New York-based filmmaker Michael Brown was raised in the southern town of Petersburg, Virginia. As his father organized the local talent shows and his mother videotaped community events, Michael gained an interest in the arts. Later, he left Petersburg to live in the city, Boston, Washington, DC, then Los Angeles, and travel abroad to Ghana, Nigeria, and Italy. While in Washington, DC, Michael helped operate, Life Pieces To Masterpieces, an arts center for young males who lived in Lincoln Heights public housing. Also in DC, he attended Howard University where he worked closely with filmmakers Bill Duke and Haile Gerima. Soonafter, Michael would attend NYU's film schoolwhere he was taught by Spike Lee, and an intern on “When the Levee Broke”. Inspired by his experiences, Michaelworks to create honest stories with characters as complex as the people he knows. His most recent short, "A Riot in the Dark", won Best Short Film at the Harlem International Film Festival. "A Riot in the Dark" was also a Wasserman Finalist for Best Graduate Student Film at New York University. After NYU, starting in November 2006, Michael beganworking as the personal cameraman for Sean “P. Diddy” Combs where he recently helped shoot Combs’ documentary, “If I Were King”. In addition to working in documentary filmmaking, Michael is now focused on writing his first feature film.
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