Michael’s short animated documentary, “The Box” was nominated for a national News and Documentary Emmy, won the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International film Festival and “Special Jury Prize” at the New Orleans Film Festival, the “Video Journalism Award” from the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists and “Best Animation” at the Social Justice Film Festival. Michael’s first feature length documentary film entitled “The After Party (The Last Party 3)” won three “Best Documentary Feature” awards and a “Freedom of Speech Award” during a successful run on the film festival circuit. “The After Party” is broadcast by Link TV, streaming on SnagFilms and Fandor in North America, and distributed internationally by Octapixx Worldwide.
In 2008 Michael produced and directed the half hour documentary “The Tao of 9 Second Ave” which premiered on The Documentary Channel and screened at The New Museum of Contemporary Art in Manhattan as part of the Bowery Artist Tribute, the film was recently accquired by the Tribeca Film Institute’s Reframe collection for online distribution.
Michael was the director of photography for director Joel Schumacher’s P.S.A. about Rwanda (MTV), and shot the opening segment of Robert Greenwald’s documentary feature “Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price”. Michael was a camera operator on director Marc Levin’s “Protocols of Zion” (HBO, Think Films, Sundance 05’) and on director Jeremy Kagan’s “The Freedom Files “ (Court TV), a television series about the ACLU.