Thesis: Moving Fiction
Michael is a screenwriter, transmedia director, and expert in place-based storytelling. His work is a direct extension of his thesis "Moving Fiction" discussing models for mobile storytelling. In 2006, Michael founded Walking Cinema, an interactive storytelling studio comprised of filmmakers, developers, and designers specializing in cinematic applications for mobile devices. The company has developed cross-platform apps for MTV, PBS, the Venice Biennale, Audible and many museum and broadcast clients.
Walking Cinema's 2009 project MURDER ON BEACON HILL extended a PBS American Experience documentary into the streets of Boston as a mobile app. The project was the first iPhone app to win an award at a major film festival and has garnered international press. In 2013 Michael directed the Gold Muse-winning WALKING CINEMA: POSTS FROM GLOUCESTER, a handheld documentary a young woman channeling her family’s traditions via a series of postcards from the past.
Michael is currently working on the NEH-funded WALKING CINEMA: MUSEUM OF THE HIDDEN CITY, a hybrid popup museum/documentary about this history of affordable housing in San Francisco. He is also developing two original podcast series for Audible: PEN & PLACE (travel with authors to the places that inspire their writing) and UNCANNY VALLEY (comedy audiobook about an artist/entrepreneur developing a technology to send your smell to others.)