Michael Reich used to be a dog groomer and currently lives in East Hollywood. He has directed music videos for My Chemical Romance, The Shins, Bad Religion and Ryan Adams. A decade ago (while he was still working with dogs), he started documenting the Los Angeles underground punk scene with an experimental video-based website called Videothing.com. He also made a bunch of short films that played at many film festivals including SXSW, Tribeca and Fantasia. Michael’s first feature film, She’s Allergic To Cats, an autobiographical account of his life as a dog groomer with artistic ambitions, is now available on VOD. This movie was funded solely with savings accumulated from working as a body double for one of the Daft Punk robots (he’s the gold one). He has been a robot since 2005 when he starred in their feature film Electroma which premiered at Cannes. Michael has been in blockbuster movies, hit music videos and graced magazine covers as Daft Punk. But he is always wearing a helmet and pretending to be a robot, so that’s probably why you don’t recognize him. Spectacle is hosting online screening of She’s Allergic To Cats on April 30; for all the relevant details, click here.
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