michael collins

Director/Producer
Thoughtful Robot Productions

Michael Collins is two time Emmy-nominated filmmaker and founder of Thoughtful Robot Productions. In 2011, his first feature documentary Give Up Tomorrow premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won the Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize for Best New Director. The film went on to screen in over 75 festivals in 40+ countries, winning 18 major awards including seven Audience Awards, four Human Rights Awards and the Activism Award at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival. It was Emmy-nominated for Best Investigative Journalism and nominated for a Grierson Award in the UK. Michael’s most recent feature, Almost Sunrise, is the first film to directly address “moral injury". The film premiered at Telluride Mountainfilm in 2016, and has had 500+ screenings across the U.S., winning 6 major awards including media awards from government organization SAMSHA and the National Association of Social Workers. It opened theatrically in select US cities, followed by a PBS national broadcast in November 2017. Almost Sunrise was nominated for an Emmy® Award in 2018 for Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary.