About boojazz

At the age of fifteen, Michael began his professional career by drawing children’s menus for a chain of restaurants in the Southwest. His experience in graphics, marketing, illustration and video production fill an essential need in advertising agencies, printing companies, and design firms. In the early 2010's Michael blogged for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today on the topic of Digital Reinvention. Some of the clients Michael has worked with include: Microsoft, US – Japan Business Council, RAINN (co-founded by Tori Amos and Sarah McLaughlin), Chicagoland Speedway, Richard Shay Photography, The British Embassy in the United States, Ben Hollis Worldwide, Aphex, & PepsiCo. His previous television work has gained the interest of major studios such as Dreamworks SKG.

Convenience Story Q&A with March Schilling

By |2023-04-20T02:14:58+00:00March 30th, 2023|Boojazz, Film, Video|

Here is a post-film Q&A with Mark Schilling, moderated by Chicago-based writer Michael Foster. Special thanks to Sophia Wong Boccio. Mark Schilling (born 1949)[1] is an American film critic, journalist, translator, and author based in Tokyo, Japan. He has written for The Japan Times, Variety, and Screen International. About the Movie [...]

Convenience Story Q&A on March 19th

By |2023-03-07T15:52:41+00:00March 7th, 2023|Boojazz, Film, Highlighted|

Coming up on March 19th, I'll be moderating a Q&A session with the renowned film critic Mark Schilling about the film based on his excellent short story. This is part of the Japanese Showcase Weekend for Sophia Wong Boccio's always impressive Asian Pop-Up Cinema event, this time at the AMC in Evanston. Come on [...]

Romancing Osaka 2: From the Japan Expert Insights Podcast

By |2023-03-07T15:35:26+00:00March 7th, 2023|Boojazz, Film, Video|

Doc Kane and I were invited to speak at “Japan Expert Insights” by the renowned Maya Matsuoka and Tim Sullivan about the romantic comedy I wrote set in Osaka back in December. You can listen to the broadcast in its entirety here!And as always, thanks for the support.ドク・ケインと私は、著名な松岡茉優さんとティム・サリバンさんの「ジャパン・エキスパート・インサイト」に招かれ、12月に私が書いた大阪を舞台にしたラブコメについて話しました。この放送はここで全部聞くことができますよ。そして、いつもながら、応援ありがとうございます。

Romancing Osaka: From the Japan Expert Insights Podcast

By |2023-03-07T15:35:17+00:00November 28th, 2022|Boojazz, Film, Video|

I was invited to speak at "Japan Expert Insights" by the renowned Maya Matsuoka and Tim Sullivan about a romantic comedy I wrote set in the city of Osaka, a film I'm currently working on with the fabulous Doc Kane. Honestly, I don't know if I'm an expert or not, but maybe I can [...]

Japanese Showcase at 2022’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema

By |2022-10-28T22:52:15+00:00September 19th, 2022|Boojazz, Film, Highlighted|

This weekend, there were four outstanding films presented for the Japanese Showcase at 2022's Asian Pop-Up Cinema, Season 15. It was a marvelous time, and there are many more films from South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and many other locations showing in the coming weeks. Highly recommended. Special shout out to Sophia Wong Boccio [...]

Four Shorts About Dogs… and 1920s Chicago

By |2022-10-28T22:52:25+00:00May 2nd, 2022|Film, Highlighted, Video|

A series of two-minute films about a good cop and his two dogs planning to take down Johnny the Matchstick Man in 1920s Chicago. This is what happens when his wife leaves to dog sit for a week and he's left to his own devices... Done as a fun little side project, these little [...]

The Future of Cinema: An Event for Blink Community Tokyo

By |2023-03-07T15:52:52+00:00September 9th, 2021|Film|

Here's a Quick Overview The Rundown: 1) Digital technology makes it virtually impossible to compete by simply limiting access to content. That means the only way to be competitive in today’s marketplace is to have the most high-quality content available that people are willing to pay for. [...]

For Sale: Michael’s Digital Illustration Postcards (Set of 12)

By |2022-10-28T20:54:21+00:00July 21st, 2021|Art|

We have the first edition of Digital Illustration 4.72" x 4.72" postcards now for sale. 18-19pt paper thickness 4.72" x 4.72" in size matte finish They come in sets of 12 for $25 (plus $5 for shipping). There are only 25 more sets still available for this first round. Be sure to purchase soon! [...]

From Chicago to Osaka [シカゴから大阪へ]: The Motion Picture

By |2024-01-24T21:18:47+00:00June 28th, 2021|Boojazz, Film, Highlighted|

In the spirit of award-winning indie romantic comedy/dramas from the early 2000's, From Chicago to Osaka is a screenplay written for the modern era. With fast-paced ping pong comedic dialogue in both English and Japanese, From Chicago to Osaka is the quintessential date movie for adults looking for something smart, sophisticated, and highly entertaining. [...]

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