Michael Fitzgerald

Michael Fitzgerald Year of participation at FICM as member of the jury: 2006 Sección de Documental Mexicano Producer

Producer Michael Fitzgerald was born in New York City, raised in Italy and educated in Ireland. After graduating from Harvard University he began his film career as a screenwriter in Rome. In 1979, he produced and co-wrote John Huston’s celebrated film adaptation of Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood. His second film with Huston, Under the Volcano, was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Actor, Albert Finney; Best Music, Alex North). He then produced The Penitent, starring Raul Julia, Mister Johnson with Academy Award winning director Bruce Beresford, and Blue Danube Waltz with the world renowned Hungarian director Miklós Jancsó. A producing partnership with actor/director Sean Penn culminated in their critically acclaimed production of The Pledge, starring Jack Nicholson. In 2005 he completed both Colour Me Kubrick, starring John Malkovich, about a con-man who impersonates director Stanley Kubrick, and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada received the Acting Award for Tommy Lee Jones and the Screenplay Award for Guillermo Arriaga at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.