In the creation of PICKET CHARLIE, I’ve worked with Michael over the past year, in that time I’ve had the honor to get to know his visionary ideas, creative practice and generosity of spirit. Michael’s enthusiasm is contagious and energizing; his genuine curiosity for history and science makes for strong, entertaining stories rooted in the reel and the real.
Executive Director, Illuminating Discovery Hub
WISCONSIN INSTITUTE FOR DISCOVERY
THE LAST INDIAN WAR is a gorgeous epic telling of the Carlisle football team… blending football with a lost history of Native Americans is a brilliant concept.
VENICE OF AMERICA is reminiscent of classic noir film titles, but still distinctly modern in tone. It offers a refreshing blend of vintage aesthetics and genre tropes with currently relevant themes and issues, creating a memorable, unique, and deeply poignant story.
Fresh Voices Screenplay team, awarding the Culture & Heritage Award to THE LAST INDIAN WAR
GOLDEN SCRIPT COMPETITION
Michael is a true story teller.
His passion for writing and his meticulous work ethic makes collaborating on ideas a dream come true. His artistic instincts have taken a simple idea to places I never thought they could go. I look forward to a continuing relationship creating worlds and characters for the whole world to meet.
2-Time Oscar Nominated FILMMAKER
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 recently optioned screenplay, THE LAST INDIAN WAR, and PICKET CHARLIE 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
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.
Michael’s also a working member of the DGA, was named a Top 25 Screenwriter To Watch In 2021 by the International Screenwriters Association, is currently the Writer In Residence at the University of Wisconsin’s Institute For Discovery, and lives on a small Wisconsin farm with his artist wife, Linda Massey, two miniature horses and three rambunctious Jack Russell terriers.
News & Events
April 27, 2021 - PICKET CHARLIE makes Coverfly's prestigious Red List: https://writers.coverfly.com/the-red-list?h=134901&genre=Action&range=month
April 16, 2021 - Michael Graf's screenplay, PICKET CHARLIE, named best Action/Adventure screenplay at ISA's Fast Track Fellowship: https://www.networkisa.org/modules/contest/individual/fast_track_announcements/279
April 12, 2021 - Michael Graf's screenplay, PICKET CHARLIE, takes 2nd Place/Honorable Mention Honors for best Action/Adventure genre screenplay at Fresh Voices:
February 13, 2021 - Wisconsin State Journal Feature Know Your Madisonian: https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/know-your-madisonian-local-screenwriter-named-one-of-worlds-best/article_a058797d-4039-53e9-a075-8a7045260e71.html#tncms-source=login
January 24, 2021 - Madison Magazine feature story on Michael Graf: https://www.channel3000.com/michael-graf-pivots-from-making-commercials-to-writing-movie-scripts/
Dec. 3, 2020 - Michael Graf named a Top Screenwriter To Watch in 2021 by the International Screenwriters Association (ISA). https://www.networkisa.org/top25/writers
Feb. 2020 - Screenwriter Michael Graf named first Writer In Residence at the University of Wisconsin Institute For Discovery as part of their Science to Script program. https://sciencetoscript.illuminatingdiscovery.wisc.edu/?page_id=174