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Grant for oral history transcriptions

Grant for oral history transcriptions

I was recently been awarded a grant by the Southern Oral History Project at the Center for the Study of the American South to transcribe several of my oral history interviews about the Moral Monday movement. Interviewees include Timothy Tyson, Nancy Petty, Al McSurely, John Mendez and other participants in the movement that has garnered […]


Railey: How will history view the Raleigh protests?

Railey: How will history view the Raleigh protests?

The Winston-Salem Journal Editor John Railey recently spoke to me about my Moral Monday documentary, “It’s Monday and the South is rising”, being accepted into the 2014 RiverRun International Film Festival. In the article, he meditates about how history will look back on the Moral Monday movement. You can read the article here.


NC NAACP: Extend the sterilization deadline

NC NAACP: Extend the sterilization deadline

Advocates for extending the deadline for sterilization compensation gained traction yesterday when Rev. William J. Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, sent an open letter to the General Assembly calling legislators to push back the June 30 deadline and allocate more resources for finding victims.The letter calls for the deadline to be extended until […]


Moral Monday documentary accepted into RiverRun International Film Festival

Moral Monday documentary accepted into RiverRun International Film Festival

“It’s Monday and the South is rising” has been chosen as an official selection of the 2014 RiverRun International Film Festival. The festival runs from April 4 – 13. My film will be shown as a part of the NC Shorts category at the Hanesbrands Theatre on April 6 at 1 p.m. and April 11 […]


Moral Monday documentary accepted into the Carrboro Film Festival

Moral Monday documentary accepted into the Carrboro Film Festival

“It’s Monday and the South is rising” has been chosen as an official selection of the 2013 Carrboro Film Festival. The festival runs from November 23 – 24. This is my second trip to CFF. My short film, “Writing in Books,” was selected into the festival in 2011.


Time shifting in Winston-Salem

Time shifting in Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem timelapse part 1 from Jonathan Michels on Vimeo. This is my first attempt at time lapse photography. These photos were taken off of Business 40 just beyond downtown Winston-Salem, NC. The footage will be used for my documentary about Occupy Winston-Salem. I searched for months for a local photographer to help me with landscape […]


Michels on Scorsese

Michels on Scorsese

I’m currently working to interview Martin Scorsese for my new documentary, “The Cinema of Christ: A Journey of Faith and Film.” The film explores the growing trend of church groups that are meeting in movie theaters. The first part of my campaign to interview Scorsese for the film was an email to his agent. Here’s […]


Marisol Delgado and the good life

Marisol Delgado and the good life

I found out this week that Marisol Delgado, featured in my film “Ripe for Change,” was killed in a car accident this week in Candor, NC. Marisol graciously allowed me to enter her home to spend time with her and her four children. A cancer survivor, Marisol made sure that her children ate fresh fruits […]


Q&A with documentarian Edward Delaney

Q&A with documentarian Edward Delaney

Edward Delaney is a documentary filmmaker and the editor of Documentary Tech, a website devoted to exploring the latest practices and technologies of documentary film. He released The Times Were Never So Bad: The Life of Andre Dubus in 2007, a film chronicling the accident that crippled the celebrated short story writer. His newest film, […]


“Writing in Books” chosen as an official selection of the Carrboro Film Festival

"Writing in Books" chosen as an official selection of the Carrboro Film Festival

I just received the news that “Writing in Books” was chosen as an official selection of the 2011 Carrboro Film Festival. It’s hard to believe that just one year ago, I attended the short film festival as a film geek and reporter for reesenews.org. Now, I’ll be traveling to Carrboro’s Century Center as an amateur, […]