Born and raised in New York City, Michael Pope is an award-winning, self-taught filmmaker and multi-media artist.
He claims an eclectic collection of life experiences that fuel his
creative work. From a childhood of dyslexia, truancy and urban
exploration through a widely varied career track including crop
harvester, phone sex operator and owner of a bike messenger company, Pope's lifelong adventures have proven to be a unique training ground
for his film making.
As auteur of the experimental feature film/event: Neovoxer, Pope has received and been recognized by The Tanne Foundation Award for "Outstanding achievements in his field" (Fellow recipients include Artist Sanford Bigger featured at the 2002 Whitney Biennial, and the
Bessie and Brio award-winning dancer Arthur Avites). He is a research grant recipient from the Experimental Television Center, providing funding for "unique talents in electronic image making", and has received additional support and resources from Mobius Center for Experimental Art in All Media, and The Cloud Club.
He is founder of the film/video production company MediaVox, and has shot, cut and directed music videos for long time friends The Dresden Dolls, as well as directing videos for the bands Bang Camaro, Ben Folds, Gene Dante and The Future Starlets, The Steamy Bohemians and Fluttr Effect. His music videos have premiered on Pitchfork, Stereogum, Spin and People Magazine's websites as well as being in MTV rotation in the U.S. and Europe.
Most recently his video-art series "Cinematika: Living Images" was featured in a group show in New York City, curated by Barnaby Whitfield at Gallery 31 Grand in Manhattan. "Bony Lil's Distraction and Creation" a duet of short films featuring the talents of music video collaborator Zea Barker premiered at The Public Theater/Joe's Pub in New York, and in October of 2008 he went to Tehran to meet Iranian artists, curators and filmmakers as a part of the "Send My Love To Iran" project founded by multi-media artist and film/video producer BriAnna Olson.
He made his first film on Super8 when he was 7 years old.