Mike Shum is a film director who specializes in cinematography.  He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, where he was a finalist for a National News and Documentary Emmy, in addition to producing content for The Guardian, CNN, and Time Magazine. He is an award-winning filmmaker who has served as cinematographer, producer, and editor on multiple projects. He is the director of photography and a producer on Hondros, a feature length documentary about famed photojournalist Chris Hondros, which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival where it received the prestigious Audience Award.

He is based in Denver, Colorado but travels frequently for work. 


The New York Times, National Geographic, Time Magazine, The Guardian Newspaper, Human Rights Watch, France 24, The Weather Channel, The Atlantic Monthly, People Magazine, Vocativ, VICE News on HBO, USA Today, The Economist, CNN International, Studionow



  • 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award Documentary First Place for Hondros

  • 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Selection for Hondros under Spotlight Documentary

  • 2015 News & Documentary Emmy Award Finalist for Surviving an ISIS Massacre under the Outstanding Interview category

  • 2014 New York Times Publisher's Award for Surviving an ISIS Massacre

  • 2014 Digiday's Best in Show Award for Surviving an ISIS Massacre

  • 2014 Digiday's Best Use of Video for Surviving an ISIS Massacre


  • Hostile Environment & First Aid Training | Pioneer Consulting Group

  • Battlefield Medical Training | Reporters Instructed on Saving Colleagues (RISC)