Michael Gier has been an entertainer for most of his life, performing in theater all over the world. A few years ago he branched out and started Silver Dove Productions. In 2013 his first short film, Foreclosed, was released and has been very highly acclaimed.
How did you get your start as an actor?
As long as I can remember I was singing. In my bedroom I would play my favorite songs on a record player and sing along. I’d also bring in my family and I would have them sit there as I entertained them. In junior high school I joined the drama class and I heard about San Diego Junior Theater. It was a performing arts school that was run by the city. They owned a large theater that allowed us to put on professional productions. That is where I got all of my training as an actor, singer and dancer. When I was seventeen I was hired for my first professional paying job. From that point on I made a living as an entertainer. Starting out it was mostly live stage productions all over the world. Then later in my career I started focusing on television and film work.
Which do you prefer – theater, television, or film?
That’s a tough question because I love them all. But I have to say I really miss live theatre right now because it’s been a while since I’ve done a show with a live audience. I love the intimacy of film but again there’s nothing like the energy of a live audience. I’ve starred in a lot of Broadway shows all over the country but I’ve never worked on Broadway so that is definitely on my bucket list.
What are some of your television, film, and other credits?
Television roles include NCIS: Los Angeles, Blood Relatives, Dollhouse, The Middleman, Suddenly Susan with Brooke Shields, a recurring role as Dr. Smith on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, and more.
Film roles include working with Ben Kingsley in Mrs. Harris, Gene Hackman in Geronimo, Gregory Hines in Tap, and others.
Here are a couple of other career highlights. As a singer I performed in Branson, Missouri, for four years as a featured soloist at the 2,300 seat Lawrence Welk Champagne Theatre with The Lennon Sisters, a 20 piece orchestra, and many other original Lawrence Welk television stars. I also appeared in three nationally aired Lawrence Welk television specials, released an album, performed live on the nationally aired Jerry Lewis Stars Across America MDA telethon, and headlined with my own cabaret style show on many different cruise lines throughout the world.
Back in 1999 I was hired as an actor and principle dancer in FatBoy Slim’s music video “Praise You”, directed by Academy Award Nominated Director Spike Jonze. Because of the video’s world wide popularity I got to perform “Praise You” with FatBoy Slim live at the MTV Music Awards in New York on 9/9/99, walking away with three of the four awards the video was nominated for. It was a very exciting time.
What faith-based films have you been involved in?
The first faith based film I did was called Lay It Down. It was a great teenage race car film and I played Pastor Gus. Director Rich Christiano saw me in that film and gave me a part in his film called Time Changer. I also had a role in The Theory of Everything. I was one of the actors in Foreclosed, the short film I recently produced and directed, and out on DVD now I did a film called Revelation Road – The Beginning of the End.
What type of character do you most enjoy playing?
I love playing bad guys because that’s not me. I recently did a role on America’s Most Wanted playing a real creep and I loved it.
What led to working behind the camera as a director/producer?
As long as I can remember I was always producing and directing. At 18 I produced and directed a group of professional actors that performed on stage throughout the world and also on international radio. Then later I directed large musical productions. So when I got into television and film, it just seemed natural to also learn how to direct and produce in that medium as well.
Where did you get the idea for Foreclosed?
My wife and I knew a lot of people going through tough times with job loss and eventually foreclosure that we decided it would be a great topic. My wife is Terri Gier and she co-produced the film with me. There’s a Bible verse that my pastor had the entire congregation memorize about thirty years ago and for some reason it stuck with me. It’s 1st Timothy 6:6 “But Godliness with contentment is great gain.” I wrote the script and based it around that verse, basically saying that although we go through difficult times, we shouldn’t feel like it is the end of the word. Instead we need to keep our faith in God and be content regardless of our circumstances. Instead of looking at what we don’t have, we need to take a good look at all the positive things in our lives and the blessing that we DO have.
Tell us about the short film.
Foreclosed follows the story of Elaine and Peter Marshall, a couple who in 2003 are enjoying the American dream. Peter has a high paying job he loved which enables Elaine to be a stay-at-home mom in their beautiful new house. Fast forward 9 years and we find Peter out of work, Elaine working a thankless job waiting tables, and their home in foreclosure. As they lose everything, they learn valuable lessons including how to be content and have faith no matter what life brings. The film can be viewed online for free at www.ForeclosedMovie.com.
What has been the response to the movie?
The response has been tremendous and I just signed a number of licensing agreements allowing the film to be seen by over 40 million people. It’s very exciting that so many people have the opportunity to watch it.
What are your filmmaking goals for the future?
We’re currently in pre-production for our next short film called But Now I See. We’ll be filming that in the middle of July 2013.
We are also producing a feature film. The script is being written now and we plan to go into production in early 2014.
I love producing and directing films and my goal is to continue doing that. For me, they have to be films that will change lives and look forward
I also have a show online interviewing actors and others in the family friendly film industry. You can watch those interviews and also connect with us by joining our email list by going to www.SilverDoveFilms.com.