That A-Ha! Moment and Turn It into a Winning Business." He is also a former media professional with a background in film, video, art, music, Internet, and law. He is the former President of 2 Life! Films, LLC, which produced his comedy feature “Returning Mickey Stern.” After winning numerous awards in the US and abroad, “Returning Mickey Stern” was distributed in US theaters and abroad and is available on DVD (Pathfinder Home Entertainment – PG-13). Michael has served as an advisor to a number of production companies and film festivals, as well as Associate Producer on the Sundance entry “The Perpetual Life of Jim Albers” and Tribeca entry “The Look.” Michael’s spec script for “Without a Trace” was a finalist for the (s)cript magazine Television Writing Competition and his original screenplay “The King of Summer” was a finalist for the “Heart of Film” Screenwriting Competition. A tech enthusiast since the age of 5, when he learned to program Basic on a TI-99/4A, Michael built the first globally crowdsourced audience voting entertainment site, CastOurMovie, which was featured in the Industry Standard, Time, Entertainment Weekly, and U.S. News and World Report.
On the legal side of the entertainment industry, Michael has served as Law Clerk for New Video Group/Docurama (now Cinedigm), distributor of the A&E/History, Scholastic, and Major League Baseball labels, and has worked for ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Performers) and the entertainment firm Adelman & Lavaia. Michael has been involved in the drafting of agreements and negotiations with the companies guiding the future of media and technology convergence: Amazon Unbox, Apple iTunes, Netflix, etc. Michael is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Nassau County Bar Association, The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., and is volunteer lawyer for the pro bono organization Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
Michael’s creative career began before attending Northwestern University, when he attended the Long Island High School for the Arts (then known as The Cultural Arts Center of Long Island) as a visual artist. His 4x5 acrylic on canvas “20th Century Icon” was featured in the Sabbeth Art Gallery and a juried competition before he graduated high school. Michael’s creative endeavors continued to expand while he attended Northwestern University as a Performance Studies major. Michael became a theater critic for the Daily Northwestern and Art + Performance Magazine, and later Art Editor of Northwestern’s oldest journal of the humanities, Helicon. His short story, “Teddy Bear” was published in Helicon, and his short story “Semicolon” was a finalist in the Robert Van Sant Writing Competition. As producer and writer of “7th Grade Blues,” the largest scale independent 16mm film production on campus in 1995, Michael honed his resource development, marketing, and business skills for a wider audience. In 1996, Michael earned the Elie Wiesel National Award for Jewish Arts and Culture after launching the still-thriving Jewish Theatre Ensemble, which has co-produced a project with Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theater Company, as well as Northwestern University’s legendary Dolphin Show.
Michael has taught screenwriting and film at St. John’s University and CUNY Queens College and has been a guest speaker at a number of schools including UCLA and NYU. Michael was one of 12 students selected for Northwestern University's Creative Writing for the Media Program, and also graduated from UCLA's Professional Screenwriting Program. Michael received his JD from the Hofstra University School of Law, where he attended on a Full Merit Scholarship, and was selected as a Dean’s Scholar. His former law school professor and famed trial attorney Bruce G. Clark recruited Michael after graduation, because Michael, in Bruce's words, was the best student Bruce had ever had in his 12 years of teaching.
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