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Michael W. King2018-01-08T06:37:52+00:00

Michael W. King Filmmaker Producer Director of Rescuers

Michael W. King Filmmaker Producer Director of Rescuers

Michael King has produced, directed and written documentaries, music videos and feature films for over two decades. Currently he’s developing a feature film Awake in the Dark about a soldier’s long journey home with post traumatic stress, written by Academy Award nominated writer Richard Friedenberg (A River Runs Through It). Also he’s directing a feature length documentary about TBI/PTS in association with the Department of Defense, National Intrepid Center of Excellence, and Warrior Canine Connection titled Intrepid ( see trailer ) for release in mid 2014.

In 1991, his MTV music video on Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech I Have A Dream received national recognition. In 1995 he produced, directed and wrote a PBS documentary titled, Making A Living, The African-American Experience. In 1997, he directed and wrote his first feature film, Vanity Kills, in the Czech Republic. In 1999, King’s PBS documentary on youth violence in America, Bangin’, won the Emmy and International Television and Video Association Award for Best Documentary and Best Editing. In 2007, he completed a feature documentary entitled Rapping with Shakespeare (2008), which examines how a popular English teacher used hip-hop and rap to help his students to better access Shakespeare’s works.
The film also explores the lives of five South Central Los Angeles teenagers attending Crenshaw High School and the parallels between their experiences and that of Shakespeare’s characters. King was nominated for an A&E Indie Filmmaker Award in 2008 for Rapping with Shakespeare. He also was the executive producer for the American Film Institute film, Crenshaw Nights (2008) starring Vondie Curtis-Hall and Judd Nelson.

Last year, he completed his critically acclaimed documentary The Rescuers (2011) with Sir Martin Gilbert, Stephanie Nyombayire and HRH Prince Charles about diplomats that risked in 1999, King’s PBS documentary on youth violence in America, entitled Bangin’, won the Emmy and International Television and Video Association Award for Best Documentary and Best Editing. In 2007, he completed a feature documentary entitled Rapping with Shakespeare (2008), which examines how a popular English teacher used hip-hop and rap to help his students to better access Shakespeare’s works. The film also explores the lives of five South Central Los Angeles teenagers attending Crenshaw High School and the parallels between their experiences and that of Shakespeare’s characters. King was nominated for an A&E Indie Filmmaker Award in 2008 for Rapping with Shakespeare. He also was the executive producer for the American Film Institute film, Crenshaw Nights (2008) starring Vondie Curtis-Hall and Judd Nelson. Last year, he completed his critically acclaimed documentary The Rescuers (2011) with Sir Martin Gilbert, Stephanie Nyombayire and HRH Prince Charles about diplomats that risked everything to save tens of thousands of lives during World War II. The film was nominated for an NAACP Image Award (2012). At the request of the US State Department, King recently traveled abroad to promote The Rescuers, attending screenings in many different countries for diplomats and dignitaries. The film recently screened at the United Nations Conference on January 23, 2013. The United States and Rwandan ambassadors presented the film to the assembly of high-ranking diplomats.

Michael W. King Filmmaker Producer Director of Rescuers graduated from Connecticut College with a BA in Government. He also holds an MA in Film Studies from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and a Degree in Feature Film Directing from the Amsterdam School of the Arts (Maurits Binger Film Institute), Postgraduate. He taught screenwriting and film for two years at Emerson College and was Filmmaker-in-Residence and Professor of Film at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. In 2009, King was awarded Switzerland’s Carl Lutz Medal of Freedom. He’s a former board member of the International Documentary Association. King is a member of the Directors Guild of America. He was presented Connecticut College’s 2010 recipient of the Harriet Buescher Lawrence ’34 Prize for his lifework in film and television.

Michael W. King Filmmaker Producer Director of Rescuers