Michéle De Angelis

Michele was always fascinated by moving images and started collecting 8mm and Super 8mm films on a regular basis from the age of seven. At the age of 17 he began collecting 35 mm theatrical prints of all his beloved films in earnest, whilst attending a screenwriting class taught by some of Italy’s grand masters of cinema like Nanny Loy, Suso Cecchi D'amico, and Luigi Filippo D'Amico. Under their tutelage, Michele learnt the art of writing for both the big and the small screen. 

After graduation from Law School, the chance of a lifetime was given to him at the age of 22, when infamous director Andrew White asked him to be assistant director on the rarely seen Italian slasher epic Massacre. Working on a film set was a dream come true for the young film enthusiast, and that first experience as an assistant led to years of working in movies, TV shows, commercials and documentaries as a first assistant director, production manager, executive producer and screenwriter for the likes of Lucio Fulci (his beloved master), Bernardino Zapponi, Ruggero Deodato, Rolando Stefanelli, Michele Placido, Bud Spencer, Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava and many, many, others.

His encyclopedic knowledge of films and filmmaking has seen him been called upon to collaborate with international film festivals like Sitges, Fantafestival, Malaga, Toronto, and Edinburgh. After his post graduated studies in Visual Arts at UCLA, he also ran an art house theatre for two years in which he screened the rarities, restored prints and the long lost gems he was always "digging out" of dusty film vaults. Michele has also written articles for X Files Magazine, Hustler, Tank Magazine, Psycho, and Video Impulse. 

In 1999 he launched the independent video label Pulp Video. The label soon gathered a reputation for innovation and quality with its faultless video and DVD releases of long forgotten rarities and bona fide film classics. Pulp Video was also one of the first companies to embrace the digital revolution and spearhead the DVD boom in the Italian market. 

Whilst busily releasing films, De Angelis was also working as a consultant and executive producer, producing DVD featurettes and documentaries for American companies like Universal Pictures Home Video, Anchor Bay Entertainment, Blue Underground and more.

In the following years his work in documentary and making ofs, led him to International recognition when his documentary In The Jungle: The Making Of Cannibal Holocaust was sold to US, France, Japan, Spain, UK, Germany and many other countries of the world. The documentary reconstructed the making of the mentioned cult classic featuring rediscovered on set footage, never seen before. Another achievement was the production of The Gofathers Of Mondo in which maverick filmamkers Jacopetti and Prosperi spoke for the first time on camera about the creation of the Mondo genre that shook the world.

In 2001 Michele left Pulp Video and joined Alan Young Pictures as associate partner. At Alan Young Pictures he was responsible for the creation of a video and DVD label dedicated, once again, to high quality DVD releases of Italian and American classics. During his tenure Alan Young Pictures with twin company Planet Pictures also financed and developed such high profile projects like Lars Von Trier’s Dogville, starring Nicole Kidman, Alex De La Iglesia’s La Comunidad and El Crimen Ferpecto, and Vincente Aranda’s Juana La Loca and Carmen, and Von Trier again with Manderlay. He also served AYP as legal consultant for Zack Snyder’s remake of Dawn of the Dead.

In 2004 he secured private investment to found an exciting new distribution and production outfit: Noshame films.

NoShame Films was an ambitious international company that in just over a year already earned a reputation for quality and attention to detail second to none with the release of a series of classics and genre gems on highly praised collectors editions DVDs both in America and Italy. 

On the production front, Noshame Films was responsible for co-financing Tamara, from Final Destination’s creator Jeffrey Rednick, Plague, and Dark Places, starring Lelee Sobieski. NoShame Films handled distribution of these titles in Italy. NoShame also handled theatrical distribution of such acclaimed films like Stander starring Thomas Jane, Sundance winner November and critically acclaimed Asylum with Natasha Richardson and Ian MacKellen.

In spring 2005, Noshame films created, jointly with Medusa Home Entertainment and General Video, the DVD label Orizzonti, which released edgy and multi award winning movies from all around the world including Takashi Miike’s Gozu, David Anspaugh’s The Game of Their Lives, Andreas Marshall’s Tears Of Kali.

In 2006 Michele was voted amongst the ten best North American distributor by prestigious New York Times and by elite cinema magazine Premiere. Followed by enthusiastic reviews from all over the world.

At the end of 2008, the beginning of decline of video market, Michele left Noshame films and took the first steps towards fully fledged movie production, securing the rights to Graham Masterton’s best-selling novel Ritual, to be adapted for the screen and directed by acclaimed director Mariano Baino.

In 2011 Michele set up a new company, Kinoglazorama International, to produce and distribute movies and shorts, creating a digital platform that will include a Web Television.

In 2012 he shot his first narrative short film DOORS. In 2013 DOORS has been selected in 25 International film Festival and 2 exhibitions, won Jury Prize at Salty Horror International Film Festival in Salt Lake City, USA and Best Camera Award at Germany After Dark. THE MAN IN THE MOVIE CAMERA his latest work is now in pre-production and due for release in the fall of 2015.

Filmography

Recent Reviews

Doors

Very well done. The sudden jumps at the end didn't bother me. The one thing that nagged at me all the way through was, "Why doesn't she use the cellphone...


Doors

WTF? I didnt get that AT ALL. Could the next reviewer explain how this ends? Whats with the car crash scene? This one is over my head.


Doors

I don't know...I just couldn't get behind this. A bit of a disappointment really.


Doors

There's a great little premise here--ideal for a short film--that delivers the goods on a visual level, but the tension and suspense is inconsistent and erratic. The film have its...