Filmmaker / Photographer / Social Activist
Mike was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. Growing up in a family dedicated to social causes—combined with an inherent love for storytelling—made directing documentary films a natural fit for Michael. After graduating from the North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking he formed Under the Hood Productions with the goal of creating films that inform and advance the collective conscience of today.
Mike is currently in post-production on is his third film When Elephants Fight, a film exploring the connections between resource extraction and conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His first film, Montclair, won Best Screenplay at the Universal Studios Cinema City Film Festival, and his second, The Anatomy of Hate: A Dialogue to Hope, has been distributed around the world, including the US, Canada, France, Spain and Australia and nominated for Film of the Year on the Documentary Film Channel.
Mike has also had several screenplays optioned, and is developing a cable series entitled War Photographers.
When not traveling, Mike spends as much time as possible with his three children, Lincoln, Nimrie, and Asher.