Michael S. Bandy caught the creative bug at a very young age. Growing up in the deep south, Michael would act out roles he had seen on television to an audience of chickens, hogs and an old bovine named Bessie on the family farm (scary, but true).
Bandy had no idea that his experience working a tough crowd would pay off years later when he began hosting industrial shows for a number of demanding Fortune 500 companies. He has been involved with shows including the Silver Anvil Award winning, Drive for Conservation, Not For Men Only and EC1 - Lets Clear the Air About Air Pollution.
While at the University of Cincinnati, Bandy was an announcer for campus radio station WFIB. In addition to producing and performing with the Black Rose Theater Guild and Mariemont Players, Bandy wrote, directed and was executive producer of the community student film, A Tragic Thang, which won critical recognition.
Bandy, a founding member of the comedy troupe, Comedy Shorts, has written for the European animated children's series, Star Street and has worked as a writer and production consultant on Animation Tune Factory's Muscle Dogg. With co-author Eric Stein, Bandy wrote the children’s book, White Water, illustrated by Shadra Strickland (Candlewick Press), and the NAACP Image Award nominated film of the same name which was one of the highest rated movies on TVOne. Bandy and Stein also wrote Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box, illustrated by James E. Ransome (Candlewick Press).
Bandy, has appeared in a variety of productions including The Mighty Gents, Purlie Victorious, Wine In The Wilderness, A Raisin in the Sun, The Madwoman of Challiot, Jacques Brels Is Alive and Well In Paris, and The Smokin Room, which he co-wrote and produced. His film and video credits include, Not My Cab Buddy, Untogether, and The New People. He was also a regular for the Cincinnati, CBS local access programs, Dr. Kincaid's Casebook and Juvenile Court.
Bandy is having the time of his life these days as co-host of Disney's El Capitan Throwback Trivia streaming show. This family friendly Zoom show has something for everyone. "While writing is my first love this comes in a very close second," says Bandy.
Eric Stein, who grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, believes his interest in media was unintentionally spurred by his mom’s decision to make their household TV-less. While he feels that some may find that a bit strange, he doesn’t think it’s as odd as growing up lactose intolerant in the Dairy State.
Stein began his career while attending the University of Arizona, squeezing classes between jobs as a college marketing rep for Columbia Pictures, a weekend news producer/anchor for PBS affiliate KUAT-AM/FM, and as a production crew member for KUAT-TV.
After graduating Phi Kappa Phi with High Distinction, Stein began working as a copywriter for an ad agency in Tucson where he created radio, television and print ads for a number of businesses.
With a host of award-winning ads under his belt, Stein moved to Los Angeles and began writing for Star Street, a European children’s television series. Shortly thereafter, Stein was a supervising producer on Defenders of Dynatron City, an animated children’s special which was the highest rated show for its time slot on the Fox Children's Network.
With co-author Michael S. Bandy, Stein wrote the children’s book, White Water, illustrated by Shadra Strickland (Candlewick Press), and the NAACP Image Award nominated film of the same name which was one of the highest rated movies on TVOne. Bandy and Stein also wrote Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box, illustrated by James E. Ransome (Candlewick Press).
NORTHBOUND: A TRAIN RIDE OUT OF SEGREGATION. Text copyright © 2020 by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein. Illustrations copyright © 2020 by James E. Ransome. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.
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