“IMPETUOUS” Behind the Scenes

Found this little gem in my archives while I was getting ready for my new film “Caliber“. This is a little film of us making “Impetuous“, which was shot back in 2011. I hope you enjoy and let me know what you think.



Breaking News! My new short film “Caliber” will be completed September 10th! At such time we will begin submitting to film festivals, I’m really excited about this new film and I can’t wait to share which festivals the film will screen. Get ready for “Caliber”!

Progress report on Caliber

We are now in the final stretch on finishing my new film Caliber, which tells the story of a heroic police Officer Mike Banner. While experiencing flashbacks from his time in Iraq, Officer Mike Banner responds to a domestic violence call in a bad neighborhood. He arrives, tension mounts, and the drunk, rage-fueled man (Constantine) charges Banner. Shots are fired. Constantine is down. Banner uses his training as an army medic to help stabilize the wounds and enlists the help of his terrified son, Elijah. But it’s quickly clear that Constantine won’t survive for long. Banner — moved by the realization that Constantine is a fellow veteran — takes matters into his own hands.

We are going to premiere the film in Early September and then start submitting to festivals shortly afterwards. Hopefully I will have some more news to report soon!



Caliber…. coming soon

"Caliber" A new short film directed by Tanner Cusumano

“Caliber” A new short film directed by Tanner Cusumano


Coming soon! Visit our website to learn more!

Tanner’s Sundance Picks

I’m super excited for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. This will be my second year in attendance and last year I was amazed by the amazing works at the festival. This year I decided to plan in advance and get my tickets ahead of time (a must! I was kinda a kook last year). So I decided to list the films I’m most excited for, give it a read and feel free to comment your guys thoughts!

Sundance 2016 Picks


Reeling from a terrifying assault, a 19-year-old boy enrolls in the same college as his brother and pledges his fraternity. Swept up in a world of shotgunning beer, all-night ragers, and hooking-up with nameless coeds, a protective shell forms to mask his insecurities. But as the hazing escalates in the name of “brotherhood,” his loyalty to his brother is tested in brutal ways.


Director Andrew Neel’s documentary background is evident as Goat resounds with searing authenticity—rarely has such raw and terrifyingly truthful masculinity been captured on screen. The result exposes the brutal and violent aspects of male culture that lurk beneath the surface of our seemingly controlled society. The entire cast valiantly commits to the challenging roles and, combined with Neel’s assured direction, shine new light on male identity and how it’s formed. Part neorealism, part horror film, Goat is a riveting cinematic experience that is as important as it is brutal.



Holy Hell

Just out of college, a young idealist filmmaker joined a secretive spiritualist community led by a charismatic guru. With camera in hand, this person documented 20 years of living inside a cult and the changing worldviews it elicited. Having recorded everything, this filmmaker offers us a juicy and unparalleled look into the extreme ideals and expectations that make up this community. From extreme devotion turned to paranoia, the cracks began to unfold as unexpected truths were revealed about the enlightened leader the community built every fiber of their lives around.


For the first time, the filmmaker opens up and asks fellow ex-cult members to come to terms with their past and the unbelievable deceit they experienced. Holy Hell leaves us with many burning questions, but ultimately this one: What are we willing to believe to sustain our greatest happiness?




Christine (Rebecca Hall) is an ambitious 29-year-old news reporter in Sarasota, Florida, circa 1974. Relentlessly motivated to succeed, she knows she has talent, but being a driven career woman in the 1970s comes with its own challenges, especially when competition for a promotion, unrequited love for a coworker, and a tumultuous home life lead to a dissolution of self. With ratings in the cellar, WZRB’s station manager issues a mandate to deliver juicier and more exploitative stories, a style firmly at odds with Christine’s serious brand of issue-based journalism. To accomplish her goals, she must overcome her self-doubt and give the people what they want.


As made evident in his previous features, Afterschool and Simon Killer, director Antonio Campos is well-versed in translating the damaged psyche to film. This latest effort elevates his style to the next level; bathed in dread and peppered with sharp humor, Christine is a hypnotic and arresting portrayal of a woman at a crossroads.




Many politicians have seen their careers careen off the tracks, but few instances have been captured so completely on film as the incisive and painfully funny Weiner. With unprecedented access to Anthony Weiner, his family, and his campaign team as they mount his New York City mayoral campaign, the film documents the impending political meltdown of epic proportions. What begins as an unexpected comeback from a disgraced ex-congressman takes a sharp turn once Weiner is forced to admit to new sexting allegations. As the media descends and rips apart his every move, Weiner tries desperately to forge ahead, but the increasing pressure and crippling 24-hour news coverage halts his political aspirations dead in their tracks.


Weiner deftly teeters the line between political farce and personal tragedy, exposing the ex-congressman’s hubris while highlighting the sheer ugliness of the media’s takedown of his family. With the city of New York as a loud and bustling backdrop, this documentary charges through an increasingly baffling political campaign with unflinching clarity, humor, and pathos.




Dark Night enigmatically unfolds over the course of a lazy summer day, as it traces the events leading up to a mass shooting in a suburban multiplex. Abandoning the narrative confines of the true crime genre, the story is told through fragmented moments from the lives of several characters, whose fates are tragically intertwined. As the sky grows darker, the placid surface of daily life becomes disturbed by a lurking and inevitable horror.


Tim Sutton, the writer/director of Memphis (2014 Sundance Film Festival), takes this ripped-from-the-headlines story of an all-too-common tragedy and immerses us in the emotional fabric of its young characters’ lives. Sutton deploys a keenly observant style and a recurring motif of guns to suggest the ever-present threat of violence in American life. With its lyrical images, evocative sound design, and mournful soundtrack, Dark Night is a quietly powerful elegy for the dead.


1967, the height of the cold war: the global race to put a man on the moon is afoot. Suspicions are brewing within the CIA that a Russian spy has infiltrated the inner-circle of NASA in an attempt to sabotage the Apollo Program. Two young agents from the CIA’s A/V department present a plan to expose the mole, and their supervisors reluctantly agree. They go undercover as filmmakers tasked with documenting the nation’s journey from the earth to the moon. To the chagrin of the powers that be, these crack agents uncover a conspiracy far more shocking than Soviet spies… The government is hiding a dark secret about Apollo, and the White House will stop at nothing to silence those who discover it.


Writer/director Matt Johnson’s debut film, The Dirties, premiered at Slamdance in 2013, where it won the top prize and garnered a cult following for its irreverent take on high school violence. We are thrilled to bring him back to Park City to unleash this throwback tale of government conspiracy.


Black Out

You arrive at a secret location at a precise time, prompted by a mysterious email. You must follow the instructions closely. Once inside, disturbing visions begin. Unspeakable acts befall you—often frightening, sometimes sensual, possibly painful—each stimulating your deepest fears. And when it’s over, you are changed, abandoned, and left wondering what is real and what was merely a game.


In a culture that has embraced immersive theatre and interactive entertainment, the rise of extreme haunts such as the popular horror experience called Blackout has become essential to an obsessive audience that hungers to test the very limits of the dark unknown. Rich Fox’s otherworldly narrative-driven documentary shrewdly seeks out the survivors of some of Blackout’s most intense simulations, revealing an underbelly of private rituals and personal paranoia. Obliterating the line between the real and the imagined, this hybrid experiment dares its victims to stare into the hidden pleasures of a waking nightmare, and then it stares right back.




Colleen and Colleen are BFFs AF. Manitoba is where they go to school together, do yoga together, play in a band together, and work together at a boring convenience store. Life is whatevs, but also on fleek. That’s kinda what being 15 and a half is all about. #RealTalk


So when two older guys invite the Colleens to a senior party, the girls are determined to go no matter what—even if that “what” is a terrible, secret evil that threatens to destroy everything decent and polite about Canada. Can Colleen and Colleen save the day and go viral? Will those senior boys prove squad-worthy? And what was that about a convenience store? I swear it sounded familiar …


Writer and director Kevin Smith returns to the Sundance Film Festival with an intoxicatingly silly pulp tale for the Instagram age. Powered by the irrepressible energy of its young stars—and some impressive work from a hilarious supporting cast that includes Johnny Depp, Tony Hale, and Natasha Lyonne—the story charges ahead into gleeful nonsense. Get ready to rock oot!





In 1988 Tehran, Shideh’s attempts to rejoin medical school after getting married and having daughter Dorsa are thwarted as a consequence of her politically active history. Her husband is sent off to serve in the Iran-Iraq War while Iraqi air raids draw perilously close to their own apartment. As she is left alone with Dorsa after neighbors and friends flee from a city in chaos, her daughter becomes increasingly ill and seemingly disturbed. Shideh initially dismisses Dorsa’s tantrums over a missing doll, but she reluctantly comes to suspect that they’ve been targeted by djinn—malevolent spirits that steal from those they seek to possess.


Babak Anvari’s ambitious feature debut blends period detail and social critique with a good old-fashioned horror story, crafting a film that is as smart as it is scary. Anchored by Narges Rashidi’s stellar performance, Under the Shadow presents Shideh’s experience as a strong, defiant woman—frustrated by a society that has consistently admonished her for her independence—as she single-handedly battles a multitude of dangers from both the physical and supernatural worlds in order to save herself and her child.



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‘MADtv’ Marks 20 Years With January Reunion Special On The CW


This is so completely random but I’m so excited. When I was in middle school I use to watch MadTV all the time and really miss it. Even though it was really absurd. I wonder if it does really well if the CW will bring it back?


Make sure to watch!

CreativeFuture- Fight for Creativity

Over this summer I interned for a non-profit called CreativeFuture. I had a fantastic time and learned a lot about the film industry. CreativeFuture is a creative advocacy group who promotes the value of creativity in today’s digital age. If you have any interest in working in a creative industry you should watch this video.

CreativeFuture showed me first-hand how piracy affects our industry, and how everyone has to do their part in standing up for creativity and addressing the digital theft of content.

Anyone who supports the arts needs to understand the value of creative works. To learn more and fight for creative industries go to CreativeFuture.org


Apple TV Service Once Again Delayed, This Time Until 2016

Can’t wait for this to come out. IP TV is the future. I don’t have cable and I don’t know anyone who does. I believe Apple will make their service amazing. The biggest issue with TV is that it is inconvenient and annoying. I can’t wait to see what Apple comes up with.  (Report from DSLReports below)


2015’s already been a rather crowded launch year for Internet video offerings, whether we’re talking about Sling TV, Sony’s Playstation Vue, or Verizon’s upcoming LTE-focused live TV effort. One Internet TV service that may not be appearing in 2015 is a planned subscription TV offering from Apple, which appears to be bogged down in licensing disputes with broadcasters.

Of course these disputes are nothing new. We’ve noted how Apple has been banging its head against the broadcast and cable industry for years now. This latest impasse appears to be specifically focused around Apple’s desire to offer local broadcast channels to users.And, to nobody’s surprised, these slow negotiations have once again delayed the launch of an Apple TV service. But a new report suggests Apple’s video delivery infrastructure isn’t fully cooked, either:


The company wanted to introduce this year a live TV service delivered via the Internet, but is now aiming for 2016, said people familiar with Apple’s plans. Talks to license programming from TV networks such as those owned by CBS and 21st Century Fox are progressing slowly, some of the people said. Apple also doesn’t have the computer network capacity in place to ensure a good viewing experience, said some of the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private.

Broadcasters and cable operators have been very wary of giving Apple the kind of control the music industry had to relinquish in order to fight piracy. As such they’re effectively terrified of disruption, even though Apple’s end product may (with the exception of local live broadcast streams) not be all that different from existing and looming services by Verizon, Sling, and Sony. In the end an Apple TV deal will get done, but the final product will likely look nothing like Apple’s original intentions.

Tanner Films Receives 2015 Best of Burbank Award


BURBANK, Calif., Jul. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ —  Each year, the Burbank Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Burbank area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Burbank Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Burbank Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Tanner Films

Tanner Films has emerged as an exciting new production company that tackles difficult social issues such as bullying, peer pressure, and drunk driving. Tanner Films believes that all media should provide a positive message to benefit and further society. Tanner Films founder, Michael Tanner Cusumano, has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to communicate rich and complex tales through the medium of film. The 21-year-old director and producer began his filmmaking career when he was only 12 years old and his films have won numerous accolades at film festivals around the world, including the prestigious Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Phoenix Film Festival, and Beverly Hills Film Festival. Thus far in his career Cusumano has won 21 film festival awards for his work.

About Burbank Award Program

The Burbank Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Burbank area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.The Burbank Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

CONTACT:Burbank Award Program

Email: PublicRelations@awardcontact.org

URL: http://www.awardcontact.org

Tanner Films

Email: admin@tannerfilms.com

URL: http://www.tannerfilms.com

Phone: 1-310-893-1895

NYFA Full Interview

Last year I was interviewed by The New York Film Academy about my career and experience with their programs. I have included the link below.