Mr. King has had an incredibly successful career in filmmaking worldwide including numerous award-winning documentaries. His projects have tackled powerful and resonating social and cultural issues such as youth and gang violence, high school literacy, African-American History, and the Holocaust.
In addition to a BA in Government from Connecticut College Michael King has a postgraduate degree from the Amsterdam Academy of Arts in Feature Film Directing (Maurits Binger Film Institute) and an MA in Film Studies from the University of Amsterdam. He is a former member of the International Documentary Association and a current member of the Director Guild of America. He’s the recipient of the 2010 Connecticut College’s Harriet Buescher Lawrence ’34 Prize for his lifework in film and television.
Mr. King has produced, directed, and written documentaries, music videos, and feature films for the last 30 years. In 1991, his MTV music video on Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech “I Have A Dream” received national recognition. He later produced, directed, and wrote a PBS documentary in 1995 called “Making A Living the African-American Experience” featuring Joe Morton.
In 1999, his PBS documentary on ‘Youth Violence in America’ entitled “Bangin” won the 1999 Emmy and International Television and Video Association Awards for ‘Best Documentary’ and ‘Best Editing’ featuring Chuck D of Public Enemy. In 2007, he directed and produced a feature documentary entitled “Rapping with Shakespeare” at Crenshaw High School in South Central Los Angeles and was nominated for the 2008 A&E Spotlight Indie Filmmaker Award. In addition, he was the executive producer for an American Film Institute film, “Crenshaw Nights,”starring Vondie Curtis- Hall and Judd Nelson.
In 2011 King produced and directed “The Rescuers,” an international feature documentary featuring world-renown historian Sir Martin Gilbert, Stephanie Nyombayire, anti-genocide activist, and HRH King Charles III about 13 non-Jewish righteous diplomats that risked their lives, families, and careers, and went against their countries policies to save tens of thousands of Jews and other people during World II. The documentary was nominated for the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Best Documentary and awarded Switzerland’s Carl Lutz’s Medal of Freedom. Michael King “The Rescuers”.
Mr. King is currently filming the The Rescuers – Last Chance Project the remaining 35 righteous diplomats that weren’t covered in the first documentary. The film is in partnership with USC/Shoah Foundation and United State Department on Holocaust Issues.
Mr. King is an inspirational and motivating public speaker with respect to the holocaust, genocide, and other cultural issues in the world and he can provide perspective from almost a half century of experience all over the western world. When not making documentaries, King is an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University, Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and is on the Board of Directors for GreasePaint Theater, located in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Details of Michael King Productions films can be found at MichaelKingProductionsllc.com.