Micheal Flaherty, Constituting America’s Best Short Film Judge, is the co-founder of Walden Media, which produced 30 films since its origin in 2000, grossing more than $3.5 billion in worldwide box office including “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, “The Giver,” “Charlotte’s Web” and the “Journey to the Center of the Earth” franchise. Prior to founding Walden Media in 2001, Flaherty designed innovative curricula in the Boston Public School System, which captured national attention from The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe. He designed the curriculum and taught for the Steppingstone Magnet Program for students in the worst public school cluster in Boston.
As an author, Flaherty has been published in National Review, The Boston Business Journal, the Wall Street Journal and American Spectator. He also worked as a speechwriter for William Bulger, former President of the Massachusetts Senate, and Tom Reilly, the Massachusetts Attorney General. Flaherty is a graduate of Tufts University.
Micheal Flaherty has produced several films with an Education Choice theme including: WAITING FOR SUPERMAN; STEP, about a charter school in Baltimore that is succeeding against all odds in one of the USA’s poorest zip codes, and WONT BACK DOWN, a feature film starring Viola Davis, Maggie Gylenhaal, Holly Hunter, and a young Oscar Isaac before he became the star of the new Star Wars movies.