Filmi 21! Virtual Edition
Filmi Toronto’s South Asian Film Festival Celebrating 21 Years!
December 27th, 2020
21st Filmi: Toronto’s South Asian film festival
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During the lowest point in her life, a women finds herself on a stationary bus in the middle of a supernatural war – good vs evil, as she’s influenced in making a life changing decision.
Director: Michael Pugliese
Michael Joseph Pugliese is a film maker from Toronto, Canada who’s wears his heart for film on his sleeve.
Michael started performing as a child, landing roles in many commercials and independent films such as “Motives & Murders” (2012), “The Meeting” (2013) and “What’s the use?” (2015). As the years went on, Michael continued to grow as a performer, studying at Toronto and LA performing studios, finding his way to build his craft.
While his love continued to grow, Michael began writing screenplays. He wasn’t happy with the jobs he was booking and decided to create his own. As time went on, Michael completed a dozen screenplays, from shorts to features. He began developing the screenplays with a great friend, Prem Singh who shares the same passion to film as Michael does.
Michael, along side Prem Singh created and are the Co-Founders of Running Tiger Films, a production company that developed “Downsizing” (2014) and “Occupants” (2015), both of which Michael starred in as the lead. Their most recent feature completed is “Tiger” (2016), directed by Alister Grierson. Michael and Prem co-wrote and starred along side Academy Award Nominee Mickey Rourke and the star of Pretty Little Liars, Janel Parrish in the film.
While on set of Tiger Michael grew an interest for directing, as he shadowed Alister who taught him the way. As soon as Tiger wrapped, Michael was on a mission – to direct
his first picture. As a few months went by, Michael found himself behind a monitor on the sent of “Chiaroscuro” (2016), in which he wrote, produced and is his directorial debut.
Whether its in front of the camera or behind, Michael’s passion and love for film making will continue to grow as the years go on