Michael Dallatorre, known as “Mike D,” the Nicaragua born cinematographer arrived in the United States at the age of three and grew up in South Central Los Angeles. Mike D. was featured in the Oscar nominated documentary, “Colors Straight Up” which followed his participation in the Inner City performing arts group, Colors United. That experience inspired him to become a filmmaker. Mike D, was recognized for his talents and promising future with the CDF Beat the Odds award (presented by Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund) in 1998.
After graduating from Jordan High School in Watts, CA, Mike entered the Inner-City Filmmakers program and went on to study film at Los Angeles Community College (LACC). While attending LACC he landed a job at the premiere camera house, Panavision, and has spent 18 years learning from their engineers on top of the line equipment. Mike was accepted to Film Independents “Project Involve” Fellowship in 2018. Chosen as one of ASC’s “Rising Stars of Cinematography” in 2020, Mike D. lives in Los Angles and is represented by United Talent Agency.