An award winning documentary filmmaker

An award winning documentary filmmaker

Michel Negroponte is an award winning filmmaker who has been making documentaries for more than 30 years. He was born in New York to Greek parents Dimitri Negroponte and Catherine Coumantaros. His father was a Greek shipping magnate and his brothers are well renowned in their field of activities. John is a diplomat, Nicholas is the founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab and George is an artist and was President of the Drawing Center from 2002 to 2007.

Michel Negroponte studied filmmaking at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to making his own films, he has freelanced on several films for HBO, PBS and BBC. His films include Space Coast (1979), Resident Exile (1981), Silver Valley (1984), Jupiter’s Wife (1994), No Accident (1996), W.I.S.O.R. (2000), Methadonia (2005) and I’m Dangerous With Love (2009).

His documentary Jupiter’s Wife, a portrait of a beguiling homeless woman Maggie, won a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the prize for Best Feature Documentary at the Vancouver and the Santa Barbara Film Festivals. The film was also awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Documentary.

His documentaries have been screened in the United States, France, Great Britain, Germany, Spain and Japan.

He has taught at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Temple University and ηε has been teaching at the School of Visual Arts in New York City since 2009.

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