Michael Stein Never Says, There Are Not Enough Hours in a Day; A Look at a True Renaissance Man

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Aspiring writer, director, producer, actor, stand up comedian, self made millionaire businessman, health fanatic and personal growth enthusiast, Michael Stein, talks about his latest film and what keeps him going.

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I just got tired of everyone saying I couldn't make a feature film with name actors outside the studio process. I got to the point where I didn't even care if the film got into film festivals, just as long as I could get it made and my friends, family and I could watch it.

Even though you may have never heard of his name or seen his work, Michael Stein continues to forge forward with his aspirations, succeeding every step of the way. The aspiring writer, director, producer, actor, stand up comedian, self made millionaire businessman, health fanatic and personal growth enthusiast has been very busy lately. His feature film "Love Hollywood Style" starring Faye Dunaway, Andy Dick, Rap star Coolio and Stein himself, has just won for best directing at the SFV International Film Festival. Stein wrote, directed, produced and stars in the film, which chronicles four short stories based on fantasy filled, dysfunctional love stories in Hollywood. Stein says, "It's a homage to the cult comedy classics of the 1970s i.e. 'Kentucky Fried Movie' and Woody Allen's 'Everything You Want To Know About Sex But Afraid To Ask' with undertones of a Kafka novel."

When asked what drives him, he jokes, "All I really wanted to do was act." An out of work struggling film maker and actor for years, Stein came close to making a studio film but none of the deals worked out.

In 1999 Stein wrote, directed and produced an award winning dramatic short film "Rituals And Resolutions", which was acquired by HBO. That film opened doors to studios and film companies into negotiations for Stein to direct one of his feature length scripts but none of the deals came to fruition so he decided to take matters into his own hands. "I just got tired of everyone saying I couldn't make a feature film with name actors outside the studio process. I got to the point where I didn't even care if the film got into film festivals, just as long as I could get it made and my friends, family and I could watch it."

So, he quit his job as a commercial film assistant and started his own business in order to make enough money to make his own feature film. He decided to market the pop up tents that he used to dread setting up on the film sets of the commercial shoots he would work on as an assistant. He started out with his life savings, approximately $500 and within one year his company, acecanopy.com had generated enough enough money to make his movie. Two years after that, the business made him a multi millionaire. He says, "I used to have this limiting belief that being a successful businessman in anything other than the film industry would make me less of an artist, now I believe, it has helped me to become more creative."

Once again the doors of opportunity from film companies are knocking only this time he has choices. Stein stays very busy. Along with running his outdoor supply company, he has plans for his next feature film, is currently writing a book on independent filmmaking, performs stand-up comedy on a regular basis and is organizing a fund raiser with other comedians in five major cities in the U.S. to raise money and food for the homeless.

When asked where he finds the time to do all these things while married with a child, he replies, "a person that says they do not have time for something that they want in life, is usually someone that has too much time on their hands."

Contact Info for Michael Stein:
Phyllis Kelly,mgr
Larrymorekelly management
PLarrymoreKelly @ aol.com
818-349-8228

More Michael Stein film info: http://imdb.com/name/nm0825574/

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