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 Beating the Odds Award (presented by Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund.)
After graduating from Jordan High School in Watts, CA, Mike entered programs, Inner-City Filmmakers and went on to study film at Los Angeles Community College. While attending LACC he landed a job at the premiere camera house, Panavision, absorbing technical knowledge and building industry relationships. During his tenure, he built an impressive portfolio of work including major motion pictures like Brightburn(2019). Mike D. was accepted to Film Independents “Project Involve” Fellowship in 2018.
Chosen as one of American Society of Cinematographer's "Rising Stars of Cinematography" 2020. Mike D. lives in Los Angles and is represented by WME.