Producer - Director - Editor -Videographer

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Connolly has produced five projects in partnership with Canadian broadcasters and has produced many commissioned videos for unions and non-profit organizations.

In addition to producing and directing, Michael is a proficient editor, writer and photographer.

His documentary, "Shelter From the Storm," on homelessness and activism surrounding Toronto's Tent City, was broadcast on CBC Witness and has been widely used by educational institutions and community groups.

Michael is a member of NABET 700 Unifor.

Television documentaries:

Shelter from the Storm

How To Eat a Cat:  The Cartoonist Mike Constable

My Sister's Keepers

Making Peace:  What Makes Canadians Secure?

The Iconoclast:  The Images of Richard Slye. 


Broadcast partners:

CBC

CBC Newsworld

TVOntario

Vision TV

Knowledge Network

Saskatchewan Communications Network

Past and present clients:

Ontario Nurses' Association

Unifor

Waterloo Region District School Board

The Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development

Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario

United Steelworkers


Canadian Auto Workers

Canadian Union of Public Employees

Compass360

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

Social Planning Network of Ontario

Ontario New Democratic Party


University of Guelph

Ontario Midwives Association

Ontario Public Service Employees Union

Harbourfront Centre

Toronto Civic Action Network.

Awards

BEST AUDIO-VISUAL PRODUCTION FOR MEMBERSHIP AND INFORMATION for "Trillium Health Centre RNs Join ONA" from the Canadian Association of Labour Media (CALM) Awards, 2011.

BEST PUBLIC ADVOCACY AUDIO-VISUAL PRODUCTION for "The Curious Case of the Missing Recovery" from the Canadian Association of Labour Media (CALM) Awards, 2010.

GOLD SPECIAL JURY AWARD for "Shelter from the Storm" from the Worldfest Houston festival, 2002.

FINALIST AWARD for "How To Eat a Cat" from the Worldfest Houston festival, 2000.

NOMINATION for BEST BIOGRAPHY DOCUMENTARY for "How To Eat a Cat" in the Hot Docs! Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, 2000 in Toronto.

NOMINATION for BEST SOCIAL ISSUES DOCUMENTARY for "My Sister’s Keepers" in the Hot Docs! CanadianInternational Documentary Film Festival, 1997 in Toronto.

FINALIST AWARD for "The Iconoclast: The Images of Richard Slye" from the Houston International Film Festival, 1991.

SPECIAL MERIT AWARD for "The Iconoclast: The Images of Richard Slye" from the EarthPeace International Film Festival in Burlington, Vermont, 1991.

HONOURABLE MENTION for "Tammy, the Millionaire, the G-7 and the Protestors" in the competition for "video political cartoon" in the Video Witnesses, Festival of New Journalism at the Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Centre in Buffalo.

MEDIA AWARD from the Canadian Motorcycle Association for "The Joys of Motorcycling," an independent radio documentary broadcast on national CBC radio, 1976.

Other work experience

Teacher:  Video Production Level One course(Continuing Education), Centennial College, Toronto, 1999-2001.

Artist in Residence:  the Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Oct.-Dec. 1998 .

Artistic and Administrative Director: ED Video Media Arts Centre, Guelph, Jan. 1997 - Apr. 1998

Electronic Media Producer:  Communications Dept., NDP CaucusServices, Ontario Legislative Assembly,  Toronto. Nov.1992 - June 1994

Publicity and Promotion Manager:  James Lorimer & Company,Publishers, Toronto, June 1986 - Jan. 1988.

Information Officer:  OntarioFederation of Students, Toronto, Sept. 1983 - Aug. 1985

Film Facilities Co-ordinator:  TV Current Affairs, CBC, Toronto, Nov.1981 - Aug. 1982

Assistant Production Manager:  TVCurrent Affairs, CBC, Toronto, Oct. 1979 - May 1980

Story Editor:  CKEYRadio, Toronto, Sept. 1978 - May 1979

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