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Mike Akel

Department of Radio-Television-Film
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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 and helped develop youth film programs including the Austin Student Digital Film Festival. Mike’s comic sensibilities were on inspiration overload throughout his time as a teacher 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 released theatrically in over 50 markets and aired nationally on The Sundance Channel and Starz Network.

In 2012 Mike released his second film, AN ORDINARY FAMILY which 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 currently airing on TLC. 

Currently Mike is developing and producing original comedy series’ for his company New Sky Pictures. The first project, MR. GINGER has screened in multiple web series festivals and will soon be airing digitally on regional TV networks across the country.