Michael is a Latino-Jewish, award-winning writer and director from Los Angeles. After a career building haunted houses and working as a scare actor for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, Michael was accepted as a directing fellow at the AFI Conservatory. His most recent short, "STALLED", won the Jack Larson Southern California Filmmaker Award as part of the PBS SoCal and KCET Fine Cut Film Festival and will broadcast live on KCET October 2023. Michael's AFI thesis film, "Magdalena", was selected as one of twelve filmmakers for the 7th annual CAA Moebius showcase, won the 2022 Golden Tadpole at EnergaCamerimage, and was shortlisted for this year's Yugo BAFTA student awards. The film was recently acquired by Cinedigm to be featured on their horror platform, Bloody Disgusting.
Michael is the creative director for Cadence13's and Dark Horse Entertainment's "WEAPONIZED" podcast with filmmaker Jeremy Corbell and investigative journalist George Knapp (one of the top science podcasts on Spotify). The podcast is being developed into a series.