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:: Spotlight :: Michael Teh continues to loom large in indie film circles

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Los Angeles-based Australian actor Michael Teh is making his mark in the United States, especially with his role in the disaster film Air Collision, which has just been released on DVD.

Air Collision tells of when a passenger jet and the President’s Air Force One become locked on a collision course above the Midwest after a solar storm wipes out the air traffic control system. As Captain Roscoe Simms, Michael is thrust into a heroic situation as he pilots one of the doomed planes. The ensemble cast of this soaring thriller also includes Reginald VelJohnson (“Die Hard,” CW’s “Hart of Dixie”) and Jordan Ladd (“Death Proof,” “Hostel: Part 2”), and comes from award-winning director Liz Adams in her debut feature for The Asylum production company.

Michael was recently celebrated by the 2012 Indie Intertube Awards earning a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama and winning/sharing the award for Best Ensemble Cast in a Drama for his role in the multi-award winning web series Breaking Point. In the series, Michael portrays Dennis Edwards, a loving husband, but ruthless record company exec, in this show about a group of friends dealing with their dreams, triumphs, and heartaches, as they struggle to maintain their relationships, livelihoods, and sanity. The second season is scheduled to launch online April 1, 2012.

Up next, Michael will be appearing as the ‘bad guy’ and lead kidnapper in the indie thriller The Daughter; opposite Lance Henriksen (“Aliens,” “The Terminator”) in the sci-fi action feature Gemini Rising; and in the upcoming film Syrup, based on Max Barry’s novel from veteran producer Barry Osborne (“The Lord of the Rings”).

Previously, Michael garnered attention for his portrayal of Jude Black, the antagonist in the martial arts film White Wall. In addition, he played the rock star Peter Whelan in the film Groupie, with Academy Award Nominee Eric Roberts, and the heroic Queequeg in 2010: Moby Dick, a modern adaptation of the classic tale also from The Asylum.

The move from Australia to Los Angeles has seen Michael's stature grow in the independent film scene, having shot over 35 films. With an ethnically ambiguous look and a natural ear for accents (having lived in the U.S., England, and Australia), Michael has played Caucasian, Asian, Latino, Australian, Mediterranean, and Native American characters.

For further information about Michael Teh check out his website and his Facebook page