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  4 NIGHTS IN THE HAMPTONS AVAILABLE on VOD and DIGITAL 1/6/14

David (Michael Knowles) and Julie (Kathleen Wise) have been happily married for 6 years, but over the years their passion for one another has faded.  While running some errands in town one afternoon, Julie runs into Marc (Jilon VanOver), an old friend of theirs who happens to be in the Hamptons raising money for his next film project.  In an effort to stir things up with David, Julie invites Marc and his very new, free-spirited girlfriend Catherine (Monique Zordan) to spend the weekend with them.  Marc & Catherine's fresh and exciting relationship stirs sexual feelings in David & Julie, but not just for each other.  Marc and David’s ambiguous sexual past soon bubbles to the surface and before long, everyone is feeling things they didn’t expect.  Catherine and Julie find themselves falling in love as David and Marc try to figure out who they are and what they mean to each other.  All four people will never be the same by the end of the weekend.

 

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Trouble With Bliss   THE TROUBLE WITH BLISS IN THEATERS MARCH 2012

Written by Douglas Light and Michael Knowles. Adapted from the Novel, East Fifth Bliss by Douglas Light.

Cast: Michael C. Hall, Lucy Liu, Peter Fonda, Chris Messina, Brie Larson, Brad William Henke, Sarah Shahi

Comedy/drama about 35-year-old Morris Bliss, who is clamped in the jaws of New York City inertia: he wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; he still shares an apartment with his widowed father; and perhaps worst of all the premature death of his mother still lingers and has left him emotionally walled up. When he finds himself wrapped up in an awkward relationship with the sexually precocious, 18-year-old daughter of a former classmate, Morris quickly discovers his static life unraveling and opening up in ways that are long overdue.

 

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  ONE NIGHT Completed 2007

Written and Directed by Michael Knowles. Produced by Michael Knowles and John Ramos. Executive Producer: John Ramos.

Starring Kevin Cahoon (The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion), Christian Campbell (Reefer Madness, Trick, The Book Of Daniel), Robert Clohessy (Angels In The Outfield, The Interpreter, Oz), Bill Dawes (Evenhand, Approaching Union Square), Holley Fain, Melissa Leo (21 Grams, The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada, Homicide: Life On The Street), Billy Lush (Stateside, The Black Donnellys), Paola Mendoza (On The Outs), Merissa Morin, Michael Muhney (Veronica Mars, The Huntress), Donnamarie Recco (Analyze This, Analyze That, Auto Focus), Bill Sage (American Psycho, Mysterious Skin, I Shot Andy Warhol), Frankie Shaw (Just Like The Son), Aaron Staton (The Nanny Diaries, I Believe In America), Maria Zyrianova

 

Fifteen New Yorkers go into a Friday night unaware of the fact that their lives are about to change. Larry, an A&R executive, has been sublimating his deep fear of commitment by carrying on an affair with his young assistant, Emily, unbeknownst to his stunning model girlfriend, Mia. Abby, a sensitive college student, worships her older boyfriend Marc, while thinking her friend Clarice is only a child. Michelle is looking forward to meeting Jack, with whom she's flirted online but has never met in person. Wendy is sure she needs a change in her life, but she's not sure what it should be. And Greg, a charming but nervous actor, finally gets to go out with Angelina, the object of a long-standing crush. As the night unfolds, the characters all convene at the same music venue, and their lives intersect in ways both humorous and poignant. We can see that they're driven by an unconscious desire for human connection, and their interactions with strangers reveal to them what they've been missing, allowing them to see others -- and themselves -- in a truer light. By the morning, their lives have changed -- some subtly, some dramatically, but all irreversibly. Many films erroneously call themselves ensemble pieces, but One Night is truly that, emphasized by the many long takes that deliver us from storyline to storyline. Shot entirely on various locations in New York City, One Night is both tragic and hopeful -- it shows how alone and unaware of other people we can be, yet also demonstrates the joy that can happen when we truly open ourselves up to others.

 

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SF Indie Film FestivalSolstice Film Festival

Sunscreen Film Festival

 
 
  ROOM 314 COMPLETED APRIL 2005

Written and Directed by Michael Knowles. Produced by Laura Knight and Michael Knowles. Executive Producer: John Ramos.

Starring Sarah Bennett (Fast Track), Joelle Carter (High Fidelity, Inconceivable, Wonderland), Matthew Del Negro (Chelsea Walls, The West Wing, Beautiful People), Michael Knowles (Sex And The City, The Babysitters), Michael Laurence (Airplane!, Love God), Jennifer Marlowe, Michael Mosley (Swimmers, Kidnapped), Robyn Myhr, Todd Swenson, Monique Vukovic

 

Room 314 is five different stories about five couples in various stages of their relationships. Longing for connection, underlying tensions, and need for understanding all swirl about as these couples struggle to say what they want and occasionally succeed. Nick and Stacey wake up and find they have to get to know each other again. An unexpected visit forces Harry to confront Gretchen. Jack and Kathy discover that their physical attraction could be something far more significant. Matt and Tracey push a game a little too far. And David and Caly struggle to redefine their relationship. Room 314 gives the audience a look at these characters that's so close as to be uncomfortable at times, but shows a universal truth: Wanting connection with someone else and knowing how to achieve it are two entirely different things.

 

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Iowa Independent Film Festival

Winner Best Feature New Jersey Film Festival

  NIKKI Completed February 2008

Directed by Michael Knowles. Produced by Michael Knowles and John Ramos.

A documentary. Nikki is a twelve year old girl who suffers with the neurological developmental disorder Rett Syndrome, which is diagnosed almost exclusively in females.

 

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Kent Film Festival