Michael W. King
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Michael W. King
|Occupation||Filmmaker, Producer, Director and Writer|
Michael W. King Is an American filmmaker, producer, director, and a writer of music videos, documentaries, and film. King is the founder of Michael King Productions, LLC. and lives in La Quinta, California, with his wife and son. He is a former board member of the International Documentary Association (IDA), and a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA).
King attended and graduated high school at New London High School (New London, Connecticut), and went on to college at Connecticut College, graduating with a BA in Government in 1975. King also later received an MA in Film Studies from the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), and a postgraduate degree in Feature Film Directing from the Amsterdam School of the Arts, Maurits Binger Film Institute.
In 1991, Michael W. King produced an MTV music video based on Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech "I Have A Dream". In 1995, King produced, directed, and wrote a PBS documentary titled Making A Living, the African-American Experience, which featured American actor Joe Morton. In 1997, he directed and wrote his first feature film in the Czech Republic, entitled Vanity Kills. In 1999, King created an Emmy award-winning PBS documentary entitled Bangin’, featuring Chuck D from Public Enemy, which explored youth violence in America.
In 2007, he completed a feature documentary called Rapping with Shakespeare (2008), which followed the story of an English teacher who used hip hop and rap to help his students better access Shakespeare's works, while making parallels between the lives of five South Central Los Angeles teenagers and Shakespeare's characters.
In 2010, King produced, directed, and wrote a documentary called The Rescuers, about 13 heroic World War II diplomats who helped save the lives of tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. The Rescuers stars historian and Holocaust expert Sir Martin Gilbert and Rwandan anti-genocide activist Stephanie Nyombayire, and features Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.
|1990||Arts and Entertainment Revue TV Series||Producer|
|1995||Making a Living: the African-American Experience||Director, Producer and Writer|
|1997||Vanity Kills||Writer and Director|
|1999||Bangin||Writer, Producer and Director|
|2002||Breaking the Silence, Sex is Not a Four Letter Word||Director|
|2007||Rapping With Shakespeare||Director and Producer|
|2008||Crenshaw Nights||Executive Producer|
|2010||The Rescuers||Director, Producer and Writer|
Awards and nominations
|1999||Best Documentary||Emmy||Bangin'||PBS documentary feature||Won|
|1999||Best Documentary and Best Editing||International Television and Video Association||Bangin'||PBS documentary feature||Won|
|2008||A&E Indie Filmmaker Award||A&E IndieFilms||Rapping with Shakespeare||Documentary||Nominated|
|2002||Carl Lutz Medal of Freedom||Switzerland||The Rescuers||Documentary Feature||Awarded|
|2010||Harriet Buescher Lawrence ’34 Prize||Connecticut College||Lifetime achievement||outstanding contributions to society||Awarded|
|2012||Outstanding Documentary||The NAACP Image Awards||The Rescuers||Documentary||Nominated|
- Dorsey, Kristina (10/16/2010) "NHLS grad uses new film as history lesson"(The Day) (New London,Connecticut): p. 1 Events.
- "Connecticut College: Awards" https://web.archive.org/web/20100527141541/http://www.conncoll.edu/alumni/2570.htm. Retrieved 10/25/2010.
- "Directors Guild of America Official Website" https://web.archive.org/web/20090331234007/http://www.dga.org/index2.php3?chg=. Retrieved 10/28/2010.