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Michael David Pate discovered his fascination for film in his childhood, watching and reenacting movies instead of going to sports. At the age of 15, he shot his first films with his grandmother‘s camcorder, forced by limited circumstances to edit his material live during filming. In 2014 at the age of 34, he released his first theatrical feature I LIKE (GEFÄLLT MIR), which won Best Picture at the genre festival Cinestrange Braunschweig in 2014. In 2015, his horror parody POTATO SALAD (KARTOFFELSALAT), shot and distributed independently, made 3.8 million euros at the box office with nearly 500,000 sold tickets in Europe. His new horror shocker HEILSTÄTTEN was released in Germany by 20th Century Fox in 2018 and has, thus far, attracted over 150,000 cinemagoers – a very positive result for German horror genre.