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Raised in New York, award-winning cinematographer Michael Marius Pessah began his career working with top commercial DPs as an assistant at Curious Pictures. Later he earned a B.A. at Hampshire College, was the recipient of a Kodak Cinematography Scholarship award, and received an M.F.A. in Cinematography at the AFI.
He was named a 'Five in Focus' emerging talent for his cinematography in 'Joshua Tree, 1951', the first cinematographer to receive the recognition and is one of the few contemporary cinematographers to have photographed two black and white features.
His scripted work has played theatrically worldwide, and has been broadcast on HBO, A&E, MTV, Lifetime, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, USA, BET, Esquire, Cartoon Network, and the BBC.
Michael has shot spots for global brands such as Ralph Lauren, AT&T, Ford, Spyder, Pfizer, Red Bull and Anheuser-Busch.
Michael has filmed music videos for artists ranging from Halsey to Five Finger Death Punch. The video he DP'd for 'Wrong Side of Heaven' won 'Best Rock Video of 2015' from Loudwire.
He lensed the documentary 'Viva la Causa', which was shortlisted for an Academy Award. His cinematography for the visual artist Jen DeNike was selected to be part of the official program in the 2017 Art Basel, Miami.
Classically trained in upright bass, Michael can still be seen occasionally sitting in with a band.