After studying at The American Film Institute, Michael Cain began learning the craft of low budget filmmaking and eventually worked his way up to Producer and Executive Producer of over 20 feature length films for cable. He has produced commercials and music videos working with the talents of director David Dobkin, Christopher Taylor and Wally Pfister. He also was instrumental with the launch of the Santa Monica Film Festival.
In 1997, while in Los Angeles, Cain's life course changed abruptly when he learned of his father's terminal bout with pancreatic cancer. Cain dropped everything to return home to Dallas staying by his father's side. When he came to the conclusion that he would be in Dallas for a while, Cain explored the local film industry offerings. Cain decided to combine his love of film and the growing needs he experienced with his father's cancer into the Deep Ellum Film Festival. DE/F2 was born in November 1999, to raise money and awareness for those suffering with cancer. The week-long festival, which benefits the Cancer Relief Fund, has grown exponentially, drawing crowds of 20,000 to various movie premieres, film competitions, educational panels, award ceremonies and parties.
Ever the entrepreneur, Cain has also started a variety of ventures, which also combines film with cancer awareness. These ventures include: Deep Ellum Pictures, a production company for local filmmakers; the Cancer Relief Fund, thus far raising $44,000 for 63 individuals suffering from cancer; DEFMAN (Deep Ellum Film, Music, Art and Noise), which produces fundraising events for the Cancer Relief Fund; and most recently, the Santa Monica Drive-In at the Pier, Pasadena Cinema in the Park and the Lone Star Drive-In in Dallas. He has been President of the Deep Ellum Association, a board member of the Deep Ellum Foundation, DEFMAN and the Cancer Relief Fund.
Cain currently divides his time between Dallas and Santa Monica. He is currently in development on an Educational Program using the resources of TV Junkie called Faces of Addiction, working with the New York Times and the team who created the Supersize Me Educationally Enhanced DVD, Comchoice and McRel. He is also in development on a feature dramatic film Starck set in 1986 Dallas, based on a true story of the number one Ecstacy dealer in the world, in the final days of the drug being legal. He has also optioned the rights to develop Come Back Africa about filmmaker Lionel Rogosin's diary of the filming of the first anti-apartheid film, shot secretly in South Africa in 1957. He is also in talks about the creation of a new film festival in Dallas for 2007, aligned with a national film organization.