If anyboy knows how to smile at the absurdities of our world it's Michael Molina Minard. Raised Buddhist by a gay Hispanic mother Michael is a second-generation filmmaker who worked at HBO and Levinson/Fontana while completing his Screenwriting MFA at Columbia University. He discovered his love for writing at Second City and placed in the 2016 Nicholl Fellowship with his coming age dark comedy Centipede Force. His sports drama Standing8 that he wrote and directed was a 2015 contender for the Oscar Shorts. Michael is the recipient of the Authur P. Sloan Award, Urbanworld Grand Jury Prize, Panavision Limelight Award, DGA Student Outstanding Directorial Award and was nominated for the 2017 Humanitas Award and multiple Sundance Screenwriter's Labs. A former Golden Gloves boxer, Minard loves a good political fight, a slamming dish of ceviche, and holds the honor as the first person to breakdance for president Obama shortly after his inaugration.