Michael Stahl-David got his first film role in 2001's "New Port South", which was scripted by another newcomer named James Hughes, son of the legendary auteur of American adolescence John Hughes. The elder Hughes was credited as executive producer, and it would turn out to be the last time he served in that capacity. Like many of Hughes's film, it took place in the suburbs of Chicago, where Stahl-David was living, attending college, and participating in the local theater scene. Opening in limited release on September 7, the film's chances of box-office success were severe curtailed by the terrorist attacks four days later. In 2007, Stahl-David won a role in a new NBC series created by Oscar-winner Paul Haggis called "The Black Donnellys". Chronicling the lives of four brothers in New York City who descend into lives of crime, Stahl-David called upon his own experiences as the eldest of three sons. However, as the children of affluent doctors, he and his brothers certainly enjoyed privileges unavailable to his character's working-class Irish-American background. The series was cancelled after a couple of months, but Stahl-David rebounded by being cast as one of the doomed hipster protagonists of the eerie, J.J. Abrams-produced horror film "Cloverfield". He has since appeared in two other offbeat, and short-lived, television series: "Kings" and "My Generation".