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Mike Akel

Department of Radio-Television-Film



CMA 6.166

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Mike’s film career began to take off in 2001 when he landed a job teaching TV/Film at Travis High School in Austin, Texas His comic sensibilities were on inspiration overload throughout his time as a high school filmmaking instructor and while his appreciation for educators and their unique challenges grew, so did his understanding of some of the absurdity inherent in the teaching profession. The result was Mike’s first feature film:  CHALK, a comedy about new teachers shot in the style of THE OFFICE.  The film won numerous awards, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and released theatrically in over 50 markets.  CHALK also aired nationally on The Sundance Channel and Starz Network.

In 2012 Mike directed his second film, AN ORDINARY FAMILY which premiered at The Los Angeles Film Festival. The film went on to win the Grand Jury Award at The New Orleans Film Festival and is currently available on more than 20 digital platforms.
Next for Mike was a move to television where he directed/story produced 8 episodes for the documentary series MY 600 LB LIFE, which is in it’s fourth season on TLC.  Currently Mike is on the festival circuit with his new feature comedy, THE TINY LIFE OF BUTCHER DUKE and also developing his first original comedy series, TODD BLESS YOU.