Michael Jacob is a graduate of the Romanian Theatrical and
Cinematographic Arts Institute and L'Institut des Hautes Etudes
Cinematographiques, Paris, France.
As a student, he published poetry in the Romanian almanac of young
writers. At 27, he directed the movie Darclee (a biography of a famous opera singer), which represented Romania at the Cannes Film Festival. Released in many countries, dubbed in French, Italian and Russian, the movie received international acclaim. His career as a film director and screenplay writer encompasses 11 feature films.
Michael Jacob received the Grand Prix at Monte Carlo and a special award from MIFED (Milan) for Tom Sawyer, a French-German-Romanian co-production. Other awards include the International Film festival at Karlovy Vary, Mamia and Krakow. For a period of 9 years he was a professor of film directing at the Romanian Film Institute. He co-authored a novel-screenplay Aurel Vlaicu, a biography of one of the greatest aviation pioneers.
Invited to the United States with a grant from the state department, he defected and established himself in Hollywood. He worked as an associate producer for the movie The Secret of Ice Cave, shot in Chile and produced by Gala and Cannon Films.
In 1996, he published the novel American Passport (Universalia Publishing Company), which received very good reviews and remarkable commercial success. His latest novel, Kiddy J. (Jennifer) was first published in Romania.