Michael Mailer has been working extensively in the independent film business since graduating from Harvard University in 1987. He co-wrote and produced his first feature film, A Fool And His Money, starring Sandra Bullock and George Plimpton, in 1988. Since then, Mailer has produced over 25 features. His films include the critically acclaimed Two Girls and a Guy, starring Robert Downey Jr., Heather Graham, and Natasha Gregson Wagner (20th Century Fox, 1998); Black and White, starring Ben Stiller, Brooke Shields, Elijah Wood, and Mike Tyson (Sony Pictures, 1999); and Empire, starring John Leguizamo, Denise Richards, and Peter Sarsgaard (Universal Pictures, 2002). Mailer also found success in films like Lost Junction with Neve Campbell (MGM, 2000); The Last Producer with Burt Reynolds, Lauren Holly, and Benjamin Bratt (Artisan, 2002); and Harvard Man, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Joey Lauren Adams, and Adrien Grenier (Blockbuster, 2002). In 2003, Mailer produced Devour, starring Hollywood up-and-comers Jensen Ackles, Shannon Sossamon, and Dominique Swain (Columbia Tri-Star, 2004); and Loverboy with all-star cast Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei, Oliver Platt, Sandra Bullock, Campbell Scott, and Matt Dillon (Millennium, 2004). The film made its debut at Sundance 2005 and was later released theatrically by Think Films.
Michael Mailer Films was established in 2004 to focus on both independent, character-driven films and larger, concept-oriented pictures. Among MMF's productions are the romantic comedies Kettle of Fish, starring Matthew Modine and Gina Gershon; and The Golden Boys, starring David Carradine, Rip Torn, and Bruce Dern. Additionally, Mailer produced two films under his own banner that were released through Sony: The mixed martial arts-urban western Blood and Bone and a remake of Hitchcock's The Lodger. Mailer's The Ledge, starring Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, Terrence Howard, and Charlie Hunnam, debuted in U.S. Main competition at Sundance 2011 and was released by IFC. Mailer productions in recent years include: The James Toback feature, Seduced and Abandoned, starring Alec Baldwin, which screened out of competition at the 2013 Festival de Cannes; A Little Game, starring Olympia Dukakis, F. Murray Abraham, and Janeane Garofalo; Friends and Romans, starring Michael Rispoli, Annabella Sciorra, and Tony Sirico; Lost in Florence with Brett Dalton and Stana Katic; and Showing Roots, starring Maggie Grace, Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth McGovern, and Adam Brody.
Mailer's latest film is also his directorial debut: Blind, starring Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore, and Dylan McDermott.