In 1989, Mickey made the jump to New York City as a Producer at ad agency Bozell. There he worked on productions for Chrysler, Merrill Lynch, A&P Supermarkets, Valvoline, FEMA and Tyco Toys among others. While working on the Tyco campaign for their smash toy hit, The Incredible Crash Dummies, Mickey gained a credit on the FOX TV Saturday Special featuring The Crash Dummies- becoming the very first TV special produced entirely using CGI.
A move south to Richmond, VA followed, where Mickey eventually started up his own commercial film production company with friend and long-time collaborator and DP, Frank DeMarco (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”, “Rabbit Hole”, “Margin Call”, “BeerFest”). The directing duo, cleverly titled MICKEY+FRANK, helmed spots for agencies and clients from Atlanta to Charlotte to New York City. Mickey also worked on the HBO film “Iron Jawed Angels” starring Patrick Dempsey, Angelica Huston, Vera Farmiga and 2-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank. He also netted a brief cameo in the film opposite Ms. Swank. Mickey then contributed second unit camera-work on the 9/11 Documentary “Rebirth”, filming scenes in NYC on the One Year Anniversary. During this time Mickey also directed and produced the short film, “Zilch” with writer Brian Fox. The film went on to screen at over a dozen film festivals across the country including the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, DC International Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, RiverRun Film Festival and the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville, where Mickey and Brian also helped lead a panel on screenwriting. “Zilch” was also screened at the famous Anthology Film Archives in New York City and was awarded First-Runner Up at the James River Film Festival.
Winston-Salem, NC and advertising shop Mullen was the next career stop, where Mickey took over Head of Production duties and shepherded campaigns for Wachovia Bank, CSX Transportation, Sealy Mattresses, Marshall’s, LaQuinta Hotels and TJ Maxx, which garnered a Shortlist nod at Cannes. Mickey currently resides in San Diego, CA and as Director of Broadcast at ViTRO, he has produced TV and Web campaigns for Asics (Cannes Silver Lion 2012, One Show Bronze Pencil 2012, FWA Site of the Day 2012), Newcastle Brown Ale (Cannes Shortlist 2010, FWA Site of the Day, 2011 Webby Award), IHOP, Kwikset, Alaska Communications, PF Chang’s and Quickie/Lysol.
Mickey also continues his art and photography pursuits as well. In the past year his photographs have been selected for exhibitions across the country including the 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles, Linus Gallery in Pasadena, CA, Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport, TX and has been included in two exhibitions at Maryland Federation of Art’s Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD. He has also been featured in several online exhibitions, including Still Point Art Gallery and the Light
Space and Time Gallery where he was awarded Special Recognition. Mickey was a Finalist in the International Juried Printmaking and Photography Exhibition 2012 at Artspace in Richmond, VA and had three photographs and one sculpture as finalists in competition at the 2012 San Diego County Fair in Del Mar, CA. Mickey also had photographs selected and published in the Photographer’s Forum Magazine Best Of Photography 2011 Annual and also in the Best of Photography 2012 Annual. Mickey’s artwork has recently sold to buyers in New Jersey, Ohio, California and Japan.
Camera Gear: Canon 60D (with grip BG-E9)
Current Location: Encinitas, CA, USA
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Best Achievements & Exhibitions:
1st Place | Photo of the Month | 38th Month
2nd Place | Photo of the Month | 51st Month
MARYLAND FEDERATION OF ART CIRCLE GALLERY-AMERICAN LANDSCAPES – (Annapolis, Maryland)
ROCKPORT CENTER FOR THE ARTS- SEASCAPES- (Rockport, Texas)
STILLPOINT ART GALLERY-NEVER ENOUGH NATURE- (Online / Maine)
1650 GALLERY – SKYWARD – (Los Angeles, California)
LIGHT SPACE & TIME GALLERY-SEASCAPES -(online) – SPECIAL RECOGNITION
LINUS GALLERY-THE LONELY PLANET-(Pasadena, California)
MARYLAND FEDERATION OF ART CIRCLE GALLERY-FOCAL POINT- (Annapolis, Maryland)
ARTSPACE – INTERNATIONAL JURIED PRINT & PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
(Richmond, Virginia) – FINALIST
SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR- INTERNATIONAL JURIED PHOTOGRAPHY &
FINE ART COMPETITION – (Del Mar, California)- FINALIST
DARKROOM GALLERY (Essex Jct., Vermont)
BLACK BOX GALLERY- SHADES OF GRAY- (Portland, Oregon)
PHOTOGRAPHER’S FORUM MAGAZINE -ANNUAL 2011 BEST OF PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTOGRAPHER’S FORUM MAGAZINE -ANNUAL 2012 BEST OF PHOTOGRAPHY
SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2013
CIVIC CENTER GALLERY- ENCINITAS CITY HALL-THE SALTON RIVIERA -(Encinitas, CA)