Michael Sergio

Michael Sergio
Workshop Instructor

Michael Sergio is an Emmy Award winning director, screenwriter, producer and distributor.

He began his career as an actor, musician and singer appearing in Manhattan clubs, on Broadway, TV and in films before starting his career as a filmmaker in the early 1990's. As an actor, Sergio worked with Sidney Lumet on the film Prince of the City, with director Mark Rosman on House on Sorority Row, and with director Bill Reilly on Men of Respect with John Turturro and Rod Steiger. TV appearances include roles on ABC's Loving, CTW's Mathnet, Ryan's Hope, The Equalizer, The Street, Law & Order, Kojak and The Last Days of Brian Darling for HBO. He also appeared in over 50 national TV commercials. Sergio was tapped by legendary stage director Gene Saks for the original Broadway production of “I Love My Wife”.

As an accomplished singer and musician, Sergio has performed in some of NY's most cutting-edge clubs including The Bitter End, Folk City, The Comic Strip and The Original Improvisation where he was the house singer for 17 years.

His directorial career began with TV commercials for clients as diverse as Disney, AT&T, Continental Airlines, American Express and ESPN. Sergio directed for TV, crafting Emmy Award-winning TV specials, music videos and pilots before navigating the shoals of the independent film industry.

Some of Mr. Sergio’s directing projects include, John Ford Noonan's Night Man at the Sardi Building, Creating the Wizard of Oz on Ice, for which he was nominated for a DayTime Emmy, and Ringling Bros. 1996 TV Circus Special for which he won an Emmy. Sergio's directorial feature film debut Under Hellgate Bridge garnered Best Director and Best Film honors at various film festivals, including Best Film award at the Nashville Independent Film Festival, and the first Regal Cinemas' Dreammaker Award. The film came out in theaters in 2001 and was subsequently released on video by LionsGate Entertainment.

In 2001, Sergio & Isil Bagdadi, started CAVU Pictures to theatrically release critically acclaimed and award-winning indie films. Together they've successfully launched numerous films into the marketplace, including The Holy Land, Take Out, The Read Dirt on Farmer John, The Dukes, Trailer Park Boys: The Movie, Let Fury Have the Hour, Breastmilk and the upcoming Sunset Edge.