Writer, Director, Cinematographer
Michael Winokur is a writer, director and cinematographer with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, a political science minor from Oxford’s New College, and Spanish minor completed at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara.
While still in High School, Michael worked as a photojournalist for city newspapers in Philadelphia, developing an interest in portraiture and a narrative style focused on capturing the essential elements of character. Through careers as a documentary photographer, journalist, photo editor, commercial photographer and now Director/DP, visual storytelling has remained a common thread and driving purpose.
In 1999, Michael reported on California’s immigration issues for the San Diego Union-Tribune and Copley Newspapers. The experience planted the seed for his short Selling Rosario and American Anthem.
Michael’s work has garnered many industry awards, including recognition from Graphis, American Photography and APA. A series of short films for the State of California was recognized by the American Public Health Association and American Photography for its use of cinematic storytelling to communicate health issues to farmworkers. The short film Selling Rosario, which he co-wrote, co-directed and DP’d, has won 2 jury prizes, 2 audience awards, and awards for directing and acting across 18 film festivals.