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MICHAEL STRODE BIO & WAR STORY

BLACK GULCH
 
15:00  TRT
 
USC School of Cinema-Television
Horror, Action-Adventure
Oklahoma Premiere
 
MICHAEL STRODE
Writer, Producer, Director
Brett Henenberg
Jonathan Hale-Cinematographer
Eric Wastenberg-Editor
Micheal Sean Colin-Music
Los Angeles, CA
 
KEY ACTORS: CHRISTOPHER BRADLEY, STEPHEN TAYLOR, JOSHUA MILLER
 
Bank robbers roll into the wrong small town and encounter supernatural opposition. 
 
It was supposed to be a simple job- rob a small town ban to break in the new guy.  Unfortunately for Everett and his team, the town of Black Gulch has some nasty surprises waiting for them.  The bank is empty, the town is deserted except for a small boy, and the bank robbers soon find themselves trapped in a desperate struggle to survive.
 

DIRECTOR BIO
 
MICHAEL STRODE was born in Hawaii and received a BA from Brown University in Medieval History and Philosophy.  He ran Brown Television for 3 semesters, producing news documentaries and entertainment programs, as well as short films. 
 
Upon graduation, he moved to LA where he worked as a freelance grip/electric and camera assistant before returning to school for a Master's degree in film production at USC.  BLACK GULCH in his thesis film. 
 

WAR STORY
 
We shot on location, out of state, with explosions, firearms, a child actor, stunts, and a concept that called for an entirely deserted town-no people, no cars, 360 degree reveals of the empty street.  What could be hard about that?