Michael Huens was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, getting an early interest in filmmaking by shooting still pictures and short films. He worked in any production capacity, from runner to production assistant in order to get his foot in the door and gain experience, while attending the University of Texas as a Film Major. Michael migrated to Los Angeles after college to work in the entertainment industry. From 1989-1992, he was on staff at Creative Alliance, a commercial production company, producing commercials and CGI projects for numerous Fortune 500 clients throughout North America and Europe. In 1993, he was named Director of Development for Grand Central Entertainment, overseeing their slate of films.
Since that time, he has worked as a Producer on films such as The Price, Brotherly Love, Model Minority, a drama which starred Jessica Tuck, Chris Tashima, Helen Slater and Laura Innes and which shows the challenges faced by young Asian Americans in Los Angeles, Tim Ramos' film California Indian which concerns Indian Casinos and the politics around them which premiered at the LA Skins Fest. He also worked with Chris Eyre on his A Thousand Roads, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and screens exclusively at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. The film showed the dazzling, life-affirming stories of Indian cultures around the world. Michael also helped make Sonya Gay Bourn's Sweet Union, which screened at the River Run, Bend, Reel Women Int'l and Valley Film Festivals and, is a comedy about a strong family of women overcoming challenges in the South. He also worked on Jane Clark's Carrie's Choice which screened at the Northhampton, D.C. Independent and Bare Bones Film Festivals and, which chronicles a young woman's struggle to make a challenging decision that women face.
Michael also helped produce Eriq La Salle's Crazy as Hell, which was the Opening Night Attraction at the Pan African Film Festival and screened at over 13 Worldwide Film Festivals before being released through Artistic License theatrically and Blockbuster/DEJ in other media. The film was a psychological thriller which La Salle directed and starred in. He also worked with the Polish Brothers, Michael and Mark, on their film, Jackpot, the groundbreaking 24P High-Definition Video Feature that won the prestigious Independent Spirit Award for Best Picture and also, the Seattle Film Festival Award for Best Picture and was released by Sony Classics theatrically. The film concerns two failed Americans journeying across the country to win Karaoke contests and starred Jon Gries and Garrett Morris. Michael also produced Not Again!, which starred Bill Brochtrup of N.Y.P.D. Blue fame and Susie Cusack the youngest of that famous acting family. The film was featured at the Wine Country Film Festival. Other films Michael has done include Chronos, a sci-fi adventure involving time-travel. He has also produced theatrical trailers for films such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey and, Fire in the Sky, which starred James Garner.
Michael's television work includes producing a season each of Showtime's Compromising Situations and USA Network's Teenage Alien Fighters as well as the MOW of Discovery Channel's Motorcycle Mania III. He has worked on over 250 commercials (among them 20 Clio and 3 Telly winners), working on five continents. His commercial stints include being on staff at Creative Alliance, Boyington Productions and Brainstorm Creative and, working with other companies such as RSA, 40 Acres and a Mule, Frontline, Rosetti and Dentsu Prox among others. The directors Michael has worked with include Spike Lee, Kinka Usher, Paul Boyington, Kirsten Cavendish, Marcus Nispel, Dale Fey, Kevin Dole, Dean Cundey, Marty Callner, John Mark Robinson and Dominick Rossetti. The client list for commercials and other media includes Ford, Microsoft, Southwestern Bell, Target, Sprite, K-Mart, Taco Bell, Epson, Johnson & Johnson, Universal Pictures, McDonald's, Toyota, Coor's Beer, Ricoh, Paramount Pictures, Minolta, MTV, World Wildlife Fund, 9/11 Fund, LA Regional Food Bank, Intel and many others. He has also been a featured speaker for Panel Events concerning Independent Filmmaking at Film Independent in Los Angeles, The Univ. of Oklahoma and Loyola Marymount. He has been written up in Post Magazine for his knowledge of Post. He has also served as a juror at the Woods Hole Film Festival. Michael lives in Los Angeles.