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THE UPSIDE OF ANGER

MIKE BINDER began his career as a stand-up comedian in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan. This path eventually led to his own HBO "One Night Stand” special, HBO's "Detroit Comedy Jam” and "The Eleventh Anniversary of the Comedy Store” special with Robin Williams, Richard Pryor and Jim Carrey.

His years of stand-up also yielded a secondary benefit: developing a point of view as a writer. His first screenplay Coupe De Ville caught the attention of director Joe Roth, who helmed the film for Universal, which soon led to another feature, Crossing the Bridge, that marked Binder's directorial debut. From there, he wrote and directed the poignant Indian Summer, for Touchstone Pictures.

With HBO's critically acclaimed series, "The Mind of the Married Man”, Binder created a true water cooler show that pushed buttons, provoked thought, and, most important, made people laugh. 

Binder wrote, directed and starred in the feature The Search for John Gissing with Alan Rickman and Janeane Garofalo that won the Critics Award at the 2002 Sarasota Film Festival. He also wrote, directed and starred in both Londinium, with Stephen Fry and Colin Firth, and The Sex Monster, for which Binder received both the Best Film and Best Actor nods from the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. In addition, Binder co-starred in the The Contender with Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges and Gary Oldman, and Steven Spielberg's futuristic thriller, Minority Report, opposite Tom Cruise. 

His next project is Man About Town starring Ben Affleck, a dramatic comedy set in the chaotic world of Hollywood super-agents.

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