After graduating from Queens College in New York with a BA in Film/Television, Michael embarked on a distinguished Cinematography career lensing documentaries for PBS, ABC/Disney, History Channel, A&E Networks, Viacom, ESPN and others. His eclectic background as a world traveler and documentarian gives him unparalleled insight and perspective that define his craft. His approach to filmmaking strives to celebrate the beauty of the human spirit, while encompassing his signature cross cultural experience. PBS Networks have twice recognized him with an Emmy Award for his work on "Reverend James Lawson," a short feature focusing on civil rights leader, Rev. James Lawson and The National Education Award for “Bahia: Africa in the Americas.” The Group W special series, "Evening in India," won Michael a New England Emmy Nomination for Cinematography. Drawn to both non-fiction and narrative stories, Michael's work has taken him to over thirty countries and generated substantial social awareness and revenue. Currently the docu-style music video, “Black Sea,” which tells 400-years of Black history in 4-minutes, directed by Michael won a 2021 Silver Telly Award and was accepted for the 2021 Hip-hop Film Festival and the 2021 BronzeLens Film Festival.
Film Link: https://vimeo.com/579546482
IN FULL BLOOM...transcending gender
The socially relevant Documentary “IN FULL BLOOM...transcending gender,” is about the remarkable journey of 15 courageous actors (13 transgender, and 2 gay) as they rehearse for the groundbreaking stage production entitled “Lovely Bouquet of Flowers: An Exploration of Non-Traditional Gender Voices.” Based on interviews with people from all walks of life, of trans experience, this entertaining and moving tour de force premiered at the renowned Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Theatre in Hollywood, Ca. to a rave response. Chronicling the fledgling actors as the play becomes a reality, IN FULL BLOOM...transcending gender, gives the viewer an extraordinary view inside the trials, tribulations and triumphs of a transgender world with compelling interviews and fascinating behind-the-scenes footage.
Film Link: “In Full Bloom…transcending gender,” DP/Director: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZvpIC5tyvc
Film Link: “Not All Lost,” DP: https://www.kvie.org/programs/viewfinder/?watch=not-all-lost-bavsqy
Film Link: “Chi-Town Guns, Gun Violence & the NRA,” DP: https://vimeo.com/406027759
Film Link: “Andra Day/Ray Charles,” DP: https://vimeo.com/202869961 PW: blackandwhite
Film Link: “The Baton,” DP: https://vimeo.com/545604461
Film Link: “Black Sea,” Director: https://vimeo.com/579546482
Film Link: “Living Legends 66-0,” DP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l24xq8a445Y