Raised in New York, award-winning cinematographer Michael Marius Pessah (cinematographer) 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 recently named an Outfest ‘Five in Focus’ emerging talent for his cinematography in ‘Joshua Tree, 1951’, the first cinematographer to receive the recognition.
Michael has shot campaigns for global brands such as Pfizer and Anheuser-Busch. He lensed the documentary ‘Viva la Causa’, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award. His narrative work has been broadcast on HBO, MTV, BET, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, USA, Cartoon Network, and the BBC, and has been shown theatrically worldwide.
He has had the privilege of filming many extraordinary faces, including Jesse Eisenberg, Leighton Meester, Doris Roberts, Christina Hendricks and George Clooney.
His favorite poet is Mark Strand.
You can learn more about him here: michaelpessah.com