Michael has over 20 years of experience as a filmmaker, critic and festival curator. He holds a B.F.A. from New York University and a M.F.A. from the American Film Institute. In 1999, he founded Reelblack, a film company dedicated to creating and promoting “Good movies ‘bout Black folks.” He has directed and edited over 450 segments for Reelblack TV. A three-time grant recipient of Mind TV’s Philadelphia Stories, his work has screened on CNN, BET, WYBE-TV and Aspire TV. Awards include Film of the Year, Phillyhiphop.com for Philly Boy (2002), Best Documentary NC Black Film Festival for Jazzyfatnastees in Process (2003), Emerging Filmmaker Award NC Black Film Festival (2004), CNN IReport Grand Jury Prize for The 13th Amendment (2008), PhillyCAM Impact Award (2013), Citation from Philadelphia City Council (2013).
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