Michael Roemer

Director, Screenwriter, Professor
Made a feature-length documentary while at Harvard and worked in various production capacities for Louis De Rochemont before establishing himself as a director of educational films and documentaries. Roemer directed his ... Read more »
Born: 01/01/1928 in Berlin, DE

Filmography

Director (5)

The Plot Against Harry 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Haunted 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Pilgrim, Farewell 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Nothing But a Man 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

The Inferno (TV Show)

Director
Writer (4)

The Plot Against Harry 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Haunted 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pilgrim, Farewell 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nothing But a Man 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

The Plot Against Harry 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nothing But a Man 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

Entourage 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

Made a feature-length documentary while at Harvard and worked in various production capacities for Louis De Rochemont before establishing himself as a director of educational films and documentaries. Roemer directed his first fiction feature, "Nothing But a Man," in 1964, receiving critical plaudits for his low key and intelligent treatment of a racial theme. His sardonic comedy, "The Plot Against Harry," was produced in 1969 but languished in post-production limbo for twenty years before being released to widespread acclaim in 1989.

EDUCATION

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
made feature-length film, "A Touch of the Times"

Milestones

1968

Became a Professor of American Studies at Yale University

1964

Co-wrote, co-produced (with Robert Young), and directed first fiction feature, "Nothing But a Man"

1944

Arrived in the US as a teenager

Produced and directed six films for the National Science Foundation

Spent WWII in England

Produced and directed 68 films for the Heath Publishing Company, all of which were widely shown on public television

Made feature-length film, "A Touch of the Times"

Worked as writer, production manager, assistant director and editor for producer Louis De Rochemont on "Cinerama Holiday," "Windjammer," and on numerous documentaries

Began a partnership with Harvard classmate Robert Young

Produced 12 films for the Ford Foundation with the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival Company

Bonus Trivia

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While Roemer is particularly gratified by the positive response "Nothing But a Man" has received from African Americans, he insists that he didn't make the film to advance the cause of civil rights. "I believe that stories are very important," he says. "That they sustain life. And in that sense they're political, but only in that sense. I do want to be on the side of the angels. I know that. I don't want to destroy anything. But I didn't make this film for any other reason than I think it's a great story."(THE VILLAGE VOICE, March 2, 1993)

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