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Michael Tanner Cusumano to begin production on Feature Film in 2014!

7 Dec

I am pleased to announced that I will be working on a new feature film with my production company Tanner Films. There will be more details coming soon, but I can say that it will be a feature documentary which will be released Late Summer of 2014. I will be able to make a full announcement about the film in February 2014. Get excited!

-Michael Tanner Cusumano

About Michael Tanner Cusumano:

Michael Tanner Cusumano born in Burbank, California. Is a 19 year old award winning film maker. He began making films since he was 12 years old and then started attending the New York Film Academy and USC SCA summer programs. Cusumano’s first film, entitled Missing, was followed by the mystery-thriller Sage, which received Best Film Noir at the Burbank International Film Festival. In addition to his efforts at the NYFA, 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.





Making Entrepreneurship Attractive To Youngsters

6 Jan

At a time when most kids their age were playing video games or worrying about prom nights, Michael Tanner started his own company. The 18-year-old senior from Sierra Canyon High School owns Tanner Films, a film production company. Using the Tanner Films banner, he has already made three films (which have won several awards) and is in the process of directing another.

Given the spiraling rates of unemployment recently, one would think more youngsters like Tanner would be interested in entrepreneurship. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

According to a recent study by the Kauffmann Foundation, the share of employed people who have their own businesses is lowest amongst people of Tanner’s age group (16 to 19). In addition, only 0.3 percent of recent college graduates own businesses. This is especially surprising considering that student debt has risen beyond $1 trillion. Several reasons, from lack of interest in entrepreneurship to unavailability of finances, have been put forward as causes. Out of these, only the latter reason holds true. After all, it is much easier to get loans, if one is older and has built a network of funding sources and credit scores.

As such, it is important that policy changes to encourage entrepreneurship should focus on making startup capital available to them to pursue their passions.


27 Aug

Watch the trailer of our new film “IMPETUOUS”!

‘IMPETUOUS’ tells the compelling story about a boy named Alexander, a socially awkward teenager and his impractical crush on a popular teenage girl. The film takes on the issue of teenage bullying in high schools social acceptance and cliques. Alexander, who is constantly picked on, is hopelessly infatuated with Brittany. Brittany and her popular clique are amused by Alexander’s infatuation, and so Brittany asks Alexander out on a date as a joke. Surprisingly, as Brittany gets to know Alexander, she begins to like him. Unfortunately, she is unable to reverse the cruel joke that is planned for him.

The Bullying Epidemic

24 Nov

Bullying is a growing epidemic that has become the topic of many news stories and initiatives. With advances in technology, bullying has become more prevalent and pervasive among young people participating in social networking. Michael Tanner Cusumano’s film, Impetuous, released by Tanner Films, takes an honest look at bullying trends and the devastating outcomes of social dysfunction among teenagers.

Bullying can have a lasting impact on its victims. Mental anguish and depression are among the symptoms victims face, sometimes leading to suicide. Often, teenagers are afraid to seek help when dealing with a bully for fear of backlash or embarrassment. However, doing nothing can cause the situation to spiral out of control and become physical or deadly.

There are multiple ways teenagers can address bullying, whether they are the victim or observer.


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Many bullies are aggressive towards others because they lack self-esteem. If you are being bullied, tell the bully to stop or back off. Direct communication is the first line of defense against bad behavior.

Remove yourself from the situation.
If at all possible, walk away from the bully. Sit at another table, leave the premises, or go to another room.

Talk to someone trustworthy.
Find an adult with whom you feel comfortable and share what happened. Report your history with the bully and explain what has occurred. If you feel that the bully may do physical harm to you, be sure to clearly share how you feel and why.

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Find a healthy outlet for your emotions.
If you find yourself depressed or overwhelmed with the situation, find a healthy way to release those emotions. Hang out with positive friends and spend time doing things you love.

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29 Jul

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