ABOUT - Long Version

1970 - 1975

  • a) Daniel Maurer (aka Mike Boss) is born in Toronto, Canada, in 1970.

  • b) Daniel is the second child. His brother, Stefan is 1 1/2 years older.

  • c) Shortly after Daniel was born, his Swiss parents move back to Switzerland.

  • d) The family settles down on a farm in the Canton Baselland near Basel.

  • e) Daniel lives at this secluded farm for the next 10 years. It's a great place for kids to grow up.

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1975 - 1980

  • a) At the age of six Daniel attends Kindergarten in Lausen. It's a long way down to the village.

  • b) After one year of Kindergarten, Daniel attends Junior High school for the next five years.

  • c) Daniel is a good student with good grades and an exceptional talent for sports.

  • d) Daniel's father encourages him and his brother to start doing gymnastics. Daniel soon excels and starts winning competitions.

  • e) Daniel enjoys a happy childhood and spends most of his time outside the farm with his brother and his two cousins.

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1980 - 1985

  • a) At the age of eleven, Daniel's parents divorce. He and his brother move down to the village with their mother and visit their father every other weekend on the farm.

  • b) Daniel (#65) switches from gymnastics to track & field and soon becomes a multiple medal winner.

  • c) Daniel's father is devastated by the divorce and a few years later emigrates to northern California.

  • d) After finishing Junior High school, Daniel starts four more years of secondary school in Liestal.

  • e) After watching his first Arnold Schwarzenegger movie 'Commando', Daniel is inspired and starts weight training.

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1985 - 1990

  • a) In spite of declining grades, Daniel successfully finishes 9 years of school and graduates in 1986.

  • b) Daniel and his brother are excited to visit their father in America, Santa Cruz. Daniel falls in loves with the openness, the friendliness and the optimistic attitude of the Americans.

  • c) Completely unsure about his future career path, Daniel is persuaded to start a 4-year apprenticeship to become a certified Civil Engineer Designer. He successfully receives his diploma in 1990.

  • d) Daniel completes the 17-week mandatory Swiss military service and afterwards returns back to his office job.

  • e) Daniel's pessimistic work environment gets worse every day. By now, he absolutely hates it, but his contract locks him in for another two years. Daniel realizes that most of his friends feel similar; they hate their workweek and are only happy when they can get drunk over the weekend in order to forget that they have to go back to work on Monday. Daniel becomes depressed... even starts questioning what life is all about.

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1990 - 1995

  • a) In a desperate attempt to raise money to buy himself free from his working contract, Daniel gets involved in burglary and a few months later ends up in jail for a 4-day interrogation. After doing a lot of thinking in jail, Daniel makes an important decision; He wants to become a better man and therefore decides to admit every single offense (over a dozen) even though the police could only prove one single burglary. Daniel is sentenced to a hefty fine and two years probation. - Daniel corrects his wrongdoings by starting to pay back the victimized companies (about $20,000). - From now on Daniel makes a conscious effort to distance himself from all negativity and starts pursuing happiness. He soon realizes that pursuing happiness is not a widespread or supported concept in Switzerland. - In general, Swiss are concerned about money and vacation time only, they love to concentrate on the negative and always choose security over happiness.

  • b) For the next two years, Daniel goes back to work and keeps his head low, while paying off his debts - Finally, two years later, Daniel's work contract expires, he tells his boss off and turns in his two months notice the very same day. - Two months later, Daniel is finally FREE and takes on a night-shift job at the local newspaper factory. - His happiness level rises. - Three months later the job ends and Daniel becomes unemployed. - He enjoys the freedom and collects unemployed money. - During that time, Daniel brainstorms to find a way to make money in a different and more fun way. - Since Daniel has been working out six days a week for several years, he has developed an amazing physique. He considers modeling.

  • c) A bit insecure, but motivated, Daniel submits pictures of himself to a newspaper modeling ad. - A few days later, Daniel gets a call. He's excited, travels to Zurich for the interview and soon thereafter becomes one of the most photographed body models in Switzerland using his new name MIKE.

  • d) Two years and many pictures later, Mike has developed into a pro with a liking for posing and performing. - At one of the photo shoots, Mike runs into another model, Clemens. The two decide to partner up and to create a men strip show for women - ABDOMINIS is born. - The group performs at nightclubs, private parties, weddings, birthday parties and other special events. - Mike has a blast and his happiness level rises again.

  • e) What?? - Mike receives an amazing phone call from his photographer! Pop star Madonna has apparently seen Mike in a magazine and wants him to be in her next movie... Wow! - New York calls and Mike hands over the phone to his mom who speaks English. The people are very nice, ask a lot of questions about Mike and wanna see more pictures etc. - After a few months of back and forth, plans change. Madonna goes on world tour and the movie project is postponed... and ultimately never happens. - But Mike is not disappointed at all, because he knows that he wouldn't have been ready for something like that anyway, BUT Mike's inner dream is now unlocked: He wants to become an actor in Hollywood.

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1995 - 2000

  • a) It’s not an easy decision, but Mike sells everything he owns and says good-bye to all his friends and family. With a new name, MIKE BOSS, two suitcases, seven thousand dollars and a dream, Mike is off to America. - (See the documentary film The Dreamers) - Mike’s first stop is in Scotts Valley where his remarried father lives.  Because Mike’s stepmother is American, and Mike wasn’t 16 years of age yet when they got married, he qualifies to apply for a green card.  Mike prepares the endless paperwork and starts to learn English.  Three months later, and after standing in line at the immigration, several times for over 15 hours, all is done and Mike finally leaves - 5 hours later Mike arrives in Hollywood. – YAY!! - Mike is excited and happier than ever, but he's aware that he has to start all the way from the bottom; Mike needs to find an apartment, he needs to get a mattress, a refrigerator, a phone, a bank account, a job, and he needs to learn about the entertainment business.

  • b) By now, Mike has been in Hollywood for two years.  He works for a Swiss bakery, studies acting in North Hollywood (which was a life-changing experience) and works as a background actor in movies and TV shows (he earns $32.00 for 8 hours) – A few months later, Mike invests all his money ($1180.00) in order to join the actor’s union (SAG) – Mike continues doing extra work and now earns $79.00 for 8 hours.  Since Mike’s English and acting skills have improved, he starts sending out hundreds of head-shots to agencies and managers and submits himself to countless acting jobs.  – Many months and hundreds of rejections later, Mike, by sheer luck, scores his first speaking line in the TV show ‘Clueless’. 

  • c) Mike meets Roman, a fellow countryman from Wallis.  The two have a lot in common; both left Switzerland in order to become actors in Hollywood and both live below the poverty line and have hardly enough money to eat.  But Mike and Roman also share a sense of freedom and happiness that they have never experienced before.  Both are determined to take pro-active action in order to make their dreams come true. – After some brainstorming sessions the Two develop a concept for the very first Swiss Reality Show entitled Hollywood Boulevard (Note: This is many years before the boom of Reality Shows has happened) – Unfortunately the Swiss network fails to see the potential.

  • d) Back in Los Angeles, Mike and Roman change the concept into a German reality TV series.  Months later, the German networks also fail to recognize the potential, but Mike and Roman refuse to give up and keep believing and predicting that the boom of reality shows will happen. - After it becomes obvious that the European TV market doesn’t see the potential, Mike and Roman work on changing the concept yet again, this time into an international TV series entitled Hollywood Dreams with the slogan: “It’s not about fame, it’s about passion” - The plan is to find investors and to further develop the concept in order to pitch it to the American market.

  • e) Two years of hard work and $68,000 later (from investors), Mike and Roman start pitching the show in Hollywood (Guerilla tactics with no agent).  Months later, and totally unexpected, Paramount Television suddenly recognizes the potential of the TV show and options the concept. - Paramount plans to co-produce the series with the German media group KirchGroup. – Mike and Roman believe that this could be the big breakthrough. - But weeks later the deal falls through because of ‘political problems’ between Paramount and Germany.  Mike and Roman lose everything and start again from zero. – (Only a year later, the big boom of reality shows indeed happens).

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

2000 - 2005

  • a) After having discussed and analyzed life for hundreds of hours, Mike and Roman can clearly see a huge difference in attitude between Americans and Europeans. The Americans in general have a 'can-do' attitude, think big, think optimistic and believe in their own dreams. Europeans in general have a 'can't-do' attitude, think much smaller, think pessimistic and don't really believe in their own dreams (if they even have any). - Mike and Roman are convinced that following one's dreams, discovering who you really are and finding meaning in life is a stairway to heaven. Considering the widespread pessimism and the high suicide rate in Switzerland, Mike and Roman are compelled to write an inspiring screenplay for Switzerland that shall encourage young people to follow their own dreams, to think positive and to never give up. Furthermore, Mike and Roman decide that any profit of the film shall be donated to any charity or non-profit organization that helps underprivileged kids. - Mike and Roman start writing and months later finish their first draft of a screenplay entitled THE DREAMERS. - The feedback from friends is overwhelming! Everybody is inspired and recognize its truth! - Mike and Roman contact dozens of Swiss companies for financing and apply for a film grant through the Swiss Government's cultural department.

  • b) A big shocker! 9/11 happens. What a terrible day! The news reports are never-ending and a lot of people say a lot of different things. But what exactly is the truth and what isn't? Mike is propelled to start learning about politics, a decision that will consume about 10,000 hours during the next ten years.

  • c) Many years of acting class has made Mike into a pretty good actor. He has had leading roles in theater plays and small parts in independent films, but becoming a real, paid, working actor in Hollywood is a different story. Dedication, talent, luck, and most of all 'industry connections' seem to be the key. Since Mike lacks industry connections, he hopes to get some recognition through the planned Dreamers film. Mike also realizes that having a slight accent that can't be clearly placed as typical 'German' or 'French' or 'Italian' etc. is a death-sentence in Hollywood. - Furthermore, Mike seems to have outgrown Hollywood's superficiality and is increasingly disappointed by all the 'crap' Hollywood produces. There are not many appealing parts, TV shows or movies that are inspiring or worth being in it. This is just another reason for Mike to keep trying to produce his own stuff.

  • d) What??? - In spite of all the positive feedback Mike and Roman have received for their screenplay "The Dreamers", the Swiss Government denies a film grant and refuses to support the project and its message. The Government claims that "Dreams are a thing of puberty!" - Mike and Roman can't believe their reasoning and appeal the decision, which results in a huge and controversial, two-year long, legal-dispute with the Swiss Government. After all is said and done, Mike leads a demonstration in Switzerland against the Swiss Government (see the amazing "The Dreamers" documentary). All in all, Mike and Roman get turned down 952 times for their Dreamers project - On top of everything else, Mike's heart gets broken by a Swiss-Girl and he suffers from the worst depression imaginal for over a year.

  • e) While recovering from his depression, Mike feels some new inspiration to write a spiritual boxing film with the intention to write the lead part for himself. - One year and many rewrites later, Mike's screenplay "The 13th Round" is done and receives high praises from screenplay judges and even wins an award. Mike spends over a thousand hours developing the project; He forms a company with operating agreement and articles of organization, he creates a full-fledged business plan with subscription agreement and private placement memorandum, he explores dozens of financing options, he sends out hundreds of letters to production companies, agents and producers, he creates and launches an official movie website and even takes boxing lessons etc. - After 5 years of incredible hard work, Mike makes some inroads and even manages to spark Paul Newman's interest to play the boxing coach, but all this is not enough to get the project off the ground. Only one thing is for sure; Mike has a talent for writing.

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2005 - 2010

  • a) Having learned so much about politics and subsequently about American values, Mike has realized that the European media and the left-leaning American media are not only bias and distorted, but are also based in emotions rather than reason and logic. Mike is determined to become an American Citizen as soon as possible in order to vote and to take a stand for American values. Mike submits all the paperwork, passes all the tests and becomes a proud U.S. Citizen on June 23rd 2005.

  • b) After the controversy with the Swiss Government, Mike produces a motivating and inspiring documentary film about his entire journey, putting forth the philosophy that following ones dream is a stairway to heaven. Check out "The Dreamers"

  • c) Mike increasingly enjoys the process of screenwriting. Not only can writing be done at home, alone (compared to acting), but a screenplay also provides the ultimate foundation of a great movie. Mike continues to write and finishes a couple more screenplays ranging from a touching family film to a nail-biting thriller to an out-of-the-box science fiction story.

  • d) Mike and Roman resurrect their TV show concept and change it into the FIRST Swiss Web-Series "Hallo Hollywood" with Mike as the head-writer and Yangzom Brauen as the host. After finishing 21 episodes, one of the biggest Swiss media platform agrees to stream the series online. - Every aired episode receives more "clicks" than the one before... it's a success! But once Mike and Roman suggest that, in order to keep the momentum going, a second season should be financed, the Swiss, as always, get cold feet, act indecisive, fumble around for 4 months and finally decide to discontinue. Lame, as always! - This is the last time Mike will ever produce anything creative for Switzerland again.

  • e) In acting class, Mike meets the most beautiful girl, Jessica and believes that she could be "The One." The two soon become good friends - A year later they become a couple - Two years later Mike proposes to her - The answer is YES!

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2010 - 2015

  • a) Mike faces the same conundrum in screenwriting than in acting: having talent helps, but without industry connections and a good portion of luck, nothing will ever happen, unless you succeed pulling something off by yourself (like Mike has been trying for 15 years). Since nobody in Hollywood excepts unsolicited scripts and nobody is really willing to read anything by an unknown writer, Mike has already been turned down as a screenwriter a few hundred times. But Mike knows better, persists and sends out about 780 letters and e-mails looking for representation. After being turned down another 779 times, Mike receives a phone call from a small literary Manager who is interested in Mike and ends up signing him as a writer (It's a good start, but doesn't really mean anything yet). Stats: There are about 50,000 new screenplays written every year. That means that every five years there will be 250,000 MORE screenplays floating around in Hollywood (on top of what's already out there!). Every year only a small handful of screenplays are produced (and most of them are developed 'in-house' by the studios). - The odds are minuscule (about 5000 to 1). - But in spite of all that, Mike pushes forward with his writing career, because it's what he loves to do!

  • b) A wonderful and fantastic day! - Mike and Jessica get married on July 24th, 2011 in Marina Del Rey on a beautiful yacht. Mike's family flies in from Switzerland, and Jessica's family from Texas. The wedding is truly amazing - Mike and Jessica sing their wedding vows and everybody has a blast! - Check out the wedding page for a great wedding video.

  • c) Mike and Jessica are lucky to find a great and affordable bungalow in North Hollywood and move in together. Jessica is extremely determined and works unbelievably hard to make her dream of being a working actress in Hollywood come true. Mike shares her determination, works as a personal trailer and keeps writing and writing and writing...

  • d) After ten years of studying politics, Mike's ideology and worldview has come into much greater focus. Everything is much easier to understand now. Mike has taken an interest in everything from domestic policies, to foreign policies, to global economics and to American-, European-, and Islamic value systems etc. Mike is painfully aware that there are two different America's; One side promotes bigger Government, higher taxes, secularism, feeling based policies, income distribution, open border policies, and a welfare state ideology etc.; the other side promotes smaller Government, lower taxes, traditional American Judeo-Christian values, thought-based policies, secure borders, and a self-reliance ideology etc. - Mike believes that the reelection of Obama was one of America's biggest mistakes in politics.

  • e) After thousands of hours of writing, pitching and promoting, Mike options two of his screenplays and signs a shopping agreement for another four of his screenplays. -- Mike's screenplay, CHECKMATE also WINS the popular BREAKING WALLS THRILLER SCREENPLAY CONTEST! - Could this be the long-awaited breakthrough?? - Well, many months later it becomes clear that nothing will come out of it!

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2015 - 2020

  • a) To this day Mike has written 20 feature screenplays and was optioned an astounding 11 times, but the big breakthrough can only happen if one of the companies who optioned the script actually RAISES the money to finance and produce the film (this has not happened yet) - Mike takes action and writes, produces and directs his first short film entitled Inimicus (Personal Enemy) -- Jessica plays the lead role and does a fantastic job!

  • b) Out of 35 screenwriters, Mike gets chosen to adapt a book (Charmed by Darkness) to a screenplay and gets paid $15k.  This is Mike's highest paid writing gig so far and is definitely a small breakthrough, but the movie hasn't been produced to this day. - Shifting gears, a few months later, an amazingly wonderful CAT shows up, out of nowhere, and is looking for a new home. The cat, Lucy, meets Mike & Jessica and instantly becomes a part of the family!

  • c) Politics in the U.S. is heating up. Having followed politics for over 15 years, Mike gets more and more concerned about the deterioration of society's moral values and about the country being destroyed (or "fundamentally transformed" as Obama put it) by left-wing politicians, left-wing activists, left-wing policies and left-wing media. - Also, the unprecedented level of corruption on the left (Obama & Hillary & FBI & DOJ etc.) is staggering and gets covered up by the left-wing mainstream media on a daily bases. - To Mike and to millions of other Americans it seems that only one man can safe this country... "Hold on to your seats!!" -- Yes, DONALD J. TRUMP!! - (GASP! - GASP!) - Six months before the election, Mike predicts and bets $100 that Donald Trump will become the next President... Turns out Mike is right, wins $400 and enjoys one of his happiest evenings ever!! - No, Mike is not a racist or a Nazi (And neither is President Trump) he's just an informed citizen who cares about this country! - After the election, the LEFT really shows its true colors! - Mike: "I don't hate the left, I simply think they're misguided, indoctrinated and way too emotional."

  • d) Mike is pumped and teams up with his wife and Peter Fuhrman to not only found a film production company (Nail Driver Productions), but also to produce one of Mike's micro-budget feature screenplays entitled Anonymous 616. Four months later the film is in the can with Mike as the director and another 8 months later the film is completed (for only $27k) - Mike: "Wow, this was the most stressful and exhausting time of my life" - In the meantime the film has won multiple awards including "Best Film" and is now available on most digital platforms like Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, VUDU, YouTube etc.

  • e) Through YouTube, Mike learns about the #WalkAway movement, which is about disillusioned left-wingers walking away from the Democrat party! Mike is so inspired by those patriotic testimonials that he creates several #WalkAway compilation videos, including "The Great Awakening - Breaking the Chains of the Democratic Party" which was mentioned on many TV networks like Fox News and has been shown at selected movie theaters and has gathered close to one million views on different social networking platforms!

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2020 - 2025

  • a) After watching 3 1/2 years of non-stop lies about President Trump coming from the left-wing media, Mike decides to finally write a screenplay about politics.  This is a very unique, experimental film project that shall be shot in only 2 1/2 days for only about $5k.  After one month of writing and several months of intense pre-production (80-90 hours a week), the film is in the can.  The film was released September 2020 and can be watched at its Website www.AHouseDividedTheMovie.com or directly at AMAZON

  • b) Mike gets hired on a monthly salary by the #WalkAway campaign as an editor for promotional videos.  One of Mike's latest video just got retweeted by President Trump!!