The Dying Western
Michael Kortlander (Director)
Colin Studebaker (producer)
Raised by a family of artists, Michael loves the power of a well told story. He has directed several short films and worked in Los Angeles as a script reader during the past two summers. Michael has also written several published short stories and over one hundred songs. He is a senior in the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University (not Ohio State).
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Colin has been interested in photography and video since middle school. After graduation, he was able to explore this interest by becoming the official photographer of the Tour de Grandview bike race for two years in a row. The following summer he was able to further explore the field by being a production intern on both the National Geographic documentary Inside the Vietnam War and The Weather Channelâ€™s new series When Weather Changed History.
The Dying Western: Howard obsessively pursues his dreams of being the next John Wayne, but has only been successful at playing dying extras in western movies. Set in 1960’s Hollywood, Howard’s steadfast commitment to his work gets in the way of his relationships at home as he practices for his roles by faking his death on a near-nightly basis.