MICHAEL ENGEL is a Brazilian born filmmaker living in the United States for the past 20 years. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration at Northeastern University in 1992 and a Certificate in Film, Television and Video at UCLA Extensions in 1994.
In Brazil, Michael worked as an assistant director for soap operas at Globo television. In 1995 Oswaldo Montenegro, the noted Brazilian rock star, hired him to create a multimedia presentation
for a concert tour that traveled throughout Brazil for two years.
In 1996 he moved to New York City where he opened Engel Productions Inc., a boutique video production company. Among his clients are The United Nations, Merryl Lynch Video Network, Crate Amplifiers, and the Brazilian States of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Bahia.
In 1999 he was Unit Production Manager on a feature film entitled "Murder at Café Noir". That year he also produced a four part educational series teaching metaphysics for the International Academy of Consciousness.
His curiosity about anthropology took him to the Xingu National Reservation in the Lower Amazon Basin, where he lived with the native Brazilians for a month. Upon his return, and, aided by Brazils’ top anthropologist João Americo Peret, he produced and directed XINGU - A PERSONAL JOURNEY. The documentary explores the daily rituals and culture of the Xingu inhabitants. It was screened at The New York Independent Film Festival, The Long Island Film Festival and the Tortured Artist Film Festival. The film premiered on PBS November 21st 2002 and gathered a 2.1 Nielsen rating.
This one hour documentary was honored at the Long Island Film Festival and establishes Michael Engel as a filmmaker involved in the anthropological arena and an artist concerned with environmental issues.
Michael Engel's Script "Entering Out" was an official selection of the 2006 Great Lakes Film and Screenplay Competition, a finalist at the 2006 Latino International Film Festival, a semi-finalist of the 2006 Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards, and recently received a letter of distribution from Warner Brothers Distribution.
In 2007 Michael Engel was awarded funding for his short film "Hall of Past Lives" by the Institute of Spiritual Entertainment of Los Angeles. It will premiere at the 2008 Conscious Life Expo was funded by the Institute for Spiritual Entertainment and will also be shown at the 2008 Beverly Hills Film Festival.
Trained as a script supervisor he worked on dozens of film projects from 2004 - 2008.
As an artist Michael had an exhibit in 2007 at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles showcasing the Myth of Dionysus.
NALIP Member Michael Engel, is President of the Scriptwriters Network, a 501c non-profit organization with over 700 members, and is responsible for procuring financing for all of its programs. Among the many worthwhile projects the Scriptwriters Network supports, his favorite is the High School Fellowship, which partners high school students with writing professionals in Hollywood.