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 The Tanne Foundation Award for outstanding achievements in his field. 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 (Boston).
Pope has shot, cut and directed many music videos for long-time collaborators The Dresden Dolls, as well as directing their first live concert/documentary dvd and numerous multi-media events under the Dresden Dolls banner. Pope also directed the music video series “Who Killed Amanda Palmer: A Surrealist Mini Mystery” in conjunction with the album and book release of the same name. He has made videos for Ben Folds, Gene Dante & The Future Starlets and many other bands. His music videos are in international rotation including MTV, LOGO and RAGE and have seen premieres on People, Spin, Jezebel and Pitchfork websites.
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