MIKE SHUM
Surviving an ISIS Massacre

News & Documentary

Surviving an ISIS Massacre

Ali Hussein Kadhim, an Iraqi soldier and a Shiite, was captured with hundreds of other soldiers by Sunni militants in June 2014 and taken to the grounds of a palace complex in Tikrit where Saddam Hussein once lived. ISIS intended to massacre all of the captured. Ali is the only known survivor of the event.

Awards: Nominated for a 2015 News & Documentary Emmy Award under Outstanding Interview, Won the 2014 Digiday Awards for Best Video and Best in Show

Distributor: The New York Times

Role: Journalist, Co-Director, Director of Photography

Pikes Peak: Faraday Future joins 'Race to the Clouds'

The Californian electric mobility company race their new production model, the FF91, up the famous hill climb in Colorado.

Broadcast: CNN's Supercharged

Role: Director of Photography and Producer

The Art of the Hostage Deal

Armed Venezuelan police stormed Thamara Candelo’s apartment complex at dawn on June 30, 2016. It was two weeks after her wedding day, and Candelo’s American husband, Joshua Holt, was lying in their bed in Caracas. Then they took him to the Helicoide, a prison home to the Venezuelan intelligence police. He has not been allowed out since.

Web: Time Magazine

Role: Director and Director of Photography

ISIS in America: The Terror Trial That Shook Minnesota

In 2015, the FBI filed charges against a group of young men who, it was claimed, plotted to join ISIS. It was the largest terrorism case in the history of Minnesota, made possible by an FBI informant and an undercover agent. Vocativ spoke with families, prosecutors, and community representatives about the case that rocked the state’s Somali-American community.

Web: Vocativ 

Role: Co-Director, Director of Photography, Co-Editor

Theater of War: If Men Don’t Know My Story

U.S. veterans read the words of the Greek warrior Philoctetes after he is wounded and abandoned by his comrades.

Web: The New York Times

Role: Video Editor

Theater of War: A Warrior’s Last Words

U.S. veterans read the words of the Greek hero Ajax and his wife, Tecmessa, as he contemplates suicide.

Web: The New York Times

Role: Video Editor

The Green Market

The war on weed took a big hit in 2012 when Colorado legalized marijuana. Across the state, a plethora of cannabis dispensaries have since opened shop, and pot enthusiasts have come from far and wide to get in on the action. But it’s not just your average stoner bro who’s benefitting from the green rush—merging weed and technology, pot entrepreneurs have also flocked to the area to pitch potential investors.

Broadcast: MSNBC/Vocativ

Role: Director of Photography

Protesters return to Planned Parenthood after shooting

Just 15 days after Robert Dear killed three people and injured many more at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, pro-life activists came back to protest the clinic, which is still closed. Clergy and activists claim that they only want to pray and preserve the sanctity of life, but their rhetoric continues to divide the country.

Web: The Guardian US

Role: Co-Director and Director of Photography

Iraqi Government Air Strikes Killing Civilians

Iraq’s security forces have killed at least 75 civilians and wounded hundreds of others in indiscriminate air strikes on five cities since June 6, 2014. Human Rights Watch documented 17 airstrikes, the majority in the first half of July. Barrel bombs were used in six of them.

Web: Human Rights Watch

Role: Director of Photography

A Return to the Internment Camp

In an interview from May, Bob Fuchigami remembers the Amache internment camp in Colorado, where he was sent when he was 12 years old.

Web: The New York Times

Role: Director and Director of Photography

A Clash of Cake and Faith

A Colorado bakery owner's refusal to make a cake for a same-sex wedding is headed to court.

Web: The New York Times

Role: Director of Photography

What to Tell the Kids About Pot

Legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado has sparked new talks between parents and children, even Toni Savage Fox and her stepdaughter, Cheyenne Fox, who help run a dispensary near Denver.

Web: The New York Times

Role: Director and Director of Photography

Texas Man Gets Official Flood Excuse to Save his Job

A Texas man had to trek through flooded streets to get an excuse note from authorities to give to his employers to avoid losing his job.

Web: The Weather Channel

Role: Reporter and Camera Operator