Actor Activist Filmmaker
Michael is an actor, filmmaker and activist. While acting in SyFy channel films in Bulgaria in 2003, Michael became involved in the fight to end modern day slavery and became a Goodwill Ambassador for Face to Face Bulgaria, through which he met countless victims. Michael wrote, directed and produced the award-winning film, Svetlana’s Journey, based on one girl’s story. In 2005, the film aired on Bulgaria’s national television station and here in the U.S., it won at the Hollywood Film Festival and the HD Film Festival.
Michael’s second film, Cargo: Innocence Lost, is a documentary focusing on sex trafficking in the United States. Michael has spoken all over the world and has collaborated with legislators, royalty, celebrities, and corporations to create social awareness. He is the recipient of the prestigious People to People International (founded by Dwight Eisenhower) Make a Difference award and has been covered by various media outlets bringing light to the issue. Michael is the founder of Artists United for Social Justice and the I Stop Traffic awareness campaign (www.istoptraffic.com). His current Indiegogo campaign for a feature film he wrote about the issue of trafficked American girls within the U.S. can be viewed at igg.me/at/closetohome.