Michael Dominic: Filmmaker

Michael DominicCurrently I am making a documentary film called Clean Hands about the people who live and work in La Chureca, the largest, most dangerous garbage dump in Central America, located in Managua, Nicaragua.

I am a filmmaker and photojournalist from New York City. My area of focus is documentary. I try to navigate the tight spaces of the world, and take away beautiful stories and images from them. The objective of my work is truth, to show what lies beneath the surface or out of sight.

I try to stay out of my own work as much as possible. I try to put a frame around what I see, to tell the truth of the moment, without manipulating the subject to suit the work. I only document.

I have made several films, most notably the feature documentary, ‘Sunshine Hotel’ and the narrative short ‘Tulips for Daisy’. ‘Sunshine Hotel’ won three Best Documentary awards and was nominated for another dozen or so. It had a two year run on Sundance Channel from 2002-2004. ‘Tulips for Daisy’ was also nominated for several awards. For that film I am most proud of my nomination from the Akira Kurosawa Memorial Short Film Competition.

In the mid-90s I was based in London where I directed music videos for SpiderCom Films, including three for Pizzaman/Norman Cook, now Fatboy Slim.

My photography has appeared in The Sunday Telegraph, The New York Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, Playboy, Redbook, Le Figaro, Le Parisien, The Tribune De Geneve, France-Amérique, ABCNews.com, CBSnews.com, MSN.com, as well as others.

I currently live in New York City with my wife Ting.