Michael Lavelle I.S.C. is an award winning cinematographer, writer and director recently named by Variety as a 'rising star'. He was the cinematographer on the multi award winning short film UNDRESSING MY MOTHER which screened at Critics Week in Cannes and received a special mention at Sundance Film Festival before garnering an IFTA, the Prix UIP Tampere and a European Academy Award in 2005.
With his debut documentary feature film HIS & HERS Michael won the World Cinema Cinematography Award for Documentary at Sundance 2010. Asako Fujioka on behalf of the Sundance jurors singled out the cinematography:
“for its Vermeer like qualities and formal restraint in conveying the power
of ordinary emotional lives”.
PATRICK’S DAY, Michael’s debut dramatic feature film as cinematographer, received it’s world premiere at SXSW 2014 and in 2015 he was nominated for an IFTA for his work on the film. At Woodstock Film Festival, Michael was awarded the Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography. In granting the award, Wexler, the two time Oscar award winning DOP (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, In The Heat of The Night) noted:
"This award is based on what I consider true cinematography, not just on the
traditional dexterity. He has that.
Michael Lavelle's work on "Patrick's Day" shows a profound understanding of the story and his ability to employ DP skills such as framing, lighting and camera movement is subtle in unselfconscious ways to subliminally involve the viewer. One of many examples is the transition from the viewer to the POV of the psychologically troubled main character, contrasted to what we consider the "sane". This is not unlike the Cuckoo's Nest question of who belongs in society's booby hatch.
I give this award enthusiastically to an exceptional, talented film-maker, Michael Lavelle."
- Haskell Wexler A.S.C.
Michael’s second dramatic feature film FROM THE DARK was selected in competition at both Fantastic Fest 2014 and Siches 2015.
In 2015 he shot the eagerly anticipated political thriller THE TRUTH COMISSIONER that is set for release in November 2015. He also shot a Norwegian children's feature trilogy: LITTLE GREY FERGIE, LITTLE GREY FERGIE 2 - FERGIE SAVES THE FARM and LITTLE GREY FERGIE 3 - FERGIE FULL THROTTLE.
Urban crime drama and Box Office hit CARDBOARD GANGSTERS, which Michael shot, was the most successful Irish film of 2017. Most recently, he completed photography on the FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY and the much anticipated biopic of human rights activist Ifrah Ahmed entitled A GIRL FROM MOGADISHU.
He has completed 2nd Unit Cinematography on 5 other movies. He speaks fluent French and is a Fully Qualified Underwater Videographer and (MSDT) Master Scuba Diving Instructor with PADI (Instructor. No. #480136).