PHENOMENON FILMWORKS merges the collective talent of filmmakers, technicians, writers, and performers to create original and insightful films for all generations. We work on a collaborative set: Each unique contribution is valued and celebrated.
Michael Dailey is an award-winning Irish-American director, editor, and screenwriter best known for his short “The Backpack” and premier feature Turner Risk. Dailey filmed his first award-winning shorts at an early age: “Twister,” about a tornado sweeping through a summer camp, and “Quietus,” which focused on youth gangs during a small town religious conflict. Recently, while teaching film to future filmmakers, Dailey studied with screenwriting gurus Syd Field and William Goldman. Soon afterwards he began designing his first independent production, the short "The Backpack" (2012), in which two innocents inadvertently become involved in the fallout of a domestic terrorism attack. But Turner Risk (2018), his first feature, would prove to be the culmination of all his filmmaking experiences. In 2011 Dailey co-founded Phenomenon Filmworks – an independent film studio created by 2 actors, 2 screenwriters, and 2 directors – its mission to develop projects that embrace open, diverse casting and thoroughly original storylines showcasing intensive acting. Dailey is currently in the planning stages for several upcoming short and feature films.
Audience Award: Feature Film
TURNER RISK
Sherman Oaks Film Festival
Sherman Oaks / Los Angeles, California
2019
Best Performance by a Cast: Feature
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Sherman Oaks Film Festival
Sherman Oaks / Los Angeles, California
2019
Best Actor in a Lead Role: Carlin James
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Sherman Oaks Film Festival
Sherman Oaks / Los Angeles, California
2019
Best Screenplay (Produced): Michael Dailey & Morgan Lintz
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Sherman Oaks Film Festival
Sherman Oaks / Los Angeles, California
2019
Official Selection
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Sherman Oaks Film Festival
Sherman Oaks, California
2019
Best Feature Film
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Open World Toronto Film Festival
Toronto, Ontario
2019
Official Selection
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AFIN International Film Festival
Brisbane
Best Narrative Feature
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Vegas Movie Awards
Las Vegas, Nevada
Best Cinematography (USA)
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New York Cinematography Awards
New York City, New York
Best Film (USA)
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New York Cinematography Awards
New York City, New York
Nomination: Best Feature Film
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Open World Toronto Film Festival
Toronto, Ontario
Semi-Finalist: Best Feature Film
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AFIN International Film Festival.
Brisbane
Nomination: Best Ensemble Cast
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AFIN International Film Festival
Brisbane
Best Thriller
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Vegas Movie Awards
Las Vegas, Nevada
Semi-Finalist
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Los Angeles CineFest
Los Angeles, California
Best Feature Film: Drama (Silver Award)
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Hollywood Independent Filmmakers Awards & Festival
Hollywood, California
Semi-Finalist
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jellyFEST
North Hollywood, California
Official Selection
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Dumbo Film Festival
Brooklyn, New York
Winner - Best Director Feature Film
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Florence Film Awards
Florence
Finalist
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Florence Film Awards
Florence
Official Selection
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Florence Film Awards
Florence
Winner - Best Cinematography: M. Sean Brodie
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Hollywood Sun Awards
Hollywood, California
Winner - Best Editing: Michael Dailey & Morgan Lintz
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Hollywood Sun Awards
Hollywood, California
Winner - Best Actor: Nick Fink
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Hollywood Sun Awards
Hollywood, California
Winner - Best Director: Michael Dailey
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Hollywood Sun Awards
Hollywood, California
Winner - Best Narrative Feature
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Hollywood Sun Awards
Hollywood, California
Semi-Finalist
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Anaheim Film Festival
Anaheim / Long Beach, California
Semi-Finalist
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Los Angeles Film Awards
Los Angeles, California
Official Selection
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Los Angeles Film Awards
Los Angeles, California
Winner - Honorable Mention: Thriller Feature
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Los Angeles Film Festival
Los Angeles, California
Winner - Best Feature Film: Thriller
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Anaheim Film Festival
Anaheim / Long Beach, California
Winner - Best Feature Film
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Olympus Film Festival
Los Angeles, California
Zodiac Sign
Aquarius
• Dailey was immersed in film at an early age when his father roused him from bed to watch late night classic movies, mostly the classic Universal horror films, but eventually Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and “North by Northwest.”
• At the age of 17 he gained regional attention for his award-winning short "Twister," about a tornado that ravages a summer camp.
• Dailey has taught filmmaking to middle and high school students for over 18 years, producing over 100 shorts. Many continued into the industry as actors, writers, filmmakers, agents, and film crew.
• He studied with screenwriters Syd Field and William Goldman and is a friend of Bradley Thompson, television screenwriter.
• He works with co-writer and co-producer Morgan Lintz.
• In 2011, Dailey co-founded Phenomenon Filmworks, a studio focusing on original, story-driven films and emphasizing collaborative productions.
• Turner Risk (2018) focuses on Robbie Cruz, whose story mirrors Dailey's experiences at the time: both have been laid off, are struggling to make ends meet, and have recently broken up with a longtime girlfriend.
• His favorite film is Close Encounters of the Third Kind, mostly due to its realistic depiction of a family during a surreal UFO experience.
“To make a film is easy; To make a good film is war. To make a very good film is a miracle.” - Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
‎"Love what you do, and you'll never work a day in your life." - Lon Chaney
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” - Ashley Smith
"I can go the distance." - Hercules
PHENOMENON FILMWORKS merges the collective talent of filmmakers, technicians, writers, and performers to create original and insightful films for all generations. We work on a collaborative set: Each unique contribution is valued and celebrated.
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