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A multi-hyphenate in the truest sense of the term; MIKE BINDER (Writer,
Director) is an award winning and renowned actor, writer, director and producer.
A native of Detroit, Binder attended Camp Tamakwa as a child, which inspired his
1993 film Indian Summer, which he wrote and directed.
Previously, Binder served as the series creator, star, writer, producer, and one
of many directors of the 20 episode HBO original series, "The Mind of the
Married Man." Set in a Chicago newspaper, the show takes an honest look at love,
life and sex in a modern marriage from the husband's point of view.
Having begun his career as a writer and stand-up comedian, Binder worked with
Robin Williams, Richard Pryor and Jim Carrey. His first screenplay, Coupe de
Ville caught the attention of Joe Roth who helmed the film for Universal, which
soon led to another feature, Crossing the Bridge, which marked Binder's
Additionally, Binder wrote, directed and starred in Reign Over Me, with Adam
Sandler and Jada Pinkett Smith; Mad About Town with Ben Affleck and Rebecca
Romijn; The Upside of Anger with Kevin Costner, Joan Allen and Keri Russell; the
indie feature The Search for John Gissing with Alan Rickman and Janeane Garofalo,
which won the Critic's Choice Award at the 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 Actor nods
from the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.
As an actor, Binder was featured in Steven Spielberg's Minority Report with Tom
Cruise, and Rod Lurie's The Contender with Joan Allen, Gary Oldman, and Jeff
Bridges. Recently, Binder appeared in Rebecca Miller's The Private Lives of
Pippa Lee with Robin Wright Penn, Alan Arkin, and Julianne Moore.
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