College student and film director Michael Tanner Cusumano (whom goes by Tanner) has distinguished himself as a highly talented filmmaker and producer, as evidenced by his award-winning short films “Sage” and “Amanda.” The 21-year-old student from Los Angeles first enrolled in a summer filmmaking course at the New York Film Academy 6 years ago, and he now runs his own film production company, Tanner Films. Michael Tanner Cusumano’s work explores topics that affect adolescents; drinking and driving, bullying, and peer pressure are a few of the subjects that he has chosen to address. His work has resulted in hard-hitting dramas that are both thoughtful and provocative.
Michael Tanner Cusumano’s most recently completed film, “Amanda,” vividly depicts characters caught up in situations that resonate with modern-day audiences. Overcome by shame and guilt in the aftermath of a drunk-driving accident that killed her two friends, Amanda finds her world of privilege crashing down around her. Cusumano’s film showed at numerous film festivals across the country, including Burbank Film Festival, the Las Vegas Film Festival, and Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. At the Mountain Film Festival in Colorado, judges selected “Amanda” as Best Crime Film, and the International Family Film Festival named it Best Drama.
His last three films, Amanda, Sage, and Impetuous, were accepted to numerous film festivals, including the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the Phoenix Film Festival. In addition to his efforts at the NYFA and USC, Michael Tanner Cusumano studied film at his high school, Sierra Canyon School, and served as Festival Director of the schools annual film festival. Michael Tanner Cusumano is now attending Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University. To learn more about Michael Tanner Cusumano and Tanner Films, please visit his website at TannerCusumano.com.