Hemingway's Suitcase

A young man who scouts for books uncovers a World War II mystery between two old thieves - and gets a life in the process.

  • Michael Mandaville
    Taken, Taken 2, Taken 3, American History X
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  • Thrillspy Novel - "Stealing Thunder"
    March 7, 2017
    Best Novel
  • Culver City Film Festival - Best Screenplay - "Conviction"
Writer Biography

Michael Mandaville has worked for 25 years as a line producer, production manager and production supervisor. These films include “Taken”, "Taken 2" and “Taken 3” written and produced by Luc Besson, “Havoc” with Anne Hathaway, “The Kiss” with Terence Stamp and Billy Zane, ("American History X" (New Line Cinema) with Edward Norton and Edward Furlong, "Friends of Friends" with Bruce Davison and Sherilynn Fenn, "Blood and Wine" (Jack Nicholson, Director: Bob Rafelson), "Millenium's Child" (Disney/Miramax) with William Windom and Karen Black, "Sensation" with Eric Roberts, Ed Begley Jr., Paul Le Mat and Ron Perlman. "Hail Caesar" with Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Downey, Jr. and Judd Nelson. "Pumpkin Head II" (MPCA) with Ami Dolenz and Steve Kanaly. Michael also produced “The Almighty Fred”, an independent film. He has directed commercials, shorts, a documentary and industrial films. He has also worked on “Manahi” an Arabic language comedy which was the first film shown in Saudi Arabia in 35 years.
Michael also worked on numerous TV pilots including "Chunks of Life" (ABC), "Criminal Obsession with Telly Savalas and "Wet" with Arliss Howard, Cynda Williams (Directed by Bob Rafelson). "The Double O-Kid" with Corey Haim, Brigitte Nielsen. "Girlfriend from Hell" and "Spirit of the Eagle" with Dan Haggerty and Bill Smith. Michael worked on a CD-ROM Project, "Monty Python's Holy Grail CD-ROM" with Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam. As an executive with Queens Cross Productions, he worked on "Keys to Freedom" with Jane Seymour and Omar Sharif, "The Tunnel" with Jane Seymour and Peter Weller and "Tapeheads" with Tim Robbins and John Cusack.
Michael is a bondable line producer with Film Finance, etc., . He also worked as a Risk Manager at the Motion Picture Bond Company. Through Transcom Productions, Michael has done Scheduling and Budgeting for clients including Relativity, Intl. Sales Organization, Paramount Pictures, Viacom, Bob Rafelson, Kushner-Locke Company, Mark Damon Worldwide, Europacorp, etc., .
Michael follows in the film industry in the steps of his aunt, Molly Mandaville, who worked as legendary film mogul Darryl Zanuck's assistant for 35 years. He has written many scripts with options and scripts for hire to his credit. Michael finished his first Tom Clancy like technothriller novel, “Stealing Thunder” which won the Thrillspy Award for best novel and a mystery novel, “A Cold Death" both available on Amazon. He has three more novels and several plays in process which usually keeps him out of trouble. He wrote the non-fiction book, “Ciizen Soldier Handbook: 101 Ways For Every American To Fight Terrorism” and speaks on this subject. Michael received a Master's Degree from USC in their prestigious Professional Writing Program. He attended the BA program for Columbia College, received a BA from UCSB in Philosophy.

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Writer Statement

Cinema was and remains my first love in Art, combining the human journey in fantastic circumstances. All bringing me along for the ride.