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DAILY NEWS: Michael Stremel, Former Fox Searchlight VP, Dies At 34

DAILY NEWS: Michael Stremel, Former Fox Searchlight VP, Dies At 34

DAILY NEWS: Michael Stremel, Former Fox Searchlight VP, Dies At 34

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

(indieWIRE/ 01.04.01) — Michael Stremel, Fox Searchlight‘s former
Vice President for East Coast Production, died Monday, January 1st
at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York. He was 34.

At Fox Searchlight, Stremel is credited as the executive behind such
projects as the Academy Award-winning “Boys Don’t Cry” (directed by
Kimberly Peirce), Marc Levin and Danny Hoch‘s hip-hop satire, “Whiteboys” and the comedy hit, “Slums of Beverly Hills” (directed by Tamara Jenkins). Stremel began his career at Searchlight after he was asked to join the company by its president, Lindsay Law. He had worked with as head of
production for PBS‘s American Playhouse. At Searchlight, Stremel is
credited with both creating and overseeing the company’s presence in
New York for four years where he helped developp many scripts
including Harold Pinter‘s adaptation of Isak Dineson‘s “The Dreaming
,” Peter Hedges‘ adaptation of the Harry Kondoleon novel “Diary of a Lost Boy,” Darnell Martin‘s “Save Me,” and Dan Minahan‘s “Simply Halston.”

Stremel began his career as an Associate Producer of documentary films
for director Mickey Lemle working on projects including “The Other Side
of the Moon, Our Planet Earth
” and “Compassionate Exile: The Story of the
14th Dalai Lama
” which received to Emmy nominations. Later, while at PBS’s
American Playhouse, Stremel supervised television adaptations in addition
to production on feature films such as “Angels and Insects” (directed by
Philip Haas) and “I Shot Andy Warhol” (directed by Mary Harron).

Among his varied interests, Michael Stremel sat on the board of the
Vineyard Theatre and served on the Artistic Advisory Committee of the
Cherry Lane Alternative and the Civita Festival in Italy. He is survived
by his parents Michael Sr. and Christine as well as his brothers Mark and Tony, sister-in-law Suzanne, and niece Sophia, in addition to his many

A small service is pending during the Sundance Film Festival. Donations
may be directed to Friends In Deed, 594 Broadway New York, NY 10012
“In Memory of Michael Stremel.” For more information on the organization,
please visit their website at www.friendsindeed.org. [Brian Brooks]

[EDITORS NOTE: The indieWIRE staff offers its condolences to the family
and friends of Michael Stremel, a well-known member of New York’s film

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