There aren’t’ many people who can point to a career full of success as a performer, teacher, storyteller, entrepreneur, and expert, but Michelle Danner can. This month she filmed “Miranda’s Victim” in Central Jersey including Red Bank, Middletown, and Monmouth. The movie stars Abigail Breslin, Luke Wilson, Andy Garcia, and Donald Sutherland.
We had the rare opportunity to speak with (interview below) the legendary acting teacher and founder of the Creative Center for the Arts and the Los Angeles Acting Conservatory, Danner is a well-established and successful film director whose film “Bad Impulse,” is a psychological thriller about family secrets and modern technology, it stars Sonya Walger, Grant Bowler, and Paul Sorvino. The film won Best Narrative Feature at the 2019 International Independent Film Awards and the Best Director Award at the 2019 Culver City Film Festival.
Her current film “The Runner, “ is an action thriller and true-life coming of age story starring Cameron Douglas and newcomer Edouard Philipponnat as a troubled teenager forced to go undercover to expose a drug kingpin. The film has played at 28 festivals around the country including Cinequest, Worldfest Houston (winning Best Suspense/Thriller), the Suspense Thriller Festival winning (Best Feature) and the Flicker Festival in Rhode Island. Internationally the film was screened at the Ischia Global Fest (Italy), the London Independent Film Festival, the Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift and the Vancouver Independent Film Festival. Danner won Best Director at the Milan Gold Awards, the Montreal Independent Film Festival, the Paris Play Film Festival, the Vancouver Independent Film Festival, and L’Age d’Or.
She is a dedicated mom of two still has her “day job” overseeing the faculty of the Los Angeles Acting Conservatory, and conducting her weekly acting class. Danner’s list of students has included Christian Slater, Salma Hayek, Gerard Butler, Seth McFarlane, Penelope Cruz, Chris Rock, Gabrielle Union, and Zooey Deschanel. A longtime student of legendary acting teachers like Stella Adler and Uta Hagen, Danner’s eclectic approach (which she calls “The Golden Box”) allows actors the freedom to employ a wide variety of acting techniques.There’s almost no one in the business who knows as much about acting and success as Michelle Danner, and her continued success in multiple creative fields makes her one of the most successful women working in the industry today.
Listen to our interview with Michelle…