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Michael Jorgensen

Filmmaker, Myth MERCHANT FILMS

Michael is an Emmy® award-winning filmmaker whose films have earned him more than 80 international, national and regional awards. During the late 80’s and early 90’s, Michael garnered five titles as WCNPA Television Photojournalist of the Year. In 1992, Michael was one of the first journalists into war-torn Somalia prior to the UN-sanctioned “Operation Restore Hope.” Since then, Michael has acted as a network storytelling consultant and helped launch the world’s first weekly science program, Discovery Channel’s “Daily Planet.” Michael is the only a filmmaker in history to be granted access inside a classified U.S. Department of Defense weapons competition. Battle of the X-Planes earned Michael his first Emmy® for best long form news and current affairs documentary. He has produced, written and directed numerous primetime specials for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, History, PBS, ZDF Germany and Arte France. Some of his network credits include Gemini®-nominated Secrets of the Dinosaur Mummy, Hunt for the Mad Trapper, Hitler’s Stealth Fighter, Lost Nuke and Mars Rising. Michael also teaches fiction and nonfiction storytelling in Digital Cinema Production at NAIT and has been a judge for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences since 2010. Michael recently produced, wrote and directed the documentary feature, Unclaimed,which began its theatrical run in New York and Los Angeles this past May.